I'm always looking for models to photograph
for various fine art projects; if you are interested in discussing a photo
session by all means send me
Keep in mind that I live in Northern California -- this could very well create
logistics concerns if you live some distance away.
My needs are rather simple:
be adults and self-responsible.
Many potential models
consider themselves unphotogenic, or physically flawed. You would
not be asked to model if the photographer did not judge you
photogenic. All human beings are flawed if judged by common
Hollywood standards. However, a mature sense of self only comes with age.
Trust the photographer whose job it is to find the beauty and inner
While not all my images
are nude, the nude body
is the medium I use to share your personhood. It depends on the interpretive and artistic intent.
Since most of the work is figure studies and most figure studies are
we need this option. The degree and style of nudity I prefer
is evident in the photo galleries.
The purposes of my work
are not only the beauty of the body, but also the beauty of the
person's mind and spirit. Willingness to be exposed emotionally and
spiritually is of more importance than physical exposure.
I am particularly
looking for older women who have a mature self-vision.
Prior experience is not
a stipend which will be discussed. Most models who work with me are not
professionals. I cannot pay professional modeling fees as
there is no "client" to pass on the cost. The models who work with
me are not doing this for the money. On the other hand, modeling is
hard work and deserving of compensation.
I do not photograph or deliberate eroticism
in this portfolio. (My new portfolio is explicitly erotic.) For the purposes of figure
studies full nudity is less erotic than partial--look at the TV ads.
All concerns regarding
nudity will be discussed and addressed before the session.
To some degree, I can
try to protect the anonymity of the model and the model may designate a
working name to be used
with the photographs.
Of course, I cannot guarantee anonymity.
The model may have a
friend of the same gender present for the shoot or for meetings at any time. If present, the friend
is there as a support for the model. In fact a friend with good skills at
simple makeup may be helpful. The friend must not interfere with the
photography or conversation between the model and the photographer.
standard, non-commercial, signed
A few words about tattoos. In
general, I prefer to photograph people who do not have
tattoos. However, there are people whose tattoos express
something important to them--experiences, philosophies,
emotions. I am very willing to photograph them and their
Most of the
tattoos I see are not like that. They were put in place without
much thought. They also
distract attention from the body. While I realize that this is a
personal preference, since I do this work for my own expression, I
get to follow my own inclinations. With digital media, it is
possible to retouch some tattoos, but it adds hours of tedious
computer work. I'd rather be photographing than Photoshopping. I
am willing to photograph women with body jewelry, especially if it
can be removed for some poses. (For a real "rant" about tattoos--along with
some great nude art photography--go toLookNSee.)
That's about it for my needs. If you have any further questions
or want to model please send me
or call 1-415-735-7378 and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
*Some of the wording and information on this page, while
edited to reflect my own needs, originated with Pat Thielen of
Studios, whose work I appreciate and recommend.