Award winning image captured on this 'Cruiseboat Photoshoot'... it's 'Jin & Tonic' on the left in the cruiseboat glass elevator.
THIRTY SIX models now confirmed (see photos below)... and yeah you're right... I'll be INSANE by the end of this cruise... LOL! If you plan on coming, I'd purchase your tickets ASAP as set sail date is less than 2 weeks away. For superfast ticket purchasing assistance, contact Jessica at 1-800-819-3902, Extension 85395. Tell Jessica you are with Gary's group of models & photographers from Select Models, and she'll hook ya up with the best deal available.
This is a 7 day (6 night) Mexican Rivera Cruiseshoot (see itinerary below) on the 5 star Carnival Splendor cruiseship. There will be 5 group photoshoots total (and several individual one on ones)... 3 at beach locations, with 2 groupshoots on the cruiseship (see cruiseship images below).
The cruiseship sailing itinerary is:
Sunday (Sept 2) / Departs Long Beach / 4:30 PM / Introduction Dinner in Buffet at 7:30
Monday (Sept 3) / At Sea 100% of time / Groupshoot 4-8pm
Tuesday (Sept 4) / Docking at Cabo 9:30AM / Resort Shoot All Day / Boarding 6PM
Wednesday (Sept 5) / Cabo San Lucas / Dock at 7AM / Beachshoot All Day / Depart 4PM
Thursday (Sept 6) / Puerto Vallarta / Dock 9AM / All Day Beachshoot / Depart 9PM
Friday (Sept 7) All Day on Ship / One on One Shoots All Day
Saturday (Sept 8th) / All Day on Ship / Groupshoot 4-8pm
Sunday (Sept 9) / Arrive at Long Beach / Debarkation (BooHoo it went too fast)
Shoot location targeted for (Sept 5th) Cabo San Lucas is 'Pelican Beach' (pictured here).
This will be the 4th 'cruiseboat photoshoot' I've attended. If you're looking for an organizer who really knows how to put together some great shoots on this venue, THIS is your event. This is a 'one on one' photographer to model ratio event. Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta (see images below) are hands down the most beautiful beaches on Mexico's Pacific coast.
This cruiseship has 4 nightclubs that are ROCKIN every night, resulting in MASSIVE funtimes when you're not shooting. Cameras are also welcome inside the nightclubs. There's also FREE entertainment and comedy shows every night, and 'Rockstar Karoke'. If you like to 'party hardy', then THIS is your cruise! The 2 scheduled on board photoshoots will be conducted in the late afternoon and early evening, so you'll have plenty of time to 'recoop' from any partying you may do the night before...
ATTENTION INTERESTED PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Unlike cruiseboat photoshoots organized by others, this event provides ZERO profit to the promotor. You DO NOT pay me, you purchase your discount cruise tickets directly from Carnival Cruiselines at toll-free number above. Each photographer attending MUST also purchase a cruise ship ticket for the model of his (or her) choice. And because it's YOUR model selection for this event, you are not forced to shoot a model that some promotor decides to invite without your input. Photographers must also allow other photographers to shoot their invited models, who will in turn allow you to photograph their invited model, providing all photographers with a multi-model shoot that YOU had a hand in selecting. If your model flakes and does not attend, you WILL NOT be invited to join the 5 planned groupshoots, so MAKE SURE your model arrives and gets on board (pick her up from the airport and drive her to the cruiseship if necessary). Only exception to this rule is if you invited more than one model, and at least one model attends. Please scan over the next 40+ pages to view models interested in attending. I will be inviting 2 models that photographers will DEFINITELY enjoy shooting. Here's a list of 60+ models who would like to attend: http://www.modelmayhem.com/casting/1403759
ATTENTION INTERESTED MODELS:
Models attending this cruiseboat shoot receive a FREE cruise ticket from their sponsoring photographer. All additional expenses accumulated on the cruise (bar tabs/souveniors/on shore expenses) will be your responsibility. Model releases will be included for all 5 groupshoot photoshoots within the purchase of your cruiseship ticket. If models and photographers contract to shoot nudes on this event, photographers may be responsible for nude shoot model releases. If you're interested in attending, please post a message on this events forum thread indicating your availablity, and photographers interested in sponsoring you will make contact.
ATTENTION EVERYONE ATTENDING:
To get on the cruiseship, you MUST HAVE either a US Passport, OR a certified Birth Certificate accompanied by a State Drivers License or State issued ID Card. Unlike other cruiseboat photoshoots, photographers & models are welcome to invite friends on the cruise, but they MUST NOT interfere with the proceedings of the 5 planned groupshoots. The 2 groupshoots on the ship will last a total of 3 1/2 hours each... while the 3 groupshoots in Mexico will last for 4 1/2 hours... and ALL participating photographers and models on this cruise MUST attend. Models WILL NOT be compensated financially for participating in those 5 shoots. If you do plan on booking separate 'one on ones' with any other models or photographers, those plans can be made independantly from the group (Friday Sept 7th has been assigned 'one on one shoot day'). They may include some form of small financial compensation... they may not. It all depends upon what the model and the photographer agree upon. Please post a message here if you're available and interested.
