Mayhem # 533961
Note: I will have little to no Internet access from August 22nd till about September 10th. Will get to messages as I am able. Thanks for your patience!
—Not receptive to TF inquiries at this time; I may not be able to respond to messages asking for trade. For serious. If I feel the need to trade with someone, I will initiate contact.
—Interested in hiring me? Please read sections below on "Inquiries" and "Payment" before writing; they'll answer a lot of preliminary questions and save us both time. 8]
tumblr: Painted Lips, Dirty Knees
Click me! Girl's Gone Wheels: More information about my trip [plus travel blog, portfolio, interviews, etc.]
Spring: Rode my bicycle from Key West, FL to Bar Harbor, ME and modeled along the way.
Summer: Building an interactive fire-breathing Mazu temple with a Taiwan-based international artist collective for this year's Burning Man. [Local availability in Reno/NorCal only until October.]
NOW BOOKING all of Fall/Winter 2015: Available to tour in the States before my heartstrings whisk me abroad!
Mid-Late Sept: Limited availability in Reno
Late Sept-Oct 6: Limited availability in the Bay Area
*Flights have been booked! Ready to schedule shoots!*
Oct 6-13: Seattle/WA state
Oct 14-21: Chicago/Milwaukee
Oct 22-Nov 1: NYC and surrounding [NJ, MA, CT...anywhere within a day-trip]
Nov 2-10: DC/Baltimore/NoVA
Nov 11-19: TX: Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth [will detour to OKC for the right job]
Nov 20-24: Brunswick, GA [will detour Atlanta for the right job]
Nov 25-Dec 7: Florida coast from Jax to Miami [will detour to either Tampa or the Keys for the right job]
Dec 8-13: Los Angeles [will detour to San Diego and/or Santa Barbara for the right jobs]
[Also considering Arizona, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii before I leave the States]
Want me in your city? Get at me!
2016: New Zealand, Europe, Asia. Probably home-basing in Australia.
A message that only says "hi u look great lets shoot let me know" may come from a place of genuine interest...but it sounds like spam, and doesn't infer that you're serious about hiring me.
Want me to respond to your inquiry? Please do the following:
0. Read my profile. When you message me, it's usually immediately obvious whether or not you did.
1. Please send me a PM rather than a tag or comment.
2. This is huge: Message subject should include your city/location [or the city/location you'd like to shoot in]. Not "hey" or "shoot" or "nice port" or "interested" or "love your look".
3. Message body should say more than "hi u look great lets shoot soon let me know if ur interested". You don't have to be a literary genius, and you don't have to be formal, but please give me some real information to demonstrate an earnest interest [location, availability, content, duration...etc]. I'm not big on formalities or professional niceties, but I AM big on clear communication, and I only respond to work enquiries that appear sincere and legitimate.
Happy to work with photographers of all skill levels; what's more important to me is whether I can level with you as a fellow human being [i.e., that we can communicate effectively, with mutual respect and honesty].
Yes: Cash; Stripe
Maybe: Decentralized currencies
No: Personal checks
My rate, as outlined below, is utterly unambiguous. Emails take a lot of time without having to back-and-forth nickel-and-dime with fifty people, and I think my rate is transparent and fair. 8]
$125/hour for standard photo shoots up to art/glamour nude [does not necessarily include all fetish/video/specialty/commercial/group/event assignments: these are case-by-case].
Non-negotiable *except in special circumstances* such as the following: you're booking me for more than a full day's worth, providing me with a free trip to a country I'd otherwise be hard-pressed to visit, greatly diminishing my travel expenses/efforts or greatly increasing my quality of life in some quantifiable way, etc.
I will never try to convince someone that they need to hire me at my full rate if it's outside their current budget or otherwise doesn't feel worthwhile to them; please show me the same courtesy by respecting that I don't need to work with you at a lesser rate.
Both for the sake of those who hire me [who deserve to get a presentable bundle of creative verve—not a burnt-out model who's already had three shoots that day] and for my own well-being, I opt for quality over quantity so that every one of my clients is ecstatic with my performance and our results. If working with me is important to you, please respect that while I love this job, it is actually a job, not just a frivolous indulgence or a hobby, and budget accordingly.
Fun stuff [i.e., you don't have to read this, but it's here for those interested]:
-I rock climb, scuba dive, do yoga, am a general mover and shaker and incidental athlete. I can limbo like a boss.
-I've worked as a Thai massage therapist at an upscale spa in Mammoth, a certified snowsports instructor, a research assistant at NASA Ames, a freelance writer and editor, a trail builder for the National Parks, a stable hand in Utah, driving heavy machinery in North Dakota, and so on.
-I build large-scale projects and the like for Burning Man: in 2012 I was with the Pier and worked as a golf cart mechanic for DPW, in 2013 I built the pyrotechnics for the Control Tower [did all the plumbing myself], and in 2014 I spent six months building Embrace, a seven-story structural engineering nightmare shaped like two giant people.
-Modeling's been my primary anchor for five years, but my other recurrent pursuits include music and writing.
-I've got the travel bug and spend as much time living out in the woods, out of my car on the open road, or hidden in far-off corners of the world out of a backpack as I can get away with. In 2014 I backpacked through Southeast Asia, Yosemite, and parts of Northern California, and did my first Australian modeling tour from Brisbane to Hobart, in addition to spending six months building Embrace.