Unpaid Photo Shoots

Note: Unpaid photo shoots are for my own personal work and are not paid assignments - for me or for my subjects. It's all about creating imagery. 

I love creative portraiture and have recently began creating a body of personal work. Many of these images will serve in a a portfolio for specific client work in the future. It's important for me whenever I'm in between clients and other projects to continue to shoot subjects in order to satisfy my creativity as well as to hone my photography skills. If you are interested or know of somebody who may be, please contact me or share the URL of this page to those interested. The following FAQ I believe will answer most questions you will have.




Do I have to be a professional model?

No. Most of my subjects have never modelled or been in a studio setting before. 


Do you photograph both male and female subjects?



Will the session be in a studio or someplace else?

It could be literally anywhere, although I do prefer the studio when I can. And I do pay for the studio,which will typically be booked for five hours. Otherwise, we will decide on the location.


Do you provide wardrobe and hair, make-up, and wardrobe?

Typically not. I will hire a make-up professional if required. But I will need your support on the wardrobe. In fact, the wardrobe consideration is probably the most important aspect for me currently: it has to be the right look or looks for it to be worthwhile for me to pursue and to potentially invest money into if a studio is required. 

What kind of personal work do you do?

I am seeking subjects who are able to deliver on expression for creative portraiture. I like to shoot a lot of black and white with a moody atmosphere. Don't think of yourself as a model in my shoots - think more of yourself as an actor. I'm really looking for someone who can emote and express themselves in unique ways. That's why if you're a dancer or someone whose passion involves extreme movement, then I'm very much interested in you as a subject. But you don't have to be one of these performers either. Being able to move and pose in quirky ways is also something I'm always looking for in a subject. Basically, the last thing I'm looking for is someone to stand before me and look good - this  isn't interesting to me in the slightest. I want character, expression, and an aesthetic to construct around it (my job). 


How many photos will I receive? And do I get to choose which ones?

Generally speaking, you'll receive anywhere from 6 to 9 images maximum, generally closer to 4 or 5 if there's only one wardrobe look. I will determine which images you will receive.

May I choose to have more photos, and select which ones I get to keep? 

If you'd like to have complete control of the process, you may book a paid photo shoot with me. See my Services page, under Portraits.


Do you collaborate, so that I can get my desired number of images and looks?

I no longer participate in collaborations. The best way to get exactly what you want is to book me for desired images.


What size images do I get?

You will receive high quality jpegs at approximately 2500x1667 pixels. This size far exceeds most output quality for social media platforms like Instagram, which currently recommends 1080x1080 or similar.


Can I get RAW files too?

No. I don't send RAW files to any of my paying clients by practice. RAW files are large files and unedited, and need work done to them before being exported as jpegs or other file formats that your computer, phone, and other devices can read. My RAW files are never offered in any packages and never for sale. The following video goes into depth about why many photographers don't give away their RAW files.

Can I edit my photos if I don't like the looks of them?

No. I request that all my clients, paid or unpaid, respect my work as a professional and not edit the final images which are presented to you. Once I convert a RAW file into the finished image as a jpeg file, all the colors, contrast, tones, etc., are in effect baked into the file. When you edit a jpeg, it degrades the image quality each time you save it. Phone filters and other apps also degrade the quality of jpeg files. More importantly to me, it's my reputation as a photographer that's on display. If you edit my files you immediately erase my work as both a photographer and a retoucher. And trust me, nothing agitates me more. 


It may sound harsh, but this long preamble is here as a warning to those before you decide to work with me, because of a few bad experiences I've already had. If you decide to ultimately edit my work regardless, the chances are I probably won't work with you in the future. And don't be surprised if your picture ends up in an adult diapers ad or on a bag of cat food :) But seriously, just don't do it. I'm considering displaying those people's edits on my website somewhere, sort of like what retail stores in the United States used to do many decades ago when someone would bounce a check - they'd put them up for the public to see until they were paid off (in this case, until the unauthorized edited photos are taken down). Don't be the first person to be on my wall here, in this space, for all to see. 


Can I use my images for commercial purposes, for business websites, promotions, or even sell them?

No. The images I release are for non-commercial use only. They cannot be used to generate profit or given to a third party for commercial use. They are meant for your website, portfolio, or social media pages, etc. If you wish to use my images for commercial later on, there would be a charge of my full day rate plus a usage rights fee, which would have to be negotiated based on your or your party's needs. 


Who owns the rights to these images?

All rights remain with the photographer, unless specified by contract. You are granted non-commercial usage rights in perpetuity, while I technically still own the images. Don't worry - I won't ask for them back. Rights only describe who gets to use the images for what purpose and for how long, etc. 

How long do I have to wait until you send me the images?

I'll usually inform you after the shoot how long it will take, but usually within a few days, depending on how much work I have before me. 

How will you send my images?

I will use WeTransfer to send your images. Please not that the links expire after 7 days.

If I lose my images or need additional copies at a later date, can I get more?

The short answer is no. There's no guarantee that I'll be able to store your images in the long term. But if I do happen to still have your files, please note that there will be a 100 rs. charge per image that you need replaced. Please store your images in multiple places once I send them to you. Best is to have a backup on your Google Drive, laptop, and perhaps on your phone and external hard drives. 

How do I request my photo shoot?

Usually, I'm the one who will contact you if I have a personal work I want to do in the studio or outside. But if you're interested in working with me, please contact me on this website and send me a link to your Instagram page or portfolio. I will send you a reply as soon as I can. Also, please download and sign the model release form included below in advance of meeting. It details your usage rights too. 

© 2019 By Craig Boehman

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