Eggers Images

Photographer Male Costa Mesa, California, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/TopTweens
Mayhem # 1189662

About Me

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* FASHION * LIFESTYLE * TRAVEL * SPORTS & RECREATION * COMPETITIVE EVENTS *

I set this MM page up for working with JUNIOR MODELS Most of the models that I work with are in the Collegiate or Young Adult categories, but I also work with tween and younger teen models, so I thought a page specifically for that age range would be appropriate.

SHOOTING:

* Casual Wear * Sports Wear * Active Wear * Swim Wear * Competitive Wear

* Accessories * Foot Wear * Jewelry * Action Gear * Sporting Equipment *

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LINKS (FOR ADDITIONAL IMAGES)

More of my Junior Model images are at

Model - Junior Gallery
https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/junior

For sample of my commercial/fashion work, take a look at:

www.modelmayhem.com/12170

It includes Tags from models on MM that I've worked with. (A model has to be 16 or over to be on MM, so most of the models here fall into the Young Adult category rather than the Junior category.)

Additional samples of my work can be found in my stock image library galleries;

Main Model Portfolio
https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/portfolio

Model - Location Gallery
https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/models-on-location

Model - Runway, Studio & Commercial Gallery
https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/commercial-108

There are various other galleries there (some involve models, some don't) that might be of interest.

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BACKGROUND

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 used to do a lot of work for inflight magazines and newspaper travel sections. I traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and various parts of the world, including more than 40 countries. I've written several books on photography (that was a long time ago, but I think they're still on Amazon). My work has also been carried by some of the top photo magazines in the country.

I'm semi-retired now, so I'm concentrating more on personal projects and adding images to my stock image library.

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PARENTS

All communications with models under the age of 18 are handled through parents.

If you're reading this as a parent with a model not yet old enough to be on MM, you can get a hold of me directly at:

roneggers@sbcglobal.net

A parent or legal guardian must accompany any model under the age of 18 to a shoot, and a model release is required for all shoots. (A boy friend or girl friend, an older sibling, the Mom's boyfriend, another relative, a neighbor, or a family friend, all which have accompanied underage models to one of my shoots in the past, will not work. I won't shoot an underage model if a parent isn't along.)

The next step is personal contact. A meeting with the parent and model works best, but, if because of geographic or time constraints a meeting isn't practical, and there is a link to some of the model's pictures, a phone call will do.

One of the biggest problems for preteen/tween models is not concentrating on what they're doing. They're very easily distracted. While both parents are welcome, in most cases, having other siblings along for the shoot with younger models is not a good idea, unless they also are modeling. Siblings generally distract them, making them lose focus and reduce their attention span.

Bringing friends or relatives along is even more of a bad idea, again, unless they're also modeling. Friends are more distracting than siblings. No boy friends, girl friends, distant relatives who want to see "Suzy" model, or groups of friends can accompany models under 18. (A number of times I've had parents bring aunts, uncles and grandparents to a shoot to show how well the model is doing. That's disruptive enough, but then the relatives provide feedback as to what they think the model is, or should be, doing, which is deadly to a shoot.)

For tween models there's no texting, tweeting or checking e-mail messages during the shoot. (Parents hold on to cells phones during a shoot, to avoid that frequent checking of messages that seems to be so common.)

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WORKING TOGETHER

I’m always looking for models that have agency, commercial, editorial or artistic potential. Height isn't all that important, but models should be on the slim side, proportional to their height.

I'm particularly looking to work with younger, talented, models just getting into the industry, who have the drive to succeed, and a well-developed fashion sense; models who see themselves doing runway shows, being featured in editorial layouts and handling commercial assignments in two or three years.

I'm also looking for models with creative performance experience such as ballet dancers, rhythmic gymnasts, aerialists, etc. (Here's a link to some of that work.)

Model - Activities Gallery
https://500px.com/roneggers/galleries/performing-arts

I've taught modeling and I've done a lot of model coaching, so dedication and dependability are more important than experience.

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PREPING FOR A SHOOT

On test shoots and trade shoots, models are frequently responsible for their own hair, makeup and wardrobe. If so, arrive hair and makeup ready. Unless we've discussed a specific concept that requires specialized makeup, makeup should generally be light. (Avoid heavy pageant-style makeup.)

Bring a touch-up make-up case, a brush, a beach towel and some comfortable flip flops or sandals (when shooting on location).

For outfits. don't just throw some clothes in a suite case and have me pick out what to wear. I have absolutely no way of knowing how things fit or what might look good together. All too often, I don't even notice the potentially best outfit until it’s too late. (There's been a number of times when a model put on a really cute outfit after a shoot that would have perfect to shoot in, that I never even saw in the the pile of clothing.)

Assemble four or five coordinated outfits, including clothing, shoes, accessories, and any sports gear that might be required that match the theme of the shoot. (With younger/preteen/tween models I generally go for cute and colorful. With older models, I tend to go for commercially edgy.)

Anything worn underneath can't be noticeable. I've had younger models wear cut-offs, jean shorts, Bermuda shorts, black tights and a variety of other bulky and distracting garments underneath outfilts.

None of that works. It all looks tacky in the shots. I've had a number of times when something distracting showed through, because parents wanted to make it very obvious that the model was wearing something underneath. That totally ruined the shoot.

If you want to wear something underneath that can be seen in public that isn't part of the concept of the shoot, wear a white or light colored bathing suite (especially no red or black) where the colors won't bleed through the outfit, without frills, bulky padding, bows or anything else that might cut into an outfit's lines. A one piece works well for dresses and more formal outfits. A bikini works best for shorts, cut offs, tank tops and other types of recreational activity shoots.

Models tend to have a blast on shoots. I've shoot countless models and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully we'll have the chance to work together.

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IMAGES

On trade shoots, models receive a CD with at least a dozen or more high-res images for each hour of modeling, generally within 10 to 14 days of the shoot. (I generally don't provide images from paid shoots unless arrangements have been made before-hand.)

If the first shoot goes well and we work together again, I can also help in portfolio development as well as provide portfolio prints and promotional material to help a model get started on her way to success.

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