The company that specializes in creating ads for big brands.
A company that represents models, actors and talent of any kind. A modelling agency is responsible for representing and promoting its roster of models
and booking jobs for them. Modelling agencies usually handle contracts, payments and the whole business side of the model's life. Sometimes, especially with
larger agencies, the agency will "lend" the model money for a photo shoot, comp cards, clothes, an apartment, etc. The agency will then pay itself back by
taking money out of the model's first earnings. It is MOT usual for reputable agencies to charge a 'sign-up' or 'joining' fee, or to charge for test shots -
if they feel you have potential as a model they will be eager to sign you.
The book agencies distribute to all of their clients to promote their models. The book contains the comp card for each model represented by the agency.
Models are often required to pay a fee to have their comp card printed in the book.
Whatever the model stands in front of during a photo shoot. In a studio, this is usually seamless paper or a faux location scene.
A close-up shot of part or all of the face (lips, eyes, etc.). This kind of photo is usually used in a cosmetics print ad or in a magazine editorial
about skin care products, make-up products, that kind of thing.
The condensed story of a model's life - basically a resume with particular jobs highlighted.
Bonuses are not always given in cash-designers may give clothes as bonuses if they can't pay the models' full day rates for a runway show. And no matter
what form the bonus takes, the agency takes 20% of the value of the bonus. Bonuses can be given when a shoot is long, or when a client loves the pics and
wants to use them more often than the original intention/contract.
When you tell your agent you're not available for a job, for either professional or personal reasons, and the agent cannot book you during that time,
you've "booked out" for that time.
A specification on a call-sheet that means clean hair, clean face. You should show up for the photo shoot with no make-up on and freshly washed hair.
The opposite of this is "hair and make-up ready," which is pretty self-explanatory.
Also referred to as a comp card, zed card or model business card. A comp card is a piece of card stock printed with at least two photos of you in
various poses, settings, outfits and looks (the widest variety possible). It includes your name, your contact information, usually your agency's info and
all your stats. Comp cards come in lots of different formats depending on the city, agency and the type of model or actor you are. Agencies will usually
issue comp cards for you after they sign you.
The number of models posed in a photograph. Some standard fashion configurations are singles, doubles, triples, and groups.
Also called Proofs. A photographer's term for a sheet of film printed with small versions of all the photos taken during the photo shoot. From
the contact sheet, the photographer and the client will choose which shots they want to print and enlarge.
Also called a Cyc Studio. This is a photography studio that has no corners - instead, it's sort of rounded everywhere with built-in backdrops.
In photographs, corners and edges (like where the wall meets the floor) tend to look ugly. A cove studio eliminates this effect. Seamless paper gives the
same effect in a regular studio.
Pronounced "syk," cyc is short for "cyclone" studio. See Cove Studio.
A photographic studio that is lit with natural light, usually by way of windows and skylights.
The person who makes sure that clothes fit the model properly, and pins them if necessary.
Fashion Fit Modelling
A male or female model fashion designers and garment manufacturers use to size and measure clothes for production. Fit models have the perfect
proportions for a given clothing size. They are used by designers to piece together new creations, see how they move, and develop their patterns. The key
for a fit model is to never gain or loose an inch. Fit models can be hired by manufacturers in permanent salary positions. Often, clothing manufacturers do
not hire separate fit models for each size. Instead, they measure the clothes on a standard size (size 8-10 for women; size 40 regular for men) model and
then use computer programs to magnify those dimensions for each different size.
Contractual term for a photo shoot in which each model is getting paid the same day rate. The highest paid model on the shoot usually gets paid less
than his or her usual rate. This helps eliminate accusations of unfair work practices and general griping by lower-paid models that are working just as
hard as the highly-paid model. Models don't look as good in photographs when they feel they're being cheated to pay the star.
The session that takes place before the photo shoot where the clothes to be modelled are fit onto the model. Based on the model's particulars, the
clothes are usually altered to fit. When you go to a fitting, be prepared to stand around partially clothed all day long, in front of several people. These
people will usually be stylists, seamstresses and designers.
A model listed with multiple agencies (as opposed to one particular agency) or a self-promoting model who works without an agent. Most commercial print
models are freelance and work as independent contractors.
A model's appointment to see a potential client.
Models are paid halftime for all travel time. If your day rate is £50 an hour, you'll get £25 for each hour you travel to and from that job. Your
agency also gets 20% of halftime travel rates.
A poster displaying head shots and information about models represented by a modeling agency. Models may have to pay to appear on an agency's
Any place, other than in a studio, where a shoot (photography or film) takes place. When you are on location, it means you are outside the controlled
environment of the studio or soundstage and should prepare accordingly.
A legal document provided by the client/photographer and signed by the model or agent. It gives permission to the photographer to use photographs
taken at a particular sitting. If photographs are used without a release, or in a way different from what is stated in the release, then the model can sue
for breach of contract.
A contract signed by the photographer giving permission to the model to use the photographs taken during a particular sitting.
Also called a Book or Model's Book. A notebook conaining a collection of a model's best photographs (usually size 8"x10") and tear
sheets demonstrating their abilities in front of the camera. Models can usually purchase good portfolios stamped with their agency's name and logo directly
from the agency, but plain black portfolios work fine, too.
Prints For Time
An agreement between the model and photographer to whereby they work for each other on a mutually beneficial basis, and no money changes hands. The
photographer provides a selection of prints from the shoot in recognition of the model's time commitment.
Sheet listing a model's education, experience, and vital statistics. The resume is usually attached to an 8X10 or a composite.
The actual page torn from the magazine a model appeared in. Models put their tear sheets in their portfolios. Tearsheets are even better than photos,
because it shows the kind of work the model has already done.
When a model and photographer work together on a new idea or on their portfolios. No fees other than sharing film-and-developing expenses are involved.
Model and Photographer Releases should be signed before the session.
Models get paid for each different medium in which their photograph is used. These different mediums, or usages, may include: consumer magazines,
trade magazines, product packaging, print ads, bus ads, subway ads, billboards, magazine covers, direct mail, magazine editorials, posters, catalogues,
brochures, point-of-purchase (point-of-sale or p-o-p), annual reports, book covers, kiosk, duratrans (those big portable billboards that are towed around
behind trucks), newspapers, etc. The model receives an additional fee for each usage the client buys. Usages also vary according to time and region. The
longer the ad runs and the more markets in which it appears, all drive up the model's fee. The largest usage is the unlimited time usage, worldwide buyout.
That means the client can plaster the photograph across every city in the world in every possible usage until the end of time.
See Composite Card.