Photography is not just (or even primarily) a business for me: it is a creative passion. I find great beauty in the human body, in all of its diversity, and in the seemingly endless ways that people express and share their sensuality with one another. My portfolio started out as a fun way to make beautiful pictures, and has evolved into a personal statement that celebrates tolerance and acceptance of human sexuality.
To this end, I am always looking for creative collaborators in the form of both professional and amateur models -- professionals, because they know how to create and hold a pose, and have the experience to work with me on a creative level; and amateurs, because I am just as interested in working with real people with real bodies. If you review my existing portfolio, you will see that I have worked with all types of models -- some with perfect bodies, long resumes, and portfolios on Model Mayhem; and others with scars, imperfections, tattoos, extra pounds, and no experience whatsoever beyond a willingness to participate in the creation of art. I seek to find the beauty and humanity in all of my models, regardless of who they are. I will work with any legal age, race, sexual orientation, or body type.
I look for authenticity in my models -- even a bit of wildness, in the sense of not trying to conform to some pre-determined set of perfectly glamorous poses. I prefer to capture moments that are more ambiguous or emotionally intense... those that reflect vulnerability or strength, passion or rage, distress or empowerment. If you, as a model, have to stretch yourself a little bit (either physically or emotionally) for the sake of a pose, it's likely to result in a great image. (That said, I am always respectful of a model's personal limits when modeling.)
The artistic images I create may be used in my online portfolio or in future publications or gallery exhibits. (I'm proud to have been selected as an exhibitor in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and Miami's ARTundressed.) If you are a professional model, I am happy to share credit with you by name or reference. If you are not a model, I am happy to keep your details anonymous. I will retain the copyright on my images, but will also share them with you for use in your own portfolio or photo collection. My budget is small, so I prefer to work "TFP" (Trade-for-portfolio) when I can; but I am also willing to pay standard model rates, as my budget permits, for those who depend on it to make a living, especially for nude or erotic work.
The projects listed below represent themes I am interested in exploring creatively. If you see something you like, drop me a note through my contact page. If you're interested in photos that are not on this list, I am still willing to work with you at my standard rates -- or, make me a pitch with your ideas for creative collaboration. And if you're working with me for the first time, read more about my creative process and artistic vision.
1. Compelling Stories and "Imperfect" Bodies
Over the years, my photography has evolved from an emphasis on creating pretty pictures to telling compelling stories.
I'm looking for unique individuals with unique and personal ways of expressing their sensuality. What's your story? What makes your lived experience different? What challenges have you overcome, and how are these hard-won triumphs reflected in your body, your lifestyle, those you choose to love, and the way you express that love?
My reference to "imperfect" bodies is in quotation marks for a reason: I believe that all humans are beautiful regardless of what mainstream society regards as their imperfections. If you are a confident, sensual individual who happens to be older than the typical model, or who happens to have scars or physical disabilities, or who happens to live in a wheelchair, I'd love to work with you. Share your empowerment through photography.
Along with your fine art photographs, I'll set up my camera on video mode and let you tell your own story, to go along with the images we capture.
2. Unique Individuals and Women of Color
The human species comes in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and configurations. We are also amazingly creative about the ways that we modify our bodies with tattoos, piercings, hairstyles, and clothing. I never tire of capturing this diversity on camera. If you don't see anyone who looks like you in my portfolio, chances are I'd love to add you to it!
Washington state is less diverse than the rest of the country, so I'm particularly interested in balancing my portfolio with models who represent the vast diversity of human appearance and experience. Women of color are not "unique," but they are lacking in my portfolio. This includes anyone of non-Caucasian heritage.
I really enjoy working with couples, because there's an energy that comes from interaction between two people, especially those who know each other intimately. And yes, I have experience photographing couples interacting intimately, and enjoy photographing sexual expression in a way that is artistic and compelling. But that's only one aspect of what I'm interested in capturing. The private language of touch, the wordless communication of the eyes, the shorthand of two people who are comfortable with one another is a beautiful thing, whether it's sitting quietly together or the million-and-one ways people express love.
My interest in photographing couples is not limited to traditional heterosexual couples, nor to the 1% who are young, fit and resemble celebrities. Love is love, no matter who you are, and I'm interested in portraying that through my photography. I'm seeking couples who are older; couples who are lesbian, gay, transgender, or gender fluid; couples of different ethnicity; couples who live with disability; and any other "invisibles" who otherwise never seem to be included in galleries that portray a monoculture of human relationships.
