Phoenix Phlash Photo

Photographer Male Torrington, Connecticut, US My MM URL:
Mayhem # 83096

About Me

Greetings! Thanks for stopping by my page! I'm Chris and I welcome you to take a look at some of my work.

I'm always looking for new models to work with, so if you're interested, send me a message. I will respond to all.

Currently, I am on a mission to build my portfolio and fill it with many types of photography, which includes: Lingerie, Boudoir, Burlesque, Cosplay, Alternative, Goth, Bondage, Fetish, Erotica, Nudity, Implied Nudity, Maternity, Engagements, Weddings, Commercial Media, Real Estate, Life Events, Senior Photography, and much much more! I'm interested in a lot of different genres, but my real passion is working with models and helping them to gain some exposure, and paid modeling gigs.

I have many ideas for photo-shoots, so I am not too picky on your age, height, weight, or skin color. I am also working on making comp cards for the models I work with, and have also begun taking requests to do calendar shoots for 2015. While I am interested in doing TFP shoots until I can launch my Alternative Goth, Punk, Tattoo, and Burlesque-style web-based magazine, I must charge a one time $50 consultation fee. This just helps me to weed out the serious from the not-so-serious models. I've been stood up far too many times and it costs me money each time this happens. For those who show up to my "meet & greet" and continue to work with me on future shoots, you will come to realize that your $50 was well spent as I offer custom Comp. Cards, Web Banners, Logos, Retouching, custom Business Cards, and more!

A glimpse into my personal life reveals a long, hard struggle to overcome many obstacles, in the way of financial set-backs. These humbling experiences have taught me to have a great deal of respect for others as well as learning how to live without many of life's finer things. I do my best to remain vigilant, positive, and optimistic.

I am a passionate, fun, funny, easy-going, a good listener, and have no problem speaking to and directing my models/subjects to pose and turn to get the desired shot, while being disarming, trustworthy, and patient with my clients so they are at ease, happy, confident, comfortable, and radiant for the camera.

On a more personal note, I enjoy boating, fishing, and aquascaping (that is to say, fish keeping and raising fish and designing interesting, beautiful, natural aquarium habitats using live plants). I used to work as a movie theater projectionist, which taught me a great deal about focus, framing, lighting, sound, and picture quality. Perhaps that experience lends to my passion and attention to detail in the images I showcase through my photography.

Just to warn you, I'm not some scrawny punk with a clicky-flashy or "Creeper w/ Camera" by any means. I see myself as more of a cuddle-bunny. Just a gentle giant with a warped sense of humor who is also prone to giving bear hugs on occasion. Other than that, I'm harmless.

- I do not pay models up front for photo-shoots, period. At least not right now. If that situation changes, my models will be the first to know.

- I can afford to compensate you for your gas and pay for any meals necessary while you are under my care, if you make the drive out to see me.

- Because gas is not cheap and neither is my time, I expect the same in return when I come out to see you. When I plan a photo-session, I devout my entire day to you, so I tend to get hungry (don't worry, I don't eat like a pig), as a result I require something to eat and some gas money.

- I charge a one time fee of $100 for our first consultation. This just barely covers gas, food, and editing photos, let alone the time taken to shoot with you. I believe this bit of compensation helps to weed out the not-so-serious models who want to flake out or bail on me from the ones who are making a serious go of a modeling career. Look at this as a little investment on your part.

- I am flexible, so if this is too much for you all at once, I can work some sort of alternative payment arrangement out with you.

- What you receive in return for your investment I feel is quite a bargain for my fee. You will get unlimited numbers of photo-sessions with me based on availability to spend time working with you. A great photo-retoucher. A personalized, custom Comp Card. Exposure. Multiple online showcases/galleries. High-Res copies of your images, typically in color and B&W. Calendar appearances, which can help you to gain even more exposure and make a bit of cash on the side. And eventually I will be producing my own webzine! Whenever you are featured in an issue, you will be paid a fair portion of each sale, guaranteed.

- I am interested in forming an associate/partnership contractual agreement with my models. What this means is that the model will receive residuals from any revenue gained by using photographs. It also means that while other photographers and modeling agencies may keep your photos, pay you off, and be done with you, I am interested in working with you continuously, building a positive, and lucrative business relationship.

- I am also willing to go the extra mile to do any necessary or desired photo-editing, retouching, restoration projects (even on photos I did not take), or add graphics. I also can create comp cards for modeling agencies if you wish.

I'm not a big fan of burning images to a disk. I reserve that right not to bother doing that for modeling shoots unless adequately compensated. I much prefer to upload your images to my Flickr account, which is free and showcases your photos in a very high-quality fashion, which you can then copy to your desktop if you wish. I also send you a back up copy via email, using my "OneDrive". So silly they changed it from "SkyDrive" but whatever. In rare instances I may be coerced into burning a disk for you or place images on a thumb drive and mail out to you, minus cost of the device and S&H.

- Cash (duh!)
- Paypal Credit
- Gift Cards for B&H or AMAZON
- Dinner and a nice case of Newcastle Brown Ale "Yum!"

I'm just as happy making solid friendships with my models as I am working with them in a professional business sense. Some people may not agree with mixing business with pleasure, but I wholly disagree!! I am a caring, compassionate person. After all, we're all in this together. I see nothing wrong with sharing a meal with the models I work with. We are all human and require sustenance and drink to survive. Why not spend it together on occasion and discuss future shoot ideas and let the creativity flow? Besides, I feel my models are my responsibility when under my care. I'm not going to let them starve or become parched in my presence.

Currently I work for Lifetouch. A nation-wide company dedicated to photographing K-12 students, Seniors, Proms, Sports, and the like.
I've been using DLSR cameras for about 10 years or so as a hobby. Only recently have I decided to ramp things up and go Pro! I feel unbalanced as my Photography skills aren't quite as good as my Photoshopping skills are, but they are both improving day by day!

I was an art major in high school, 1994 grad, continued to pursue my interests and passion by attending a local community college for graphic design, art, and photography. Admittedly, I leaned more heavily on graphic and web design over the past 20 years rather than photography. Where I may lack in picture-taking skill, I feel I more than make up for it with my Adobe Photoshop and related software skills and experience. After several failed attempts to go back to college, I was successful back in 2008 and have since graduated with an Associate of Art in Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a focus in Web Development as of January 2013.

Now that I have graduated, I can finally turn my full attention toward my photography business. Taking online classes takes a great deal of self-discipline and focus to maintain decent grades to earn a college degree, which I have excelled in. So you can count on my professionalism to see projects through to the end. My eye for detail and adherence to delivering clean, high-quality work can not be denied.


- 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

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