Stockton, California, US
Autumn Rose Brightly wrote:
I have to say, that is spoken like a true professional! It could not have been spoken or said any better. This is precisely how one should look at feel about a shoot.
Feb 22 13 04:17 pm Link
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
I love it when they show up and see me for the first time. Not only am I old, but I a big old biker looking dude. (See my photo over on the Faceybook link on my profile)
I have even had a model message me, I think your Facebook link is messed up, its some old biker dude.....LOL, yes that is me.
In all seriousness, I find that models, after working with me, understand that I can bring experience, gained only with age, to a shoot.....
~The old Fat Ugly Biker dude
Feb 22 13 09:55 pm Link
Saint Louis, Missouri, US
Apparently it matters to some models.
Several months ago a photographer (considered by many to be one of the best if not *the* best artistic nude photographer on MM), who I believe in his 70's, received an email from an 18-year-old model informing him that he's too old to shoot nudes.
I won't name him, because that might be considered outing - but he did an amusing forum post on the subject.
Feb 23 13 02:04 am Link
Chicago, Illinois, US
I wasn't as skilled as an artist when I was much younger. Because models usually get some artwork to take with them when they pose for me, it's to their advantage to be willing to work with someone with some "seasoning."
i'm pretty astute in gauging reactions on first meeting someone, and I don't think I've ever noticed a "Hey, Pops!" look on anyone's face when a model comes to my studio for the first time.
And although I'm loath to admit it, the occasional naked hug from a model keeps me believing I'm not ready for the pasture just yet.
Feb 23 13 11:29 am Link
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Here - for models, not at all.
For a retail client, a 48 years old guy has an uphill battle with preconceived ideas (except established photographers). Age and sex influence strongly jobs you can (not lol) book.
Recent scandal involving an (now dead) ex-photographer does not help.
Feb 23 13 11:33 am Link
Brighton, Colorado, US
Ash Photographic wrote:
Feb 23 13 11:39 am Link
Brighton, Colorado, US
Barely StL wrote:
I remember that one..
Feb 23 13 11:40 am Link
Hastings, England, United Kingdom
Harold Rose wrote:
That's at least two of us who will feel sorry for anyone who finds their mind slowing at 30. We are both in the same age group.
Feb 23 13 11:51 am Link
Dallas, Texas, US
...excuse me while I take "Yippieskip" (...Yippieskip...REALLY?...) off my list of models to shoot with...
Feb 23 13 07:07 pm Link
Los Angeles, California, US
Age of photographer -- does that matter?
Age is just a number. The questions that should be asked are...
1. Are they proficient with their equipment (both camera and lighting)?
2. Can they edit images with quality results?
3. Do they have a studio? (not a necessity but definitely a benefit)
4. Are they able-bodied enough to hike and endour extreme locations?
5. Are they inventive enough to create unique, exciting and artistically cool images?
If the answer to all of these are YES... book that supershooter!...
Feb 23 13 07:34 pm Link
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
The vast majority of models could not care less. Its the quality of work that attracts them and reputation as being professional!!!!
Feb 23 13 07:51 pm Link
Saint Catharines-Niagara, Ontario, Canada
I'm 47 but run with the geek portion of the brain of a 30 yr old.
I think it helps being a bit older for a few reasons....
I'm less of a threat to the 22 yr old bf's out there
I'm old enough to always think with the proper head.
I've seen more naked women than most doctors and am sufficiently desensitized.
But at the same time as you age you appreciate the art and beauty that is the female form and for art's sake. I am not remotely interested in a romantic encounter with someone young enough to be my kid. I become friends with most models I shoot. At the same time my BS detector is finely tuned and I have little time for crap.
I survived cancer and three brain aneurysms.....all I see now is beauty and my job as a photographer is to capture what I see in my mind and make it digital.
Feb 23 13 07:58 pm Link
Hesperia, California, US
Since I'm nearly 47 I am going to try to answer from hindsight when I did my first few shoots over 20 years ago...
Rick OBanion Photo wrote:
Feb 24 13 11:27 am Link
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Well than your an ageist! I see your comment about your first scene, I'm not sure but most of those running such sites are getting close to your age phobia.
Feb 24 13 10:49 pm Link
San Antonio, Texas, US
Feb 24 13 11:09 pm Link
Santa Fe, New Mexico, US
I have no interest in dating a photographer, so his/her age is of no importance to me.
I should also mention that I've worked with young photographers who were amazing and older photographers who sucked, and vice versa. Everyone's different.
Feb 26 13 07:50 am Link
Davis, California, US
Be polite and professional and all people should feel comfortable with you. If they don't, that says more about them than it does about you. There is a saying, "what other people think about me is none of my business." Go by it and you'll always feel ok about yourself and others.
Feb 26 13 07:57 am Link
New York, New York, US
Like everything else, a photographer's age does matter. The extent to which it matters, depends. Assuming no separate art director on the shoot, if the desired look calls for some sexual undercurrent, it is between the photographer and the model to create the level of sexual energy needed.
An experienced model with a substantial acting talent can make up for the photographer's shortcoming in this regard. However what is often seen on MM are well-conceived, well-exposed concepts, but the models' expressions aren't carrying the look. They look either vacant or uncomfortable in their own skin.
One of the culprits may be, for amateur work with no particular objective or benchmark, people just don't care for the expression; another is, with no male in the room who the model considers sexually viable, it is hard for her to get the level of energy (incl. sexual) and moral support to completely own / carry / sell the look, the pose, the point of the shoot.
Feb 26 13 08:11 am Link
Washington, District of Columbia, US
Kathleen Michaels wrote:
For the record. No man thinks women are on mm to find a date. We know better. The men you are referring to HOPE you will respond to their advance as THEY are here looking, not for a date, but sex....a date leading to sex...etc.... Those are the creeps. Those are the GWC's. and their ports will always reveal who they are.
Feb 26 13 09:05 am Link