Monday, June 30, 2008

Nudes in stock

After handling pre-orders I have enough copies left over to open this up now, so if you order from the books page you'll get the book right away (there are options on that page to just order from the publisher as well, which I noticed folks have done - thanks!)

I have one each of the three other books on eBay that I picked up when I got the proof copy, but that's the last of them - after this point if I need to get some other books to get the cost of shipping down I'll just get more copies of Nudes. I'll try to keep Nudes listed on eBay starting later today (I need to set up a little preview for it) for those of you who like that option.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Post Shoot Notes: Maria

Maria had a nice shoot early this morning, basically in a variety of places near the Golden Gate Bridge. Not that you'll actually see the bridge in any images between the smoke from all of the wildfires and the San Francisco fog.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Portrait Price Increases

This applies to my portrait work, not print sales, but I thought I'd mention it here as well. I like to structure things with a really low sitting fee and higher per-print charges but it's time to have things a little less skewed in that direction. After July 15th it's going up.

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Pictures: Kamarose

I just uploaded the new set with Kamarose.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hiding out

I think you'll need to click on that to have it look like much.

It's really, really hot and has been for a couple of days now. It's supposed to cool down but potentially I could have a couple of outdoor shoots in the next week or so. We'll see. In the meantime I'll try to get the new Kamarose set edited since it's been a while since I've had a full update here, then I'll go back to my backlog from the trip. I'm not making the progress in my to do list that I'd like including some printmaking stuff so I'll probably be trying for a new model shoot every two weeks or thereabouts - although if models are available I'll shoot earlier rather than later and just set aside the pictures until I'm ready for them.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Interesting modeling video

Somebody's made a documentary on Internet modeling called "Time for Prints" - folks might find it interesting. You can also see one of those color charts that I use. The little bit at the end after the credits is GREAT. (if you can't see the video here's the direct link)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Post Shoot Notes: Kamarose

Crazy day today - Kamarose was kind enough to do an outdoor shoot with me today (one of the first frames on the left - as always I just grab one that looks good from the thumbnails) and I have a model pre-meet after lunch and then a maternity portrait shoot this afternoon. I was going to avoid setting up the studio for a bit but sometimes maternity shoots just can't wait, you know?

We shot in the east bay hills. Just so you know, those are California's golden hills, not "brown" or "hey isn't that just dead grass".

The pre-meet's interesting - I've mentioned these before - usually it's a gal who either doesn't have nude pictures to show or is shy about sending them out and if I can't really tell enough about what she looks like to risk it I'll have them swing by and basically they just undress and we chat for a bit and then they leave. It's fairly surreal, actually, in its own way but sometimes it makes sense. Update: It's also a good way to detect flakes and people who will get cold feet and so forth without the pain of setting up the studio. I just wish they'd tell me first - at least an email or a text message or something - I wouldn't have had to rush so much with lunch and setup for the 2:00 if I wasn't expecting to be busy around 1:00.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New book available for pre-sale

There's another to do item done - I've added the new book to the books page complete with the ability to pre-order. The way this works is that if you want you can go direct to the publisher and they'll send you one soon, or you can order from me and get a signed copy when I get them in, or if you want to do the eBay thing you can wait until I have excess copies - might be the same time as the pre-orders ship, might not depending on if I ordered enough or not.

Anyway, you can do any of those options from the book page.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Trip Report

So I write one of these trip reports (travelogues basically) every year, it's kind of traditional. Most of the people who actually seem to read the things are doing some kind of trip planning, but maybe people will find it interesting. If so, check it out.

I'm still chugging through my to-do list. It's actually growing, partially because I'm thinking of more things, and partially because completing some tasks open up the possibility to attack three more things. Also some tasks are triggered by deliveries arriving (because I need the part or chemical or whatever to proceed).

On the plus side I've been swamped with models wanting to work with me. It's mostly a seasonal thing - the college students who didn't get good summer jobs are getting bored just about now. I'm trying to focus on doing some outdoor shoots with models I've worked with before and like but I'll be trying to identify the cream of the crop and getting in some shoots with the newbies. A lot of them end up getting cold feet - always a problem with a model who has never posed nude before - but sometimes you find a real gem.

Monday, June 16, 2008

New book online!

I'm kind of swamped between mailing out packages and going through my mail and so forth, but one thing that arrived today was the proof copy of my new book (not very creatively named "Nudes") and it looks great so I've made it public through the publisher. I haven't really set up previews and such, and it will be a while before I have signed copies to sell, but you're welcome to order it direct. Probably in a day or so I'll set it up here for pre-order depending on how my to-do list goes. You can see which images are in it here.

It looks really great - partially I think Lulu does a good job on most images but I'm also getting a feel for which images will look good with their system so there's a bit of pre-selection going on with that in mind.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I'm baaaaack!

Just a quick note to let people know I'm "back in business" - tomorrow I get to do a big post office run, lab orders, try to pin down some tentative shoots, and deal with the 80GB of pictures I shot over the last couple of weeks (about 5,000 shots). That's less than it sounds like - when you have a cooperative bear or moose you shoot like a lunatic but maybe keep the best one or two.

I wrote most of a trip report but it needs the last couple of days and some editing - I'll post that when ready but the short version is I just got back from a big western national parks driving trip - San Francisco -> Death Valley -> Grand Canyon -> Zion -> Craters of the Moon -> Yellowstone -> Glacier -> Crater Lake -> Lava Beds -> San Francisco.

Anyway, more tomorrow.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Bear With Me

The hiatus is going well - I got the new book done and am awaiting a proof copy before offering it for sale. I'm doing a variety of non-nude work. eBay items have started listing again so that auctions will start ending at the same time I'm really coming back to this on the 16th. That's about it, really.

As always I get a lot of ideas when I take a break, so expect a lot of new stuff happening this summer!
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