A. I'm traveling up the entire Atlantic Coast...
B. ...via bicycle...
C. ...stopping in major cities [listed below] to book photo shoots while resting my legs...
D. ...and also working on some personal art/journalism projects, looking for models, photographers, and interesting people to participate.
Girl's Gone Wheels: More information about my trip [plus travel blog, portfolio, interviews, etc.]
tumblr: Painted Lips, Dirty Knees
Location is where I am/where I'm going next [not where I live]
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.
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".
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 writer, and you don't have to be formal, but you do have to give me some real information to demonstrate an earnest interest [location, availability, content, duration...etc]. A no-damns-given inquiry begets an appropriate response [i.e., none].
4. Please understand that I'm currently only accepting paid inquiries at my standard rate. I'd appreciate if you assented to this in your inquiry so that I know you're serious, and that you've actually read my profile. 8]
Here's the Where-I'll-Be list in its current incarnation.
**Taking inquiries for ALL cities, though focusing on cities listed in bold at any given time**
SC: Charleston, Myrtle Beach
NC: Wilmington, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh
VA: Richmond, Alexandria, Springfield, Arlington
MD: Rockville, Baltimore
NY: New York
MA: Boston, Cambridge
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.]
-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 often 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.
-Stripe [similar to PayPal]
My rate is utterly unambiguous. Please do not contact me if you want to haggle over a two-hour shoot; I will not indulge it. I will never try to convince someone that they *need* to hire me at my full rate if it's outside their budget; please show me the same courtesy by respecting that I don't *need* to work with you at a lesser rate. 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 [does not necessarily include fetish/video/specialty assignments: these are case-by-case]. Non-negotiable except in *very* special circumstances [examples: you're booking me for more than a full day, providing me with a free trip to a country I'd otherwise be hard-pressed to visit, or offering another good/service that either minimizes my overhead costs and/or improves the quality of my life—that sort of thing.]
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]