Havok Heavy Red Fashion Show

The lovely and talented Jinxy invited me to come to a fashion show for Heavy Red that was being held at Havok, Houston’s goth nightclub. Pretty girl asking me to do something and I’m unable to deny her. And if it involves other pretty girls and taking pictures, why would I?

The show was suppose to start at 11 PM, so we got there about 9:30 hoping to meet some people and pass out some business cards. The place was dead at 9:30. Lucky for us – us being the Mrs and I – our friends Marc and Heather were coming to. They arrived soon after us and we hung out together for the next 3 hours. The fashion show didn’t happen until Midnight and the club had a lot more people there by then.

Didn’t have AC though. Apparently someone stole the coils out of their AC unit. Go figure. So it was hot. Luckily we got a booth in front of a fan and weren’t too hot.

I’m not a good one for working the room. OK I suck at it. So I gave 1 business card to a cute girl, but that was it from the model perspective.

I did see Phillip Warner aka Lithium Picnic working shooting the models, and when I noticed it was no longer shooting I went over and introduced myself. We talked for awhile about his gear getting stolen. Then Apnea his significant other came over and needed him so we had to stop talking. Seemed like a nice guy.

Ran into him and Apnea after the show and talked some more. Gave him my card, and told him about my new studio Houston Skyline Studio which we plan on renting. Didn’t talk to Apnea much and chickened out on asking her to be in my latest project, the Goth Swimsuit calendar.

I realize I mentioned a couple of things in passing that deserve their own blog entries. I’ll get to that.

Heather/Spleen

Another weekend shoot, another goth girl. Last weekend I shot new model Heather aka Spleen. She’s a cooking student at the Houston Art Institute and we’re thinking about doing a goth cooking show. At least as a video podcast. It turns out she’s also the girlfriend of my co-worker Marc. Together they are Seraphemera a publishing company.

Here’s the preview image for the cooking show.

And this is pinup.

Writing an Online Model Profile

This entry is from my series: A Photographer’s Guide To Models.

Been cruising the online modeling sites today and can’t help but write something about profiles. By a profile I mean the actual text that goes with your portfolio.

Here’s a few bad things.

Saying you only want paid work when you have a crappy portfolio. There is only one area of modeling you are going to get paid work with a webcam portfolio – porn. And not softcore or nude porn, nope we’re talking hardcore. You might be able to get some bondage work – I’ll let you decide if that is hardcore – but you aren’t getting any other kind of work.

Tell us your life story We don’t really care about where you grew up. Actually we don’t really care that you’ve always dreamed of being a model. That’s nice, but it too isn’t relevant.

Saying you will only do TFCD with professional photographers. This one is close to OK. What you really want to say is you only do TFP with good photographers. Or the nice way to put that is, “I am currently only doing TFP with photographers that will help my portfolio.” And you don’t really get to say even that with a webcam portfolio. If that’s what you’ve got you should shoot with some amateur photographers, they are better than webcam.

Here’s a few good things.

Admit your new and want to build your portfolio via TFP Photographers won’t think badly of you if you have a webcam portfolio and admit is sucks. In that case just make sure your portfolio has a decent shot of your face and a shot of your body, preferably in something like a swimsuit. And don’t process the images. They are their for documentary purposes.

Tell us what you want to shoot. Let us know the kind of things you want to do helps a photographer what to expect.

Groupie? Date Request?

Recently I signed up for Retro Kitten which is a photographer/model site for pinup and retro people. Friday I got this email.

Hello
I am called chamy odily I saw your profile today and found youworthy to be mine as some one whom i can lay on hisarms as long as love is concern, caring and teassingyou all the nightlong, If you are interested inknowing more about and for me to send you somepictures of mine my contact thus:(———[email protected])awaiting to hear from you.
Loving you forver
chamy

I’ve removed the email address. The profile URL that came with it was invalid. I don’t know if this was spam or just a very weird person.

I did find it slightly humorous on a number of levels so I thought I’d post it.

Diet Update

Because I know y’all are waiting with baited breath to find out how I’m doing. It is 3 weeks into the diet now and I’m 199.4 (-11.6 lbs) this morning after a weekend with some cheating. The Mrs made me make homemade ice cream and chocolate chip cookies for a church thing. It is impossible to do that an not cheat. 🙂 But the effects weren’t too bad, I’m only up .2 lbs from Friday.

Did I mention I’m involved in a bet with a co-worker on who can lose the most in a month? I am and it has helped me keep on when the diet was boring and I was plateauing. I do plan on pigging out at the end of those four weeks though :).

How Do You Know If A Business Idea Will Work?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. I’ve got a number of money making ideas, but I don’t know which I should do. To some extent I know I should do what I love, but most of my ideas come under that. If I don’t like the idea I stop thinking about it. So I’m left with which one?

My internal process says I should pick the one that will make the the most money on its own. The one I can put the time into now and get the $10,000 days out of in the future. Ones that will bring a steady stream of income in so I can do the other interesting things that don’t generate income – like taking pictures of pretty girls.

But how do I know if an idea will work. I can think it will work, but how do I know? I’m not asking for absolute surety, but I want something better than “If I can do 1% of what myspace does, I’ll be a millionaire.”.

This seems a classic entrepreneur question that has to have been answered a 1000 times.

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Diet Update

This morning I weighted 203.8, which means I’ve lost 8.2 lbs in a little over a week. I was consistently going down each day until Sunday, when my wife had to make cookies for the church group meeting at our house. See got sugar free cookies, but even then that’s enough carbs to make you retain water, so I flattened out Sunday and up a little Monday. But I got down today under even Saturday’s weight.

It’s interesting that I lost 5 lbs in the first 2 days and 3.2 since then. Losing 2 to 3 lbs a week is about what you should expect from a diet and it looks like I’m on course to do that. Which means I have about 8 weeks a head of me to reach my goal of mid 80s.