Chris CookPhotographer Male Hereford, England, United Kingdom
My Website: My PurplePort PortfolioMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/cmcook
Mayhem # 306706
Personal portfolio: http://www.3vil.co.uk
How Do I work?
Glad you asked, I work with a light-hearted, but professional attitude, just ask anyone I've worked with. I have a quirky sense of humor, and put-my-foot-in-it rather a lot, but that usually goes down well .. not the foot, my sense of humor.
On a Shoot
I like to experiment a lot with ideas as a shoot progresses, though will only work to the agreed levels with a model with no pressure on the shoot to go further, I understand the word 'no'. Anyone coming to a shoot will be welcome to bring a chaperone if they wish, or call a friend/family member at any time to say you're still alive.
Open to ideas and opportunities in all genres, though I generally operate in the glamour/nude/erotic areas - at the moment I seem to be coming away from the cliche-side of fetish photography and leaning more towards fashion in that respect. I also work normally or anonymously with erotic work as and when a model wants such shots, however i'm not into shooting pornography for my own portfolio so am not after such work on a tfcd basis.
I often travel to the model, and of late often also shoot in the models own home, which not only sets a challenge, gives variety and also creates an almost voyeuristic atmosphere to shots that I like, but it can often make the model feel more at ease. Otherwise, an on-location shoot can be arranged. Note that I've recently moved house (and had to downsize), so at present don't have my home-studio, something I hope to rectify sometime this year, how I don't know.
I usually work TFCD, especially if the model also wants the photos for their own portfolio, however with such shoots I expect either do the travelling myself at my own cost, or pay for the models own expenses (amount being agreed beforehand).
Well, self-taught in the realms of photography, but I hope that means I have learnt to develop a style of my own and that i'm comfortable operating within. Someone that used to worry about others' opinions of me, I have indeed changed, and I find that being myself, being honest and pretty straight-forward seems to have got me further in life, so long may that continue. I drink whisky (but only single-malt and only when I can afford it - no chance of me becoming an alcoholic), like many different types of music, and have a very dark sense of humor.
Anything else, just ask.
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"Chris, Chris, where to start... I'd admired Chris' work for a long time but was cautious about approaching him due to his style being so different from my own. I was delighted when he agreed to shoot me during my stay at his home while I was on tour. He was the perfect host - ...good food, good company, and didn't mind me spending hours in the bath. We had a few ideas beforehand but on the day it mostly went out of the window, in the best kind of way. Working with Chris was an amazing experience - he's so open, chilled out and easy-going, with plenty of mad chatter between shots, and he creates beautiful and mind-bending images seemingly without trying. The results are beyond what I imaged and I can't wait to see what we get up to next time. Very highly recommend - if you get the chance to shoot with him, grab it with both hands." more less