I am interested in getting permanently established as a photographer with my own or shared studio space in Italy. I have 40 years of expertise and a wealth of ideas, plus good communication skills and a thirst for travel. All I need are the locations, models, supplies and services to make it work. Valid proposals welcomed.
My interest in "glamour" really began when I was 7 years old, when I saw the film "The Ambushers", starring Dean Martin as Matt Helm and a cast of many nubile young actresses. (I'm 52 years old, in case you're wondering.) From a young age, I was aware of the beauty of such actresses and models as Raquel Welch, Diana Rigg, Brigitte Bardot, Elke Sommer, Britt Ekland, Catherine Deneuve, Pamela Tiffin, Jacqueline Bisset, Anoushka Hempel, Gabrielle Drake, Cybill Shepherd, Julie Christie, Barbi Benton, Dian Parkinson, and many others.
So when I discovered Playboy in my early teens, the die had been already cast. Now it was a matter of time before the fantasies I envisioned could be turned into reality. Like most kids of my generation, my passion for viewing the female form's pleasing and infinite shapes was kept to myself until my early twenties.
I have been shooting glamour photos since 1988. Not knowing anyone here in Edmonton who would willingly pose nude, I traveled to England in 1990 to do my first nude model shoots. With the experience I gained there I returned home and began booking amateur models for fashion and portrait shoots. When I returned to the UK in 1992 and 1994, I built on my earlier success by hiring more well-known Page 3 and magazine models. These models include Carole Anne, Suzanne Brando, Michelle Cleaver, Tracy Coleman, Debbie Cummins, Sami Greaves, Verity Harrison, Clare Helen, Sarah Hollett, Debi Jackson, Donna Jackson, Anne-Marie Kyte, Shanine Linton, Carrie Lorimer, Claire Peckham and Nicky Rowe. I developed my techniques to a high enough standard to have a selection of my work published in print (French "Photo", "Glamour & Boudoir Photography" and "Glamour Girls: The Illustrated Encyclopedia" in the US) and online.
I then set my sights on L.A. and Chicago, where I attended my first Glamourcon convention (http://glamourcon.com
) in 1996. I quickly developed contacts among the Playmates and topshelf models. With 2 visits to the Playboy Mansion in 1997 & 1999 under my belt, I felt confident enough to ask several of the models to pose for me and my American colleague, J Greely (http://www.munitions.com/jgreely/
). Models we photographed include Dita Von Teese, AnnaMarie Goddard, Victoria Zdrok, Alesha Oreskovich, Tylyn John, Roxanne Galla, Lynn Thomas, Tara King, Corrinna Harney and Liz Stewart.
I have also participated in a few photo club shoots over the years, working with everyone from first-time amateurs through to Playmates Julie Cialini and Lauren Anderson. While these shoots have produced some good work for me, the circus atmosphere and limited time to build rapport with the models is a definite drawback. I will always prefer one-on-one shoots -- which is not to say that I mind having an observer, assistant or indeed more than one model in the room. I run a professional set, and if there's any distractions or interference I will stop the shoot.
After a long break from shooting UK glamour models, I returned to my "favourite" subject last September. I contacted Image Park Studio near Horsham in West Sussex, and we organized 9 shoots over 2 weeks. I had contacted most of the models I wanted before I went to England, but the studio stepped in when I had a couple of no-shows. The ladies I worked with included Michelle Monroe, Lucy Zara, Dannii Harwood, Kerrie Croft-Bednarski, Belle, Gemma Carter, Donna Ambrose & Maria Sheriff.
This spring I returned to England to do a few more shoots with three new models (Abbie Montrose, Grace Leslie-Rowe, and new "Wonderbra" model Katie Green) and two I already knew (Belle and Maria Sheriff).
I am always looking for models, and am interested in building long-lasting working relationships and friendships with those I've enjoyed working with. I should emphasize that while I do love to photograph female nudes, I believe female beauty comes from within, and is expressed through the eyes and a kind of aura. The deeper the soul, the stronger the attraction.
I'm interested in expanding my portfolio, too. I've found it much easier to work with experienced models, as they have a better understanding of my artisitic & aesthetic "vision". I don't want to just shoot glamour photos, I want to do work that would be comparable to that of Helmut Newton, Bob Carlos Clarke, John Swannell, David Bailey, Francesco Scavullo, Bettina Rheims, Albert Watson, Sante D'Orazio, Richard Fegley, Ken Marcus, Suze Randall, Pompeo Posar and George Hurrell.
I have recently begun shooting digitally. My many years of experience with shooting on film means I can edit shots down to the few that have real visual impact and are pleasing to the eye. I own a set of portable professional studio lights which can be set up anywhere with standard 110v AC power. I have a few props such as a wicker chair, portable fan, assorted fabrics, pillows, cushions, vintage magazines, etc. I also own a variety of vintage outfits, which may be used to establish themes such as 1940s-'50s pin-up queen, '60s go-go girl, '70s Oriental exotica and '80s glitz and glamour.
I am a world traveler, having visited over 600 cities, towns and villages in over 20 countries. This includes numerous trips within Canada and the USA, as well as trips to Europe in 1984, '87, '90, '92. '94, and 2005-09, a 6-week trip to SE Asia in 1996/97, and a month-long trip to Australia, Singapore & Japan in 2008. All of this, plus the work you see in my portfolio, has been paid from my own pocket from my "real" career as a cartographer.
My long-term goal is to do photography on a part-time professional basis, preferably in a country such as Italy, where I hope to retire to.
All of my models have been paid/compensated by me personally or in partnership with other photographers. That said, I consider every transaction open to private, up-front negotiation. My time and labour are quantifiable; the value of the first impressions that my photos create are inestimable.
Further, I do not request "spread shots"; such intimate views should be left to the imagination, or another artist with the skill to render this subject tastefully.
I promise I will never photograph anyone sitting on a toilet (when did that become fashionable?), tied up cruelly, holding a gun, giving the finger, or smeared with fake blood. I've seen enough of these clichÃ©s on here for a lifetime!
Also, I am not an agent. While I can give you valuable advice and direction, I am not in the referral business. But I may unlock your potential if you give me your trust and time.
I want to work with professional models and serious amateurs. My goal is to photograph the famous and soon-to-be-famous. I want to do a female celebrity's "first" nude shoot, whether she's Megan Fox or Avril Lavigne. I don't want to work with "could-be's, as in "She could look gorgeous if she lost 40 pounds," or, "She could look pretty if she wore enough make-up." Either you've got "the look", or you don't. Just because someone took a picture of you once doesn't qualify you to have a career as a model. You have to have the right look, the one that turns heads. Bottom line: be naturally photogenic, be smart (smart models have long careers), act professional and above all don't take your beauty for granted. You may look pretty, but unless you're willing to put in the time and effort to do something with your life, the industry will just use you and move on.
Please DO NOT send me your offers for digital retouching. I do my own work in this area. I am serious about this -- you will be blocked.
Please do not bother me with "Join my newsletter" offers. You probably do not have any talent besides the gift of gab, so don't stand in the reflection of a lifetime of hard work and expenditure.
I am a guy. I photograph women. So male models, stop sending me friend requests. I am serious about this -- you will be blocked. Serious photographers, publishers or potential clients with a genuine offer are welcome to contact me.
I AM A VERY BUSY PERSON, THEREFORE NO-SHOWS ARE NO-GO'S.