Victor Devilbliss AKA Michael Bann is hitting the road. I am looking for makeup and hair stylists all over the United States and Canada. There is barely a model or photographer today who isn’t “internationally published” thanks to MagCloud and other print on demand printers but I am one of the few photographers who can claim NEWSSTAND publication credits. What’s the difference? Print on demand are generally magazines produced one at a time as soon as someone buys a copy. Distribution is virtually non-existent and even the biggest names using such services barely sell more than a few hundred copies. NEWSSTAND publications are those you’ll find on a rack at Walmart or Borders or the 7-11 etc. Publications that print tens of thousands of copies (often in excess of 100,000 copies). Of this type, my work has been published in Playboy, Alternative Press, Spin, Outburn, Cycle Source as well as two covers with Street Chopper and The Horse. Magazines with bar codes on them. Additionally I have been included in several hard cover books that are also through major publishers (print on demand exists here too).
I also created and published Retro Lovely Magazine which had been regarded as the highest quality pinup magazine ever mass produced. It was so influential it is the reason I began shooting as Victor Devilbliss, you see the number of people coming at me as a photographer with the ulterior motive of wanting me to publish other work of theirs became unbearable. I had to work on my art under an alias. Now I want to travel and see more of the country as well as work with models and stylists in other areas. I’m hoping to combine the two. Below is a questionnaire/submission you can fill out of you are interested. What do I do differently? Why should you consider working with me? Well for some time now I have implemented some policies that are in stark contrast to industry standards. First off, with every session I do, the moment I finish shooting I provide my clients an SD Data Card with all their photos, EVERY SINGLE ONE, that they can take home and see immediately. NO WAITING. Over the years I’ve heard time and time again how long it can take for models to get the photos they paid for. If you’ve ever worked with a photographer who has done that… taken forever, you know it can reflect poorly on you if you teamed up with them and promoted the shoots. The next thing is I turn around edits FAST. Just as I’ve heard horror stories about how long it takes clients to get their photos, it’s been even crazier how long it takes for some to get their edits back to their clients. I generally get edits back within 48 hours on average (often within 24, barring travel time). It’s so important to me I even offer sessions with the edits a la cart which can keep prices much lower than most photographers who include edits or over priced prints so people can take part in the session and then when they are ready, order edits… and pay for them as they get them, not pay in advance and wait, and wait, and have to ask about them and wait some more. If you work with me and models you may know or have worked with previously they will be refreshingly pleased with these points. Models also get full copyrights to the images. There are no “reveals” or “products” that must be purchased additionally, often at highly marked up prices. Models can get prints or products or seek publication as they choose from who they choose.
While this is my art, I don’t put it ahead of the clients. I work for them. I am high energy and pretty universally regarded as fun to work with. As a man I also take extra care to be respectful and courteous. I have done over 1000 sessions in the last 2.5 years and have an army of female references who can attest to my professionalism. I never touch a client to pose them and have been known to call them “dude” while shooting. I’ve been asked about this and I reply “dude” is way less creepy than saying “sweetie” or other such terms. Here is a link to sample images of mine created on location. I am showing location samples as they are out of the confines and advantages of in-studio. These are samples that show what I can do in environments un-familiar to me with time constraints.
If you would like to chat about working with me, please fill out this form for consideration. I’d love to chat with you.