Robert James/Studio James
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Time Commitment - I tell most models to set aside 4 hours for a normal shoot done in the studio. The actual time in front of the camera is normally about 2-3 hours. However, there is always some travel time, setup/prep time and of course the final clean-up/wrap-up time. . . so I’d mislead anyone if I said it was only 2-3 hours. If the shoot is going really well I've had them last up to 6 hours.

Of course, if the shoot is done at some remote location there is a longer travel time involved. If a remote shoot was planned I work out all details with the model well in advance. Most shoots are in my studio which is 5 minutes from the Beltline on the far west side of Madison.

Planning - Before every shoot, I like to talk to the model about what types of images we will be doing so we can plan the shoot together. This planning can be done via email or phone and does not have to be done in person.

Clothing - By the day of the shoot the model will know what is expected and what to bring. MOST shoots involve the model bringing a variety of their everyday clothing. We probably won’t work with every item, but having a variety is good.

Props - I also find that ‘small’ props can add to an image. Before the shoot begins, I will ask if there are any small items (small as in: easily ported in a car to the shoot) that they identify with. These items can range from drumsticks to porcelain sculptures. Just anything that is ‘you’ and adds to the shoot.

Music - If we are in the studio, I normally ask the model to bring whatever music they enjoy so we can play their music during the shoot.

Actual Shoot - In general I prefer models who simply want to work together to create great images. In this manner, it is a cooperative effort and both of us are more than likely going to obtain what we want.

In a typical shoot, the first hour is working with a variety of clothes in fully to partially dressed states. After the model has had time to get comfortable working in front of the camera we will do a classic set of images in the nude highlighting the male body using directional lighting. I do not and will not do hard porn images and never take the photo shoot that far, even if requested by the model.

I always give verbal direction to the model and make it a rule that I don’t touch the model. Many guys are sensitive about being touched and it spoils the fun of doing a shoot.

At the end of every shoot I always allow the model the opportunity to do a series of images of their choosing (up to 30 minutes or so and as long as it is not hard core porn). This time gives the model a chance to do images they are interested in. This is optional, but a valuable opportunity for the model if they chose to use it.

References - If you are considering doing a shoot and would feel more comfortable getting references from former models…. Please contact me and I will be glad to provide you with their email addresses. (Note: before blindly providing a previous model’s email address, I would request that we have at least made initial contact and you have shown a genuine interest in doing a photo shoot.)

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