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||Feb 09, 2013
A Sight Worth Seeing
Fresno, California, US
MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/garys
Photography should be fun, and I don't limit myself to just one style. I think life would be boring with just one style of photography, with just one creative outlet, or with just one career field. I don't want to work with just one kind of model or take just one kind of photo. I'm happy doing standard studio portraits some days and experimental location shoots on other days. Different is good.
Photography is not my primary job -- I make my living in another creative field. Because I don't rely on my photography for my primary income (or as my only creative outlet), I am able to take photos that are meaningful, creative and interesting without worrying about whether I can charge for them. Most of the time, I am looking to go beyond routine shots or mechanical reproduction of common photos. I am very open to working with models with creative ideas -- I work best with other creative people. If you have an idea for photos you'd like to model for, but you worry that they're too unusual, lets talk. Most great ideas start out just that way -- almost thrown aside as "too unusual to try".
Ultimately I hope to bring elements of my other creative job to my photography -- and elements of my photography to my other job. This crossover between different creative fields means that if we work together, our photos may be quite different compared to what is already in your portfolio.
I checked off quite a few genres as things I'm willing to work with, but don't look at that as limiting. Projects that don't fit easily into a category are particularly interesting to me.
TFCD/TFP: Message me and ask. Unless I'm unusually busy, I'm normally happy to do TFCD/TFP.
Some quick notes about shoots:
Meeting prior to shoot -- bring your personality and humanity: This isn’t a requirement, but whenever possible, meeting first (usually at a public place like a coffee shop) increases our comfort level, is a good safety step, and lets us figure out what kind of shoot would be meaningful and successful. Just showing up on the day of the shoot without knowing anything about each other significantly reduces the chance of getting great results. I’m not looking to shoot a blank slate or a model who functions like a prop. Bring your personality, tattoos and attitude. I’m looking to shoot with you, the full human being.
Professional relationship: I am married. I am not looking for a date or inappropriate relationship. This isn't a limitation on the type of photos I'm willing to shoot, but to be clear, regardless of the kind of photo, I ask that the relationship be strictly professional.
Safety: I have kids and would not want them taking risks, so I totally understand others wanting to stay safe. If models feel more comfortable bringing a friend, meeting first in public, or looking into my background, that is all fine and I'll do my best to facilitate it. Yes, having a friend there can sometimes impair a shoot, but not nearly as badly as having a nervous model will.
Equipment and Technology: I use professional level equipment. Normally any copies of photos I provide to models are provided via web link (I can password protect it on request), but I can provide them on CD or USB stick.
Expectations of Models: Models have lives, families, jobs, etc., and I don't expect a photo session to take priority over everything else in your life. I expect courtesy, so for example calling me if you aren't going to show up. I don't expect models to be perfect or even experienced, but I do encourage models to participate in the creative aspects of the shoot. If I can learn from you, great. If you can learn from me, great.
Good communication: If you really want to try a particular kind of shot, when I ask if there is something different you'd like to try, please don't say "no, I'm good". Tell me "I'd like to try this....". If something isn't working for you, tell me. Trust me, we will both be a lot happier with the results of a shoot if we're communicating during the shoot.
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Releases, copyright and money: I think going without a written agreement is a sure way to end up with a very unhappy model. Unless there is an agreement otherwise, the photographer owns the copyright to the photographs, can use them in certain ways, but the model can't use them at all. Not good for the model, not good for the photographer's reputation. I use a written agreement to make clear what the deal is up front so nobody is surprised or unhappy.
This is all negotiable, depending on the details of the shoot. Normally, if I'm paying you, you would get to use a copy of some of the photos for self-promotion (i.e. your portfolio) and I would get the rights to use the photos however I wish. If we're exchanging time for photos, normally I would give you a copyright license that lets you use the photos in the same way that I get to use them (so we both get the same rights). Normally, if you are paying me for the photos, I would get to use a copy of some of the photos for self-promotion (i.e. my portfolio) and I would assign the remaining exclusive copyright rights to you so you could use them however you wish.
In any of the situations where I have the right to use the photos, the agreement would also include a statement that I have permission from the model to use the photos. None of this is set in stone, it all depends on the details of the shoot.
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