Saturday, September 12, 2015

Unlikely Celebrations

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…

My Concept
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
My Intentions
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…. 

Model Requirements
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. 

A Few Holiday Concepts

       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
       Bikini Day                               Watermelon Day                   Read A Book Day
                                                        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

Umbrella Day
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. 

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? Let’s talk…

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