Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
I always wrestle with this question, Am I a school educated with a full on Bachelors Degree or possess a Masters in Fine Arts or in Photography? No. I am a self taught photographer. However I am also a well rounded photographer with lots of experiences in shooting styles, and lighting, as well as editing. So I do consider my self a professional, but with respect that there is ALWAYS more to learn in Photography.
How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
I learned about Model Insider in its early days, and I knew who was running the show here and how it all came to be. There were a lot of people who I personally admire and flat out like, who were on another Model website, that were systematically axed and removed or simply left on there own. When I became an active member here at Model Insider it was because of a Photographer named Curtis Wood, over here after he and I have played the POTD 18+ several times together. Back in the day this was a Forum run contest at the other website, and we simply knew of each others work. I soon followed over here to MI ver1, and never left. ;)
What I like about Model Insider is the slick new graphics, and by far a nice group of admins. The design layout, and the features of this site are simply fantastic. I praise this website whenever I can, and I often do.
What gear do you use?
I shoot with Canon Body’s, and Sigma Glass, I use White lighting and Alien Bee’s for my studio work, as well a lofty bit of Photoshop too. ;)
What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
I am split really, I enjoy all sorts of work, but the core of my work is fine nude, and glamour nude work. I tend to keep playing with things just to make it interesting, but I am now starting to spin into full on Photo Manipulations as well. Again its following that ever changing Professional line. ;)
How do you find models to work with?
Networking is essential to anything, I do get a lot of work from referrals, and I use Model Insider as well as other modeling sites to establish contact, and build good friendships with true artists. However after a certain point in time, people seeming start to know you or your work. And then they begin to find you, So its a bit of both.
Do you do your own styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
I do tend to use MUA’s however I am slowly getting to edit more and more of the makeup work inside of Photoshop. Makeup is one thing, Hair stylists are quite another thing. When I am planning a big shoot, I do tend to use some great MUA’s for my work.
Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
Artistically I am planning a 2 point shift to split into more styles of work. I am actually steering a way from the Nudes for my 2011, and going to focus on more of the artistic fashion styles. As well I am also starting to play heavily with full on Photo manipulations.
Business wise, the market in my area is still very bleak. Delaware is a difficult area to muster any sorts of power models, and those who are in the area I already work with. So rather than play the wait it out game, I will continue to push my visions and make them work, I am using this time really as a bit of downtime to help build my next level of work.
Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
I do shoot in my home studio, I prefer that for my IR [Infrared] work I also enjoy the outdoors for my natural work, I am planning more glamour in the outdoors for 2011, So I will be adding that to my to do list for this year, but if I had to choose right now, I would choose the indoor studio, as there is a lot more new stuff coming to better maximize what I can do in my little home studio.
Do you have your own studio? If not, do you find this a limitation?
I do have my own home studio, A little basement studio. I don’t find it limiting, but you soon realize bigger is far better, but usually costs WAY more than is needed. The magic is to figure out ways to make small spaces work, and be dynamic.
Do you travel?
I typically don’t travel very often for my Photography. On rare occasions I will travel to areas to shoot. Like most people I will travel to my local shooting spots, and usually only up to a maximum of 3 to 4 hours drive distances, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and such, but for 99% of my work, I usually stick to working locally only.
Anything else you'd like to tell Model Insiders about yourself?
Yes, I am very proud to have been selected by Model Insider for this spotlight time. I am very happy to be a member of this community, and I wish that everyone here gets some time in the spotlight! Please feel free to stop by and say hi sometime!