Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find a list of the bikini and swimwear modeling questions we get asked the most, and our answers. Naturally, some things change over time, so please feel free to send a message or your other questions to use by email using the form on the Contact Us page.
Who is running this project?
TrueBikini is being developed by the Colorado based glamour photo production studio Group Five Photosports. That group has run glamour model websites such as TrueBabes for over 15 years, and thier studio is home to popular teen glamour model photographer Jimmy Stephans. You can visit the company website here and read about our history, websites, copyrights, trademarks, and even link from there to the State of Colorado to check our standing with them, and to the Library of Congress where our owners have over 10,000 registered copyright for photos and video. Company website here.
We expect the project to quickly grow and for photographers from outside the company to participate. During our planning we've had discussions with photographers from California, Arizona, Florida, and as far away as Australia. If you know a photographer that should participate, please have him review this page.
Is it just one guy?
No, a typical photoshoot involves at least two crew members. One is the make-up artist / hair stylist. Others are there to help with lights or props or any other needs.
The number of other helpers would depend on the project. If we are working in the studio we'll have two people around to help move lights and props, but on projects outside the studio we may limit that to one person because some shoot locations are smaller and become crowded, or we may raise it up to 3 if it is a big location that requires lots of people to hold lights or move gear.
The TrueBikini project described here are not the only project being done by the company. We currently have three employees, plus the photographer/owner, to manage other websites, maintain the studio space, and attend to other business. In summer 2019 we plan to add two more employees as we open our studio building to young outside photographers that don't yet have their own production space.
Where is this taking place?
Our main studio is located in the Littleton, Colorado, but only a few productions will take place there. In a studio photos and videos with models in a bikini can be done if the model has a prop she can interact with such as a cool car. After a while that limits the creative process as we run out of things to do, and the variety of backgrounds we have available. With that limitation in mind we anticipate that a large portion of photo and video production process to take place in beach locations and at resorts or large estates that have beautiful landscaping around a large pool.
Are the girls paid for modeling?
Yes, our company has always paid models that appear in our projects and the TrueBikini project is no different. The new website and APP will generate revenue, like YouTube, by advertisements that run before the videos and on the website. Those advertisers pay us and it's only fair to share some of the income with the models.
Our plan is to pay the models $100 per hour for their time and talent while working in front of our cameras.
Do models need to be a certain age?
No, we have not stated a set age. Because the project is about girls that are doing it for the fun and experience, as well as for girls that aspire to be professional models, we anticipate girls to apply as young as 14 and as old as 24. Of course, if we select a girl under age 18 we will need to plan with her mother and get some basic paperwork completed, but that's no big deal. It is the same model release paperwork the parents sign for a girl to do any photo work, even something as simple as a prom dress ad for Facebook.
How much experience is required?
None at all, and in fact that is part of the fun we are building into the project.
In roughly half of the models we hire will be brand new. Many of them will not have planned to try modeling, but we found them and got them to try it. That's what will make those videos interesting - watching the girls be transformed from a normal young lady with a normal job into a super cute bikini model in a fun location.
Of course, the models that do fantastic and that the fans react to in the most positive ways will be invited back again and again, so by that time they will be very experienced, and likely be helping us with any new girls we have around.
Do the models also use a stagename?
That would be up to the girls but it is likely that most models that we work with will use a stagename for privacy or business reasons. The privacy reasons are obvious, but some models don't understand what I mean by the term "business reasons". The main business reason to use a unique stagename is to create a separate brand around the model.
Pretend for a minute that the girl gets popular. Well, if that is the case, she may want to create Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter accounts with a name nobody else is using. It would be best to select that in advance.
Will the models here become famous?
No, we wouldn't want to use the word "famous" here. Popular with us, and the fans of our project, is more likely the accurate way to describe it.
If the girl selects to use her experience here to create a brand for herself on social media sites, that would be great, but it is not the purpose of our project, and we wouldn't promise anything like that.
Many beautiful girls create their own style or brand on Instagram and become influencers that are paid to wear certain garments or promote certain products to their followers, but they do that with their own hard work or help from their mother. It isn't the main goal of the TrueBikini project.
How can TrueBikini be contacted?
Yes, we try to make it as easy as possible to reach out and all the information is on the Contact Us page here.
Please, if you have any other questions, reach out to us and we'll do the best to answer, and to do it as soon as possible.
Do you hire photographers or make-up artists?
The project will start with our own production team. As the site and channel grow we expect to be partnering with outside videographers and hiring additional production staff on a temporary basis.
We've posted general information for those interested in participating on this page.