130_wcAkari NishizakaThis is Akari


The last two summers, as I was working in Montana near Glacier National Park, I started working on an informal portrait project. I enlisted the help of a handful of the amazing young people I worked with to get the ball rolling. As the project unfolded, the main concept started to become clear.

I have always been a little shy, and I found the easiest way for me to break the ice with someone I meet out in public is to say, "Tell me about your name." My favorite people to photograph are people who work retail, wait tables, tend bar, sling coffee, or just generally work with the public on a day-in, day-out basis. They make the world go round.

So, here's the offer:

Let's go shoot. Spend an hour or two with me. We can team up to find a location, indoors or out, and together we can work to create a unique series of photographs, something you'll be proud of for years.

I am not looking for "models". I am looking for interesting people to photograph.

It will cost you nothing except that I will ask you to sign a standard talent release, and to help me get to know who you are, and add some depth to the finished project, I will also ask you to answer a few questions. It's based on a Proust questionnaire, and you can decide which questions you want to answer. Upon completion of the shoot, I will post the images to this site, and after you let me know which ones you like, I will "finish" those images and re-upload. Finishing means color and contrast control, possible cropping and the retouch of small details. I might, in some cases, convert them to black and white, or add effects simulating watercolor or canvas.

The final uploaded images are full-resolution, and can be used for any non-commercial purpose you want. They can be printed at any digital lab, at sizes up to 20x24 and larger.


If you're interested, let me know. Drop me a note from the Contact Page. If you would like references, I will be happy to send you contact information for some of the people I have worked with.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bud Simpson

p.s. The release form is here.

The current questionnaire is here: