To Pay or not to Pay.... THAT is the question...

"What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?"

This is a paradox that has pondered man for a long time. But I think it goes right along with, "What happens when a model who doesn't "pay for pictures" meets a photographer who doesn't "pay models?" Does a shoot still happen?

I bring this up, because every once in a while, whether its on Model Mayhem, One Model place, or other modeling/photography websites, I see more and more models saying that they "do not pay for shoots." I also see photographers who say that they do not pay models, but yet I see many of these model/photographer teams working together...hmmm.

So here is my two cents. YES, instantly I will take the side of the photographer. It's not that I have a problem paying models, its that most of the models who make that kind of demand are not "experienced" models. They do not have the portfolio or the creative offerings (i.e. nude, shooting in cold weather/adverse conditions, etc...) to demand payment. I mean would you pay a photographer $500 for a shoot who shot with a disposable camera and didn't have a portfolio to back it up?

When I see that on a profile, its almost a red light to me because it makes me think "DIVA!" Most photographers have a big enough ego as it is, and doesnt want to have anything to do with more on a set. For me I just move on to the next profile no matter how much I might have wanted to shoot with that person. It just leaves off a bad impression. Conversely I feel as a photographer, that if there is a shoot that I want to do, and I can't find a model who would want to work on it whether TF, or to save that idea for a paying shoot, that I should be able to pay a model. With that being said, there is no such thing as "Pay me, but I wont do..." If you are getting paid you are getting hired to do a job.

The photographers that you work with have not only invested the time, but they have invested a lot of money in the continual process of trying to make people look their best. I know of photographers who do great work with $1000 cameras, and we consider that cheap, when you have photogs out there who shoot with $60K cameras. Price and quality often go hand in hand.

All that being said. If you are only shooting once a month, because you are waiting for paid gigs, or maybe once every two months... are you getting better at your chosen skill?

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!