After leaving MM some time ago in an effort to re-evaluate which direction I wanted to take my photography, I finally came to a conclusion...I decided that I don't want to pigeonhole myself into one genre of photographic art. So I'm back (yeah...big deal huh), and I'm anxious to get back to photographing real people again.
A little about me:
Hey...I'm Roger, and thanks for checking out my profile. I'm a photographer in the NW suburbs of Chicago looking to work with others in the profession. I started out in photography as a sports photographer, then began shooting bands in the clubs after a local band asked me to come and shoot them playing. While I've enjoyed doing both of those types of photography (and still do), I've found that I really enjoy the interaction with real people as I photograph them...it sure beats the hell out of taking photos from afar.
I'm also honored to be a member of
The LIST ~ a list of veteran MM photographers dedicated to helping newer models build their portfolios
A little bit about working with me:
Well, it's pretty simple...I like to have fun (wow, that's
). My shoots are very relaxed and easy going. I'll coach you if you need coaching, or I'll let you do your thing if you don't. I have no problem at all with escorts...they can sit in the next room and read a book...or clean
. If they do become a distraction, I will politely ask them to go get a cup of coffee or something, and check back in every once in awhile. I have plenty of references available if you feel you need them...I won't be offended if you ask. I treat everybody with professionalism and the respect they deserve.
A little bit about my "style":
Ummm...I don't have one. As I hope my portfolio indicates, I like to try everything...I get bored if I do the same thing too long. I like my images to look like photographs...not paintings...so while you won't find any photoshopped fantasy images of a beautiful half naked dominatrix straddling the nose of a 747 in flight over Armageddon wielding a sword in one fist, a snake in the other, and a thorny rose clinched in her bloody teeth, you will
find that the one common denominator in my portfolio is that I prefer to present the feminine side of beauty (but that doesn't necessarily rule out the goofy dominatrix concept...we'll just have to do it for real, cause I can't photoshop that
A little bit about my goals:
My main goal is to make everyone I work with look absolutely fantastic...I will never
post an unflattering or embarrassing photo of anyone...that's a promise. While I'm always happy to shoot standard "portfolio" shots for models who are starting out, my real ambition now is to work with people who aren't afraid to get daring, creative and stretch the imagination...I'm challenging you...show me what you got...let's keep raising the bar
A little bit more about working with me (the fine print):
Yes, I will do TF work if I feel we can benefit each others' portfolios. For TF shoots, unless we have made another agreement ahead of time, you will receive five fully edited images of my choice from the shoot. These will be in JPEG format. You will get two copies of each image...one full size/full resolution for printing, and one properly resized image for posting on the web. Please do not crop out my signature, as this is part of my "pay" for working with you for free. Please do not crop, edit or alter my editing in any way (unless, of course, you're buying the images...then you can do anything you want to them). If you'd like a different edit, just ask me...I'll be happy to do it
You will receive your images (via download from a private password protected gallery created just for you on my website) within two weeks (sooner if possible, but please remember that editing the paid shoots get first priority). If we have a great shoot, and there are a lot of great images (this happens quite often), you will receive more, but I can't guarantee how many, or if you will receive the "bonus" images within two weeks...I'll get to them as quickly as possible...remember, they're bonus images
If you contact me asking for a TF shoot, I'll usually respond within a day or two (unless you've spammed the same message to every photographer in the entire area...we know about these things...then we don't feel so special anymore
). Unless your request is specific (with what you'd
like to shoot), I will tell you what type of work/style/theme I'm currently interested in shooting. I do
reserve the right to not be interested in what you want to shoot
Please communicate back to me in a timely fashion (within a couple days) or else the deal is off. If I don't hear back from you within a couple days, I will take that as if you are a flake, or not professional, or both, and I will probably not be responsive when you contact me a month later saying you're sorry but you've "just been sooo busy". I'm sure you understand that my time is as valuable as yours, and nobody likes to be jacked around
Most photographers are not ready to perform at the drop of a hat...it takes planning and forethought to put together a good shoot with a total stranger, and we both want a good shoot
If I contact you, its simple...that means I like your look and think we can help each others portfolios
Also, pleeease show up prepared for what we're shooting. I'd also like to hear your ideas. I want your input...I really really do...I want to work WITH you as a team, not just spew out directives to a puppet...I can do that, but I'd rather not...that's no fun...and remember, a team is capable of more creativity than an individual
Please don't show up grumpy or hungover...I want you giddy, excited to shoot, and ready to give great face
If you need to cancel, that's fine...stuff comes up...I understand...but please try to give me as much notice as possible...at least a week before the shoot (I may be able to salvage the day I reserved for you by shooting with someone else). Sometimes that's not possible...I know...but most of the time it is...it's also the professional (not to mention polite) thing to do.
OK, enough of the business end of it...now if you're ready to have some fun and make some great images...let's get to work
Some (but def not all...and in no particular order) of the themes/concepts I'm willing to work TF are:
Couples (M/F, F/F)
My intentions are to do all
of the above concepts/themes in a style that is fresh and new, but I need your help. I have specific ideas for specific looks, so depending on each model's look and creative input, each concept/theme will truly be individual to you...so let's take it to the next level!
Right now, I'm up for creating the above on a TF basis. If you have an idea for something not listed above, and it's something I may find beneficial to my port, I'll be happy to work on a TF basis for that too....run it by me...you never know until you ask This is a good opportunity if you're willing to be creative and work together...and looking to build up your portfolio with some nice images. I'm open to almost anything (I won't do gratuitous violence...there's already too much of that shit in the real world today as it is...we don't need to be making up more)...just shoot me a note if you're interested. I'd love to discuss our ideas