I never have and most likely never will pay a “professional retoucher” to retouch my photos for me. Retouching is part of the process to producing the final image and if I pay someone else to modify the shot for me it’s no longer, in my opinion, completely mine. I will not surrender any part of my creative control to someone else. I’m not going to put something up here that I didn’t make myself, on my own, working with the model. The work that gets published under this name and which I display on this page will be work that I controlled from start to finish.
I was walking through campus today and I saw a really cute girl that I would have loved to have shot with, but when I took a closer look, everything about her body language just said she was in a bad mood and to “stay away” so I just let it go.It would have been nice but sometimes you have to notice when the offer isn’t going to be welcome.
Looks like on Friday I’m going to be doing a newborn/infant shoot for the first time, at the behest of a woman who’s wanting me to do some really sexy, suggestive, erotic stuff with her 2 days later. She wants me to shoot her nephew. It just seems like a strange combination to me.
As I go along I find that I tend to like extremes and one of the areas where this comes out is with models and tattoos. I like shooting models with no tattoos but I also really enjoy shooting with women that have large tattoos, full sleeves, tats that cover large sections of the body or women with several tattoos over her body that work well together in terms of theme and color. I only really tend to dislike tattoos when the model only has one or two small tattoos - the kind of thing you get when you’re drunk one night or on a dare - or a bunch of small tattoos that either have no unifying theme or clash with each other in terms of style and color scheme.
I think this arises from how I look at people… I tend to suck at bodyscapes and “parts” shots because taking the shots usually doesn’t get me engaged or interested. I like shooting people, a whole person. I want the whole person to look nice and I want the flow of the body to work. When a person has just one or two small tattoos in a vast expanse of unmarked skin, the tattoo is a disruption, a break in the natural flow of the body. It’s a part that doesn’t seem to work with or belong with the rest of the whole. When the person has a large number of tattoos over a large area of their body though, the tattoos become part of the rhythm and the flow of the body, and I like it again.
I shot with a young lady officially for the 2nd time today, unofficially I got a few shots in with her at a group shoot a while back and so today would be my third time shooting her.
During the course of the discussion I find out that she’s shot with at least 6 photographers, including myself. Then she says something that really shocked me. She tells me that of all the photographers she’s shot with, I’m the first one that’s been willing to shoot her the way she wants to be shot and give her the kind of photos she wants. All the others, even though they weren’t paying her, all wanted to shoot her in the clothes and poses that they wanted to see her in and gave her the shots they wanted to give her.
If the model is being paid by the photographer I could reasonably see the photographer insisting that they get what they want. For a TFP shot though this just seems wildly selfish and stubborn on the part of the photographers, two of whom are guys that I know and I would have expected a little better from.
Come on, guys. This is a hell of a way to run a business… straight into the ground. How are you going to get more models and/or clients when you seem to have forgotten the “service” part of being in a service-oriented industry?
I think I just need to remember that if I have a problem, it’s a problem with me and I need to deal with it; if the problem is that’s he’s doing better than I am, I need to improve and try harder.
Psh…. screw wimpy hooks set into cardboard backing materials. Metal hooks!! Screwed into the wood! With steel cable!
The last of my frames came today and all the prints are ready now! Ready for AggieCon! Yes, I’m censoring the 18+ images. Yes, you have to come to the show to see those prints. Yes, I’m a jerk. No, I’m not sorry.
Yes, the shirt says “This is my Zombie Killing shirt.” Yes, that’s a survival knife in that picture. Yes, you definitely want to see these in person.
Join us at AggieCon 45, starting Friday 4/4/14.