Why No Road Trips in 2024

June 06, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Why No Road Trips in 2024?

 

 

For the last 5 years or so, I've been doing a few road trips a year to work with models in cities like Phoenix, Vegas, Seattle and a number of smaller cities as well.  The main reason behind these trips was to find models who would appeal to my many fans on Bentbox.  My secondary reason was to meet up with clients who wished to pay me for one of my famous private shoots.

 

The fans who buy my photos of models are located around the world and they have specific tastes.  They want to see pretty, fit, girls with mainstream hair, minimal tattoos and minimal piercings.  Here in the Portland area, most of the models are sporting an alternative look, sometimes to an extreme degree. 

 

By hitting the road, I was able to find quite a few suitable models in other cities.  I'd rent a nice Airbnb house and shoot for a few days with up to ten models.  I also enjoyed the road trips just for the fun of traveling alone by car.  For a while, I owned a great road trip car, but more often I rented a car.   Last year, I calculated the costs of travel and realized that I could travel by air to Phoenix for substantially less than the cost of renting a car and staying in hotels along the way.  The biggest downside of air travel is that it's not practical to bring as much lighting gear as I can cram into a car.

 

At the beginning of 2024, I did an analysis of how these trips affected my sales on Bentbox.   My conclusion was that they did not pay for themselves.   So I've been working on finding more suitable models here in the Portland area.

 

Model Mayhem, the platform that used to work so well, has fallen into decline.  Most of the models who are looking for work are now on Instagram or Facebook.  Fortunately, I've done pretty well making contact with local models and strippers on Instagram.  Some of the younger ones haven't had time to get tatted up, so they are perfect models for my fans.

 

My fans have also expressed an interest in MILFs and I've been able to find some older models who seem to embody the best qualities of that label.

Although I have a lovely and well equipped home studio, I get bored shooting there too much, so I've found some rental studios in the Portland area.  Recently I rented one called Beast Daylight Studio that is located in a former pickle factory!

I've actually cut back a bit on shooting with pro models.  I have a number of hobbies that I've been neglecting and the extra free time is being well spent.  I'm also more available for paying clients who want private shoots.

 

Next year I could start doing road trips again, but I'm just going to see how things go here in the Portland area this year.  If you've been thinking about contacting me for a photoshoot here, this would be a good year to do it!

 


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