You may have seen the words TFP on photography websites or social media groups, but what does does TFP mean and what is a TFP shoot?
TFP stands for time for prints, or time for photos. This means that rather than exchanging money for a photography service, both the photographer and model can benefit from the shoot by gaining experience and images for their portfolios.
It is always important that you make sure that you clarify the terms and your preferred outcome of the photo session, to ensure that everyone involved is on the same page.
As well as a TFP agreement between a photographer and a model, it can also apply to a photographer and make-up artist, or a photographer and stylist.
Pros of a TFP Photo Shoot
Gain valuable experience photographing with a model.
Opportunity to test out new ideas and ways of photographing.
Network and connect with local talent, which may lead to paid jobs in the future.
Build up your photography portfolio.
Cons of a TFP Photo Shoot
All people involved must be in agreement that the 'currency' will be the services provided, rather than money.
There may be some restriction on where the photos can be displayed or published, depending on the photographer's / model's / other talent's terms and conditions.
You can find opportunities for TFP shoots in dedicated groups on sites such as Facebook, or you can advertise your photography services on modelling and photography websites. Just remember to be clear about what you are offering, and to be fair.