IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE A COMMENT OR MAKE A FRIEND REQUEST, PLEASE READ THIS:
I am happy to add almost anybody to my list of friends, unless your work is really tasteless or incompetent. But I don't make friend requests myself, and I almost never leave comments or return tags. Just so you know...
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ME, PLEASE READ THIS:
I have enormous respect for my models and all the hard work they do to stay looking their best. And I am eternally grateful for the contribution they make to my art. So I want you to be very clear about my business arrangements with models; if you work with me, I want you to come away from the experience feeling that you got exactly what was promised in return for your time and talent.
1. You can't pay me to take pictures of you. Or rather, you can, but I'm so expensive, it's not worth discussing.
2. I don't pay my models. The only way we're going to work together is if we both want to, and no money changes hands.
I also don't give models copies of every picture I take. We review all the pictures on the computer during and after the shoot, but you do not get to keep them in their raw form. To me that would be like going to a restaurant and getting a meal of all the ingredients dumped on a plate - uncooked. What you do get is a monogrammed copy of every picture I finish in Photoshop - they usually look a lot different and a lot better than the original exposures. Check out my blog if you want to see just how much I manipulate pictures.
3. I spend a lot of time retouching and compositing pictures - anywhere from two to ten hours for each one. For that reason, I don't finish a lot of pictures from any given shoot - only the best ones. That might be just one or two; four at the very most. That means you might not get every picture you want - although I usually try to work it out so that everybody's happy.
4. I'm slow. You're not going to get all your pictures the next day, or even the next week. It may take weeks, or more, to see any results. You're going to have to be patient. I do deliver, however - eventually.
5. I require all models to sign a model release. On VERY rare occasions, I might license a picture to Getty Images, in which case I give you an honorarium of 100 dollars. Other than that, you don't make any money being photographed by me. Almost all my pictures get published sooner or later, but I do not pay for publications - your picture might end up in a book ten years from now, and I'm not going to hunt you down after all that time. Besides, the money I make from publishing nudes is usually zero or close to it, so you're not getting ripped off. I also don't pay royalties for fine art print sales. If you knew all the time and work - and money - that goes into actually selling a print, and how few I sell, you'd understand why.
6. I shoot all my models nude; however, I'll agree not to publish any full frontal pictures if you are concerned about it (I'll give you a legally binding, signed statement to that effect). But in general, if you are not completely comfortable being naked in front of a camera, you shouldn't be doing nudes.
7. I have no problem with escorts, as long as they behave themselves and stay out of the way. Sometimes I enlist them as unpaid assistants. BTW, I'm probably as old as your grandfather, I'm in a relationship, and I'm not going to try to grope you. I just want to take your picture.
8. I do have a problem with tan lines and body hair, except for pubic hair and maybe a little forearm and trimmed armpit hair on men. Also, I'm not interested in photographing other peoples' artwork, so if you have tattoos that can't easily be retouched out, sorry, but I can't work with you (A note to all those who are thinking about getting inked: do what you want, it's your own body. But as far as modeling is concerned, anything more than a square inch or two is professional suicide; ditto for piercings and freaky hair styles).
Those are my rules. If you can live with them, great. If not, we're not right for each other. There are lots of other really good photographers on this site (and lots of good models).
This all sounds very demanding, I know. And I am very demanding. I'm very picky about whom I photograph, and I ask a lot from my models - and myself - when we're shooting. I may ask you to tie yourself into a square knot, but my sessions are still easy-going and fun - we can play music, have a glass of wine, eat some organic snacks, hang out and tell war stories. I'm a nice guy, my models tend to be enthusiastic about the results, and I often end up shooting the same people over and over again.
These days I'm doing a lot more experimental work - it's on my website under "Experimental." If that doesn't completely weird you out, we'll probably get along just fine. Not doing any underwater shooting until summer - when and if I'm in town.
Thank you all for being out there; I couldn't do what I do without you.
P.S. I notice that a lot of people include their favorite quotes and/or aphorisms on their profile, which is not exactly relevant to what we're doing here, but it's sort of cool anyway. And I wouldn't want to be left out, so here's my all time favorite two sentences of wisdom:
"Everything will work out all right in the end. If it's not all right now, it's not the end yet."