I won't pretend to be invincible--no one should...
I'm from Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Teaching of Math degree and I'm shooting photos instead.
By the way, I usually get into some strange situations while taking photos. Usually something like, "There's this amazing location that is in place that is difficult to get to that would be great to shoot". If you aren't game to let loose, I might not be the best person with whom to shoot.
I do occasionally do some testing and TF*. I really try not to do any testing on the weekends though. If you intend to contact me to test or shoot TF*, you should also plan on organizing the team of people necessary to make it worth all of our time. Likewise, if I contact you, you can assume that I will put the team of people necessary for the shoot. That is not to say you always need an entourage of people working on a shoot but it helps. As far as concept goes, I most prefer to collaborate.