The policy can be revised at any time. Should that be the case, parents and models will be notified via email. As of this time, the policy is still under revision so it can appear as a professional statement.
It is generally a recommendation for a model who is under 18, legally classified in the United States as a minor, to have a parent or guardian attending the shoot. For the Youth Revolution Teen Modeling project, it is a requirement regardless of the modelís age. If there happens to be more than one model and one model cannot be accompanied by a parent or guardian, the attending parent or guardian can accept responsibility for the unaccompanied model only under the circumstance that a form is signed by the nonattending parent or guardian before execution of the shoot. The form can be sent to the nonattending parent or guardian via mail or email. This is only acceptable in the case that the models and their families are good friends. The purpose of this regulation is to protect all parties involved.
The model can come up with an alias to protect their real identity from online predators who may try to stalk them. Celebrity Models arenít required to come up with an alias, but can choose to do it if desired.
Clothing and Costumes
All outfits the model choose to wear during the shoot must be age-appropriate. Models in Youth Revolution should not wear clothing that are usually worn only by adults, or wear clothing in such a way that the outfit is provocative. If requested by the parent, or model with the parentís approval, additional clothing can be provided at the shoot for the model to wear. For boys, they have the option to model shirtless, but they must have parental permission. Within reason, swimwear can be permissible. Costumes may be presented for a themed shoot. Again, they must be age-appropriate. If hair dyes and body paint is brought to the shoot, a form will be presented to the parent to sign, providing permission for the hair dye, which can be temporary or permanent, and body paint to be applied to the model.
Copyright and Credits
All pictures taken at Youth Revolution are property of the representing photographer who took them and the model who appears in the pictures. If a model or parent posts a picture from their shoot, it is important that they provide credits where due. In social media, they must tag the photographer who took the pictures. For instance, if Sidney Hoggard took pictures of the model who wanted to post their pictures on Facebook, the parent, not the model, should tag Sidney Hoggard Photography. If the model makes the tag, they defeat the purpose of an alias if they wish to use one. To help with the album sales, the model and parent should understand not to post but only a few of the pictures from the shoot. Pictures can be shared in private with extended family and friends.
Anyone from 8 through 17 years old are more than welcome to come and join the project. There is to be no form of discrimination against age, disability, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Bullying will be considered a form of discrimination too.
Models are encouraged to stay in school to the point when they graduate from high school. The project wants models who work hard even in stressful situations. Unless there is an acceptable reason for a model to drop out of school, the model can be dropped from the project. It is possible, but not definite, that the project may accept dropouts who are currently working on getting their GEDs.
This section serves mainly as a hands-off clause for the projectís policy. Only the photographer, and designated assistant if there is one, may touch the photographical equipment brought to the shoot. A warrant must be presented to the photographer and assistant for any piece of the equipment to be seized, even by law enforcement especially on public property. This clause applies to all equipment used by the photographer and designated assistant, including memory cards used to store the pictures taken in a shoot. This clause can also apply to cameramen, hairdressers, makeup artists, and wardrobe stylists.
There are currently three forms available for use. The Interview Form basic, only containing information about the model including name and alias, date of birth and age, body measurements, and modeling categories that they choose to participate in, as permitted by the parent or guardian. There is also a fun section in the Interview Form where they can discuss their favorites. The Permission Form serves as evidence that the parent allowed the representing photographer to take pictures of the model whose name is on the form. It also serves as a release form providing proof that the parent allowed the photographer to publish and share pictures taken at the shoot, and that they have given permission for the album sales in which their child can earn profits. The Policy Acceptance provides the clarification that the parent, model, and photographer have discussed and agreed with the policy. The Interview Form can be taken home for the model and parent to fill out, while the last two must be signed before execution of the shoot. Other forms will be presented if needed, such as the Dye and Paint Form for hair dyes and body paint.
Health and Fitness
Other than education, models are encouraged to focus on their health and fitness. By eating healthy and working out, models can extend their lives by several years and be more confident about their appearance. The project will reject anyone who has taken up drugs, smoking, and drinking. It is ideal for the project to have a good image.
Lost and Found
If a model or parent unintentionally leaves behind an item, it is the photographerís responsibility to return the item as soon as possible by any means possible, and vice versa if the photographer leaves something behind. The parties should establish a time and public place to meet for retrieval of the item. If the model or parent disregards the item, the photographer is entitled to keep or discard it.
The photographer may sometimes offer to pay in cash, an outfit, or both, but they may not always be able to make such payments. However, there is to be no exception to a CD freely offered to the model and parent after the full album is established. Also, in exchange for the modelís participation in the project, the modelís family can ask for pictures including senior pictures at any time without having to pay anything for as long as the model is in the project. There is one exception; prints will have a price. This is because the photographer use resources that are costly. If the model has left the project when the family want pictures from the photographer, fees will be applied as normal.
The model can strike as many poses as they would like, but all poses should be appropriate and reasonable. The photographer may ask permission from the model and parent to arrange the modelís pose by hand if necessary. Otherwise, pictures of other models from an online search can be used as references. Ultimately, the model is encouraged to just be themselves and to let their personality show through.
It would be greatly appreciated, and helpful to the shootís progress, if the parent and model waits to preview their pictures until after the shoot. A laptop can be attached at the shoot to aid in quick previews. However, the model and parent should understand that the photographer goes through an approval phase where they review the pictures on a computer. Not all pictures at the shoot will be included in the full album at the end, especially if pictures have been deleted due to blurriness, overexposure or underexposure, or another reason.
The modelís full album will be posted on sale as a digital download. The project does not target any specific audience in the market, meaning anyone can buy an album. Part (50%) of the profits from the modelís album sales will go to the model as a form of payment for their work, while the remaining profits will stay with the photographer and the project to help its financial growth and structure.
Model and parent may ask the photographer to attend a sporting event, such as a football or soccer game, to take pictures of the model. However, model and parent should understand that the photographer cannot attend an event without permission from authorities because of other children who may not be in the project. Sessions where the model can play sports with other models or showcase their favorite sports by wearing uniforms can be permitted.
The photographer is entitled to bring an assistant or another photographer, and they can recruit people for specific purposes, such as a makeup artist. The parent and model can recruit people in such professions, but it should go without saying that another photographer is not needed at the shoot unless discussed with and accepted by the official photographer for the shoot. Collaboration shoots can be permitted if they are agreed upon first, by photographers, model, and parent. Too many photographers in one shoot can damage the artistic vision the photographer has in mind and can also result in making people uncomfortable, especially the model who can get overwhelmed by too many directions. However, on this subject, parents are encouraged to take pictures of the shoot but should refrain from distracting the model or photographer.