Helios_Photography

Photographer Male Westminster, Maryland, US
My Website: Website
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/HeliosPhotography
Mayhem # 2875304

About Me

Thank you for visiting my page!

I am a part-time photographer in the Westminster area, looking to improve and refine my compositions. I enjoy creating both studio and natural light compositions with a variety of subjects. Like everyone else, I am looking to establish my own unique stamp on this art and welcome the opportunity to work with you as you establish yours.

I have a passion for innovation, and enjoying mixing technology with art. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. In either case it is always fun to watch the dominoes tumble.

I look forward to collaborate and learn from artist on both sides of the lens, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any request.

Prior to considering working with me, please note the following T&C.

1. Friend requests. Please no drive-by friend request. If you like my work, feel free to leave a comment. If you send me a friend request I will assume it's because you want to work with me in either a TF or paying me capacity. I generally frown upon requests whose sole purpose are to solicit pay work.

2. I am a basement shooter. This is in my house but most importantly in my home. I have developed a certain fondness for giggling, happy screams, trampling little feet and simulated truck noises. They will not interfere in any way in the shoot outside from the aforementioned noises :)

3. No weapons of any sort by anyone. This includes me ;) I am a peaceful and respectful creature. You may go as you please for any reason, so weapons are unnecessary. My priorities are first and foremost for the safety and security of my family, and making sure I can be around for them. Weapons make me nervous, and nervous photographers take blurry images. If you feel the need to exercise the 2nd amendment, I respect it, but we will not be shooting together.

4. You may bring an escort. More than one gets crowded. Please understand that they are your responsibility and that if they become a distraction to the shoot, I reserve the right to end the shoot. The goal of an escort is to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible, not to coach or make you feel self-conscious. If you prefer to have one, please make sure they understand why they are there. If they are willing I may also press them into service :)

5. Communication is a must. Photographers on MM have a stereotype of being creepy and models flakey. I prefer the good old fashion telephone since it does a far better job at communicating nuances. If we are at the point where we will be shooting, a 5 minute phone call can save hours of back and forth confusion over email and texts. If you are uncomfortable giving a photographer your number at that point, you probably shouldn't be shooting with them. I require some form of communication (text/phone/email/pm) by 5pm the day before the shoot. This will help us ensure that the last minute details are taken care of. If I don't hear from you by then, I reserve the right to cancel the shoot.

6. TFx policy. TFx is an artistic joint venture. My vision behind the lens made reality through your modeling. I will only release those particular works which exemplify our very best. I categorically will not just give you a cd/dvd of all the raw images for several reasons.
___1. Half-done art. Unlike the model, a photographer's touch on the image isn't over with the push of the button. Many hours are spent in post-processing, cropping, color-calibrating, removing pimples etc. When we release untouched images, we risk the possibility that these get released without completing that art work. You wouldn't ask a painter to give you all his trial that went wrong, or paintings that almost made the cut or some that are not quite complete. It is in our best interest to only release the very best images. I typically shoot over 300 images in a single shoot, so the likelihood that they are all worthy enough for retouching is rather slim. There is also no guarantee that the person you give them to for retouching will exercise the same level of care as I will, so please understand my reluctance to provide you a whole bunch of half done images.

____2. Credit cuts both ways. Since the model is the subject of these images, there are credited my default. If I give all my negatives away, there is little proof that I took them, and typically a retoucher will not bother to credit the photographer. In the best case, our work looks great, but nobody know I participated. Worst case, our work looks terrible, and everyone think I did it.

____3. No real recourse. Despite signing a contract for the TFx shoot, most photographers will not go after a model who has plagiarized their work. Bad news travels much faster, and further than good news, and no photographer wants the reputation of going after models legally because they failed to give the photographer credit.

Finally due to the collaborative nature of a TFx shoot I expect that we will discuss the plan in advance and find something in common that we both would want to add to our portfolio. Or alternatively shoot something you have that I want ,and something you want that I have ;)

I hope this rather long-winded prose has helped to provide some insight into my rather twisted mind!

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