To pay or not to pay

This has been a long asked question. Who should pay, the model or the photographer?

The more I think of this the more I think it really depends.

  • Who wants to work with who?
  • Who benefits?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What’s the experience level of each?

In personal opinion here are a couple scenarios:

  • Both have similar experience and exposure: Trade makes the most sense.
  • Photographer has more experience and exposure: Model pays.
  • Model has more experience and exposure: Photographer pays.
  • Photographer can offer more than model: Model pays or Trade
  • Group Photoshoot, models have more experience and exposure than photographers: depending on the type of shoot, trade or photographer pays.
  • Group photoshoot, photographers have more experience/exposure than models: Trade or models pay
  • Models or photographers cancel or rechedule: whoever reschedules or cancels should have to pay a deposit, unless it’s sickness or emergency last minute.