Ace Fanning Photography
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OFF THE STREET.

off the street.

HI THERE! HOW WEIRD IS THIS? SOME RANDOM GUY STOPPED YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR DAY AND HANDED YOU A CARD WITH THIS WEBSITE ON IT...? SOUNDS PRETTY SKETCHY TO ME!

I'M NOT GONNA BEAT AROUND THE BUSH, ITS WEIRD.

BUT...

THAT RANDOM GUY WAS ME! 

 

MY NAME IS ACE. 
I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER IN PHOENIX, AZ AND I GAVE YOU THIS CARD BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO WORK WITH YOU. LET ME EXPLAIN... I LOOK AT FACES ALL DAY EVERYDAY AND IMAGINE HOW THEY WOULD PHOTOGRAPH, SOME PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF HAVE A FACE MEANT FOR BEHIND THE CAMERA-- BUT SOME PEOPLE, PEOPLE LIKE YOU, HAVE A FACE I REALLY WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH. THERE IS SOMETHING I FIND SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL [OR HANDSOME] ABOUT YOU THAT I JUST WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH YOU.

 

OKKKAAAAAAY.... STILL SOUNDS SKETCHY......
— YOU, RIGHT NOW

SO LET ME ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS YOU ARE PROBABLY THINKING RIGHT NOW!

HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU TRYING TO WEASEL ME OUT OF?
— YOU, BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS TOO MUCH LIKE A LIFETIME MOVIE.

FAIR QUESTION. AND THE ANSWER IS NONE. I AM ASKING YOU TO PAY ME A TOTAL OF ZERO DOLLARS. SO HERE'S THE DEAL, I WORK MY ASS OFF EVERY SINGLE DAY-- I MAKE GOOD MONEY DOING WHAT I DO. BUT STYLED SHOOTS (LIKE I AM ASKING YOU TO DO) ARE MY PASSION, NOT MY JOB. I DON'T NEED YOUR MONEY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. LEAVE YOUR CHECKBOOK AT HOME, BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED. 


NO MONEY, EH? SO YOU WANT TO TRY AND PHOTOGRAPH ME NAKED?
— YOU, BECAUSE AGAIN, LIFETIME MOVIES.

I WATCH A LOT OF LIFETIME MOVIES TOO... SO I GET IT. BUT NO. THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE THAN PEOPLE IN PICTURES ARE THE CLOTHES THEY ARE WEARING. IF YOU LOOK THROUGH MY WORK-- ITS ACTUALLY ALL PRETTY MODEST.  IF YOU SAY YES, I WILL SEND YOU OVER THE CLOTHING IDEAS I HAVE IN MIND AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH EVERYTHING. 


SO YOU’RE GONNA KIDNAP ME?
— YOU, BECAUSE OF THE NEWS AND AGAIN, LIFETIME MOVIES.

AGAIN, NO. MY WIFE AND I ARE PRETTY HAPPY WITH OUR QUIET NIGHTS AT HOME WATCHING SAID LIFETIME MOVIES... WE REALLY DON'T WANT YOU TO BE A TAG ALONG. I MEAN, NO OFFENSE, WE JUST HATE HAVING TO ENTERTAIN COMPANY. 


WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THESE PICTURES? SELL THEM TO CREEPERS?
— YOU BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS JUST TOLD YOU TO ASK IT [PARENTS DONT ALWAYS GET SOCIAL MEDIA]

NO. SO HERE'S THE THING, RIGHT NOW I WORK WITH A LOT OF FAMILIES DOING FAMILY PICTURES-- BUT MY DREAM IS TO WORK IN FASHION. AND I COMPLETELY BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT OUT THERE WHAT YOU WANT TO GET BACK. IF I CAN SHOW THE WORLD (AKA MY INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS) THAT THESE TYPES OF SHOOTS ARE WHAT I WANT TO BE DOING, THEN HOPEFULLY, WITH TIME... ITS WHAT I WILL BE DOING. SO YOUR PICTURES WILL GRACE MY SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITE AND BLOG. 


WHY DONT YOU JUST WORK WITH SIGNED MODELS?
— YOU AND HONESTLY, YOUR BEST QUESTION YET.

I AM A HUGE CONTROL FREAK. RIGHT NOW, THESE SHOOTS ARE "PASSION PROJECTS" FOR ME-- SO I DON'T WANT TO BE TOLD WHAT TO DO WHEN I AM NOT BEING PAID. IF I WORK WITH AGENCY SIGNED MODELS-- ITS A DIFFERENT GAME. FIRST, I DON'T ALWAYS GET TO WORK WITH THE MODELS I WANT. AND THEN THEY HAVE TO LIKE MY IDEA AND IF THEY DON'T, I HAVE TO CHANGE IT OR THEY WONT LET ME WORK WITH THEIR MODELS. RIGHT NOW, I JUST WANT CREATIVE FREEDOM.


SO WHAT DO I GET OUT OF THIS?
— YOU, BECAUSE WE ALL WANT SOMETHING.

WELL... I'M NOT PAYING YOU. BUT I ALWAYS PROMISE AT LEAST 15 HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL PHOTOS DELIVERED BACK TO YOU AFTER THE SHOOT IN THE FORM OF AN ONLINE GALLERY. YOU CAN USE THEM TO CREATE A PORTFOLIO OR YOU CAN BLOW THEM UP POSTER SIZE, HANG THEM ON YOUR WALL AND JUST ADMIRE YOURSELF. TO EACH THEIR OWN.


THIS SOUNDS FUN. BUT WHY ME? I’VE NEVER MODELED A DAY IN MY LIFE.
— YOU, BECAUSE IT REALLY IS FUN BUT YOU ARE SO NERVOUS

NO ONE I WORK WITH IS A PROFESSIONAL. ACTUALLY, IF YOU CAME IN AND WERE A PRO AT TAKING PICTURES, I PROBABLY WOULDN'T LIKE WORKING WITH YOU. I LIKE THINGS A CERTAIN WAY, I LIKE GIVING DIRECTION, I LIKE TAKING PEOPLE AND SHOWING THEM JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE THROUGH MY CAMERA. IF YOU SHOWED UP AND JUST STARTED DOING YOUR THING THEN I CAN'T DO MY THING. I PROMISE, I WILL HELP YOU AND GUIDE YOU. DON'T BE NERVOUS.