I get a few questions that come up regularly. These frequently asked questions should be address here.
If you have additional questions feel free to email or tweet them to me and I will try to get back as quickly as possible.
Makeup Artists/Hair Stylists
If you need or want a makeup artist or hair stylist at the shoot, please bring that up before the day of the shoot so arrangements can be made before hand.
The fees for this services are contracted out and are not part of the prices listed here; those rates will be provided at the time of the final scheduling. Some providers do require retainers to protect themselves from cancellations and no-shows.
If you have a MUA or stylist you prefer to work with, arrangements should be made ahead of time to discuss the style and look prior to the shoot.
I sometime have need for models in work I am doing for other clients or personal portfolio work (see below). In these cases, I really prefer to offer that work to models I have worked with and have proved themselves to be reliable.
The shoots are usually short (30-45 minutes). We will shoot a formal outfit, casual outfit and a two-piece swimsuit (or equivalent). The swimsuit image give clients an idea of body shape, if their project requires it.
You're welcome to web-sized digital files of the formal or informal shot. They don't include retouching though and don't have access to a professional hair and makeup artist.
I sometimes have personal or competition images that require models. In those images, I will trade photography for modeling.
In some cases I pay you. Normally that is a hourly rate (usually starting at $12 per hour). Obviously the higher the modeling rate, the less likely the project will be able to afford it. You don't have any cost out of your pocket. But there are some conditions to this work.
You would have had to work with me before. I want to make sure that the models I work with actually are committed to the creative process.
You don't won't get free prints. But I do make them available for purchase. So really this is a great for both of us. I pay you for your time and you only have costs if you like the work created. If the work isn't good enough to buy, would you really want the images in our portfolio anyway?
If you're paying for photos, you're not required to sign a release; however, there is a discount off the session fee if you do sign a release. This gives me the ability to use the images commercially.
The release I use has a spot for a witness to sign. If you are a minor, you will have to have a parent or guardian sign, too. A link to the release that I use is here (minor version here).
I don't discourage models from bringing escorts as long as the escort doesn't interfere with the shoot. A friend of the same sex works best so they can help with personal details in the changing area.
If you are minor, you must bring a parent or guardian. If not available, an alternate, adult escort is fine. Again, while some parental involvement with the shoot is fine, parents should not project themselves too far, please.