This page contains information for models considering working with me. It explains a bit about how I work and answers some common questions. If you still have questions or concerns after reading this, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
I believe that model photography is best when it's a collaborative effort built on trust. I want the images we create to reflect your creativity and personality as much as mine and I want you to always feel safe in front of my camera. Here are some of the things I do toward that end.
Everything Up Front
I will give you as much information as possible about the images I'm hoping to create before the shoot, so there are no surprises at the shoot. I will make sure to tell you whether any images have requirements that you might find objectionable, and will adjust the shoot plan based on your feedback to make sure you're completely comfortable with what we end up shooting.
Open Camera Policy
At any time during our shoot, you are welcome to see any of the images that I've taken. You may delete any image that you do not like or are uncomfortable with.
Post-Shoot Image Review
Within a few days of the shoot, I will send you a link to a password protected gallery containing all of the images taken during our shoot. This will allow you to review the images at your leisure and make sure you are okay with all of them. If you find images that you do not want published, you can send me their filenames and I will mark the images as "not for publication", or delete them outright, whichever you prefer.
Saying No is Always Fine
If I ever suggest something during a shoot that you aren't 100% comfortable doing, it is not only okay to say "no", I encourage you to do so. You never have to explain why you don't wish to do something. As far as I'm concerned, there is no concept, no pose, and no shot that is worth hard feelings or regrets. Creating should not be stressful. If something I do makes the shoot stressful for you, I want to know about it so I can fix it.
If you wish to bring somebody along with you to the shoot, please feel free. You do not need to ask first unless you intend to bring more than one person, in which case, please do check with me to make sure the shoot location can accommodate the additional people.
No Touch Policy
With the exception of the makeup artist or stylist (if we use one), nobody will touch you during a shoot unless you request or initiate the contact. If you need help with a zipper or piece of jewelry, for example, I'll be glad to help you, but you will not be subjected to unwanted or unexpected touching from me or anyone else involved in the shoot.
In rare cases, a shot concept may require physical contact between you and another model or you and somebody else. In those cases, I will discuss the concept with you ahead of time and make sure you're okay with the required contact before we finalize our plans to shoot together.
If you would like references of other models I've worked with, I am happy to provide them. You should also feel free to look at my Instagram feed or ModelMayhem page and reach out to any models I've worked in the past to get unbiased opinions about what it's like to work with me.
Nudity & Boundaries
If you make me aware of your boundaries around nudity, I will make sure not to ask you to do anything that goes beyond them. If you wish, I will also memorialize your boundaries into our release agreement, which will make any images that exceed those boundaries—even accidentally—un-publishable without your written consent.
Since your boundaries may depend on your comfort level with me, the location, or the concept, you are free to change your mind about what you're willing to shoot at any time by simply letting me know.
Discussing boundaries can be difficult for some people. Below are some common shorthand terms that may help you communicate what you are (and are not) comfortable doing:
- Clothed Only: You only wish to pose in outfits that are opaque and fully cover both nipples and genitals;
- Lingerie: You only wish to pose in outfits that fully cover both nipples and genitals, but are okay posing in outfits that may be somewhat see-through;
- Implied Topless: You only wish to pose in outfits that fully cover genitals, but are willing to pose without a top as long as your nipples are not visible in the final images;
- Implied Nude: You are willing to pose fully nude as long as neither genitals nor nipples are visible in the final images;
- Topless (or Top Free): You only wish to pose in outfits that fully cover your genitals, but are willing to pose without a shirt or top;
- Topless, Implied Full Nude: You are willing to pose fully nude as long as genitals are not visible in the final images;
- Figure Nude (also Art Nude): You are willing to pose fully nude but do not wish to pose in more revealing poses where your genitals are clearly visible;
- Full Nude: You are comfortable posing fully nude, including more revealing poses, as long as the poses are not overtly sexual in nature or explicit;
- Explicit Nude*: You are comfortable with any part of your body being photographed, and are comfortable posing in explicit, open-leg poses, or sexually suggestive poses.
* With only rare exception (and always discussed beforehand), I do not suggest or expect explicit poses and do not shoot erotic content. The one exception to that is during collab shoots with models who want explicit content, such as for an OnlyFans or Patreon page. On the other hand, in keeping with my philosophy about shoots being a collaborative process, I would also never stop a model from selecting more revealing or suggestive poses if they are comfortable doing it and feel it is the right choice for the mood or theme.