A collaboration shoot is one where everybody involved gets to use some or all of the photos commercially. The most common collaboration shoots are for creating content for websites like OnlyFans and Patreon, or to sell online at sites like BentBox and ManyVids. They're are also a good choice for submitting to magazines or websites that pay the model and photographer directly if the submission is accepted (for example, Suicide Girls).
There are many ways to structure a collaboration agreement. The most common are:
- Share the content: We each get non-exclusive rights to all the images we create together.
- Split the content: We each get exclusive rights to use about half of the images we create together.
- Share the Profits: We sell the content through one or more outlets and split the profit 50/50.
to split the profits from selling some sets of images on BentBox, while also sharing the rights to rest of the pictures from the shoot.
Q: Can I get paid?
I do hire models so it's absolutely a possibility. Unfortunately, I have a limited budget and shoots are expensive, so outside of client work, I can typically afford no more than one (maybe two) paid shoots a month. If you're interested, send me an e-mail with a link to a portfolio or a few pictures of yourself and we can go from there. Be aware, though, that I'm typically booked several months out for paid shoots and simply can't afford to do paid shoots with everyone that I'd like to work with.
While I am generally okay with models using pictures from a paid shoot for promotional purposes, I typically don't allow the images from paid shoots to be used on an OnlyFans or Patreon page, or for other commercial purposes.
I am also open to hybrid pay/collab arrangements that involve a reduced rate in exchange for giving you commercial publication rights to some of the images, or where part of the shoot is paid and part is a collaboration.
Q: Who pays expenses like studio or location rental?
I'll usually cover expenses related to camera and lighting gear and can provide a studio or other shooting location if we don't shoot outdoors or at a location you already have access to. If we shoot at a location of your choosing, I'll bring lighting equipment, backgrounds, or any other gear that we need to get the shots we want.
Q: Will you edit the photos?
Yes. I will do basic editing (color correction, major blemish removal, etc.) for as many images as you want. I'll do more intensive "beauty" editing on up to 5% of the shots we take. A typical 2-3 hour shoot results in between 500 and 1500 shots, so you can usually expect to get between 25 and 75 "beauty" edits from a session.
Q: Will you share the raw Images so I can edit them myself?
I know this is a sticky point for many photographers, but I am open to negotiating for the raw files under some situations. If I do, I ask that when you publish images that you've edited from the raw files, you call out the fact that the edit was not done by me. Something like:
Photo: Jeff LaMarche
Edit: Jane Doe
I do not give raw images for paid or hybrid shoots.
Q: How long does it take to get content?
I pride myself on quick turnaround. Barring unusual circumstances (such as when I'm traveling), I will send out unedited proofs within 48 hours of the shoot, and very often get them out within a few hours. Edited images take longer, depending on how many shots you select and the amount of editing I have to do on them. My general guideline is that I can deliver 50 basic edits or 10 full "beauty" edits per week starting from when you tell me which images you want. I often can do them faster, but that's a good general rule of thumb that keeps me from getting too buried in editing work from multiple shoots.
For raw or unedited files, I can typically get them to you within 48 hours. I can usually turn them around almost immediately, but I shoot with very high-resolution cameras that produce really large files. The raw files from a single shoot can easily exceed 100GB, so they take some time to upload.
Q: Who will own the copyrights?
It depends on the situation, but usually me. Under US copyright law, the photographer automatically owns copyright (except when doing what's called "work-for-hire"), and the copyright has to stay with me because of the way copyright law works in the U.S.
Joint ownership of copyright requires that each of the joint copyright owners make an "independently copyrightable contribution" to the image. Modeling, set dressing, makeup, hair - none of those things are considered independently copyrightable under current US law. As a result, if we attempt to create a joint copyright in the shared images, it would be legally moot and the rights would revert back to me.
What I do, instead, is give you an irrevocable license to use and publish the content, which means you'll have nearly identical rights to what you would have if you were a joint copyright owner. Our agreement will require me to provide any necessary documentation that you need to publish, sell, or otherwise use the images.
Q: Will we have a written agreement?
Yes. In most cases, we will use a single "Collaboration Agreement" that will act as a contract, model release, and license agreement. Without a written agreement, I (as the photographer) would retain all rights in the images, so it's in your interest to have a written contract showing that you have the right to publish the images.
I'm happy to send you a copy of the agreement to look at in advance, and all terms are — of course — negotiable.
Q: It seems like you mostly shoot with cis women. Will you collaborate with others?
I am open to collaborating with anyone
Q: Can we collaborate if I'm not willing to shoot nude?
Absolutely! Just tell me what you are comfortable with, and that's what we'll do. I'll never ask or pressure you to go beyond your boundaries.
Q: Will you shoot explicit content?
While there are a few very extreme types of content that I won't shoot, such as anything based on harmful or hateful racial, gender, or ethnic stereotypes, I'm generally willing to shoot most any type of content as long as everybody involved in the shoot is a consenting adult.
I may ask that you not credit me when you publish more explicit images, though.
Q: Can I get prints or instant photos?
Absolutely. For prints, I'll provide one large print (up to 13x19) and five smaller prints (up to 8x10) for each hour of collab shooting we do, and you can substitute multiple smaller prints for a larger one (e.g. you can substitute two 5x7s or four 4x5s for one 8x10).
If you want instant photos (polaroids) to sell, let me know ahead of time so I can make sure I have an instant camera and film with me. I'll pay for one 20-pack of film for each hour we shoot, and we can split them 50-50. Or, you can bring your own instant film and camera and you can keep them all.
I also love creating limited edition prints, if that's something you're interested in. Typically, for limited editions, I'll keep the Artist Proof, give you an HC proof, and then we'll split the edition 50/50. I'll create certificates of authenticity for all the prints, will mount them in acid-free mats, and deliver them in a crystal bag ready for sale. I've written a blog post that explains more about limited edition prints if you want to know more about how it all works.
Q: Can we shoot video?
Sure! I'm able to produce and edit up to 8k video and can bring video lighting gear, if needed. Just make sure to tell me ahead of time so I bring the necessary equipment.
Q: Will you do collabs with multiple models?
Absolutely! We'll just split the content equally. So, if there are two models, we'll split everything three ways instead of two. I'm also happy to include makeup artists, stylists, set decorators, riggers, or anybody else who makes a material contribution to the final images.
Q: Do I have to bring identification to the shoot?
Yes. First, if you're under 18, you can't enter into a legally binding contract. There are some exceptions to that, but a modeling agreement is definitely not one of them. Second, if we're doing any images with nudity (even if it's just implied nudity), I will need to take a copy of your government-issued photo identification and it must show that you are a legal adult on the day of the shoot.
For more explicit content, I will will also ask you to sign a statement saying that the identification you showed me is yours, that you obtained it legally, and that you have not altered it in any way. That last requirement comes from a Federal law (18 USC §2257), so it's not negotiable.
Q: What kind of gear do you use?
I shoot entirely with professional equipment. My current camera bodies are a Nikon D850 and a Nikon Z9. All my lenses are fast professional-grade glass (ƒ2.8 and lower). I also have a wide assortment of professional lighting and studio gear, much of which can be brought on location, even when there's no electricity available onsite.
Have any questions I missed? Drop me a note!