Frank Withers's picture

How to handle a model who wants to edit your photos?

Hi everyone. I recently conducted a trade shoot with some amazing models for our swimwear portfolios. One of the models is now requesting I send her high-res files so that she may edit them (vague).

Thus far I culled the images from our shoot, color-corrected, and sent 2000px jpegs for her to use on instagram. I let her know that I will send the retouched versions of the best images gradually as they are completed.

Bear in mind, this is a trade shoot, so I handle things a little differently than with a paid client. Just wondering what is best practice for this type of request- she is likely to post images she edits to social media with me listed, so if it does not reflect my standard of quality or overall style, I would rather not invite that option...

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Why not send them to her and ask her NOT to credit you for the edited versions? You're not losing anything and you're keeping a collaborator happy. Don't forget: she is trusting you not to make her look bad - she doesn't have any say over which images you use or what you do to them. You're not legally obliged, but legal and fair are two different things.

John Smith's picture

I think this depends on your branding. I agree with David Mawson, who left a comment below. At the same time, if she edits them, and she isn't good at it and gives you photo credits, you may lose face.
I bend over backwards for excellent models who agree to TFP, especially those who bring clients or provide referrals for jobs.

Frank Withers's picture

That makes sense, however I can't imagine ever releasing RAW files for this. At best, large size 4000-5000 pxel jpegs?