zenandnowPhotographer Male Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mayhem # 1730025
About MeThis is my portraiture and glamour gallery. I work with a wide range of models on a wide range of projects. I have over 3 decades experience shooting models.
Let me explain what I'm like to work with. First, I'm fine with escorts but anyone you bring needs to be prepared to hold a reflector or a scrim--I'll probably put 'em to work during the shoot. I believe in shoots with a relaxed feel, some good conversation and even a little laughter. I'm big on preparation and if we agree to shoot, expect to get a couple of emails or calls from me with details about poses, props, and logistics. I believe in feeding my models so if the shoot overlaps lunch or dinner, the meal's on me. Otherwise, I'll always bring water and snacks. Also, I believe that good shoots are a collaboration. Oh--I'll have a plan with specific ideas in mind. But I highly encourage you to offer suggestions or advice or say "I want to shoot THIS" and the more you offer input, the more I'll respect you as an artist. I don't resent it if you send me a link or attachment of a photo with a note "make me look like this" or "I like this photo"--I'll probably ask for more details about what it is you like and we'll do our own variation on that theme. In fact, I love it when models send me links and attachments to share some of what they like or what they want to create during the session. I can operate a lot of different ways (fast--no interruptions to keep the mood going or stopping continuously to show you results and talk over modifications) with lots of different ways to approach posing (I explain the concept and you create to me providing exact posing information and everything in between).
Big no-no's for me are:
--failing to show or showing late. At least call and let me know--that's the professional thing to do.
--showing up high or drunk. If you're nervous or it's your first shoot, let me know and we'll manage it just fine. But showing up altered won't help.
--no communication. I believe there is no such thing as a dumb question on your part. If I haven't made myself clear or you're confused or uncertain about something than ask. I'm a patient guy. And the more we share expectations, the better the shoot will be.
Payment and TF issues. If you're a new or an inexperienced model and you expect to get paid for your work than you either need to be working on a paying gig for the photographer (ie: the shooter is getting paid to produce work for print or a website) or you're posing for some variation on a nude theme. That's not my way of getting you to pose nude, that's my way of saying that with nearly 3 decades of shooting models, in my experience a new or inexperienced model isn't likely to get paid for posing unless it's one of those two situations. Please don't contact me to pose for glamour themes and expect me to pay you. I'll happily discuss TF arrangements with you. I love engaging in portfolio-building sessions with models--we just need to be clear about expectations and themes before the shoot. My typical TF deal is this:
--you leave the shoot with a CD of all results from the shoot in RAW format (minus any either of us asked to be deleted)
--you share with me full rights to the results (so you can sell them, edit or modify them to your heart's content)
--I send you a number of edits from the shoot
--we both credit each other when we display those results
--assuming you were professional and good to work with, you can expect a praise-worthy TAG from me on your MM profile.
If you've got any questions, feel free to contact me.