Shooting may begin in May, or when Lake Michigan warms up to 60 degrees. It's 40-42 right now.
I have been involved with stagework for the last 20 years. I am currently a journeyman with IATSE Local 470. My work has been in the following areas: sound, electrics, carpentry, and props. I am also a certified diver, and former military helicopter mechanic and armorer. I have also worked for a high school as a Technical Director for the schools theatre. Both the TD position and unit armorer positions required background checks, both State and Federal.
I am background checked to work in both the Fond du Lac, and Oshkosh school systems.
I am in no way connected or related to the Clayton L. Weiss photography scandel in Berlin, WI.
Shooting with me:
All of my work is currently on location in Door County WI. Due to the cold water of the Lake Michigan, I'm limited to working with wetsuits in the water, so that generally means dive gear type shoots. If you are scuba certified, it's a plus! I can shoot both stills and video.
One the locations.
I now require a fitting session before a shoot. I have almost 200 different suits, and I can't haul them all. The fitting session will help cut down on the amount of gear I have to haul to a shoot. We would cut things down to 3 one or two piece full suits, and 3 shortie suits, and 2-3 sets of snorkeling equipment.
Due to the distance, diving/camera preperation, alternate divesites, ect, be ready to go all day. Also try to be able to plan a backup day in case of inclement weather.
I accept TF shoots!
Escorts are welcome. I prefer female escorts, as I have most womens sizes. I do have mens suits that will generally fit from 5' 7" on down. Escorts will be used as assistants, and will also get wet. Models under 18 must have a parent along.
No nudity! I'm not going to be the governments unpaid secretary!
For swimming ability, you need to be able to float and do a basic flutter kick. The shipwrecks that we would shoot on are from surface to 15' of water. The wetsuit will add buoyancy and aid your ability to float. In many cases, you will need a weightbelt to be able to dive down more than a bodylength underwater without fighting the wetsuit.
Women must have a one piece swimsuit for under the wetsuit. T-back frontzip, racing, or waterpolo styles work best. Bikinis can become untied underneath, or pulled off due to the tight fit of the suit. For men, racing briefs or jammers work best under wetsuits. Baggies like to bunch in all the wrong places! Shoots take place in areas with lots of tourists with cameras, so I don't want any wardrobe malfunctions happening.
My shooting window is from June thru September.
I try to get DVD's out as soon as possible, but my stagework schedule may cause delays.