Creation StudiosPhotographer Male Los Angeles, California, US
My Website: Ricardo DaCosta PhotographyMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/KreationStudio
Mayhem # 795893
My name is Ricardo DaCosta and I'm an alcoholic... "Kidding, Really I'm kidding"
I am not much a boaster & I would rather my work speak for itself But here's a little description. I am a photographer who enjoys capturing "Spirit" spirit meaning Capturing, Creating or Re-Creating a moment on set. Provoking a mood that triggers the viewers emotion whether it be a sense of vulnerability, laughter Joy or anger. My assignment in commerce is beyond making you look pretty but to make you want to buy. This style of art takes a lot of preparation and patience. I do have a little cinematic background which often times you will see a lot of movie like pictures going on in my work.
I can be very meticulous or Scrupulous... at least that's what i was told. I am a thinker always in my head. I think a lot and i write a lot and you will catch me talking to myself at times. Apart from my little quiet weird shy thinking ways, Once you get to know your director (who by the way always have best interest for his clients) you'll be pleased with the end results.
Enough about me Here's some Tips i'd like to share with you.....
Photography is an expensive hobby and only rich people & perverts seem to play this kind of game. The average photographer "invests" and I mean invest a lot of time in their equipments hoping for return on investment. Likewise with professional models.
It is a business and business owners don't have time to screw around.
I enjoy fashion photography and everyone's not fit to be a fashion photographer. Most of my background practices are with people, weddings, portraits & events which means that I've lean to connect and apply.
Just like everyone can't be a fashion photographer So too with Models. I see some profiles with a bunch of "inexperience" Faces making demands that you don't do implied nudes but yet you're barely 5'8" and not in shape and yet you want to be a fashion model? I understand your concern and i would be too But There's a difference between Art and porn. And if you're not willing to show some "skin" then you're not a fashion model.
There are very few Kate moss's out there so if you are 5'7" and below I advise you to do commercial work better yet reality TV jobs as Snooki is making a lot of "average money" :-)
There's commercial, beauty, petite & plus size modeling too. Not just Runway and editorial high Fashion...
My Professional Equipments doesn't cut it anymore... I need an agent, networking tools & Google to showcase my talent. If you think your Good Looks is good enough think again Good Looks doesn't cut it anymore...They are millions of stunning women that are turned down daily. Go to Europe and you'll see
It is a game and it is a hustle. It's Work I advise you to plan strategically before entering, otherwise you'll find yourself frustrated, stressed & somewhat desperate which may often times cause you to lower your standards.
If Your Main purpose is to be Rich (overnight) & Famous, To be A Star to be in Movies, magazines etc etc. Then you've lost the whole concept.
There's a psychological part of this business that you may not be aware of. And if your mind is to solely make money because you want to travel or payoff your school loan then you will find yourself bitter, mean & on Stimulants. (drugs)
Your main intentions should be "I am" instead of "I Want" Meaning don't do it because you want do it because you have the gift inside you to do it. And by that the universe will bless you tremendously.
To Add to the Above Statement. I am a firm believer in the LAW of ATTRACTION I believe what you put out is what you get in return. What you invest is who you become. You Cannot invest in a $30 photographer and expect to get a $3,000 Paying campaign... Freelance photographer will attract Freelance models. Supermodels will attract demanding photographers. Celebrities Attract Celebrities and Artist's from all level attract Artist.
I am attracting you because you are at some level that you are needing me. Likewise myself. You will find that professional photographers that are affiliated with professional agencies won't even work with non-represented models. Even if you're paying them. Do your research and you can start off with Gavin O'neal, Jerry Avenaim & David Bonoliel (Few of my Associates)
There's no right or wrong way of doing this but have a game plan. Here's some other things to consider.
Be on Time, Be Respectful: You don't have to kiss ass but be respectful
One of my biggest flaws and beef with models, Small Business Owners and Creative People is the Lack of Communication! Argh It erks me so much. I'm sure you communicate with your boss that you're sick right? or that you're gonna be late I hope... Do the Same to others even if you're not getting paid. Time is money photographers and directors pay a lot of money for workers to show up and studio rental time. If you say you want to work with me and we set a date and you don't show up or communicate with me that you are not going to show up I do not want to work with you period even if you're paying me. Just be honest with me. I'm an understanding guy & can reschedule...
Modeling is Marketing: We hire you to make us believe it, We hire you so consumers are persuaded to buy it. If you can't do that. Then you're modeling career is extinguished
You can't do this alone, Get someone to help. An Agency is the best place to start. But even that too gets you nowhere.
Everyone can't me a Global star Don't forget your local business. Your local supermarket needs you and that quality boutique store needs your support.
Be more than just a model your job as a model is not just to model your job is to lure customers in. Your good looks & beauty is just as important but your character personality, sex appeal and energy plays a role in making that happen.
See what happens when I think too much? I tend to have a lot to say... If You've read the complete article that i have personally written for your eyes then i applaud you and thank you....
Connect With me sometime....