Herb Way

Photographer Male Black Mountain, North Carolina, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/HerbWay
Mayhem # 661

About Me

Please note: With very rare exception, I will add to my friends list ONLY those models with whom I've worked or wish to work and ONLY those photographers and others whose work I greatly admire and/or with whom I feel artistic/business networking might be beneficial. Friend requests from retouchers will be automatically denied. 

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"I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes."
Andrew Wyeth

"A good photographer captures the subject, but a good subject captures the photographer."

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter."
Alfred Stieglitz.

I welcome your comments on my work.

Models, if you're considering working with me, please carefully read what follows.

I'm a baby boomer with more than 40 years of experience in photography and other forms of visual communications. I hold a B.A. degree in art and have done graduate work in communications. I specialize in weddings, portraits, events, and art photography. I also do maternity portraits and intimate photography of women in private sessions for discerning clients. My personal art photography is mostly about creating images that capture and express the femininity, sensuality, and character of women in various forms, mostly tastefully done artistic nudes that celebrate rather than objectify while still exploring the realm of eroticism. I recently moved to over an acre of land in the mountains that is well suited to nudes in nature. I also have a studio in my home.

I think this tag from a model says it best: "I love how you make nudity about natural beauty, not sexuality."

I'm not a fashion/glamour photographer and I'm not interested in creating pictures that are about wardrobe, makeup, hair, or attitude. I have no interest in porn, fetish, BDSM, gothic or anything dark, Suicide Girls, Zivity, or the kinds of photos seen in Maxim and Penthouse (BORING!!!). I will NOT photograph you in a tub of milk, pretending to masturbate, smoking, with a knife, gun, whip, or chains, tied up or handcuffed, with your panties down in "tease" position, with "blood" and gore, sitting on the toilet, wearing furs, in your dominatrix or sexy schoolgirl outfit, in a swimsuit, or in a thong sticking your butt out (unless you're paying me some serious money). Additionally, I refuse to retouch your skin in photos to the point where it looks like plastic! Yuk!!!

If you want them and we've discussed and agreed on them prior to the shoot, I will gladly give you clothed head shots as part of our trade, but hair and makeup are on you.

I'm looking to experience mutually beneficial, TF (unless you're paying me) creative collaborations with select models, aspiring models, and others willing to work with me as I experiment and continue to develop a collection of tasteful, classy artistic images. I want to work with women of substance and class who are serious about artistic expression and understand that nudity does not have to be about sex. You'll be viewed as a creative collaborator, not a sex object, treated with respect and appreciation, and rewarded with a selection of high quality professional images for your portfolio. 

I reserve the right to edit my work and have only the best of what I do seen publicly. Therefore, I never provide a collection of photos to a model immediately after a shoot. Sorry if you got burned by another photographer, but that's not my problem and there will be no exceptions. Also, I never share copyrights. All proof images and selected finished images will be delivered via Dropbox. 

I'm open to all body types, especially hourglass figures, but I prefer no breast implants. I generally prefer no or minimal tattoos and body piercings (septum and nipple piercings and gauged ear lobes are especially undesirable), but I'm open to models who have more if they have enough other desirable qualities. I'd especially love to do more work with pregnant women. I'd also like to do more work with mature women (age 40 and above) who have a realistic body image and realistic expectations of shoots and don't expect me to perform digital cosmetic surgery. Despite numerous disappointments with younger models, I'm still willing to consider, on a case by case basis, all reliable women of legal age.

More than 90% of the women that I've worked with have come to their shoots ALONE! Every one of them will tell you that you don't need one with me, and I definitely prefer that you NOT bring one, but if I agree to allow you to bring an escort (ONE PERSON ONLY) to a shoot, be advised that I must pre-approve them and that I only tolerate the kind who sit SILENTLY (NOT within sight of the model) with their iPad or something else to occupy themselves. For studio shoots, your escort will be provided with a seat on the other side of my CLOSED studio door. Any interference or unsolicited input from an escort will result in immediate termination of the shoot. Also, be advised that I don't deal with model "managers" and they're NOT welcome on my shoots! "Assistants" are welcome only if they're doing hair or makeup!


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  • Model
  • Female
  • Asheville, North Carolina, United States

"Herb was really great to work with. He made sure I was comfortable every step of the way, and I had tons of fun with him. We shot for about three hours and the time just flew by! I'm definitely interested in working together again. :)"

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


  • Model
  • Female
  • Asheville, North Carolina, United States

"Collaborating with Herb is always an excellent experience."

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: September 2016

Elizabeth Cameron

  • Model
  • Female
  • North Bergen, New Jersey, United States

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: May 2014

Rose Mckenzie

  • Model
  • Female
  • Asheville, North Carolina, United States

See Sample Worked together 2-10 times; Most recent: November 2014
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