Whats this all about?
Hi there, some of you might know me, some of you may not. Hi anyway. I'm Richard Shepherd, a photographer based in the North East of England, who shoots weddings, boudoir, portraits and many other forms of photography, including many famous authors using my images for their book covers. If you want to know a bit more about that side of things, head over to my site at http://www.rshepherd.co.uk and then come back when you're done.
OK, so most of my time spent behind a camera is for work, though I love my job and shooting weddings etc is such great fun, I always said when I got into photography that I would never let it become the daily grind. I think an important part of keeping it fun is to shoot stuff that interests me and make images for the sake of making something beautiful, not just because I'm being paid to do so. And that's where this project comes in..
What's the project?
I have a fair few friends with a lot of tattoos, and having many piercings myself we've discussed the prejudice and presumptions made about people with extensive body art. I'd like to do something to work against that prejudice, remove the taboo and the 'hard' image that lots of ink often has, by showing inked ladies in a soft, sexy and sensual way. I'll be bringing the pictures together on this site, and ultimately hoping to work towards a book by the end of the project.
What are the requirements?
Really the only requirements are that you are female, over 18, and you have some tattoos! The more the better, but even just a couple is fine if they are large, unusual or interesting! You don't need to have any modelling experience, I'll be able to direct your poses and looks and bring the best out in you. I've shot boudoir with many clients for whom it was their first shot and never failed to get pictures that both they and I loved. Wherever possible I am trying to shoot at the girl's own house or somewhere they suggest, primarily because I'm keen to keep these images unique and fresh, so having the same studio over and over would get very boring very quickly. I'm also hoping to keep a more natural setting to the images than is often provided by a studio, I want to avoid that studio look. If you can not or do not want to shoot at home, still give me a shout, we'll be able to work something out!
What's in it for me?
You'll get a free mini boudoir session, which should take about half an hour or so.
After the shoot the images will be professionally edited, airbrushed and made to look their best.
You'll get a copy of all edited images as 6"x4" prints
You'll also get a disc with all the images at full resolution so you can print any more you wish.
You'll get your own page on this site to showcase your images to the world
Ok, I'm in, what now?
Click the button in the top right which says "Click here to be one of the mINKxes" and fill out the short form there, and we can start chatting to plan a shoot!
I have a few questions...
I thought you might, I've tried to answer some of what I think will be frequently asked questions below, and I'll add to those if anything else keeps popping up. If there is anything not covered, there is a handy form at the bottom of the page to ask anything else.