Happy New Year people. I have not posted in several months due to my own personal negativity and bitterness. This was mentioned to me by my good friend and photo subject Mahsa. In her words, “Ed, you seem a little bitter on your social media. If I did not know you I would be tentative about working with you.” This year is going to be different, I am going to focus on the positive and let the negatives flow off of me like water. A task much easier to say than due, as I am a pessimist by nature. I am the more of the expect the worse and hope for the best kind of person. In that aim, here are some positives from 2015. Wife and kids - The twins graduated from high school and are now in college. My oldest boy has decided to settle down and marry a wonderful young lady in 2016. My sister-in-law and I will be photographing the wedding. My oldest daughter is still healthy and doing well on her own. Health - I just turned 49 years old and I feel pretty good but like most of us I do need to eat better and get more physically active this year. Almost went negative, gotta stop that. I had over 1.5 million views of my photos on my portfolio website, www.eddevereaux.com. I made some photos this year that expanded on my creativity and challenged me technically. Here are some of my favorites from this year.
So today, the straw fell that broke the camel's back. In the past few months, all TFP shoots. I have had the following the night before or worse, an hour before the shoot:
TFP is cut off unless you can help me with my portfolio that pays. A Junior or Senior in high school, Senior Pictures portfolio. A grown woman for my portrait business, good. Boudoir - any age but only boudoir because you fit the market and that goes for Maternity as well. When it comes down to it, I am ok paying a model but $100 an hour, yeah, not gonna happen for personal work.
But that 19-23 year old man or woman (typically) who likes having their picture taken and thinks they are a model. These are the same models who have no idea how to be professional. No more, I was going to call them out, but you know who you are, don't you in Eugene who forgot your best friends birthday (how good a friend are you) or that girl who has a portfolio full of her "fiancee"' in them because he is so insecure about the relationship but you are "professional" but can't find your own way to a shoot.
Ed, chill out, what about being published? If a major or minor serious publication wants my photography, they will pay for it. There is a rash of start up magazines that use services like MagCloud and Issuu to make them. Then the model likes to come out and say, hey, I am a published model. BS, you paid to have your photo published and when you purchase the magazine for yourself and your friends buy it the creator gets paid.
Here is the deal and I am sticking with it. (There are exceptions)
I will do TFP with women only who fit my target market and look that I feel will benefit my portfolio. This is subjective to my opinion. I will find you, if you contact me I will hope you understand that there is a fee to my services. This is a special rate for models who are members of Model Mayhem or ISO connection. Both are free to join and are a great place to network.
So here is the down and dirty pricing.
Portland area (50 miles) On Location Sessions: $99 Studio Sessions with or without MUA: $250
Receive 3 edited shots of their choice, digital only, 10% discount for signed model releases (ask for details).
I know what you may be saying to yourself right now, there are plenty of photographers who will shoot for less and free. Great, I hope you get great shots and I look forward to seeing them. This is a special for models/actors only. My standard 8 x 12 photos is $150 (includes digital copy). So getting 3 digitals for $99 is a really good deal.
Want to check out my work to see if I am good enough for you, go to eddevereaux.com and check it out.
One of the things that I love to do when I don't have a photoshoot is to go out and scout locations. Part of my efforts in doing that is to finally get a 4X4 Wrangler. Don't tell my wife but she thinks it is for her. Just kidding, she is well aware of my reasons but it is her Wrangler. I found the exact one I was looking for at the Vancouver Truck Center, we did the deal and put the deposit down but it looks like the Jeep needs a bit of love first so we have to wait. So out I went in my trusty Hyundai Tiburon and we found Dougan Falls.
When I shared this photo on Facebook one of my friends who is an avid camper and outdoorsy woman immediately recognized it and suggested some other spots near there. I would of found those spots myself if I would of had the Wrangler but alas, I get by with a little help from my friends.
This is what I fully believe that is part of my service to my clients. If they decide they want the grand experience to include unique locations than I aim to deliver. We live in the most beautiful part of the United States here in the Northwest, why not use it and enjoy it.
The last post I mentioned that my wife and I met Mahsa at Arcadia beach for an photo shoot. The goal was to build on her portfolio with some bikini shots. What first came out was this amazing blue dress that seemed to have a haze to match the waves.
I have been asked this before and I will now tell you a secret. Mahsa is not a model or in her 20's. This is a regular woman with a regular job. If you choose to allow me to take your portraits, regardless if it is on the beach, in a studio or in your home I can promise you that I will do everything I can to make sure your images are special. The secret is, if you do not like your photos you don't have to pay anything. So please allow me to prove myself to you, book a shoot with me and if I don't deliver photos you love than you don't need to pay anything.
It is no secret that I love photographing with Mahsa. I love finding that person who has the style, grace and looks who is not a model but someone who in their late 20's or early 30's has finally found their style. She is such a wonderful person and we just finished shooting last week a beach photoshoot down on the Oregon Coast. If you were in the Arcadia Beach area you may have seen us.
Mahsa is wearing an outfit from the TopShop at Nordstroms.
Read Mahsa's post about overcoming fear of being photographed in public here.
Visit my website to see all the photos we took in downtown Portland Oregon.
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