|No Pants Day|
Unlikely Celebrations is a newly conceived calendar project. In doing some basic research for my Holiday Hunnies Pinup Calendar it came to my attention there are literally hundreds of recognized holidays that never seem to make it to the Hallmark (and other) calendars.
For instance, did you know there is a New Beer’s Eve? Or a Howl at the Moon Day? How about Chocolate Covered Anything Day? There’s also a Bikini Day, a Go Fishing Day and a No Pants Day. So many Special Days; I think it’s past time to do something about that…
So, in for a penny, in for a pound, I guess. Welcome to Unlikely Celebrations…
This is a very fluid concept at the moment. I mentioned a few Holidays above, but there are quite literally hundreds more out there; sometimes as many as 9 or more to a single date. That’s a lot of inspiration, not to mention image crafting possibilities...
Some of these Holidays are quite serious, designed to raise awareness of disease, social inequity, technological advances, family matters, etc. Others are less serious, dedicated as they are to foods, moods, attitudes & even nudes. Possibilities abound...
Then, it came to my attention that each Month has also been dedicated to raising awareness or celebrating some cause(s), item(s) and/or theme(s). Caffeine Awareness Month, for example. There’s also a Barbecue Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to name three; there are many others. If we can’t find a specific date to celebrate in photos we can always pick a Month…
|As Young As You Feel Day|
Like my concept, my intentions are also a bit fluid. For now, I would simply like to concentrate on the design & production of a calendar that will bring everyone a smile…
Then there’s the possibility of a Coffee Table book, High Quality Art Prints, Posters, etc., but those options can wait for now. Let’s see how the calendar goes first….
This project is open to males, females, children, friends, cats, dogs, neighbors. In point of fact, anyone & their brother may join in…
Adults must be prepared to sign my commercial release allowing publication and provide a copy of their state issued photo ID for my records.
Children may participate in the project with parents/legal guardians present only. Said parent or legal 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.
January February March
Creativity Month Cherry Month Caffeine Awareness Month
Bubble Bath Day Working Naked Day Goof Off Day
Int’l Sweatpants Day Umbrella Day Something on a Stick Day
April May June
Straw Hat Month Barbecue Month Great Outdoors Month
New Beer’s Eve No Pants Day Doughnut Day
Bicycle Day Leprechaun Day Go Fishing Day
July August September
Ice Cream Month Romance Awareness Piano Month
Underwear Day Wonderful Weirdos Day
October November December
Breast Cancer Awareness World Vegan Month Tie Month
Lace Day Zero Tasking Day Ugly Christ Sweater Day
Howl at the Moon Day Loosen Up, Lighten Up Choc. Covered Anything
The "N" Word: Nudity
Unlikely Celebrations is not a nude project, though some sessions may require some skin. Working Naked Day or Bubble Bath Day, for example, come immediately to mind. In those cases, I intend to shoot my subjects so as to render suggestive rather than blatantly nude images. Full exposure will be denied the camera by conveniently placed props, costuming, and/or model/camera positioning.
On the other hand, if a ‘Celebrant’ so desires, I’m happy to shoot you in your Birthday Suit as part of your chosen Celebration. Just let me know…
I am conducting Unlikely Celebrations as a Trade Shoot. Participants may choose one of two compensation options.
Option 1: Participants will receive their choice of 10 fully edited Unlikely Celebrations 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 also edit up to 10 image files from THAT session 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 own home, a motel room – just depends on what specifically we are shooting.
Be kind of silly to shoot for “Ugly Christmas Sweater Day” on a beach in July…
|Men's Grooming Day|
I am primarily an “Available Light” photographer, though I do use speed lights & reflectors for fill light, as well as the odd modifier to soften their output.
My schedule is annoyingly open at present, so I am absolutely able to accommodate your busy schedule.
Experienced and first time models are equally welcome to participate. You may be assured I will work with you to capture the best possible images and make the experience as much fun as possible.
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.