Chris AbbamondiPhotographer Male Middletown, Connecticut, US
My Website: Phoenix Phlash Photography
Mayhem # 83096
About MeSeeking models for my web-based magazine, Phoenix Models! Click the link below for more details.
Abbamondi Studios, LLC & Phoenix Phlash Photography, LLC
PHOTOGRAPHER | PHOTO-RETOUCHER | GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGNER
Capturing beauty beyond skin deep...
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Most Popular Questions I get:
How much do you charge?
The answer to this question really depends upon a bunch of things. I don't care how much experience a person has as a model, I rarely work for free. If I really like your look, I may be willing to work out a Trade, but I never do FPS. This is my profession. I've been a photographer and photo-retoucher for a very long time. If I gave away everything to everyone all of the time, I wouldn't make a dime. I wouldn't be able to afford better editing programs, upgrades to my camera equipment, or even be able to put gas in the car to do a photo-shoot with you, pay my bills, or put food in my belly. Essentially my services would cease to exist. I'm fair, let's leave it at that for now.
Some clients who hire me, think that I will be paying them. No. If you want to employ my services and skills to create some beautiful imagery and concepts, then I'm going to assume you either want this for your portfolio, which is to help you get paid modeling jobs, or you want them for your own personal use, which is no different than if you were to go to Art Rich or some other professional portrait studio photographer, which is what I am and do anyway. So either way, you're being well taken care of and I deserve to be paid for my services. Let's not make this awkward or an uncomfortable subject. Nobody likes to talk openly about money. Taking off your clothes for me doesn't change things either. There are plenty of people out there who will pay you to see the beautiful nudes and implieds we take together, believe me!
My rates depend greatly upon many factors including: editing time, retouching images, complexity of the shoot, location, travel costs, planning, props, do I have to hire a hair &/or make-up artist, and so on. I promise I won't charge an arm and a leg, but my services aren't cheap, nor are the images you will receive.
What type(s) of models are you looking for?
I'm open-minded to just about all types. I'm not big into doing Pin-Up style, but love Classy, Elegant, Regal, Refined, Sexy, Erotic, Boudoir, Lingerie, Swimsuit, Bondage, Cosplay, Alternative... so long as it's got some sort of sex appeal or is alluring. If not, then it really isn't worth my time or yours to shoot. Let's face it, we live in a society where "sex sells!" and since it's a multi-billion dollar industry and not too many people are going to be interested in a fully-clothed model unless you're dressing to impress the hiring manager at Elle, Vogue, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, etc.Therefore, bring your "A" game along with your sexiest, wildest outfits, heels, make-up, and accessories or a very specific (and edgy/artistic) concept, and we'll see what we can do! Otherwise, let's not waste each other's time.
Can I bring someone with me to the shoot?
Please do! I've nothing to hide. I'm professional. I stay on my side of the camera and keep my subjects to theirs. As long as your parent, friend, cousin, boyfriend or bodyguard respect me and isn't causing a distraction, by all means, bring them along. Jealous BFs and GFs can stay at home. I work best when I have creative control and can work with an equally dedicated, focused, and relaxed model. Plus, I don't need the drama. I'm just a photographer. I have a girlfriend I am happily involved with. She'll more often than not be with me during a shoot anyway, so there's nothing to worry about.
Where are you located and where do you shoot?
I grew up in Torrington, CT (NW Corner), lived in Hickory, NC for about 2 years, and now reside in Middletown, CT. I am available for travel in CT and around the tri-state area. If you're outside this area and would really like to collaborate on a shoot with me, don't be afraid to reach out and give me a shout! I'll see what I can do.
I find abandoned buildings, graffiti walls, train tracks, and cemeteries VERY cliche'! You can get hurt or arrested for trespassing on private property, therefore I don't explore condemned buildings or shoot on railroad tracks (yes, that's illegal too... at least here in CT and in MA). I much prefer to stick with classy locations such as Castles, Beaches, Parks with loads of gorgeous trees and flowers, Open Fields, Waterfalls, and other more upscale locations. You're beautiful, let's shoot in someplace of equal beauty. You want to shoot something raw and nasty in a dank, dark, and musty basement for a bondage shoot? Okay, that can be done, but still, I'd rather pose my subjects on something elegant than in some dump.
When can I see my photos?
First of all, I must explain something about the law. The person holding the camera owns the photo(s) he or she takes. Period. Just because it is a picture of you, it's my photo, not yours... yet. A model release form will be provided to each muse who poses for my camera. As with any photo-shoot, the photographer retains the copyrights and rights to reproduction. This means that anyone receiving phtoos cannot make prints or sell the photos. My client will receive a non-commercial license with the photos. This gives people the right to upload their photos to anywhere they choose to display them online, so long as they aren't being sold.
When do I get my photos?
In today's age of technology, where everything happens and is expected in an instant, my professional photography services do take time. I'll briefly explain my editing process. After each photo-shoot, I upload all the images taken that day to my computer and place the RAW images in a special folder. Then I use my Camera RAW program to correct things like color, vibrancy, adjust exposure, and delete non-viable images, then I go through what is left over and make a short list of the best images and place them into a separate folder. Each of these images can take anywhere from 5 minutes to many hours of airbrushing or retouching to make them perfect! Nothing comes out of the camera magically edited (I wish it were that simple). I never release any image from my studio that hasn't been fully edited, retouched, and watermarked for my protection and yours. After each photo-shoot, I try to get at least one photo edited and sent out to the client within a day. After that, photos are completed and sent out within 2-4 weeks. I try my best to make it sooner rather than later.
How many photos do I get?
This depends greatly on the number of images shot during a particular shoot. The number of different concepts or outfits worn during the session is also a factor. If I intend to use the images for a magazine submission, figure anywhere from 15-70 images from the shoot. Those images are not to be given to the model until after they are chosen or denied entry into any publication. After that, then the model will receive his/her images. Otherwise, my client can reasonably expect 3-5 high quality, fully edited shots. If more are requested, the additional edited and retouched digital images will require more money.
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- Associates of Arts in Business @ University of Phoenix - Axia Online College, 11/30/2010
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology @ University of Phoenix - Axia Online College, 01/31/2013
- Certificate in Graphic Design @ Northwestern Connecticut Community College, 06/15/1996
- 20+ years experience using Adobe Photoshop for Graphics & Photo-Retouching
- 10+ years experience using DSLR cameras
- 4+ years experience being a Projectionist for a Movie Theater
- 10+ years experience in Management & Supervisory positions
- 25+ years experience Drawing, Painting, & Airbrushing