FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below I list answers to the most common questions I receive from potential models or their mothers.
If you or your mother have additional questions before applying please feel free to call 303-474-4449 or email Jimmy@JimmyStephans.com
Who is Jimmy Stephans?
The name Jimmy Stephans would be what is called a pseudonym, but also often called a stagename or tradename. The legal name is Jim Grady but I thought it to be a little plain and boring for the glamour photography business. Author maybe, and there is a popular one with that name, but for a glamour photographer, not so much and I thought Jimmy Stephans sounded better and nobody else was using that website name.
Use of a pseudonym, stagename or tradename is very common in entertainment related businesses. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson. American fashion designer Ralph Lauren; best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren brand, was born Ralph Rueben Lifshitz. No big deal, just names that are easy to pronounce and remember.
Do the models also use a stagename?
Yes, most models that we work with also use a stagename for privacy or business reasons. The privacy reasons are obvious, but some models don't understand what I mean by the term "business reasons". The main business reason to use a unique stagename is to create a separate brand around the model.
Imagine that I have a new model and her real name is Julie Smith. That is a perfectly fine name, but the website domain name JulieSmith.com is already taken by somebody else. The name is also already taken on Instagram and Twitter. To make that new model stand out a little, and get a domain name and social media accounts that nobody else is using, we need to select something more unique. A recent example would be a model named Jaclyn with a middle name of Marie. We added an extra "n" to the end of her first name and used her middle name to come up with JaclynnMarie.com.
Is this a real company?
Yes, the Jimmy Stephans brand, JimmyStephans.com and over 100 other brands, websites or domains are owned and managed by Group Five Photosports, LLC of Littleton, Colorado.
You can review the company's current standing with the State of Colorado at this link by typing "Group Five Photosports" in the first search box and clicking "Search".
The company maintains its own website here where you can review the history and other details.
Do you have people that help you?
Yes, a typical photo shoot involves at least two female crew members. One is Danielle Nicole, who has done the hair and make-up for most of my projects since 2006. If you watch the first three Behind The Scenes Videos you'll see her working on models on St. Thomas in 2011 and 2013, and in Colorado in 2012. The number of other helpers depend on the project. If we are working in the studio we'll have two people around to help move lights and props, but on projects outside the studio I may limit that to one person because some shoot locations are smaller and become crowded if too many people are around.
The projects described here are not the only ones being done by the company. We currently have three employees, plus myself, to manage other websites, maintain the studio space, and attend to other business. In late 2018 or early 2019 we plan to add two more employees as we open our studio building to young outside photographers that don't yet have their own production space.
How old are the models on this website?
All the models on this site, including the Sample Photos page and the Behind The Scenes Videos page, are 14, 15 or 16 years of age at the time of production. The new models I'm scouting for would be in that same age range.
I use models in that age range to get attention. Models age 18-25 in swimwear, lingerie or daring outfits is no big deal as there are thousands of girls doing that. Hiring an attractive 14-16 year old, then using make-up, outfits, and photography techniques to make her look like a 19 or 20 year old glamour model is something rare and daring. It gets attention and that attention always turns into both fun and profits.
The photos seem very daring, is this 100% legal?
Yes, of course it is. I started doing this type of work in 2001 and have photographed over 200 models in that age range as of September 2018.
More than 13,000 of these photos are on file at the Library of Congress and you can review a sample of those Copyright Registrations at the United States Copyright Office by clicking this link and typing the real name "Grady, James S" in the first search box, highlighting the "Name" option and clicking "Begin Search".
Over the years a few people have used my teen glamour model photos without permission and I've sued them for copyright infringement. That means that hundreds of my photographs have been viewed by Federal Judges in Colorado, Texas, Nevada, California, Florida and Oregon. One such example is here. A Federal Judge surely would know if the images being displayed in the court happened to be outside the legal limits.
The law concerning photography with models in this age range is found in Title 18 of the United States Code, Chapter 110, Section 2256, which you can review here. Paragraph (2)(A), parts (i) to (v) list what is not allowed with persons under age 18. My photos are daring, but they are also very clearly legal and well within the law.
Think of it this way. My real name and phone number are listed on this website, the company website, in dozens of Federal Copyright lawsuit documents, and on each of every one of those United States Copyright Registrations (samples here) on file at the Library of Congress. If not perfectly legal wouldn't the law enforcement folks come visit me?
Are the models really paid?
Yes, I've always paid models for their time and talent. I make money by selling subscriptions to websites and its proper to pay the models. As an example, Sports Illustrated magazine makes money by selling subscriptions to their magazine and they also pay the models that appear in their Swimsuit Issue. Its normal.
Modeling schools always charge the parents to teach the girl modeling style and moves but I'm not a school. When a girl attends a modeling school they will often introduce her to a photographer so she can have some professional photos done for her portfolio. The parents usually need to pay those photographers, but not me because I'm not doing portfolios.
When I had the big website with hundreds of models on it I paid each model $50 per hour (2001-2004), $65 per hour (2005-2008) or $100 per hour (2009-retirement).
In 2009 when I started creating the fan club style websites with just one model at a time I would allow the model and her mother to decide if they wished to be paid $100 per hour or to share in the website profits (but not both). All of the girls I created that type of website with in the past selected to share in the profits because over the long run it is much more money.
With models age 14-16 do your websites attract pedophiles?
No, absolutely not. My work is in no way directed to pedophiles and in fact is not at all interesting to pedophiles.
If you honestly think about the models in my photos you'll realize that by using make-up, outfits, and photography techniques to make them look like 19 or 20 year old glamour models and by doing that I am visually moving them away from what a pedophile would be interested in.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia defines Pedophilia as "a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences sexual attraction to prepubescent children. Girls typically begin the process of puberty at age 10 or 11" (here).
The American Psychiatric Association, The Mayo Clinic and American Psychiatric Journal all use the same basic definition "Pedophilia or paedophilia is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction by adults to prepubescent youths."
None of my models are "prepubescent" (under 10-12) and I make them look even older in my photos. Clearly, nothing in my photos would interest a pedophile.
Yes, I understand that many anonymous social justice warriors, social media addicts and online tough guys and girls have expanded the definition in their own minds to include 25 year old singers that date 18 year olds, or 42 year old executives that date 28 year old fashion models, or have called the late actor from the The Fast and the Furious movies a pedophile because he had a younger girlfriend, but those anonymous people simply are not being honest or accurate.
Why did you retire?
By 2013 I had been running the big website for 12 years. I had studios in Littleton, Colorado and Clearwater, Florida, plus did "On Location" projects in the Miami area, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, and on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was a lot of work and travel.
When not doing photo or video production with models, the work continued 7 days a week as I shopped for outfits and props, searched for new models, scouted new locations, set-up shoots and props in the studios, in addition to retouching photos, editing videos and updating websites.
It was very fun and exciting, but also very time consuming and, at times, difficult. I simply found myself a bit worn out. It was a hard daily grind and after 12 years it was time for a break
Why come out of retirement?
The truth is that I never fully retired. I closed that big TrueTeenBabes website in the summer of 2013 to ease my workload and do some other things outside the website business, but I always kept some things running and a few smaller projects active.
I'd never again try a large web publication with dozens of models active at any one time and two studios 1900 miles apart. It was too much, but a couple of sites with just one high quality model on each would be fun without being a huge 7 day a week burden.
TrueTeenBabes.com was the original multi-model website I started in 2001. By 2013 It had reached 200 models, used two large studios, employed 7 people plus the models, and was visited by thousands of paying subscribers. It was from that website that a few models became super popular and led me to create fan club style sites built just around them. You can read a short history of the site and my 2013 retirement message here.