About Modeling for Me
At the centre of my figure work are the people I photograph. Without them, I could not create the work that expresses my vision. The vast majority of people who work with me are not professional models, but rather individuals who enjoy my work, and pose out of an interest in the results, and in return for fine art prints. A CBC Radio interview that gives some insight into my process can be found here.
Where do you make your images?
I live in Halifax, NS, Canada, and photograph within an a couple of hours of that city.
How much does a session cost?
There is no charge to work with me as. The process is a collaboration, with the model contributing their time and enthusiasm, and myself providing my time, equipment and more than thirty years of experience.
What do you look for in model?
I seek people who appreciate my work, and are interested in being part of it. A comfort with nudity, and their own bodies is crucial. Models should be in good physical shape, as sessions often involve extensive hiking, and physical exertion. All sessions are Nude but previous experience with figure modeling isn’t necessary. Obviously, the most important element is an appreciation of my creative aesthetic.
Though tattoos are popular, I prefer to leave them out of my images; small/discreet tattoos are fine, and can be worked around, but if there are large/obvious tattoos, I am unfortunately not the photographer for you.
Do I have to be recognizable in the images?
Absolutely not! About 1/3 of the people I've worked with since 1988 prefer to be anonymous, so f that is your preference, I simply avoid poses/compositions that show the face.
How long does a session take and what is involved?
Sessions can last from an hour to a full day. A first session usually begins with a series of portraits, to help establish a rapport between myself and the model(s). From there, it goes where it will, depending on the setting, the model(s), and the position of the stars.
Models are welcome to bring a friend or partner along for company; the way I photograph is slow at times, so having someone to chat with occasionally isn’t a bad idea.
What does I receive from a photo session?
I use a Trade for Prints (TFP) approach. For each session, the model receives one or more finished original print of their choice (one 16"x24", two 11"x14" or three 8"x10" prints). The images can be anything from my body of work, and not necessarily from the session itself.
Models also receive digital images from the session in both web and screen resolution. I retain copyright over the images, but always provide models with permission for non-commercial uses, such as on personal web pages etc.
What happens to images I don’t like?
Once the images processed, I meet with model to review the images. If there are any images in which the model is identifiable that they object to, I will delete them.
How will the photographs be used?
The photographs are part of my continuing exploration of the Nude, and will be used within that context. The images could be used in the internet (websites, social media etc), as part of gallery exhibitions, and in print publications (books and magazines) on and about my artwork. Typically I use three images on my Blog after the images are approved, but it can take months or years before the work appears in other forms.
Do I have to sign a model release?
Before a session, model sign a pre-session release which acknowledges that the session will involve Nude modeling, and that anonymous images may be used without a release.
Once the session is over and the model has reviewed and approved of the final images, I ask the model to sign a full model release. Only those images covered by a partial or full release are available for selection by the model as prints.
Vice published an interesting article by a nude model named Sienna Hayes.
The BBC published an interesting article about modeling nude (for drawing and painting).