Before your photo shoot

1. Be prepared for your shoot, the more prepared you are the better your chances of a great outcome:

a. Bring more outfits than you need for your shoot. That way you have a wider selection to choose from at the shoot. Sometimes the outfit that you may like may not look so good in a photograph, so having options can be helpful.

b. Bring lots of accessories; shoes, jewelry, hats, tops, whatever you think will spice up your shoot.

c. Get a full night sleep before the shoot. Being rested will help with your look and creativity. No drinking or partying all night…

2. Be on time for your shoot.

3. Don’t bring extra people to your shoot that are not needed. If you need help or a chaperone, that’s ok.
Boyfriends, family members and small children can be distracting. Also, others photo shoots can be going on and it may be inappropriate for your guest or children. Furthermore, your guest may make other clients feel uncomfortable. So it’s best to only bring who you really need.

4. All models are expected to sign my Model Release form before the photo shoot. A copy is available on my website if you wish to review it before the shoot.

5. The balance due for you shoot is payable before the photo shoot starts. Payment can be made in cash, credit or debit card.


After your shoot

1. Once your shoot is completed, I will send you a link to a private website with all your proof images.
Please make sure I have your email address or send it to me so I can send you the link.

2. Once you receive the link you have 1 week to review and select your images for airbrushing.
Please be prompt in returning the image list to me, that way I will have enough time to get the images back to you as soon as possible. If you wish additional images airbrushed, include them in the list, I will bill you. Typically it will take 1‐2 weeks to airbrush and print your images. However, it can take up to 4 weeks to complete. Also, if you don’t provide a list within 10 days I may select the images for airbrushing.

3. Please feel free to provide additional information about your images that my help me during the airbrushing process. For example, if you want a tattoo removed, or a scar or a little extra fat removed, just add a note.

4. Once the airbrushing work is completed I will send you a new link to the airbrushed images that you can download. Also the prints will be available for pickup at the studio. Please call before coming: 267-939-4427. If you would like your prints mailed to you an additional fee is required.

5. You can order additional prints or retouched images at any time. Your image gallery is typically online for 4-6 months. After that time the images are archived. If you wish the site to be reinstalled a fee is assessed.


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Inspirational words to share

Woah San is a very laid back kind of guy. I'm one of the few photographers you'll meet that actually has a college degree in photography. Which is no surprise seeming as though only five photography majors graduated with me and only two of them were in my starting class. A lot of people wonder why I charge so much more than the mall photo people. Well when I graduated from the Art Institute I had a fairly good following however I took a job managing a portrait studio in a mall. There I would shoot 50 to well over 100 people a day. Take 4 generic photos to choose from and on to the next one. Basically it's a job anyone can do. It's true, I hired teenagers to do it. When you go to a real photographer you have their attention for 2-4 hours not minutes. I make sure you get great art work not just another generic photo. Custom lighting and many Images to choose from. Compairing mall portraiture to my work is like compairing a middle school play rehersal to the opening nite of a broad way musical. Bottom line is I encourage you to go to another photographer for less and I will be here to retouch the photos that you could have done a better job taking yourself, with an additional "I told you so fee" tacked on of course.

Should the model pay the photographer or vice versa?
There's nothing easier for an aspiring model than finding several people who will offer to shoot her for free. So, on principle, a new model does not need to pay any photographer. And the reality is that a model does not really need pro-level pictures in her port to show a potential employer what she looks like. A couple of clean, average pictures in her port and an experienced casting director can tell what a model looks like. However, amateur pictures do not provide an employer with any clues as to her work ethic. Which is really the purpose of a portfolio with pro pictures. In other words, a portfolio will tell an employer that this model is serious about working, drove to forty casting calls, has twenty shoots under her belt, understands that this is a business and time is money, and that she'll be on time, have a good working attitude and that she'll be a good hire. (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)

So, why would a commercially viable model ever pay a photographer out of her own pocket?
The operative qualifier here is "commercially viable". If a model has the looks to get work, but may not be head-over-heels "agency standard" she might have to make an investment to shoot with a good photographer to get her book/port where it needs to be. A model can be shooting TF over and over again, and never be getting the type and quality of pictures she needs for her port. If she keeps getting offers to do glam/lingerie or nudes, but she really has the looks for mainstream, fashion or catalog work, shooting glam over and over would amount to nothing more than making giant steps sideways, never advancing her port to a level that agencies will take her seriously. In addition, if a model decides to make the investment and pay a photographer, she calls the shots. She can tear out setups from magazines and tell the photographer "that's what I want to shoot". And that may be the fastest way for a model to get her portfolio where it needs to be. After all, if you think about it, that's what agencies do. When a model is signed with a top agency, the agency will send her to test photographers, to shoot specific looks, so they can market her. But if you've tried agencies and you have not been signed yet --in which case the agency will cover the cost of your tests--, and you sincerely believe that you can eventually be signed or you are a commercially viable model, shooting specific setups you need with a good photographer, might be a the best investment you ever made. (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)

From the model’s perspective, another answer to the question "why should I get paid by the photographer" is that “I’m so hot that he needs me in his port.”
Ah, but a photographer does not really need a super hot model to showcase his skills. An average or okay-looking model will do just fine. If he’s skilled he can make the average model look above average and the good-looking one look smoking hot. At any case, a photographer is not judged on the looks of the model, but whether or not his picture is well lit, the composition good, the concept interesting. If a potential employer sees all that, he can definitely envision the specific photographer shooting a hot model advertising his product. (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)

Tips for models

a) Get reliable transportation and get to a casting session ON TIME or ten minutes before if you can. Showing up early will always score you major points. ("My car blah, blah, I forgot the map at home, I dropped the iPhone in my soda, the dog pee'd on my GPS, traffic, blah, blah," will not fly. And NEVER, EVER use the "I feel so sick because I drank too much last night." Every professional photographer will show you the door and tell you to google the nearest AA meeting. Here's some insight to the professional photographer's mind. Of course the photographer gets excited when an attractive model walks into the studio. His first reaction is "I bet she'll look great in this or that setup." But if she shows up late, she's got an attitude, that initial excitement quickly gives way to the following thoughts: "Hmmmm, if I schedule a shoot, will she show up or will I waste my time, will I be paying my assistant(s) for nothing that day, will I be able to make the rent in my studio..." So --to quote Tony Soprano-- never forget that "this is a business" and even when it's TF, the shoot has to have business-oriented results, i.e. to produce the best possible pictures that can bring clients to the photographer. Bottom line, if you show up on time and it's between you and a better-looking model who was late, 95% of the time you'll get the gig. (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)

b) Approach a TF shoot as if it were a paid gig. Remember, the photographer is not getting paid either, so do not make the fatal mistake of treating a TF shoot as a "free" shoot. The only way to get a photographer to bring his A-game to the table, is if you bring your A-game as well. (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)

c) DO NOT photoshop or modify the crap out the pictures you post. This may seem like an odd statement, in a business that's all about beauty and perfection, but altering your appearance significantly on the pictures that you post, is actually detrimental to you getting gigs. Fixing a pimple, a drop of sweat or stray hair on your pictures is, of course, okay. If, however, your pictures are overexposed and filtered beyond recognition in Photoshop to hide age lines, your actual body shape liquified and skewed to make you look thinner, in other words, a different person shows up to a casting session than the one in your photographs, what do you think the photographer is going to do? (Answer provided by friend Mr. Gregory Maxx)