Off to See the Wizards : I recently lost some gear to a pawn shop.  It was pretty devastating… amongst the stuff hocked was a set of 5 pocket wizards.  I’ve been kind of bummed out about losing them…  Today I found four in a salvage metal scrap yard I go to when bored..  in a large crate full of phone chargers and busted electronics.  I paid $4 for for the set.  (Vs appx. $150ea back in the day) Apparently God still wants me to be a photographer.

Off to See the Wizards : I recently lost some gear to a pawn shop. It was pretty devastating… amongst the stuff hocked was a set of 5 pocket wizards. I’ve been kind of bummed out about losing them… Today I found four in a salvage metal scrap yard I go to when bored.. in a large crate full of phone chargers and busted electronics. I paid $4 for for the set. (Vs appx. $150ea back in the day) Apparently God still wants me to be a photographer.

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>”If the heart is empty, the rest will soon abandon you too….”

—Arabic Proverb (via theconsciousmuslim) by way of kitsune dreams

well that explains a lot doesn’t it? 

When you invite Kali in for dinner don’t be surprised if you find yourself face down in smoking rubble and ashes sometime between desert and sunrise.

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My Kali tattoo was done by the super talented Megan “Color-zilla” Massacre in Killadelphia- more on that here.

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Thanks once again to the maintainer of the apneahollow tumblr page for making the job of updating mine a lot easier… another repost - this time from one of the last sets Apnea and I shot together… shot in Portland while attending to some legal matters. When life gives you rain make mudpies…
(hip tattoo was done by mahboy crazydave ashlock back in TX)
Be sure to check out her site if you haven’t already, she completely redid it and continues to shoot new and inspiring work. She and Chase have produced some extraordinary stuff and have been working on a full length film. His site supercult.com and their latenightfeelings.com project are also good places to see what they’ve been up to and get your sexynakedgirlsshotright fix.
As for me, I’ve apparently extended my hiatus from photography a bit longer and postponed the epic comeback until further notice. I closed my studio in DTLA, packed everything into overpriced storage and bought a ridiculous vintage 1972 motor home that even Bill Murray might envy*… I’m still teaching one-on-one sessions on lighting/shooting/editing and may do some new workshops soon.
I’m planning a gallery show in LA for January 2013 stay tuned for more details.
I’ve been reflecting, enjoying life, and incubating… finalizing the details of some new projects. I’m looking forward to reclaiming my place in your hearts and minds… and to being your favorite photographer again :)
Philip /LP
* That’s a “Stripes” reference - for those of you not yet born or old enough to watch HBO late at night when gratuitous nudity and titties flashed the pana-scanned screen like fireworks in the warm summer sky…

Thanks once again to the maintainer of the apneahollow tumblr page for making the job of updating mine a lot easier… another repost - this time from one of the last sets Apnea and I shot together… shot in Portland while attending to some legal matters. When life gives you rain make mudpies…

(hip tattoo was done by mahboy crazydave ashlock back in TX)

Be sure to check out her site if you haven’t already, she completely redid it and continues to shoot new and inspiring work. She and Chase have produced some extraordinary stuff and have been working on a full length film. His site supercult.com and their latenightfeelings.com project are also good places to see what they’ve been up to and get your sexynakedgirlsshotright fix.

As for me, I’ve apparently extended my hiatus from photography a bit longer and postponed the epic comeback until further notice. I closed my studio in DTLA, packed everything into overpriced storage and bought a ridiculous vintage 1972 motor home that even Bill Murray might envy*… I’m still teaching one-on-one sessions on lighting/shooting/editing and may do some new workshops soon.

I’m planning a gallery show in LA for January 2013 stay tuned for more details.

I’ve been reflecting, enjoying life, and incubating… finalizing the details of some new projects. I’m looking forward to reclaiming my place in your hearts and minds… and to being your favorite photographer again :)

Philip /LP

* That’s a “Stripes” reference - for those of you not yet born or old enough to watch HBO late at night when gratuitous nudity and titties flashed the pana-scanned screen like fireworks in the warm summer sky…

