Modeling and Photographers glossary

  • MUA- Make Up Artist
  • TFCD,TFP- Trade or Time for CD or Prints, usually no money exchanges hands
  • CC- Casting Call
  • SOOC- Straight out of Camera
  • B&W- Black and White, monochrome
  • Mod- Model
  • Photog, Tog- Photographer
  • PS- Photoshop
  • SAS- Share a Studio
  • GWC- Guy With Camera, Creeper with bad intentions
  • AF- Automatic Focus
  • NN- Non Nude
  • Flake, No Show-  A situation in which someone didn’t show up for a scheduled appointment with someone else.
  • Booking- An appointment for a model, photographer, stylist, etc., to perform a specific job at a specific time and place at a specific cost.
  • Callback- Subsequent meeting with a potential client after an audition.
  • Casting Call- A formal announcement for actors, models, mua’s or performers wanted
  • Crop- trim away excess material around the edges of a photograph.
  • Composite Card- A model’s business card.  Also called “comp card” or “zed card”.
  • House Guest- Photographers or other non-models
  • Fine Art Photography- Photographs produced primarily for display as art objects.  
  • Freelance-  Someone who arranges bookings directly with clients, rather than having an agency to arrange bookings on his/her behalf
  • Go-See- An interview between a model and client arranged by the model’s agent
  • On Locationn- Job is taking place outdoors or at some facility
  • Jailbate- An underage model that tries to get photographers to photograph him/her sometimes by doing sexual favors. Just dont do it!
  • Tear Sheet- Page pulled from a magazine, catalog, or newspaper to show published work
  • Pay- what models and photographers never have enough of
  • Implied Nude- a composition where a model appears to be nude but in which the model’s private areas are not visible (e.g. covered, hidden in shadows, or facing away from the camera). Specific definitions of implied nude may vary from person to person, so it is usually a good idea for photographers and models to state exactly what they mean when using the term.
  • Model Release- legal document formalizing the rights that a photographer has with regard to the use of the photographic likeness of a model.READ IT!
  • Fetish Modeling- Adult-oriented modeling designed to appeal to one non-mainstream sexual interests, (e.g. leather, PVC, spandex), or clothing (e.g. stockings, boots, corsets, stiletto heels),  activities (e.g. bondage, piercing, smoking), or specific body types (e.g. dwarves, obese women, large-breasted women, etc.)
  • Fit Modeling-  Clothing designers use models to test the fit of each clothing item in each size before starting mass production OR sometimes meant as A type of modeling where exercise and health are the main objective
  • Pin Up Modeling-  Photography showcasing the physique or sex appeal of models in 50′s style, old Hollywood or burlesque styles.  Betty Page, Marylin Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, et.al
  • Beauty Modeling- Modeling of cosmetics, skin care, and hair care products
  • Catalog Modeling- Modeling clothing or merchandise for store catalogs and circulars.
  • Demo Modeling- Modeling for live product demonstrations usually at stores
  • Editoral Modeling- Usually for magazine articles or covers.
  • Glamor Modeling/ Boudoir- Modeling in which the allure and appeal of the model’s physical appearance is the key ingredient.  For example, a sexy girl on a postcard isn’t selling the bikini she’s wearing; the postcard itself is the product she’s selling.
  • High Fashion- Usually high priced  or limited run designer clothing, as opposed to mass producted (Walmart Style)
  • Mainstream Modeling- Type of modeling that are prominent in the public eye like fashion and commercial modeling
  • Maxium Style Modeling- Modeling in styles similar to those depicted in Maxim Magazine, often the model is displayed in skimpy attire
  • Suicide Girl Type Modeling-  Softcore pornograph style usually goth,  punk and indie-styled