4. Natural Nudes in the Home
The home is our most personal and private of spaces. We put on a good show when we have guests over to visit; but our truest and most naked selves are revealed when we are home alone. I'm looking for nudes both casual and posed, in everyday home settings: sitting at a table, standing in a kitchen, in the natural light of a living room, on a staircase; or out of doors in a backyard setting: porches, doorways, decks, or working in the garden.
Home models may be of literally any build, style, or level of experience, though it's vital that you're able to convey a sense of being in a "lived-in" space. In other words, I'm not interested in your most creative modeling poses -- I want you to look like you're in a space where you're comfortable letting your guard down for the camera. To that end, I'm willing to pay extra for models who are willing to pose in their own homes or apartments. For your security, I can provide references from models I've worked with before, and friends or escorts are welcome.
5. Urban Nudes and Other Unusual Settings
Because we usually hide our sensual selves away behind layers of culture and clothing, there is a mischievous part of me that enjoys turning those conventions on their heads to portray the human body in places it is not usually discovered.
Even in our cities and towns, surrounded by the hard geometry of human civilization, our wild nature is hidden just beneath the surface. Nudes in rural or urban settings make this point well: on rural roads and bridges; in abandoned buildings; in alleys surrounded by graffiti; in doorways; on empty playgrounds; on balconies and viewpoints with the city in the distance; on park benches and staircases and in picnic shelters; or posing next to urban statuary.
Rural settings are also good, with one foot in the careful organization of civilization and the other in wild nature. Possible photography settings include cabins, horse barns, farm fields, fences, large open yards, wood sheds, rural roads and bridges, and train tracks.
Related themes: nudes that are just out of sight -- hidden behind a doorway, for example, as unaware crowds stream by; portrayed not as titillating exhibitionism, but as a metaphor for the secret parts of our lives that are hidden just out of sight. Another theme: nudes that look out of place -- places you're not used to seeing the human body unclothed; again, portrayed not for erotic purposes, but in a way that makes you ask, "what's going on here? What's the story behind this image?"
Yet another interest of mine is challenging the basic rules of "decency" as they apply to the human body. I believe strongly that the human body is beautiful, not obscene, and that rules that arbitrarily keep it under wraps even in the most natural of settings deserve to be challenged. Laws that discriminate against a woman's right to be topfree for her own comfort and enjoyment, in settings where no one would bat an eye at a shirtless man, are especially vexing.
Obviously, the best models for this project are those with a strong nudist, naturist, or exhibitionist streak -- or at least someone comfortable enough in their skin to not mind being seen. I'm not interested in causing a scene or getting arrested, but I am interested in artistically exploring the lines we draw between public and private, decent and indecent, sensual and naturalistic. I will work with you to choose time, date, location, and weather to minimize potential issues, and I'm happy to work with your level of comfort being nude in a public or semi-public setting.
6. Nudes in Nature
Humans are so often characterized as being separate and apart from nature. But we are wild animals ourselves, and something within us yearns to return to a state of harmony with the earth. Possible photo locations include the verdant forests and trails west of the Cascade crest, and the desert canyons and forests on the east side; mountain viewpoints and fire lookouts; beaches on the Puget Sound or Pacific Ocean; among the stumps along the edge of a drawn-down reservoir; or on a canoe or rowboat in the middle of a lake. I'm also interested in the idea of being immersed in nature: wading and swimming in lakes, walking in he rain, covered in mud, or lying on the ground among the autumn leaves.
Some specific locations I'd like to shoot include:
A brand new interest: shibari (decorative) rope bondage. I'm just beginning to learn techniques and would love to find some people to practice with. Ultimately, I see shibari as an option, for willing models, to enhance photography in wilderness settings.
Many of the best photographs I've ever taken have been based on ideas suggested by the people I photograph. If you have something in mind that you've always thought would be fun and creative to photograph, you're probably right! Share with me your ideas, and let's be creative together! Right now, for example, I'm working with a model to put together a "messy kitchen" photo shoot. A few years ago, a model proposed a "bad mother" set, featuring a very pregnant model posing with cigarettes and vodka. I love helping to make creative ideas a reality!