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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Small town fashionista.

Q: I LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN AND WANT TO GET INTO FASHION. I TRY TO BOOK MODELS FROM MODEL MAYHEM AND THOSE OTHER SITES BUT I’M HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING PEOPLE TO COMMIT TO SHOOTS. I ALSO FEEL LIKE THERE’S SOME CREEPY STUFF ON THESE MODELING SITES. I’M ABOUT TO SIGN UP FOR A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP IN MY TOWN AND I’M THINKING I MAY BE WASTING MY TIME.

A: First, let me address this creepy vibe you speak of.

Name me an environment where a middle-aged man can hang out with a hot young thang and still be able to talk about it in mixed company? “Fashion photography”—that’s where.

You tell me which one sounds better:

“How was your weekend?”

“Oh, it was awesome. I hung out with a bunch of other dudes taking pictures of girls ...

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