Sleeping?! by Christopher Ambler Photography on Flickr.
Mosh and I in SF doing a demo for the Zivity Workshop . I recently came across this BTS shot on the web - taken by Christopher Ambler aka CAMBLER.  He’s got to know when to hold em… and clothes… he can fold em. Knows when to walk away… knows when to run. When I put on workshops I encourage attendees to ask questions as they pop up instead of waiting til the end…  I personally have an attention span of about 4 maybe 5 minutes and would either get frustrated or forget entirely… where was I…  oh yes - and  others might be having the same thoughts or questions and it keeps things flowing and questions lead to more questions… and usually answers… When it all comes together the topics and exchanges hopefully lead to a good old fashioned shift in perspective.I look rather odd - stopping in the middle of shooting from a low position to roll over and have a discussion while staring at the ceiling.  Mosh was also caught in kind of an in-betweener position between poses - I’m not exactly sure what’s happening but she always keeps it interesting. I like how confusing and oddly timed this capture of a tiny slice of that day is… I usually try so hard to sync things together and think about how they “read” it’s odd and kind of funny to see shots like this… I wish I had more documentary/journalistic style shots of some of the crazy moments and milestones of the past few years.   I’m trying to loosen up and share more behind the scenes images and videos, look for more here soon.
If you have any I may not have seen I’d love to see them - especially if any one involved in Chad Michael Ward’s Pain Box project has any of the BTS shots of me as Dr. Monster or in makeup hah : ) Thanks again to Chris for taking and sharing these - you can check out more of his work here.Hope everyone is well, you may have noticed I’ve been off the grid for a few months.  I shut down my LA studio and moved most of my stuff into storage.  Bought another bigger, older RV.  Free bird.  It’s about to get really weird.  More on that soon  :)  I’m enjoying all the awesome work being posted here I still have a lot of catching up to do.Philip

Sleeping?! by Christopher Ambler Photography on Flickr.

Mosh and I in SF doing a demo for the Zivity Workshop . I recently came across this BTS shot on the web - taken by Christopher Ambler aka CAMBLER.  He’s got to know when to hold em… and clothes… he can fold em. Knows when to walk away… knows when to run.

When I put on workshops I encourage attendees to ask questions as they pop up instead of waiting til the end…  I personally have an attention span of about 4 maybe 5 minutes and would either get frustrated or forget entirely… where was I…  oh yes - and  others might be having the same thoughts or questions and it keeps things flowing and questions lead to more questions… and usually answers… When it all comes together the topics and exchanges hopefully lead to a good old fashioned shift in perspective.

I look rather odd - stopping in the middle of shooting from a low position to roll over and have a discussion while staring at the ceiling.  Mosh was also caught in kind of an in-betweener position between poses - I’m not exactly sure what’s happening but she always keeps it interesting.

I like how confusing and oddly timed this capture of a tiny slice of that day is… I usually try so hard to sync things together and think about how they “read” it’s odd and kind of funny to see shots like this…

I wish I had more documentary/journalistic style shots of some of the crazy moments and milestones of the past few years.   I’m trying to loosen up and share more behind the scenes images and videos, look for more here soon.

If you have any I may not have seen I’d love to see them - especially if any one involved in Chad Michael Ward’s Pain Box project has any of the BTS shots of me as Dr. Monster or in makeup hah : )

Thanks again to Chris for taking and sharing these - you can check out more of his work here.

Hope everyone is well, you may have noticed I’ve been off the grid for a few months.  I shut down my LA studio and moved most of my stuff into storage.  Bought another bigger, older RV.  Free bird.  It’s about to get really weird.  More on that soon  :) 

I’m enjoying all the awesome work being posted here I still have a lot of catching up to do.

Philip

jkhoffman asked:

Have you ever thought about writing a photography book? You know, on how to shoot glamour or boudoir or fetish photography? I'm sure it would sell fast and furious, just based on people wanting to get a couple of your shots in their hands!

H, thank you for inquiring… Yes, I’ve been talking to half a dozen different publishers from all over the world over the last 5 years and I’ve changed my mind and approach three times and gone back to scratch hah…  It has evolved from a “just photos” coffee table book to wanting to do a mix of written background and storytelling + some behind the scenes stuff.  I have one publisher on board - we’re still in the brainstorming phase…  I haven’t been happy with the terms of the larger publishers I think this one will be a good fit.  Don’t want to jinx it I’ll be sure to post about it as more details come together.

Philip

MENTORING SESSIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

MORE MIYAGI
LESS DANIEL-SAN

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Tiring of the same old wax on wax off?  Do you feel like your current mentor is taking advantage of you?  Do you find yourself completing his home improvement projects while he watches reruns of Dallas and sips green tea from the comfort and safety of his lazy boy recliner?

If you answered yes to any or none of those questions I may have the solution to your problems and the key to all your hopes and dreams.

 LITHIUM PICNIC PHOTO-JITSU: The Fast Track to Awesome.

I’m offering a pre-registration special for one on one mentoring sessions on camera operation, studio and/or natural lighting, post production and workflow

I usually break these sessions into 3 sections. At the clients request I’ve done some that were 3 solid hours on lne topic like retouching  or focusing solely on studio lighting.

For the first hour we usually go over aproach,  basic or advanced technical theory, my philosophy,  your current frustrations and goals, and anything else you would like to cover.  Anything from working with difficult models to f stops and getting the shots you see in your head but havn’t been able to execute.

Second hour often involves shooting a model while I assist and coach and cover my  philosophy on lighting and shooting. I’ll be looking for remedies to the pain points you identified and making suggestions. I can also help coach and direct the model if you woulld like to see how I work with talent.  

Hour three usually involves going over production workflow – from getting the images off the camera to managing files and setting up photoshop and working on some selects from your shoot. I’ll explain how I sort, manage, and convert RAW files. Many people like to show me their workflow and how they have been doing it to see there’s room for tuning or more efficiency.

One student picked 10 of his favorite photos I’ve shot nd we spent half the hour reverse engineering them – I explained how I lit them and why and what choices I made in post production.

I charge $100 an hour with a 3hr minimum. I recommend limiting it to three hours for the first session and that you approach it as an overview and a chance to work on the areas that have been holding you back.   If you identify areas you would like to cover in more detail we can always schdule additional time to focus directly on those areas.

After the first session you’ll have a better idea of how ithings go and what value you’re getting and what to prepare for the next time. I’ve have a high rate of return visits and satisfaction from my clients. 

I’m booking four of these between now and the end of March.  These will be the last sessions I do at this rate I’m putting a workshop circuit together and will be focusing more on group settings. These rates are for sessions in the Los Angeles area.

If you want me to put on the umpire suit so you can punch me in the chest it will cost extra.

Thank you for your interest,

Philip

Band Promo Shoot Special!

The first three to book and prepay get 20% off - up to $300 off standard rates.

STANDARD PROMO SHOOT $500

Non-Commerical License

1 “Finished” produced print-ready promotional photo delivered electronically (FTP)

Photographer chooses one location in the LA area

90 minute photo shoot

Band provides wardrobe and hair stylist

No pre-shoot consultation

No contact sheet (Photographer chooses final shot)

50% down to book

50% due at shoot

7-10 Day turn around

 

STANDARD PROMO SHOOT WITH CONSULTATION $600

Non-Commerical License

1 edited print-ready promotional photo delivered electronically (FTP)

Photographer chooses one location in Los Angeles

Up to 1.5HR photo shoot

Band provides wardrobe and hair stylist

Pre-shoot creative concept and brainstrorming consulation

No contact sheet (Photographer chooses final shot)

50% down to book

50% due at shoot

7-10 Day turn around

 

FULL SERVICE PROMO SHOOT $1000

Non-Commerical License

1 edited print-ready promotional photo delivered electronically (FTP)

Photographer chooses one location inside the Los Angeles

Up to 2.5 HR photo shoot

Band provides wardrobe and hair stylist

Pre-shoot creative concept and brainstrorming consulation

Contact Sheet with 9 Images (Band participates in choosing final image)

50% down to book

50% due at shoot

5-7 Day turn around

 

THE BALLS: Lithium Picnic Signature Series Concept Shoot $1800

Concept Developed by Lithium Picnic

Non-Commerical License

1 edited print-ready promotional photo delivered electronically (FTP)

Photographer chooses one location inside the Los Angeles

Half day shoot up to 5HRS

Pre-shoot dinner consultation

Additional planning and consulation (2 hours)

Contact Sheet with 9 Images (Band participates in choosing final image)

50% down to book

50% due at shoot

5-7 Day turn around

 

OPTIONS:

+ Additional high resolution images from the shoot may be obtained by the client at base cost of $200 per image + editing rate of $85p/HR for post processing and file preparation

+ $225 Hair Stylists

+ $225 Makeup Artist

+ $185 If photographer is required to suppliy electricity on location

+ $85 per hour fee for additional Pre-production, Consultation, or post production/photoshop effects

+ $250 Commercial License

Portfolio Shoot Special!

The first three to book and prepay get 20% off - up to $240 off standard rates.

MODEL PORTFOLIO SHOOTS

(This will be the last offering at 2010 rates!)

My rates vary based on the project, the amount of work required and many other factors, most of them related to time and hours involved.

I shoot everything from simple commissioned headshots to large scale commercial projects requiring a team. The following packages are for noncommercial model shoots/test shoots only. If you have a project you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact me. You may find this currency converter useful if you are booking from outside the US.

Please note: At this time I am unable to photograph current or former suicidegirl models.


PORTRAIT SHOOT SPECIAL (subject to availability)

Basic Non-commercial Model Released shoot: $300 

  • Non-commerical License

  • Production of a professional photoshoot

  • Includes one look

  • Includes up to 1 hour of editing/retouching/file preparation

  • Photographer choses the final shot for editing (with model input - I’m flexible on this.  Unless you’re out of your mind.)

  • The shoot will include at least 50 shots

  • Client gets one photo file edited at 8x12 inch 300dpi and a web version of the same (900x600 72dp)

  • Client does not get a disc of images or option to review all images from the shoot.

  • This rate does not include makeup and hair styling, these add-ons are recommended and available at additional cost.

  • Prints available at an additional cost.

  • Additional images and prints are available at an additional cost.

