Over the next couple of months, I'm doing some work to prepare for several upcoming commercial projects and a few personal ones. This will also involve doing some inspiration-style images to include in client's briefs as an example of the artistic direction that is being proposed.
Some of this will be doing some location & lighting test shoots, some set design trials and rehearsals, along with trying some artistic ideas just to see how they might work. I've got some new gear to go along with the new ideas, and it all needs to be given a proper shakedown.
There's a few themes on the drawing board:
- Crime Scene - After-Five or Black Tie in a bar or cocktail lounge - Motor car - Sports star or team
- Licensed premises
Along with these I am also planning to do some personal projects, practice shoots for magazine submission and a couple of Fine Art entries.
These will be:
- Mental health
- Domstic violence
- Marriage equality
- Fine Art nude/implied nude
- Dark fantasy
- Sport action portraits
- Old abum covers
- Asian Venus
I intend to run these in a TFP (Time for Pics) workshop style, or as a Test Shoot. I've already made arrangements to secure the venue(s) for the dates listed at the bottom of the post.
Yes, I could make a lot more money by charging for workshops, but this can often be beyond the means of many. I make enough to get by with my regular work, so I feel it is my opportunity to guide, mentor and help those who cannot afford to pursue an artistic ideal that they love.
As you might be aware, I am not only a working photographer, I am also a teacher of photography. Not only do I enjoy teaching photographers, I really enjoy using TFP shoots as a way of giving up-and-coming photographers, student makeup artists, stylists, and designers, and aspiring models the opportunity to get real-world experience and, of course, material for your all-important portfolio.
I will add a couple of things to all of this.
Firstly, for any images submitted to a magazine or Fine Art competition, if the images earn any income (i.e. sales, prizes etc) then everyone involved in creating the image will be entitled to a share. This is usually agreed to in writing before the shoot.
Secondly, for creative ideas that I think are worth pitching to a potential or existing client for an upcoming project, the first names on the team sheet for any commercial work will be the people who participated in the test shoot. If it was your face/brush/styling/decorating/camera that got us the gig, then you should be the first to benefit from it!
Finally, I'm not just some guy with a camera. If I want to make enough to live on and keep my business operating, I have to not only be a decent photographer, I have to also be an ethical, reliable and trustworthy bloke. My reputation is earned by hard work and honesty, which is why I'm up-front and very straight forward. To see a bit more about how I work, please read Briefing A Model.
16th (Wednesday) - Richmond NSW
25th, 26th, 27th (Easter Weekend) - Richmond NSW
9th (Saturday) - Richmond NSW
16th & 17th (Weekend) - Parramatta NSW
7th (Saturday) - location TBC
8th (Sunday) - Richmond NSW
If you see something here that interests you, let me know! Or if you have an idea of your own and would like to collaborate, I'd love to hear from you.