Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What can I expect if I shoot with you?
A. You can expect to be treated with the utmost respect. I will make every effort to produce images that you love. At the end of the shoot I will download unretouched photos with a watermark to a dropbox and send you a link. You can then select the agreed upon amount of photos (normally one per outfit or hour we shoot) and I will edit those and send them to you for your use. You are asked NOT to post any watermarked photos.
Q. You gave me a card and said you would be interested in shooting with me. What does that mean? Are there hidden costs?
A. It means I thought you would be interesting to do a photo shoot with. Read the FAQ on what you can expect if you shoot with me. No, there are no hidden costs. You will receive the number of pictures that we agree on and you are free to use them on your FB, IG, or other webpage. You can also ask for a larger file version so that you may have them printed wherever you like. If you decide you would like a makeup artist or someone to do your hair, which will be at your expense unless we specifically discuss it and agree otherwise.
Q. What kind of photographs do you take?
A. I shoot primarily women. As to the style, that will be decided jointly with the person I am shooting with. I do not have a specific style that I try to shoot. I prefer to meet with the people I am going to shoot with and discuss what their interests, hobbies and passions are. Then we try to come up with a shoot that will bring out some of the models personality. If the model has a specific shoot style in mind, I am happy to listen to her ideas, and in most cases, endeavor to bring that image to life. I am open to most styles of shoots that do not constitute what I consider pornography.
Q. Will I be expected to shoot nudes?
A. NO. It is sad that this even has to be addressed, but the reality is with the advent of digital cameras, there has been an influx of this type of behavior. While I do shoot nudes and think they are a beautiful part of the art form, nobody will ever be asked to take pictures they are not completely comfortable with. As you can see from my portfolio, I shoot a little bit of everything. Ideally we will have met and discussed what we are going to shoot prior to the actual session.
Q. May I bring someone to the shoot with me for my peace of mind?
A. Yes, you may. If we are shooting in the studio, I simply ask that they not interfere. If we are shooting outdoors, I will expect them to assist in carrying or holding lights, stands, etc.
Q. How much do you charge for photo sessions?
A. I do not charge for my photography. I do this for the love of the art. If you wish to have a Makeup Artist or a Hairdresser there to get you ready for the shoot, then the cost of these services is normally paid for by the person requesting them.
Q. Why don’t you charge for your photography?
A. I am no longer able to compete in areas such as commercial or wedding photography that require long hours and the ability to move or carry large amounts of gear. This limits my earning ability in many areas. I also have some loss of memory and such that doctors have told me can be offset by challenging my brain, much like one would exercise a muscle. That is one of the reasons I enjoy doing such a variety of styles and am constantly trying new things. If I were to charge for my portraiture I would have to shoot only what the customer wants and I would not be able to shoot as often as I try to. The stimulation I achieve by constantly trying new things and learning new techniques is beneficial to me and far more important that the small amount of money I might be able to earn with my limitations.
Q. What is TFP?
A. TFP originally meant Time For Prints. This was the term used when the model traded her time for prints provided by the photographer. This was a great method for new models and/or photographers to work with somebody without spending a lot of money. The term TFCD then became popular when a photographer would provide the model digital copies of the photos on a CD rather than print them. Lately it is more common to place the pictures in a dropbox and let the model download them.
Q. What do MUA and HMUA mean?
A. MUA means Makeup Artist. HMUA is someone who does hair and makeup. It is sometimes used even when there are two separate people doing hair and makeup.
Q. What is a bodyscape?
A. I do not know if there is an official definition, but I consider a bodyscape to be an artistic nude that focuses on a specific portion of the body. An example might be, the small of the back into the curve of the butt, or the curve of the waist into the hip. Really, a close-up of any portion of the body that provides interesting lines or curves. Please take a look at my portfolio for some examples.