Photographers FAQ

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes. In addition to group workshops, I offer private, one-on-one instruction to photographers at any skill level.

Can you come to my home/studio and help me make the most of my shooting space?

Absolutely. Whether you are shooting out of a professional studio space, or using your own home, there’s bound to be fun, creative shoot concepts I can help you develop. Often times, a quick walk around the house and yard yields numerous possibilities, sets, and themes. I can help make the most out of what you have available at your location, all with gear and equipment you already own.

What if I just have basic lighting equipment and gear?

Use what you have. Is better equipment and gear going to help? Of course, but you don’t need it to get started. Don’t let equipment stop you from shooting, learning, and enjoying your craft. Worry about upgrading when you’ve pegged the limits of your gear or have a little extra $$$ to invest. I’ve shot with shop lights in garages all the way up to $200K+ warehouse-sized studios. Light is light.

Do you help other photographers with theme concepts and set builds?

Yes. Some people enjoy the entire creative process of prop and set building, others want to jump right ahead to the photography end. Whatever level of involvement you’re looking for, I am for hire in all aspects from design to construction to final lighting solutions.

I’m having trouble finding models. How do you get models to work with you?

Short answer: Get good. Up your game. Make your work dazzle, and finding models will become much easier. Want to work with the pro’s, become one yourself.

Catch 22: Getting to that point takes experience and a ton of shoots under your belt. Starting out, this can be a real stumbling block. I’ve been there myself. Fortunately, these days there are multiple modeling sites online where you can search for potential models in your area. Start there. Be honest about yourself and skill level. Chances are you can find someone nearby who is patient enough to help you develop your skills in exchange for portfolio images.

The quick road is to hire professional models and makeup artists. Makes you look like you’re on top of your game, even if you’re still figuring it all out. Top models and makeup artists are worth every dollar if you want to build a professional looking portfolio quickly. This shows potential models you are serious about putting together professional, full production photo shoots.

The long road, and what will make you ultimately a better photographer, is to shoot anyone and everyone you can, model or not. Ugly, pretty, fat, short, tall, young, and old. Work with anyone you can, even if it’s not the most ideal model you could hope for. Not only will this bolster your portfolio, but it will teach you some extremely valuable lessons. May take longer, but your skill will actually match your portfolio, and the models will find you.

How do you do those sparks pictures?

Not a day goes by that I don’t get e-mails from photographers and models around the world asking how this is done. Yes, it’s real. No, there’s no photo-manipulation whatsoever. No, the models are not (seriously) injured in the creation process. And NO, I’m not going to tell you how it’s done.

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