CD PhotographicsPhotographer Male Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
My MM URL: http://www.modelmayhem.com/craigdean
Mayhem # 1041784
I'm Craig Dean, a photographer and painter working in New England and the Canadian Maritimes.
The perfect model for me has her own unique kind of beauty that sets her off from the stereotypes and cliches of the modeling industry.
Her beauty comes half from nature and half from her character and her enthusiasm for creative art, for the modeling-photographing process itself. I especially value the model who brings her own ideas to the shoot and perhaps directs some of those shots herself.
It takes two in order for this complex alchemical process to produce a work of art--model and photographer must each create in their own ways.
Favorite themes for me include beautiful clothing and fabrics, vintage fashion and costume, outdoors in nature, boudoir, dance, gymnastics, yoga, classical art, mythology and folklore. I have a special fondness for projects featuring 1890's-1950's styles, including pin-up, burlesque, French postcards...Painters and photographers who have influenced me include Degas, Matisse, Klimt, Schiele, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Weston, Man Ray...
My newest books, featuring creative collaborations with many talented and beautiful MM models, have just been released by Naiad Press! Cherchez La Femme collects my recent photographic work. Painted Ladies showcases my latest watercolors. This has been really exciting (and suspenseful!) for both me and the models!
In my work I emphasize color, character, mood, emotion, and of course feminine beauty itself, and I'm interested in working with models who have their own strong artistic goals.
I make my living as a professional in an unrelated domain of photography. I'm "moonlighting" here on MM non-commercially, simply with the goal of making art with other creative people.
I travel quite a bit in the Northeast and frequently work in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, the greater Boston area, Maine, Quebec and New Brunswick.
When time permits, and especially when the model collaborates on the development of the concept, I enjoy working on body painting projects.
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Some of my favorite models on MM, all of whom I would RECOMMEND HIGHLY, include:
Nikki Fae MM#3477597 What a privilege to work with Nikki--her personality and character are as lovely as her face and form. And that incredible red hair! Top recommendation. http://www.modelmayhem.com/3477597
Ana Ivanova MM#2169531 A beautiful person in every sense, Ana brings a host of talents to a shoot. An actress, dancer and musician, she amplifies each project with her gracefulness, expressiveness, intelligence, creativity and joie de vivre. My idea of a true "super" model. http://www.modelmayhem.com/2169531
Saphora MM#623688 Beauty and athleticism illuminated by the light of intelligence. http://www.modelmayhem.com/623688
Aquarius Funkk MM#1172558 Beautiful, talented, imaginative, collaborative, hard-working but fun--wonderful to work with! http://www.modelmayhem.com/1172558
Brightonn MM#102930 This gorgeous redhead is hard-working, athletic, adventurous--and also happens to be a professional photographer and fashion designer--an unbeatable combination! http://www.modelmayhem.com/102930
hannah-bonanza MM#3012216 This very photogenic woman's on-camera beauty and personality are amplified by the abundant creativity she brings to the shoot from her strong background in music performance and theater. And then there're her head of long red hair, blue eyes and peaches and cream complexion--in short, the best! http://www.modelmayhem.com/3012216
A fashion desiger I've worked with numerous times on print and calendar projects in studio, location and runway shoots:
TrenDevian MM#1965274 Superb design line, highest level shooting concepts, great to work with. http://www.modelmayhem.com/1965274
A fashion photographer I've had the pleasure of collaborating with on a number of occasions and strongly recommend:
Nueveau Photography MM#35609 Many of my best fashion shooting techniques and "wrinkles" I learned working with this seasoned professional (who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography!). Top recommendation. http://www.modelmayhem.com/35609