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From Start to Finish

One of the unexpected benefits I have gained from Beyond Here has been the diverse range of creative people I have met or have swapped messages with. It has been inspiring to see the range of projects people are tackling all around the world. I recently met Rebecca McIntosh. Rebecca is a model based in Melbourne, Australia where we were able to meet face to face. She kindly contributed this post for Beyond Here – A Model’s Tips for a Successful TFP Photo Shoot – and she is a contestant in Miss World Australia. In this post, Rebecca shares an exciting project she is working on and outlines how you can be involved. It is called “From Start to Finish”. Let’s hear more from Rebecca.

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credit. Model Rebecca McIntosh. Photography Vispenn Photography

Rebecca, tell us about your experience participating in Miss World Australia.

Hi Craig! For those who don’t know, Miss World is the longest-running international beauty pageant, which focuses not only on external beauty, but more importantly, on character. Dedication, motivation, and generosity are all assessed in the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ program whereby contestants are encouraged to raise funds for the allocated charity.

This is my first time competing in the Miss World Australia pageant, so to be honest, it can be a bit daunting! Every contestant has her advantages; some have been competing in pageants for years, some are professional models, and some have professional experience with marketing. However, I love the challenge because I know it will make me develop into an even better person. Miss World Australia has been a journey that has pushed my boundaries and made me reach out to do things that I have never tried before, especially with regards to raising money for charity.

Which charity are you raising money for?

Miss World Australia is a registered fundraising organisation raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity. Variety Australia is a not-for-profit non-government organisation that thrives on the generosity of the community to provide equipment and experiences to Australian children who suffer from disability, serious illness, or disadvantage. Variety basically does anything it can to enrich the lives of children, be it through providing medical apparatus, organizing outings, or granting scholarships.

What is the major fund raising activity you are planning?

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credits. Model, Rebecca McIntosh. Photography, Tacitic Photography

To raise funds for Variety, I have organised a photography workshop entitled ‘From Start to Finish’, to take place on Friday 7th August at the venue ‘Quat Quatta’ in Ripponlea (Melbourne, Australia). This day events comprises three parts: an informative photography seminar, a photo shoot, and a retouching seminar. It’s essentially an all-encompassing workshop demonstrating what you can improve on as a photographer from the start to the finish of the shoot. I’ve been lucky enough to make an arrangement with Social Value – Mark Scott Photography to sponsor the workshop, and I’ve brought together a teams of models, make up artists, hairstylist / hair extensions provider, and designer who are all sponsoring the event. I’m particularly excited for the photo shoot – our designer Vicoola Fashionista has the most gorgeous gowns!

What do photographers need to do to participate?

Interested photographers can email me at missworldvictoria@gmail.com for the comprehensive information booklet, and to make a booking. The event, which goes from 11am to 4pm, costs $80, and requires full payment to secure the place.

To make the workshop more intimate, I have limited bookings to thirty places, so I’d recommend all interested photographers to contact me as soon as possible!

Beyond Here has readers all around the world. How can Beyond Here readers who can’t come to the event, contribute to your fund raising efforts?

Anyone can donate directly to Variety – the Children’s Charity, through my EverydayHero page https://missworldaustralia2015.everydayhero.com/au/rebecca-mcintosh

If this event goes well enough, I’m hoping to organize another one on a weekend!

Beyond Here readers will be interested in how to organize an event like this. What are your top three pieces of advice to people wanting to organize similar events?

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credits. Model, Rebecca McIntosh. Photography, Tacitic Photography

1) Find a great venue, not just any venue. If you’re organizing a fundraiser photo shoot, you need to find a place that is happy either to give you a discount or to sponsor you the area. Keep your charity and your plan in focus. While I could have written up a generic email to send to all the venues I know, I instead specifically targeted Quat Quatta; they were the first and only venue I contacted. I knew that Quat Quatta would be the ideal workspace for such an event, because it has multiple places to shoot, is located in a prestigious area, and allows for a seminar setup in the dining room. I told the Quat Quatta staff all of this, so they knew that I was considering them specifically to help me with Variety – the Children’s Charity. Don’t settle for anything; and aim high and precisely.

2) Use your network. Everyone who has a common interest is useful. While I was compiling images from Mark Scott’s latest shoots for the information pack, I saw a photo of a model with amazingly luscious hair. I contacted the hairstylist with a proposal to join the group, and was delightfully surprised that she wanted to help! She even offered to bring hair extensions to style with! People are quite generous when it comes to working towards a fundraising event, especially as it helps get their name out in a positive light. I trust the people on my team because I know that they want to be part of the event, and they trust me because they know me through their network (and I, too, obviously want to be part of the event).

3) Be organised but flexible. Be prepared to spend many hours composing, formatting, and updating documents. I have everything documented: from each model’s hair length, to the last person who commented on my ‘From Start to Finish’ Facebook post. At the same time, remember that everyone has their own lives, and that volunteering is not going to be everyone’s top priority. Nobody is going to be constantly available for your plans. Some people may take weeks to confirm a detail, some people may pull out abruptly. All you can do is try your best to accommodate the changes and be patient with the whole process. Enjoy it! You’re doing a great thing for the world.

Rebecca, thank you very much for sharing about the ‘From Start to Finish’ event. Best wishes for the event and for your participation in Miss World Australia. Readers who would like to see more of Rebecca’s work, please see Rebecca McIntosh’s Facebook Page

A Model’s Tips for a Successful TFP Photo Shoot

This post comes from Rebecca McIntosh – a Melbourne, Australia based model. Rebecca is currently a contestant in Miss World Australia. In this post on Beyond Here we discussed TFP (time for portfolio) shoots being an excellent way for a photographer to build their portfolio. Rebecca outlines a model’s tips for a successful TFP photo shoot.

