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I get a lot of requests for TFPs or trade for prints. Actually, now they're more like Trade for Images as most everyone wants their images for their on-line websites. I produce copies of images for both on-line web site production and for printing for a portfolio.
I'm am very picky who I shoot a TFP with. Mainly, there has been a huge growth in the number of what are called 'internet models' - these are people who want to be models, want to post some nice, professional images on their website or Myspace account, but really aren't into the modeling scene seriously. Many will book time or reserve time for a TFP and then think nothing of not showing up. We call these 'models' flakes. While I realize there are real reasons to cancel a photoshoot (sometimes at the last moment) most of the excuses I hear are the same, tired ones. A 'model' who flakes out on a shoot not only wastes my time and takes another professional model's time, but makes it harder and harder for true, professional models to find photographers who will shoot them TFP. So, please, if I can give all models one bit of advice: you reputation is your word. If you don't plan to shoot, don't book the spot. If you do plan to shoot, show up, on time, and be ready to shoot like a professional. Like Woody Allen said, eighty percent of life is just showing up.
If you are shooting with your own MUA, I will seriously consider all TFP requests from you. If you're bringing cookies, too, well ... come on over! Some photographers are requiring models to provide MUAs and/or Stylists for TFPs. While we don't absolutely require one, we highly recommend one.
MODELS: REDUCTED RATES
If you're interested in booking us for a paid shoot, please email me and I will send you my rate schedule. At present, we offer a substantially reduced rate for a three hour photo session for models who need help creating a proper, professional portfolio.
We shoot what the client requests. There's three components of any good image; 1) pre-production (set design, clothes, backdrops, props, lighting, etc; 2) shooting; and 3) post-production of the image which can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on what the image is being used for. A work-of-art takes time to create, and the creation isn't complete until the post-production work is done.
That's why we don't give out CDs of every shot we've taken; we generally provide you with 10 or so edited images, unless you've paid for more or your buy the rights to unedited images.
We prefer to send edited images via email unless you've ask for prints of a CD.
With proper notice (two weeks or more) we will provide an MUA or Stylist on all paid assignments. Unfortunately, as I've said we cannot afford to provide or pay for an MUA or stylist on TFPs.
If you decide to use your own MUA or stylist, it will be your responsibility to make the arrangements and pay his/her costs. Remember, for the most part, an MUA does make up; a stylist does hair. Some do both, so please ask before you hire the person for your shoot. If you do cancel the prearranged shot with at least 72 hours notice we will cancel the MUA. If you fail to show or cancel a TFP it's up to you to cancel and pay the MUA, as well.
You may want to bribe both MUAs and Stylists with cookies - I've found that works for me, almost all the time, sometimes.
If we're hiring you for a client's shot (for an advertisement, for instance) we do provide a MUA and/or stylist.
NEW MODELS: IMPORTANT INFORMATION
I'd highly recommend this site: www.newmodels.com
It has a great deal of excellent information in it; please give it a read.
SHOOTING: What you want is what you get
We never shoot outside a model's range of comfort. No pressure. My portfolio pages display some of our glamour/fashion work, which includes some 18+ images. We shoot males, females, couples, peoples of all colors (except I don't like Blue people very much for no logical reason except I suspect they eat my cookies when I'm not looking and they hide one of my sox so that I never have a matched pair. You got to watch those Blue people). While some of our images may show implied nudity and nudity, like I said, we will only shoot at the model's comfort level. Period. Whether it's casual, lingerie, fashion, creative, or whatever you desire, we only shoot what you want, need, and desire for your portfolio. We've shot models from 1 day old to 50+ years old. No pressure techniques. I could care less if someone whats to shoot nude; likewise I could care less if they don't. Again, we only will shoot what you're comfortable for and you shouldn't feel like you 'must' shoot what I or our creative director suggests; the call is all yours.
All models, regardless of age (well, except for the one-day ones), are required to sign a model release (and to eat a cookie or two) or have a legal guardian sign for them.
If you're not sure what a 'release' is - it's just that: you release to us the right to use your image and we do the same to you. The copyright stays with the photographer (the person creating the image) as this is federal law. That applies to editing an image too. No copyright image may be edited without the written permission of myself.
We also produce basic portfolios beginning at R750 and up (not including the shoot time). The final price of what you require will ultimately be determined by what you need in your port.
More complex services are available too. Graphic design is also available. We also produce Zed Cards. And cookies are almost always available wink
We provide graphic design services for CD covers, book covers, flyers, Zed cards, modeling business cards, and Covers for Cook Books specializing in cookie recipes.
Smoking is not allowed inside the studio. Neither is bursting into flames. Hotness is encouraged, however.
Models under 18 absolutely must have a parent or legal guardian escort them and remain with them while we shoot.
Escorts are optional - but certainly welcomed and encouraged - for 18 or over models. Escorts are great if they bring cookies and are any good at washing cars. I really love escorts who can do laundry and wash cars. But, all seriousness aside, please discuss the importance of your 'moment' with whoever escorts you to your shoot so that he or she doesn't interfere with the actual shoot, itself. No drama king or queen escorts, please. No unsupportive and jealous boyfriend/significant others, please. No one asking me 100 questions while I'm trying to concentrate.
Please, No Cell Phones on during the shoot! Take appropriate cell-phone or smoking breaks, but leave 'em off otherwise. The constant ringing will be distracting and I'll most likely request you put it in your car or someplace non-distracting.
Please choose your escorts wisely. If you feel you need protection, please bring someone who will protect you (I have been known to get aggressive and throw cookies at models). If you need an escort for encouragement or to make you feel more relaxed, then please feel free to bring along someone who's willing to offer encouragement and such. Just like finding the 'right' model for the right job, please have the right 'escort' for photo-shoot, if you feel you need to have one.
If you feel you need an escort, and cannot find one, we will be happy to provide a female associate to help you during the shot, however on TFP shots you will be required to pay her for her time (R100/hour) and give her a couple cookies.
No models or cookies were hurt or injured in the making of this profile. Well, there was that one incident - but our insurance covered it.
I can be bribed with donuts and cookies.
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