#EyesForPeople Portrait Commissions : How To Get Yours
If you’re interested in being photographed for the #EyesForPeople portrait series, I am available for commissions / hiring.
The idea behind this series was that I had purchased a new lens, precisely for this portrait series, that I had been day-dreaming about for months. Since I was too shy to actually walk up to strangers and ask them if I could photograph them for a portrait, I decided to drop some cash on a lens so that I would be forced to use it.
Once I started photographing for this series, I realized that most of the people I approached, who I believed were beautiful, did not think this of themselves. I got all kinds of, “My nose is weird.” OR “My eyes are too small.” OR “I’m too tired today.” OR “Are you sure?” etc. When I sat down at my desk to edit these images and do a bit of post-production magic on them, I was struck by just how beautiful each person was.
I know it sounds corny as fuck. But goddamn these people are beautiful. Pores and all. I cried. Yup. The first time I sat down to edit the first 30-40 images, I cried. So much beauty in my Lightroom folder. I got very emotional. I knew I’d hit on something special here. My biggest worry now was that someone was going to ask me to remove their portrait. That they might not see the beauty I saw. Which would be heartbreaking. ( It hasn’t happened thus far. This worry is another reason why I don’t tag people in their portraits when I post them on my Instagram for example. )
Most of the portraits you see in this series were photographed at two to three separate client events as part of a personal project. I wanted to photograph portraits for people. I wanted people to hire me to photograph their portraits. So, I decided to start photographing portraits for this series, so that I may market and advertise my ability to photograph portraits like these.
As expected, within a few days of publishing the first few portraits in the EyesForPeople series, I started receiving enquiries from people asking me how they could be part of this series. How could they have themselves photographed by me and included in this series. There are two ways to do this.
One way to get me to photograph you for the EyesForPeople portrait series
You can wait to cross paths with me in-person. I should be carrying my portrait lens and DSLR when we meet. It should be daylight hours since the portraits need to be photographed in natural light. You will have to ask me to photograph your portrait and I might or might not comply. That’s how personal projects work. I cannot guarantee that I definitely will make your portrait if all the above conditions are met.
( Disclosure : Most of the initial portraits in this series were made by me walking up to hundreds of people at exclusive, invite-only events, and asking them if I could please photograph them for my portrait series. Thankfully, all of them responded in the affirmative and this series was born. Consent and permissions were involved but the primary condition that was necessary was that I WANTED to photograph them for this series, for whatever reason. )
What I do with the image : I will choose which portrait I like – or maybe it won’t make the cut for being published on the blog – depends. If it does make the cut, I will edit it ( post-production ) and apply the Naina.co watermark on it. It will then be published on this blog, on my Instagram account, on my Twitter, my Facebook Business Page, my Facebook Personal Profile, my Google Plus profile, LinkedIn and Pinterest. I am unable to guarantee that I will tag you handle on any of these networks. Sorry but I just cannot keep up. If your friends recognize you and tag you in the comments, on Instagram for example, and if you then ask me to tag you in the photo, I will.
Another way to get me to photograph you for the EyesForPeople portrait series
You can hire me.
I charge Rs. 7,800 ( inclusive of taxes ).
Any expenses related to travel ( if you are not in Delhi or Gurgaon ) need to be borne by the client. This means that if you are in Bangalore ( for example ) and want to hire me to photograph you, you will have to pay for my flight tickets and accommodation. OR whenever you are traveling to Delhi, you can pay me in advance and block a date to have me photograph you when you are in Delhi / Gurgaon.
I will come to you, wherever you are in Delhi / Gurgaon. During daylight hours, in natural light. I will photograph you from 5-10 different angles – usually takes about 15-20 minutes max. I will then show you the images and ask you to choose one. Ideally I would prefer it if you left it to me but you are welcome to pick one by yourself.
Deliverables include : one high resolution .JPG file that I will email to you or send you a link where you can download it. This will be an edited image ( post-production ) without the Naina.co watermark. There will also be one low resolution .JPG file, which will have the Naina.co watermark. The high resolution file can be used by you to print the image pretty much as large as you want. The low-resolution image generally finds use for sharing on social media. The image will also be published on this blog with a link to all your social media accounts and your website, if you have one. Wherever the image is shared online, it will be accompanied with your full name and a link to your account on that platform. Licensing : you can do whatever you want with the photo except sell it to a third party or give it to a third party so that they may use it to sell products or services. So, no advertising / commercial use. You can use it as your profile photo online, you can use it as your “author” photo for a book jacket, you can include it in your portfolio that you send out to modeling agencies if you’re a model.
There you have it. Thank you for reading.
If you have any questions / doubts, or you would like to hire me to make your portrait, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
(Prices and / or deliverables are subject to change without notice. The same will be updated here on this blog post.)