Have been keeping this topic inside my stomach for very long liao, must say something!
Standards of 'models' and 'photographers' varies very much here. There is nothing wrong with that. This is a learning ground for both models and photographers. It's great to be here isn't it? If not, this site won't be so popular.
The thing is, if you can boldly call yourself a model or photographer, then better show us something that can make most of the people here say wow, that's a good pose, or wow, that's a good photo! If not, then go train yourself up and come to offer your service some other time. Don't just simply call yourself a model or photographer if your portfolio is nothing but just snapshots with blend lightings and simple poses and yet asking for paid jobs. It's not going to work like this, and you better feel that way!
Your portfolio will tell us everything whether you are experience or not. So don't ask for $ if you don't have the skills and experience. Don't pretend. We all know if you are or are not.
Yet again, if silly photographers paying so-called 'models' for paid shoot, we can't say anything. It's a give and take or supply and demand thing. What we can do in private discussions here is 'this so-and-so is so stupid to pay this so-and-so $ for a shoot. His $ no where to put issit?', or comments like this.
By saying this, I'm hoping to be able to push the standard of this site higher, with people of certain modelling and photography calibre offering their service at a cost, with the newbies offering and learning from TFCDs. I thought that will be a very natural way to go, not a site filling with people finding quick bucks here. It's sick.