Location is where I am/where I'm going next [not where I live].
Please read my profile before getting in touch about shooting; the information is here for a reason. 8]
A. I'm traveling up the entire Atlantic Coast [Key West to Bar Harbor]...
B. ...via bicycle...
C. ...stopping in major cities [listed below] to book photo shoots while resting my legs.
Click me! Girl's Gone Wheels: More information about my trip [plus travel blog, portfolio, interviews, etc.]
tumblr: Painted Lips, Dirty Knees
Here's the Where-I'll-Be list in its current incarnation.
**Bold = Current focus area for bookings
Italics = Been there, done that
VA, DMV, MD
Note: Not yet sure where to go in New England! Feel free to enquire throughout the area [CT, VT, RI, NJ...]. If you're not on my way, biking-wise, I could still make a day-trip by bus from NYC. 8]
NY: New York
This trip's been about a year in the making! Seriously. In addition to the usual networking/coordinating/etc. of freelance modeling, that also means saving a lot of money and investing in gear, getting in adequate shape, learning everything I can about bikes, planning/researching my route [including camping, relevant local information, day-by-day terrain and mileage], and dreaming up reconciliations between two *wildly* incompatible things: modeling professionally and biking long-distance [i.e., How much makeup am I obliged to bring if I'm also trying to pack light? How do I best minimize/avoid tan lines if I'm cycling so much? And all sorts of other ludicrous questions I've decided I'll never seek to answer again.]
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].
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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.
$125/hour for standard assignments up to art/glamour nude [does not necessarily include all fetish/video/specialty/commercial/group 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; 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. 8]
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.