Share the Love, Share The Tag.
Hey Hey. Thanks for popping in to my first blog for all my fab influencer models. I'm pumped that you have joined this community of creative people. I put this together to help you understand the best way to tag your photos whether you are working with me or another photographer I think you will find this super helpful. Whether you are new to the social media influencer world or an old pro, you will also find some useful tips what most pro-photogs really want out of the models they work with.
Who owns an image and who has permission to share an image are two important factors you need to understand when becoming a model in a photoshoot. I will also go into behind the scenes etiquette and how you should go about sharing that content also.
So copyright infringement is a real thing, as in it's the law. Giving proper credit to your photographer and the brands you work with is actually a much bigger deal than some may realize or even consider. It's really really really important that you understand the proper way to give credit.
As photographers we understand that being a model in a photoshoot is exciting and makes you feel awesome. When you share not only the rad pictures you receive from your shoot, but also any behind the scenes pics and videos you may take on your phone we, the photographers, think that is great...but only when you do it the right way.
As a model you should be very aware of the etiquette expected when you are a part of a photoshoot. Just like you can't copy and paste someone's written work and claim it as your own, this applies to photography too. Credit must be given. To be considered a photographer's favorite model to work with, giving credit properly will get you more work hands down. The more love you share, the more love you shall receive, plus did I mention its the law?
Behind the Scenes Etiquette:
Ok. So before I get into showing you the proper way to credit a photographer you shoot with let me first go over any behind the scenes footage you may take on your phone during a shoot and what you may or may not be allowed to do with it. Some studios may not allow any footage be shot by anyone on the shoot except the photographer...meaning like at all, for real.
I, myself, am totally ok with you snapping pics of me shooting anything in the studio that would be considered a picture or video of the "action" (behind the scenes), but I'm never ok with someone standing behind me to get the exact shot I'm taking with their phone. Now you are stepping on my toes, in my way and that's my shot! That may sound harsh, but I'm only speaking from experience unfortunately and so it has to be said. I built that set, that's my backdrop, its my studio, my light set up, and I didn't create it for you to take that image sans me working within that image. Sorry, not sorry. If I'm off shooting on one set and you and another model are waiting your turn that doesn't mean its a playground for the models to have an iPhone photoshoot on my other sets either. Again, sorry not sorry.
You wanna shoot boomerangs in the studio or at the location shoot? Go for it, we all love boomerangs...just be sure to give credit on them when you post them on your social media. Edit them however your little heart desires too. Videos on your Instagram feed and stories are great too! Just tag the people in your stories and the studio and brands you are working with and show some love!
WANNA SEE A PHOTOGRAPHER REALLY LOSE IT?
Editing someone else's image is a major model fail.
YOU SHOULD NEVER EDIT, CROP OR ALTER SOMEONE ELSE'S IMAGE IN ANY WAY.
If you are a blogger or influencer with a specific esthetic you keep to just talk to your photographer. In most cases things can be adjusted to your liking, but girl you gotta talk to your photographer first.
CROPPING HAPPENS ON INSTAGRAM, JUST BE MINDFUL.
KEEP WATERMARKS PRESENT WHEN AN IMAGE IS WATERMARKED TOO.
Tagging and Photo Credit (specifically on Instagram):
Seems simple right? Most of us know how to tag a person or a business in an image on Instagram, but since there is more than one way to do it let's just make sure we are all on the same page.
If you are working with me, Lucid Linds, you should know that you have my permission to share any of my images, especially images that I give you to share. If you aren't working with me, but another photographer, just make sure you have permission first and foremost.
You want to tag the photographer in every image that may involve their work. Yes, you want to do this in both the ways provided on Instagram, its literally a few extra clicks, you can do it. And believe me the brands and businesses you work with are paying attention (that includes your photographer).
Tagging in your caption: Your caption is all yours, say whatever you want of course, just be kind and considerate give credit where you should. If you are a social media influencer then you always want to tag the brands you are modeling for. Even if it's just an image of you, you still want to always tag your professional photographer in the caption. :)
Tagging on the picture: The second way you want to tag is by tapping "Tag People" as seen below. Again, as an influencer you will want to tag the brands you are working with, not just your photographer. This definitely makes both the brand and the photographer happy to continue to work with you on future shoots. #goalsofaninfluncer
For Facebook I would suggest following any brands and businesses you plan to tag in your images first before starting a post. Then its simple using your @ sign to get the tag to show up. EXAMPLE: @Lucid Linds Photography & Creative
Don't Use hashtags to "tag" a brand or business.
#girlbrandphotography doesn't work.
BUT, a brand may have a specific hashtag they want you to use also. So check and see if that exists.
That's it! It's just that simple! We are all working our butts off to get to where we wanna be.
Be a part of the badass tribe that supports one another!
For paid shoots with brands and businesses you will be asked and required to get your tags right for sure. That's part of the deal.
For shoots that are for only trade you may or may not be "required" to post a specific amount of posts or stories on your social media from your shoot. You should be aware of and fulfill that agreement if there is one. If you want to be considered as a brand model/influencer again by said photographer and/or brand the more credit you give, the better you look and the closer you get to actually making money being a social media influencer.
Just doing it for fun? That's cool too, just put your tags where they are suppose to be and be a good human.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Happy Tagging!
Peace, Love and Photography,
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