Ron EggersPhotographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US
My Website: Ron Eggers PhotographyMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/RonEggers
Mayhem # 12170
Commercial, Editorial, Stock
All Images Copyrighted - © Ron Eggers 2015
I have considerable fashion photography experience, including a wide range of runway coverage, such as LA, Orange County and Las Vegas Fashion Weeks. I've shot countless fashion shows. I've also shot a wide variety of fashion installations, specialty events, store and facility opening, and product launches.
I've done quite a bit of studio work, but I prefer working on location.
More recently, I've been putting a lot of time and effort in on special projects and building up my stock image library.
* LIFESTYLES * TRAVEL * SPORTS * RECREATION *
The pictures here on the MM are a good representation of my work, but if you're interested in seeing a broader selection of what I do, take a look at the opening slide show after clicking on the "Ron Eggers Photography" link above. It provides a good overview of my the various types of work I get involved in.
I'm semi-retired, so, while generating revenue is obviously a consideration, I'm selecting the projects that I'm getting involved in more on the challenges of the project and the potential for striking images than earning potential or day rates.
I'm interested in working on select special projects for creative clients that are looking to expand their product line, increase their marketing program and gear up their sales efforts.
I have a competitive rate structure, and I can be quite flexible on fees for projects that I really want to get involved in. However, if price is the main consideration when hiring a photographer, I'm not the photographer for you.
I don't do trade offs with commercial clients simply for credit, promotional value or the potential for future work, but I will get involved in collaborative projects with commercial concerns that provide significant logistical support, such as travel and transportation, locations, impressive props, lodging, food services, multiple agency signed models, unusual wardrobes and accessory items, or support team members, for projects that I might be doing.
Between writing and photography, from the mid 1990's to about 5 years ago, I was handling between 100 and 120 editorial assignments a year. I've cut way back to concentrate on various projects. But I'm still interested in getting my some of my work out through print publications and online outlets, should the right opportunities come up.
I don't do editorial trade offs, but I'm generally able to work within the reasonable page rates of magazines and web sites. (I will do editorial trade offs as a courtesy to models that I've worked with, who have the opportunity to get published.)
I'm always interested in adding to my stock library and will provide special rates for commercial clients that might have projects available that can be added as stock images.
Portfolios and Promotional Materials
While I generally don't market my services to models, I will shoot portfolios and promotional materials for models who might be interested in working with me, but who don't match current stock requirements, as well as with models who want images but don't want those images to be released.
I've done a number of sessions with models who wanted specific shots for their boyfriends; models who are interested in shooting styles or concepts that I'm not interested in; models who wanted to own total rights (buyout) to the images being delivered; and parents of younger models who wanted to see how their daughters would do in front of a camera, but didn't want the images to be public. I have competitive rates, and all work is guaranteed.
Semi-retired... spent close to 50 years shooting and writing for newspapers and national magazines... have written several books on photography... have taught photography and modeling... still busy shooting various projects....
I've been doing this for a very long time. I got my first staff position on a daily newspaper while still in high school in the mid-1960's. (Yes, I'm that old.) I spent most of my career handling photography and writing assignments, mainly for editorial outlets, but also some commercial clients and corporate publications.
Over the years, besides fashion, other specialties have included travel and transportation, sports and recreation, large format architectural photography and news/feature coverage.
My work has been featured in numerous regional, national and international consumer magazines, specialty publications and major metropolitan newspapers. My articles and photo-features have been carried by some of the top photo magazines in the country.
I've lived in Europe as a youngster, and various places around the country. I've shot in more than 40 countries in North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Earlier in my career, I taught various photography and modeling classes and seminars, written several book about photography, and had a couple gallery exhibits of my work.
LOOKING FOR COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE CONCEPTS
I'm always looking for creative input, but, I'm looking for collaborative creative input. I frequently get contacted by models and MUA who have some elaborate concept in mind that they want to do. It usually sounds great. But when I ask the MUA, for example, "Do you have a model in mind?", "No!"... or when I ask the model, "Do you have a idea where we might get the outfits for that...?" "No!"... "Do you have access to a location...?" "No!" "Do you know of a MUA who can achieve the look we need...?", "No!"
Basically, they want me to come up with all of those things, and just step in to do the shoot. Quite frankly, if I have to put that much effort into a shoot, which I will do for a concept I like, I would go with a model that I've worked with in the past, or at least a model that I know what she can do, rather than take a chance on someone new, someone unproven.
I'm looking for models and MUA that have at least some of the resources available to carry their creative concepts out. That shows that they've given the idea a certain amount of thought, and that they're serious about wanting to shoot the theme. That doesn't mean they have to put everything together, I can fill in what else might be required.
WORKING WITH MODELS: (A RELEASE with PHOTO ID is REQUIRED for all shoots.)
If we're going to be working together, please read the information below. It answers many of the questions that come up all the time. If you agree to a shoot, I'll assume that you have read it and understand what's involved.
Please be sure that your height/weight stats here on MM are up-to-date, and that at least some of your profile pictures are recent.
Modeling Should be a Priority
I'm fortunate to be able to work with very beautiful, very talented, very bright models. I want to work with models that are as serious and as enthusiastic about working together as I am. I'm looking for models with strong agency, editorial, commercial or artistic potential that have a desire to succeed and the work ethic to follow through. I've taught modeling and have done a considerable amount of model coaching, so a positive attitude and dependability are more important experience.
I'm particularly interested in working with agency models, or models about to sign with an agency. I will also work with models that are under a formal model management contract. I have no problem coordinating any shoot requirements with agencies or management companies. But I don't work with models that have so-called "managers" (basically friends who offered to manage their careers). They generally don't know much about the industry and are frequently too controlling.
If modeling isn't a real priority, if working together isn't a really all that important, don't waste your time or mine with endless messaging, because something will come up that will knock the shoot off track.
I am not interested in working with models that have a tendency to flake out on assignments. I never reschedule shoots with models that are no-shows, and generally not with last minute cancellations, unless its a real emergency. If you've cancelled or have been a no-show for more than three shoots over the last six months, regardless of the reasons, it doesn't make sense to set up anything.
I'm generally not interested in setting up shoots with a model that has another shoot scheduled for the same day. It just hasn't worked out well for me in the past. Models always arrive late, usually very late, if they've had a shoot before hand, and they tend to lose focus and get antsy half way through the shoot because they didn't leave themselves enough time to get to the next shoot, if they have another one planned afterwards.
I'm not doing a lot of basic test shoots right now, but I am testing with models who might be interested in participating in one of my ongoing projects. Project shoots generally take a little more planning and preparation, and might take multiple sessions, if the initial test shoot goes well, to get what we're going after.
I'm generally pretty good at coming up with the models I need for my projects on a trade basis. There are times, however, when I hire models, such as when a client is picking up the tab, when I'm in a geographic area where no trade models are available, or when there isn't sufficient time to set up a trade shoot.
But, unless I specifically offer a paid shoot when I initially contact a model, I'm suggesting a trade shoot.
Meetings Before a Shoot
If we plan on working together, getting together before hand can be beneficial. Models have told me they can generally tell within five minutes of meeting how a shoot will go. I've found that to be the case. too. And meeting before hand significantly reduces no shows, last minute cancellations and requests to reschedule shoots. If a meeting isn't practical because of geographic or time constraints, a phone conversation working out details will work.
I try to keep texting and e-mail messages to a minimum, preferring to keep any messaging Model Mayhem models here on MM. That makes it easier for me to keep track of what I have going with MM models at any time. The meeting or phone conversation before hand should significantly reduce the endless messaging that's frequently the norm before a shoot. But I'm not opposed to text messaging.
I generally confirm the shoot a day or two beforehand with a MM message, and the day of the shoot with a text message. If I don't get a reply to the MM message, I'll go ahead and text. If I don't hear anything back at the latest the evening before a shoot, I'll assume the model flaked and the shoot is off. (I've had a couple of models ignore confirmation messages, and then get a hold of me the day of the shoot to make sure we're set. That doesn't work well.)
Bring a Friend (If You Want)
Go ahead and bring a friend, a female friend works best, maybe someone to help with wardrobe changes, or hair and make up if there's no MUA or stylist involved.
(For models under the age of 18, it has to be a parent. I set up a special MM page for younger models who might be interested in getting into modeling.
It includes quite a few helpful hints of what to do and what to avoid when first starting out.)
If you're planning on bringing a husband, boyfriend or other male friend, lets meet before hand, for sure. I've had too many shoots go south because of impatient and/or controlling boyfriends and husbands, or tag-along male friends who continually disrupt the process with their comments, opinions and suggestions, or try to score with other models on shoots where more than one model is involved.
Also, no entourages or group of friends that aren't involved in the shoot, EVER. No matter how often they say they're going to be off doing their own thing, half way through the shoot, they'll be sitting around, either making comments and totally distracting the model, or trying to get her to hurry up because they want to get going.
Preparing for a Shoot
Some of my shoots involve MUA and stylists. In general, basic test shoots don't.
For test shoots where you're going to be doing your own hair and make-up, and are responsible for your own wardrobe, please come make-up and hair ready (usually just light make-up and a casual hair do).
For wardrobe, don't just pull a pile of clothing out of your closet and put it into a suite case (or car trunk) and tell me to pick out what I want you to wear (which has happened a number of times). I have no idea how any of that goes together, fits or looks on you.
Pre-select four or five outfits that might fit the concept (urban, beach, country??) that we're planning on shooting and select the right shoes and accessories for them.
I do quite a few beach shoots. They're fun to do and the results can be great. But, I'm surprised how many models will show up with one mismatched bikini or ill-fitting swim suite. (I've had a couple models come with borrowed suites that just weren't right.) When doing a beach shoot, besides anything else we might be shooting, bring three or four stylish/colorful bathing suites/bikinis, including a neutral color one to wear underneath other outfits. If you don't have any suites you think are right, we can still do a swim suite shoot, if you want. I have a nice selection of bikini separates that might include some that would work for you, depending upon size. Besides swim wear, also bring a large beach towel and sandals (to walk on sometime sharp rocks).
For all shoots, bring a touch-up make-up kit and hair brush (if no MUA and stylist are involved) All basic stuff, but so frequently forgotten.
MAKE-UP ARTISTS, STYLISTS AND DESIGNERS
I'm interested in working with makeup artists, stylists and designers who want to participating on collaborative trade shoots for special projects and stock shoots.
For trade shoots, I usually provide a CD with 25 to 30 images on it, including at least six optimized images per hour of shooting, within two weeks. I never provide all images taken, and I don't provide images on paid shoots, unless arrangements have been made before hand.
Provided images may not be edited, cropped, manipulated, composited or modified in any way by the model or a third party. That would constitute a violation of the copyright. But I am open to input from models who might want a specific photo optimized or cropped differently.
If you want to work together or like my work, just send me a message, tag or picture comment before the Friends Request. I'll do the same.
I generally ignore FR without a tag, comment or some previous communications. They're generally just attempts to add numbers, and I have no interest in extending or accepting Friends Requests, simply to beef up the numbers of supposed Friends.
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