Why did I retire?
I didn't expect to, but entered in a natural transition when I took a position as a head editor of Féroce Magazine. Having been in print more times than I can count my progression simply escalated to where I am now. I am a full time student of Ivy League insitutions and work full time in the medical field. Now that I am employed in production and press, my schedule is too full to be in front of the camera every spare second I have.
Find my radio interview here: http://thargdred.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-07T21_51_30-07_00
Am I still available to work with?
Rarely. If we have fostered a friendship, it is certainly possible. Otherwise, I will only accept private or célébrité shoots.
Just passing by? From a model's/publisher's perspective, here are my suggestions:
-Always correspond promptly and with traditional spelling. Sending out a run and gun FB message that reads "whn can u shoot?" with little to no details is just bad form. You won't be taken seriously.
-Always provide vision boards and concept details to the model or photographer before scheduling a set date and location. Be organized.
-Never show up to shoot with chipped nail polish. Be aware that (if you are the model) you are to be a blank slate.
-Have a positive attitude, cutthroat honesty, and a great work ethic.
-Never post less than your best work, and be sure to only advertise images that are not scheduled to appear in publications. This is simply bad form, and will give the magazine involved reason to pull your piece.
Within a week of opening this MM account, I was flooded with requests to shoot with local photographers. Since that time, I have shot with nearly every successful photographer in this area, and on an international level. MM has allowed me the opportunity to meet some incredible individuals, and some very shady ones. Be careful about those you intend to work with, though not so scared as to hinder your performance! Stay sharp MM'ers.