What to expect at YOUR photo shoot!!!

A bit about me. I am a nationally published photographer (currently also a digital currency day trader, do real estate investments, expander of consciousness/philosopher - have done chiropractic, music production, political activist, etc.) based in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Pablo). I am very easy going and do photography as a form of fun artistic expression. I have worked with hundreds of models of all experience levels. A great portion of them first time models. You can see some of my work here, my Instagram, and some video work as well. Payments are expected to be paid in full prior to the shoot unless other arrangements have been made or I offered to collaborate with you on a project. This guide will help the model ensure the photo shoot is a great success.  The following are regarded as very important to produce some great images for your portfolio.

1) HAVE FUN!!!!

2) Be on time. Shoots should start at the time chosen by model and photographer. Yes, it is ok to show up a few minutes early!  =)  I always ask the model to call or text the day of the shoot as they leave to meet up for the shoot so I know we are on schedule and I can prepare accordingly. I like to reconfirm the day before to make sure everything is still go. If you need help with transportation feel free to ask. Shoot location is in San Pablo. (about 15 minutes east of Berkeley.) I am close to El Cerrito Del Norte BART if you would like to use that form of transportation. Most shoots done outdoors in various locations of the SF Bay Area with travel time anywhere from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours (beach locations). I usually drive unless the model would like to drive to and from shoot locations but we always take one car, it is just easier overall and we save on gas and sometimes bridge toll. I have plenty of model references so feel free to ask!

3) Although some outfits and heels can be provided at your request for the shoot please bring as much of your own attire as possible.  Anything you look good in will work so long as it is within the style of the shoot we have arranged. The MORE outfits the better - even if we do not use them all. Photosage features mainly maxim style clothing (bikini, lingerie, high heels, hot pants, daisy dukes, mini skirts, etc...). I shoot all styles and leave it up to the discretion of the model (18+) to want include in the shoot implied or artistic nude. I think the body is beautiful in its natural state and I am comfortable shooting any style of photography. A link to examples of my art nude & erotic work are only available upon request.

4) Set aside a good chunk of your day for the shoot.  This allows for travel time to various shoot locations, time for changes in clothing, appearance, and anything else that may unexpectedly come up during a shoot. While the shoot will not take all day, this is done to ensure our shoot is a success.  Take this into serious consideration when booking the day of the shoot. For confidence and versatility in looks I suggest practicing posing in front of the mirror.  Play with various sexy attitudes/looks and poses.  Really just allow yourself to have fun with it. For beginning models I find that practicing holding the shoulders back and chin up is a good start. While you don't want to look like you are too stiff, you do want to express and exude an uplifting energy while posing.  "Tightening" up abs and legs make the model look for graceful in the shots.  Feel free to experiment here. 6)  You can bring a friend and/or guardian to drop you off and have a chance to meet with myself and any assistants I may be using that day but during the shoot it will just be the model(s) and photographer present at the shoot. Please approach the shoot professionally in this regard.  After years of experience and working with 100's of models I find that models tend to be more relaxed and can concentrate better and are more so "in the moment" when working one on one with me - my preferred shoot style for better work flow chemistry. Please feel free to ask me for recent references from other models!

Model Release forms can be previewed prior to shoot. These very forms have been used with 100's of models of all experience levels.


Model Release Form

Minor Release Form

As a photographer I have specialized in working with new models. In doing so I feel it is most important to help you (the model) feel at ease with your first shoot. Rule #1 is to have FUN at your shoot! I am 420 friendly during the shoot but ask that the model show up straight =)

Contact Please contact me @ Book@photosage.com well in advance to book an appointment for a shoot.  If you are under 18 you will need to have your parents or legal guardian to call for you as well as sign the model release along with you.

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