Before I get started, let me just throw this right out there: TFC (Trade fo Cash) ONLY
. I apologize for such a tacky introduction, but I'm hoping that will save me from replying to countless PM's. Now on to the lighter stuff...
20 Fun Facts about me:
I'm proof that not every photographer is a 50-something, overweight, chest-fro & pony-tail sporting, Viagra popping, studio-in-my-bedroom having, white van driving, business-card-handing-out Hooters regular.
I don't mind if you bring an escort, AKA "Reflector Holder."
Many photographers shoot one style. I'd like to be regarded as one photographer who can shoot many styles. Fear of boredom I guess...
I'm pretty sure that my Grandma thinks the voicemail lady is my personal assistant because she starts off her messages with, "Could you please tell Joey..." **RIP - 5/23/10**
I'm what Willis was talking about.
I love my Nikon but always keep in mind: "It's not the arrow, it's the Indian."
KISS is my favorite rule in art and design... Keep it simple stupid!
I only like flakes in my breakfast cereal.
I'm all about quality over quantity. If you're looking for quantity, go to Costco.
I wouldn't ask a model to do anything I wouldn't do. In fact, I wouldn't ask a model to do a lot of the things that I would do.
Are you still reading this?
I appreciate the nice comments. Keep the negative ones to yourselves ya jerks! I'm sensitive!! jk... Constructive criticism is always welcome.
I eat my string cheese one tiny strand at a time. I think there should be a "no chomping" rule printed on the wrapper.
I put the p-o-o---p-- in photography. (I know, this is getting stupid)
I've never seen snow, a baby squirrel or a homeless Asian. Soooo... if you ever find a place where homeless Asians frolic in the snow with baby squirrels, please take lots of pictures.
I'm not here to date. That's what Facebook is for (ADD ME
I retouch all of my images, no hand-offs. I'm pretty sure this is what my Mom was referring to when she told me I was special...
If I could have memorized math formulas as well as I've memorized movie quotes, I would have won a Nobel Prize by now.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Digital Media hanging on my wall under my Associates Degree. The science classes needed for my AA were much harder.
I don't think any of that should really matter... If you like my work, let's shoot dammit!
My Model Pet Peeves:
Flakes upset me because I only shoot on the weekends and I could have slept in, booked someone else or made other plans. Flaking will only guarantee that we never shoot. PERIOD. BTW, my definition of flaking is simple... canceling within 24hrs of a shoot.
I'm not a big fan of texting, especially when attempting to have a full conversation. If you combine this peeve with #1 by flaking via text, my head might explode. So, please don't do that.
I do not pay models, clients pay models... so please don't tell me that you'd like to shoot and then send me your rates. I'll simply send you mine in return. *Note* If you actually think you're special enough for me to pay just to have you in my port, I probably don't have a wide enough lens for your big head.
I allow FEMALE ESCORTS ONLY
. Feel free to message any of the models that I've worked with if you fear that I might be Ted Bundy's disciple. You're also more than welcome to have your boyfriend drop you off so he can size me up and give you clearance. If you don't like this policy... so sowwy.
I WILL NOT
set up a shoot without speaking on the phone. It's OK to get things started with a few messages but when it comes to planning, a 5 minute phone convo beats the hell out of two weeks worth of back-and-forth messaging. This peeve exists partially due to the fact that I'm a slow typer... I never learned the home keys
My Photographer Pet Peeves:
Stop being such weirdos around models. It makes it hard for them to trust other photographers such as myself and is why they avoid giving out their phone numbers which then creates my #5 peeve listed above. (Was that a run-on sentence?)
I don't understand why some photogs guard the models they've shot like Frodo with his ring. Your camera doesn't actually
steal their soul.
What's with the over editing and making models look like skin-pore-lacking plastic figurines!! Do the models actually like this!? Either way, I think it's just plain lazy editing and poor attention to detail.
Although somewhat flattering for about 3 seconds, I ultimately take offense to photographers who copy and paste my profile description on their page. Yes, it has happened, multiple times... that I'm aware of. Here are the people who are currently copying my profile or think a lot like me:
Can't we all just get along!?
I only listed my "peeves" to help avoid anything that takes the fun away from this craft that I love. With all of that out of the way, I would like to thank the many great models whom I've had the pleasure of working with and the awesome photographers who have guided and inspired me along the way.
"Look out MM, here I come!"
Please check my website for my rates. **
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required for shoots booked further than 1 week in advance.**