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I am a professional sports/travel photojournalist, corporate filmmaker, and occasional paparazzo with over 20 years experience, shooting for GQ, The Times, The Express and various sports publications, plus some work in some very dodgy places.
I enjoy photographing people, and have been involved in model photography for around two years. I am still learning, and anyone who works with me needs to be tolerant of my bumbling approach.
NOTE: Please don't jump to the conclusion from my portfolio that I have pre-conceived ideas about what I will shoot, or what levels I expect - just ask!
How I roll:
My preference is to work with natural light in everyday settings and with models who have character and good manners. If a model wants to make suggestions then I welcome it. In fact I love it. If you expect to 'hit the ground running' with me, you'll be disappointed. I don't shoot to a formula. Every model is an undiscovered 'country' and if I am shooting in a new location or a model's home I need time to get the lie of the land.
I am also a curious man and if you are the sort of person who gets uncomfortable with so-called the 'personal' questions then I doubt we will enjoy each others company.
I don't mind inexperienced models who need direction, and in that regard I always respect boundaries, believing the model sets them or moves them as she fits, but should I even have to say that? That said I am happy to work at all levels so long as everyone is happy to do so. I am professional and treat every shoot as a paying gig. I am still learning and experimenting though.
All models get a set of photographs from the shoot, but only the good ones!
I think good pre-comms are vital and as part of booking a shoot I expect to have exchanged telephone numbers 72 hours before the shoot. From a practical point of view this means that last minute hitches can be dealt with quickly but it also indicates a level of trust. If I don't have your phone number and/or we haven't been in contact within the last 24 hours of the shoot by mutual being planned, unless by mutual agreement, I reserve the right to regard the shoot as cancelled.
I don't really have any hard and fast rules about who I will work with. I have already mentioned manners. If you have to cancel and have a good reason then life happens. If this is the first time you have read this profile then you'll understand I probably won't be booking a studio with you for a first time. When I know you I'll trust you not to bail. Equally if I have to cancel then find my reason for cancelling has been negated I expect you to make best efforts to reinstate the shoot unless you can show me that your circumstances have changed to make that impossible, e.g. cancelled travel or a substitute booking. In the case of your successfully rebooking our cancelled shoot I don't be expected to be charged a cancellation fee.
I don't mind working with chaperones, but on set it's my shoot, my kit, my rules. Now I sound a bit of a diva. If I am shooting at a model's home I will always ask before touching or moving anything. The same goes for touching models. I won't touch unless asked to do so, ever. If you want me to adjust a bra strap, connect up a suspender then I will but you will have to ask or struggle with it.
I don't have a massive budget so if you give me rates I can't pay then I will tell you. I won't insult you by negotiating - this isn't a souk - I will just say no thank you. I if you say 'tell me what you can afford' then please don't act like I am skin flint because I can't afford you at the moment.
P.S. I hate the term 'tog'. I don't know why. I am a snapper or a photographer.
I-Light has 33 references; 33 recommended, 0 not recommended, 0 late cancellation and 0 no-show.