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December 02, 2020

 

This Shoot Was One of My Best
 

There isn’t much to do these days with the cold weather and so many businesses locked down.  It makes me want to look back through my image archives.

 

Way back in 2015 I had a chance to do a very cool photoshoot that produced some of my best work.  There were four factors that came together to make this such a great shoot:  A beautiful pro model, a cavernous old artist's studio, lots of natural daylight coming through large windows, and a nice set of professional camera gear that I had been using long enough to be comfortable with.

 

The model was Chrissy Marie from Model Mayhem, who has been published in Playboy and Penthouse.  You can see her own site here:  https://www.captivechrissymarie.com

 

She is and was a very professional model, proud of her natural body and not afraid to show it off with great skill.

 

The artist’s studio was located in a historic multi-story brick building in downtown Portland on W. Burnside St.  My artist friend was able to rent an entire floor from the owner who was an admirer of his paintings.  Half of the huge space was a room lit by huge windows, obviously designed before interior lighting became cheap and bright.  This is where my friend created his paintings and had room to display dozens of them for potential buyers.

 

The remainder of the floor was dark, dirty and partly filled with junk.  There was just enough light coming in from a couple of small windows to allow some dramatic backlighting, but I realized it was time to set up a studio strobe with an umbrella reflector.  These images have a completely different feel from those taken in the art studio.

My camera was the workhorse Canon 5D Mark III, which was the first camera I’d owned with reliable autofocus.  I used two lenses for this shoot that are standards for wedding photographers, the EF 24-70 F/2.8 L and the EF 50mm F/1.2 L.  These large aperture lenses allowed me to create some lovely artistic background blur.

 

This shoot produced over 1,000 usable images.  When I prepared this collection for sale, I split it into two sections.  If you are interested in owning this photoshoot for your private collection, you can purchase it most easily on Bentbox at these two links:

 

Part I:  https://bentbox.co/buybox_verotel?R7l0yoWU

 

Part II:  https://bentbox.co/buybox_verotel?7CCexv4q

 

If Bentbox doesn’t work for you, I can sell you both boxes via PayPal and Google Drive for $60.  Just drop me a note at:  [email protected]

 

Thanks for reading!   You know where to find me if you are interested in modeling or in hiring me for a private photoshoot.

 

Dr. Mike

 


The Strange Story Of Bachelorette Party Photography

October 21, 2020

 

The Strange Story Of Bachelorette Party Photography
 

I've seen a lot of strange, funny and moving things since I started doing private intimate photoshoots about fifteen years ago.  One of the oddest things is related to bachelorette parties.

 

Several years ago, I documented a rather naughty bachelorette party for a group of ladies who already knew me.  It was a lot of fun and I learned enough from the experience that I decided to offer that service to others.

 

I had no idea that this would lead to a ten year string of the strangest inquiries you can imagine.  About once every month or so, I get an email from a woman asking if I will photograph her and a handful of her best girlfriends getting crazy in a hotel or private home somewhere.   

 

Side note:  Once in a while, they ask if I will follow them on a pub crawl, but that sounds like a photographer's nightmare so I always decline.  Professional cameras are water resistant but not vomit proof and I have a low tolerance for drunks.  I tell them to use their own smart phones.

 

The exchange of emails usually follows a predictable path.   Once the woman finds out that I photograph bachelorette parties, she starts describing her imagined scenario.  There are almost always five women involved and the one emailing me has agreed to find a willing photographer.  She usually says that her budget is almost unlimited.   It starts out simple and with each email exchange it gets more complex and more sexual.  Instead of asking about how the photos will be delivered, she wants to know what I will "make" them do in front of the camera.   Sometimes she wants to know if I'm available for sexual service (I'm not) or if I can provide a man to  have sex with them or dominate them.  She always keeps asking for more details and adding new erotic twists.  

 

I've learned to spot the red flags by the second or third email exchange and sometimes I end it there, but I often play along to see if any new ideas come up.  Sometimes I can't spot the fake for a long time and end up wasting too much time. 

