Model Mayhem #:
Last Activity:
Oct 06, 2018
Very Experienced
Time for Print
Dec 10, 2008

About Me

I shoot TF only, so I’m not a good candidate for paid work but I’m very generous with pictures and shooting things the model needs for his/her portfolio.  I’m always looking for new models, happy to work with beginners and work within the model’s boundaries.  As an actor and playwright myself, I especially like to shoot series that portray emotion or have a little story connected with them,  (see for examples), so if you're an actor, I'm especially interested in working with you.  Please “Friend” me so you can let me know via MM’s private mail system if you’re interested in shooting with me.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR TRAVELING MODELS;  As I point out further on in my bio, I shoot trade only.  Therefore, if you are taking the time to contact me for a shoot, you are thereby AGREEING TO SHOOT FOR TRADE.  Now, I know a girl's gotta eat, so please ladies, just move on to where the grass is greener.  There's no money to be made here.

I’ll be 81 years old this summer (2018)–Time to update.
First, some things you need to know if you’re interested in shooting with me:
1-I shoot a lot of nudes and I’m very concerned about my reputation, so in an abundance of caution I never shoot anyone under 18, nor do I allow anyone under 18 on set for any reason.
2-I don’t allow escorts unless they are necessary caregivers and I don’t shoot with anyone who wants an escort because she fears for her safety.  If I scare you, tell a cop, not your boyfriend.  Better yet, just shoot with someone else, someone with whom yor are comfortable.  There’s no good reason for a model to put herself into a scary situation, IMHO.
3-This is my hobby, not my profession.  No one is paying me, so I have nothing with which to pay you.  I know models have to eat (I’ve been known both to model and to eat on occasion) so I always have plenty of healthful, filling snacks on hand and I’m very generous with pictures the model needs to get work with the photographers who do pay.
4-There’s no reason to shoot nudes if you don’t want to and no reason not to shoot nudes if you do want to. Just talk to me and set your boundaries.  I’ll listen and stay within them.  If they are too restrictive for what I have in mind we’ll simply agree to disagree and go our separate ways.  On the other hand, if you’ve never shot nudes and you want to give it a try for your own reasons, whatever they are, let me know that and we’ll work out an agreement that respects both your right to privacy and your interest in the broader range of modeling opportunities.  (You’d be amazed how many models I’ve shot nudes for and the pictures will never see the light of day, including a number whose clothed shots are in my portfolio.)
5-I’m no longer in New Orleans, back in NYC full time and permanently.  Almost everything in my portfolio was shot in my small basement studio in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, about 20 minutes from Grand Central.

Now that the important stuff’s out of the way:

Hi! And thanks for stopping by. 
    My name’s Ray L’Dera.  In addition to being an amateur photographer, I’m an actor (SAG/AFTRA) produced playwright, occasional model (although there’s precious little of that work at my age) and sometimes painter.     

While I don’t go in for egregiously erotic stuff (generally I prefer fine art, pinup and maybe some boudoir) I’m generally happy to shoot anything within the model’s boundaries so long as it’s not illegal or something that I consider dangerous or demeaning to either me or the model.  I don’t go in for heavy retouching (I do my own) and while I’m quite willing to shoot fashion, it’s not my favorite.  That said, feel free to run any ideas you have past me.  Anything we can’t agree on, we just won’t do.
    I especially like working with newbies of any age.  I find that their enthusiasm and excitement rejuvenates me and, believe me, at 81 I need all the rejuvenation I can get.  I’m quite willing to meet first in some public place such as a coffee shop, etc. to get acquainted and plan a shoot, but realize that this might not always be practical.  If not, MM’s private mail system is the best way to go since it allows us to keep both sides of the conversation in one place and can prevent a lot of the mixups we see discussed in the forums.

    So drop me a line and let’s get together and make some magic happen!

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