In an earlier post about wedding photography frauds I warned about how some “photographers” use the stock photos provided by free website services such as wix.com to represent their work to potential clients. Well it seems the villain in that story, Rick Wiley, has created a GoFundMe campaign to taunt and humiliate the couple he ... Read More
Rick Wiley was hired for $200 from a Craigslist ad – to photograph a “day after the wedding” reception and party for a newlywed couple. Their wedding was photographed beautifully by Elizabeth Williams of Liz by Design Photography. This is Rick Wiley’s – of Wiley Photography – website – wileyphotography.us. In the event his site ... Read More
There’s a model on Facebook I want to photograph. She has the “girl next door” look I like, lives near me, and has experience in front of the camera. I contacted her about doing a shoot, and she was amenable. She has always liked my work and wanted to shoot with me. Plus, she said, ... Read More
When I started beauty/glamour photography, I signed up for an on-line model/photographer networking website. I was one of the first members (member number 544 – they’re now into the six digit member numbers), and for quite some time that site generated a lot of the model shoots I did. Suddenly in December of 2016, without warning ... Read More
I was talking with my mother about my upcoming New Year’s Day photo shoot with one of my favorite regular models, and she asked me, “So how much do these models pay you?” If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question…..
I recently posted a casting call in a Facebook modeling group looking for Southern girls for spring and summer model photo shoots. The post had my website and phone number, as well as a sample photo from a previous similar shoot. The post got lots of “likes” from female models, a few “I’m interested” replies, ... Read More
Have you ever looked through a photographer’s online portfolio and noticed that his style and the quality of his photos varied? Not minor variations that could indicate an improvement in technique and talent, but wide variations where some photos just really pop out as so much better or so different than the rest. You may ... Read More
A long time ago, too many years ago, I had a muse – a model I worked with many times over the span of two years. She was (is) a beautiful woman, creative, limitless, boundless, fun to work with, patient – in short, the best model I’ve ever worked with.
A young lady I am friends with on Facebook recently posted this little bit of short sighted judgement: Just going to clarify this for everyone. To be a “model” you have to get paid. Not just take slutty pictures
Many photographers – myself included – constantly complain about being asked to shoot an event or a person for free. The usual justification for that request is, “You’ll get exposure.” Most photographers don’t need exposure. We need cash. We need to pay the rent or the credit card bills. Exposure doesn’t do that.
I got a call from a mother-of-the-bride asking if I was available to photograph a wedding on very short notice – less than a week from the day she called me. She said that they only needed me for an hour, were “on a tight budget”, and didn’t have the $1000+ most photographers were telling ... Read More
Many people in the Atlanta area are applauding the return of Music Midtown – what used to be a multi-generational and multi-cultural music festival. This time it is very much geared to the late 20 to mid 30 year olds. But this isn’t about the questionable non-diverse lineup. This is about the return of a ... Read More
It was a beautiful March weekend here in North Georgia. I had two shoots booked with some incredibly beautiful tattooed models. My creativity was just under the boiling point with the anticipation of working with them. Then the unfortunate but all to frequent disappointment happened. The models all cancelled. The first shoot (Saturday) was to ... Read More