I just watched a Live feed on Facebook by Stel Bailey. She was talking about being a GO GETTER!!!. I do believe that gigs and clothing etc… Is not going to be just handed to you in the photography and modeling industry. Yes you will be able to land designers and yes they will want you to shoot their stuff, but not with a ton of footwork and talking so they get to know you and what you can do for them.
Over the past several months I have worked with an awesome friend/model Jessie Ann and I have done a ton of footwork to get where we are at as a team. Not only have I done promoting her Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram etc.. But she has also promoted herself to get where she is at. I went to the companies with her original photos she had from another photographer and said here is a model I would like to shoot your stuff with. 3 companies and 1 designer have jumped at the opportunity.
The point is I did not sit back and let those companies come to me and expect they just are going to send stuff. I worked my butt off to get them to want us and me to shoot for them. Just to mention a few names, Swimrags Swimwear, Rock God Eyewear and even now Husk Apparel. This was not easy!!! People it takes hard work and alot of determination.
Many hours were spent planning the shoot for me to go from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Spent alot of time discussing locations, getting lodging for the weekend, food , and transportation from here to there and then to the locations once I get there. It is not easy to do all that and then you have to battle weather elements in the middle of April. We shot on a beach for the swimsuit part of our shoot, on Lake Erie again in the middle of April. Be prepared for elements if you are doing this in April, and make sure you have the proper attire for in between wardrobe changes, so your model stays comfortable. I would rather I freeze than my model. So in between shots she was in my jacket, In a Pink Victorias Secret Hoodie covered in towels just so she was warm and could be ready to go brave the elements for the next suit.
Like I said sometimes in order to get results though you must produce the results. It is not just about things being easy. I have invested alot of time and effort to get where I am at and It has been very rewarding at times. Make sure when you approach companies you have a good body of work or a great portfolio. that is absolutely necessary. They want to see what you can do who you have shot with, where you are published, etc….
Getting published is a whole different ballgame and again that I will discuss in another blog because there is alot more to write on that!!!
Thank you for reading again,
Last year I met a model on Facebook by the name of Jessie Ann. Originally we started talking as friends discussing life and among other things. After awhile well I showed her some of my work, and told her I would love to shoot with her someday. She told me she did not know if that was possible since I lived all the way in Illinois.
Several Months went by we continued to talk sometimes for hours on end and alot of times about stuff that would just make us laugh, and we grew as friends!. The months had passed we continued to talk occasionally bringing up shooting, but alot of times it just would not happen for one reason or another.
She had had a few shoots with some pretty strange and shady photographers, one gave her the photos pretty much in Jpg form and unedited. To me he was just looking for a pretty face and body and that is pretty much it. His posing the model was absolutely not what I would have ever expected from someone who invested so much money into studio equipment. Photographers like this absolutely piss me off. Because those of us who struggle and use the same old equipment and provide amazing images really almost never get noticed, we even get cut on by other supposed professionals telling us we should upgrade our equipment but that takes time and money.
After she went to this photographer and he gave her the images which he never edited, she had asked me to go back and edit the photos. I gave her edits of his photos because I wanted her to atleast get something nice and not images that she never could use!. after a month or so of editing she finally said hey lets shoot again. This time we not only planned this shoot but we landed 3 different designers.She put in so much effort in order to make this shoot happen night after night we threw ideas at one another.
Finally the day came after all our reservations were made and it was time to leave on the Amtrak to Pennsylvania. After a year of talking and a few months of planning this was finally happening. It took me from 9:30 at night til 7 the next morning to arrive in Pennsylvania. I was nervous at first, I was afraid that after all this planning one of us would somehow fail to make it. But that was not the case.
After about an hour of waiting and her getting ready and us talking we finally started to shoot. I was really super impressed by her pushing herself physically to make this shoot happen. Jessie gave 110 percent of everything she had from start to finish, and although we froze at times on the beach as we were shooting, she would cover up and take a break to warm and we would start over again!!. Even when we were indoors only real break we took was to eat!!. Jessie wanted to go from one wardrobe to the next bang bang without hesitation. I was seriously amazed at how much she loved to model!.
Sunday night after all was said and done we sat on her porch where we we went through over a thousand photos, and had some dinner we chilled and talked. We came to the conclusion that we needed to shoot again lol. After awhile one of her neighbors she went to school with years ago walked up and started to talk we spent the next several hours before I had to leave talking and laughing. When the time came to go I was actually sad I had to leave and well It both kind of hit us that leaving was real. I cannot wait until we shoot again!!
Awhile back I photographed a model, her name was Jamie Barker. She has been dealing with back problems all her life, and has had several surgeries to try to correct them. I photographed her for a shot to get into Inked Magazine which they denied me. I love tattoos, the art, and the stories behind them. I always felt ink was a way to express yourself, and say this is who I am, and the only person who will change me, is me!. Tattooing has always been a way to express who you really are. Even if it was only a way to rebel, there is always a story behind the ink. I do not think we as people should be afraid, because someone is different, or they have a flaw. We should accept people for who they are, and what makes them beautiful. We have always been a judgmental society, and we need to stop. If you judge someone because they look different, maybe you should take a look deep within yourself. People who judge usually need to change something about them, because they feel something is wrong with them, or in their lives.
I have watched enough tattoo programs, and been around enough tattooed people, including myself. I have come to realize they are some of the sweetest, and kindest people I have ever met. Usually if you walk up to a person with tattoos, and ask the meaning behind a specific tattoo?, they will be glad to sit and tell the story behind it. The story may be as small as well I wanted a tattoo, or I was a firefighter during 9/11 and this is a memorial to those who died!. So next time you see someone who looks different don’t be afraid. Say hello you never know the person, until you get to know the person!.
It seems some things I like in life are motorcycles, graffiti, and photoshoots with models. As you can tell I love shooting with motorcycles. One of my favorite eras of our history is probably the late 50’s, and early 60’s. Motorcycles, classic Cars, and Pinups. I love shooting things that are modern that remind me of these times. The times were so much simpler back back then, and we were not dealing with the modern problems we have these days. This shot is with a model known as Cherri Ice, and We have put together some amazing shots. Not only on motorcycles but some boudoir too. I think this shot is one of my favorites we did together because it really takes the models leg, and makes it look extremely long. The pose was grand, and her expression beautiful. I am glad I got to work with her, and would gladly love to do more work with her outside the studio!
Ruthy Boehm is one of the most fun interesting models I have ever worked with. We originally collaborated on a calendar shoot for Motoangels, and because of funding the calendar never hit print. Right form the time Ruthy Arrived at the shoot, she was courteous, and very professional. Ruthy knew her stuff from the poses, wardrobe, what angles looked good, everything right down to the lighting. Although the calendar never did get published, I tried my hardest to get her published, because that was my job, and what we intended to do right from the get go. About a year later two of her images that we got that day had finally hit print with a smaller magazine called HiGloss Magazine. She was my first of many publications, and probably one of my proudest. Ruthy is not only a great model, but an excellent make-up artist to. She has worked, and met with celebrities such as Danny Trejo, Aaron Rodger, yes he is the quarterback for the Greenbay Packers (reserving judgement lol), and Rondell Sheridan. She Has been Published not only in HiGloss, but also with 4pm Magazine, M Magazine, Pivot Point International, Monkey Magazine, Extreme Sands, and USA Today. I would suggest highly anybody who has not worked with her, to someday work with her. Highly Recommended by me.