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Dec 07, 2023
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Sep 08, 2005

About Me

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

~ Henry Ward Beecher
American clergyman & social reformer (1813-1887)

If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. But be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
American clergyman & civil rights leader (1929-1968)
To the students of Barratt Junior High School; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26, 1967.

Regarding Beauty, Fashion, and Glamor Photography

I am an experienced commercial photographer, writer, and educator.  I’ve worked as a photographer for decades; shooting for advertising agencies, magazines, and catalogs.  I have extensive experience in multi-media production, as well as print work. 

I served as a Moderator at Model Mayhem for several years, running various contests including the Picture of the Day, 18+ Picture of the Day, and Picture of the Day – Original Edition.   I’ve also mentored several well-known fashion and glamour photographers and models, helping them to get their start.

I have formal training as an illustrator and fine-arts photographer.  Thus, I do my own lighting and retouching.  With nearly half a century of experience, my ever-evolving photographic style is the result of constant study and hard work.

I hold over seventy combined Model Mayhem Picture of the Day and 18+ Picture of the Day wins, along with numerous awards on other fashion and glamor photography sites.  That having been said, what matters are the images that I've created with the help of many talented models and makeup artists/hairstylists. 

Today I work from a simple home studio that includes small pets.  Also I ask that models who shoot TF* with me sign a standard model release.  If you would like to work together and these things are an issue then please let me know in advance.  Thanks!


Helpful Sites for Models and Photographers

What goes on during a typical photo-shoot?  Here is what to expect, as explained by Snapfactory’s Mark Wallace for AdoramaTV (“Working with Models:” Digital Photography 1 on 1, Ep. 222):

Digital Photography 1 on 1 - Working with Models

Commercial photographer Mary Duprie offers a great series of DVDs on posing for beauty, fashion, and glamor models.  The DVDs feature Mary working with new models in a studio setting.  However Mary also has hours’ worth of free on-line videos, where she explains posing basics.  You’ll find these videos on her web site here:

Mary Duprie Photographing Models – Introduction to Posing

(Note:  The link is good, although the web site's certificate needs updated.)

Recommended Photography Web Sites

Are you serious about photography?  Then check out the On Taking Pictures podcast.  It takes a deep dive into serious photography.  You will find the complete series, start to finish, at:

On Taking Pictures

Meanwhile, here is another photography-related web site, with incredible interviews of top photographers like Joe McNally.  The Candid Frame is a site that you want to take your time and explore:

The Candid Frame

Recommended Photography Videos

Have you shot covers for French Vogue or the centerfold of the latest Playboy?  If you're honest and say no then watch this presentation by Zack Arias and and take heart:

Zack Arias: Be Honest


This portfolio is lovingly dedicated to the memory of photographer Robert J. Yalch.  You were a great teacher.  Yet more than that, you were a mentor and friend.  I will never forget you.

My portfolio is also dedicated to the late photographer Craig Seay.  You will be sadly missed by all who knew you as a warm and caring friend.


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All images in and related to this portfolio © 2021 T. R. Willmitch, all rights reserved.

All photographs and artwork by T. R. Willmitch are protected by copyright law. No image may be used, edited, reproduced, transferred, published or distributed in any form or by any means whatsoever without prior written permission from the artist.

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"Thomas does an amazing job. He is skilled not only in his photography but in his retouching ability and I know I will always get amazing work. As he has said to me before, it's about quality, not quantity. Always pleasant to work with. :)" Read less

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