Michael DBA ExpressionsPhotographer Male Lynchburg, Virginia, US
My Website: webhome
Mayhem # 14964
I've been earning a living taking photographs now for over 32 years, which some consider makes me a geezer, and some consider makes me "experienced." I like it when those with whom I work can be straight forward, unambiguous, and professional in their relationship with me and with the camera.
Since I learned my craft back in the days when cameras were strictly manual, and retouching images created on film was a pencil and paint process, I learned to light, pose, compose, and expose before pushing that little button. Since going digital in 2000, I've taken every PhotoShop seminar and course I could find and become pretty skillful with that tool as well.
Yes, I have all the "real" photographic gear, including cameras, lights, computers, props, and general "stuff" needed to take my work to a high level. I am now concentrating on travel photography and on fine art. Yes, some of that means "nudes."
I hire models all the time for clothed as well as nude work. If I inquire about a job you'd prefer to pass up, please let me know. To me, "no response" indicates no interest in working together for ANY project, and I'll quietly stop inquiring.
When I hire models for fine art nudes, I want models who are comfortable in their own skins. I see no reason for either model or photographer to play coy over the details, thus expect to discuss completely and in some detail before the shoot exactly what we both expect. Let's skip surprises, shall we?
I have no problem with models bringing escorts to shoots, as long as the escort contributes rather than detracts. This might take the form of holding down a chair in the next room, or it might be holding up a reflector on the shadow side. It does not include trying to control the shoot or the model, however.
I do have a problem with folks who perpetually run late. When I'm awaiting the arrival of someone, my limit is 15 minutes without a call confirming they are on the way. After 15 minutes waiting in silence, I go on about my business: there is always something that needs attention, right? My theory is that late arrival (beyond 15 minutes) is profoundly disrespectful of MY time, and who wants to work with someone who does not respect your time?
Expect fair compensation in exchange for your efforts and great results when shooting with me. With my portrait clients I've long held a preliminary consultation to discuss details before shooting, and I generally do the same with new models.
With regard to Friend requests: This is not MySpace. Please go to the trouble of actually making my acquaintance before sending me a friend request. You don't need to come over to my house and hang out with me, but we should at the very least have some correspondence first, you know. Any "friend" with whom your only contact was a single machine-generated "friend request" is a very shallow, and quite meaningless friend.
So . . . Let's go make some incredible images!
Models I've worked with who are also on MM:
Julie Simone #37281
Sister Dee #116908
Kit Sauer #1177082
Isobel Wren #23168
Kristyna Dark #1543457
Model Whim #1416687
Shawn Sisson #1213192
Melissa Trout #752466
Beth S #1451236
Missuz Heather #2010334