WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
I was bored to death with the corporate video work I had been shooting for almost a decade. So, I decided I would break out my old camera and start making pictures of beautiful women in beautiful locations! It had everything my corporate video projects did not!… I got to be outside, running around in nature! I got to meet new people and actually socialize with them! And they happened to be gorgeous! lol And, the projects were immediately tangible. Take a photo = see a photo! Ta-da! No month-long editing process and etc. the intimacy between a photographer and their camera is instant and close. I was in desperate need of being an artist again, and not a producer.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
In my personal experience, there is only ONE challenging aspect of shooting erotica or ANYTHING sexy. And that it societies conservative views on nudity and sexuality. For the most part, the people that don't like it, don't look at it, and it is really simple. But in a larger arena, like the internet… a conservative foundation results in social media sites censoring images, or not allowing nudity in art. So, the tangible effect is… I am unable to share certain types of art with a large amount of my fans. I am forced to broadcast like an underground rebel on alternative sites. It simply propitiates the idea that nudity is somehow "bad." But, I digress… That is all old news, and it has never stopped artists from making work involving nudity or erotic themes.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
Digital. lol No, really… I love film. I love both! They are both amazing tools of creation and expression! But, technically the question was which do I prefer? And the answer is Digital .All things being considered, I enjoy the ease of shooting digital much more than I crave the look and experience of shooting on film. That being said, I am about to publish a book that I shot entirely on medium format film. So, maybe I like it more than I think. ;)
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
I'd love to go one some road trips and shoot at some really remote locations. Also, I love taking models from one genre and shooting them in a genre that is outside their normal look! And finally, I'm also looking to transition my photography of models BACK into the film and video medium and produce some music videos.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
Shoot what YOU love, and develop a style that comes from within. It is really easy to make a pretty picture with today's technology. But if you want to have a truly fulfilling career… make sure yo upend your time shooting things and making art that is inspiring and interesting to YOU.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
Music, drums, guitar, graphic design, animation, film & video, painting, and writing. This is why I just call myself an artist. It seems to be most accurate.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I've been a drummer for a billion years! My musical tastes are all over the place! I love my old 80's new wave and metal, and sweet sweet punk rock! And big band and swing music! And electronic music of almost EVERY kind! I also love so much world music is is out of control! These days, I am really into electronic music or DJs that have skillfully infused world music into their creations. It's beautiful stuff to dance to, and to meditate to, and to make art to! Love it! I'm also totally in love with so many female artists right now, I can't even begin to list them all! But at this very second, I have the biggest crush on GRIMES! What an amazing artist! She's doing it right! If anyone can pass along to her that she is currently fueling and inspiring my endless hours of retouching images, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Make music, and art… talk about the universe and the meaning of life… fall in love… you know, the good stuff! ;) I love nature as well. Most of my shoots are at the beach because I LOVE the beach. I love being out in the water in the sun. I could float out there forever! But, I also love dancing, hiking, meditation, and doing all of the above with amazing friends. At this point in my life, I am mostly interested in the PEOPLE… the activities are a secondary consideration.
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