J Richmond Photography

Photographer Male Seattle, Washington, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/jayrichmond
Mayhem # 276894

About Me

Whenever a model thinks well enough of my pictures and style to ask me to photograph her, it's flattering.  If you think you might like to pose for me, please let me know so that we can talk about it.

I'm a dedicated amateur photographer concentrating on male and female portraiture and figure studies.  In portraiture, I seek to convey the model’s personality, to evoke a viewer’s emotions and sometimes to cause the viewer to imagine the picture’s story.  In figure studies, my key objective is to create aesthetically pleasing, sensual compositions. 

My portraiture and portfolio development work is usually TFP though I do sometimes pay cash compensation for figure studies.  I make pictures for personal and artistic reasons, not commercial purposes.  I'm not interested in being paid for my photography.  Compensation and release terms are always negotiable.  When a model is interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of her comfort zone, I'm happy to agree to keep the pictures we might make private.

My best work has been made with models who either are substantive collaborators or willing to completely trust in my vision and direction.  What a model wants to do is always more interesting to me than what she won't do.

Beginning models find that I'm a good teacher and supportive mentor, whether we are working on general portfolio development or to achieve a specific artistic objective.

I’m easygoing, safe, and can provide references.  Before a shoot, a conversation is necessary, preferably in person.  Talking about ideas and building rapport is productive and reassuring.  The only good escorts are friends who want to model, too.  (Though if you're a minor, it's OK to bring your mom along.)  Good models do the preparation to make sure that they are comfortable with the photographer, and vice-versa.  Shoots ought to be fun, and I do all I can to make them that way for my models and me.

While I am easygoing and regard photography as a hobby, I do approach the work seriously and responsibly.  I expect the same of models.  Communicating in a professional manner is imperative.  Phone calls and email are the appropriate way to have serious, detailed conversations.  If I've gone to the significant trouble and expense of setting up a shoot and arranged to take expensive time away from my professional clients, then it's fair and courteous that the model arrive as agreed, physically and mentally prepared to execute our mutual plan.  If you can do those things, we’ll have a good time planning a shoot and making good pictures.

Currently, I’m working on a series in which models wear scarves (usually from a collection of mine) as if they are swimwear or lingerie, or as a drape on a figure.  One of the most interesting things about this series is seeing how different models you the scarfs to express themselves.  Sessions working on the scarf series incorporate some of the models’ ideas, and some of mine. 

If you have your own artistic idea or need photographs for a particular purpose, I'd like to hear about it.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Credits

I've worked with many models from ModelMayhem.  I enthusiastically recommend the following:

Isha Lloyd, 704697, Sacramento (four times)
x Charlene, 1238287, San Francisco
Nikkie Wenker, 1813225, Tacoma (twice)
Miss Mandilbe, 517598, Bellingham (twice)
Samanyika, 1228782, Los Angeles
Diva4Life, 1468001, Seattle
Brianna Blackwood, 2314612, Lynnwood, Washington
Casandra Anderson, 1786429, Tacoma (twice)
Korynne, 1003440, Vancouver, British Columbia
McKenzie Donaldson, 2634540, Northville, Michigan
Nune Hov, 1031241, Seattle
Jess Richards, 1190674, Seattle (twice)
Cookie_Monster,  1556117, Edmonds, Washington
Suzii H, 2292627, Olympia, Washington
Bronwyn Nia, 701087, Seattle
Jessica Lauren Phillips, 1306298, Seattle
Chandra Alexandra, 653279, Pullman, Washington
Delayna S, 1981128, Seattle
Hanffy Liao, 764996, Taiwan
Frida Abaga, 721885, Seattle
Meg Meyer, 364340, Olympia
Axinia, 674176, Honolulu
Frannie Baby, 1102015, Seattle 
Barbara_Maloku, 714687, San Diego
Samantha Bigelow, 1828799, Tacoma
iTs TiSA, 1624395, Seattle
Svitty, 1668729, Toronto, Ontario
Luciana Coirolo, 1084297, Union City, New Jersey
Kristin Khaos, 1290749, Seattle
Hillary Devi R, 871013, Abruzzes, Italy

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