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Latent Images Austin
Austin, Texas, US
Well published photographer with almost 30 years of experience specializing in athletic models. My work is used by publishers for calendars, greeting cards, and photo art anthologies. I also sell signed prints to private collectors.
I have done 4 European calendars, as well as feature articles & stock images profiling my work in magazines in 2005, 2006,2007 and 2008. I am looking for athletic, collegiate models comfortable doing A&F type modelin.
Models must be 18 years of age and have a government issued ID* before we work together. . Models earn an hourly fee and may use some of the images self-promotion. My Average model earns $75 - $150 per hour. The average session is one to two hours.
* A Government issued ID is a Drivers License, Military ID or Dependent ID Card, State Issued ID Card or a Passport. The ID must have your picture AND your date of birth and must be issued by a government agency.
HINTS FOR NEW MODELS
Modeling can be fun and lucrative but you have to use common sense to stay safe and not be taken advantage of. Here are some suggestions that are important things for new models to consider before accepting a shoot.
How Did You Get My Number?
Do not put your email address, phone number or information like where you go to school or work. Use Model Mayhem email to screen people.
Too much personal information invites strangers to look up your social media profiles and contact you outside of Model Mayhem or worse. Don't make it easy for a stalker by posting your Facebook link in your profile.
The Most Common Model Scam:
A common scam on MM involves a job offer but the "client" wants to send you payment IN ADVANCE. Out of that money YOU are asked to pay some fee - studio rental, wardrobe fee, makeup person etc. You to pay for that fee out of your account after you have recieved their advance payment check and deposited it.
There is a 100% chance that their check is worthless, will bounce and be charged back against your account. You are out the money you paid to the thrid party. You will NEVER be asked to do business like this in the real world. Everyone is paid directly by the agency/client. No one will pay a model in advance. No one will ever pay you" extra" to pay a thrid party.
If a photographer from hundreds or thousands of miles away is offering to fly you to shoot ask- why me? I know we all want to be the next super model but be honest with yourself.
Why would someone reach out to an inexperienced model from far away? A photographer in a major metropolitan area has hundreds of local models to choose from. When someone more than a few hours from you wants to bring you to them, pay all the expenses and pay you to shoot keep asking - why me?
What Am I Signing?
ALWAYS request copies of any documents you will be asked to sign in advance of any shoot. Unless you are an attorney you should ask a knowledgable trustworthy person to look over the agreements, releases or contracts you are sent before you sign them.
Lights, Cameras, Videotape - Wait a Minute!
When you arrive at a photo shoot and the Photographer wants to videotape the session without having discussed this with you in advance you should stop. Ask to review the model relase again. Most releases cover still or video work. Few Photographers videotape photo shoots unless they are planning to use that tape one day.
If you are told they film all shoots to protect themselves from false accusations, offer to reschedule and have a witness present rather than making a tape. Having a witness present will do far more to protect you both than an easy to edit recording only the photographer has in his posession.
[b Why Do We Have To Meet In A Dark Alley ?[/b]
When meeting a photographer at their home or studio for the first time ask if you can bring a friend. If they refuse cancel the appointment or ask to meet them in a public place like a Starbucks. You should cancel if they insist on meeting you alone, period.
*Do not bring a friend to your interview that is under 18 years of age. Most photographers will not want a minor on the premises unless they are escorted by a parent or guardian.
What Will The Pictures Be Used For?
You should understand what they intend to do with the images and how they make their money from Photography - print sales, commercial work, studio work, etc. You should be able to understand their business model in a few sentences.
Beginning photographers may not have an extensive body of work to share but you can tell if they are creepy. An established photographer will have a portfolio that should speak for itself. Be suspicious if they keep talking and you still don’t understand what they do with the images.
Be SAFE When You Travel.
If you are traveling to do a shoot ALWAYS be certain at least two responsible people know all the details. They should have complete contact information about the photographer, hotel, agency and client and you should make a schedule to check in with them periodically. Don't let the excitement of a "real" modeling job cloud your judgment. Take common sense precautions - don't wind up on the evening news.
Think of it this way: In a worst case scenario if you fail to call in when scheduled what information would help the authorities start to look for you? If anything changes in the plan once you arrive UPDATE the people you left your information with immediately.
BEFORE YOU GO: Ask who is paying for the travel and where you are staying and who is paying for the hotel (call the hotel and verify the payment arrangement). If a large fee has been offered always CALL the company you are supposed to be shooting for and verify the story. Unless you are a very well established model very few offers will be for thousands of dollars. NEVER USE text messaging for any business communication. You need to be able to PRINT out all of the details. ALWAYS look up the telephone numbers for the client, agencey, hotel etc. yourself. Do not rely on phone numbers you are given.
REMEMBER that photographers seldom hire models directly for commercial work there is a client and an advertising agency and typically a modeling agency handling the talent. Most Photographers are hired by the client or an ad agency just like the models. NOTE: Well established Photographers could be working on a personal project. These norms may not aply in every situation.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE: If you arrive in Atlanta for a shoot and the driver says you are going to Florida, turn around go back into the airport. Pay attention to the road signs so that you have an idea of where you are actually being taken. It never hurts to send a text message with a license plate number when you get into a car with a stranger. Be certain you are holding a round trip ticket so you know you can get home safely.
You Want Me To Do What?
Many photographers do some nude photography as part of their craft. Nude photography can be implied, non-frontal, or erotic. If you model for very long sooner or later someone may ask you to pose nude.
You should think about this now and decide what your personal comfort level is so it won't be a shock when you are asked. We all have our own comfort level and yours may change as you gain more experience.
Your photographer should not be offended if you are not interested in doing nudes so don't feel pressured to do something don’t want to. Not all models do nude work and don't let them tell you that you have to do nudes to succeed.
Who Did You Say That You Represent?
If you are dealing with a third party in setting up a shoot please be sure you know who that person really is. You need to know their name, their phone number and who they represent - the photographer, an agency, etc.
Don’t jump on a plane when a stranger sends you a ticket. Stick to email for detail oriented messages that involve terms of a shoot, money, travel plans and PRINT these emails for reference. Always call and verify everything you are told and look up the phone numbers yourself don't rely on numbers they give you.
A good rule of thumb is that someone from an agency and most working photographers will usually have a "firstname.lastname@example.org" email address not a gmail, yahoo or other free email. If everyone you are dealing with on a project has a free email address you should take a closer look.
Thanks But No Thanks, I Am Leaving...
If anyone directly or indirectly suggests that you need to provide any kind of sexual favors in order to further your career, get "in good" with a photographer or agency, etc you should leave. Call a cab if you have to, get to the airport and go home.
Where Are My Pictures ?
If you are doing trade out (TFP) work ask a few questions up front.
A common complaint is that photographers are slow to return images to the model, or don't send any at all. Photographers are too busy to get to it or lazy. You should have a clear understanding about WHEN you will get some images.
You should also be clear about what you are getting: Prints or digital files? Most models only want digital images now. Are you getting ALL the images from the shoot or the photographer’s choices? Are you getting a disk or just images sent by email? Will you be getting only web quality images or will you also get print quality images you can print yourself?
IMPORTANT - be sure that the images they send you will have been worked up in Photoshop to make them something you can use. Almost all images need some help with color balance, density or cosmetic touch up for the model. A disk full of raw images is of very little use to you.
Are You Really An Important Agent/Manager ?
From time to time I hear that a new model will be approached by a photographer or agent that suggests that they take down their Model Mayhem or other online model profiles right away as being "unprofessional" - which is ironic.
If someone suggests that you take down your profile and it's not an agency that has you under contract you should be very suspicious. If someone tells you they are an agent ask for not only the names of other models you can confirm this with but also THE CLIENTS that they have placed models with. Many states require agents and managers to be licensed, find out what the laws are in your state and ask these agents or managers for their credentials.
The Big City..... If You Can Make It There....
You have decided to make the rounds of the big agencies in New York or Los Angeles. Find the agencies that represent models with your look - fashion, fitness, etc and just call them. Ask what times they accept new model walk in's. Most set aside a few hours every week for potential models to just walk in and meet.
You do not need an expensive portfolio of images to show an agency. If they like your look they will have pictures made.
Don’t be talked into creating an entire make believe catalog of pictures in a hundred looks. A client will want to hire you to create NEW images for their ads, not copies of iconic images from the past.
To Test Shoot or Not?
As a new model you might be asked to do a "test shoot". Should you do it? If a well-known agency sends you to a photographer for a test shoot by all means do it! You should not expect to be paid for this shoot, it's more of an audition and you may not be asked for a model release and usually the images are discarded. The agency will pay the photographer for his time, so they are making an investment in some professional images of you.
A "test shoot" is sometimes really an IQ test. If a photographer (not an agency) wants to do an unpaid "test shoot" - ask exactly what they are testing? If you are asked for a lengthy test shoot AND asked for a model release and not paid for your time OR not given images you can use for your portfolio you have just worked for free. You may find those “test shots” being used or sold one day and realize that you were duped.
Where is that Darned Cell Phone!
Always have your cell phone with you and don't forget to bring the charger when traveling. You should be able to call for directions if you get lost, or something happens and you need to call 911.
Anytime you are out of your own element at a studio, office or private residence in your town or on the road make sure you have the address in your pocket. Calling 911 if you have an emergency only works if you can tell the dispatcher the exact address where you are calling from.
Having equipment that suits your work and that you know how to use is just as important as the brands and model of gear you buy. Feel free to ask about any of the gear I use. Nikon Cameras (D3 and D2X), Profoto and Elinchrom Strobes, Pocket Wizard Radio Triggers, Bogen Carbon Fiber Tripods, Aurora OctoBanks, California Sunbounce light modifiers, Apple Computers and Cinema Displays and DROBO desktop RAID storage systems.
Exclusive Representation in New York: Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art Gallery.
Philip Caggiano Public Relations - New York, NY.
Numerous print publishing credits from the United States, Germany, Italy, Norway and Brazil. Please contact me for an up to date list.
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