Welcome and thanks for checking out Beyond Boudoir Photo. I'm Dr. Mike, a very experienced pro photographer. I created this page to provide information to Instagram models who may want to work with me. If you decide you aren't interested and don't wish to be contacted again, please reply on Instagram with "no thanks." Now let's start with what most models want to know first.
Location: I'm based near Portland, Oregon where I have a lovely home studio about 20 minutes Northeast of PDX airport. I sometimes rent studio locations in Portland and I enjoy shooting at the model's place if there is enough room. I also travel to cities like Seattle and Phoenix to find suitable models. Note: I'm currently interested in shooting nude pole dancing, so models who have access to a pole go to the head of the line.
Model Requirements: I wish I could offer a paid shoot to every model who contacts me. Unfortunately, I'm limited in which models I can pay, because the fans who buy my work have specific tastes. They like models who are cis-female, fit, 18-30, with mainstream hair and a classic, natural, non-surgical, feminine figure. Most importantly, they must be free of large, distracting tattoos and prominent facial piercings.
That means I can only pay models who come fairly close to that description and are comfortable with erotic poses. I occasionally make an exception for a model who is very well known and has a large following.
I do work with models who have a few smaller tattoos. Sometimes it's a tough call and I will often ask potential models to send mirror selfies showing what they look like today.
References: The quickest way to check references is to message some of the models I've featured on Instagram. Or, if you happen to have an account on Model Mayhem, I have over 70 "credits" there from models I've worked with. Nearly every model says they loved working with me and many come back for repeat shoots.
The purpose of my model shoots is to create nude/erotic photosets that I sell to a small group of upscale, international buyers on a platform called Bentbox where I'm a top 5% creator. My shoots are always easy, safe, fun and professional. The style is loosely based on the old Playboy pictorials. They last two hours and require full nudity usually including some erotic (open leg) poses, but that may be open to negotiation. There is no sex or touching of any kind and we only do still photography. You are welcome to bring one friend if you like.
Model Fee: I pay a competitive model fee based on the local market as well as the model's look, style and posing experience. In addition to cash, models receive at least ten edited images that are suitable for social media. I am also open to discussing content-trade shoots where we both get to sell the images to our fans and no money changes hands. If you have something else to offer, let's talk! I'd love to know what you have in mind.
Quite a few models have chosen me to do their first nude or erotic photoshoot, so it's OK if it's your first time. I can provide lots of posing guidance and love chatting about the industry if you like.
Contact me: To discuss a possible shoot or just ask questions, please don't use the contact link at the top of this page. You can message me on Instagram if you like, or email me at:
One of my biggest challenges is getting models to show up for scheduled shoots, so I require a phone number before I book a model. I send an occasional text message to see if they are still on board.
If you'd like to talk on the phone, that would be fabulous, just give me your number and I will text you to set up a time. Feel free to ask me anything, I'm very open about my work.
Thanks for reading!