TFP is an acronym for “Time for Prints” and is a common term used by models and photographers. It can also mean “trade for prints”.
TFP describes an arrangement between a model and photographer, whereby the photographer agrees to shoot an agreed number of photographs of the model and provide the model with a limited license to use the best photos chosen from the shoot. In exchange for the photos, the model provides his or her time.
The model and photographer must make it clear before hand what they expect from the photo shoot. In addition to being a way for models and photographers to obtain prints for their books, working TFP is a great way for new models to get valuable practice and to network with numerous photographers who may ultimately hire the model for paying jobs. It also a great way for photographers to meet and work with new models and get the “bugs out” before working together on paid modeling jobs.