I'm an extremely busy person. Please do not take it personal if it takes me a few days to return messages.
I love to collaborate and capture creative and amazing photographs.
I ALWAYS WORK WITH AN ASSISTANT
I've been a photographer for over 7 years now so TFP is on very select basis.
I require a model release to be signed at every shoot.
If you would like to hire me to come to you it would help speed up me coming to your area. wink wink
ATTENTION!! EVERYONE READ THIS: I WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT APPROVE ANY BLIND FRIEND REQUESTS - I mean come on at least give me some reason to approve you. Write me a Tag - a Comment - or send me a Message. That's a good way to start a friendship - don't you think? If you don't agree..DON'T I repeat DON'T even bother sending me a friend request here. Thanks.
Published in Pulse Magazine of Indianapolis and in USI Magazine of Evansville.
A few great words from an amazing photographer. They are great so pay attention (Sun Gallery Photography #357911):
Aspiring models are always asking me for advice on how to get into the industry without getting burned. I've taken the time to compile a list of essentials that I feel every new model should consider before he or she attempts to move into this line of work.
I would like to encourage models and photographers alike to make amendments to what I have started below.
Rule 1: Never travel alone.
Always have someone with you when you go on a shoot. Having a friend along is important for your safety. Friends can also help to elicit positive emotions that will help you to have fun, be yourself, and feel comfortable on a shoot. Happy model = better images.
Rule 2: Be very selective in who you choose to work with.
There are a lot of hacks out there who are just looking to get young girls out of their clothing. This DOES NOT help your modeling career. Maintain your integrity. You'll be thankful down the road.
Rule 3: Be Positive
Obviously, it's important to bring a good attitude to every shoot. Be courteous. Be friendly. Ask if there is anything you can do to help. You'll be amazing at how much this will improve your report, and your reputation, with people in the industry.
Rule 4: Be prepared. Here are a list of things you should always take to a shoot.
Cell Phone (as if we ever leave home without it)
Comfortable walking shoes
Touch up Makeup
Several Outfits (not your entire closet)
Warm Coat (if it's cold out)
Backpack to carry everything in
Rule 5: Shoot First, Party After
Don't go out and hammered the night before a shoot! Hangovers suck. Puffy, bloodshot eyes are not flattering. Plus the strobes of a flash will amplify this by 1000 times. Obviously, you wouldn't get drunk the night before a marathon, so don't hit up the bar the night before a shoot. Get plenty of rest, kick ass at your photo shoot, party after.
Rule 6: Maintain Professional Communication
If you want to avoid promoting the stereotype that models are stupid and shallow, take the time to ensure that your communication skills are intelligent and courteous. The following is an example of poor communication:
hey i lik ur work we shld shoot together some time i dont knw what my schedule is for next week but ill let you knw
Obviously you wouldn't write this way when applying for a job, so don't write this way when applying for a shoot. We all use computers. We all have spell check. And you're not saving any time by skipping the punctuation either. So do it right.
Here is how your letter should read:
Hello my name is Jane and I just wanted to say that I really like your work. I would love the opportunity to collaborate with you on a shoot. Please contact me if you are interested in meeting. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
And since we're always looking for short cuts, here's a hint: you can save this letter on your desktop and copy/paste it wherever you need.
Rule 7: Don't Flake Out
This one is important for models and photographers alike. Don't flake out on your engagements. If you agree to do a shoot, show up on time. No one likes being stood up. This is the fastest way to ruin your reputation. Photographers take their work very seriously, and our time is important. If we clear our schedules to shoot with you, and you don't show up, you can be sure you've burned a bridge that will never be rebuilt.
Rule 8: Don't Expect Instant Results
Modeling is hard work. There's no way around it. It takes a lot perseverance. When you are first starting out, you probably won't get paid. In fact, you probably won't get paid for a long time. First, you have to build your portfolio. Then you have to sign with an agency. Then you have to go on auditions.