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The Who. What. Why. ROCO stands for something more than it could ever be, ipso facto. It is but the manifesto of an idea; a perpetual pursuit of sorts, taking it’s form within the eternity of a single moment which is, irrevocably, the canvas of life itself.
I am not here to collect friends, or to hover over how many comments I've left or received. If I've left a thought or two in your book or sent you an FR, I am doing so because I genuinely appreciate your work. I have been known to be mildly loquacious at times, but I never waste a word or gesture. Everything has its place and purpose.
Shoot with me. You will see.
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Due to the sudden onslaught of shoots over the last----several weeks, I am so far behind on edits that much of my book thus far is technically out of date. But please, feel free to look and leave feedback to your hearts content, because there is definitely more where that came from. That is, assuming I don't cast myself from my 1st floor window before I'm done. #skinSMoothingKillsKittens
If you'd like to schedule a block for a test shoot, feel free to contact me for rates.
All Major Credit Cards (AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD, Best Buy gift cards) are accepted via means of PayPal or Square; which is great because I can provide you with a receipt of the transaction for your records.
[note] I am just kidding about the Best Buy gift cards.
::::::::::::::::::::::PHOTOGRAPHER Q & A
Q:Is this a real interview?
A: No. This is me answering questions to myself that I'm sure others would (should) want to know. Just go with it.
Q: Great. So how did you step foot into the industry?
A: Well, simply put, I was a model before. I even had the chance to shoot with Abercrombie once. But that isn't why I am here. Being behind the lens is the only constructive means of bringing to canvas all that I see. It is my vision, made tangible.
Q: How do you feel about shooting nude or implied?
A: The human body is an art form. One which can be aptly represented and embellished without being completely naked. This goes for men and women. Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against it at all...I just feel that once a certain line has been crossed, you remove that visceral satisfaction that the viewing mind perceives when given the ability to write it's own story. Naked or not though; you should leave your inhibitions at the door. Come ready to be pushed further than you ever have before
Q: Why do a lot of photographers have their studios at home?
A: Simply because of the fact that studio time is very expensive. So, most serious photographers will create miniature versions in their homes for the smaller caliber projects that may come to pass. It's just simple economics people; don't spend more money than you absolutely have to. When CoCo or Calvin gives us a call, then, yes.... renting out a larger studio definitely becomes a possibility and often, a necessity.
ALTHOUGH, if you find yourself standing in front of stairs which descend into a deep dark basement with the promise of nice photos and candy - but you can't help but notice that it's taking everything in your power to keep your legs from running away, listen to your gut instincts and start moving the other direction. Be safe.
Sidenote: I don't have my studio in a seedy basement. I do however, have plenty of snickers and granola bars around. You know, for those who starved themselves for the entire day leading up to the shoot. I commend your dedication
Q: Do you do modeling portfolios?
Q: I bring an escort with me. Is that ok?
A: Absolutely. Hell, bring 5, I don't care. Just be aware that they may be employed to hold a reflector or fetch stuff out of your garment bag.
*Disclaimer*Bad attitudes are forced to go sit in the car.
Q: Isn't $200-300 per shoot kind of pricey?
A: Um, no. That is actually cheap by comparison to what I've seen. Furthermore, in most cases, the photographer will spend MUCH more time working on shots than he or she charged you for (refer to "labor of love") unless the retouching was outsourced; which they'd probably ask you to pay for anyway. The thing is, if you're serious about where you want your work to work to take you, you shouldn't have any compulsions with paying your photographer. That saying of "you get what you pay for" bears a lot of relevance here, since a tenured, SKILLED photographer can bring a balance of creativity, originality and dynamic composition to your portfolio that will indeed separate it from----well, every one else's. Professionalism is not just work ethic. It is not just an attitude. It is also a skill; an acutely honed and finely crafted talent. And if you're good at something, never do it for free.
If everyone is meeting on the same threshold where the production is mutually beneficial for all parties involved, that is where the "collaborations" come into play.
Q: Ok, so what is your position on TFP/Collabo/Party Favors/Stock Tips?
A: Let's be honest. If you've been in the industry long enough, you know that there is no such thing as "TF". Time is money and there is always a cost of some sort absorbed by all parties involved. So, while I welcome inquiries about collaborations, understand that I am scrupulously selective about who I do TF/Collab with, since all parties involved should be MUTUAL beneficiaries.
So HERE'S THE DEAL - *All* TF/COLLABO's will have an MUA/H provided by the inquirer. This is non-negotiable. Unless you've already got solid proof in your book that you can manage these two things at a professional capacity, you can either commission one of the professionals from my team, or provide one of your own. Bottom line is, we're not in Kansas anymore, boys and girls.....it's either the best or nothing....because at the end of the day, it's the results that make it all worth it.
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: That's nunna your damn business.
Q: How do you feel about models "no-showing"?
A: Cardinal Sin. I don't mind someone being late, that's life. But no-call/no-show or worse, CALL/no-show is almost unforgivable unless you were dead, dying or at least have a doctor's note. Danger of Black-Listing is entirely possible at this junction.
Communication is a simple courtesy that will be given, and expected in return. Refer to "professional" reference above.
Q: If you don't know the President or anything - how is your "black-listing" going to hold weight?
A: It probably won't...and I don't bad-mouth people. But this is a small industry and I will almost surely see you again. When I do, I will undoubtedly spend a brief moment attempting to light you afire with my eyeballs. DO NOT refer to "professionalism" mentioned above. #BurningBridges
Btw, me and Obama are tight.
Q: ok well, I'm out of questions. Did you have anything you wanted to add?
A: Come back later, as I'm sure I'll think of something so brilliant it would be a crime not to tell the world.
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