Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know?
I’d like to work with you on a project, what should I do?
Where do you find your talent?
Do you shoot nudes? Do I have to be nude?
What do you do with the pictures you take?
Will you assign copyright to another party, allow me to copyright, or share copyright(s) with me?
- Are you 18 years of age or older?
- Must have a valid, government-issued ID.
- You must be legally able to sign a Model Release and/or Property Release.
- For contracts, you must be legally able to sign a contract.
- If you have tattoos AND they cannot be covered, I will not be able to do any stock photo or video work with you because many stock agencies require a property release from the tattoo artist. Tattoos have no impact on my other photography.
- I’m seeking photos from all walks of life. I’m seeking those who are willing to try new things and get creative.
- I’m open to pretty much anything.
- What’s your schedule like? I’m a Monday-Friday kinda guy, but I realize not everyone has time mid-week so weekends are open. Shoots take 2-3 hours or more plus prep, makeup, hair, etc. so plan accordingly.
- I’ll need your measurements. If you have a range of sizes, I can work with it (there’s little consistency in womens’ clothing sizes). Usually: dress, shoe, waist, hips, bust as available – sometimes hats. Inseam/waist sizes for men.
- Let me know if you need pay or if you can work TF. For a first timer, I strongly suggest TFP/TFD.
- If you have any ideas or concepts to develop, let’s bash ’em out via email or in-person as needed.
- Thank you for your interest! I am happy you want to consider me.
- Try to describe the concept briefly. Few, but important, details. Focus on the look and feel of it.
- Include sketches, concept art, or other visual work that’s been done.
- Send links to any online samples.
- Tell me what you are expecting from the photos. As in number of photos, style, look, feel, etc.
- What will you do with the photos when completed?
- Do you want monetary or TFP/TFD compensation?
- Set up a Model Mayhem account if you don’t already have one.
- Model Mayhem (click to go to my portfolio on MM). MM is a great resource to find real, professional talent, and get started as a newbie and connect quickly with professionals.
- This website. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Facebook – not as often, but occasionally. Send me your page or port and let’s talk.
- Other social media.
- My personal contacts.
- I know there are lots of these events around town nearly all the time, but I have found that type of work does suit me well.
- I’m happy to refer you to any photographer(s) I know who do this type of work quite well.
- You do not have to be nude to work with me. I shoot clothed so you can pose
- I do shoot and have shot nudes. I do not shoot nudes, exclusively, though.
- It is totally up you.
- I will assume you do not wish to be nude unless otherwise mentioned to me.
- If you want to shoot nude, please let me know. It can be quite surprising if you don’t tell me.
- I’m not going to convince you to be nude.
- VERY IMPORTANT: You MUST BE 18 YEARS of AGE or OLDER to pose nude. No exceptions. It’s Federal Law.
- In the some instances, I shoot nudes for stock and you must be 21 years of age or older due to international laws. A valid, government-issued ID is always required.
- Most get archived. The photos are generally good, but may have minor issues like poor focus, motion blur, bad depth-of-field, poor composition, odd expressions, bad lighting, or a range of basic reasons. Since I know I have shot better images over the course of a shoot, I safely move on.
- After I have a small set (usually 20-25% of the whole), I refocus on those images and identify the ones with the best technical merits (usually no more than 5% of the whole). Then, I begin focusing on just the ones that seem particularly promising (about 2-3%).
- I will now begin making basic corrections to edit the shoot around my or my client’s needs. Finished images can take a week or two, though I try to have solid, usable portfolio-quality images available in less then a week for TFD work. These may be slated for further work, too.
- I also submit images to stock photo agencies I work with. They are available for license after a brief approval period which can be days or weeks, depending on the stock agency. For stock photo or video work, I pay or otherwise compensate talent.
- Some images become fodder for my photo-manipulation projects. These are creative art projects using numerous photos and other elements to create something totally new and different.
- I am currently researching new sales avenues making images available for sale individually or as collections of images in packages. They will be a combination of different types of images.
- I try to copyright my work at least on a semi-regular basis. If I’m not producing copyrightable work, I do not register.
- Nope. I retain exclusive copyright. This includes work for clients.
- Federal copyright law clearly defines photographer rights to duplication of images.
- I do not use any contracts with “work-for-hire” type wording.
- I license my images for various uses. Please contact me for more information.