Thanks for the feedback, Jimmy!
To answer your question yes, and, I don't really know... LMAO.
Here's the readers digest version:
Like you I started out in film and video years ago. Mostly indie film and doc stuff and like all good cinematographers, did a lot of still work. Back in the late 80's early 90's I was approached by some fine family men to shoot pretty girls for this new internet thing that was going to replace magazines....
That ended for me around 1992 and my life took another path.
Fast forward to the end of last year and after getting back from doing some doc work in Africa (after the breakup of a seven year relationship) I needed a break and was tired of shooting things that, while important, were pretty ugly on a very visceral level. So I attended a workshop for shooting "models". It was kind of lame, but they were interested in having some instructional videos made so I went. Never did work with them, but afterwards, I sent some of my photos to the girls and they loved them and asked if I would shoot them again. So, yeah, sure... Well, then about two months ago I'm sitting down with a printer I do business with and we're BS'ing and I'm telling him about what I'm doing for a laugh. He's not laughing though. He has a bunch of clients in the area that have been thinking about using glamour style imagery for promotion and ad work (custom bike/car guys mostly) but they don't know where to go for it and most of it looked lame to them. He asked if I could do that for him. We discussed a few other ideas as well including some video applications (for example shooting a promotional calendar along with a "Making Of" DVD which would also include interactive video of their product line) and he liked the idea. I started to pitch a couple of his clients and so far they think it's great. In addition, a couple of the girls have asked if I would create sites for them and shoot some content for them.
So, I formed Paramour as a way to separate the glamour work from other work that I do. The concept of it at this point is essentially commercial glamour and I will use the site to pitch potential clients. Most of the content on their is geared toward what we can do for clients. The "our models" section I'm a bit unsure about. I don't want to get into the business of managing models. What I do want is a virtual "book" that a potential client can view of models we work with. If they don't like anything there we can book another model, but so far it seems like they want to be able to start checking out talent immediately (no doubt not an entirely work related process, but as long as they write a check, I'm ok with that). The Featured Shoots section is just a way for us to show off a bit and have some fun and hopefully those viewing the site will find it fun as well.
Now I just need to learn the portfolio software I have and decide how I want to handle that - that is the next section to work on. Once I have a format, I can start uploading content. I can't decide if I should break it into sections (as the test page is now) and have a bunch of images in each one - or - if I should just put the best 20 images there regardless of category and leave it like that. I think I will have sections limited to 20 images per section. What do you think?
That's about it. This may completely blow up in my face and have been a colossal waste of time, but I'm having fun and it sure as hell beats shooting a village full of dead children...