The FuriousFotog® brand specializes in male model/couples photography and licensing for romance book covers (including those with diverse characters, genres, and storylines). As such, I no longer shoot general portraiture, cosplay, weddings, events, or gym/sponsorship shoots.
Before the shoot:
Book cover photography is very different from portrait/portfolio photography on the business side, therefore it is important to demonstrate professional courtesy relative to shooting with other book cover photographers after scheduling a session with Furious Fotog.
Keep things in mind such as:
The Model Release section below contains important information on Furious Fotog's paperwork.
On your shoot day, try to arrive on time for your session (normal start time is 9:00 am or 9:30 am) to allow time for mandatory paperwork (the Model Release). Be sure to bring a driver's license or official government-issued ID.
My home studio is located in Athens, Alabama.
This small town is situated about thirty minutes north of Huntsville International Airport (code HSV), about an hour and a half north of Birmingham Airport (code BHM), and about an hour and a half south of Nashville Airport (code BNL). Several classes of hotels are available in Athens if needed (~10 min from the studio) and in the neighboring municipalities of Madison, Providence, and Huntsville.
The images taken will be offered for popular romance and/or erotica books, which make up ~20% of the books sold globally (second behind general adult fiction) in a $1 billion industry. The storylines may include diverse characters (lgbtq+, interracial, etc.) and events as well (motorcycle club, mafia, action-adventure, paranormal, etc.). The appearance of final cover designs and book titles will reflect the genre but are not under my own control.
Recommended items for every FuriousFotog photoshoot:
Optional items to bring for themed book cover photoshoots (if owned or available):
The number of looks:
There is no set limit to the number of looks in the photography session; the only limit is time.
Where photos will be taken:
General shoots occur in the studio on a black backdrop, interiors (only if relaxed lifestyle, bedroom, or shower/wet shots are taken as part of book cover photo shoots), and on location for country and urban backdrops.
Costs and/or Payments:
For book cover shoots, there is no cost to the model, and when I license a photo for a book cover, I share payments with them once the client (authors) pays their invoice in full. This payment - called internally a talent fee - is typically $300 for the model per image licensed ($289.04 after business invoice fees). For those payments, I use either PayPal or Venmo.
Note: Although I’ve licensed over 2000 photos to date for several hundred authors across the globe, there isn't a guarantee of any sales, since that part is out of my hands and up to the authors and their particular book characters. There may be a lot licensed right away, or over time, or there could be none at all.
Types of Images Taken:
Due to Amazon and other retailer restrictions, the looks for the photos themselves are more commercialized “sexy” so there shouldn’t be any worries about anything too risqué. Mainly things like shirtless in jeans or wearing simple tees in the studio and on location, plus other specific themes with wardrobe and props (like football gear, biker vests, bad boy/leather jackets, etc.). It all depends on what best fits the particular model’s looks.
Types of Books:
The images taken will be offered for popular romance and/or erotica books.
The storylines may include diverse characters (lgbtq+, interracial, etc.), places, and events (motorcycle club, mafia, action-adventure, paranormal, etc.).
The final cover designs and book titles will reflect the genre and are not under my control.
Please note that hair and makeup services are not provided as part of the shoot, so please arrive camera-ready and bring any hair or makeup product if any touch-ups or adjustments are necessary.
My goal for any shoot is to capture you in the best manner possible while providing a variety of looks consistent with my style. I strive to keep a relaxed, yet professional environment free of stress or other uncomfortable factors.
After The Shoot:
NOTE: Book cover photography is different from portrait/portfolio photography. Since Images are sold once and carry a high price-point, please do not repeat the exact same looks you shoot with me with other book cover photographers. This will avoid causing issues with your own modeling brand, and allow creative freedom for all parties. Simply changing clothes, facial hair or hairstyles can work wonders longside taking future photos in different locations with different physical characteristics such as body composition during cutting or bulking phases.
Cancellations & Rescheduling:
Photoshoots that have to be canceled shall be rescheduled as soon as possible, but only when both you and the Photographer's schedules mutually align to be convenient for both parties.
The Model Release Form is a required document that gives consent and protects both Model Images and the Photographer from misuse of Images.
There are two options for the Model Release Form which are summarized below. They cannot be combined. However, in both cases, the release protects your Model Images from being used for pornographic or otherwise defamatory purposes, so there's no need to worry.
This is the Standard Release used for book cover photoshoots.
This is a Special Release that is used for photoshoots where the Photographer shall pay the Model for their time at a prearranged Day Rate for the sole purpose of shooting Model Images without any further compensation. In this case, the Model is being been paid for their time only via the prearranged Day Rate instead of a Talent Fee per Image. Otherwise, the terms are identical to Option 1.