Saturday, April 30, 2011

What To Bring

The Spring photoshoot is just a few hours from now and you might be thinking... what is supposed to be in my bag for the event? The base location for this shoot is Red Door Gallery, 7500 Oakland St, Detroit 48211. The locations will be in the Northend / Central neighborhoods which are going through a lot of change at present. A number of community meetings have been happening plotting out a vision for the future of the neighborhood and this shoot will have appropriate placements.


Bring a bottle or two of water, a snack, comfortable shoes for walking, a flashlight, and a cell phone for communications. A recharger or extra cell phone batteries is a good thing as well.


Two changes of clothing to include a casual look and something dressy and easy to accessorize. The outfits should be foundations for creating a look. Layers work well as they permit mix and match and for group photos it becomes easier to bring together common styles. Casual jeans, a dark t-shirt, a light t-shirt, a couple belts, about 4-6 pairs of shoes mostly heels, plus the walking shoes. Underwear options such as strapless/convertible bra makes for easier wear under a variety of outfits, colors for underwear should be flesh color or black. A night-club style dress. Fun separates for going out - skirt, pants, tops. PLEASE don't OVERPACK. If there is anything you need to bring in abundance it is accessories... for some reason we haven't had many accessories designers/stylists at the photoshoot events. We will likely leave a lot of what you bring at the base location and return to pull from it as needed.


Make sure you bring lots of memory/film for camera. A recharger for your batteries or spares is a smart thing. Reflectors and bounce boards help bring natural fill light into images. The weather forecast says we'll have GORGEOUS partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-60s.


The responses from models for this specific shoot have been lower than expected, especially given six months of awareness. We will likely have less than a dozen models to work with. That makes it easier to bring outfits and styling accessories. If possible please prepare for 12 models and if we have fewer there can be change-outs to cover what is brought. Model sizes vary a lot for these shoots with an average size of 3-4, and going from 0-16 generally.

Can't Make It?

Don't let transportation stand in the way - call 248-632-6156 between 8:30-9:30am and a fast network of carpools will be created. If you know someone else attending it is recommended to travel together as community.

Summer and Fall Shoots

Dates for the next shoots can be discussed at the Spring shoot. Tentative dates are Sunday July 10, and Sunday September 18.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rescheduled Spring 2011 - April 30

Saturday I looked at the date for the shoot - checked the upcoming weather conditions (55 degrees and a 60% chance rain, currently 30%) and evaluated the activities going on Easter weekend.

A poll was placed on Facebook and this site asking people to weigh in on changing the date from April 23 to April 30. Factors influencing were:
  • Weather conditions
  • Conflicting event activities for people interested 
The majority of people voting felt the change of date would be good. Some have conflicts that prevent them from coming on the 30th. Remember the project has 2 more shoots this year. Those dates are under review and will be post this week. Moving the date forward one week gives a few more days to gather registrations.

Weather conditions are currently trending about 7-9 degrees cooler than usual, lets hope in the next few days the forecast comes close to the average high of 65 degrees. Best recommendation is to bring a jacket and an umbrella. Photographers make sure your gear is kept water proof and I could be checking around for assistance holding umbrellas for photographers shooting. The project typically has about a 30% chance of rain being forecast and about 20% of those times anything has happened - so we've remained a pretty fortunate outdoor event!

Many thanks for keeping up to date - please spread word of the change and make sure people use your name on the REFERRED BY entry on the registration form (if you are coming this must be filled out).

Stephen "Fuzzytek" Boyle
Call if you have questions 248-632-6156

Change of Spring 2011 photoshoot date

Saturday I looked at the date for the shoot - checked the upcoming weather conditions (55 degrees and a 60% chance rain, currently 30%) and evaluated the activities going on Easter weekend.

A poll was placed on Facebook asking people to weigh in on changing the date from April 23 to April 30. Thus far the majority of people voting felt the change of date would be good. But I've also promised to keep this question alive until 11pm on April 19!

Realizing not everyone is on Facebook -- a poll has been added in the right sidebar of the website inquiring which date you would prefer.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Planning Meeting THIS Friday - Apr 15

Next weekend is the Spring 2011 Abandoned In Detroit photo shoot. This planning meeting is to answer questions, provide information, and coordinate the upcoming shoot.
You have two ways to participate. The meeting should last about an hour. We're gathering at 6:30pm at Red Door Gallery, 7500 Oakland St, Detroit - the same location as is shown for the start of the shoot next week and appearing on the right sidebar of the website. The gallery is NW of the intersection of I-75 and I-94.
Phone Conference Instructions
Dial 1-605-475-6350

Access code 443118

Start time 6:30pm Fri April 15
Phone lines will be open 5 minutes prior to the meeting and remain open for about an hour, when the meeting comes to an end. I will also check into streaming video from the meeting as well, the gallery has wi-fi and wired access.

Abandoned in Detroit - Session No. 22 265 AGENDA
Very simple ...
  • Introduction to the project - go over the history for 10 minutes
  • Review list of registered participants
  • Review what to bring for various roles 
  • Go over the structure of the shoot - what happens when, where and with whom 
  • Go over the rewards programs that are offered to paid registered project members
The website can now be easily found at
Pages within the site at present are still referenced through

Photo by Click Photography - contributed to the Flickr pool of photos from the project. View the Photo Gallery to see more.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Referrals for 2010 Talent

I can understand some confusion for talent from 2010 when they are looking at the registration process. I made a special exception in the 5th year of the project to spur interest. In appreciation for your time, effort, and dedication the following terms are being offered for the Spring and Summer 2011 shoots only. So if you shot in 2010 these are the two shoots to make it count for you.

Talent NEW in 2010 - Special Deal

You'll get a special referral rate of 20% rather than 10% - so you pay the $100 and when someone writes your name in you'll get back $20. Do that 5 times and you'll get the entire $100 back. New people coming in that did not shoot in 2010 will be at the 10% referral rate.


All referral rewards programs are for members of the project that have paid an ENTRANCE FEE at some time in the last five years. If you need further clarification please call me and I'll discuss your individual situation with you. There are several hundred people that have shot with the project - meaning : a LOT of variations to go over.