Rates for Services - Hillary Olson


WILL TRAVEL: If my schedule allows,  I am willing to travel anywhere in the US for my modeling full-day rate +  a one-way plane ticket. I am also open to traveling to other countries. Contact me for details.

DEPOSITS + CANCELLATIONS:  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. I often schedule projects months in advance and require a 50% deposit to hold a date for a photoshoot for modeling or photography services. Exceptions may be  made only if we have worked together in the past. The deposit is fully refundable up to 48 hours before the shoot date. After that, the deposit cannot be refunded but it may be used to secure another date in the future. Please note, because of my demanding schedule this may not be for several weeks. If you cancel last minute or under unprofessional circumstances, I reserve the right to refuse another date and keep the deposit as a cancellation fee. I will always empathize if emergencies arise, however, it is always best to let me know as soon as possible if something comes up, so that I may schedule other projects when openings occur. Thank you for understanding!

Fine Art Photography Services

You can hire me as photographer for creative projects, professional marketing, personal promotion, content creation for subscription sites, portfolio building/experience, body celebration, or just for fun! Make sure that you are requesting and expecting photography that aligns with my artistic work. I am not available for photographing events or typical portrait work such as weddings, headshots or senior portraits. I am happy to recommend local photographers who offer these services. I am open to trade (tfp) negotiations for: experienced models, people of color, and underrepresented bodies. My availability is very limited, so my priorities for booking shoots in which I will not be paid ($) are those photoshoots that allow me to offer inclusion and diversity. Please fill out this form for all photoshoot inquires:

Fine Art Photography - $250 for the first hour, $100 for each additional hour
with 20 final image edits for every hour you book!

1-hour minimum for local shoots with minimal concept planning in your home / outdoors
2-hour minimum for shoots while traveling outside of the Twin Cities area, shoots that require me to find a private indoor location, or shoots that involve multiple looks or require specific conceptual planning, crafting or direction.*

*If you want to hire me in Minneapolis/Saint Paul to take some artistic photos of you in your home, outdoors or at a public setting, you are welcome to book just one hour with me. Otherwise, I have a two-hour minimum ($350, 40 images) for booking photography services. 

These shoots can be clothed or nude, indoor or outdoor and are preferably booked at least two weeks in advance to allow time for concept building. We will block the allotted hours of time, which will include any set-up, travel, changes or clean-up. I will ask for as much information about the project as you can offer when planning, so I may create images that are unique to you! Concepts can be as collaborate as you would like. Images will be available within two weeks from the date of the photoshoot (three weeks for trade shoots). Your investment covers my work for the day, time for concept planning and time for preparing final images in post-production.

View fine art photography portfolio here.

An important note about nudity: Know your boundaries and communicate them prior to the shoot. I will never tell you to take off your clothing during a shoot. IF we have talked about nudity or implied nude I may ASK when/if you feel comfortable but I will assume you will take the lead on your wardrobe preferences. This affects location, concept and possibly sharing so please make sure you have communicated your boundaries and expectations in advance. That’s how we take care of one another!


I am available for fine art modeling for photographers and other visual artists. I can model artistic nude, portrait, implied nude, fashion nude, editorial, lingerie, erotic/fetish/kink, boudoir or  classroom/studio/workshop settings. It is important when posing nude for a person to have clear boundaries, and I am no exception. Please note that these boundaries may be different when working with different people. A big factor that plays into this, is how familiar I am with you and your work. I would be happy to discuss any of my boundaries prior to the shoot date. Failure to discuss your expectations or specific requests prior to the shoot may result in refusal during the shoot and/or not signing releases.

I will sign photo release at the time payment is received - typically at the end of the photoshoot. I accept various forms of payment including PayPal + Venmo. The clock starts at the time we scheduled, and our booking ends after the amount of time we have booked. This includes travel time, MUA, light or set changes, etc. I will not be available past the allotted time we have scheduled and payment for the full hour will be required even if we finish early.

