Friday, June 1, 2012

American Denim

Welcome to American Denim, a celebration of that uniquely American fashion statement, blue jeans…

This project centers around a very simple thematic element:  blue jeans.  Including but not limited to Designer jeans, working man’s jeans, 501’s, jean jackets, jean vests, boot cut, straight legs, bell bottoms, cut offs, Daisy Dukes, stone washed, ripped jeans, stained jeans, brand new so stiff they stand alone jeans…

This is very much an evolving concept in progress, but in short, I want to capture images showcasing denim in every walk of American Life, from the workplace to a night on the town to just kicking back with friends and families. 

I want to shoot “characters” and “caricatures” both.  Urban cowboys/cowgirls.  Bikers.  Mechanics.  Carpenters.  Club goers.  Fashion Divas.  Glamour.  John Q. Public.  Singly and in groups. 

Depending on what I end up with, I suspect some of these shots may very well end up in a calendar; possibly part of a future book or gallery showing.  Publication formats, if any, are yet to be determined.

Model Requirements
This project is open to males, females, children, cats, dogs and other family members – in short anyone may participate.

Adults must be prepared to sign my commercial release and provide a copy of their state issued photo ID for my records. 

Children may participate in the project with parents/guardians present only.  Said parent or guardian must sign a release on the child’s behalf as well as provide a copy of their state photo ID for my records. 

The "N" Word:  Nudity
Some scenes captured for American Denim  will involve partial, implied nudity.  Please note I said “Some” and NOT “All” scenes.  Any scenes requiring nudity will be discussed fully prior to scheduling a session…

American Denim 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 will change from session to session.  Playgrounds, Navy Pier, The Lakefront, a back alley, your living room, a motel room – it all depends on what specific “scene” we’re trying to capture. 

I am primarily an “Available Light” photographer, though I do occasionally use speed lights and assorted light modifiers from time to time. 

I shoot weekends almost exclusively, but depending on your location, we may be able to schedule a weekday session.  It doesn't hurt to inquire…

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:
The Mechanic:  Working on engine, grease stains, tools/parts laying about.
Texas Biz Casual:  Jeans, dress shirt, tie, sportcoat & 10 gallon hat
Lovers:  Couple shoot, walks along lake/river holding hands, jeans & T’s

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... Go!

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