What produces better results is the connection between those who are creative, innovated, fresh, and willing to try something new. This creative process and connection needs to be made between the photographer and the model the most, as well as makeup artist, hairstylist, fashion designer etc. This is what is MOST important to me. -DK
So having that in mind, if you want to collaborate with me, please take the time to read my page before contacting me. By reading my profile, most of your questions will be answered. You will have an understanding of what to expect and capture the essences of my personality and the process of how things go. **(Updated 10/3/2013)**
NOTE: I've sold all of my digital cameras/digital backs, and working towards black & white film photography. I do process my film and depending on the shoot, I will shoot either with 120 film and/or 35mm film. I will soon get into color film photography and the process of developing color film. IF there a project/shoot which I need to shoot digitally because of a particular timeframe, then I'll work on finding the appropriate camera for the project/shoot.
At the moment I am based in Deerfield Beach, FL
Area. Depending on work, I can travel and will be traveling. If you have any questions, let me know. My other location I will visit time to time will be Suffern/NYC, New York.
If you like my work and want to stay in touch, I suggest you want to create a list or least leave a message with specific contact information so when the time and/or opportunity comes, both parties will be ready.
Overall, My main service on MM is my photography work; however I do provide my other professional services such as retouching, web designing and digital art services, all in which you can ask and I will gladly provide an indepth background and rates.
The photographer’s skills are not dependent on location or on their equipment. There are many famous photographers who have captured beautiful pieces of work with a polaroid or film cameras. So it’s not how great or expensive your equipment is or what lighting equipment you have, it’s about your skills and what you can do with the tools that you have, plus creativity.
I believe it’s the photographer’s job and responsibility to get creative, even if the model is tired or cannot perform in front of the camera.
A model’s career all depends on the photographer’s skills; he/she is the primary person whose skills are utilized to capture the photos that will be used to promote. This goes along with artist, hairstylist, fashion designers etc. People will make money if based on the quality of the photo(s). Without saying a word, the photos will determine what type of work you offer.
Furthermore, when the photographer has other talents included such as the Makeup artist, Hairstylist, Fashion designer, etc., it’s all up to the photographer towards the end of the day to capture the image to portray the creative talents of the many individuals. All the work and time of everyone can be wasted if the photographer does not have his set skills.
If you are a model and exclusively signed with an Agency, it is the agent's job to put you in contact with photographers that will develop your portfolio; if they are not doing that, find an agent that will.
Models who don’t want to pay me and want to use my images to promote themselves and make money.
Models who want to shoot but do not want to give out their contact information, making it rather difficult to communicate. This includes email and telephone number. Avoiding giving out phone numbers and only communicating through email without any prior meetup/call/video call, expecting to shoot is completely unacceptable.
Models who give excuses and are not comfortable, after agreeing on the type of shoot we planned and agreed before the shoot.
Models who ask what types of lights I use. Again it does not matter if I have the studio lights. It all depends on the type of shoot. Having studio lights does not make one a photographer or not. Every image in my port is not done with one particular type of light or modifier.
Models who will just show up with clothes she claim that are exact or very similar base on the reference images I send yet they are not.
An escort who disrupts or distracts a photoshoot.
Models who come and bluntly say that these are my rates and tell me if I want to shoot with them then contact them. I will ignore and not respond.
Models who completely flake out last minute. I understand that there can be some legit excuse but chances are I won’t contact back. I will respect your decision and I will proceed, finding another model who would be dependable.
People who reply days or weeks later; overall, not having a reasonable time manner.
People who boast about how great they are. I don’t have time for people who want to compete who has a better camera, higher megapixels, brand of camera, or what operating system they believe is better. Everyone has their preference, their tools in order to accomplish the skill.
I do take the time and look at all of my friend request. I will most likely accept you and may even contact if I find your portfolio is really creative or either inspiring. Chances are that I would like to collaborate a shoot.
I generally don’t block people; it’s not my intention, unless I have a real valid reason.
