I first walked into a darkroom in 1984 and have been shooting ever since, though digital makes things a bit more streamlined, less messy, and doesn't make me constantly smell like fixer. I bounce back and forth between the photography world and my primary gig as a lighting and production designer for dance and the performing arts, so I'm pretty much wrangling photons all the time, and after all these years, it tends to happen fairly easily. Building a good relationship with the model, creating a moment that is striking and transfers to the camera sensor, and having fun doing it are more often the bigger challenge.
My photographic interest at the moment is split between the very dramatic setups and very straightforward and honest portrait work. For first outings with a model or if we're trading time for shots, I prefer to work simply and easily, with a minimal setup. I may bring a few flashes and go strobist, but I'm not going put in a lot of prep when I don't know what it's like to work with a model. Once we have a working relationship and I know what to expect from you in terms of looks and attitude, then I'll put you on my list for bigger (ie. paid) work.
Above all, my shoots are always done with a relaxed, respectful atmosphere, and the philosophy that one can have fun and do amazing work simultaneously. I've spent too long working that way, and high drama or stressful environments hold no more appeal, no matter what the pay or how talented the model. If that sounds good to you, say hello. Note that I only every send friend requests to people that I am fairly certain I want to work with, or, in a few cases, new models who I want to keep an eye on, seeing if they grow into someone I want to work with. If I added you, but didn't write and you like my work, say hello... it might have just been that I was busy at the moment, or knew my schedule wasn't going to be conducive to working with new people right away. But if my style appeals to you, then by all means, let me know.
Or you can always look me up in the social media circles. I'm easy to find...