Photography is a part-time thing for me, although I love it enough to make it full-time. Outside of photography, I've been an air traffic controller, a commercial pilot, and a weather analyst. It all began with a 4-year hitch in the Air Force. Obviously I've been into lots of technical-type activities, activities that were missing a creative aspect. For me, photography fills that void.
I've done extensive wildlife photography, and have been to some interesting places to do it. It's a great feeling when I click the shutter at the exact moment all the right qualities of a great wildlife photo are lined up - a nice pose that captures some type of interesting behavior, the right background, nice lighting, the right choice of lenses, the right camera settings. Photographing people is similar in some ways, and worlds different in other ways.
The best lighting for people is usually opposite of works best for wildlife. And photographing people is more about capturing the person, the personality, and the mood at the time. I derive a lot of satisfaction when I get a dozen or so really good photos from a model shoot, photos that capture the idea of what personality, mood, and look we both wanted to capture. If the model has ideas for the shoot I always do my best to work with those ideas, plus I like to collaborate on how we can get great photos working with both of our ideas.
I do the post-processing of the images we shoot using Photoshop CS6. I typically shoot several hundred images during a 1 or 1.5 hour shoot, from those I delete all the obvious throw-away shots, and let the model pick up to 15 photos from the remainder. It's those 15 images that I will put the most work into, touching them up so that they're publishable quality.
The model will be emailed a link to all the photos within one week of a shoot, and within one week of the model telling me which images he or she wants I will email a link of the finished images. I'm happy to make edits a model requests, such as a particular crop or photo effect. Unless the model requests different, I supply both large image files for prints, and web-sized image files sized for personal web pages or Facebook.
Please contact me for details if interested. Models are welcome to bring a friend to a shoot.
Thank you for visiting my little corner at model mayhem!