Photography started for me in 1973 when I found that I needed to raise sponsorship money in order to race motorcycles at the professional level - I traded time doing portfolio work for local modeling schools in order to have models to pose with the race bikes. A few years later - in the midst of an epiphany - I discovered that you could actually photograph a model with a motorcycle nowhere in frame! Who coulda thunk?
The 178mph billboard, 1981, w/ Stacey Huston
Came to detest rolls of seamless background paper - reminded me of modeling schools portfolio work. MUCH prefer shooting outdoors or on location - no longer enthralled with "studio work". Flexible, but... we all have our preferences, right?
Sandy River, 1994 w/ Kim Smith
For me, the message in ANY image is in the model's eyes; it is the connection between the model and the camera which is the basis for compelling images. What the model is wearing (or not wearing), the pose, the lighting, the theme - these are the punctuation to the message in the eyes. Accordingly, I expend alot of time and effort to build that connection - familiarity and trust - with any model new to me before the camera comes out. I work with the total neophyte who has never been in front of the camera; I work with highly experienced models who have made a self-supporting career of it. It always comes down to the same thing... whether the model is sufficiently comfortable to open up to the camera and reveal aspects of herself, whether out in the open for all to see, or generally secreted away deep inside. When the camera comes out, it is time to create an illusion, live a fantasy, capture that elusive, ephemeral image and give it life.
I do not look for plastic mannequins - I seek personalities expressed through their physical presence. I do not want to force you into a cookie cutter; I want to give form to aspects that may seldom be seen. If you have an idea, a theme, regardless of how bizarre... bring it with you and lets discuss it!
Whether it is your first time in front of a camera and you need total instruction, or you are a performer and I simply turn on the music and you dance the shoot away... let's create something exquisitely beautiful, together.