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Studio Location: South San Francisco
AJ Patell Studios is right next to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) off of HWY 101. Studio headshots and creative work is available at any time. Outdoor shoots will be coordinated thoroughly and planned carefully.
Officially here on Model Mayhem to keep an eye out for up-and-coming new faces and fresh talent. My goal is to help models develop their portfolios / look books and provide a full range of pro media services including photography, retouching, video comp production and publishing! I will be producing posters and calendars so if you're interested, let me know you want to audition.
You are looking to bring out the best in yourself as a model; to bring out the precious, beautiful, raw, elegant, pure you... the looks which are hidden inside you but you've never seen or knew you had!
You want your photographer to help bring all that out in you, or to just snap it at the right moment if you already have the experience. You are willing to learn and soak in some extra guidance no matter your skill level.
You can handle yourself on a shoot and act like the real model you are. No divas! Be a total model ready to give yourself to your art. You are not shy or immature. You are confident, sexy and believe in your looks and your body. You can take direction, you can do what it takes to make the shot work the way it should.
We have a common goal to create real art. Chemistry is really important! We need to mesh, we need to vibe. On the day of the shoot, there isn't much time to get to know each other's style and direction. This should all be done at least a few days before, either with a free in-studio modeling consultation, or over the phone.
You are welcome to bring along whomever you'd like to the in-studio modeling consultation, but not to the shoot. I only allow escorts on special occasions, but generally only for models under 18. Let me know of any concerns you have prior to our shoot day.
Makeup (and Hair)... I may have a dedicated professional makeup artist available for the shoot day. If so, it will be a really early day and you can't be late! If the mua is not available, you will have to do your own makeup according to what we discussed. Same goes for hair.
Compensation... All shoots will be Trade for Digital (TFD) unless otherwise discussed, such as for a commercial client. I pay a lot for my own studio and high-end, professional equipment and thus I rarely do free shoots for models and if I do, consider yourself lucky
Watermarks... If you need clean, watermark-less shots for your agency look-book or prints, you must book my Professional Models Portfolio package for a charge. See my website for details. Otherwise, if it's a test shoot or other, I will place my watermark on all photos and they can not be removed for any reason. I can spend hours on just one of your shots in post-production, editing and retouching. Respect my watermark, I work hard for it and for you!
Castings/Auditions/Planning - Let's get started:
I need current photos... I plan the shoot thoroughly! To start, send me 3 quick casting style casual shots taken fresh from your phone: a headshot, 3/4 shot, full body. Why? Because I need to see what you look like TODAY, not 3 months ago. I need to see what your hair and figure is now. Also send some shots of what wardrobe you intend to wear or have so I can get an idea and we can decide on.
Let's plan your free consultation session... During the session bring a friend if you want and let's talk modeling, your portfolio and our shoot! It's a fun way to see if we vibe and get all the details ready for the shoot. You can also meet my team!
Guess what, so far so good! If you've read this entire profile, then I WANT to work with you. You obviously are not just here to get some amateur photos and waste our time. You're dedicated to making this shoot successful, thanks for that! So let's get started!
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I'm here to help you.