FYI - Please note that currently I'm the cross-cover doc at night, so I'm on a vampire schedule for the rest of the month and then have ICU coverage in August making my schedule quite tight until after then. Thanks.
Whom I want to shoot
I want to shift my work into a more narrative/story-telling direction - more cinematographic in nature but with still images. Thus, I'd really like to concentrate on working with folks who have a complementary artistic vision, with an emphasis on conceptualization, and have an inherently creative side. I'd especially like to work with individuals possessing lithe physiques and accompanying dance and/or thespian backgrounds.
Please note: I do NOT take NOR want to take nude photographs. It's not that I'm a prude or can't appreciate the human form (trust me, I've dissected/seen many a cadaver in Gross Anatomy and had to perform pelvic exams on women ranging in weight from 70 - 400 lbs, so I do have a unique perspective on the human form), I just think my talents skew towards the sensual side of things. I want you to get the best person for your needs, and I'm happy to admit when I know I'm not up to the task. And, no matter how much one begs or pleads, I am NOT here on MM to date. Also, I can provide references if needed.
I just moved into a very photographically-conducive loft in downtown Ypsi, and am loving Michigan thus far. I'm a resident physician, scientist, and public health professional by day, yet I am having a torrid love affair with my mistress, photography, by night (I'm speaking figuratively, of course, since I don't get to see her as often as I would like, especially during my intern year). Because I don't rely on my "love" to make a living, I feel freer to experiment artistically however I choose (this is why I accept no money with respect to this passion - that would make it prostitution of sorts, no?). In fact, photography keeps a check on my sanity and engages my right-brain whereas my "day job" keeps primarily the left-side occupied. Please don't let the fact that I don't do photography as a full-time job dissuade you in any manner from working with me - you will be happy with the results - just take a look at my work.
A mugshot just in case you needed to know whom you are working with:
I'm a self-taught photographer who specializes in emotionally-driven portraiture, but I would like to branch out into lifestyle, editorial, and fashion work. I would best describe my work by my ability to show-off each subject's personality and exuberance. I'd say I feel more comfortable (and prefer) to emphasize beauty and sensuality over sexuality (not that there's anything wrong with the latter - I just think my talents skew towards the former). By the time we finish our shoot, my goal is to have made a new friendship with someone who enjoyed the experience enough to want to shoot with me again.
I like to work in an environment which is conducive for all parties, hence it's permissible for models to come with one assistant (other than a significant other) who is willing to assist as needed but be unobtrusive otherwise (I'm somewhat shy and being overwhelmed by tons of unknown people all at once is probably not going to translate in to good images). If we are shooting at my loft, I live right above a coffeeshop where your friend can also wait in comfort. And, even though I don't make a living off photography (nor do I ever envision doing so), I always treat the participants and all aspects of the shoot with 100% professionalism and respect. Also, just because I do this TFCD does NOT mean that our time and resources are free - I'm giving 100%+ effort in this and hope that everyone else will as well. Remember, I want to create something positive with you in an environment where we all feel comfortable!
I generally retouch approximately a half dozen images (subject to prior discussion, depending primarily on my clinical schedule) from each shoot for the model to show in their portfolio, webpage, etc. Please note that while I try to go through each shoot as soon as possible, it could take 4-5 weeks (worst-case scenario) for me to finalize your images. However, I'll often send images as I finish editing each individual one (usually several that first night). In terms of equipment, I shoot 100% digitally and have portable lighting equipment and accessories to shoot both indoors and outside.
Feel free to message me here for more information, etc. Also, please note that if we do decide to shoot together, please be professional, and do not flake on me at the last minute. I do, however, understand that "life" happens, so please just communicate with me openly.