Model Mayhem #:
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Apr 07, 2008

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About Me


My Background
I am trained and experienced in still photography, videography, motion pictures, and advertising design.  I worked in the Eastman Kodak Photo Illustrations Division, Marketing Education Center, and the Motion Picture and AudioVisual Markets Division. I was a photographer for UPI. I am a member of the  Professional Photographers of America. I have over 50 years of photographic experience; with over 25 years experience as a wedding photographer. ( I give my models fantastic discounts on their wedding's coverage.) I teach photography courses and have written a variety of articles on photography and currently I am writing another book on photography. I have been selected to be part of the elite Model Society's Photographers' Council.

I am an image consultant specializing in public relations and advertising.  I have  experience that includes industrial, travel, photojournalism, glamour, portfolio/actor head shots, and fashion photography. Past clients relevant to Model Mayhem include talent & modeling agencies, theater and dance groups, and pageants.  I have done commercial product illustrations and fashion advertising.  I have been a motion picture and television producer/director with my work seen on national television. I am "semi-retired," meaning I now shoot more for my satisfaction than a need for money, but still do selected paying jobs.

I enjoy shooting images to help promising professionals get started so I will discuss a near no pay shoot if I think the model has potential to progress. I enjoy helping models and actors move toward success.  I am at a point in life where I can almost give away my talent to help young people who appear to have talent and are just starting out.  I am paying it forward. 

On all shoots I require a pre-shoot meeting to discuss the shoot. I encourage the subject to bring someone with them to meetings and the shoot.

Personal Projects
I shoot images for my own creative projects.  I am working on another set of images for a new display and  a new book of images.  Toward that end, I am interested in working with couples, dancers, yoga practitioners, actors & models, and people with "character" looks.  As you will notice from the images on this site I really enjoy working with dancers. On these personal projects I will offer high quality images in exchange for modelling and I usually pay very well. I have always given my models very discounted wedding coverage as a thank you for helping me with my creative projects.

1.     Custom Designed Sessions -  At John Franklin Photography, you get a custom designed session based upon your unique desires and artistic tastes. I offer extremely artistic fine art and magazine style photography as well as traditional portrait photography so I have something for everyone.
2.     Experience -Over 50 years as a photographer. I have been doing portrait and wedding photography over 25 years. I have done over 10,000 portraits!  I have developed a tremendous variety of artistic styles and photographic techniques.
3.     Digital - I was an early convert to all-digital and am experienced in digital retouching and printing.
4.     Professional – I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PP of A). Your photo shoot is done in a very professional manner.  I want my clients to leave happy and tell others what a great experience they had.
5.     Location - I can provide mixed inside/outside sessions. 
6.     No Pose Limitations - I do not have the restrictions of packages.  You can select individual images or have combination of the same. I am very flexible in the shoot and my prices.
7.     No Extra Charge for Artistic Variations - Want color, black-and-white, and sepia from the same image? Sure – go for it – at no additional cost. In fact, most of my proof sets already contain multiple artistic variations of each image.
8.     Fun - My sessions are fun. Bring in your own iPod or CD if you want and crank it up. Most of my poses and techniques are very similar to those used in contemporary magazine shoots. I also allow each client to interject poses or looks of their own. I always allow freedom for creativity. Some of my best images were created just by capturing things that my clients do spontaneously.
9.     Free Stuff - Want images for Instagram, Facebook, modeling websites, yearbook ads, etc? You can get them at no extra charge.