I’m a bit of a photography dilettante with years of study and experience back into shooting. I'm a photographer, not a customer. This is a retirement thing for me, thus a creative outlet. I’m not a “working professional with a day job” nor am I a middle aged fauxtographer into digitally dating. Certainly not masquerading as an Agent/Promoter .My purpose here is to help the model as well as get stock material for training and refining my craft. So if the $ is your purpose here, thank you for your time, but skip me. I do not have a revenue stream for images nor will I pay you to improve/update your book. I do consider factors with “depends on assignment”, but do expect that by now the term TFP has been accepted, just not fully understood by all.
Now I ‘m not insinuating I'm that I am some Fab Fashion/Glam shooter, nor have the resources available to create such ambiance . No Lear Jets, No tigers on a gold chain, no 52' luxury yacht ( real questions from a 5'3" runway/ promo model!). Still, I am a pretty good shooter who doesn't buy into pretentiousness. My port is a bit dated but it's all my work. My focus is and always has been the model's look executed with simplicity in composition and elements.
I can't make you beautiful yet, perhaps I can help you find your look . I won't take your makeup and hair job and grossly photoshop all over it nor shoot down on your face or up your thighs with a wide angle. This may be a unique look for some (?) but for most....really, it isn't . You shouldn't look like a Bolero in your portfolio.
So understand what your commercial value vs. what the photographer's ability is. If it matches somewhat, you shoot. Used to be if your book was better than the Photog's he paid you, if his was better, you paid him. Then came Model Mayhem, now it seems the norm is "I'm starting out, I'm cute. How much will you pay me?". The pose and good lighting are getting to be a lost art. View the Ohhs and Ahhs comments/views on any nude or semi-nude to a good clothed shot. It is indicative of the male tripod group's real intent.
Again, no one is going to make you beautiful, YOU do that. However, any good photographer should be able to enhance your looks with proper lighting and posing for your body shape and face followed up with a bit of proper post editing.
I oft read photographers' state there are no rules in art, but I am not a practitioner of that school. There is a reason the Mona Lisa is a great work of art, a reason why models pose as they do. As for breaking rules, happens all the time, but ya really gotta know which ones you're breaking. Otherwise, the photog is just another hopelessly misunderstood romantic selling the Emperor's Robe on a hope and a prayer.
Lastly, If you decide that you want to shoot, let’s all understand that while life is unpredictable and some rescheduling is understood, she only gives so much time to all, so PLEASE don't waste either of ours by being a flake. Your time is no more important than any other's.
I do send out confirmation email/message and expect a reply firming details. Otherwise, I assume there will be no shoot. So be professional.
If you read this far, thank you and I will leave you with this good primer on modeling from Patrick Yuen: http://blog.patyuen.com/lessons/
There is a lot of good info on his site but the biggest factor you need to know is to be realistically discerning of your look and posing ability.
My best to you and yours
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