Photographer Male Willits, California, US
Mayhem # 377049

About Me

Update - We have purchased a beautiful home in northern California and moved in late January 2012.  I do not plan on building a studio here.  Instead I will be focusing on landscape and wildlife photography.  I will continue to photograph beautiful models from time to time, but not in a studio.  I'll be doing location work.

To all of the models, MUA's, Hair Stylists, Clothing Stylists and Photographers I've worked with over the past 6 years, thank you.  It has been an amazing ride.  I've enjoyed working with you and I'm sure I'm going to miss my studio and working with so many really nice people.  I'll keep my Model Mayhem site and updated it form time to time.  You can also reach me via email at:  david@photosmithography.  Thanks again for some great experiences.


Let me first thank you for taking the time to read my bio and look over my work.  My name is David and I'm a professional photographer located in northern California.  Photography is not just my profession, it's my passion.

From the coastline of northern California to the plains of East Africa I have sought out and photographed nature's beauty.  Over the past 6 years, my focus (pun intended) has been directed towards the beauty of the human form.  I can't think of anything in nature much more beautiful.  However, now that I'm living in the northern California woods I'll be getting back to my photographic roots shooting nature and wildlife.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to abandon my fashion, glamor and beauty photography, I will just incorporate them into my nature work, shooting on location.  So expect to see some changes in my portfolio.  No more studio work (The Barn is gone).  I will also continue to pursue my love of the silhouette.  I've included a little history regarding silhouette art below.

If you are interested in joining me for a shoot in the woods or on the coast, let me know.  I don't plan on doing a lot of model work but I will be doing some.

Thanks again for your interest.


"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
Douglas Adams


Silhouette cutting hearkens back to early 17th century France, when silhouette artists were hired to entertain royalty with their free-hand cuttings of lords and ladies in all of their elaborate finery and hair-pieces.  Silhouettes are, in fact, named after the French Minister of Finance in 1759, Etienne de Silhouette.  Mr. Silhouette was exceedingly miserly and had brought despair to the French people through his unrelenting, unfair tax policies.  He spent much of his time perfecting his favorite new pastime, the art of cutting silhouettes.  Thus was born the name "Silhouette."

Silhouettes migrated into the rest of Europe and eventually became exceedingly popular in 18th century America, where they were employed as a way of capturing dignified portraits of American aristocrats, politicians, and common folk alike. 

Silhouettes are still popular today, although the number of silhouette artists has since decreased to about 15 in the entire country.  Even though the actual silhouettes remain greatly sought-after as wonderful and lasting encapsulations of people and events, artists are still rare.

Brittanie Smith - My silhouette gallery can be see here: … 6846_LXWpR

Ivette Sandoval - See more images of Ivette here: … 9063_AnS2N  and here: … 2066_9sN6z

Allison Mafera - See more Allison here: … 8424_HVeRJ

Sister BoneZ - See more Ms. BoneZ here: … 0245_AiryY

Marina Rose - See more Marina here: … 1293_WmKbA

Silhouettes, The Series (Frenchy La Femme Pictured) - See the series here: … VXP#P-1-15

D. Lutz - See More D. Lutz here: … 4726_myuDe

Ashlie Jump - See More Ashlie Here: … 9344_ohzs3

Cindy Kumiko Wong - See More Cindy Here: … 1859_kmDNn

Rockin Kitty - See More Rockin Kitty Here: … 5005_3jpGq

Corey Jay - See More Corey Here: … 1932_Jcafn

Verenice Santibanez- See More Verenice Here: … 1550_nMsi8

Rockin Kitty - See More Rockin Kitty Here: … 5005_3jpGq

Nicole Marie - See More Nicole Here: … 8238_ZxYYv

A candid shot of the lovely Ashlie Jump taken in the dressing stall (literally a stall). :-)


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The list of beautiful models and wonderfully talented makeup artists and stylists who have work with me in The Barn (my former studio) has grown too large to include here.  Most of them are represented in my portfolios (here and at ).  I would like to thank them and others who have assisted me in this endeavor.


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