What types of collaborations are you open to?
I enjoy collaborating with rope bottoms, models, and/or performers to create a wide range of image style: portrait, high concept, performance, fine-art or implied nude, and/or fetish images (with an emphasis on rope bondage).
I am happy to shoot in a location of your choosing. I can also provide a small studio space for portrait, fashion, fine-art nude, or rope. However, while I can and do shoot under studio conditions, I prefer to find interesting locations to serve as the backdrops (or complements) to the model.
I do not shoot explicit images, hardcore images, or images of implied violence outside of a clear and consensual BDSM context.
If you want to collaborate on a concept that involves rope bondage, you should know that I match what and how I tie to the current experience level of the model, and some of that is further mitigated by our experience tying together. In other words, if you’re new to rope, I will keep the ties less strenuous and err on the side of safety. And even if you are experienced, I won’t do any high-risk ties for photos with you until and unless we’ve had a chance to build up to that level together by doing some lab tying beforehand.
Rope bondage can be extremely dangerous, and adding photography to the mix can increase those risks. The biggest risks include: nerve compression damage which can lead to impaired mobility or complete mobility loss for hours, weeks, months, or longer; positional asphyxiation and fainting; muscle and joint strain or dislocation; and the risks of falling (particularly with fainting).
All of these risks get higher as the experience of both the person tying and the person being tied gets lower, but they are always a risk even with the most experienced practitioners. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise, or assure you that they have enough experience to make sure those things don’t happen, is lying … either out of ignorance or because they just want to get you in their rope.
Therefore, I try to accurately assess the experience of the people being tied and keep the level or risk for the photoshoot below that level. In general, I will not suspend anyone new to rope, and suspensions of those with limited prior experience will be confined to hip-harness-based, face-up work.
Also, in general, I’m more than happy to shoot you modeling the rope work of others or to shoot rope tops and rope bottoms tying together. However, I reserve the right to refuse to shoot if the rope work or other situations are beyond my comfort zone or risk profile. I cannot continue in good faith if I feel the rope work that is happening in a project is introducing unnecessary risk or is clearly above the experience level of the top or bottom involved.
What determines the difference between collaboration vs. paid work?
The major distinguishing factors between collaborating “on trade” vs. paid work is the experience of the participants and the purpose and goals of the shoot. If all parties are bringing similar levels of skills and experience together for the purpose of creating art that will enhance everyone’s portfolio, then I typically work “on trade” in that context. If you want me to do specific work for you or your organization, then I will typically ask for payment for that work.
The usual conditions under which I’ll shoot on trade:
- You have established experience as a rope bottom, model, or performer and want to create something that builds on those skills
- When I approach you and ask if you’d be willing to collaborate or “shoot on trade” with me
- When you approach me and we agree that our work together will mutually benefit both of our portfolios
- At certain group shoots (typically organized by a variety of local groups)
- When a local group with whom I have an existing relationship needs a photographer for their event
Some examples of situations where you’d need to pay me:
- You want images to print or sell
- You want images for yourself or someone else, and we aren’t building our mutual portfolios
- You want images created that you plan to use for commercial purposes
- You want me to shoot your event, and we don’t have a prior agreement or relationship
What are the terms you set for collaborating or shooting on trade?
Most of the work I do is through a “TFP” (trade for photos) agreement … which means, we’re both working under the terms of a specific contract that acknowledges that no one is getting paid, that the copyright and ownership of the image remains with me (per U.S. Copyright Law), and that I’m licensing the use of the images in certain ways as detailed in whatever agreement we both sign. (Typically, this means you can share the images freely and use them for promotion … and yes, for me, that also means you can use them in paid-access services like Patreon or OnlyFans provided you aren’t selling print or digital copies directly.)
While I am always open to negotiate specific terms, my “default” TFP sets out these basic terms (though you should read the whole thing):
- We shoot, and I will edit and return to you the images that I think best represent our work and mutual talent. I try to do that within 30 days, but I don’t guarantee any specific number of shots.
- Once I give them to you, you have 30 days to review them and let me know if there are any images for which you would like to restrict the usage. In other words, some you may not want released at all. Some you may be OK with posting online but not as prints, etc. Whatever restrictions you place apply for both of us. (So, for example, if you say I can’t post a certain image, neither can you.)
- Unless you restrict usage for an image, you have permission to use the images to:
- Post online
- Use for promotional purposes
- Use for “paid access” sites (like Patreon, OnlyFans, etc.)
- Unless you restrict usage for an image, you agree that I have the right to:
- Post it online (social media, my website, etc.)
- Use for promotional purposes (which may include editing in specific ways, combining with text, etc.)
- Use it for “paid access” sites (like Patreon, OnlyFans, etc.)
- Display, donate, or sell prints or contribute prints to charity
- Submit to publications or competitions
- We both agree to credit each other (and anyone else involved in the creation of the image) according to the preferences of the agreement.
- We also both agree that we freely and voluntarily participated in the creation of the images (which is why you should sign at the end of the shoot).
Please review my standard TFP agreement that I use for more details, but remember that I’m open to negotiation if you need or prefer specific terms.
What is your general process and workflow? What can I expect when working with you?
Before the Shoot:
- I prefer working together, so I will start with wanting to hear what ideas or goals you have for the shoot. I will also try to determine what limits you may have for the shoot (which may include types of clothing/degree of nudity, requirements for anonymity, specific types of rope or poses, specific fetish interests or limits, etc.).
- From there, we discuss until we agree on a concept, location, date, etc.
- (In some cases that involve challenging rope work, I may ask to meet with you beforehand to prepare and practice if possible.)
During the Shoot:
- I will always insist on a third party for any shoot that involves nudity, implied nudity, or fetish work. Often, that means I will bring an assistant. However, you are welcome to bring someone to the shoot, as well, provided they do not negatively impact the shoot and/or will be willing to assist as needed.
- I try to make clear before and throughout the shoot that your comfort and safety is my priority.
- I will not ask to move beyond any limits you established before the shoot, but I am willing to adapt to the location or changes in your goals or readiness.
- My goal is to enjoy the collaboration and try to make the best art that we can.
After the Shoot:
- If rope work is involved: shortly after the shoot, I will check in with you to make sure you’re doing well.
- I will select and process the images that I feel best present our efforts. (On occasion, I may also ask for your input at this stage.)
- I usually try to send at least one image within a few days of our shoot, and I send all finished images through Dropbox as soon as I’m able (typically within 30 days).
- The items below are based on my “default” TFP agreement; however, we may agree to different terms during our planning discussions:
- Images are 2048px on the long edge and watermarked for sharing online. I am happy to provide different crops and/or censored images for various social media.
- I will confirm which images you are OK with me using for online sharing, portfolio, and prints (with credit as agreed upon in the contract).
- You are free to use the images I provide for promotion and sharing on social media, portfolios, or pay-only access sites (with credit as agreed upon in the contract).
Do you ever pay models?
I do sometimes pay models to shoot with me when I believe that working with them will help to build my portfolio in a specific direction or give me access to a look, a type of shot, or a type of activity that I don’t otherwise have. In those cases, I will contact you and ask about your rates and other considerations.