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Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect on your first shoot

First of all, relax. Literally the worst thing than can happen is some bad pictures, so there’s no reason to be nervous.

For your first shoot, there’s a few things you should be prepared for….

  • Bring your ID. I have no choice but to check and make sure you are over 18.
  • Feel free to bring anything you think will enhance a photo. Jewelry, sporting goods, unique clothes, anything you think looks good.
  • Bring your best fitting pair of jeans. Brand or cost not important, it’s how they look…it can be a pair of shredded Levi’s
  • At various points we may use stuff to make you shiny, or use dirt makeup, or fake sweat, or whatever, so be prepared to take a shower as I doubt you want to drive home covered in Muscle Up or MUFE Sweat gel. I stock shower gel and shampoo, and even some styling products, but feel free to bring anything you need to make your hair look right.
  • Please make sure you read through the other entries and FAQ’s. Feel free to ask any questions.
  • Keep me updated as to any changes in schedule.

Can I bring my Girlfriend?

Well, the short answer is no. However, I understand that might require some explanation.

There are a few reasons I don’t allow girlfriends. wives, or significant others on set.

It’s distracting. The model is usually more interested in pleasing the guest than in getting a good shot. It also tends to make the model very self conscious.

I am really not set up for spectators.

Part of the process, especially early on, is for us to figure out whether or not we work well together, and that’s impossible if there’s a wife/girlfriend in the mix.

This really isn’t a couple’s activity.

I show a fair amount of skin in my shots, and I often have to tell the model what body part looks good in what position….something about doing that in front of someone’s wife creeps me out, sorry.

I need to see how you do in front of a camera on your own.

The exception to the guest rule is if you wish to bring along a friend who also wants to get in front of the camera. In this case everyone is involved, no one is just a spectator, and everyone is in the same situation. Just make sure I know who they are in advance, and I have to make sure they qualify. This may be an ideal solution for anyone super nervous, or if models are travelling from the same location.

To put it bluntly, this is a business and hopefully, an art form. We have a lot of fun, but still you wouldn’t show up to a job interview, training session, or professional appointment with your girlfriend in tow, this deserves the same amount of respect. If showing up to a photo shoot on your own isn’t possible, and if you are unable to get in front of your camera without an audience, then this probably isn’t right for you.

No…I do not want to photograph your girlfriend

Yes, I know she is hot.
Yes, I know she is a model.
Yes, I know you want to do this for her.

None of that changes the fact that it’s not what I do. It’s like asking a tax attorney to handle your divorce. The lighting is different, the posing is different, and women are edited in a completely different way. So it’s nothing personal, and has literally no bearing on any specific person.

To shave or not to shave

That is the question. Long term, many models choose to include both natural and shaven shots in their portfolio. In preparation for a specific shoot, obviously, it would depend on the specifics of the shoot, as some specialties ( Body makeup, etc) work much better when shaven, On the other hand, the natural look is getting more and more commercial exposure.

  • If you are prepping for a first shoot or a general portfolio shoot, here are some suggestions.
  • If you currently don’t shave your body, don’t start in preparation for a shoot. Discuss it with the photographer, but the decision can then be made based on how you photograph and your specific marketing plan.
  • If you do currently shave, so so with adequate time for any redness or rash to clear. If you do have razor burn, tell me in advance, so I can either prepare to cover it with makeup, or fix it in post processing.
  • Make it natural, if you look like Sasquatch from the waist down, and hairless from the waist up, it will look silly. So keep it consistent.
  • Again keep it natural, no need to shave shapes or anything else into your body hair….don’t laugh, I have seen a guy with a lightning bolt shaved into his body hair (we won’t discuss the location)

Will you be in my area?

Admittedly, i used to travel literally across the country to work with models, fitness professionals, and bodybuilders.  Unfortunately, when I returned to NEPA from New York City and Las Vegas, to care for a disabled family member, my ability to travel became very limited. I do whatever possible to make the travel easier for models who wish to work with me.

I am located in Hazleton, PA, easily accessible from Interstates 80 & 81, as well an the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I am roughly two hours from Philadelphia, and about 2 hours and 15 minutes from New York City,

If travel expenses, time, or transportation are a problem, I will do whatever I can to make it work.

Don’t Be this Guy!

I am not going to tell anyone whether to tan or not, but there is no denying that a little color can make the muscles pop. So if you decide to tan, whether by being sprayed down or by laying under some hot lights…NO TAN LINES!

I often repeat the story of a client who lost a lucrative job because of tan lines. It was an underwear job, he was told in advance that we didn’t know exactly what styles he would be asked to wear, so no tan lines. He however, had a paranoid fear of burning his privates (this was before Mystic Tan), and decided to wear his boxer briefs. Well, the day of the shoot arrives, they hand him his first pair, and they leave about an inch of pasty white skin at the waist and thigh. The makeup artist couldn’t get a match and the client didn’t want to invest in the significant airbrushing, so he got fired.

Long story short, tan lines are tough to fill in with makeup, and if we try to do it in photoshop, we lose a lot of definition. It’s better to have no tan than bad tan lines. If you do have them, and it’s too close to shoot time, let me know so I can try to have some makeup handy and plan to minimize them