Why don't you put up a paid casting call then?
It's a market - people buy and sell according to the market. This is not really a site for professional photographers - whilst there are some professional photographers of models on this site, most of them are working in the adult market. There are apparently lots of professional photographers on this site but most of them don't specialise in model photography or make any income from model photography. This site and others on the internet help to operate an efficient market. There are plenty of photographers (many competent) who are prepared to photograph models for no charge so why would a model pay for photos which are no more likely to be competent. I think photographers who get money off modelling hopefuls are more likely to get money from girls who have no hope of getting anywhere (but with delusions of fame and fortune) - whilst there may be some on here these 'models' can be found easier on Facebook where there is less sensible advice.PB001I am noticing more and more casting calls, from models requiring payment from the photographers? Unless my eyesight is flawed there are no casting calls from photographers requiring payment from models. (I may have missed any that're out there somewhere) I appreciate that both model and photographer both need to earn a living in their chosen craft, but models please understand that it is equally justified for a photographer to ask for payment too, we are not charities and we too have studio overheads, equipment costs, marketing budgets, insurance costs, and more to pay for every year.
So if you do TFP how do you declare it on your tax return ?PB001I don't consider TFP/TFCD to be the swapping of something for FREE, I consider it an equal exchange of a chargeable skill. If I want a models time and skill I have no problem with paying for it, that payment comes via said model accepting my time and skill in exchange. As Artistoli mentions above we are fast becoming an unsustainable industry. I work mainly in the commercial area, working for businesses and companies for their marketing purposes, when those assignments lend themselves to the bringing in of models, then I am quite happy to pay whatever going rate happens to apply. Sadly I'm finding ever more so that companies are cutting costs across the board too and will not budget for such perceived extravagance, even though I often suggest they do. For these reasons I perceive I may be considered an observant outsider, having need of models as much as everyone else on this forum, still as I've said I don't consider any models time and skill as less valuable as my own so consider TFCD/TFP an equitable transaction just as valuable as cash. Certainly NOT as a FREEBIE each way.