About Us

Teams

This page is devoted to the work of one photographer, but it really is about “us”.


Model photography is a team sport. At a minimum the team on a shoot is me and the model, but there often will be several other professionals involved: makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists and assistants are all common. And we may be working together for a common goal such as a magazine submission, where the editor gets a say in what we do also. 


So what you see is a collaborative effort: my rendition of the ideas and skills of many others. They may not always be credited here, but their contributions are invaluable. 

In the beginning . . .

This whole photography thing that has dominated so much of my life was never something I set out to do. I had other plans, other life journeys to travel with no intention of being a photographer. But as so often happens, events came together in unexpected ways.


I had been in the Air Force, stationed overseas in a place with cheap prices for gadgets in the military store, and very little else in the area to spend money on. So I bought a good SLR camera and some lenses, with no idea what I wanted to do with them. 


A year later the use became clear. My new wife wanted pretty pictures done of her, and wanted me to take them. I didn’t know how to do that, but had two great advantages: a good “starter kit” of photo equipment, and the fact that neither of us had any idea what a “good picture” looked like. So we shot and declared it good. Well, pretty good. Maybe we could make it a little better with some lights, and a better backdrop? Or another lens?

To the present

In retrospect, those first pictures were awful. But not knowing that had been a boon, and in time we began to learn what quality photos looked like, and I learned how to produce them. By the time of my divorce I had begun a career as a commercial and sports photographer, and in short order had hundreds of publications to my credit.


Eventually I took over a New York City modeling agency, where, unsurprisingly, I specialized in modeling and fashion photography as a free service to my models. For the last ten years I have been retired in Las Vegas, and now shoot happily as an amateur, doing whatever pleases me. I no longer charge for what I do, nor sell photos. I am a photographer simply because I love what I do and working with the people I do it with.

The Professional's Guide to Modeling, book by Roger Talley