UPDATE: Until April 2013 I'm in Palo Alto, California (USA)
ART TAKES COURAGE.
Congratulations! You just arrived at the most interesting photographer's profile on ModelMayhem :-)
I've worked as professional photographer for 15 years, both print and web. After a few years of hiatus (mainly due to other business interests) I'm now back to my passion, this time working exclusively for myself.
I'm open to suggestions and collaborations, money is not the main motivator for me (since I have a stable job). I'm interested in getting to know a great make-up artist in or around Narbonne.
Since I'm nowadays living in Egypt, I'm also interested in working inside Egypt.
So, when working with me please forget everything you did for other photographers. This is not to say they are wrong while I am right - I'm only warning you that my way of working is very different than what's mainstream. I'm not gonna click-click while you show me your legs / tits / whatever. Actually, I am not interested *AT ALL* to shoot *you*!
Rule #1: I want you to act for me (i.e., not to model).
Rule #2: when acting, I want you to use the Stanislavsky-Strasberg "method" (since most of the models here on MM are not actors, feel free to read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_acting).
Rule #3: you have to tell me in advance what songs you listen to when .... (insert different moods). To speed up the process described at #2 I'll manipulate your feelings by using music you already associated with the kind of sentiments I need for that part of the shooting.
Rule #4: Within 3 days from the shooting I'll provide you with 3/three shots for your portfolio / web site for each hour we shot. You can chose which ones.
Rule #5: Don't be late and don't be slow (cause I'm never late and never slow in my photo sessions).
These rules are non-negotiable. If you want conventional photography please look elsewhere, there are plenty of other photographers ready to work with you.
The last thing I want from you would be to re-create again and again another of the common places which are polluting the world of photography. Really, how many "wet hair thrown in the air" do we need, until we vomit our livers out on the floor? How many times do we need to see the same poses over and over and over and over and over again??? Gee...
I aim for the unexpected. I want your husband / BF to see your shots and have an instant hard-on (and to look at you in a different way then ever before). I want your parents and friends to browse your pics then turn their head to you in order to understand how exactly the light touched your face or your body to create those mind boggling shots. I want you to always grab these photos when you'll be old, wrinkled and eager to remember how AWESOME you once were.
And I need you to have COURAGE. I'm not talking about willingness to open your blouse or legs, that's a personal choice. As a model, you show courage when you go for shots and poses that someone from your entourage would not think you could do, for they transcend your psychological or physical limits (or, most likely, their limited imagination).
I need you to act in a brave way in front of the camera. Only then we can truly achieve the magical symbiosis between the model and the photographer.
Have a look at my list, to understand what kind of shots I'm talking about: http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/557416
P.S.#1 I'll never work with a model or retoucher / hair stylist / make-up artist who's not on my friends list. If I send you a friend request it means that at least in theory I'm interested to work with you some day.