I just moved to the south Bay! Looking to shoot with all the new wonderful faces around here. Until I get settled in I'm only shooting on location. Since I'm fairly new to living here I still don't know of ton of spots to shoot at so I'm open to your suggestions.
I'm willing to travel throughout the bay area if gas is paid for or other arrangements are made...
I am a professional photographer and have been doing photography for over 15 years. That means that nearly 100% of my income is from photography. This is
my job. I treat it like that on every shoot regardless of the details. Along with majoring in TV/Film production and art I also have degrees in photography and digital media. Before deciding to pursue photography full time I worked in the TV industry while working as a freelance photographer and retoucher on the side.
I have shoot with hundreds of models, if you need references please feel free to contact anyone I've worked with.
* i.e., read this if you want to shoot * (updated 7/20/2013)
(to you): While I understand that we all
have bills to pay I'm a firm believer that unless we're all getting paid, nobody should be getting paid. That being said I have no problem paying a model for a commercial/art project with an expectation of sales. Unfortunately at the moment projects such as this are incredibly rare. Generally it also means artistic nudity, I retain all copyright and you will sign a full commercial release and you will not receive any of the photos.
: Best of both worlds in that we both gain the same out of the shoot. Since the payment is equitable we both exchange our time towards the other with the payment being in new photos to add to our respective portfolios. Usually only willing to do trade when I think that the shoot is mutually beneficial and we both get something out of it. It should be noted here that for me there is absolutely never anything considered TFCD. I will never
release all the photos from a shoot under any circumstances for a trade shoot. I've heard many models suggest that their time during a shoot is valuable and while I am not attempting to dispute that, my time is just as valuable and generally I will spend at least twice as much time if not more than the model will for the same shoot. A true artist and technician values their craft and appreciates that quality always trumps quantity. I spend a countless amount of time selecting and retouching photos after a shoot and pride myself in the quality I deliver. For TFP shoots the number of photos delivered varies based on the quality of the photos taken so a good collaboration is paramount to the process. The selection process is handled by me and it is rare that I will ever put up an gallery of the photos for you to view.
(to me): I am always available for hire and provide the same level of care about the quality of my work as with any other shoot. My rates are very reasonable and will generally always result in more final images delivered than with a trade shoot.
: The fact that this even has to be mentioned is to clear up any confusion before anyone gets confused. I do not allow 'escorts', 'boyfriends', 'friends', et cetera. It does not matter if you tell me they will stay out of the way. They won't. I know. Don't try and convince me or make promises. If you want to promise they'll stay out of the way, the only way you can do that is by leaving them at home. They can't help me nor would I ever allow them to touch or operated any of my equipment if only out of a liability issue. Not only do they not know what most of my equipment is they generally will not know how to use it either and you certainly don't want to go home with a huge bill because of something being broken. If I feel that I'm going to need an assistant I'll bring my own assistant whom I trust and know and whom is trained and knows what they're doing. If you feel unsafe doing a photo shoot and need someone to come with you for your 'safety', feel free to go do something else with them instead. I don't mean to be harsh or crass or rude but this is strictly enforced. I've been doing this long enough without incident and so far have only had to bury one model out in the woods. She's in my portfolio and she recovered and is fine now.