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Promotional Modeling

Last activity: Jul 31, 2014
Joined: Jul 21, 2005


Columbia, South Carolina, US
photography by craig wactor

Mayhem #20594

MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/catastrophe

About me
www.meetup.com/Columbia-SC-Model-and-Photographer-shootout/ - the meetup group I set up for models, photographers, MUAs, and stylists to get together to shoot and network. It's all free of course. Just a way for us all to get some hard core portfolio building done fast. Check it out!

Moved to Columbia, SC for a while. Looking to hook up with some talent here. Message me if you are interesting.

I need to put together a team of designers & models here in SC. If you are a dirty-minded freak with sick and twisted intentions, then please DO contact me. I'm no longer interested in making polite images ;^)


About Craig:
Professional photographer, 14 years of commercial & fine art experience.

Photo shoot info:
Bring somebody, don't bring somebody, I don't care. Drink, smoke - I probably will. Whatever helps you get loose. Be prepared to hang out for a couple/few hours though. I'm slow. 

You'll have to sign a model release to protect us both. We'll agree to the terms and usage beforehand.

About your images:
The turnaround on the images I give you may be longer than what you are used to. There are a few reasons for this, so consider the value of what you get:

I do all of my own post processing. I do not shop it out, and I do not 'batch process' a ton of images in a couple of hours. I usually shoot 200-300 images in a typical photo shoot. I shoot RAW files. Of these, I'll select 10-15 images that I feel are the best. Then, I carefully optimize each image in Photoshop at full resolution, to create the look I want. My creative process includes working on an image for a few hours, and then putting it away for several days, then picking it back up with 'fresh eyes' in order to see the overall image more critically. I may spend up to 15-20 HOURS on EACH image that I produce a final copy of. The final images are technically flawless, and have gone through a process of revision, re-revision, and so on in order to get the highest possible quality and originality. Since the images are all edited at full resolution, very high quality prints may be made. I can provide you with copies of the high res files, or make prints for you if you pay for them (unless we have some other arrangement).

So one set of ten photos from a 2 hour shoot represents around 100 hours of post production (possibly more, maybe less). This means that you will have to wait a while to get all of your images from the shoot - possibly several months. However, I do strive to get the first image done within a day or so (usually, that will be my 'favorite' image) so that you do have something to show for it right away. I also will prioritize the next few so that you can have several more quickly. But I have been known to continue sending images here and there for months after a shoot. I constantly have a backlog of images in post-production. But you will get an outstanding set of a few images right away. And the quality is tip top.

From a typical photo shoot, my goal is to produce at least two, hopefully three different shots - the other images will be variations on those shots. So it may help to think of the final product as 2-3 very high quality images, and the rest are bonus alternative shots. If you need something specific from the shoot, just discuss it with me - I can arrange to make available certain images early, or hand over images with minimal editing if that is what you need. I can also give you a disk with all of the shots from the shoot with no editing.
I know that this is unusual for this community, but I am a fine artist, and we have different expectations and goals than do 'shooters' who knock out two or three shoots a week and come out with a pile of 250 images with minimal post-production (or cheesy digital filters - ugh!) the next day.
Think of it as the difference between fast food and a gourmet meal - you don't mind the wait for a masterfully prepared dinner!


What I am looking for right now:
Alternative nudes - Suicide Girls type of shoots. I am looking for small framed 18-24 year old (or who look that age) girls with alternative looks, including tattoos, piercings, Emo, Scene, Goth, etc. to do nude shoots.

Elegant portraits - think Vanity Fair. Annie Leibovitz. Camille Akrans. Solve Sundsbo. Alexi Lubomirski. Perfect hair and makeup, amazing wardrobe. Chaise lounge and oh-so-praahtty jewelry.

Stock photography - I sell a lot of stock photography, so I always need people to pose as nurses, teachers, businesspeople, moms & dads, hotties in swimsuits or dresses, etc. Anything interesting: serial killer, punk, angry boss, stoner, you name it, I can use it - time to play dress-up! I require a model release for these, as I will be selling them - but the exposure potential is great.

Classic Hollywood style portraits - B&W, soft focus, dramatic lighting, big eyes - glamorous! Horst P Horst, George Hurrell.

"Movie stills" editorial fashion shots:
Woman on the Run - roadside, hitchhiking, suitcase, desperation.
Motel Hideout - dividing up the loot, guns, disguises, a hostage?
Desperate Housewife - what is the CEO's lady up to when he is out?
VIP Booth - Scarface like character & entourage parties at his nightclub.

Artistic nudes - these are poetic, painterly, motion-blurred abstractions, so they are anonymous. See my portfolio for examples. This is my most unique work - not really inspired by any previous photographers, came about through my pure genius (in other words, I discovered it by accident!)

Old news:

I am now a gallery owner! Several colleagues and I have opened an art gallery (mainly photography), located at 316 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ. 'Gallery 8' is inside the Garfield Galleria, in the heart of McDowell Row.

Silver Miner
By Steve Jansen
Published: August 16, 2007

Urban photography wizard Craig Wactor ventured from downtown’s torn up Baghdad-esque streets and captured other depressive looking doom-and-gloom -- the resurgent mining communities of Miami and Globe, Arizona -- with his silver gelatin prints. Works by Farrell Yancy are also on display.
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2007-08- … ver-miner/


Alta Vista Animal Hospital
AZ National Guard
Elante DaySpa
Glendale Comm College
Traveler Magazine for GCC
Merritt Vet Supply
Glendale Star
College Times
Better Homes & Gardens (Scrapbooks, etc)
model portfolios, commissioned portraits, etc.

Shows and Awards:
Upcoming solo art exhibition, Glendale Community College, Glendale AZ
"Circular Exhibition", Hun Gallery, New York NY, and Ho Gallery, Seoul S. Korea
"A Million Little Pictures", The Art House, Decatur GA
2 person art exhibitions, Gallery 8, Phoenix AZ
Group art exhibitions, Gallery 8, Phoenix AZ
"The Postcard Show", Northlight gallery, ASU campus, Tempe AZ
"The Home Show" - 2 person exhibition, Gallery 8, Phoenix AZ
Group exhibition, ArtStageSound, Phoenix AZ
Glendale Community College Faculty Art Show, First Studio, Phoenix AZ
"The Salon" invitational, Phoenix, AZ
Solo exhibition, Stinkweeds, Tempe AZ
Glendale Community College Faculty Art Show, Glendale AZ
group art exhibition, Alice's Restaurant, Phoenix AZ
3 person exhibition, City Art Gallery, Columbia, SC
Honorable Mention South Carolina State Fair Art Show
Photography Award, University of South Carolina Student Art Show

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