December 24, 2007

Irresponsible Photographers, by Stephen Haynes

"Meg at home"

Irresponsible Photographers

" Thinking back on conversations with Meg while we shot on Tuesday, I remember a brief discussion contrasting my own habits vis à vis other photographers when it comes to providing images of our work to the models with whom I work.

" Long-time readers of this blog will have noted that as a new session occurs, a result is often posted here within 48 or 72 hours (just yesterday in Meg's case). I work really hard (and quite quickly) to select and process the photos from a shoot, often resulting in at least twenty-five, and not infrequently over seventy processed and web-ready images within three days. Yet Meg reports (as do other models) that some local photographers take months (months !) to provide the paltry few photos that they deem worthy of sending to the models. This I consider to be the height of irresponsibility.

Art Model Meg

" Now I will grant that some of these are working photographers who must earn a living, and that shoots with models are often a diversion and unlikely to bring in much if any revenue. But months !?!? Of course, even worse, some photographers promise images or prints, even when working solely on a TFP/TFCD basis, and never deliver. Those cads deserve to be blackballed, and a few models (bless them !) list them on their MM or OMP profiles. On the plus side, those photographers who provide speedy turnaround are a boon to the models with whom they work, and I hope those models thank them for the speedy work. Many of mine do to me.

" If you are a photographer reading this and it's been a week or more since you shot with a model and have yet to provide her images, get off your butt ! She gave you her time ; 'bout time you gave her her due." Stephen Haynes.

You'll find Stephen Haynes at : his official site, Magic Flute Fine Art Nudes.

His 2008 calendar :

Stephen Haynes has published his new 2008 calendar featuring model Pistol Vegas playing with oversize billiard balls. You can purchase it by clicking here.

His book : First Sessions

" Fine art photographer Stephen Haynes is pleased to offer a signed monograph covering first sessions with seventeen extraordinary fine art nude models, entitled First Sessions.
This gorgeous photography collection includes over a hundred photos from first and subsequent photo shoots with models who range from first-time amateurs to seasoned professionals.
Each model's pages describe her first session before the camera. If you are a fan of Mr. Haynes's work, you will recognize names such as Meg, Donna, Bridget, Abigail, and many others."

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