My Name is Dominic, You can also call me DK for short. I am born and raised in South Florida. I have a passion for the arts. I do have a bachelor degree in Science of Photography and minor in Graphic Design. My work is diverse and I continue being diverse by experimenting and coming up with different ideas. I’m very comfortable editing my own work and everything you seen within my port is all done by myself. If you have any questions about anything you can message me. Not only I do photography, I draw, paint, sculpt, create graphics, edit videos, and do some 3D modeling.
As I stated towards the top of the page, I am doing less and less digital work and more film photography. This is becoming my choice of medium; however, I can still shoot digitally, if there is a certain timeframe.
Fuji GX680 II Camera
Fujinon 180mm F3.2
Fujinon 250mm F5.6
Plaubel Makina 670 Camera
Leica M4-P Rangefinder Camera
Leica Summicron-m 35mm f2 ASPH
Lighting & Modifiers:
*I've used every Canon digital body up to 2012; Nikon d3100, d300, d700, D3, D3x*
My Requirement is to shoot with people who do have a passion for what they do. I will not work with people who strictly respond by pay. You will have the right to ask for compensation when I come to you first; however I will have my right if I tell you my rates if you want to collaborate a shoot. Still, If I don’t sense the passion with your work, I will not work with you. I am open for TFP but I do have my rates. Plus, I will only shoot with those who have the time, the effort, the passion, and creativity. I will shoot that I find inspiring, and not everyone who comes to me will inspire. Please respect the fact that this is one of my main full time jobs.
Because I am shooting film, I'll be very selective with people whom I'll like to collaborate. The reason being: I can only get 10 shots per 120 film and 20-36 shots per 35mm film, meaning I'll be looking for models who have experience and patience. With the digital world today, majority of photographers/models are used to fast pace and 'unlimited' amount of shots. Film on the other hand forces both parties to slow down and focus on the critical shots and poses.
When I shoot, it’s my job to make you feel comfortable. This is very important to me and the model to which I’m collaborating with. Most of the times I’ll find out how comfortable the model is base by the reference images I send through Dropbox. Dropbox is a free program and you will have to sign up and download it in order to receive the images I send. There will be a list of images numbered and consist a wide range of ideas. I simply ask the model to look through them and to pick out the numbers he/she feels comfortable or would like to recreate. From the images, I will look and try to consolidate them into few concepts which we will use for the shoot. I am open to other ideas as well if the model has their own reference images saved. Here is the dropbox download button below.
Then, we will discuss clothing, accessories and props. I do require to send pictures of what you have so I know what you are bringing to our shoot. We will discuss time and location as well once the concepts and outfits are done. Depending on the model (if its the first time we shoot), I do like to meet the model in person prior before the schedule shoot, to break the ice. Again It’s very important to me that the model is comfortable. If not I will not shoot. (IF your long distance or coming from another state/country, then skype or some video conversation would be the alternative).
During the shoot, we will communicate which images we have agreed on shooting and will have our shoot. Generally we will recreate the image with our own style then I will give the model the freedom of pose afterwards and from there I might give direction and will pay close attention to detail in order to capture a great image.
Depending on how many concepts we agreed, I will go back to the concept image repeat the process till the shoot is over. My objective is to have an enjoyable shoot that produces great results.
Again the shoot is a collaboration of the people who are involved. It will be based on a combination of things, how I am feeling, your personality, what you are wearing and the surrounding area. I will throw ideas at you time to time and you are free to also throw some at me. Again if there something you are uncomfortable with, I expect for you to say something. It’s communication. And please don’t ask me specifically what to do, since I do not have anything specifically planned for you. I will improvise according to the situation I’m in and from there I see how things fall into place.
And finally I do not shoot everyone that contacts me, not even for money. It depends on the situation I’m in and location I may be, depending on work. Best thing is to least leave a message and some sort of contact information and if something comes along the way then I will contact.
I expect the model to come up with numerous and creative poses depending on the type of shoot we agree on. I can direct along the shoot but again I don’t have a specific time set for shoots. Just know it may take longer than usual. (Base on average, shoot may be from 1 hour to 3 hours)
When I’m away from home, in this case Florida, I prefer to work with models that have a great location for a shoot and even consider a place for me to stay depending on the time shoot. This is only the case if you’re a few hours away from my location and I’m driving to your area to shoot and I shoot takes longer than expected. This would be discussed prior of the shoot. This also will apply for models too if they feel like they need a place to stay because driving distance is too long.
