If you are photographer with a creative desire to shoot a wide variety of unique and talented models in fun and different settings, this group is a wonderful resource!
If you are an 'alternative' model (the unique, edgy, advant garde, non-'traditional' guy or gal) who longs to pose for more than everyday fashion shots - this group is the place for you! Our models are all sizes, shapes, colors, genders and background. They are not cookie-cutter runway or magazine models.
If you're an artist who loves to experiment with the cutting edge, or appreciates creating art inspired by the human form (no matter the size, shape, color or gender of the model), then you'll certainly fit in with this group!
The word 'alternative' is operative in our case. If you're a photographer who's into puppies, kittens, wedding pictures, baby pictures, pretty portraits, family picnic shots or feel uncomfortable by anything edgy, erotic, exotic or controversial, this group is NOT for you. And while we have strict rules against pornography or sexually gratuitous pictures in this group, we do like to come up with themes for our shoots that are considered eye-brow raising (Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Fetish Pin-Up, etc).
If you would be uncomfortable photographing at these kinds of events, this group is NOT for you!
Models: if you tend to hide behind your clothes or are uncomfortable with your body or looks in any way, you'll certainly be challenged in this group OR it'll be the best thing to happen to you as far as boosting your self-esteem! We love to work with models who possess self-confidence and positive energy and enthusiasm - no matter their size, shape, gender or color, body scars, tattoos or other 'talismans' of life.
Photographer-members are asked to pay a small yearly membership to help keep our event fees as cheap as possible. A small model fee is collected at each event to keep the models happy: and awesome models they are! As unique and talented as the photographers and artists that they pose for. It is not unusual to have a good variety of models posing at a single event, which is the perfect opportunity to snap hundreds of great shots of many different looks.
Members who 'lurk' (fail to attend at least three events a year) may be removed from the group.
Members who fail to follow group guidelines (see: 'Group Guidelines' under messages section) will be removed.
Members who in any way disrespect, harass, abuse or act inappropriately towards our models or each other WILL be removed.
Photographers who fail to take (and then post) equal shots of both male and female models at the events (IE: only take pictures of the females and shy away from taking pictures of the males), could risk being removed from the group.
Our photography and sketch sessions are held in a variety of studios, private homes, galleries or unique locations that are chosen for their creative atmospheres. The sessions are based around different themes, and there is always an interesting variety of models to work with.
Come join the group and be part of the creative process!
New members must be approved by the Organizer
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I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers