The Do’s and the Don’ts of working TFP as an upcoming model

TFP or Time-for-Print refers to an arrangement between a photographer and a model or a stylist or a make up artist where the photographer will provide them with a number of photos in exchange for their time. As a creative, you’ve probably heard this term being used hundreds of times before. Many of us creatives have done at least one TFP project at some point in our career. We’ve worked with a group of people whom we gel with right away. We’ve also come across a number of people who aren’t pulling their weight. Worse again, some actually don’t turn up at all on the day. 


Written by Ning Hadiningsih

Let’s talk about the Do’s and the Don’ts of working TFP. 


  • You will get photos you can use for your portfolio for next to nothing
  • You will meet other creatives on the day, so it is a great opportunity for networking
  • You might get invited to take part in their other projects. This might also lead to a paid work


  • Some people say quality work doesn’t come cheap. Most experienced photographers highly value their creativity and would only do a limited number of TFP photo shoots

  • Knowledge often comes with experience. As a model with little experience, you may need a lot of direction with your poses. Amateur Photographers may not have the experience yet with directing new models. If you believe you need some help with building your poses repertoire, it’s probably best to hire an experienced photographer. You will find that you learn so much about your body and how to work it in front of the camera when you work with an experienced photographer.

  • Some photographers only provide a small number of edited photos. Some also put their watermarks on the photos.

  • When you decide to collaborate with a photographer on a TFP project, make sure you fully understand what it is the Photographer is wanting to create. We often hear stories about photographers using new upcoming models for a nude shoot that hasn’t been agreed on. Ask to meet them in person prior to the shoot and only commit to it if you are happy with the proposed idea. 


Plenty of models out there have benefitted from working TFP, however, if you are new in the industry and need a lot of help with your poses, it would probably be best if you hire a professional photographer who can tell you exactly what to do and what not to do in front of the camera. Once you feel more comfortable with being in front of the camera, you’ll find that you get more benefits out of working TFP. 

Finally, most modeling agencies require high quality photos. The better quality your photos are, the more likely you will be hired. Happy posing.

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Mr. Tracks has a background in the creative arts & music business, having earned his bachelor's at Columbia College Chicago. After a couple of years of publishing music & editorial content, he became an expert in the industry as a creative director. Now he works as an international publisher l photographer in Australia and the United States.