Wait, Just Photos Of The Model? No Product?

I very rarely shoot models for the model themselves — usually I’m shooting a product, a shoe, or something the model is simply promoting and selling — my client is usually the company, not the model.  So the focus is not on the model, but is on the item.  However, every once in a while, for clients who are persistent and understanding about my schedule while trying to schedule their shoot (which can be extremely hard given my wedding, corporate event, product and news schedule),  I am happy to do a shoot just for the model’s portfolio.

Now, to be honest, the whole modeling industry is a bit odd to me –  there are about a billion people out there on the internet calling themselves photographers who frequent amateur modeling websites in search for models to shoot with…  many tend to be creepily too anxious to take photos of a pretty girl…  so much so that they of course do it for free, or even pay an non experienced model to come and shoot with them.  I tend to think that this path can quickly get into the weird, creepy, scary, and dangerous realm – so most girls I meet that are interested in modeling, I try to guide away from the creeper path.  Now,  that is not to say there are not some really talented photographers out there who come up with some really great photos when working for free… but I tend to be more interested in running a sustainable and profitable business than the opportunity to take photos of a pretty girl.

The way it tends to work in the real modeling world is that girls (and guys) in addition to having some very simple snapshots of themselves, they invest in photos of themselves (not always), approach agencies (not always), sign with agencies (not always), invests in more photos with photographers the agency recommends (not always), and then the agent markets them to their clients (not always).  Client’s end up picking talent, not agencies —  although agencies only show who they want to show to the clients.

But I digress — If you’d like more of my thoughts on that whole industry, I’m obviously very opinionated on it, so feel free to just shoot me an e-mail and you are likely to get a 4 page response back!

This recent shoot with Kelly was her first shoot – as she is just beginning to build a portfolio and then approach agencies.  I was very impressed with her for her first shoot – she was fun, energetic, and very excited about shooting.  — here are a handful of the results.

 

“Another recent model shoot… “

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Aerotek at BEYA

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of shooting for Aerotek, as they sponsored and were a major supporter of the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference –  A series of seminars and awards dinners that was held in Philadelphia.  I love covering business seminars because I enjoy listening (as much as I can) during the sessions I am shooting much more than listening during political events (I’ve given up on all politicians).  Business seminars are usually much more interesting, and unlike in politics (and government in general) – I know there is accountability in business – which gives the speakers much more credibility in my mind over our elected officials!

Most of this conference was full of break-out sessions and award dinners, as well as a career fair going on during the entire event.  I particularly enjoyed listening to Aerotek’s (and former Philadelphia Eagle – which I had no idea up until this conference) Rodney Scaife deliver a great speech detailing the story of his career and inspiring the students at the student award gala.  I also really enjoyed listening to Maurice Kinsey speak in one of the break-out sessions.  There were also a number of performers at the various awards dinners, but by far, I was most impressed with Rashida Jolley, a harpist with a fantastic voice who blew everyone away!  Boris Kodjoe, the MC of the main Gala also seemed blown away by Rashida Jolley!

Here are a few photos from the weekend…

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Clinton’s Ring

Sitting about 5 feet in front of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today shooting a budget hearing, I thought that with all the brides that I shoot….  some of them might be interested in seeing the huge ring she has on her hand!  —  so I snapped a few…

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON testifies before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the State Department. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Every Once In A While…

Not often, but every once in a while I have the opportunity not to shoot models with a specific product….  but instead shoot models just for the sake of shooting models.  – Oh yeah, thats right….  they need to market themselves too and not all shoots involving models are just about whatever product we are trying to sell!  — I tend to forget that!  –

But recently I was contacted by Gabby to do a shoot aimed at grabbing some variety of images for her comp-card.  Here are a handful of the results.

As always – special thanks to Amanda Wagner for her help with styling, makeup and hair —  she is truly such a blessing to have on set during a shoot, and I always love working with her! 🙂


 

Aerotek Plunges for Special Olympics

This past weekend Aerotek, a professional staffing and recruiting company was the founding sponsor of the Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. This was my first year shooting the PBP, and I was shocked to see just how large of an event it was! The Plunge raised 2.5 million dollars for Special Olympics, and it was a great time had by all.

Shooting for Aerotek – trying to make sure that all my shots were of Aerotek employees proved to be extremely difficult in the crowds of 14,500 people who were plunging all at the same time!

Here are some of the shots from the day.

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