I will work with up to two photographers per shoot so long as all persons are named and photoshoots are scheduled at least one week in advance. So, unfortunately, this means no last-minute guests. I typically do not pose with any models I do not know, however, if you are looking for a tandem/duo set I can assist in finding local models who may be available and typically offer a discounted rate for duo sessions.

Fine Art Modeling for Photography - $150 for the first hour, $100 for each additional hour

1-hour minimum (This means your minimum is the cost of 1 hr even if we don't use all the time)

2-hour minimum for shoots while traveling or outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

View fine art modeling portfolio here.

Figure/Life Modeling in Studio/Classroom (no photos) - $30/hr

Portrait/Clothed Modeling in Studio/Classroom - $25/hr

Reasonable negotiation is fine depending on location and length of the class. I have experience in long-form posing for painting / drawing classes as well as gesture posing (more dynamic posing for 0-5 minute increments) and portrait modeling. I will provide my own timer & robe and am I am happy to discuss or plan certain poses in advance. I rarely take on private figure modeling projects unless I am already very familiar with you and your work.

Reference Photo Art Modeling in Studio/Classroom - $100/hr

This is my rate if artists would like to take reference photos for long term projects, paintings or sculpture. The rate is non-negotiable, however you can invite other artists and split the rate (and share the time) amongst the group. I also will require every artist to sign an agreement that the photos will not be shared or published anywhere without my explicit permission. If you are also a professional photographer, you are welcome to send me the photos and discuss trade options if you do want to share the images. 

Art Direction

This can be anything from planning concept to directing models and improvising with materials during the photoshoot. It also may include general assistance during the shoot. All agreed upon materials that need to be purchased, must be reimbursed on the date of the shoot. Rate is for the time I will need to be present on the day of the shoot and my rate includes any preparation or crafting that happens in advance (within reason).

Standard Art Direction / Creative Photoshoot Assistance - $50/hr

2-hour minimum for booking

1-hour minimum for shoots in Minneapolis/St. Paul area that do not require preparation.

Graphic Design Services

I am available to design a variety of digital or printed materials. Pricing varies depending on turnaround time and complexity of the project. Please contact me for availability and a quote.  I also offer packages that bundle photography + graphic design services for theatrical publicity or other appropriate projects:

Standard Graphic Design + Photoshoot Package - $500

1-2 hour photoshoot with 1-4 people, minimum of 40 images

1 standard design such as: one postcard, front/back OR one show poster

Larger packages and additional add-ons can be negotiated for more people, images, or additional design services.

View graphic design portfolio here.

Other Services

Model Hosting - Trade

I live in Minneapolis, MN and am happy to host female/non-male traveling models and artists in a private room so long as I am in traveling. I live with my partner Paris (male) and our cat Tom Foolery. Please reach out well in advance!

Model Escorting - Trade 

This is a service I can provide for model safety and comfort during nude, intimate or erotic photoshoots - especially when working with a photographer for the first time.  I will not participate in the photoshoot other than general assistance when asked. My primary responsibility is to the model and to maintain a safe and professional space for creating images.

Workshop participation or instruction - Pricing Varies

I am available for workshops or events in which my diverse skills can be used and/or my knowledge can be shared. Pricing depends on location, time commitment and general role/responsibility.

Consultations for Creatives- $50/hr

Interested in picking my brain over coffee or Skype? Schedule a consultation on any areas of expertise including (but not limited to): fine art photography + modeling, concept creation and planning a shoot, art direction, movement/body awareness, use of props/materials, photoshop, editing, Instagram, Patreon  or  portfolio review!  I am also available to answer questions or give feedback over email, however all consultation fees are due upfront or with a $50 deposit.

Partnerships - Pricing Varies

I am open to paid partnerships with brands or other creative merchandise if my photography seems like a good fit for collaboration. View my Instagram here. I am also open to trade - especially with artists or ethical brands whose products I could enjoy or use. 

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