At ALCHEMYFoto, our passion is to collaborate with you in the creation of art. We were once known as J Cofer Photography, but my beautiful wife joined the team and with her talent we have been re-born as ALCHEMY! My wife and I work as a team along with our models, hairstylists, makeup artists and designers to breathe fire into your vision through our craft. Whether you are just starting out in the modeling field are an experienced artist, or just want some pictures taken we are eager to work with you, and look forward to meeting you!
About the Chief Photographer: Jon here... and I have photographed people for the better part of 12 years... I picked up my first camera my senior year at USF and it was love! I started in film, but migrated to digital about 8 years ago. My background is Army (Military Police) and my education is as a computer engineer, but my photography is my passion... it's where I feel "natural".
Our style is about the use of light and contrast to convey the mood and personality of the models, so it is important that the model and I discuss our joint vision for the shoot. I am interested in all genres of photography, so any ideas for unique or experimental shoots are welcome!
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*** I do not shoot full nudes, for professional reasons. Semi or Implied is OK ***
********** My "Thoughts" *************
- Creating art is my first love... what I charge just helps me continue doing so! But the "love" will always be first!
- I love to laugh. Photoshoots should be just as fun as they are productive. Just ask my references... we'll have a blast!
- Model input is welcome: I'm no shutter Nazi... I want to hear your ideas, so spill 'em!
- Punctuality is key. I will never keep you waiting, so please return the favor! ;-)
- "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is an awesome show... genius. Had to be said.
- Mutual respect is a must. Great modeling is just as challenging as great photography!
- Too many rules to read = boring. We'll stop here!
********** Now the "money talk" **********
-I do not pay models, unless I request a booking with you, or working with you would significantly enhance my port. Otherwise, my rates are fair and competitive and depend on the location and duration of the shoot as well as any "extras" (prints, albums, photo books, etc.) that the model desires.
-TF* Will only be considered in mutually beneficial circumstances unless I contact you or we have worked together before; otherwise we will work out a fair and reasonable rate based upon my rates and your own (if applicable). However, if you want to do a TF* and can't afford to pay my rates message me anyways... you never know unless you ask! Just shoot me a message with your request/ideas and we'll go from there!
-I reserve 4 TF* time slots every month for new and aspiring models, so if you cannot afford to pay for a shoot, we still may be able to work something out! I charge only to cover my business costs... but the real point is the delight of creating art!
******** Here's what to expect regarding your images! ********
-Within 72 hours of the conclusion of the shoot, your unedited images from the shoot will be available for review online via a private, password protected mini-site on the ALCHEMYFotografia proofing website. Through this site, you may select up to 10 images per shoot that are your "favorites". Once you have made your selections, I will refine your selected images and deliver them to you electronically within ten (10) business days. I will also provide you with a DVD containing sample images from each "look" on the actual day of the shoot, so that you have some images in-hand before you leave.
In addition to proofing your images on your personalized proofing site, you may also email friends/agents/clients a link to your images if you so desire!
-In order to view and download the finished and edited selections, each model will again access their personalized gallery on the main ALCHEMYFotografia proofing website. Through this gallery the model can view and download all of their finished images as many times as they wish. These individual galleries will be available for 7 days after I notify the model that their finished selections are ready.
*********** Policy on escorts ***********
You may bring an escort if you wish... there are always things that need to be carried! But in all seriousness:
The most important thing is your comfort and safety, so that you can concentrate fully on the creative process. My wife accompanies me to almost every shoot, so another female will likely be present.
That being said, feel free to bring an escort if you so desire. As long as they do not impede the shoot you may bring whomever you wish, however I do have some suggestions regarding escorts:
-If you have a best girlfriend, they make the best escorts since they will also want you to look your best, and usually have a great time at the shoot!
-Male friends are fine as escorts as well, but not boyfriends! If you have no other choice but to bring a boyfriend then we will try to work around that, but usually is not conducive to a professional shoot.
-It is VITAL that if you choose to bring an escort, that they are 100% unobtrusive during the shoot. Since yours and my time is valuable, it is essential that your escort not preclude either you or me from doing our respective jobs. They may remain on studio premises, but always out of the main "shooting" area... they are however free to enter the area when we break for outfit or set changes! This will make the shoot run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and insure that we create beautiful work without interruption. If your escort is also your MUA or stylist, or another model involved in the shoot, then of course they are welcome in all areas during the photo shoot.
As far as references are concerned, feel free to message any of the models I have worked with here on MM (they are all listed in my credits below), all would be happy to discuss their experiences with me as their photographer!
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