A few of these are more for the next kid, but I threw them in anyway.
Make sure to get some shots that you want for you. Forget worrying about peoples opinions. Not everything has to go to the public opinion court of Facebook and family reunions. This may be the last chance for you to mix pregnancy, art and you for awhile; or ever. Your mother never really got any photos while she was pregnant, much less unique ones. Crohn's wasn't exactly on her radar. Make the best of the opportunities you have.
Props are cool, just make sure you don't try to use too many at one time. Sometimes less is more.
Let yourself be my client for a couple hours instead of my daughter. Relax, listen, and connect.
One thing I learned on Lauren's shoot; if you're going to do wraps and sheets, do wraps and sheets. Trying to mix that with an outfit underneath is a total PITA to edit and a hassle to style on the set.
There are no stretch marks, blemishes, or cellulite in photoshop. There is in the mirror. Twenty years from now it will be the idea of your pregnancy that is important, not the real details.
Think about how and what you want printed. Not everything has to be printed, and not all prints have to hang over your couch.
I love B&W, I hate selective color. (Where everything is B&W except for one thing.) I'll do it if you want though. It's a fad who's day has passed.
You can leave comments on the individual images if you have thoughts about them. I didn't select them for the quality of their execution, just the idea or emotion they portrayed.
Here are some examples of my work for Zivity. All of these images are from published sets on my profile, www.zivity.com/users/orchardlight. I'm working for this site because they want beautiful art and pin-up images, not cheap porn.
Zivity is a cross between a traditional pay site and social networking. Subscribers get a number of votes with their monthly subscription, and use those votes to support the sets and models they like. Each vote is worth $1; with the model receiving 60% of that and the site and the photographer splitting the remaining 40%. Checks are sent out quarterly as soon as you have at least $50 payable. Yes, you make 3 times what I do from this. You probably won't get rich here but you can get back some investment. I'll make enough to buy a coke or two.
Networking with the subscribers will increase your sales and build a customer relation with your fans. Send them a note when you have a new set going live, send them a note to thank them for votes, sign up for chats, and have an interesting and positive profile page. It's sales like any other type of commission sales job.
There is an initial model release you will sign with the site that will cover all your submissions to Zivity. At that time you will also need to complete a W-9 for the IRS and have a copy of a government issued photo ID. I have both forms available to fill out at your first shoot, can make a copy of your ID, and can send in all the paper work with your first photo set. You will need an account on the site to approve your images before they can be published. You can either email the site administrator and request a trial membership at email@example.com or I can send you an invite code for a trial membership. Either way after your first set is published your account will change from a trial membership to a free artists account.
Zivity's content guidelines and requirements leave a lot of room for creativity. The set can only feature one model, cannot contain real or fake body fluids, cannot have the hands within three inches of the genitals, and does not require nudity.
I will shoot sets for Zivity similar to a TF shoot. In exchange for your modeling time I will edit and upload at least 8 images for a set on the site. The images sent to the site will also be uploaded to a private gallery for you on my website with full size, watermarked, images. These images are available for you to use for non-commercial and self promotion use online and in print. Images submitted for contests on Zivity will split the winnings 50/50 between us. A typical shoot will last three to four hours and will usually produce three to four sets for the site. While the site does not require nudity, I do expect to shoot nudity or partial nudity in most of the sets. People pay more to see more of you. Shoots will usually take place at my studio in Hockley.
I do allow escorts on set. If you feel an escort would make you more comfortable than please invite someone along. I do request that the escort not be a significant other. I've found they can be more of an unintentional distraction than a help in most cases. Also, since these shoots will involve nudity please make sure your escort is 18 or older.
If you have any other questions just ask. firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs from aboard the battleship Texas. This is a personal project of mine to show the old warhorse while she still sits in the water. Plans are underway to berth the ship in a dry mooring surrounded by dirt to save her from corrosion. The ship is almost 100 years old and it's a constant fight to keep time at bay. The Texas is the last surviving dreadnaught in the world, the one time flagship of the US navy, the only battleship to have fought in both World Wars, the Pacific, and the Atlantic.