Anonymous asked: first of all, i love your work and your vision as an artist, i was wondering which equipment do you prefer?
5d MkII 24-70mm F2.8L
Alien Bee Lights
Anonymous asked: Have you worked with any models that aren't famous or do you only work with well trained, well known girls?
I work with many many models that are relatively unknown on the internet. I have been many of their first shoots. Its all about who contacts me.
I can’t work with people if they never write me.
Anonymous asked: As a fan, I'm curious: Do you think it's disingenuous to have asked fans to support your 50/50 book project then try to make more $ from those same pics through Zivity/prints? It seems like you're taking advantage of the kindness of your supporters (myself included) and cashing in. I traveled to all 50 states in 58 days last year and it took less than $15K, so I'm just wondering where the excess $ went. Sorry, I don't mean to sound mean-spirited, just wondering about your lack of transparency.
No I don’t think it’s disingenuous at all, nor is it taking advantage of my backers, to ask that those who didn’t support the project support the creation of the work in another way. Which means that to see the work my backers are getting to see on the private blog you instead go to Zivity.com and throw down $2 to unlock a set.
There won’t be an excess of dollars leftover from the Kickstarter funds I made at all, and in all likelihood I am going to end up dipping into my own saving to finish the project. Right now I am at state number 32 and have spent a total of 105 days on the road. I am averaging a little over three days per state which is pretty good.
I could have easily traveled to every state much faster but I would not have been able to set up shoots for everyone of them in 58 days. Logistically it’s just not possible. A lot of the models I am photographing have real jobs and real schedules I have to plan around and a few of them inevitably will/have flaked out on the shoot, so I try to plan enough flexibility into my schedule that I can rebound from set backs.
Also, a lot of the money from Kickstarter was spent the first day the funds were transferred on supplies for incentives and data storage. I had to buy good photographic paper, ink, and instant film to fulfill incentives, and hard drives to make sure I could save and back up the massive amount of data 50+ shoots takes up.
I also need to pay to have books made, buy supplies to frame photos, and do lame things like pay rent while I am gone.
If you actually backed my project and are still concerned please feel free to log into Kickstarter and send me a message and I will be happy to answer any of your questions.
justmagdalena asked: I'm in Sydney, Australia & I still can't wait until I get the chance to shoot with you. Whether you're here or I'm there eventually, I just simply adore your works!
Australia is number one on Vaunt’s list so we will probably end up out there within the next year or so
rabtownsend asked: Do you usually end up with just a few shots, trying to get one image, or are you more inclined toward improvisation with hundreds of shots?
I am a chronic over shooter. A lot of times I get the shot I want within the first 30 clicks of the shutter but I will still shoot a couple hundred frames.
I am looking for one great shot. I like to get more because models appreciate that, but really I just want one from each shoot.
Anonymous asked: Who are some of your favorite models that you've met through the production of your book?
I have met a ton some I photographed for the book others just for fun but i worked woth Chunni, Radeo, Sash, Sedona, Floofie, Charmaine, Paige Erin Turner, Annalee Belle, Carrion, Stephanie Edmark, Sonnie Marie Slagle, Mika Lovely, and Shaun Tia all for the first time on this trip and I pretty much want to go back and photograph them all about a thousand times more.
Anonymous asked: Could you post just a few of your 50models pics for us?
Nope, not until I finish the book. This blog is free and always will be, but photography is my livelihood, and in order to continue that I have to have some things that cost money such as exclusive access to my current project. For just $1 you could have supported the project on kickstarter.
So if you want to see them bad enough you can support the models and I by getting yourself a zivity subscription, where I am uploading the entire set from each state.