Ron EggersPhotographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US
My Website: Ron Eggers PhotographyMy MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/RonEggers
Mayhem # 12170
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Commercial, Editorial, Stock Photography
All Images Copyrighted - © Ron Eggers 2017
WORKING WITH MODELS (A Model Release is Required for Every Shoot)
I'm fortunate to be able to work with beautiful, talented and bright models. I'm always looking for exceptional models with agency, commercial, editorial or artistic potential for projects that I'm working on and to add to my stock image library.
I've done a lot of model coaching, so dedication and dependability are more important than experience.
I'm striving for classy, edgy, unusual, sensual images. They're very much collaborative efforts. Coming up with such shots generally takes more planning and effort than simply doing basic test shoots.
And I've found that results are generally better when I work with a model over a period of time, so I'm particularly looking for models that are interested in on-going working relationships: models who picture themselves in a year or two walking the runway, being featured in editorial layouts and handling commercial assignments.
I'm generally pretty good at coming up with the models I need on a collaborative trade basis, but I will hire models when a client is picking up the tab (I never ask a model to do a trade shoot on an assignment that I'm getting paid for), when there's a tight deadline for a project, or when I'm in a geographic location where it's difficult to come up with models who do trade shoots.
I don't want to discourage any model from getting ahold of me, but, just for the record, I don't work with any models that I haven't met before hand, either in professional situations such as runway shows or fashion installations, social events such as opening receptions or charity events, or a personal meeting before the shoot.
Meeting before a shoot generally results in better images and certainly a better working relationship. It also significantly reduces the number of shoot cancellations.
Well more than half of all shoots set up through MM wind up being cancelled, often even after models confirm them a day or two before the shoot. Almost all the shoot scheduled with models that I've met with before hand wind up going through. That significantly reduces the number of days that I waste on shoots that fall through.
I want to make sure that any shoots that are scheduled wind up coming through.
So if you've cancelled or rescheduled more than three shoots in the last six months or just didn't show up for a shoot sometime during the last two years, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense to set up a shoot. The chances of the shoot falling through are just too high.
Also, I don't schedule models that have another shoot planned for the same day, either before hand or afterwards. (I've had too many shoots delayed because a previous shoot ran late, sometimes hours late, or the model started getting anxious about finishing up the shoot because she had another one coming up.)
At times, models who agreed to a trade shoot wound up saying they decided they would have to be paid for the shoot, thinking that that would pressure me into paying. Just FYI, I have a policy, I never convert a scheduled trade shoot into a paid shoot.
Having said all that, I'm always open to setting up meetings to discuss collaborative shoots. So lets talk.
BRING A FRIEND
If we shoot, bring a friend, if you want. A female friend works best, maybe someone to help with wardrobe changes, or hair and make up if there's no MUA or stylist involved. NO boy friends or significant others unless I've met them before hand, which means they should come to the preshoot meeting .
I've had a number of shoots go south because of impatient, controlling or jealous boyfriends: things like a guy actually keeping his car running the whole time of an outdoor shoot on a hot day (which made the model really want to hurry), guys trying to impress their girl friends with their modeling knowledge by giving them bad advice on how to pose, and a boyfriend of one model actually trying to score with another model on the shoot who was there by herself, (which the girlfriend didn't particularly appreciate), among other examples.
NO entourages or groups of friends, EVER. They always say they're going to be off doing their own thing, but half way through the shoot they're sitting around commenting on how the model is doing, offering unsolicited advice, or trying to get the model to hurry up.
I have considerable fashion photography experience, including a wide range of runway coverage, such as LA, Orange County and Las Vegas Fashion Weeks. I've also shot a wide variety of fashion installations, specialty events, store and facility opening, and product launches.
I've done quite a bit of studio work, but I prefer working on location. I spend considerable amount of time scouting locations and trying to find new places to shoot, both on my own and with models that I'm working with.
I've written several books on photography (that was a long time ago, but I think they're still on Amazon). My work has been carried by some of the top photo magazines in the country.
I've taught modeling (and photography) at a number of different venues, and have done both individual and group model coaching.
If you want to see a larger selection of my model shots, click on the link above. It will take you to a Model Portfolio Gallery. (There are various other model, stock and travel galleries in that collection that I'm in the process of building up, if you're interested in seeing some of the other types of photography I get involved in.)
FOR TRADE SHOOTS
I usually provide a CD with 25 to 30 images on it, including at least six optimized images per hour of shooting, within two weeks. I don't provide all images taken during a shoot, and I don't provide images on paid shoots, unless arrangements have been made before-hand.
If we work together on an ongoing basis, I can also provide promotional material such as comp and zed cards layouts, calendars, posters and display prints up to 13" x 19".
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