To hopefully answer some questions that may come up regarding collaborative/TF shoots with me, the following gives a summary of my normal TF/collaborative shoot arrangements. Of course , as with everything else in life, these things are open to discussion, but this is how I normally work on collaborative shoots.
As far as I am concerned, TF shoots are a collaborative venture. That means that I am always happy for models to input ideas and suggestions into shoots rather than just me dictating the theme, content and progress of a shoot.
I shoot image styles across the board from lifestyle/fashion/historical through to the very occasional fine art nude/erotic (normally at model request for their portfolios) although I draw the line at adult styles I'm afraid. Most of my photoshoots nowadays are themed with book covers in mind but I will always ensure that we capture the images your want as well. As part of our pre-shoot communication I will need to have an idea of your style/limits which I guarantee I will keep within during our shoot and will at no time try to persuade you to do something that you are in any way uncomfortable with. During our shoot I will check regularly that you are comfortable with poses, etc but will expect you to sing out if, at any point, you are uncomfortable in any way.
The number of images that make it through my selection and initial editing process will vary from shoot to shoot and will depend on the amount of time we spend actually shooting (taking into account location changes, outfit changes, disruptions, etc) and, obviously, how the shoot itself progresses.
After a shoot I will go through the images we got and do a review to weed out the duplicates and ones that didn't come up to scratch. I'll do an initial edit on these images and then upload them to a password-protected gallery on my website. Only you and I will have the access code to that gallery and you select which images you would like. The ones you select I will do a full edit and retouch on. I don't set a limit on the number you select (within reason as they do take me a finite time to process). I will send the low resolution versions (1000px on the long edge - suits Facebook and Instagram portfolios, for example) by email and high resolution versions you could print from via Dropbox.
While I go through the initial edit process I always get side-tracked by images that catch my eye and I fully process and retouch some images straight away. These I will get to across to you in low resolution form as I do them. So you will see fully edited images from our shoot normally with 24 hours of the shoot.
I normally take about 2 weeks to get the full set of your selected and finished images back to you.
Copyright – there always seems to be some confusion about this. To be absolutely clear - the photographer owns the copyright to an image irrespective of who or what is in that image. The only exception to this is if the photographer takes the image as part of their normal employment – I am not employed to take photographs, so I own copyright to ALL of my images. For more information please check this official government link
I will only agree to a TF/collaborative shoot on the basis that you sign a Model Release, a copy of which is attached below. I'm afraid I make no exceptions to this. In return I will provide you with an Image license granting you rights to use the images I give you for your portfolio and promotional purposes, etc. A copy of the Image License I use is also attached below.
I never, without exception, provide all images from a shoot. I reject a large proportion of images from a shoot for any number of reasons including exposure, focusing, composition, or even if I don't like them. I also do not provide un-edited images from the shoot so you or someone else can edit them for you. If you don’t like how I have edited your shots then please let me know, but you do not have my permission to re-edit or re-crop the finished images yourself or ask someone else to. A major element of my style of photography is how I edit and post-process images. If you don’t like my image processing and editing style then maybe I am not the right photographer for you to work with.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this. I hope that these notes and guidance information are helpful.
Best wishes
Model Release Form
Reference: _________
Photographer’s Name: Nic Skerten
Model Name: _____________________________

Model’s Age: _______ Model’s DoB: _________
Model's Phone Number : ____________________
Model's Email: _____________________________
Models Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________________

For good and valuable consideration I acknowledge as received, and by signing this release I grant as follows:
I irrevocably grant to Photographer/Filmmaker and its licensees, successors, and assigns (“Photographer/Filmmaker”) the right to license and use the still or motion photographs or film taken of me including my voice, picture, portrait and likeness (the “Images”) in any and all media and for any use whatsoever (except illegal or pornographic), including without limitation, art, stock, advertising, trade and promotion, in perpetuity. Uses may include subject that may be controversial or sensitive including but are not limited to the use of an Image that involves or implies illegal activities, adverse medical conditions or procedures, other adverse health or mental health issues, substance abuse, drug use, welfare or economic aid, dating agencies, sexual preference, teen pregnancy, abortion and adoption, political or religious affiliation, smoking or alcohol usage, feminine hygiene, incontinence or impotence. Any print, negative, digital file, film or other copy U receive shall only be used it for my own personal use and I shall not authorise anyone else to use it. I agree and acknowledge that all rights to the Images are owned by “Photographer/Filmmaker” including the right to copyright the Images.
I agree that no advertisement, product or other material need be submitted to me for any further approval and the Photographer/Filmmaker shall be without liability to me for any distortion or illusionary effect or adverse result to me on account of the publication, distribution or broadcast of the Images. I agree that the Images may be combined with other material and may be cropped, altered or modified. I consent to the use of my name or a fictitious name, and consent to the publications of any of the ethnicities indicated below, but understand that other ethnicities may be associated with the Images by the Photographer/Filmmaker for descriptive purposes.
I understand that my personal information will not be made publicly available but may be used as required or necessary directly in relation to the licensing of the Images and may be retained as long as necessary to fulfil this purpose, including by being shared with the licensees / assignees of the Photographer/ Filmmaker and transferred to countries with differing data protection and privacy laws where it may be stored, accessed and used.
I release, discharge and agree to hold harmless the Photographer/Filmmaker and his/her licensees, sub-licensees, successors, and assigns (“Released Parties”) from any liability arising out of or in connection with the use of the Images, including any and all claims for defamation and or and invasion of privacy or publicity. I acknowledge that the Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any unauthorised use, or piracy of the Images.
I warrant that I am of full age and have every right to contract in my own name in the above regard; that I have read the above authorisation, release and agreement, prior to its execution; and that I am fully familiar with the contents. This agreement shall be binding upon me, my heirs, successors, and assigns.
I am an independent contractor and am not eligible for insurance or other benefits. I am solely responsible for my own taxes, insurance, benefits and costs and release Photographer/Filmmaker from any, and all, liability for any physical injury arising from the Shoot.

Model's Signature : _______________________________________________             Date : _______________

If the Model is not yet eighteen (18) years old, please complete the following:
I, the undersigned, hereby warrant that I am the parent or legal guardian of the above named model, a minor, and have full authority to authorise the above Release which I have read and approved. I hereby release and agree to indemnify the licensed parties and their respective successors and assigns, from and against any and all liability arising out of the exercise of the rights granted by the above release.

Name : _______________________________________          Signature: _______________________________________
Relationship to Model:   PARENT / LEGAL GUARDIAN  (delete as appropriate)
Address (if different than Model's Address) : _______________________________________________________________
Trade for Content Image License
Reference: ________________
Photographer’s Name: Nic Skerten
Model’s Name:      _________________________
Date of Shoot:      __________________________
The Photographer hereby grants the Model, in perpetuity, a non-transferable and non-exclusive License to use the Images supplied (identified on the contact sheet attached) for self-promotional and/or non-commercial use.
The Model may use these images freely for his/her portfolio and personal website marketing and may distribute hard copy prints and electronic version of these images for the purposes of self-promotion including but not limited to advertising, portfolios, composite cards, exhibitions, contests, and promotional internet web sites.
The Model shall not transfer, license, sell, lease, or otherwise confer either permanently or temporarily any reproduction rights to any of the Images, to any third party.
The Model hereby recognizes the Photographer as the sole and exclusive copyright holder of the supplied Images. In any use of the pictures for promotion, credit must be given to the Photographer.
This License is restricted to the usage defined in paragraph 2 of this License unless agreed with the Photographer in writing

Photographer’s Signature: ______________________________________                              Date: _______________
Model’s Signature: _____________________________________________                           Date: _______________

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