F.A.Q. for models
Working with Mr.Muliebris
This wall of text lists the questions I get asked by models regularly. Or just contact me.
"Whereabouts are you in New Zealand?"
I'm often in Wellington, New Zealand. Given some notice I can travel anywhere in the country. I travel overseas regularly.
"What do you shoot?"
My goal is to work with like-minded creatives to create outstanding figurative art works using the fine art nude and the artistic nude. The very best images are epic visual poems. They are Stoppers, as Phyllis Posnick, photo editor of Vogue puts it. "Photos must be strong or unusual or funny or shocking." Let's aim for that.
"Will I be safe when I shoot with you?"
Ask around. Contact models, studios and other creatives using social media. Check my references on modelling site Purpleport. You can email me and if we get that far, talk to me by phone or chat over a coffee. The prospect of a coffee always gets my attention!
I respect my creative collaborators' ideas and boundaries, especially their modelling levels (see a glossary of terms). I work using a shoot brief that specifies concepts, genres and levels using illustrative mood boards that I discuss with models before the shoot, so you know what you're up for.
During a shoot my first priority is your safety and wellbeing for a number of reasons. When a model / other creative works with me she or he is covered by New Zealand (or applicable country) employment law; legally, I am deemed to be her employer. I’m responsible for the model’s comfort, health and safety. I’ve managed businesses so I know how to take this seriously. I’m conservative when it comes to a model’s physical safety too: I can always Photoshop you jumping off the edge of that cliff. My shoot briefs are a guide but frequently inspiration strikes us and a shoot will take off in other creative directions. Nevertheless, a model is completely within her rights to refuse to pose in a way I direct if that pose makes her feel uncomfortable. During a shoot a model is entitled to see any or all images I take and ask for any or all to be deleted for any reason. I frequently shoot tethered to a laptop to make this easier. I don't mind if you bring a chaperone or a friend, so long as they don't get in the way and don't mind holding a reflector.
"What will you do with the images we shoot?"
They are art works intended for sale, competitions, galleries, books, this website, social media and publication submissions. I don't do commercial work for third parties.
"I don’t want you to post images of me on porn sites or stock sites."
Never have, never will. I have no reason to. My reputation’s important to me. I’m not a commercial photographer. On the other hand, images do get pinched. If you see stolen images, tell me and I will set my crack team of merciless Ninja attack-lawyers on the thieves.
"Do I already need to be a model?"
Preferably yes. I think that fine-art nude photography should be a collaboration with like-minded souls who know what they're doing. I usually work with professional, experienced artistic nude models. I'll consider working with part-time and developing models on a case-by-case basis. Models must be aged 18+ and be prepared to sign an industry-standard model release and be photographed with a current photo ID. By the way, if you're considering working as a fashion or commercial model at some time in the future don't shoot nudes with me (or anyone else), because brands and agencies may not take you on.
"I want to be paid."
I pay models and other creatives at local buy-out hourly or daily rates, which we'll agree in advance. I occasionally do TFP work on a case-by-case basis.
"What's it like working with you on a shoot?"
Models I've worked with say I'm a "creative photographer with a professional attitude," although sometimes we all get the giggles. A shoot with me is, "fun, full of positive energy and just generally made the time fly by."
When shooting I work to professional standards. I respect a model’s boundaries. I use mirroring to direct / explain, I use appropriate language and I don’t push levels. I provide a private area for the model to change, a separate model-only restroom and makeup area plus snacks, drinks and lunch at my cost. I also spend a fair bit of time hunting around for misplaced lens caps and reading glasses. Plus I bring music. If you don't like mine you can always put your gangsta rap on and I'll put my ear plugs in.
"Can I have some souvenir images after the shoot?"
Yes, if you agree to tag me, such as on Instagram as @mr.muliebris (and, by the way, thanks in advance for the credit). For paid commissions (where I pay the model) I usually provide the model with a set of around seven to 15 edited souvenir images she is entitled to use as she wishes (social media, even Patreon, etc.) provided she tags / credits me. You don't need to follow me on social media or 'like' any images because that gets weird (but it's up to you). I pay models for social-media shout-outs separately at appropriate rates.
"Can I have the souvenirs before I’m old, wrinkled, grey and surrounded by grandchildren?"
I provide souvenir images within five to 10 working days at the latest, often sooner. Composites and full beauty retouching can take longer: weeks, months and sometimes even years. If you'd like a copy of one of these, feel free to ask me.
"Will you credit and tag me and write me a nice reference?"
Yes, using your modelling stage name / tag, unless you ask me not to (moonlighting agency models sometimes don’t want to be credited). I credit and tag models on my social media postings and in publications using her preferred modelling name or social-media name. I will write references (e.g. on modelling booking sites) and give credit on request in a timely fashion.
"Why do you use a stage name?"
It's a brand that differentiates the work from my other photography and life interests.