Maxfield Photography

Photographer Male Cincinnati, Ohio, US My MM URL:
Mayhem # 7991

About Me

Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being;
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask; I never knew;
But in my simple ignorance suppose
The self-same power that brought me there, brought you.               --Emerson

Thank you for visiting my page. I have been fascinated by photography for as long as I can remember. Inspired by the photos in National Geographic, I started out shooting Kodachrome film on my dad's old SLR over 30 years ago, around the age of six. Later I began shooting Tri-X and processing it in a makeshift darkroom in my basement. There's just something magical about watching that image appear. My passion for photography, along with music, has followed me through to this day.

More of my work:
Publicize Me
Model Desire

***UPDATE*** I'm working my way through the new verified credit system. I'm leaving feedback as I go, so it may take me a while to get to everyone, but I will eventually leave a credit for everyone with whom I've worked. If you'd like to be bumped up in the order, just send me a note or a verification request. Thanks.

My philosophy and how I work:

Compensation - As a commercial photographer, there are times when I will hire a model and a creative team, but more often than not, those decisions are made by an art director or a casting director, not me. In situations where I am allowed to choose my fellow creative types, I will select them from the pool of hard working, reliable folks on my friends list who have proven themselves to me in the past. If you would like to be considered for this list, I will occasionally test with new models and artists who show promise. You can help your cause by wowing me with your ideas and your communication skills. Traveling Models, save your PMs, you needn't contact me unless you're looking to test. All my paid assignments go to models who have proven themselves to me time and again.

I do believe in fairness, if I am getting paid, you will get paid, but for a test shoot, my compensation to you will be my time, my talent, my experience, my gear, and of course some great images. These things all have value, in fact I charge my clients handsomely for them, but you'll be getting them “for free” so to speak. Regardless of whether it is a paid shoot or a test shoot, I expect everyone involved to bring a professional attitude and work ethic to the set. I will do likewise.

Professionalism – I often hear “My dream is to be a fashion model some day", or some variation on that theme. Well, it's great to have a dream, but unless you are willing to do the hard work to make it a reality, that's all it will ever be – a fantasy. If it were easy, everyone would do it. It all starts with a commitment to professionalism.

Have the integrity to show up to the shoots that you schedule. Write them down on your calendar!! Don't double book. Learn the phrase, “Let me check my schedule and get back to you," and then do it! When someone contacts you, respond promptly.  When someone asks you a question, answer it. When someone asks you multiple questions, answer them all, not just one. Just because you use your smartphone to check your MM inbox, doesn't mean it's ok to reply to a message as if U wur sending a txt to ur BFF. Be articulate! Use proper grammar and spelling, it's ok to be a little colloquial though, you don't have to sound like a robot. Show up to your gig prepared and ready to work, early if possible. Don't party too hard the night before a shoot. If you're running late or get lost, call and let someone know. DO NOT cancel a gig at the last minute, and DO NOT just no-show. Your reputation is at stake. If you absolutely have no other alternative than to cancel, try to find a stand-in, preferably someone who matches your description. Remember, an entire creative team and a paying client may be relying on you to show up. Stand them up, and you'll never get a call back from them, worse yet, they'll likely tell their colleagues about you. Treat your reputation like it's your most valuable asset, in some ways, it's more important than looks.

If you can do all that, you will give yourself a HUGE advantage over the vast majority of models on this site who can't seem to grasp these simple concepts. You don't really have to be the best, you just have to be good enough, but you MUST be professional if you want to succeed. It's easy to earn a bad reputation, but hard to earn a good one, it is, however, easy to lose a good reputation if you don't practice professionalism.

Travel - My studio is located in Cincinnati near Reading, but I also like getting out of the studio and shooting on location. I am happy to travel within about two hours of Cincinnati (so Cinci, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington, Columbus, Indy; basically if I show up in your 100 mile search filter, we're golden), or longer trips might be feasible at times. I also may be able to cover certain travel expenses if you'd like to shoot in Cincinnati. Let's talk and see what we can work out. I do own a professional portable studio lighting setup and backdrops, or it's always hard to go wrong with natural light.

Escorts - I am a trustworthy fellow, but if having an escort along will make you feel more comfortable, then I'm all for it. No, that's not a typo, I want you to be able to relax and be yourself in front of the lens, and it's hard to do that if you are nervous. That being said, it is also hard for me to work when someone is staring daggers at me or worse. Please make sure that if you bring an escort, they are supportive of your modeling, and up to speed with what you will and won't be doing. I have never had a bad experience with an escort, so please don't be the one to make me rethink this policy. I reserve the right to turn your escort into a human reflector stand. Haha!


Fun facts about me:
I've been on this site for 10 years, and only have 116 friends, and that's just fine by me. I'm definitely not competing for the title of most friends on MM. Can you discover the secret of making it onto my friends list?

I don't own a smartphone, an iPod, a Bluetooth, a Blackberry, a "device", a "surface", a GPS, a TiVo, a TV, a wristwatch, a twitter, a facebook, an instagram, or a myspace. Really. Oh, and by the way, what the hell is a hash tag? Some new way to label your marijuana?

I am the alternative to "alternative"; I am traditional.

Superpowers - I can drink my own weight in coffee in a day.

I like "classical" and jazz music.

Models: I am not here looking for a date, so please stop asking!

I have a great sense of humor. Don't know if you'll find it funny, but I think I'm hysterical  tongue

I shoot 35mm, medium format and large format film, and digital. When I want that shot-on-film look, I shoot on film.

I photograph lots of other subjects besides people.


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Rebekah Lynn

  • Model
  • Female
  • Florence, Kentucky, United States

"Michael was great to work with! Very easy going, got photos edited (They look great!) and sent to me promptly. Would love to work with again and definitely recommend!"

See Sample Worked together 1 times; Most recent: January 2016

Jordan Trovillion

  • Model
  • Female
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

"Michael is an absolute pleasure to work with, he communicates his ideas well and is extremely enthusiastic about collaboration. His shoots are run smoothly and professionally, he promptly delivers (excellent!) photos, and he is remarkably considerate with regards to the needs ...and comfort of the model. I would shoot with him any day of the week!" more less

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: October 2015


  • Model
  • Female
  • Columbus, Ohio, United States

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: August 2015


  • Model
  • Female
  • Mason, Ohio, United States

See Sample Worked together 1 times; Most recent: September 2014


  • Model
  • Female
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

See Sample Worked together 1 times; Most recent: July 2013
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Credit Notes

Published in:
Newtype USA
Vizual Magazine March 2015

6x Picture of the Day winner on Model Insider
Picture of the Week winner on MI


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