Joe Yayo Photography

Photographer Male Houston, Texas, US
My Website: MM Film Profile
Mayhem # 2283286

About Me

Thanks for stopping by my profile. Feel free to tag. Feedback is most welcomed. For any inquires, please send me a message. smile

Here is just a little bit about myself. I'm a Colombian born, Texas raised full-time filmmaker, part-time AV tech who began venturing into photography in 2006. I've had a tv/film producer profile on here since 2008 and figured it was time I started one for my photography work. What you see is a sampling from some of the shoots that I've done over the years with amateur models and musical artists, for the most part.

I started out doing lingerie and implied nude type shoots, but have expanded into other areas with time. I'm open to doing other genres with some exceptions. I've been told that I have a good eye, but I know that I need to shoot more often in order to continue to improve and expand my portfolio. I like to work with people that have a passion for what they do, take chances, take good direction and show up on time. 

I'm open to TFCD shoots with certain people that I feel can add to my port in some way. My rates are $150 for actor head-shots. Two looks. For all other type of shoots it's $250 for two looks and $50 for each look after that. Hair/Make-up is not included.

I will typically touch up four photos per look. I don't get too crazy with photoshop. I mainly touch them up for brightness/contrast, color, blemishes, scars, background adjustments, etc., if necessary. I also usually apply a filter to soften the skin, but not to the point where it looks too unnatural. I have no problem with concepts that call for experimenting, I just prefer my subjects to look as real as possible. If you want to look like a painting or a cartoon and that is not the concept, then I'm not your guy. smile

I also don't do digital backgrounds. I prefer real backgrounds in a studio or real locations.

Turn around for photos depends on the scope of the shoot. I usually email smaller jpeg versions within 48 hours for you to look them over and pick out the ones you like the most. I find that this generally works better with most clients. Full res versions of the final photos I touch up will be supplied upon request.

I don't have a problem giving anyone a copy of the raw photos right after the shoot if they ask for one, just as long as they agree on paper not to butcher them afterwards. I've seen some people try to get "creative" with my photos in the past and it wasn't pretty. lol! Unless, it's a collaboration that calls for someone else to edit the photos I take, it's basically tampering with the original vision of the photographer and that's never good.

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I've been approached via my film profile a few times about model videos. So, here is the deal. Any models interested in shooting a video of this type, message me for rates. Just FYI, the TFP or TFCD practice does not apply to film/video work unless you have something to trade that would benefit our film reel, such as celebrity or guaranteed work at the same rate of pay. In other words, something that's mutually beneficial beyond artistic merit. For those of you who don't come from the film/video industry, it tends to be more labor intensive than photography. The only exception to this would be if we approached you. Thank you, for understanding.


I've noticed from some models in the few years of being on this site, a lack of etiquette to varying degrees. They are basics that any model should know and can learn by taking a decent workshop, but clearly, not enough do this. That being said, there are three things I've noticed a lot of models doing that should be avoided, because they can lead to burning bridges with people on the other side of the camera.

1) Replying to a casting call and booking an audition, then never showing up without explanation. Canceling an audition is never good, but disappearing without a trace is even worse. Giving the impression that you're a flake is one of the worst things that you can do, but it also sends the message that you never cared about the project and that you have no respect for other people's time. 

2) Double booking yourself and/or blowing off one gig over another one. Some people lie and make up stories to explain why they can't make it. Others just never show up and stop answering their phones, messages or emails. These people tend to forget that your reputation is just as important as your work. It doesn't matter how cute you think you are, word gets around. Nobody that seriously values their time and their work will put up with unprofessional or unreliable talent. This type of behavior can lead to forced cancellations, seriously affecting a project or at the very least ruining it's original vision.

3) Abruptly ending and ignoring future communication without explanation. If things have reached an impasse regarding a potential collaboration or gig, make that clear, thank them for their time and move on. It's just common courtesy. It only takes a minute to reply to someone and it leaves a positive lasting impression. Some inexperienced talent don't think twice about dissing or being rude to someone believing they will never have to deal with them, again, but do that often enough or to the wrong person and as I mentioned before, word gets around. Photographers and filmmakers often keep a blacklist in the back of their minds and often put it to use.


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