This event is only open to MM members. You must have an active MM account in order to attend. It does not require a formal invitation. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP via a PM to me in advance
March 23, 2013
9:00-10:00 - Registration
10:00-7:30 - Shooting
You do not have to be there for the whole time. Come and go as you must. Naturally, the longer you are there, the more time you'll have to create.
There are two additional optional events.
9:00-9:45 - I will be offering an ad hoc how to get the best shots out of this location tour. It is for everyone that wants tips - we'll talk about lighting, focal lengths, color balance, locations, and whatever else you want to talk about.
7:30 to whenever - We'll be gathering at Me-N-Eds for pizza, drink and networking. You pay for you.
Me-N-Ed's is located here"
5374 West Spruce Avenue
Fresno, CA 93722
You have to get there and you should get home on your own. How you do that is up to you.
No cash should change hands before, during or after the event. The only exception is that models are allowed to SELL a FULL Release. Models must sign a promotional release.
This is TRADE. Photographers owe every model they shoot ONE image per look.
There will be a standard spring fever release available at sign in. This release will allow you to use images only for self promotion.
I am not providing anything. Bring snacks so you can shoot through "meals". Bring fluids so you have something to drink. I will have water for those that forget.
There really is no physical address for an open field beside a river.
This is the closest real address you can use:
6115 Bluff Avenue
Here are simple directions.
From the intersection of Herndon and Milburn, head North.
(From CA-99 that is a Left - From CA-41 that is a Right)
Turn Left on Alluvial.
Go straight through two 4-way stops signs.
Alluvial will vear Right twice. About midway through the second vear turn Left
There is a forced Right.
Followed by an immediate Left.
Park someplace legal. Do not block driveways or fire hydrants and be respectful of property owners. Than follow the concrete path to the fence. Last year, someone blocked the fire entrance and was ticketed.
Find the gap in the fence and hike down.
Congratulations, you're at Spring Fever 3. Look for a collection of portable shade makers by one of the RR trestles. That is "base". Go there to sign in, get your gear/wardrobe situated and get busy.
I'll be wearing a hideous tie dye t-shirt that I am pretty sure nobody else has IF you need me.
Please tell me that you're coming. I will start four follow up replys so everyone knows who is coming. I will keep it updated until midnight the night before. If something comes up - PLEASE - tell me so I can remove you from the list.
You DO NOT want to miss this.
This is NOT a commercial shoot. This is a bunch of talented people that just happen to be at the same place at the same time because they are passionate about being involved in the creation of great images. If you're asked what is going on by somebody - Do not say anything that implies professional or commercial. We're just playing. ;-)
To that point, this is not my event, it is yours. Spring Fever 4 will be what the community puts into it. It needs your help.
This is nature. There are things that could hurt you, bite or kill you. Be careful.
Despite the forecast, bring something to keep your stuff dry with. Maybe bring a change of clothes and towels just in case you get wet. Even the models should bring sturdy shoes to get around in and than change into shoot shoes when they get to a spot. It may be cool. Bring a light jacket, sweatshirt etc.
Please treat everyone with respect. Especially, those that live nearby. It is not uncommon for the neighborhood kids to wander through. If you're shooting anything "controversial" - nudes in particular - but including implied, sheers, lingerie, etc. Be careful you are doing so at your own risk. If there are complaints, our friends may not be nice.
Remember, there will be minor models working. Some very talented. The minor models will have parents in attendance. We don't want to scare them off either.
Please take out of Spring Fever 4 what you brought in. That may seem obvious, but last year we had lots wardrobe left behind and two trips worth of "trash" hauled up.
We're all there for the sole purpose of creating. Help each other whenever possible.
Use this time to play. This is the ideal time to try new things and experiment on both sides of the camera. Models should shoot with photographers with styles other than what they are used to just as photographers should shoot models with looks that wouldn't normally shoot. That is how your grow!
My personal goal is to shoot every model there.
I've been asked about props. You can bring anything LEGAL to the event. The standard I'd use is appropriate for a large group event. I wouldn't bring anything overly valuable, fragile, or that I'd cry to much if it was ruined somehow.
I do group shoots often as I happen to love what they offer. I am a shy person. I do not normally walk up to people and introduce myself, etc. If you are like me, PLEASE come out of your shell and act not shy. Open mouths get fed. If you hide, you won't shoot/be shot. You MUST be active.
If you're a model, do not let photographers stand around - ask them to shoot you. If you're a photographer, do not let a model stand around - ask them to shoot with you. SHOOT.
With trade shoots, time is money. You are there to SHOOT. Networking is nice, but you can't post networking on your portfolio's. If you really like working together - set up other shoots for later. Me N Eds after the shoot = networking time.
Please respect our models. Do not ask them to shoot anything outside of their comfort levels or do anything that would make them uncomfortable.
You owe every model you shoot ONE edited image of every LOOK you shoot. It is going to be great to have ONE place to go for images.
It is your responsibility to keep track of who you shoot with. Do not be offended if a model is also keeping track of who shoots her.
If a photographer is working with a model, please don't interrupt them. I have no personal issue with people overshooting. You're welcome to shoot with me as long as you don't shoot in front of me (block my shot) or direct my model. Not all photographers are this understanding. If you want to overshoot - ask first.
(as the host, I may walk around and overshoot one or two images - usually for background - Deborah Conners (a great friend of mine) is really good at busting me in action).
If you need help ask - if you're asked for help - please help. We are there to grow.
It may be a little late for this, but if you've been thinking about new gear or renting/borrowing gear. This is THE TIME.
Bring all the gear you might want to use. You are responsible for keeping track of it. You can't use it if you didn't bring it. Portable lighting - flash and plenty of batteries would be good. Reflectors are good. Natural light is good.
You DO NOT have to do anything you don't want to do. If you feel pushed find me. Two complaints and someone is going home.
You should come shoot ready - hair and makeup done. You can change here. There will be a collection of changing booths (private) for you. We'll have ropes you can hang stuff up in under the portable shade.
I hope to have hair and makeup available. I will list them below. If you want to use them, set up times and themes in advance.
Please keep track of your wardrobe and personal belonging. You are responsible. Models often share wardrobe, please treat other people stuff with respect and return it.
I've been asked a lot about wardrobe. The short answer is bring everything. The practical answer is bring everything that you might want to shoot in this location. Bring items that are versatile and have broad use. Your wardrobe should span your comfort level. IE Formal, casual, creative, swimwear, lingerie, etc. EXPERIMENT.
Make sure whatever you bring fits you very well and that you're comfortable wearing it. The grass is GREEN the sky is BLUE - some of your wardrobe should compliment those colors. Try for things that contrast - warm color on you against cool colored backgrounds and viceversa.
I encourage you to think about ways to dress that will get you noticed. I don't mean sexy, although you can do that too, but rather that takes advantage of where you are. Watch my great friend, Kandi, for an example. Put together looks that the photographers are going to want to capture.
Bring something like a robe that you can cover up with quickly if needed. It may be chilly so good warm ups or even a coat might be a good idea. Pace yourself so you stay comfortable.
I want models to leave with MANY different images. You control the wardrobe - Work with as many photographers as you can. Budget your time. Try not to be "hogged". 15 minutes is more than enough time to get great shots. Move along. Change your look very often - every 30-60 minutes.
We have the full range of models. Some are very experienced to very new. As in very first shoot new. Please support and help each other.