Photography, the act of creating beautiful images, combining elements of nature with occasional help from Photoshop, is my passion. However, it is not my day job. Nearly all shoots are done on weekends; some local shoots can be accomplished week nights. Most of my work is done outdoors in nature, some is done in a studio environment. I generally allow the models to choose their own look, location and bring whomever they wish to the shoot. While I do some nude work, I do not focus on it. If you want it, you will have to ask for it. I am an older gentleman, usually about three times the age of the models I photograph. Creating these images is my only agenda.
Would you contact a carpenter, plumber or mechanic to come to you and provide a service, utilizing expensive tools and years of experience, and then expect them to pay you for providing that service? I think not. Then why do so many models think nothing of asking a photographer to develop a concept, travel to them, work for hours at the shoot, then hours more processing images - and, expect the photographer to pay for that privilege? I know of no other profession where is the expectation is that the person asked to provide the service is expected to pay for providing that service.
Like my work? Want to work together? Then invest the same amount of time and talent into the shoot and receive high quality images for your portfolio. I love what I do, which is why I do it for trade. I didn't say free, I said trade. Your time and talent in exchange for mine. I have never charged a model to do a photoshoot - don't expect to change that. While I enjoy what I do, there is work involved. I'll work with you, not for you.
Owning a camera doesn't make one a photographer, much like owning a hammer doesn't make one a carpenter. The difference between a guy or gal with camera (GWC) and a photographer: artistic eye, skill, focus and professionalism.
The best advice I can give any beginner model is to work with as many photographers as possible as we all see you differently and have different styles. That will give your portfolio variety and show versatility. Like photography, modeling is a skill and a skill requires practice to become good at something. We can dress you up, put makeup on you and do your hair, but to make a session successful, to walk away with several great shots, you have got to be able to model. Let's work together to develop and display your modeling talent!