  • All files delivered electronically via FTP and email




BASIC SHOOT


Basic Non-commercial Model Released shoot: $500 (subject to availability)

  • Non-commerical License

  • Production of a professional photoshoot

  •  1-2 looks

  • Includes up to 1 hour of editing/retouching/file preparation

  • Client can choose from at least 20 of the top shots posted in a password protected area online

  • Client gets 3 “best of shoot” photo files edited as JPGs at 8x12 inch 300dpi and web versions of the same (900x600 72dpi)

  • Client does not get a disc of images or option to review all images from the shoot.

  • This rate does not include makeup and hair styling, these add-ons are recommended and available at additional cost.

  • Prints available at an additional cost.

  • All files delivered electronically via FTP and email



STANDARD SHOOT


Standard Non-commercial Model Released shoot: $700 

  • Production of a professional photoshoot

  • Non-commerical License

  • 2-3 looks

  • Up to 2 hours of editing/retouching/file preparation

  • Client can choose from at least 35 of the top shots posted in a password protected area online

  • Client gets 6 “best of shoot” photo files edited as JPGs at 8x12 inch 300dpi and web versions of the same (900x600 72dpi)

  • Additional print selections available for additional fee

  • Client does not get a disc of images or option to review all images from the shoot.

  • Client chooses the 6 selects from the “best-of-shoot” shots that I put online in a password protected gallery for review.

  • This rate does not include makeup and hair styling, these add-ons are recommended and available at additional cost.

  • All files delivered electronically via FTP and email.

            

PORTFOLIO SHOOT

Professional Non-commercial Model Released shoot: $1200 

  • Production of a professional photoshoot

  • Noncommerical License

  • 3-4 looks

  • Up to 3 hours of editing/retouching/file preparation

  • This rate does not include makeup and hair styling, these add-ons are recommended and available at additional cost.

  • Client can choose from at least 100 of the top shots posted in a password protected area online

  • Client gets 10 “best of shoot” photo files edited as JPGs at 8x12 inch 300dpi and web versions of the same (900x600 72dpi)

  • Additional print selections available for additional fee


                             
CUSTOM PACKAGES

Feel free to customize your shoots to meet your needs, I base my prices primarily on the value of an hour of my time.  If you have special needs or requirements I would be happy to discuss your project and give you a quote.
             


OPTIONS:

  • Makeup and hair styling are available for my shoots at very reasonable pricing. Pricing varies based on the project and can be based on an hourly rates, a day rate or a “per look” rate.

  • Additional prints may be obtained by the client at a per hour editing rate of $100 an hour.

  • For all non-released shoots add x 2 (for example: a $400 shoot non-released would be $800)

  • Standard delivery for finished edited images is 2-4 weeks if you need rush service we can expedite your post production for an additional fee.

  • All shoots for commercial usage require case by case negotiation of the fee based on the intended use, I am very fair and reasonable about this and base my rates on industry standards. Please contact me to discuss your project and get a quote.

  • If you require me to travel to your location the costs of travel and expenses must be covered.




ASSUMPTIONS


  • Half of the project cost is due before the shoot to reserve the booking. Cancellations are non-refundable.

  • All images delivered electronically unless other arrangements are made in advance.

  • Client does not get a disc of images or option to review all images from the shoot.

  • Most of my shoots are “model released shoots” and I retain ownership of copyright while granting full usage rights to the models and clients. If you need to retain the copyright and prefer or prefer for the work to remain private you must notify me prior to the shoot.
Helen: London 2004 - Heartbreaker, Vixen, Anti-Model…This was a great afternoon in spite of a slight hangover from the Rubberball weekend.  I had just been published for the first time internationally in Skin Two with a feature by Tony Mitchell (who would prove to be a long time friend, party monstering co-pilot, and ally). Bob Carlos Clarke called and chatted her up while we had tea and planned the afternoon in a small coffee shop/bar in central London.  Andy from GothicImage saved the day letting me borrow his 1ds when the uterus finally dropped out of my 10d.  Apnea was on a shoot with Kumi somewhere outside of London covered in custard.  I couldn’t have been further away from Texas.    …and I felt like I was in wonderland.

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Helen: London 2004 - Heartbreaker, Vixen, Anti-Model…

This was a great afternoon in spite of a slight hangover from the Rubberball weekend.  I had just been published for the first time internationally in Skin Two with a feature by Tony Mitchell (who would prove to be a long time friend, party monstering co-pilot, and ally).

Bob Carlos Clarke called and chatted her up while we had tea and planned the afternoon in a small coffee shop/bar in central London.  Andy from GothicImage saved the day letting me borrow his 1ds when the uterus finally dropped out of my 10d.  Apnea was on a shoot with Kumi somewhere outside of London covered in custard.  I couldn’t have been further away from Texas.    …and I felt like I was in wonderland.