You have a great photo shoot idea. A model is happy to collaborate with you. You speak to a make up artist, a hair stylist, and have a stylist on the team who all want to work on your photo shoot. They are so keen to work on your photo shoot that they are happy to do it without monetary compensation – as long as they receive photos for their time. This is called a TFP arrangement (time-for-portfolio). These unpaid collaborations can be extremely useful for enriching your folio, building your reputation, and challenging your skill set as a photographer – organisational skills, social skills, technical skills etc.

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credits. Model Rebecca McIntosh, photography Alchemy Designs, clothing Casey Marie Demko

However, when photos are the only compensation it can be difficult to please the team, especially the model, who is probably a harsher critic than you are when it comes to her image*. (*I refer to the model as female, simply because I am speaking from a female model’s perspective. The same advice applies for male models too.)

Here are seven tips from my experience to holding a successful TFP photo shoot. From my point of view, a successful TFP shoot will never only result in good photos, but also in establishing positive relationships, and pleasant experiences.

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credits. Model Rebecca McIntosh, photography Mariana Navarro, hair, styling and makeup Victoria Marie

1. Check out the model’s folio. It’s not creepy to look at her work, as long as you are looking at her StarNow / Model Mayhem / Facebook page that she has provided specifically for her modelling work. See her good angles, and generate a realistic idea of how you can cooperate. If she has shown interest in your casting call, it is most likely that she wants to add that concept to her folio regardless of her experience with that theme. Nevertheless, it is beneficial for you to see what poses, angles, and facial expressions she chooses to put in her portfolio. If the photos that make it to her folio often include a catwalk sultry pout, she may not be the bubbly, surprised pin-up model you’re looking for. That does not mean you should rule her out straight away; consider asking her what she thinks of your casting call in relation to her style. Perhaps she has misinterpreted your casting call and is not really interested, or perhaps she has interpreted it correctly and simply wants to branch out into that field. It is a portfolio building experience for her as well. Knowing your model’s capabilities and motivations makes it much easier to coordinate a shoot to please both parties.

2. Create a concept board. Pinterest boards are a convenient (and free!) way of putting together inspirational images that constitute the atmosphere you are trying to achieve in your photo shoot, to share with your model. Alternatively, consider making a document with inspirational photos to give to your model at least a week before the shoot. When you and your team members have the same images it is easier to achieve the desired result. At the same time, be honest with the model about your experience and expectations and provide her a link to your portfolio.

3. Agree on the compensation before the shoot, in writing, in detail. Frustration arises from TFP shoots where compensation is ill defined. Try to address all points:

  • How many edited, high resolution photos will the model receive? Will she only receive edited photos? What do you consider to be high resolution?
  • Who will select the photos for editing? Will the model have choice in which photos are edited?
  • Will there be proofs for the model to look at? To save? How soon until these will be available? Can she upload these anywhere as teasers?
  • Will the model have any say in how the images are edited? If she is unhappy with how you have edited the photo, will you have the time and motivation to alter it for her?
  • How long will it take you to return usable photos after the shoot? Will you be watermarking the images?
  • What can the model use the images for?
  • How will you transfer the images to the model? Dropbox, CD, USB, Facebook, email? Keep in mind how the web can compress images.
  • Write up or find a relevant model release form to provide models at the shoot to legalize your specific agreement.

Try to remember that your model, make up artist, hair stylist etc are only involved in this shoot because they believe it can help their folio. If you want total creative freedom and exclusive rights to the images, pay the people you are working with.

In my experience, one method which pleases everyone is that the photographer uploads all of the low resolution, unedited proofs for the team to see, and then they choose which images they want edited. Of that choice pool, the photographer edits which ones he likes best, as well as any additional images he feels will be useful for his portfolio. Whatever method you decide on, make the whole selection process and compensation details as clear and comprehensive as possible to the model before the shoot.

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credit. Model Rebecca McIntosh

4. Respect each other at the shoot. Never touch a model unless you have her permission. If you think she should do one pose instead of another, try to explain why. For example, I recently had one photographer suggest that I raise my chin while posing, which went totally against what another photographer was saying the previous week at another shoot. However, this photographer patiently explained how raising my chin elongates my neck, and took comparison photos on the spot to show me the difference, so I respected his opinion and him as a photographer, even though it differed to the popular opinion.

5. Let your model move! It can look unnatural if you try to stage one particular pose. Encourage your model to fluidly move into the pose, even if means repeating the movement multiple times.

6. Communicate and credit as arranged. Follow up the agreement. If something has happened which prevents you from returning the photos in the arranged time, tell your team. Even if they say nothing, they are most likely wondering what you are doing with the photos and when they will receive them. In a TFP agreement, withholding photos is like withholding money.

7. Don’t expect the shoot to be perfect. This is the worst injustice you can do to anyone, including yourself. A TFP shoot will never look exactly like the concept image on page or in your head. If you are disappointed in the photos, ask yourself what exactly you could do to make it better. Satisfaction has more to do with attitude than outcome.

Rebecca McIntosh

Photo credits. Model Rebecca McIntosh, photography Alchemy Designs

As you can tell from these tips, a successful TFP shoot does not just have to do with producing good photos, but assessing your team, assessing your team’s needs, and assessing what you can realistically offer and expect of yourself. TFP arrangements can require a lot of effort, patience, and personality to satisfy your team as there is no instant monetary guarantee. Nevertheless, it is worth taking these measures to build a strong network, upscale your reputation, improve your folio, and challenge yourself as a photographer.

Thank you for your post Rebecca – a model’s tips for a successful TFP photo shoot. If you would like to follow more of Rebecca’s work, follow this link to Rebecca McIntosh’s Facebook page.