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B Ballard Photography

Savannah, Georgia, US
Bill Ballard Fine Art Photography

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MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/billballard

About me
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

***************** Blog Last Updated 7/6/2014 ****************

My name is Bill Ballard, and I’m a photographer of the nude female form.

What I Do

I work with models to create artistic images of the female nude.

What I Don't Do

I don't work with anyone under the age of 18. Ever.

I don't shoot 'implied nude' images; by definition, 'implied nude' images do not exist in my body of work. The models in my images are nude, each and every one.

I don't participate in the 'Trade = Free' arguments. When the parties involved contribute, create, and work to bring resources together for mutual benefit, that's not 'free.' It's trade. The Devil's in the details.

I no longer shoot fashion, glam, swimsuit, weddings, or other commercial work. Been there, done that, and have way too many T-Shirts. And I don't shoot bondage/S&M, domination, horror/gore, or similar fetish genres. Never have. Nothing against the fetishy stuff; its simply not my style.

I don't trade comments for the sake of trading comments.

I don't work with male models.

I don't hire or use retouching services.


The Fine Points

Proof of age documents, model releases, and other necessary record keeping paperwork is required from every model.

I prefer a natural body for the majority of my work.

I frequently work with a female assistant on set. But please, feel free to bring an escort. Provided they are 18 years old or older, unobtrusive, and don't mind lending a hand with gear and/or props when needed, I'm good with it. And for what it's worth, I'd prefer any escort be a female friend or relative, and not a boyfriend/girlfriend, or lover/husband/significant other.

I will provide references if you ask for them.

I welcome models to bring their own ideas and concepts to the session.


...And Then There's the Question of Compensation:

I'm a big proponent of paying models for their work. I prefer it. From my perspective, pay keeps everything between model and photographer nice and tidy. Unfortunately, there are times when I simply can't afford to pay. At the moment, these times are they. When I'm unable to pay models, I can pack my gear away - or I can offer my own brand of trade.

Personally, I hate working trade, and no, it's not because I see it as 'working for free'. It's been my experience that working on trade can sometimes muddy the waters a bit as to what photographer and model expect from one another. Trade arrangements are too often vague and unclear. Let's change that.

What I offer is this:

In exchange for your work as a nude figure model, you'll receive all image files from the shoot, with shared copyrights in place. All of them, to do with as you wish. I'll also cover light expenses which you may incur in order to work with me; things such as gas money, lunch or dinner, and the like.

Please bring a thumb drive - at least 64GB - to the session so that you can leave with your images. And fair warning: if you don't bring a thumb drive to the session, it will take me a very long time to get your images to you...a very long time.

There you have it. Clear as a blue summer sky. And pretty decent, I think.

Model or photographer; we're all co-creators of art. Bring it, and let's create something beautiful together!


If you've read this far, you're obviously interested...and, you have my thanks for taking the time to visit my profile and to view my work. For any questions not answered here, please feel free to get in touch and ask!

I don't often change the images here. To see my most current work, please visit my website/blog at the link listed at the top of the page. Or, click here: http://www.billballardphotography.com

I hope to hear from you soon.

Bill Ballard
Savannah, GA

No new shows or exhibitions are currently active

***Professional Representation***
None at this time

Selected work on loan to Salon Aqua, Savannah, Georgia.

No new shows/exhibitions scheduled

2011, March 1 through May 15: Six prints were selected and  exhibited as a part of a show of figurative art at Atwell's in Savannah. The media represented are paint, charcoal, and photography.
Atwell's 228 West Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401. 912.238.9607

2010, September 24: The American Cancer Society Benefit Art Auction hosted by Savannah's First City Club.

2010, April 16, 5pm-8pm & April 18th, 3pm-7pm: Horizon Gallery Artist's Reception. Come and meet the artists represented by Savannah's newest fine art gallery. Horizon Gallery, 206 east Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

2009, November 2 - December 2: COURSE: Selected Photographs of the Nude Female Figure, 2002-2009. Retrospective solo show of old and new nude figurative work, Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia.

2009, February 1 - March 31: Group Show of traditional film based B&W photography at Smooth, 143 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

2008, December 1 - January 31, 2009: Group Show at The Gallery, 20 Jefferson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

2008, April 30 - May 28: "ETHOS: The Fundamental Spirit of Woman". Solo show of new nude work at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia.

2008 April 19-May 11: Invited Exhibiting Artist in Group Show "The Strength of Our Fathers", Indigo Sky Gallery, 915 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA.

2007, December 1 through 16: Invited Exhibiting Artist in Group Show, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah, GA.

2007, November 23 - December 31: Group Show at The Gallery, 20 Jefferson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

PURE: Photographers Using Real Elements, 1st Annual Fundraising and Benefit Show. September 7-30, 2007, The Starlander Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

Invited Participating Artist: 2007 Art Papers Magazine Annual Benefit Art Auction, February 3, 2007, Mason-Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

Invited Participating Artist: 2006, The Shops at Ellis Square Charity Auction for Backus Children's Hospital, Savannah, Georgia.

2006 Merit Award winner, Savannah Arts Association 2006 Spring Arts Show, Savannah, Georgia.

Invited Participating Artist: 2006 Art Papers Magazine Annual Benefit Art Auction, February 11 2006, Mason-Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

2005, September - November: Solo show at the Starlander Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

2004, September - October: Group show at Moving Spirits Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

2004, July - September: Solo show at the Showcase Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

Numerous other group & solo shows, 1980 - 2005.

My fine art and commercial photography has been published in numerous trade and consumer publications. My fine-art images of the nude are held in many private collections worldwide. I'm no longer gallery represented, but make my photography available to collectors of fine-art via the web, as either gallery quality fine-art paper prints or printable digital image files. For image availability and sales information, please contact me directly.


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