Anonymous asked: The fact that freelance models charge photographers is wrong and I believe its hurt this industry. Models should be getting paid by clients not photographers, period. It makes it seem like photographers aren't worth anything for their work and freelance models want them to pay them for their hard work, which I believe is horrible. I've seen many girls try to get into modelings on the belief that they can make a quick buck by charging photographers, this should end.
I disagree wholeheartedly.
I think it is great when a client hires both a photographer and a model, or when a client hires a photographer who then pays a model. But that is only a small percentage of the business.
A photographer holds copyright claim over the images. They can sell them by selling prints, selling digital files, submitting them to publications, etc. They have a tangible thing they own.
Models have no rights over the images they shoot. They are paid up front because that is the only time they can be paid: they can not sell the photos or submit the photos or decide where they go.
Professional models deserve to get paid for their time and skillset. Photographers have the option to make money after the shoot has ended and models do not.
Referring to what we do as “The Industry” is laughable. It is unlikely that anyone in “The Industry” would hire a model from the internet. They will shell out the big bucks and hire a model from an agency. Because if you are shooting an ad campaign and the model doesn’t show for whatever reason, the agency will send a girl that looks just like her and your photo shoot can go on as planned. The point being, most of the models being hired off the internet are to assist in the creation of personal projects. Which brings me to my next point.
A photographer has a personal project for which he or she needs a model. That is great. But why should another person take a minute out of their busy day to help a photographer complete his or her personal project? For fun? For their love of what that particular photographer feels “art” is? Does the photographer also ask his or her plumber to fix the sink for free out of the plumber’s love of the plumbing field?
Lastly, a photographer pay for his or her equipment; camera, lights, film, etc. Models are just one of the “supplies” a photographer who photographs models need to actualize his or her vision. Don’t want to pay models? There are always trees and bowls of fruit. Painters and sketch artists know this— they pay for models right along with their canvases and brushes. Many colleges bill model fees under the “classroom supply” budget. Why does a photographer feel he or she is exempt from paying a model? Because photography is easier than painting? Because unlike all these hack artists like Caravaggio, the Gentileschis, Lucien Freud and even Norman Rockwell (as well as all the other painters and illustrators who have hired models over the course of time) the photographer feels him or herself to be a “true artist” who is above paying for his or her supplies; that the equipment he or she needs to create his or her vision should be freely available at his or her whim?
I have no idea.