stevenD_PhotographyPhotographer Male Garden Grove, California, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/stevenD
Mayhem # 949
About Me: Let me start with the most important things, I am happily married, with a 13 year old daughter, I am not doing Photography to meet girls. I have been shooting for many years (I know, I look young) I have a Business License and a Resale License, so yes I am serious about Photography. I am easy going, have a great sense of humor and am fun to work with (ask anyone who has shot with me). I am by no means one of the best photographers on here, but I am pretty good...
Creative Vision: I consider myself an Artist as well as a Photographer, I love the use of Colors and Shadows, If I repeat the same shot or set-up twice, I try adding a twist to it, I am always looking for new challenges and ideas, I like doing Unique & Edgy shots and I think every woman has a certain beauty that can be captured and I like run-on sentences.
Studio: I have an in-home Studio (not the garage). I use all professional Camera equipment and have (6) Studio Lights, loads of Accessories, Fabrics, and Props. I don't furnish any clothes; so you are on your own for that.
Paid Shoots: I have a Model Portfolio Package for $100. I will custom design a Shoot to YOUR needs, starting as low as $50. Please feel free to contact me for a Quote. I also have Model Size (9x12) Portfolios for sale for $45.
TFCD (Trade for CD): Just like everyone else, Paid Shoots take priority over TF Shoots. I only do TF Shoots with Experienced Models or New Models that I feel have a great look, feel free to ask though. My new minimum Limit for TF Shoots is Lingerie and or Implied; any GWC can shoot some photos of you at the local park in a T-shirt and Jeans, that is not what I am looking to create, unless you are paying me and then you can wear whatever you like. That is what I am expecting to do, if this is a problem, please let me know ahead of time.
My TFCD Shoots: Before you leave, I give you a CD with (Large) Jpegs of every shot, (no waiting like some Photographers make you do). I will also Rework / Touch-up / PhotoShop your (5) favorites and email them to you (usually within a week).
New to Modeling (Part #1): It can be pretty overwhelming, getting messages from Fifty-plus Photographers that all want to Shoot with you. How can you tell the real Photographers from the GWC's (Guy With Camera's)? Simply look at their Photos; Do they look like what you would like to put in your Portfolio? Do they look like they were taken at a local Park? Do they use Wal-Mart sheets for their Backdrops? If they shoot indoors, how does the Lighting look? Do they Rework (Touch-up) their photos? If their photos look bad, so will yours, if you shoot with them. TF shoots are a great way to get experience in front of a Camera, but remember the old saying "You get what you pay for".
New to Modeling (Part #2): I am reasonably sure you are hoping to make some money doing Modeling, if so, you want the VERY BEST photos in your Portfolio. You want people to look at those Photos and WANT to hire you. This is not MySpace; you don't need any lame photos of you in the Bathroom Mirror! The best way to get great Photos is to PAY a decent Photographer, I would recommend doing this AFTER you have some experience doing TF Shoots, that way you will not have that Deer-in-the-headlights look.
New to Modeling (Part #3): Before shooting with anyone, try to contact some Models who have worked with them before. Ask questions about work ethics and such, ask; Did he make the person feel creepy? Did he stare at their chest?, Did he take 150 shots of their feet?, Did he ask to rub oil on them for the shoot? Then I would AVOID these guys. Also make sure someone always knows where you are and who you will be shooting with! Do your homework and you will not need a escort (see next).
Escorts: Probably the most controversial topic for some, I have no problems with Escorts; I have had many more pleasant experiences than negative ones. Most of the time I do not even bring it up, but if you plan to bring your overprotective father, who hates the idea of you modeling and hates men looking at you, or your 3-year-old who suffers greatly from separation anxiety, or your ex-con boyfriend who is out on bail for burglary, PLEASE let me know up front so we can discuss it.
Nudity/Topless: As a general rule I don't shoot nudes or even topless, as a guy, I have no problem doing it. I never pressure anyone to shoot beyond their Limits.
Paid Shoots Only / Experienced Models: Many of you do only paid shoots and I fully respect that, you should be paid and paid as much as you can get. Typically I would not approach Models with "Paid Shoots Only" unless I really like their look or feel that I can offer them something that is NOT currently in their portfolio, so if you like my style or have some of your own ideas that you would like to explore on a TF basis. let's talk! If not, no problem, we can still be friends and I wish you much success, and if I get a Paid Shoot through a Client, I may contact you.
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