An open letter to all models and the photographers who enable them by giving up every image from a photoshoot, whether those images have been edited or not:
A lot of you models will request (and too often, demand) every image made during a photoshoot, with some going so far as to require these images immediately upon finishing the shoot. Not only is it unprofessional to make this request of your photographer, it's usually technically difficult or impossible. Do you think every model of previous generations (including those at the very top of the profession) required a duplicate roll of negatives at the end of a photoshoot? (That's a reference to film, by the way.) They all got exactly what you should expect to get and that is professionally edited and processed images that are ready when the photographer is done with them and not one day sooner.
I realize a digital workflow usually results in a quicker turnaround than traditional film developing and printing, but that doesn't give you any right to demand what you aren't traditionally owed. If you have decided to work with a professional, you already should have confidence in his or her ability to provide you with images that meet your expectations based on his or her existing portfolio. That means you've hired that photographer because you like his or her work and you'll get photos that reflect the style you already admire.
(Or maybe you have already decided to process the photos yourself because you're a "Photoshop guru." That's fine. Buy your own camera and a tripod.)
Photographers, here's why you should care: Because models don't care about your style or your artistic vision. They only know what looks good to them. If they see a picture that you've taken and they happen to like their smile or the way their hair looks, even if you haven't yet cropped out that light stand or corrected the white balance or removed some ugly marks on the floor under their feet, those models will still immediately upload that crap to their Facebook profile or their online portfolio AND CREDIT YOU FOR THE IMAGE. When other models and photographers see that, they think it's representative of ALL your work. They think you don't know what you're doing, and they think you don't know how to make an outstanding image.
So, everybody, here's a suggestion: Calm down. Wait until ALL the work is done. Then everyone gets what they want and we all go home happy.
One other thing: Unless specifically stated, any and all photos made by a photographer are the protected copyright of the photographer. This is the law. Licensing deals and "for hire" work can be negotiated before or after the shoot—before is better—but any such agreements must be in writing to be legally binding. Most people would not begrudge the use of photos in a model's portfolio without written permission, however.