Due to changes that we've seen over time in relation to Time For and, unfortunately the abuse of this by "so called" models utilising the service to obtain free images that would normally cost $$, we have decided to modify our terms relating to TF Boudoir, fine art and portrait photography. This does not apply to the genuine models we've worked with or those that are serious about pursuing modelling as a career.
A complimentary studio photo shoot is offered to the value of $225 and includes the following:
Uo to 9 professionally retouched images will be displayed on our site along with other social media sites for portfolio building and mutual self promotion.
Digital files and/or prints may be offered at the sole discretion of Studio208 but are not included as a general rule in this offer.
The complimentary package fee of $225 is the value of the photoshoot which covers up to 2 hours of studio time, and the production of social media images. A Hair and Makeup artist is not supplied in this offer.
Here is an example of the link you will be supplied to what will be your gallery for social sharing.
TF is to assist newer models starting out to help to build portfolios, gain experience and for more seasoned models to collaborate with fellow artists. After the shoot, a review of your experience is required where it will be shared for promotional use on your Studio208 gallery.
So with covid lockdown once again in place, boudoir photography is on hold until it's again "safe" whenever that may be so instead of editing body beautiful images, I'll spend some time re-educating myself on the never ending learning curve of my nemesis, Adobe Photoshop. Like many boudoir photographers I've experimented (and lost $$$) on the alternatives only to find I end up back where I started. Don't get me wrong, there are some great and much less expensive alternatives but each one seems to miss the mark in ways that I personally miss when editing.
So with much contempt, I like millions of others will continue to donate to the powers that be. What I have found as an advantage is that although the alternative software developers promote that you own it, never pay again etc. the average cost is around the same as a 12 month subscription to LR+PS so over a year you're no better or worse off. The BIG difference here is that over many years of using PS, LR and alternatives, on average the alternatives end up costing almost the same as the updates generally cost almost the same as the years subscription to PS+LR. I'll get around to doing full reviews on the alternatives in the future but for now and for my boudoir photoshoots I'll stick with the devil I know.
So, a visit to the dentist for a filling has turned into living hell after an abscess decided to develop the following day. It's been a week now and my face is so swollen I can't see my ears not that I'm missing much. The pain has been beyond description and the doctors thought I was in the process of a brain bleed so off I went for CT scans and a barrage of tests all to prove I had tooth ache, but seriously, I like most of you have experienced tooth ache before but never anything like this. Packs of antibiotics, several shoots for pain relief, and various pain management drugs are doing little more than eating smarties and I am so desperately wanting to get sleep but that's not possible at the moment. All being well in a couple of days things will settle down and off to the dentist again to remove the offender. Hope you all never experience what I have over the last week.
Just opened a new roll of fine art paper to run the first art nude prints for the day and heard a nasty sounding click as I placed the spindle onto the roll holder of the wide format printer. The click was a little plastic tab that holds the roll holder on the back of the printer and as it snapped off, luck of the day catapulted the tiny bit of plastic into the works of the machine.....
6 hours later.
Well, at long last the plastic tab that snapped off has now been retrieved and removed from the impossible to get at part of the printer and Epson has an order for a new $1200 roll holder. Amazingly the part is a none repairable / replaceable part, I'm quite sure it was designed to break but so be it, all part the fun (cost) of printing fine art.
I'll be attacking it later to see if I can modify it to keep as a spare for when the replacement part does exactly the same thing in time. It amazes me how a week after w/tee runs out, the issues begin. It's almost as if things were designed to fall to pieces intentionally, nah, that would never happen!
Today started with a call from the solicitor who's costing more than I could imagine to defend a pack of lies against me from a very disturbed money hungry, vile natured drug damaged psychopath (now called "antisocial personality disorder" although I really like the old term better, it more clearly describes a whack job) but lets water things down and pander for the politically correct with fluffy pillows and puppy speech. Anyway, apart from that I've been playing with some new editing software, but not liking it much so will probably stay with Adobe gotchaware. Also trying out some new fine art papers for the art nude and female form limited edition prints soon to be released. More on that later after doing the dmax and ICC profile comparisons. I'm currently using Epson and Hanamules range of fine art papers but the search for extra perfection never ends.
As for Pet Photography, after losing Mindi, the much loved Dogue De Bordeaux Studio Dog to cancer, I was so grateful I had captured hi quality images during boudoir shoots while she was playing with clients in the studio, that I realised how many people only have mobile phone images, and they're generally not good enough for wall prints, hence pet photography started in order to supply others with their living memories of their pets. The first image I took of Mindi as a puppy I printed as a large stretched canvas which hung in the studio window for many years. That image turned out to be an amazing draw card for the business as many would wonder in just to play with the dog or inquire as to when and if they could purchase her pups, unfortunately she was attacked by another dog and that part of Mindi was never to be. Mindi will be getting her own page on the site in the near future.
So, after finding all my previous blogs have disappeared into cyberspace it's time to start fresh.
My main role in life is that of a counselling / psych with the practice is in the adjoining building of the studio.
During the presentation of of images to a client I became aware of the benefit of what's know as phototherapy . The client burst out sobbing saying "It's Just Not Me, I don't look like that" but the fact was, she did. She saw her own beauty for the first time in a long time so with this in mind, and is where, when and why I really embraced the aspect of boudoir photography for women. More about this later.