 

What I've decided is that the Bachelorette Party Photoshoot is a legitimate fetish.  There are definitely women who find that talking about it is a real turn on.  I think it's a branch of female submissiveness.  They feel that during a photoshoot, they can engage in naughty acts that they would not normally allow themselves to do.

 

I finally removed bachelorette parties from the menu of services I provide, but for some reason, the internet keeps sending me these horny women.  Maybe I missed a link somewhere.  It's sad that 99% of the inquiries are just fantasy material, as shooting bachelorette parties is actually a lot of fun and the ladies get some great pix with their girlfriends.  I'm still open to legitimate inquiries, 

 

If there are any kinky novelists out there, you might want to see if you can turn out an erotic E-book on the topic.  I bet it would sell pretty well.

 

 


So What Exactly is a Content Trade Shoot?

August 24, 2020

 

So What Exactly is a Content Trade Shoot?
 

A content trade shoot is an arrangement between a photographer and someone who wants to be photographed, who we will call the model.  The two parties can negotiate any kind of arrangement they wish, but the general concept is that they each contribute their time and skill in lieu of cash.  Each gets to use some or all of the resulting photographs (or videos) in whatever way they have both agreed to.

 

Other terms for this kind of collaboration include "trade for print," "time for print," "trade for CD,"  or simply a "trade shoot."

 

In the past, both the photographer and model would most likely display the images in their own portfolios to give their career a boost.  More recently, "content creators" including models and photographers have been making money by selling their content online, through platforms like OnlyFans, Bentbox and Patreon.

 

A trade shoot is a win/win situation for both parties.  Models who mostly sell their amateur selfies benefit from having some higher quality professional work that shows them in a different environment.  Variety almost always improves sales.

 

Here's how my content trade shoots work - 

 

Trade shoots can take place in my studio or at any suitable location.  They typically last around two hours and usually involve full nudity.  Models may get as naughty as they wish.  My goal is to create at least 500 usable images.  They won't all be masterpieces, but will be properly exposed, cropped and color balanced.  Obvious mistakes will be culled.

 

The model will receive all the usable images within three days via Google Drive.  She may use them any way she likes.   I will most likely sell the same images to my fans on Bentbox.

 

I encourage the model to tell me what her fans want to see so we can include those things in the shoot.

 

That all sounds pretty easy, but here comes the hard part.  The gents who buy my work tend to be more affluent image collectors who have preferences for what kind of models they wish to see.  I call it the "girl next door" look.   They want healthy looking, cis-female girls who are fit, but not too skinny.  They don't want to see angry faces, a dozen tattoos, facial piercings, brightly colored hair or plastic surgery.  They want to see natural looking girls who are smiling and happy.  There aren't many models who completely fit that profile, so I have to make exceptions on a case by case basis.

 

Am I safe to work with?  Please check out my references on my Model Mayhem page where I have over 40 verified credits from models I've worked with.

 

Drop me a note at My Gmail  if you have any questions.  Feel free to ask me anything!

 

 


Photography in a Time of Contagion

May 11, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

 

Photography in a Time of Contagion

 

Being an intimate photographer during the pandemic kinda sucks, as you can imagine.  Most people are afraid to travel and many are facing money problems.  It's been a couple of months since the last private shoot I did for a paying client.  I'm still available and not worried about virus transmission during a photoshoot, so drop me a note if you like.

 

Last month, I did an urban guerrilla shoot with a great model I have worked with twice before, Gemini Rose.  She's a proud and brave nude model who hasn't been getting any work lately.  I paid her to pose for me in order to create one of my photosets that I sell on Bentbox.

 

It was a beautiful spring day and we felt sorry for all the people who were locked down in their homes while we were enjoying delicious freedom.  We went to a couple of sites in downtown Portland that I've used before.  The streets were nearly deserted, so it made a guerrilla shoot quite easy.  Here are some shots in front of the famous statue of Portlandia.

 

Our next stop was a deserted parking garage.  We could look out at the streets of Portland and Gemini Rose could flaunt her beauty to the city.  It was very therapeutic for her.

I wanted to make sure we got some mask photos so that future viewers would know this was a pandemic photoshoot.

 

Leaving the parking garage, we drove to a building that used to be a dairy processing plant.  About a year ago, it was first painted white, then artists came in to cover the entire structure in creative artwork.  It's going to be torn down to build apartments eventually, so I am trying to make good use of it while it's available.

 

Since Portland is famous for pot shops, we had to make one last stop in front of this one that had some great exterior art.

That's it for this post.  If you'd like to buy this photoset on Bentbox, here is the link:  https://bentbox.co/buybox_verotel?UAb8rfE7

Take a look at it on Bentbox - if you prefer to buy it directly from me via Paypal and Google Drive, please use the contact link at the top of this page to send me an email.

 

Thanks for your support!
 


Studio vs. Hotel Room for an Intimate Photoshoot

December 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

 

Should I have my erotic photoshoot in the photo studio or in a hotel room?

 

That is the question I am frequently asked by out-of-town couples who are seeking an erotic couple's photoshot.

In order to answer that question, I often have to exchange a few emails with potential private clients.  So to save time I've created this blog post to help you decide for yourself.  You can still ask me questions, of course!

Before we start, let me remind those who live in the Portland region that I do make house calls.  If you have a nice bedroom at your place and a few hours of privacy, that may be your best option.   Now, on to the main question.

 

My studio offers a number of advantages, so let's discuss that first.  

 

The studio allows us to control the light and the background which allows us greater freedom to create many artistic looks that affect the feel of the photos.   For example, we can use strong lighting and a white backdrop to create what is called a "high key" image, like this one:

I like using the high key technique for models with dark skin.  Pale models tend to look a bit lost, so I will often pose them against a black backdrop like this:

There are many lighting options in the studio, such as backlighting to highlight the smoke in this photo:

Some people don't like photos posed in front of fabric backdrops.  They'd rather see the model (or themselves) in a real room, so the photo seems more real to them.  In that case, I just don't put up a fabric backdrop at all.  The end of my studio often has interesting objects which are rendered slightly out of focus to help give a sense of depth and reality.

My studio strobe units give me lots of control and many options for how I light my subjects.  One of the fun techniques is a stop-motion style that was popular in the 1960's when photographers first gained access to electronic strobes.  Quite a few celebrities were caught in mid-air, as if they were floating.  I don't recall any of them being nude, but I thought that was a logical next step.  Don't you agree?

My studio has another window in addition to the one you see above.  This one faces South, which gives us a number of fun options with natural sunlight.  If the day is sunny, the blinds can be adjusted to give interesting striped shadows like this:

If the angle of the sun is right, you can do some fun techniques like this.  The white background is a big piece of foam core board that I also use as a reflector.

I can also pose my subject very close to the window to take advantage of the very soft natural daylight.  This works best on cloudy days.

I could go on forever about this, but I think it's time to point out the most important thing the studio lacks -  a bed!   I get around that to a degree by posing models on the floor with satin sheets and pillows like this:

It's not bad, but it really isn't quite the same as a real bed, especially for couples who might want to have some adult fun and prefer a softer surface.  That's why I've gotten very good at shooting in vacation rental homes and hotel rooms.  These two shots used portable strobe units with soft light diffusers.

I also highly recommend finding a vacation rental for your shoot.  Avoid the little apartments and single rooms, you want a full size house.  Here are a few examples:

 

I really can't get that exact look in my studio.   But there is something that can be done in the studio that you can't do in a hotel room.  My studio has what are called "hard points" that allow you to suspend heavy objects from a ceiling beam like this:

So the choice is yours!  It depends on what activities you wish to do in front of the camera and what kind of look you want.  Whatever you choose, I will make sure you get great photos to give to your lover or to create archival evidence of your passion for each other.  Use the contact form or email me at:  [email protected]  to schedule your own private photoshoot.

 

 


My Work is GraduallyTaking a Different Direction

September 07, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

My Work is Taking a Different Direction

 

Friends and Followers!

For several years, my work was all about doing private photoshoots for women and couples.  I enjoyed that a lot.  People were willing to pay me for my skills and were always so happy to see the images we created together.

