Friday, December 30, 2011

The Martini Life

As sometimes happens in my world, my focus changes.  It tends to wander a bit.  Usually it’s MY focus & NOT my camera’s, but not always.  In the case of The Martini Life, it is definitely MY focus that has wandered.

Initially, I had this project mapped out to be something of a “Fantasy Guide to the Ultimate Martini” in book form.  Beautifully prepared/presented product shots of assorted Martinis.  A recipe would accompany each image – sometimes, the recipes would even be sincere…

Then one night I decided using a Martini as a prop in a model shoot would be a good idea.  That’s all it took to shift & widen my focus.  Pathetic, aren’t I?

Now “The Martini Life” is about all things “Martini.” 

“Shaken, not stirred.”  Frank & The Rat Pack.  Still Lifes.  Pinups.  Pinups in Martinis.  The Gibson.  Straight Up.  On the rocks.  Vodka.  Gin.  Apple-tini.  Chocolate Martinis.  The 60’s.  Themed portraits.  Cocktail parties.  Lifestyle captures.   Garnishes.  Olives.  Lemons.  Onions.  Shakers.  Strainers. 

Welcome to “The Martini Life.”  Cheers…

As mentioned above, my ‘focus’ tends to wander a bit, but my intentions are rock solid.  I want to see my work published.  I want my work to be on display in a gallery.  I want to see people bidding for limited edition prints of my photos, both still life & portraits.  I want my images gracing calendars, and my coffee table books proudly displayed on coffee tables everywhere.  

Lofty?  Yeah, but there you go.  Dream high, right?  Right.

Model Requirements
This project is open to Males & Female Models of legal drinking age in Illinois.  Though there will be no alcohol on set, appearances matter.  

All Models must sign my Model Release and provide a copy of the state issued photo ID for my records.

Wardrobe requirements are flexible.  I have concept Looks ranging from “Top Hat/Tails” formal to Blue Jean Casual to full/implied artistic/pinup nude and just about everything in between.  I want each session to be unique in concept and look… 

All of which is a long winded way of saying we need to discuss your session’s concept/Look before shooting…

The “N” Word, Nudity
Some session concepts require nudity in levels ranging from “barefoot all the way up” to the ever popular “wardrobe malfunction” of a certain Half Time show’s fame. 
No one, however, will ever be expected to bare it all for my camera unless the concept and limits have been fully discussed prior to shooting.

“The Martini Life” is being conducted as a Trade Shoot:

Models will receive their choice of 10 fully edited image files (in full size printable and low resolution web display formats) to include in their portfolio and/or use for self promotion.

Non-models get the same deal, but may elect to schedule a family portrait session instead;

Location is a variable that also will change from session to session.  Playgrounds, City Parks, State Parks, a back alley, the odd corn or bean field, your own home, a motel room – just depends on what specific “scene” we are working on when we shoot.

I am primarily an “Available Light” photographer, though I do occasionally use speed lights, light modifiers & the occasional reflector from time to time. 

My schedule is annoyingly open at present, so I am absolutely able to accommodate your busy schedule. 

Experienced and first time models both are welcome to participate.  You may be assured I will work with you to capture the best possible images and make the experience as fun as possible. 

A Few Possible Scenarios:
Tributes:  The Rat Pack, M*A*S*H, Mame…
Group Concepts:  Cocktail Hour; Park Sit-In, Granny Clampett’s Rheumatiz Party…
Individual Concepts:  5:01 PM, The Mixologist, The Bubble Bath, Biz Traveler…
Martini Girls:  A colorful series of pinup posters featuring Nearly Nude & Lingerie clad cuties superimposed on, in and around a Fantasy Martini Concoction…
Implied Nudes:  The Bubble Bath Martini, With A Twist; The Gibson Girl…
The 3 Martini Lunch:  Business Man/Woman drinking lunch;
Happy Hour:  Post work day chilling over Apple-tinis;
Martini ParkA portable Martini bar in a gazebo;

Escort Policy
Models are welcome to bring a companion/escort along for moral support, costuming assistance, protection (whatever) as long as I’m told in advance.  Surprise me with an unexpected guest and the session will be cancelled immediately.  I hate surprises…

Please note:  I have zero tolerance for high school drama on my shoots.  I go into each and every session with the full expectation that I am working with adults fully capable of discussing any and all issues that may arise.  Name calling, threats of violence and similar nonsense will result in the session's immediate termination and the deletion of all images taken to that point.  If necessary, I will call the police and press charges to the full extent allowable under the law.

Got a question I didn’t cover here? Want to schedule your session? Hit me with a message.  I’m here, camera at the ready...

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