"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." -- Picasso
"HAITIANZ Music Video" HAITIANZ Music Video With ChillModeMag
I painted the model dancing in the background as the Haitian flag.
I am cutting way back on TFCD, but if I do offer, I now ask for a deposit:
Like most MM photographers, I have had problems with models disappearing in the days leading up to a booked shoot, and even ones who confirm the night before just not showing up, some without even texting or calling. I just can't afford to waste this much time. Unless I have worked with you previously, I will require a $25 deposit (via Paypal) to book a date, which will be refunded to you when you show up for the shoot. I'm sorry to have to do this, but money seems to be the only thing that commands respect. I am willing to be reasonable with those who make a good faith effort to keep their appointment, give me as much notice as the situation allows, and want to reschedule. In lieu of the deposit, I will also accept references from three other MM photographers that will vouch for your reliability.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled profile, already in progress...
Hi, my name is Gary. I'm both a body painter and a photographer. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like what you see.
You might enjoy visiting my photographer profile as well:
I'm on tumblr too!
GGPstudios on Tumblr
I also started a Yahoo! Group for body paint afficionados:
My Body Paint Group on Yahoo!
How Did I get Started With Body Painting?
As an engineer by trade, I've spent most of my life's energy developing my technical skills (left brain stuff). I took up body painting as a way to develop my artistic side (right brain stuff). It seemed to fit right in with my photography as well. I also recently rekindled my interest in playing guitar. It's sort of a personal renaissance!
What is Body Painting, you ask?
Most people's first exposure to body painting has been the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in February 2008 and 2009 that featured supermodels in painted bikinis. It is actually a very old art and tribal ritual that goes back thousands of years. It was also revived by Playboy magazine in the 1960s.
Body painting is an exciting type of painting, melded with photography, in a very fun way! I start with a nude model, add paint until she looks clothed (or like an animal, or an abstract art piece), then take pictures of her enjoying her new outfit or identity.
I'm constantly amazed to find how much models love this activity! Every model I've painted has enjoyed the experience very much, and most have said something equivalent to "I had a blast!". Some I've painted more than once (some 4 or even 5 times!).
I won't lie to you; If you're shy about being nude, body painting might not be for you. But, many models who will not pose nude, jump at the chance to be painted, because it's a unique opportunity to participate in artistic creation. You need to put aside your modesty for the chance to become an amazing and fun piece of living art. Once you're painted, you actually won't look or feel nude!
With regular photographic modeling, you become part of a piece of art. With body painting, you become the art!
I usually try to have the model give me some input on what type of design she'd like painted on her, since it will become her job to bring it to life for the camera, once I've completed it.
Ladies, if you've been wanting to try this exciting form of artistic expression, I encourage you to contact me.
As one of my models told me:
"It's an experience I'll remember fondly all my life!"
Others have said similar things.
I use professional quality, water washable, FDA approved, solid cake body paint makeup applied by brush and foam applicator, with proper attention to sanitary techniques to keep you safe. Your safety and comfort are primary goals. I also work with liquid latex and stick-on jewels and glitter as well as UV blacklight active paint.
I have a really nice studio in Wilmington, MA!
It's 1000 sq ft, is very clean and modern, and has all the professional comforts and conveniences one might want in a studio.
Whistle Stop Studios
If I contact you because you have a look I'm really interested in, I may offer to paint you on a TFCD basis (whole body only), but I'm getting very selective about doing that. I always require a full release be signed for TFCD shoots.
I don't pay models for body painting (except when they're part of a workshop I'm running), nor do any other body painters I know of. If you're a model who wants to get paid to be body painted, I suggest you find a photographer or sponsor who's looking to add a body painting to his/her portfolio or event, and get them to pay both you and me!
Another possibility is to be a model for one of my workshops. When hiring for a workshop, I give priority to the models I've worked with TFCD previously. Both because I know what to expect from them, and to thank them for working with me TFCD previously.
My rates are very reasonable, and also negotiable, but paint, supplies, gas, and studio space all cost real money, and I can't afford to do this for free.
Looking to Collaborate:
Photographers, if you've been wanting to add a body paint creation to your portfolio, let's get together and make it happen.
If you can provide a model who wants to be painted, and a place to do it, I'm willing to paint her for you at a very affordable rate. Let's talk.
Having an Exciting Party or Event?:
Having body painted models at an event really spices things up! New Years and Mardi Gras parties are especially well suited for it! Want to boost attendance at your fashion show? This is how you do it!
If you'd like to hire me to paint some ladies for a party or other event (either models or guests, or both), let's talk! I can even help you find models who will attend your event wearing only my painted design! My rates are flexible acording to your budget and the exposure your event will bring me.
When you hire me to paint someone, you have the choice of whole body or waist up, either to save money or preserve modesty.
I am totally professional, very organized, and will never waste your time. Please do me the same courtesy.
You should also check out my GGPstudios photographer profile:
to get a feel for my photographic style, and also for tags from my models, which act as a reference for my character.
Me painting a model: