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Male model shoot ideas

Julie Cain , Feb 08, 2008; 12:14 a.m.

I am now working and shooting a good friend of mine who is a straight male model.(can be viewed in my portfolio under Cameron)this is new waters for me. We are trying to think of some ideas that we could do for our next shoot. I have always worked with the female gender. Everytime I get ideas, I think that they maybe to feminine. I almost want to take something feminine and make it macho. Not sure if that would work or not. If anyone has any ideas, no matter how far fetched they sound, shoot them my way. I would be interested in hearing from you.


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Jeffrey Blake Adams , Feb 08, 2008; 12:40 a.m.


Michael Axel , Feb 08, 2008; 12:53 a.m.

Julie, you've got some very nice work in your portfolio. Congratulations! I like what you say about not being able to put a camera down. I'm the same way. People think I'm nuts for always carrying one.

Anyway, I haven't shot many nude or semi-nude males, but I'm always fascinated by how people are often afraid to approach the subject. First, what is it you're trying to convey about Cameron? If it is sensuality, the explore different poses and especially lighting. I think both the male and female bodies are very beautiful. How can you bring that out?

I'm guilty of this in my fashion work, but I often conform to the norm when it comes to female models. If I ask myself, "what is it that I'm trying to convey about this beautiful subject?" I'm not sure I can answer that. But it's worth asking yourself. I was reading a good article in a professional photo magazine recently. It talked about a famous photographer who was only going to take about 10 minutes of his celebrity subjects time. He'd be an hour into snapping a few shots and getting to know the subject. All the while he was really trying to see what made that person special. Then he would spend 10 minutes doing his real work. So what makes Cameron special?

From looking at his photos, he's young, he looks playful, but maybe a little shy. Perhaps not too sure of who he is, but not afraid of his looks. He's between boyhood and manhood, and that may be the most interesting thing I see. I'm only going off of what I see in the pics; he may be totally different in person. Wouldn't it be interesting to either move him backwards into boyhood, or forward into manhood. I think I like the previous better. What about some lighter photos, outside, maybe still very casual to semi-dressed, but put him with young themes. A puppy, football, sled (I don't know what the weather is like where you are). Try lighter, less harsh light using reflectors if you have them.

The other way to go is to dress him up in a killer suit. Very professional, but maybe an undone bow tie and open shirt (sort of a rat-pack look). Maybe a funky hat. Use dramatic lighting from the side. Throw in your suitcase and a microphone and stand or something, like he's a crooner (hell, I don't even know how to spell it!<g>).

I'm just brainstorming really, but I've been fascinated by the notion of shooting more male shots as well. Let me know how it turns out.

John Elder , Feb 08, 2008; 01:03 a.m.

Take a look at Antonin Kratochvil's book Incognito where he shoots portraits in "found " lighting outside the studio. He looks for unusual lighting that brings out the character of his subjects. Really great portraits and different. He is a member of the photo group VII

Julie Cain , Feb 08, 2008; 01:16 a.m.

Wow Michael. Reading your comment made me feel so in touch with what you are saying. I love random brainstorming attemps. Alot of the stuff you mentioned we have thought about. Cameron is an actor. He works in LA in the summer. He is extreemly talented and very easy to work with. I don't think I could have asked for a better person to work with. He will try just about anything once...maybe twice even lol. I want to take this opportunity with him before he goes back to LA this summer. I really have enjoyed reading your comment. I was smileing thinking, this guy really knows what I am after, and quite truthfully, you have picked up on Camerons style as well. I am so open to try anything. I was even thinking about having him roll around in chocolate syrup. HA HA It would certainly highlight his guns in a different way. I am excited to see what we come up with. I will keep some of your ideas in mind. I have a book I am taking notes in. Thanks again. Stop back if you can think of anything else exciting. Take care.

Julie Cain , Feb 08, 2008; 01:16 a.m.

Thanks John, I will have a look.

Michael Axel , Feb 08, 2008; 01:31 a.m.

Julie, Ha! I know from experience that chocolate is hard to photograph!<G> Maybe a series that starts with the "boy and his ice cream cone". Very innocent and boyish, then progresses through it melting, and finally goes awry and becomes a mad sexy mess!<g> Then it could end with the puppy (they like ice cream if you know what I mean). Man I am out there tonight and I haven't even been drinking!

Julie Cain , Feb 08, 2008; 01:46 a.m.

ahhhh but Michael I LOVE IT! That could be fun you know! I am smiling from ear to ear just thinking about it. Or maybe he's trying to cook for a date and ends up making a mess with the flour. HA HA. God, I love this dirty talk. he he

Michael Axel , Feb 08, 2008; 01:48 a.m.

I know, I can't go here in a public forum, so I just sent you my IM info<g>. Hope you don't mind.

Julie Cain , Feb 08, 2008; 01:49 a.m.

dont mind at all thanks

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