Model Mayhem #:
Last Activity:
Jan 19, 2018
Depends on Assignment
Jun 19, 2005

About Me



Commercial, Editorial, Stock Photography

The Web Site link above (and the link below) will take you to the main Model Portfolio in my stock image library.

Additional samples of my work that might be of interest can be found in my stock image library galleries;

Model - Location Gallery

Model - Runway, Studio & Commercial Gallery

There are various other stock image galleries there (some involve models, some don't).

All Images Copyrighted - © Ron Eggers 2017



MODELS    (A Model Release is Required for Every Shoot)

I'm fortunate to be able to work with beautiful, talented and bright models. I'm always looking for exceptional models with agency, commercial, editorial or artistic potential for projects that I'm working on and to add to my stock image library.

I'm particularly looking for models just getting into the industry, models who are serious about what they are doing, and see themselves walking on runways, being featured in editorial layouts and handling commercial assignments in a year or two.

A number of models that I worked with over an extended period of time have gone on to very successful agency modeling careers. Some of those models actually started in their early to mid teens, so I will work with models under the age of 18, as long as a parent comes along.

I've done a lot of model coaching, so dedication and dependability are more important than experience. You don't have to be a full-time model or even consider a modeling career as a long-term goal. It's fine if you're just testing the waters to see if modeling might be something that's right for you. But, you do have to follow through and make sure that any shoot that you do set up is a priority. If it isn't, something will almost always get in the way to derail a shoot. That's something that happens very frequently on Model Mayhem.



I'm striving for classy, edgy, unusual, sensual images, going more for an editorial, artistic look than a glamour/pin-up look. The shoots are very much collaborative efforts. Coming up with quality shots generally takes more planning and effort than simply doing basic test shoots.

I've found that results are generally better when I work with a model over a period of time, so I'm always looking for models that are interested in on-going working relationships.



I'm generally pretty good at coming up with the models I need on a collaborative trade basis, but I will hire models when a client is picking up the tab (I never ask a model to do a trade shoot on an assignment that I'm getting paid for), when there's a tight deadline for a project, or when I'm in a geographic location where it's difficult to come up with models who do trade shoots.



I don't want to discourage any model from getting ahold of me, but, just for the record, I generally don't work with models that I haven't met, or at least talked to, before hand, either in professional situations such as runway shows or fashion installations, social events such as opening receptions or charity events, or a personal meeting before the shoot.

Meeting before a shoot generally results in better images and certainly a better working relationship. It also significantly reduces the number of shoot cancellations.  (As mentioned, I want to make sure that any shoots that are scheduled wind up coming through.)

So, if we haven't met at some function or event, the first step is to set up a meeting at a mutually convenient time and place. If a meeting just isn't possible for whatever reasons, sometimes a phone call will work. But I won't work with anybody that I haven't talked to one way or another.



If we shoot, bring a friend, if you want. A female friend works best, maybe someone to help with wardrobe changes, or hair and make up if there's no MUA or stylist involved. NO boy friends or significant others unless I've met them before hand, which means there has to be a preshoot meeting and they have to come to it.

I've had a number of shoots go south because of impatient, controlling or jealous boyfriends: things like a guy actually keeping his car running the whole time of an outdoor shoot on a hot day (which made the model really want to hurry), guys trying to impress their girl friends with their modeling knowledge by giving them bad advice on how to pose, and a boyfriend of one model actually trying to score with another model on the shoot who was there by herself, (which the girlfriend didn't particularly appreciate), among other examples.

NO entourages, groups of friends or pack of relatives, EVER. They always say they're going to be off doing their own thing, but half way through the shoot they're sitting around commenting on how the model is doing, offering unsolicited advice, or trying to get the model to hurry up. If you come with a group of friends or relatives, we probably won't shoot.

For models under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian most accompany the model to the meeting and to the shoot, as well as sign the model release. Older siblings, other relatives, a boyfriend or girlfriend, the mother's boyfriend or some neighbor - all of which had accompanied under age models to my shoots - are not acceptable, and the shoot won't go ahead.

My objective is to come up with creative images. I want to avoid anything that might distract from that.



If you've cancelled or rescheduled more than three shoots in the last six months or just didn't show up for a shoot sometime during the last two years, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense to set up a shoot. The chances of the shoot falling through are just too high.

And, I don't schedule models that have another shoot, casting call or audition planned for the same day, either before hand or afterwards. (I've had too many shoots delayed because a previous activity ran late, sometimes hours late, or the model started getting anxious about finishing up the shoot because she had something else coming up, which she'll probably wind up being late for.)

Just times, models who agreed to a trade shoot wind up saying right before a shoot that they decided they would have to be paid for the shoot to go ahead, or that they needed a higher rate than the rate initially agreed to on a paid shoot, thinking that that would pressure me into paying what they wanted.

Just to be clear, while I'll at times hire models for paid shoots that I've tested with, I never convert a scheduled trade shoot into a paid shoot because the model decides, at the last minute, that she isn't going to shoot unless the shoot is paid. And, on paid shoots, I don't renegotiate fees upward just prior to a shoot when the model decides that the agreed upon fee isn't quit high enough for her. I mention that because I've had that happen to me a couple of times.

Having said all that, I'm always open to setting up meetings to discuss collaborative shoots. So lets talk.



I'm very much into collaborative efforts, where every one in a creative team brings their talents to a project.

I'm interested in working with creative MUA who want expand their body of work, particularly those that have models that they have worked with in the past and have proven themselves.

I'm also want to work with stylists that have access to stylish/interesting/colorful/unusual wardrobes, accessories or recreational gear.



I usually provide a CD with 25 to 30 images on it, including at least six optimized images per hour of shooting, within two weeks to models, MUA and stylists involved. I don't provide all images taken during a shoot, and I don't provide images on paid shoots, unless arrangements have been made before-hand.

If we work together on an ongoing basis, I can also provide promotional material such as comp and zed card layouts, calendars, posters and display prints up to 13" x 19".



I spent most my career doing editorial work, both as a writer and photographer, for national magazines, newspapers, and  specialty publications

I have extensive experience shooting fashion, lifestyles and recreation. Some on my work involved models, a lot of it didn't.

I've shot hundreds of runway shows, including coverage, such as LA, Orange County and Las Vegas Fashion Weeks. I've also shot a wide variety of fashion installations, specialty events, store and facility opening, and product launches.

I've done quite a bit of studio work, but I prefer working on location. I spend considerable amount of time scouting locations and trying to find new places to shoot, both on my own and with models that I'm working with.

I've taught modeling (and photography) at a number of different venues, and have done both individual and group model coaching.

Besides teaching modeling, I've also taught photography, I've written several books on photography (that was a long time ago, but I think they're still on Amazon). My work has been carried by some of the top photo magazines in the country.

I've traveled and shot in more than 40 countries in North and Central America, Europe and Southeast Asia. I do a lot of beach shoots. I like shooting in the desert, on old RR tracks, in abandoned buildings and in gritty urban environments.


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