ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL PHOTOS OR EVENTS?
At this time, I am not taking appointments for events (parties or weddings.) Information and appointments for clients wishing to pay for portraits and headshots can be made through my commercial website FLEXITPHOTOS.com
DO YOU PAY YOUR MODELS?
I do pay models for certain projects unless the project is specified as a TFP collaboration. Please check the CURRENT PROJECTS page for paid and unpaid modeling opportunities. Models must have an open mind to artistic/creative subject matter that may or may not involve partial to full nudity. Payment and the amount depends on the project and will be discussed in initial conversations.
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
I shoot most of my work in my South Austin condo. My signature style has always had that ‘lived in’ look which is tough to recreate in a traditional photo studio. For that reason, I prefer to shoot in my home or on location.
WILL I GET A COPY OF ALL RAW/UNTOUCHED FRAMES YOU SHOOT?
Most models will receive copies of only the finished shots from our collaboration. I prefer not to release raw/untouched images however I will negotiate upon request. Raw images are definitely not released to paid models. The reason? I am not a point and shoot photographer. Taking your picture is only the beginning of the creative process for me. Color, tone and background enhancements are all a part of creating my signature images. I hope you understand releasing unfinished images in most cases will not truly reflect my creativity and will be of little use to you except fill your hard drive with huge files.
IF I AM A PAID MODEL, WILL I STILL RECEIVE COPIES OF THE PHOTOS?
In most cases, you will receive copies of the finished photos from a paid session. However, it is important to note that copies will only be distributed once the finished project is fully published. This timeframe could be anywhere from one week to one year depending on the complexity of the project. The availability of copies will be discussed in initial conversations before any shooting takes place.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR ME TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
My new policy as of June 4, 2012: For most TFP (Time For Photos) shoots, you will receive at least five finished shots within seven days of the actual shoot.
For TFP and PAID shoots, you will receive copies of all finished photos within 40-60 days of the actual shoot or within 7 days of the set becoming public on my website – whichever date comes last. This is now included in my talent release. This means the contract holds me to stay within that time frame.
WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET MY COPIES?
Please understand the two-hour shoot you participate in is only the beginning of the process. I spend an immense amount of time and energy selecting the very best shots from the hundreds of frames in the set. Then, finishing the images to my satisfaction takes an additional 8-12 hours of time spread over weeknights and weekends. If photos are for my site, then I usually wait to release the entire set to you for one reason: blown opportunity. If viewers see the entire set at your hands BEFORE I have a chance to display them then they are no longer NEW and not as appealing. I do release the first five shots to you for your use and to create buzz for your layout’s premiere.
IF I PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES, CAN I SET THE TIME FRAME TO GET MY PHOTOS?
Paying clients do have more say in the time frame which will be discussed in initial conversations.
MODEL RELEASE / PRIVACY
CAN I MODEL FOR YOU BUT NOT SIGN A RELEASE?
A talent release is absolutely necessary to protect YOUR rights as the model and mine as the photographer. A release protects the model and photographer should a third party illegally obtain and sell our collaborative images. In most unpaid/TFP circumstances, legal ownership of all pictures still lies with the photographer so a signed release is in your best interest. It is important to read over the release and negotiate any areas you find questionable before signing it. You may request a copy of my release prior to the shoot for review by you and/or your legal representative.
Paying clients will do not need to sign a release unless I ask permission to display any of your photos in my portfolio.
WHO WILL SEE THE PHOTOGRAPHS YOU TAKE OF ME?
Depends on the type of shoot:
If you are a paying client then the amount of disclosure is up to you. If you wish the photos to be kept completely private and strictly for your own use then I will certainly accommodate your request. You will receive a private link where you, and only you, can download a zip file containing your photographs. Once you verify that you have downloaded the link, I will delete the online file. However, if you share the private link provided to you then I can no longer be held responsible for the security of your photographs. I also cannot be held responsible if the private online drive is breached on the hosting company’s end. If that should happen, I will take everything offline as soon as I am notified of such an action. In most cases, I will approach the subject of privacy before a shoot is even scheduled, however please be sure to bring up any concerns you may have regarding your photographs.
TFP Shoots: All photos from a TFP session are, according to the release, available to use at my discretion, as wells as yours. However, I am willing to work with you if you want to keep some pictures off display, within reason. Please note: once photos containing your image are posted on my site, Facebook, et., then I am no longer responsible for where the photos will show up. This is the Internet and protecting content is a constant battle. I am in no way able to guarantee your photo will stay solely on my site; the same goes for virtually every photographer. For this reason, if you are in any way unsure of modeling then please decline. You won’t hurt my feelings.
Paid models, with a signed release, will not have any say in the distribution of the photos featuring their image unless such an agreement of display is previously negotiated and included in the release.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org