Eggers ImagesPhotographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/TopTweens
Mayhem # 1189662
I've spent most of my career handling editorial, commercial and stock photography, shooting, among other things, fashion, lifestyles and travel. Over the years, I've done a lot of runway coverage, including things like LA, OC and Las Vegas Fashion Weeks, and I've done quite a bit of studio work. I still do some of both, but now I'm primarily working on personal projects and shooting stock on location.
Most of the models I work with are in their late teens or early twenties, (I can provide you a link to my general fashion work, if you want), but I frequently work with preteen, tween and younger teen models, including casual fashion trends, recreational activities and interesting projects.
There aren't too many models in that age range here on Model Mayhem. Most the 16 and 17 year olds on here fall more into the general fashion category than the junior fashion category, but I've set this page up to make it easy for younger models (even if they aren't on MM) and their parents to figure out if it might be mutually beneficial to work together.
WORKING WITH MODELS
(If you're under 18 and want to work together, please be sure to read the Parental Involvement section below, before contacting me.)
I'm doing very few basic test shoots, but I am doing trade shoots for special projects I'm working on, to scout locations and experiment with new equipment or shooting techniques. I'll do trade shoots for concepts that result in images that I can add to my stock library. These generally take more time than basic test shoots, frequently involve more planning and often benefit from a preshoot meeting, or at least a phone conversation, with the model and a parent. I'm always looking for interesting concepts and unusual locations to shoot at, so I'm always open to suggestions.
I've taught photography and modeling seminares through various community education and extension programs. I've written several books on photography, and my articles and photographs have been carried by some of the top photo magazines in the country.
I have considerable experience coaching models, including both print and runway modeling, so I'm more concerned about a model's attitude than experience level. I frequently work with models on an ongoing basis to help them with portfolio development. I'm particularly interested in working with younger talented models just getting into the industry, who have strong agency potential, have the drive to succeed. and have a well developed fashion sense. A number of models that I've worked with who have gone on to be very successful in the industry have thanked me for helping them get started.
While experience isn't that important, dedication is. If a shoot is set up, it has to be a real priority for the model. Otherwise the shots reflect it, so it's not even worth setting up.
There are a number of things that I'm working on:
* Beach/activity/lifestyle branded shoots (such A&F, Gap, Forever 21, H&M), including things like roller blading, razer scooters, biking, beach volleyball, scim boarding, etc.
* Models/dancers/athletes with special talents or athletic abilities (such as gymnastics, aquatics, cheer, ballet, BMX, etc.).
* Costumes, characters and fantasy outfits.
* In-the-water/under water shots. (I'm particularly interested in finding models with access to heated swimming pools.)
* Animal related themes, including animal patterned outfits such as zebra tights and leopard leotards, and actual exotic animals. (Any one have an elephant or camel hidden in their closet??)
Parental involvement is crucial for the success of any younger model. It takes a considerable amount of time, effort, and gas for models to get where they need to be to audition and shoot. It's an extremely competitive industry and success can be very elusive even for the most talented model. But, with younger models, if parents aren't 100 percent behind the effort, there's no chance of success at all.
All models under the age of 18 must have parental approval to shoot, and a parent or legal guardian (not just a boyfriend or girlfriend, older sibling, other relative or neightbor) has to be present at the shoot. Before I made that rule, I frequently had younger models come older sisters and brothers, sometimes with an aunt, even a couple of times with school or family friends.
A model release signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for each shoot. Parent can not orally assign the right to sign a release to anybody else, and still have that release be valid. I won't shoot a model without a parent present, even if she's close to being 18.
Both parents are welcome to come to shoots. In most cases, though, having other siblings along for the shoot is not a good idea, unless they also are modeling. Siblings tend to distract younger models, making them lose focus and reduce their attention span.
Bringing friends along is even more of a bad idea, again, unless they're also modeling. Friends are more distracting than siblings. No boyfriends, girlfriends or groups of friends can accompany models under 18 to non-commercial shoots. And, again for models under the age of 18 doing trade shoots, there's no texting, tweeting or checking messages during the shoot.
Models receive a CD with dozen or more high-res images for each hour of modeling, generally within 10 to 14 days of the shoot. I can also help models with promotional material and portfolio prints if we wind up working together more often.