Over the last two or three years, that kind of work has declined dramatically.  I attribute it to a couple of factors:

 

1.  Now that people are having their past online activities scrutinized and exploited by their enemies, it seems foolish to have nude digital photos of yourself in existence.  Can you trust Google or Apple to keep your images private when you send them to your partner?

2.  There are now a lot more photographers offering these services.  Many have borrowed wording from this website and have adopted business names that are a variation on Beyond Boudoir.

 

Well, no business model lasts forever, so I've taken my work in a different direction.  While I'm still available for private intimate photoshoots, I'm now selling photosets on a site called Bentbox.  Sometimes I pay professional models to pose for me and sometimes I do what are called "trade shoots" with models who are selling their own images (aka: content) online.  Because I have pretty advanced photography and post-processing skills, I can almost always provide a model with over 500 edited images in less than three days.  I deliver the images via Google Drive, so no more hassles with USB thumb drives or those old things called CDs.

 

I've done some really fun trade shoots, such as this one with local model Ryanne Redd.  She has a successful website of her own that she uses to sell content to her loyal followers.  She got over 1,000 excellent images she could upload directly to her site without paying a photographer.  I used the images to sell to my own followers on Bentbox, so it's a win/win situation.

 

Now here are some photos I did with another model who sells her images on her own membership site.  Her online name is Jane Jupiter and she recently moved into a cool vintage apartment in Portland.  We decided to shoot there and take advantage of the old woodwork.  It's so... Portland!

 

Did you like those?  I know what you're thinking.  As I like to say... "Yes, they are real."  If you'd like to see the photos of Jane and possibly buy hundreds of high-resolution copies, please check out this "box" of photos on Bentbox.

So, if you know of any models (or naughty couples) who sell their nude content online, please tell them about my trade shoots.  And of course, I'm still available for private paid shoots.


Down By The River

May 21, 2019  •  2 Comments

 

Down By The River

Sorry I haven't been posting to the blog lately.  I've been doing some private shoots for clients, but mostly I'm creating photosets to sell on Bentbox.  Yesterday, I did a private shoot for a client who needed some tame, but sexy photos for social media marketing.   There is a river about a mile from my house that can be pretty photogenic at certain times of year.   Yesterday was one of those uniformly cloudy, but fairly bright days that we get in May and June. 

 

The soft light is almost perfect for portraits, but you have to remember that the sun is still up there in a specific location.  It's important to keep your subject looking toward the sun to get even lighting on the face, even if it takes you a minute to figure out where the sun is.

 

These shots were all taken with my usual Canon 5D Mark 4 using a Tamron 85mm F/1.8 lens at F/2 to blur the background.  I liked that lens so much that I bought its little brother, the Tamron 45mm F/1.8.

 

I really like the way these two Tamron lenses render the background, while the subject is extremely sharp.  It's almost a 3D effect.   I call that subject/background separation and it's something you can do with expensive, large aperture lenses that you can't do as well with consumer grade lenses.  These Tamrons are also stabilized for sharper hand held shooting which helps with that subject/background separation, in my opinion.

Collecting lenses is fun, but my collection of lenses for my Canon EF mount cameras is pretty much complete and I haven't purchased one in many months.  Canon recently created a new lens mount for their new line of mirrorless cameras.  I suppose in a few years my current lenses will be obsolete.  So until I switch to a mirrorless camera, I think my lens collecting days are about over.  We shall see.

 

Thanks for reading!

 


PDXScene Magazine

November 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

PDXScene Magazine

 

As you can see, I haven't been posting a lot here on my blog lately.  Not only am I staying busy doing private photoshoots,  I recently started a new gig that I'm rather proud of.  I'm a staff photographer at PDXScene Magazine.  It's a great place to find information about the complex sexuality scene in Portland.  If you are planning to visit, PDXScene is a great place to start your research.

 

I did the photography for the November cover and the related article that features a person from the Portland sexuality communities.  My friend Sgt. Miles got to be featured this month.  The publisher wanted to use a term like playmate or pet, but those were taken.  So the eye candy person is called the Temptation of the month. 

Don't worry, I still do private shoots for women, men and couples who need intimate photos and absolute discretion.  

Here is the November cover.  I hope this is the first of many!

 

 

 

 

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