mike1212 moore

Photographer Male Honolulu, Hawaii, US My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/mikebr
Mayhem # 2724489

About Me

Some words from the photographer

To me, a good photograph captures spirit and movement, whether it's of a person, a building, or a cornfield. It's more than a "picture of something," but a moment in life.

That said, you won't find me asking my subjects to sit tall, cross your hands in your lap and tilt your head to the left. I believe a photo session is interactive, so my goal is to uncover your personality and get you to react to me, because those reactions are what I'm going to capture.

As a photographer, I run into so many people with self-image problems. But here's the deal: If I'm photographing you, I think you're beautiful. It's that simple. And let's leave our hang-ups at the door.

I am open to discussing most any project so feel free to contact me. I am always looking for models for fine art, and if you're willing to participate in an art project I will often shoot the other photos you want for no fee.

A note about nudes: I shoot nude form because it irritates me that thousands of years after the Greeks were carving nude statues of Apollo and Poseidon, today a male figure study is often dismissed as pornography. I believe that the human body is beautiful and I'd like to play a part in changing that stereotype.Also note that I don't ask or expect everyone who poses for me to get naked. I realize that it's not for everybody, and to assume that's the only reason I am contacting you is judgmental and a bit offensive. This is not my sole motivation.


The Preparation

Looking your best for a photo session
Here's how to look your best before we get together:

Be well-rested and avoid alcohol and cigarettes the night before (both are bad for your skin).
Be well hydrated (dehydration also affects skin). Some who retain water choose to avoid water for a few hours immediately prior to a shoot. If this is an issue, drink a small black coffee or glass of red wine 30 minutes before the shoot.
Make no drastic changes to your appearance within three days of your photo shoot. Tanning dries out your skin, and shaving leaves razor bumps even on the best skin. If you're changing your hair, get it cut at least a week before the shoot so it has time to adjust to its new style.
Finally, don't stress. Being photographed should be fun.

What to wear
Headshot, portrait, and modeling clients should bring a few outfits to the shoot so I can help you pick the right one(s). For headshots, bring comfortable pants, even jeans or shorts, as I don't have to shoot you below the waist. For portraits or modeling portfolios, bring shoes (and socks) to match each outfit.

Make sure your clothes are comfortable and fit well — nothing baggy! For men especially, a shirt that seems a little too tight is better than a shirt that's too baggy. (A shirt generally fits right if the seam where the sleeve starts sits exactly on the bend of your shoulder; short sleeves should always end at least an inch or two above the elbow, long sleeves should end just below the bend of your wrist.)

For caucasians and light-skinned people, dark colors are better than lights; those with darker skin (African-Americans and Pacific Islanders, for example) can get away with clothing lighter than their skin tone. Solid colors look better than prints, but texture and layering clothes looks good. Please remember that these are all rules of thumb — some men look great in a clean, white t-shirt, and some women can pull off a subtle print. Use best judgment. Men should not wear jewelry and women should wear it conservatively. Try to think of something that you'd wear to an art-gallery opening or on a first date.

Skin care and make-up
Digital photographs pick up every pore and blemish. If you don't moisturize, your skin can have a red, cracked surface. Exfoliation helps, allowing the moisturizer to penetrate the skin. If you don't currently have one, please start following a skin care routine for a week before your appointment. Personally, I'm a big fan of The Body Shop, which has various skin care regimen for women and men. Trader Joe's also carries good products, and even Neutrogena or St. Ives products (available at any grocery or drug store) are better than nothing. Also watch your lips (chapped lips can't be retouched easily in a photo). Use lip balm.

If you decide to do your own make-up, wear just a little more than you would normally, but do not cake on heavy foundation or a ton of rouge, or lipstick that's two shades darker than what you normally wear. Come with your hair as close as possible to the way you want it. I have basic makeup available at the studio for women and men, base to cover blemishes and powder to cut down shininess. I also keep two makeup artists on retainer and can have either available at a shoot. The makeup artist requires you pay an additional fee, which varies (from $60 to $150, depending on which stylist is available). This fee is due to the stylist at the time of the shoot.



The Rates

Sitting fees ( but I am open to Credit and some non-credit models for pay session. On one to one rate .... )
Here are the general rates that I charge for various photo sessions:

Headshots and Portraits
$260 total cost

A pre-shoot consultation, if you request one

Up to three looks

At least 75 images shot per look

An online proof page of low res, retouched images

Two print ready, retouched images (8x10)

The College Student Special
$125 Headshots or portraits
$200 Modeling portfolios
Same amenities as above

Modeling Portfolios
$445 total cost
A pre-shoot consultation, if you request one

Up to seven looks

At least 75 images shot per look

An online proof page of low res, retouched images

Five print ready, retouched images (8x10)

A few details:

A "look" is considered a clothing or location change.
College student special rates apply to any full-time college or post-graduate student with a valid college ID.
You can use your images from the online proof page anywhere on the Internet as long as PHOTOGRAPHY is credited.
Models posing for my own fine art projects may qualify for reduced rates on other photography. The rate reduction depends on the individual circumstances and/or my ongoing art projects at the time, but for the best and most adventurous models the discount can be considerable. If you have any questions about my rates, don't hesitate to ask. I am negotiable in special circumstances.
Extra costs
These are the only additional charges you may incur, other than hiring the makeup artist (see above) or failing to cancel an appointment (see below):

Payment via credit card or PayPal requires an additional 3% service fee.
I will retouch additional images from your shoot for $8 each.
You can purchase a disk of all shots from the shoot (original size and unedited) for $25 each.
I can do the printing for you with an additional charge, that varies by project. It's actually more cost effective for you to do that yourself as I'd recommend you go to the same printers that I use.
A word about retouching
With the right lighting, makeup, and posing, my photos require very little editing. On the flipside, I've seen other photographers completely ruin a perfectly good image by over-Photoshopping (and it's very obvious!). I'll generally only do the following light retouching:

Brightening the whites of the eyes
Cleaning up loose hairs
Softening of lines
Smoothing of skin/reduction of pores
Whitening of teeth
Removing of blemishes
Changing color to black and white, or other toning
Softening of background
Cropping the overall image


The Final Details

I generally need no less than a week's notice to schedule a shoot (two weeks is ideal). But if you have an immediate need for your photos, don't hesitate to contact me and we'll see if I can get you in.

Rescheduling, or failure to cancel a shoot
I understand that things come up and sometimes you're going to have to cancel a shoot, and I am very flexible when a client communicates with me. But please note that failure to tell me you're not going to show up for a shoot will require you to pay a non-refundable $75 no-show charge before you rebook a future appointment(s). This applies to all clients. The $75 will be applied toward the cost of your rescheduled shoot, but will not be refunded if you cancel or don't show again.

I own the copyright to all images that I create. As a model or subject, you are allowed to use the photos for marketing and personal purposes and make (and distribute) as many copies as you like, however you are expressly forbidden from selling any images taken by me, for any reason, without my written consent. These rights may be purchased, per image.


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