Preface: This is not for people who never hire models. This is not for photographers that just do this to relax. This is for any photographer who hires models like me for the specific purpose of improving their existing portfolio.
Photographers frequently work with me with ‘taking their portfolio to the next level’ in mind. This I understand and very much appreciate – people who are trying to improve their work are inspiring to work with. But sometimes I find photographers doing it kind of half way in this situation. Meaning, they hire me and expect great results, but put very little effort into the rest of the production. Shooting me on a seamless in OK light….you’ll get good images, but if the true goal is improvement, why only make an effort with the choice of model? If you really want professional looking images….do it like a pro.
These images were shot several months ago by my friend Luke. He gets it. For this shoot he probably spent enough money to hire me four times over again, but look what he got for it. He invested in stellar locations, the best MUA available, elaborate styling, and me – a model worth the effort. These images are easily publishable, and in my opinion definitely take his work to the next level. These are also images I am delighted to include in my body of work. He may have only taken four hundred frames all day, and investing in this kind of production may have tapped his budget for months to come….but again, I say – look where it got him. Being a photographer is about more than lighting, framing, pressing the shutter, post production etc. As a photographer, in this market especially, you are the producer, the art director, the on set coordinator…moving to the next level requires embracing all of this. My deepest respect to Luke, for reaching for the stars.