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a shoot with me...

A shoot with me tends towards the dynamic (a nice way of saying my shoots are only loosely planned).  We're likely to explore a location together while I capture that process. It could be a beach at sunrise, an abandoned warehouse midday, or a swimming pool late in the afternoon. Or maybe all three!  It is unlikely to be a studio though - I seldom find those blank walls and strobes inspiring.

I'm drawn to scenes that are rich in textures, with strong shapes or structural elements, and interesting light. I love to explore.

My work leans towards sculptural, being about the model's lines and shapes more often than it is about them as a person. It is about how they relate to a location. They are certainly the main subject, but also just one element of the whole.

I'm not a fashion photographer. I might think someone looks amazing in the latest trendy underwear they brought, and I'll take a few images, maybe, but my goal is typically work that is fairly timeless, avoiding any obvious cultural time stamp. Fashion is just a distraction from the beautiful man it covers. 

Models tend to be nude in most of my work. Its not that the imagery is about their junk, but it's also not about keeping it hidden all the time either. It's natural so let it have its day in the sun too...

I love creating more erotic work too, but that content decision is left to the model and what they are comfortable with...    

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prepping for our shoot...

Unless we've discussed a specific concept or costuming, you don't need to bring a thing with you (aside from your government issued ID to show you are 18 or over).  

I strive for a timeless look so my preference is always for somewhat natural looking body hair. Especially the pubes (the shaved look will quickly be dated).  Trimmed hair is fine, but the more natural the better is generally a good guideline. And by all means don't decide to try shaving any part of your body the day before the shoot if you've never done it before - razor burn or upset hair follicles are far worse that the original hair.

For facial hair do whatever you like best; clean shaven, scruffy or a beard - it all works!

Avoid elastic on the day of the shoot - it can leave lines and creases on your skin that can take hours to fade. That includes socks, underwear and even "wife beater" tank tops - all are a bad idea leading up to a shoot.

Please don't decide the day before our shoot that you need to top up your tan - it will just come across as reddish at the shoot I can assure you.

It's often cool here along the California Central Coast (which isn't the most flattering for nude work) so I suggest bringing a pair of sweat pants (no elastic!) that you can slip on for warmth or cover. Flip-flop sandals are great for walking around between shoot spots since they can be so easily kicked off. 

That's a snapshot of what I think about leading into a shoot. I'm always open to a model's ideas too - especially if you have some skill I might not know about (dancing, gymnastics, juggling, fire dancing...) The big thing to remember though is to relax and have fun with it!

 

If you're coming to Santa Cruz...

There are many options right from the comfort, and complete privacy, of home: the swimming pool...

the garden...

a hillside Jacuzzi...

the orchard in front of the house...

maybe I'll borrow an old car or truck from friends to use here...

a shower...

and a garage studio space...

Santa Cruz and Monterey are known for their beaches. To the north we have quiet beaches backed by sculpted rock cliffs, while south we have long beaches and the occasional high dune...

further afield, maybe 90 minutes south, and a 2 mile hike each way, there is this amazing riverbed with huge white boulders and clear water...

a semi-abandoned military base provides some amazing backdrops...