After the Virus: I’ll Be Looking for a New Muse…

by | May 20, 2020

…but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it now.

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

A muse is a woman or a force that’s personified as a woman and who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist, or in my case a portrait and glamour photographer.

For many years my muse was Tia Stoneman, an actress and model who inspired me with her style, talent and imagination. You’ve seen her photographs, including today, on this and my former blog and in many magazine articles and books but she retired from modeling to focus on raising her children. In searching for a new muse I found Erin Valakari, who you’ve seen on this blog in recent years but she seems to have moved on to other aspects of her life and career.

When testing cameras, lenses and lighting equipment, I need models to pose for the kind of photographs that you see on this blog and hopefully, in the near future, a new book. I’ll be making photographs to illustrate how-to stories as well as cameras and lens reviews. I prefer working with women from ages 21-45 but they can be of any size or ethnicity. And no experience is necessary. I will work with you to help with your wardrobe choices as well as posing. I recently made an arrangement with a make-up artist who wants to work with me and she’ll provide professional make-up for this new muse at no cost.

Shoots will mostly be on a TFP basis, which is basically a trade of service. (Click the link for details.) You provide the poses, I provide you with a CD or flash drive full of 200-300 images that you can use any way you want, including your own website. For any (few) assignments that would be made for print media I’ll pay the model an hourly rate based on the her experience. Actual shooting sessions run approximately two hours and are scheduled during the day Monday through Friday in my home studio located near Parker, Colorado.

If you have a friend (or maybe yourself) who would like to be my new muse, please contact me through the Contact page or send me an e-mail at joefarace at gmail dot com. We can schedule a test shoot or interview whichever is more convenient.


How I made this shot: I photographed Tia Stoneman in the dining room of my former home using only available light from a window in the back door to the house, not even a reflector was used. The reflection at right is from a large framed poster (not a mirror) that hung there. Camera used was a Canon EOS 1D Mark II N with an EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens at 180mm, which is certainly not the typical portrait lens especially when used indoors. Exposure was 1/400 sec at f/ 5 and ISO 640.



Joe is author of Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography a book featuring information about how to shoot glamour portraits in available light situations or by using minimal lighting equipment such as reflectors or speedlights. New copies are available from for $21.36, with used copies selling for $8.91 as I write this. Kindle copies are $19.99 for those preferring a digital format.