17 Oct
Portfolio Images, Prints, Comp Cards

When you sign with an agency, they may offer to give you a “free” photo session if you need new portfolio images. They may even say that your old images need to be updated. But the photo session and the prints are not free because you will have to pay for them out of your first paycheck. They will not tell you how much they are taking and it could be 4-5 times more than you would pay on your own. 

Sometimes the agency will tell you that you need new photos and you have to pay them for the photo shoot and the prints. If this is the case, make sure to negotiate getting your own images from an independent photographer. 

Every agency is different but you cannot assume that the agency will pay for the shoot. Make sure that you discuss the options with them before a photography session happens in their studio. 

Your portfolio shoot is an investment in your future. If you want to book jobs, you must have current images of yourself in a professional setting. If you can’t afford to pay for them up front, we can set up a contract with you so that you can pay over time instead of all at once. That way, you can get a job before you have to shell out hundreds of dollars.

If you decide to have the agency do your initial shoot, make sure you have a contract that spells out the exact terms. Some models end up paying so much out of their first paycheck that they only get a few dollars on their first check.

We offer a photo session for $150 per hour. Most sessions can be completed in an hour and produce 100 images which will be pared down to the best ones. After the sessions, 8x10 prints are $20 each. You will want to put at least 5 into your portfolio, preferably more than that. Comp cards are $50 for 50 cards. Digital image portfolios range from $200 to $500. This is a better option than having to keep ordering more prints.

Many agencies have a website fee to display your digital prints. If you can avoid this, you can get your own website. You will have to decide which one is right for you. Maybe you will want both.

If you are thinking about getting your own prints, it is going to cost a lot more than if you buy them from the photographer. You do not want to have your gorgeous images printed on cheap paper. The photographer can get prints on high quality paper at a discount so you don’t have to worry about presenting the best images on the best quality paper to a potential client. They will be thoroughly impressed.

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