What is a TFP Shoot?

TFP – historically stood for Time For Print.  Currently the phrase is still used, but generally references Time for Photos because the images are shared electronically.  Christopher Ryan Photography will be offering TFP shoots through the beginning of the year 2020 in order to learn & practice photography skills as well as develop a portfolio.

The collaboration can be strictly between the photographer and model, or may include others such as makeup artist, bodypainter, stylist, etc.  Generally speaking, all parties will be participating on a TFP basis.  However, in the event of additional fees or terms, that will be discussed specifically in advance.

teen girl in white sports bra holding an abacus in abandoned building

TFP shoot in Puerto Rico for Child and Teen performer project.

Will I be required to sign a model release?

Yes!  All models will be required to sign a model release.  A clear image of your government ID must be provided as well.  The ID must show that you are at least 18 years of age.  For models under the age of 18, your parent must sign the release and provide a copy of their government ID.

How will you use the photos?

My intention is to use the photos to promote myself as a photographer.  This means I may use them on social media or my website.  However, the model release also gives me permission to use them for commercial purposes in the future should I decide to do so.  Also – there is no promise that I will use the image on my website.

What will the theme of the shoot?

This will be discussed in advance.  Currently I have several projects that I am working on.  If you are modeling for a specific project, I will make that very clear.  Listed below are my current projects.

  • Youth and Urban Decay:  This is a project featuring children and teens in abandoned places.  Note that a parent must sign the release for models under 18 years old.
  • Focus on Feet: This project is about the model’s bare feet.  The model should understand that I will be shooting within very close proximity to their bare feet.  The face may or may not be in focus for these images.
  • Child and Teen Performers: Young people who perform dance, sing, or play sports.
  • Parent and Child Intimacy: Intimate moments between one parent and one child.
  • General Portrait Photography: Individual, couples, families, etc.
mom cradling her son in bed

TFP shoot from Parent & Child Intimacy project.

Can I edit or crop the photos?

No!  Models are prohibited from editing the images in any way.  This includes applying social media filters, social media frames, editing on their phone or computer, cropping the images or changing the size.

Can I share or post the images on my social media pages or use on my own website?

Absolutely.  The final images you receive are yours to share on social media or print.

Will the images have a watermark?

Yes.  All images will have my logo/watermark placed in a fairly discreet manner.  These may not be removed by the model or other TFP partner.

What is your editing process?

I will send proof sheets to the model so that we can determine which images will receive final edits.  We will work together to determine which ones are best for editing (retouching).  At a minimum I will make basic corrections such as white balance, color saturation, and exposure.  In addition, I may chose to do skin retouching in selected images.  I am unable to make any guarantee regarding the final quantity.  However, I will provide some in square crops (for Instagram), as well as landscape and portrait model.

Can I have copies of the RAW files?

Under no circumstances will I provide RAW files to the model or any other TFP partner.  Final images will be provided in JPG format and proof sheets are provided in PDF format.

Will you provide prints?

Generally I do not provide prints.  However, there are occasions when I will prepare a nice print as a gift to the model for a particularly amazing session!

Will you tag me on social media?

Hopefully.  If we are both on the social media platforms, I will tag all TFP partners unless requested not to.  Also if you are tagged, you are free to remove the tag via social media management tools at any time.

Am I required to tag the you?

No.  There is no legal obligation to tag me or any other TFP partner, however it is generally appreciated.

Is nudity required?

Definitely not!  However, for models 18 or over I will be glad to coordinate some TFP shoots involving nudity.  The model should never do anything  he or she is uncomfortable with.

What about location fees, transportation expenses, wardrobe, etc.?

This will be discussed in advance.  My projects are self-funded and therefore low budget.  However, if I am requesting a special theme for clothes and the model does not have them I may be willing to pay for that.  Usually I will pay for locations such as hotel rooms, AirBnBs, etc. if the shoot fits within one of my specific projects listed above.  If there is a makeup artist participating as a TFP partner they will not be paid.  However, the model may chose to pay for a makeup artist at their own expense.

Do you have any concepts for specific TFP projects that my friends may be interested in?

Yes.  In addition to the on-going projects listed above, I am interested in the following:

  • YOUR CONCEPT!!  – I am always interested in the model’s own concepts, let me know!
  • Teen/child fashion – portraits of children and teens who can provide their own fashion clothes
  • Outdoor portraits of dancers.
  • Bodypainting projects.
  • Young boy or girl playing with their family dog.
  • Boudoir – ladies (18 or over) wearing lingerie.
  • Elderly Portraits – portraits of people with aged faces.
  • Environmental Portraits – portraits of people at work in interesting places.
  • Sensual nude – 18 to 25 year old men and women.