MAKEUP ARTIST, HAIRSTYLIST, BODY PAINTER & PHOTO ASSISTANTS CONFIRMED:
MM#1212030 (Jodi Vaughn-MUA Extraordinaire)
MM#1694588 (Trina Merry-Body Painting Supertalent)
Tim Benjamins (Not on MM/Not Photographer-Lighting & Reflector Assistance)
CONFIRMED MODELS ATTENDING THE CRUISESHOOT!
MM#1649994 (Suzy Nix)
MM#347669 (Ella Clair)
MM#394169 (Erin Day)
MM#727541 (Asia Abendroth)
MM#1836050 (Brooke Nicholes)
MM#686083 (Laura Shodire)
MM#503492 (Morgan Ladhar)
MM#2101782 (Michelley T)
MM#2721482 (Ali Neal)
MM#47584 (Tina Desaro)
Adriana (not on MM / sponsored by Yani)
MM#2271552 (Jessica Marie)
MM#2701068 (Nina Dove)
MM#105641 (Desert Beauty/Julie)
MM#2218778 (Jin N Tonic)
MM#2227208 (Angelique Elizabeth)
MM#2277933 (Amelia Simone)
MM#1013853 (Lady Bree)
MM#2666913 (Lalah Lovewell / Bekka)
MM#184290 (Cali Girl Tracy)
MM#1019266 (Ahlisha Newton)
MM#2623 (Gary/Select Models) Room #2350
Roger Talley (http://www.lvphotog.com
MM#630188 (GMAX Imagery / Greg)
MM#2540669 (John P Myers)
MM#334513 (Paul Albert)
MM#2334544 (UA Studios / Ari)
MM#2311552 (Bob W)
MM#1288393 (Bob Maddox)
MM#268005 (Hal Ballenger)
MM#2142138 (F-Stop Jonny)
MM#1551632 (Eric/Gemini Photo) Room 6475 (Ocean View Balcony Suite)
MM#2418114 (JimLee Photography)
MM#2634014 (Daven Lumen Photography)
MM#187817 (Bill Lopez)
MM#1430531 (Matthew Helton)
MM#360372 (ASK Photography/Scott)
MM#1233894 (Selden/SDN Photo) sponsoring two models
MM#889958 (Mark Bissell)
MM#50289 (Shutter Spd Photograp/Greg)
MM#256699 (CC Holdings)
Jorge Alvarado (Not on MM)
MM#1875955 (Faulty Focus/Gary)
MM#236453 (Craig/CSP Photography / Gets the 'Pimp Daddy Award' for bringing 4 models)...
On cruiseboats there are no rules... there are no cops... there are no permits needed... and cameras are EVERYWHERE... I mean geeeezus... models are even taking pics of models... OMG...
Your cruiseship... the Carnival Splendor!
Here's beach photos of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta!
Cabo San Lucas 'Divorce Beach'
Westside of Cabo's 'Divorce Beach' from the air.
THE BEST beach locations to shoot in Puerto Vallarta is Conchas Chinas with adjoining 'Mismaloya' and 'Dreams Beach' (home of the famous 'Night of the Iquana' restaurant from that movie)...
Above is 'Dreams Beach'... below is Mismaloya at Conchas Chinas. You will be shooting at both locations, and the 78 degree ocean water is VERY comfortable...
This image below shot at the exact location pictured above... Conchas Chinas Beach / Mismaloya.
Here's several images taken from some of the past cruiseboat photoshoots. Only place on Earth were you can shoot inside a casino is on a cruiseboat. Here's Roxanne checking out her jackpot.
Here's Sacha posing on the antenna structure.
Roxy styling on the cruiseboat minuture golf course.
Here's Tina on the front of the ship.
Here's Shodire, windblown on the wing!
Here's Jamie about to jump overboard (well maybe not).
Here's Charlie Kristine on Conchas Chinas Beach in Puerto Vallarta.
Here's Lacie Marie bending over backwards for photographers at Sunset on the cruiseboat upper deck.
Here's Roxanne styling on the cruiseboat jogging trail at sunset.
Here's the Sept 2nd (7:30pm) Dinner Speech will take place on at the rear of the Lido Restuarant on Deck 9 , before any photoshoots take place. I will have name tags for everyone. Please wear them during the introduction dinner. I strongly recommend that everyone attending read this info over very carefully!
