model photography

“When Jack London had his portrait made by the noted San Francisco photographer Arnold Genthe, London began the encounter with effusive praise for the photographic art of his friend and fellow bohemian, Genthe. “you must have a wonderful camera…It must be the best camera in the world…You must show me your camera.” Genthe then used his standard studio camera to make what has since become a classic picture of Jack London. When the sitting was finished, Genthe could not contain himself: “I have read your books, Jack, and I think they are important works of art. You must have a wonderful typewriter.”

Kathy, a friend of mine sent me a link to that quote. I thought it was very amusing. So I’ve signed up for a new site that hooks up models and photographers. A genius idea really. People looking for pictures…and people willing to take pictures. Vuela! A match made in heaven. (WARNING, the site is sometimes NOT work friendly). What’s interesting is at the site, it requires the photographers to submit pictures for their porfolio. So out of the thousands and thousands of photos I’ve taken. I had to select around 20 to represent me. That’s a pretty insane. I guess it’s as nerve racking as writing your ciriculum vitae. Put your life in one or two sheets of paper, so how to construct it and make it interesting so the person that picks up that paper wants to look at you closer.

I think I’m moving closer to my goal of switching up my portfolio. I’ve had a number of leads to take pictures, and gathering my own little volunteer army as well. w00t. As for my little theme, shoot it’s a lot harder than it looks. Think of it as making a still movie. You have an idea, a concept that is sketched out on paper. Then, the next step is pre-production. Test shoots, concept shots, lighting trial runs, location scouts. Finally, you have to acquire a model, or someone willing to pose for a shoot. They of course either do their own makeup, or have a make up artist present. Of course wardrobe factors into the equation. And all of this, for one…ONE usable shot! When you factor in a good theme or series of photos require a series of 12 shots or so. I used to think these contrived shots were easy or just too boring, but now that I’m beginning to explore that area, I realize wow. It’s flippin hard and such a royal pain in the arse.


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Photography is what I do =) If you wish to contact for a photoshoot, send me an email or comment on a blog with your info and I'll get back

Posted on November 24, 2008, in Aperature and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You probably knew this but the other day was the anniversary of Jack London’s death. Died pretty young. I did not know that he was an avowed socialist since he had sunk so much money into his big house in California. Always seems rather hypocritical for very wealthy people who have earned a lot of money to then turn around and champion the virtue of Marxism.

  2. heh yes a lot of people rarely practice what they preach. I think socialists in a pure sense simply does not work, well, just by the mere fact that people are inherently selfish (generally speaking of course). But I think that’s just bred in our genes. We want to move up, and survive, and to get the best that we can for ourselves, then our family. Then, maybe that’s what happened, you achieve that goal, then go out and spread altruistic notions of ‘everything for everyone’. But I think it breaks down to the world is split in two. “The haves, and the have-nots” and there’s always going to be a constant struggle.

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