John Carman

Photographer Male San Francisco, California, US
Mayhem # 5961

About Me

Thank you for reading my profile! I'm centrally located in the City by the Bay. I work ethically and shoot tastefully. I love classic elegance.

If I message you about a possible photo shoot, it generally means I'm offering a trade shoot. Truth be told, I don't give a damn about the money; I'm here because I love the creative, collaborative process of model photography.

I've listed some genres off to the left here, but I'm fuzzy on them and wouldn't know which pigeon hole to put most of my photos in. Except headshots. And, I groan when a model asks me what the shoot "concept" is. I'm the poster boy for low concept photography. My work is uncluttered for the most part -- just the model, looking as good as she ever will, and a simple backdrop. It's worked for me through something like 1,500 photo shoots with more than a thousand different models.

I'm a polite and kindly sort, but there are a few things that curdle my brain:

(1) I do not like flakes, with the occasional exception of cornflakes. Don't schedule with me if you're not going to honor the appointment. I will be very angry and possibly strafe your home with an F-16 Tomcat if you do. It is possible to reach my door without your car breaking down, your boyfriend being handcuffed by police, or your grandmother collapsing into a bowl of porridge. I don't flake; neither should you.

(2) I also have a profound distaste for models who suffer from extreme, hyperactive attacks of chronic, inflammatory prima donna syndrome. Life is too short, and there is no vaccine.

(3) No escorts. This is a new rule. It's not because I've suddenly developed a late-in-life compulsion to molest models. It's because on two occasions -- twice! -- model escorts have helped themselves to money, first, and then a credit card belonging to me, while I was focusing on photography. Enough. It's OK if someone delivers the model, takes a quick look at me and the surroundings, and then scrams.

Sound reasonable? Let's shoot. Email is

One final note. I've worked with so many models over the years that suffering a few bad apples, among all the good experiences, is inevitable. i welcome inquiries about the model Arielita, MM #1560342.


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-Nicole Rose-

  • Model
  • Female
  • Windsor, California, United States

"John is so great with the camera. We worked with numerous technical difficulties and the pictures still came out perfect! Really nice guy as well."

See Sample Worked together 1 times; Most recent: April 2017

Miss CM

  • Model
  • Female

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: March 2017


  • Model
  • Female
  • San Francisco, California, United States

"John Carmen is a seasoned photographer who works well within himself. He is very clear in his process to the model and open to explore beauty from new perspectives."

Worked together 1 times; Most recent: November 2016

all natural KO

  • Model
  • Female
  • Phuket, Southern, Thailand

"bonded in no time. like an old friend"

Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: September 2015


  • Model
  • Female
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"Fantastic working with John! He's a terrific photographer, really knows how to make the women more gorgeous and a lovely person to be around with. I will be sure to see you again when I am back in town, John ;)"

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: December 2015
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Credit Notes

My work has appeared hither and yon in various magazines, newspapers and webzines, including King magazine and The Source magazine. I shot the book jacket photo of CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen, author of "Jan's Story," published in 2010. I shot the CD cover and back for the R&B artist Reall. Honorable mention in the Crossroad Trading Co. annual nationwide fashion photo contest. Shot for the Suicide Girls website. Been in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. I shot well over 100 Showcase Images at One Model Place before leaving that site.

Selected as a permanent featured photographer at One Model Place.

Shot the 18-plus "Photo of the Day" for 6-18-09 and for 11-04-09 at Model Mayhem. And the "Nude Image of the Day" at OMP for 9-2-09 and 10-14-13. And OMP "Image of the Day" for 6-9-2010.



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