Hey look.. it's me! ☟
I think my photos should stand on their own merit despite anything you should happen to know about me. If you're curious though, some info is below.
Agency-approved photographer specializing in fashion, editorial and beauty.
I recently acquired a nice studio space located on the historic Fayetteville square.
It's warm & clean with all the amenities. A very comfortable & creative atmosphere and I'm always playing your favorite tunes. Gotta have music at my shoots!
Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Degree in Visual Communications 89-91
23 years in the business of Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration, Retouching, Printing, Fashion Styling & Model Coaching.
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•MAC Specialized Printing Services - 4 years, Rogers, AR / Owner, printer, graphic designer, photographer
•Bath Junkie Corporate Studio - 4 years, Fayetteville, AR / Graphic Designer, Photographer http://www.bathjunkie.com/
•The Brandkamp Group - 5 years, Fayetteville, AR / Graphic Designer, Photographer, Illustrator
•ECA Productions - 3 years, Fayetteville, AR / Graphic Designer, Photographer, Illustrator
•Taylor Mac Advertising - 2 years, Fayetteville, AR / Graphic Designer, Photographer, Illustrator
•Dink Designs - 3 years, Fayetteville, AR / Graphic Designer, Printer
•Houndstooth Clothing Co. - 4 years, Fayetteville, AR / Model, Printer, Retail Sales
Top 20 things that ruin a portfolio for me.
People with huge monologues on their page about all the many years they've been a photographer or all the expensive gear they have, or how long they've been modeling and then you look at their portfolio and it doesn't fit the hype at all. If you're good people will tell you, not the other way around. The product of a photographer & a model is the final image and not the bla, bla, bla.
White wrinkled bed sheet backdrops.... take those down right now and go outside and shoot or pick a wall with some texture.
The blur tool overdone to the point where skin looks fake, plastic & has no texture. When I see a photo like this the realness of the model is gone for me. A person should not be able to point to all of the exact areas that you 'retouched', they should blend and be invisible. If you're the model it does the opposite of hiding bad skin, if you're the photographer it shows that you in fact do not know how to retouch.
Heavy black or white vignette done to every photo. This also goes for beveled edges, deckled edges, hipstamatic edges and giant frames around your photos. Good photos do not need these 'helpers'.
Japanese paper screens, plaster ionic columns, satin fabric & roses. No, no, no & no! Makes you look cheap.
Selective color in a black & white shot. Can we all agree to stop doing this? It's been done to death and 90% of the time it looks cheap & cheesy.
Zits, scabs, scars, bruises, ashy knees, boogers, deodorant crumbs & bikini line stubble. It's not that hard to retouch these, come on people.
Green screen shots with conflicting shadows & wonky perspectives. Also bad jagged edged cutting & pasting of subjects onto other photos.
People who go nuts with very cheesy Photoshop filters. Lots of photo fluffing going on out there. Photoshop can totally erase the soul of your subject if you use it too much.
What is the deal with railroad track shots? The most uncreative overused idea ever! It always reminds me of 1980's rock ballad music videos with their suitcase and guitar hitchhiking in their bikini & cut off jeans. Pick a more creative idea, this one has been milked to death.
There's a difference between being a "model" and paying someone to take pictures of you "modeling." If you fall into the latter of the two, you have no bragging rights. If your photographer doesn't use you in their portfolio, there's your hint.
Yellow or orange skin, and don't say it's your "artistic style". People can tell when abnormal skin tones are supposed to be part of an artistic shot and when it's obvious the photographer doesn't know how to do a white balance or color adjustment. They make a translucent lens cap that lets you do a white balance anywhere.
Nude shoots that have no plan or idea other than to take a picture of a naked person standing there. Worse examples are taken with the popup flash, deer in the headlights style, in some unflattering awkward pose against a cheap backdrop or on a hotel bed with a slight look of unease on the models face. Models don't fall for this without seeing examples first, if you're gonna get naked the photog better have a unique idea that doesn't make you look cheap.
Low quality pixely artifacty photos, cell phone pics, bathroom mirror shots & tiny thumbnail sized photos.
Photogs that claim a photo created on the photo effect website photofunia.com is their very own retouching work when all it took was one mouse click.
Outdated photos of when you were way younger. I don't own a time machine.
Bad photos with © DO NOT COPY pasted all over them. Trust me NO ONE is going to copy your bad picture.
Models that have the exact same blank face in every shot. I want to see at least one genuine smile. Show some personality or emotion. I hear models say they hate their smile but trust me models the photo with the genuine smile & some teeth showing is always the jewel in your portfolio.
Giant photographer signatures in a Brush Script font, Papyrus font, or the god-awful Monotype Corsiva font (The "fancy" fonts that come on EVERY PC) emblazoned across your photo ruining the composition & mood of your photo.
Your logo should be as unique as your photos, thats your branding, thats what sticks in people's heads. When you use the same 3 fonts as 1000's of others have used that I've seen on here it makes you look amateur and cheapens your brand and you don't stand out. (check out Dafont.com for free unique fonts)
And lastly, Lack of inspiration. Get a yourself a Tumblr account, Pinterest, Deviant Art, Piccsy etc. Get inspired people!