By Order of the Swords Empire
I only dedicate my time to gentlemen and expect nothing short of such. (Note: most photographers are male. I do shoot with female photographers too.) I like to know who is planning to shoot with me, so please fill the form stating your name and include your social links. That way I will have a general idea who I'm meeting, which is conducive to a more comfortable and correct acquaintance.
I often bring a variety of clothing to a shoot which turn into heavy/ bulky bags. If I'm traveling to a shoot location then I expect a man to help me carry bags when I arrive. I'm not a deranged brainless feminist and I welcome a masculine behavior from men. If you are not willing to offer help with bags to a woman then there is no need for us to meet.
I value men who go above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. An atmosphere of comfort is easily created just by having a mere common sense. If you operate with dignity and respect, then we will have a productive and pleasant shoot.

I will need you to promise me that you will NOT do following:

  • No touching

  • No lewd comments/ vulgar talk about genitals or any body parts

  • No aggressive direction with loud indecent commands (shouting at me 'More sex!!!! Be more sexy!!!' or similar is super ugly and repulsive, which will instantly end our shoot.)

  • No shoes for indoor location if I organize it. I often arrange shoots in a hotel and ask that you take your shoes off and leave them by the door before walking to a room.

  • No flakiness. Once you said you will be present at a shoot I expect you to keep your word. For that matter I enforce a deposit policy to ensure a photographer doesn't cancel last minute. If you truly have a serious event that prevents you from arriving to a shoot, then we can reschedule and I will keep the deposit for a future date. In case of severe weather conditions on a day of a shoot, I can return the deposit to you. Or if you wish, we can still shoot later and set a new date.
Shooting technique & manner
I won't dictate how to operate your gear, however I would like to pinpoint important technical and also behavioral elements worth paying attention to.

  • I met people who shot with a slow shutter speed and the images were all blurry.

  • Some shot overexposed images, where they could have easily set a faster shutter speed to fix it, as a full frame camera and lightning allowed for that. Those images were all flat, with overblown spots, and I looked like a damn ghost. It's not fun to edit such photos.

  • Some shot without taking time to focus on an image and while I was moving, just clicking on a button like they had a twitch in their finger. Just give me a moment to compose myself and be still to prevent blurry motion! I prefer purposeful photography where things are done slowly, or rather thoughtfully. I would rather have about 400 images after a 2-3 hr shoot than close to 2000. It's also easier to select final images from a smaller amount of files.

  • Some shot without taking surrounding objects in consideration. I like images to be clean and not cluttered with random items. If there is a chance to move unnecessary object from the frame then please pay attention to that when you analyze photos in preview. It's easier to move in 1 second rather than photoshopping things out for several minutes.

  • Some shot being completely silent, giving zero feedback. I'm quite aware of my beauty and don't need cheesy compliments on a daily basis, however I've noticed that it does help to hear one or two supportive words from a photographer, also commenting on clothing or a pose that might look crooked. Please try to practice talking to a model, just a few words. I know it might feel awkward, but it's important to start step by step.

  • Some were trying to be sly and stand in front of a bathroom while I was changing and it wasn't even a paid nude shoot. It's really lame and I will charge a voyeurism fee if you are sneaking around. I will feel violated and irritated too, and it's not a good idea to test my rage potential.
File sharing
Please let me know if you would share some images with me after a shoot. It will make me happy to post edited photos from our shoot to my website or instagram page with credits assigned to you. :)