This post can be act as a sequel to one of my previous blogs titled: Photograph Your Friends. For the reasons I expressed previously, photographing your friends can create more candid, beautiful and intimate moments compared to a random pretty face you discover through Instagram. I'll admit, I have asked some random people to pose for me through Instagram messages, but the number is on one hand. Some of those few people I've met through Instagram, I've actually retained friendship with them, so now those images we create are even better. If you do follow me on Instagram, you may be aware of my blunt and sometimes brash personality. I don't undermine my personality as much as others might, due to the confidence and pessimistic traits I embody that hold truth, rather than fiction.
That leads me to my next post topic.
The term 'model' can be found on Instagram when you dive into the photography community, especially as a portrait photographer. Recently, I went on a small tirade, yet appropriate for the situation via Instagram, when I asked a girl to pose for me recently. She replied back stating that she would love to, but needs to be compensated $50 for gas coverage's. She then declared that she will take the reigns of the shoot, even though I'm not paying her and my services are free. This is a perfect example of being taken advantage of. Along with many other dilemmas with us portrait photographers looking to create art, while the 'model' gets free exposure and services, it's easy for 'models' to take advantage of us photographers.
To break it down, 'model' is a term used so loosely that it creates an egocentric personality trait with those who claim the title. Of course, we all know that a proper professional model is someone who is signed to an agency by contract, paid commissions for work and usually go through an in-house photographer for photo ops. As well as those bullet points, professionally signed models only receive a small portion of images taken, if not, any.
Being taken advantage by those who you ask to create with, aka, collaborate with, isn't fair to us as photographers. When a photographer asks you to collaborate, it's either a 'yes' or 'no' response, with knowing from past experiences on what to expect, how to credit, etc.
The proper way to credit a photographer on Instagram, a website or other platforms of media/social media, it consists of:
Photo: Future Suspect.
Credits are important to us as artists as it gains us exposure and fans. Much like us tagging our models, it's only appropriate to reciprocate back with a proper credit and tag. When inconsistencies like these occur, it causes friction between the photography and 'modeling' communities. As I stated earlier, photographing your friends is easier as time changes and other non-punctual possibilities don't rattle us as much, because communication between friends is greater and deeper than a random person. Once you feel as if you're being taken advantage of, either charge for your formerly free services, which will most likely lead to that relationship being diminished or cut off, or void thementirely and focus on people/friends that credit you, respect your time and know how to create a long-working and professional relationship.
Also, one last tip: unless you're being compesnated, stay away from fashion blogs - they use you the most.