Brad AllenPhotographer Male Denver, Colorado, US
Mayhem # 117252
Based in Denver, but travel all over the world. I am a professional photographer 100% of the time. I have been a photographer since before the digital cameras invaded the industry. Hence, I actually know what I am doing. The photos I create do not depend on a set of filters created by someone else to have style. My images area created with both film and digital cameras. My photoshop days go back to when you had to scan a negative and create a digital file. My goal is to create timeless photos that are inherently meaningful and are not easily dated by stupid photographic trends created for the general public to employ.
How I work-
There is nothing personal involved in this, yet so people get angry and rude when they hear this. It is usually because the sting of the truth hits a little too close to home. If you are this type of person, we most likely won't need to waste time working together. My process comes from a business standpoint and years of experience working with agencies, clients and REAL PROFESSIONAL models.
Model Mayhem, is not a professional site. It is a good resource, but don't be confused. It is fun for collaborative shoots and people working with each other to create portfolio work, projects and etc. I very very rarely use models from this site for work with clients because there is no professional recourse. Real Modeling agencies carry insurance and can impose punitive measures on models that do not perform, show up or otherwise meet the commitments. There have been occasions where after working with a model, I feel very comfortable with them and feel they are trustworthy and hardworking. I have used these models on real jobs for print ads and the like.
For the most part I do not pay models unless a couple of things happen. One, there is a client involved. As I said before, unless you are with a reputable agency, that most likely will not happen from our first encounter. The second reason I pay is because you are super famous and when an agency, AD, or Art Buyer sees your photo on my site, it brings credibility/celebrity to my portfolio. Recently I told this to a 20 year old girl and said unless you are Cindy Crawford I can not pay. She replied like a smart ass and said that Cindy Crawford is old. This behavior made a couple of points. The first being that even though she may be old, people know who she is and she is an icon. The second being that I would never expose a real/professional client to a petulant little child who knows nothing of what she speaks.
I do not expect a model to come out of pocket (spend money) to facilitate one of my personal projects. Expenses can be covered. For example, I would not expect you to pay for gas to drive to a remote location for one of my ideas. I do not mind trading work for work with someone that may be special, or bring something to the table that will benefit us both. So, for models that say NO TFP, I most likely will not work with you. Because, unless you are a celebrity, for me to shoot for free means that my skills are of no value. I do not want to pay to see your Vagina. Seems like there is a lot of that on here. That is what prostitutes are for.
There are exceptions to every rule. Occasionally a project comes up where there may be opportunities to make money from the project. I spell that out and explain exactly how, and what will be paid. If images later become a stock sale or, calendar (random example), then I believe you are entitled to compensation as well.
I set the rules for each one of my shoots. This covers who may or may not be present at my shoot. I use a My model release. No one gets a disk of high resolution images out of hand. I maintain the © to every image I create. That is actually the law. If these criteria do not suit you, we do not have to work together. But when people are walking around my expensive gear, or in my studio that I pay liability insurance on, or are looking on to my lighting concepts, I decide what does and does not happen. I am reasonable, but some of the moronic demands I see in people's profiles would never be tolerated on a professional set. One of the things I see frequently has to do with escorts. I do not care how you feel about it, I decide who enters my studio, sets and shooting environments. One clumsy trip can wreck a $700 light head. Someone offering their non existent creative advice during a shoot is distracting. If you do not feel comfortable, you should probably not be going there in the first place. You may not know everything about photography and lighting, but you can usually tell who is full of shit and who is not. So if you are worried about being around someone, that should be a clue not to. If someone invites you to shoot in their dark, creepy basement, I would not go even with an escort. So, if that is how other guys do it that is fine. I am only interested in what happens on my time.
If you find this offensive, you should not. It is nothing personal and honestly has nothing to do with you. Any professional business has rules and regulations for safety, operational procedures or methods of doing things. That is all this is. And, if you ever get to go on a real photographic set for a real shoot (and I am not talking about taking your picture in a dress in front of a dumpster "so it looks EDGY" for a local magazine) with an agency, a client, and thousands of dollars whirling about, you will see the same things happening there. My client list includes Ad Agencies from around the country, Nascar, the NFL, and several other large companies. I like to joke and have fun, but I take my work very seriously. Each image has endless earning potential. So I treat it like the job that it is.
There have been more than a few interactions with people on here that I could have done without. On the other hand, I have met with and worked with some fabulous people. I prefer the later. I also find that the people this type of honest and professional conversation offends tend to fall into the first group.
If we work together, you will know what is in it for you and what is expected of you. You will know what is in it for me, how I see the images being used and what I will deliver. Models will be entitled to "FINISHED" images for promotional purposes. Any compensation will be spelled out in the paperwork/ model release. It can take a little while, but you will receive files of images to use. I do not allow models to retouch my work, just like I do not ask my dentist to work on my car. I register all images shot with the US © office. They are not to be used in a way that is not clearly specified in the model/release.
With all that being said, I do enjoy working with fun models. I will not take you down to the edge of a river and have you roll around shooting hundreds of photos of bullshit. Each shoot I work on is planned and executed. I like to come up with a concept that fits with a model, that way we get something useful and unique.
If I send you a friend request, a message, leave a humorous tag, then I most likely am interested in you. I typically do not leave a lot of tags. Most of the ones I see on here are horse shit. Blowing smoke up someone's ass about a terrible picture is not my idea of constructive criticism. I like to find unique people to create unique work with.
I will work with just about anyone with a good attitude, that will do what they say they will do and gives it a good effort.
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