Welcome to the Modeling pages of the Gregeiger Co. Utd., Inc. website!

About working with Gregory Geiger, “G3”- I will treat you with professional respect.  I have no interest in being a “dating service”, my interest is creating excellent images of you!  Models that have worked with me in the past have seen how hard I work, concentrating on the lighting and posing, making sure that you look great during the photo-shoot.  My philosophy is that we are a creative team, your in-put and suggestions are welcome, I will explain what I’m doing and show you the images while we are shooting.  If you are a beginner, there are no stupid questions, ask all that you want to know.  I enjoy teaching; after all, it will make you a better model on your next shoot.  Your safety and comfort are several of my prime concerns!  Having “back-up” with you is not a problem, as long as this person doesn’t expect to be in the camera room or right on top of you while on location.  I require your undivided attention, not looking at your boy-friend for approval. 

You will post all the photos we take on my website with a private page only you will see. Usually I get the photos posted within 8 hours after the shoot.  I am willing to edit one (1) image per clothing change and e-mail you that file. 

For all shoots, we are “joint-copyright holders”, (click here for a GCUI Model Release).  I will not re-edit any images where I switch your head to another person’s body.  When we work together, I try to create a concept page produced before the photo session.  This is a pre-planned list of images/poses/props/backgrounds that we would like to create.  Your in-put is welcome and encouraged!  If you have any “Rules”, please let me know.  I have no problem with your individual boundaries; I just need to know what they are! 

Lastly, photography should be fun!  If you are not prepared to have fun when doing a photo shoot with me, please cancel the appointment.  One of my favorite sayings, “Enjoy life, this is not a dress rehearsal!”  or “Life is too short to work with a bitchy model…”

Model’s Information and Suggestions (compiled from my experiences and various websites)

First to begin with, when choosing to shoot with any photographer, make sure he has a good reputation and is known to practice good business.  Contact other models who have worked with the photographer before.  Trust your instincts on who would be good to work with.  It is always better to be safe than sorry!  For the first time, and until you know this photographer, have someone accompany you to the shoot for your personal safety!  Some things you should ask a potential photographer:

1)  What are your rates and what is included for that rate?  Get this in writing, save and print any e-mails.

2)  How many looks does it include?  Who supplies props?

3)  Will the shoot be digital or on film or both? 

4)  How many photos do I get or rolls of film?

5)  Do I get a CD of photos or do I get slides and/or negatives?  When can I expect to receive them?

6)  Do I get any prints and/or enlargements?  What are your charges for these?

7)  Does this fee include a makeup artist, hair stylist and/or wardrobe stylist?

8)  Will this include any photo-retouching?  What is your retouching charge?  Will you retouch to my requirements?

9)  Does the price include having copyrights of the picture?  Can I have your images re-edited by another graphics person?

10)  Will the shoot be in color or black & white or both?  Will you convert to B&W the photos I request?

11)  Will the looks include shots in studio or out on location?

12)  What type of lighting equipment will be used?

13)  What does the photographer plan to use the photos for:  studio portfolio, website only, mailing marketing, ads, stock-photography sales, etc.

14)  Do you have a portfolio or website that I can view your work?

15)  May I see a copy of your Modeling Release?

16)  Do you have a concepts or ideas page for our shoot?

 When you do decide which photographer to use for your portfolio, be sure to get all the details that you agree upon in writing so that there will not be discrepancies in the future.   Make this an attachment to the Modeling Release, I call mine, “Schedule – A”.         

On Finding Good Photographers

1) Ask other models about photographers they recommend.

2) Search on sites like: onemodelplace -ModelMayhem - modelplace - imodel.com - modelsmania.com - freelancemodels.com - allmodelzone.com - supermodels.commusecube.com - ujena.com for photographers in your area.

Words of advice as you start out:

  1. Trust you instinct!  If you don’t think the photographer is reputable don’t deal with that person!
  2. Get a copy of the photographer’s Modeling Release.  In this day of the Internet, any good photographer will be able to send his copy to you via e-mail.  Get it early read, ask questions on parts you don’t understand; ask to change the parts that you don’t like. 
  3. Have a list of your “Policies”; will you pose topless-covered, exposed; in a tiny thong; in see-through clothing, etc.  You can review the pages of other models to draft your starting list, as go grow and become more comfortable with modeling, this Policies page will change.
  4. Draft you own Model Release.  Make several copies and bring them with you on shoots.  In the event the photographer “forgets” theirs, use yours.  In TFP shoots, get “joint-copyright” rights.
  5. Have someone as “back-up” when you go to work with a photographer new to you.  If you can’t bring a friend, call someone when you arrive at the shooting location and call when you are done.  Write down the address and contact information of the photographer and leave it at home. 
  6. Don’t accept “last minute changes” in the shooting location, unless it is weather related.  I’ve heard stories about the photographer telling the model the address only the day of the shoot, the location turned out to be the basement of a friends’ house where the father wasn’t to know they were there!
  7. Always use your own make-up and brushes.  Professional make-up artists keep their make-up and brushes clean, but the make-up at a photo studio, you don’t know who used it before you!
  8. Always have a nude thong with you, wear it under any outfits as you feel the need.  To conceal your breasts, cut out a layer or two from an old pair of pantyhose, use double-stick tape to hold in place.  Then you are free to pose as “topless” as you dare!
  9. Once you agree to any assignment (paid or TFP), print out the important details (e-mail, Releases, attachments, etc.) confirm the street address and ask for directions, (double check with MapQuest or Yahoo Maps).  You won’t believe the number of photographs that are dyslexic!
  10. Upon arrival leave your bags in the car.  This will allow you a quick exit after you ask to look around and feel you need to leave for your safety.  Ask to see the Modeling Releases, check the copy against your previously e-mailed copy, review meanings, confirm changes and agree to amendments or additions.  If you are to be paid, get the payment up-front, before “the book-keeper just left, I can’t sign your check, we’ll mail it to you.”  “Right!”

Gregory's Suggestions to Fast-track on Being a Better Model                                                           Tips For First-Timers                                                                         revised 01/30/10


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