Eggers Images

Photographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/TopTweens
Mayhem # 1189662

About Me

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FASHION, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, SPORTS & RECREATION PHOTOGRAPHY

JUNIOR MODELS (From Tweens to Collegiate)

Most of the models I've worked with were in their late teens or early twenties. But, since I sometimes work with companies and editorial outlets targeting the tween/teen markets, I also work with younger models.

I'm also doing a number of personal and art projects shooting emerging talent, including models, dancers, actors/actresses, performers and athletes. So I set this MM page up specifically for that age range.

For a broader sample of my fashion work, take a look at:

www.modelmayhem.com/12170

And here's a link to a new site I'm in the process of setting up:

https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/junior

which includes additional junior model images.

and:

https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries

which includes a wide range of stock galleries. including models, sports, recreation and travel.

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BACKGROUND

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 fashion work. But my preference is working on location. Since I live close to the beach, I do a lot of beach photography, but I also shoot in desert, forest, mountain and urban environments. I like dramatic coastlines, open roads, railroad tracks and abandoned industrial buildings.

My work has been carried by numerous national magazines and major daily newspapers. Along the way, my articles and photographs have been featured in some of the top photo publications in the country.

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WORKING TOGETHER (A model release signed by a parent or legal guardian is required for all trade shoots.)

* I have considerable experience working with models just starting out, including teaching modeling (and photography) and doing model coaching.

* I'm generally pretty good at coming with the models that I need on trade off basis, but I will hire models if a client is picking up the tab, when there isn't time to set up a trade shoot, when I can't find the right model to work with, or I'm in geographic area where there aren't a lot of models available to collaborate with on trade shoots. If I'm offering a paid shoot, I'll be very clear about that in the first message or two. Otherwise I'm proposing trade/test shoots.

* I’m looking for Junior models that have agency, commercial, editorial or artistic potential. I'm particularly looking to work with younger, talented, models just getting into the industry, who have the drive to succeed, and a well-developed fashion sense.

* I’ll do test/trade shoots with younger models I'm looking for models who see themselves doing runway shows, being featured in editorial layouts and handling commercial assignments in two or three years.

* I'm also looking for models with creative performance experience such as ballet dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, aerialists, etc.

* Dedication and dependability are more important than experience.

* All models under the age of 18 have to have a parent or legal guardian at the shoot. (A boy friend or girl friend, an older sibling, the Mom's boyfriend, another relative, a neighbor, or a family friend, all which have accompanied underage models to one of my shoots in the past, will not work.) I won't shoot an underage model if a parent isn't along.

* With makeup and wardrobe selection, it generally takes about two hours to get ready for a shoot, with both the model and parent being involved in the prep work.

* Don't just throw some clothes in a suite case and have me pick out what to wear. I have absolutely no way of knowing how things fit or what might look good together. All too often, I don't even notice the potentially best outfit until it’s too late. (There's been a number of times when a model put on a really cute outfit after a shoot that would have perfect to shoot in, that I never even saw in the the pile of clothing.)

* Assemble four or five coordinated outfits, including clothing, shoes and accessories, that match the theme of the shoot. (With younger/preteen/tween models I generally go for cute and colorful. With older models, I tend to go for commercially edgy.)

* Models (particularly young models just starting out) should try the selected outfits on and model in them in front of a mirror before the shoot. That not only ensures that the items match, that they're accessoreised properly and that everything fits, but it will also help in coming up with the right looks and poses for that outfit. A model should take about 10 or 15 minutes with each outfit to see how she looks best in it. Such preparation work helps her establish that important fashion sense, and it can have a significant impact on the quality of the images being taken.

* Anything worn underneath can't be noticeable. I've had younger models wear cut offs, jean shorts, Bermuda shots, black tights and a variety of other really bulky and distracting garments. None of that works. It all looks tacky in the shots. (I've had a number of shoots ruined because of things like cut-off showing below outfits and black tights bleeding through.)

* Regular underwear (not fancy lingerie) works best. But if you want to wear something underneath that can be seen in public that isn't part of the concept of the shoot, wear a white or light colored bathing suite, where the colors won't bleed through the outfit, without frills, bulky padding, bows or anything else that might cut into an outfit's lines. A one piece works well for dresses and more formal outfits. A bikini works best for shorts, cut offs, tank tops and other types of recreational activity shoots.

* On initial shoots, models are generally responsible for their own hair, makeup and wardrobe. Arrive hair and makeup ready. Unless we've discussed a specific concept that requires specialized makeup, makeup should generally be light. (Avoid heavy pageant-style makeup.)

* Bring a touch-up make-up case, a brush, a beach towel and some comfortable flip flops or sandals (when shooting on location).

* One of the biggest problems for younger models is not concentrating on what they're doing. They're very easily distracted. While parents are welcome, in most cases, having other siblings along for the shoot is not a good idea, unless they also are modeling. Siblings generally distract younger models, making them lose focus and reduce their attention span.

* Bringing friends or relatives along is even more of a bad idea, again, unless they're also modeling. Friends are more distracting than siblings. No boy friends, girl friends, distant relatives who want to see "Suzy" model, or groups of friends can accompany models under 18. (A number of times I've had parents bring aunts, uncles and grandparents to a shoot to show how well the model is doing. That's disruptive enough, but then the relatives provide feedback as to what they think the model is, or should be, doing, which is deadly to a shoot.)

* No texting, tweeting or checking e-mail messages during the shoot. (For tween models, parents hold on to cells phones during a shoot, to avoid that frequent checking of messages that seems to be so common.)

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IMAGES

* On trade shoots, models receive a CD with at least a dozen or more high-res images for each hour of modeling, generally within 10 to 14 days of the shoot.

* I generally don't provide images from paid shoots unless arrangements have been made before-hand.

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