2019 LAKE POWELL GROUP SHOOT
3 photographers, 4 male models, and 5 days on lake powell creating one-of-a-kind imagery!
For the 6th year in a row, and 4th year on Lake Powell, we are returning to Utah for an unforgettable adventure and shoot amid the spectacular scenery only possible here.
Lake Powell offers the spectacular Utah desert scenery without all the dryness, where sandy beaches meet the placid blue waters. Here in “America’s lost national park”, flooded when the reservoir was filled in the 1960’s, we enjoy the amber/tangerine/red rock formations and vistas - the perfect dynamic backdrop for photography!
Traveling via houseboat and speedboat our aim is to explore the western third of the massive (185 miles long) Lake Powell, and the many side canyons and waterways. The only access to the park is by boat so this is a unique opportunity to experience the iconic Lake Powell landscapes.
model search: casting for striking male models
We don’t have any one specific look, style, ethnicity, orientation or age in mind, but we are looking for very fit and handsome guys. Ideal candidates should be:
Between the ages of 19-35
Fit - lean or muscled - with defined abs
With fairly natural body hair and pubes
No, or minimal, tattoos
no, or minimal, piercings
Comfortable shooting fully nude
Comfortable shooting with other male models, occasionally in fairly intimate poses (see the sample images)
An additional plus would dance experience
A love of the great outdoors and nature is another plus!
And, only because of budget constraints (flight costs!), we can really only consider candidates from North America.
when: September 11-15, 2019, on the lake
Including travel time getting to Salt Lake City the overall dates are more likely September 10-15 (spending the night of September 10 in a hotel in SLC). From SLC (or Las Vegas) you will be driven to the lake marina (a drive of several hours).
Models can anticipate shooting solo work one-on-one with the three photographer, as well as shooting duo and group imagery with the photographers. The grand scale and strong shapes of the rock formations at Lake Powell lend themselves to “heroic” poses and imagery. We work with the various locations and landscapes, creating everything from innocent art to more erotically infused imagery.
As photographers we aim to create unique and different work from each other as much as possible. There will be times when we’re all shooting, but from different vantage points or perspectives, and we each have slightly different styles. There will also be times when we are shooting separately. With several models we have the ability to keep it very dynamic.
Our aim is to shoot early in the morning, and late in the afternoon. Generally the midday sun is too bright for shooting, unless we find a sculpted rock face in the shade. Mostly though midday we’ll explore/scout the lake by speed boat. There will be time for hiking or exploring on shore, and the night sky is amazing out there. At least one night we’re likely to have a bonfire on shore.
Accommodations and transportation on the lake:
Our home for 5-days/4-nights will be a rented houseboat: a “deluxe-class 59’ Discovery XL”… essentially a 59’ floating RV, with an additional open roof-top deck area. It can accommodate 12 guests although we will be just 7 in total. It has 1 ½ bathrooms, plus an additional outdoor shower. The kitchen is fully equipped, including oven, microwave and freezer, plus an outdoor BBQ. The dining area we’ll be using is on the upper roof deck under a cover. The houseboat is essentially our floating home, restaurant, gym and transportation for 5 days. In addition we’ll be getting around the lake in an 10-person, 21-food speedboat for days when we leave the houseboat tied up to shore.
Model accommodations include a dormitory room with two double beds, plus a sleeper sofa, and sleeper dinette, on the main deck. There are also two additional futon-type beds on the top deck that are perfect for clear nights.
We’re essentially RV camping, on the water. We have a full kitchen and we’ll eat well, although somewhat simply. There are no restaurants (or other services either for that matter) on the lake - we are out in nature. We’ll have a good selection of healthy meals, prepared by your photographers.
compensation: $750 per model
Of course we feel the real value is in the experience and the images. Models will receive edited images of the best work from each photographer, solo and in groups. We’re also happy to shoot for your portfolios, social media, Underwear Expert, OnlyFans… our goal is to make this work for everyone!
In addition we are covering transportations costs getting models to the meeting points (Salt Lake City, or Las Vegas), and to the lake.
These Utah group shoots are a collaboration between Mark, Mike and Gordon. We started creating together in 2014, although we had all shot separately in Utah prior to that as well. For each of us Photography is purely a hobby - our art. Mark & Mike are a couple, living on the Central Coast of California. Gordon splits his time between Boston and sunny Florida. You can discover more about each of us here:
Each of us photographers is shooting for the joy of what we can create. We’re shooting to make art! Gordon and Mike have both published books following some of our Utah shoots. Mark is planning a compilation book - Mirage - to come out early next year, featuring the best from 6 years of Utah collaborations. Gordon’s work is also annually featured in a gallery exhibit in Fort Lauderdale (often with a model or two in attendance).
We’ve worked with 15 guys over the past 5 years. They’ve ranged in age between 20 and 45, straight, bi, gay-for-pay, and gay. They have included college students, educators, business professionals, stage performers and porn stars. For most this was truly an adventure and everyone has said they would love to return and do it all again. We’d be happy to connect you to a couple of past models if you’d like to talk to someone who’s done it before.
Do you like what you’ve read? Great! We’d love to hear from you. Drop one, or all, of us a line. Tell us about yourself. Direct us to some photos of yourself, or better yet send us several sample images (ideally including recent face and body shots).
The final casting will be a group decision, with an eye towards models who seem like a good fit with each other and our goals. Ideally we’ll wrap the casting in mid-July.
All photos posted here by Mark / studioMGphotography. See more of Mike and Gordon’s imagery at their links noted above.