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Shoot FAQs

What should I bring?

The easy answer is: whatever you like. ;) The real answer depend on the type of shoot, and what was discussed prior to the shoot. Generally however, if shooting for a portfolio, the goal is to demonstrate diversity, so look to bring a broad range of outfits.

What should I expect?

Expect professionalism and expect to have fun. A shoot would be something you enjoy (if you don't it will come out in the pictues!

Once you're set, I'll spend a few minutes explaining how I work and what I expect from you. If you've never had a professional shoot, I will teach you what you need to know in about 5 minutes.

Many models start out nervous, whether it's the first time with a photographer they haven't worked with, or just just the first time! My tried and tested solution for nerves is to shoot the outfit you're most concerned about first and get over the hump. The shoot will go great from there!

How long will a shoot take?

Again--it depends a lot on what's being shot. However, a good base line is about an hour and a half to two hours.

Can I bring someone with me?

Many photographers argue they are professionals and that requiring an escort is an insult to the photographer. Although, I will treat subjects with a high degree of professionalism, I recognize that I get the best results when the subject is at ease and ready to work! Consequently, I allow models to bring escorts. Typically when I first contact a model, I suggest it.

What happens after the shoot?

If the shoot is a TFP or other portfolio shoot, I will sort out the pictures deleting the blinks, blanks, and blurrs. Once the best picturs are selected, I will get them to you (typically, on a DVD). The DVD will include a document, giving you the right to use the images as you see fit. I will also select images for my various sites and other methods to I use to feature my work.

If the shoot is a contracted shoot and the model is being compensated, there may be no images given to the model, depending on the clients requirments.

What is TFP?

TFP stands for "Trade for Prints", and in the days of film and developing cost, it was quite the deal for the model! It remains a common practice today (it's typically how I work), however the "Print" part is not necessarily the outcome, as it may be a DVD, CD, or other media. Occationally, you may see things like TFCD, TFDVD, or TF* (to mean all). In the end the practice remains the same, only the delivery has changed.

Um, I don't want to be naked!

It's true: I shoot a lot if implied and nude work. But that work is always discussed and agreed to prior to the shoot. If it wasn't part of the conversation before you got there, it won't be "sprung" on you once you are.

How To Book

Please keep in my, I am a part-time professional photographer, and I maintain a regular, full- time positon. My availability is limited to evenings and select weekends. For the right project I may consider taking vacation time.

To book a shoot, please contact me at, please indicate the type images you would like to work on and suggest a date and time to shoot.

Also provide contact information and let me know the best way to get in touch with you.