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May 13, 2005

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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 [email protected]

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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"John is an incredible photographer. I worked with him once at the beginning of my carrier as a model. He is an extremely gifted and professional photographer." Read less

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"I really enjoyed shooting with John, and learned a lot from working with him. John is an experienced photographer and takes a professional but relaxed approach. He got the photos to me very quickly and I'm delighted with them!" Read less

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"John is very talented and helpful photographer. It was my big pleasure to be your model in SF. He made my model tour much more easier then I expect :) Thank you for everything and hope to meet you one day again. I wish you all the best in your photographic passion. DS |" Read less

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"John was an absolute pleasure to work with. He had extra wardrobe to work with, plenty of professional gear, and knew his craft well. A+" Read less

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"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." Read less

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"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." Read less

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"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 ;)" Read less

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"I absolutely love John! He was one of the first photographers I've ever worked with and he made me feel very comfortable. I ended up moving to SoCal from SF so I couldn't work again with him but would again in an instant!" Read less

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"John is so sweet and kind as he mentioned. I felt I can totally trust him during the shoot and do the best I can. He send me the edited photos right away on the same day. I love his spirit and his style, def an great artist to work with!!!" Read less

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"John has amazing talent and truly made me feel comfortable to work with him. We created amazing images; and even won 2 awards on One Model Place. I would most definitely recommend John!" Read less

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"John was so nice! We shot many different looks and he had ideas for everything. Loved working with him!" Read less

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"Great photographer, nice person to be around, and fun sense of humor. I would work with John again in a heartbeat!" Read less

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"John Carman is not just a photographer that I have worked with. John is a great friend. I have always been so comfortable working and staying with him. Thanks for everything John" Read less

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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.