There is a small caveat to that mind, they promise you a shoot, then talk you into covering their kids party first, or some birthday or other... which you do in good faith, then they don't show. You later find out they've rung round getting prices, and settled on Mr Gullible cos it's free init TF or so they got told or read. Or they want a shoot, which you do, only to find out the pics can never see the light of day by request... the lady gets her dream shoot, you get nothing of value in return other than the joy of providing hours of work for chuff all in the end. The word is out on TF, and finding paid work as a photographer is getting harder and harder; magazines are on it, newspapers are on it, fashion houses are on it... and it's always payment by credit, or i'll tell my friends, or i'll put your card in the window... or some other form of pay off that may even be costing someone other than them. I don't give these people the time of day... they don't respect there are bills to be paid, so I don't respect them right back. In the end they will probably do it on their phone anyway. Public beauty portraits have given way for the most part by the selfie et al, and everyone who owns a camera in some form, calls themselves a photographer - owning one, and knowing how to use one are two completely different things; but try explaining that to Joe public. Rich types that would rather have a pro 8x10 ft print on their wall will probably call you, or those wanting their weddings done for £50... (and you should, cos you're better than that guy down the road... and he said he would if you don't) but that's about it these days unless you can flood micro-stock sites for a pittance return. Put things online and some grimy phukka finds a commercial use for it without asking, or spreads it round instagram claiming they need your donations to keep collecting and posting... "THEY CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU" allegedly. One way or another we get screwed over in the end, there's always someone making money from your work, making some of us question if it's even worth doing in the current climate. Good lucking making any yourself mind. Alt used to be a niche, now it's mainstream - not my thing at all. Doesn't leave much does it... and don't get me started on models leaving the scene on grounds of safety because of touchy feely togs. And the good ones, get looked at like pervs... or we're expected to ask now if we want topless, or nude, or adult, like it's the only thing people shoot. In short it's getting a bad rap, and a bad rep. Some photographers don't help matters either by showing up, doing a shoot, and don't provide images. *shakes head slowly in disbelief* now wonder the world is jaded against us, and why people insist we pick up every cost involved. It's all on the decline in one form or other. And I don't think we've hit the bottom just yet, when we do, i'm hoping for something of a bounce. I'm going out for a walk... I may be some time Get some air, count to ten. Speen vented /rant over... sorry.
I think Purpleport has 'critical mass' now....like a gravitational black hole, it is large enough to suck in any new models. To be blunt, the last few I have worked with (from there) hadn't even heard of this site. But if it is any consolation...they didn't know of any other sites either (other than FB). But it is good that there are some on here that find it works for them.