THE PRIME DIRECTIVE for this cruiseboat photoshoot is, to capture amazing photographic images, post those images on this Model Mayhem forum thread for this event, showcase those fantastic shots on your MM portfolios, and make everyone that didn't attend this cruiseboat photoshoot JEALOUS AS A MOFO!
The secondary directive for this cruiseshoot is, to have some outrageous funtimes and party your ass off. HOWEVER... you CAN NOT party so hard that you fail to accomplish the prime directive. If you get shit-faced drunk at the bar, and are seriously faded the next day, you ARE NOT going to look good in pictures girls. And guys... you're photographic skills will be seriously impared if your camera is in hangover mode... and incase you didn't know it, that's the 'almost all of your images are fucked up in one way or another' mode. You are welcome to have a few drinks and get alittle tipsy, but let's not get hammered.
Another HUGE concern on the cruiseboat photoshoot is the safety and well-being of ALL participants. You will be in new and unfamiliar surroundings on this event, and the possibility of uncontrollable incidents and accidents will be present. To minimize the possibility of such occurances, I will be strongly recommending that you exercise common sense while shooting and traveling, and don't shoot or pose in potentially dangerous locations or environments, both on the cruiseship, and while in Mexico. There is security in numbers, and I strongly recommend that you do not travel ANYWHERE in Mexico alone. Please stay in groups of at least half a dozen or more. That will greatly reduce the potential of unfortunate incidents where someone may chose to do you harm.
Models... to show your appreciation to the photographer that invited you and paid for your cruise, I strongly recommend you set aside 2 hours of shoot time, sometime during the cruise, for a private photoshoot between you and your host photographer, OUTSIDE of the 5 groupshoots planned. If there's photographers here that don't care to work with certain models... and models who don't care to work with certain photographers... I'm not here to force you to work with anyone you don't want to. HOWEVER, as a photographer who's worked with 1000s of models for close to 30 years... some of the most amazing images I've ever captured were of models that I thought offered nothing for my style, or who I thought I couldn't relate to photographically.
One of the main reasons why you all decided to come on this cruiseshoot, was to capture some new, fresh and exciting images. Part of that new and fresh experience just might come from dealing with a photographer or a model who you might of originally considered overlooking. A few years ago on a previous cruiseboat photoshoot, I had a model tell me... 'Damn Gary... I really screwed up. I chose to not work with (Blank Photographer)... partly because of the camera he was using (not the newest or biggest)... party because of the way he looked (kind of nerdy)... and partly because of what I thought was a shooting style that was not consistant with what I was interested in. BIG MISTAKE! The pics he posted on the thread were some of the most amazing images I've ever seen. Now I seriously regret not working with him.
My recommendation on this topic?... DONT judge a book by it's cover. Give every model and photographer on this event an opportunity to surprise you with some unique and fantastic abilities, cause that could easily happen within these 6 days of shooting opportunities. Let me also remind you that you are guests and responsible adults upon the #1 most popular sailing ship cruiseline in the world... and also a representative of Select Models... the #1 group photoshoot organization in the world...
OK... well that could be a stretch...
As guests and responsible adults, it is highly recommend that you act as such... treating everyone within this group... all others cruiseship guests... as well as all nationals in Mexico with respect and the highest regard. Let's NOT witness the unprofessioinal, irresponsible or discourtious actions of one or a few, ruin this event for all.
Groupshoot organization on Model Mayhem is an extremely competitive arena, and unfortunately, this site has a healthy population of jealous haters. There are MANY on this website who would LOVE to see me FAIL BIGTIME at successfully hosting this cruiseshoot... and I hear about it CONSTANTLY. In my book... 'effective organization is the key to success'! The sheer MASS of this group (well over 60 by cruise date), and the fact that NO cruiseboat photoshoot of this magnitude has ever been attempted in the history of this site, lends to a pretty strong possibility of event failure IF there's not 100% cooperation from all participants... and IF the event is not organized effectively.
Being a TEAM PLAYER is what makes events like this a success. Anyone who purposely 'does not flow with the program' will in one way or another be inconveniencing everyone else participating. I am NOT a 'rat bastard drill sargeant or overbearing event Nazi'... and I make a sincere attempt to be compassionate to the needs of all... but I WILL NOT tolerate the actions of anyone who purposely tries to sabotage or undermine the continuity of the event. Please be courteous to your fellow photographers and models at all times. I didn't attend this cruise to be a moderator between fights... so everybody leave your attitudes and egos in California... take your happy pills daily and be friendly to EVERYBODY!
If I can get everyone's full cooperation for these 7 days, this event will be a Hell of alot of fun and an huge success for all. What I'm asking from each and every one of you is your utmost cooperation as well as 100% dedication to all the events and functions being planned. I'd like to personally thank you for joining this event, and look forward to working with each and every one of you.