Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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.  Designer jeans, work jeans, boot cut, straight legs, bell bottoms (if such things still exists), jean jackets, vests, cut offs, Daisy Dukes, stone washed, ripped or pristine, so new or so old they stand on their own.  Jeans. 

As concepts go, American Denim is very fluid, which is to say, there is only one hard and fast rule, the models shooting must be wearing denim.  I want to capture images showcasing denim in every walk of American Life, from the work place to a night on the town to kicking back with Friends to making a fashion statement.

I want to shoot “characters” and “caricatures” both.  Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Bikers.  Mechanics.  Carpenters.  Club goers.  Fashion Divas.  Glamour.  Singly.  Kids.  Teens.  Grown ups.  Shoppers.  Tourists.  Couples.  Diners.  Picnickers.  Vintage looks from the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s.  Like I said, fluid…

I may put together a calendar from this collection.  I do hope to get enough usable images to publish a book.  Or two.  And I would very much like to see my work prominently displayed in a gallery showing.  Other formats & possibilities 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 own state photo ID for my records. 

The "N" Word:  Nudity
Some scenes captured for American Denim  will involve partial and/or implied nudity.  Please note I said “Some” scenes, 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.  Participants may choose one of two compensation options.

Option 1:  Participants will receive their choice of 10 fully edited American Denim image files (in full size printable and low resolution web display formats) to include in their portfolio and/or use for self promotion;

Option 2:  Participants may instead choose to schedule a second photo shoot of equal duration, the results of which will be theirs to do with as they see fit.  The type of shoot is entirely up to you.  Family portraits, fashion, editorial, swimsuit, art nudes – whatever you want.  I will even include editing of up to 10 image files as part of the deal.

Location is a variable that will change from session to session.  Playgrounds, City Parks, State Parks, a back alley, the odd corn or bean field, your 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 use speed lights, reflectors and the odd light modifier from time to time. 

My schedule is annoyingly open at present, so I am able to accommodate most any scheduling needs. 

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, sport coat & 10 gallon hat
Family Picnic:  Mom, Dad & Kids sharing fried etc.
Window Shoppers:  A stroll through the shopping district.
Tourists:  Taking in the Lincoln sites.
Sexy Couple: Implied nude, both parties topless, he hiding her breasts.
Casual Couple:  Romantic walks, hand holding, playful at playground.

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...

...and GO!

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