Welcome to my profile page here on Model Mayhem. The majority of the work here is shot in portrait (vertical). I shoot in landscape (horizontal) too but the majority of that is on my OMP page. You can get to my OMP page from my blog, http://eddies-canons.blogspot.com/
and I keep them updated about the same. I’m still trailing on updating my portfolio but should be caught up by the end of the spring this year - 2013 (the last shoot I have here is from Feb 2012 and I have at least 24 others to get posted - because I won't stop shooting).
I am a portrait, event and documentary photographer. I am majoring in studio art – photography, at Cal State, San Bernardino. I shoot both digital and film. My goal is to become a fine art photographer.
This portfolio contains portrait work. I do not have any of my event or documentary work here. What I have here are a series of ongoing projects with the various models. Some I have photographed several times while others only once. Photography is a big deal for me. Eventually I would like to have what I have done to be in San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery, New York’s Yossi Milo Gallery, Berlin’s Camera Work and or Los Angeles' M&B, Annenberg Space for Photography and Drkrm galleries. I am a big fan and admirer of many photographers on model mayhem – even friends with some. I am a huge fan of the late Gordon Parks. Other inspirations include but are not limited to Dawoud Bey, James Vanderzee, Robert Adams, Helen Levitt, Alec Soth, Carrie Mae Weems, Aleksander Rodchenko, Dorothea Lange, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Cindy Sherman, Roy DeCarava, Amy Arbus, Richard Avedon and Alfred Stieglitz.
Fine art photography is where I’m going. I’ll do other things from weddings to birthday parties to commercial shoots for print but fine art is the end state. That’s my pot of gold. The majority of my shoots are environmental portraiture (location shoots).
Regarding TFP – I shoot a lot TFP shoots – I make no money doing so, but I absolutely love to photograph. But paid work is paid work and I will take paid work (even none photographic paid work) over TFP – every time. I have kids to feed and put through school and buy clothes for and you get the idea. Not to mention I want to eat too. If I cancel a TFP shoot the reason will be because paying work came along.
I’m a rookie by photographer standards. I have only been photographing “professionally” since 2007. You will find many photographers here and everywhere with many more years of experience. I spent most of my adult life as a soldier in the Army (I wish I had an SLR when I was in Iraq). Now I’m a photographer. I’m a native Californian too. The best way to “know” what it’s like to work with me is to work with me. Other than that, ask any model I have photographed. I suggest you ask at least three (your choice) to get a better all-around impression.
I shoot digital and film.