You got one of those curious business cards, didn’t you?
If so, you’re in the right place.
My name is Laurie Varga and I’m a fine art photographer. You received a card because there’s something unique and intriguing about you and I’d like the opportunity to work with you. Fear not, there’s no wardrobe changes, hair or makeup artists and definitely no nudity. It’s just me and my camera either in a studio or outside in a public place.
I don’t work with professional models, just real people I encounter wherever I go. If you’d like to participate there’s no experience or special skill required, I handle most of the dirty work. In order to honour your time and your value as a subject I do pay a competitive hourly rate. You probably have questions and that’s completely understandable.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with your concerns or to let me know if you’re interested.
How did this project start?
Often, when a photographer sees something we feel compelled to capture, we pull out the nearest camera and start shooting with a furious energy. However, when it comes to shooting people, I’m a little different. As an introvert and a rather private person, I feel it’s disrespectful to take photos of people without their permission (also known as “street photography”). It’s become so ubiquitous to sneak photos of strangers and publish them that it seems our collective privacy has started to wane, and that’s disconcerting to me. This habit also doesn’t pay any credit to the human being(s) in the the image. They are important contributors as well and I think that needs to be to acknowledged.
I spent years trying to figure out how to capture the fleeting intrigue of strangers in a way that respected the other person. This is the process I created to support that.
What do you do with the photos?
It depends how the shoot turns out. As with most photo shoots the majority of the shots taken will never be used. A photographer might take 200-500 shots and only get 4-6 ideal images out of the session. Regardless of how the session goes, everyone I work with is still compensated for their time and each subject is required to sign a standard model release form. Some of the images may be used for social media, self-promotion, art shows, a coffee table book or other applications though at this time I have no specific usage in mind. This project is still in the exploration phase and the end result has yet to present itself.
If you want to know more
Please contact email@example.com for additional information. I’d be happy to answer your questions and would also like to get to know you better. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to work with you soon!