I will state this again. I really do prefer to meet or see the model prior to our actual shoot. If on the day of the shoot, you look completely different then what I expect; I more than likely not have a shoot with you, and the future.
Because so many models are abusing the situation of me sending mostly all of the unedited jpeg images, by either uploading it to modelmayhem, modeling portfolio and other sites before I retouch them, I will be sending a contact sheet of 35-50 images for you to select. Upon receiving the contact sheet, you will pick the images that you believe are best. I will edit the images and send it to you by email. Rule of thumb for me is; I edit one image per outfit/concept change. For example, if you have four outfit changes, I'll edit a total of four images. You don't have to pick one image per each outfit; you can pick all four images with one outfit if you like. Bottomline, the number of outfit changes equals to number of edited photos. Any more requested retouching will be extra added cost. IF you have 1 outfit, I'll edit 2 images; 2 outfits; I'll edit 3 images.
You have to understand that raw unedited images being shown socially online is a bad representation of the quality work I produce, as well as yourself, and anyone else who has been a part of the collaboration. Furthermore, I'm getting complaints from some models who believe I don't provide enough final images. I go by Quality images and not Quantity. I analyze and spend a few hours retouching each image to give you quality images. I don't 'cut corners' with my images and I don't use filters or plugins towards the images I retouch, as 'quick fixes' degrades my philosophy of quality images. Everything is retouched by 'hand', in an undestructive manner. Your paying for my service, skills, talent etc.. Plus I don't let models I shoot retouch their own photos.
If the photos are going to be published, I have the right to know what images are going to be published, and the publisher needs to contact me by email for confirmation of usage and proper high res image(s) for prints. In general I want to know if they are going to be used for any commercial use. If the images are going to be used for Modelmayhem, Facebook, or any other site, I request to have my logo on the actual image, this means the image(s) that I have edited and returned to you, including some recognition such as DKimg, Digital Kythe Image, DK image or Dominic Zingale.
So if you are shooting with me, you are agreeing to these terms. I do not want pictures that I created out in public that in my opinion are bad or infringed on my property rights. You will know which images are created by myself from start of shoot towards the finished image, with the "DKimg" logo on the image.
Usually people will ask for their safety; "If I have never worked with you, I reserve to bring an escort".
Personally it’s like asking your new employer if I can bring someone with me to the interview or during the first day at work. None the less, if after reviewing my work, reading my page, communication via MM, email, Phone and face to face meeting, IF you still have an issue of safety and really need to have an escort, I would personally rather work with someone else. There may be those few times I’ll accept an escort but in many cases you are not a celebrity and you don’t need to be protected from the public. Please know that if your going to bring an escort upon the unique situation, I will have them help me with the shoot.
If I'm working with models under the age of 18, I require a parent guardian on the shoot. I will have all parties sign a release form on the day of shoot, no exceptions!
If you are having problems contacting me via MM, I suggest you contact me via email (email@example.com) and including your MM ID #.
Again, I’m not going to hire you or pay to shoot you, unless I’m working for a company who is seeking work whom I will need a model. Just because I made you aware of me (by posting a comment either by tag or photo) doesn’t mean I am wanting to shoot you for free; I rather get paid for my skills and talent, especially if it’s to build, improve or update your portfolio.
I do not work with adult models that need me to first meet their parents, boyfriends, husband or wife, etc. I only work with adults that can decide on their own and don’t need some other personal permission to do a shoot with me.
I will shoot for free only when I have given the complete creative freedom, meaning I will shoot all 3 types of genres: Fashion, Beauty/Glamour and Nudes. If you have no problem with this, please cut and paste the following and send it to me via private message: “I Agree to Your Creative Freedom Shoot“.
I do read your page and examine your port. In many cases I do disregard “I will not shoot nudes” or “paid assignments only”, because I have worked with many models that are “true” with their stats.