ATT: If I have added you as a friend, it’s because I looked over your profile, and liked what I saw. I probably saw an interest in working with you at some point. I'm not here to 'add a bunch of friends' without any specific cause!
FYI: Some of you may know me, or have come to know me on different communities around the web, where I go by "Nite4awk" or "NitehawkThePhotoshopper"
My name is Michael Shane Den Beste, I am mostly a portrait photographer. My origins in Photography started as a kid shooting mostly landscapes in the American South West Desert. After College (Art Institute of Seattle - 1999) I started working more with models as subjects and started bringing the two together. After college I interned with Limited - Quad/Graphics shooting fashion.
I hate shooting 'studio' nudes. I prefer to find a fun location with an interesting background to shoot a model in front of; it adds something that seems more appealing to me. Feel free to contact me for any kind of photography, I am not set on shooting one kind of photography, it's just my personal favorite to shoot artistic nudes because of the expressional freedom it carries. In some cases I am up for shooting artistic portraits not in the nude, but it just depends and I treat it case-by-case.
I am willing in SOME cases to pay a model, however I try to shoot TFCD for the most part. I don't really want to pay a model for what I consider art. In a world where there are thousands of people who want to share art expression without charging someone, I don't feel comfortable paying someone to be a part of what should be a cooperative 'art' experiment. That said, if you are someone who has a lot of experience modeling nude, and have something to offer a shoot other than the 'good looks' you were born with, I may be persuaded to pay you. I don't pay models just as a way of compensating them to 'be nude.' if you don't want to be nude, don't be nude! It's just that simple.
I have a MUA (Makeup Artist) with 5 years exp on hand anytime. so I have access to most models needs regarding makeup and very basic hairstyling, but am open to models bringing their own MUA's and Stylists. I just ask that you give me fair warning.
I want to be clear that I’m highly professional when shooting. A lot of male photographers like to 'use' photography as an excuse to pick up on attractive girls. I don't, end of subject. I do like to get to know a model if I intend to shoot on more than one occasion simply because as everyone knows there is a level of awkwardness involved in this sort of photography. It's a much smoother process if everyone is comfortable around each other, and the end result shows itself in the final photos.
The best way to reach me is through messages on Model Mayhem.
● Photography Major
Art Institute of Seattle, 1998-2000
● Intern Photographer
Quad/Graphics, 2000 - 02
● Photography Director: Artistic Nude / Fetish Portrait
deviantART.com, 2002 - 2005
● Set Photographer
Lucas Film / ILM, 2002 - 03
● '2 Year Anniversary Show' Co-Curator
Backspace Gallery, Portland Oregon, 2005