You are a Photo/Art Model and Photographer, and you have mastered them all well. How did it all start?
I originally did a boudoir-type shoot for an ex. The photographer I shot with, Rebecca Lance, was amazingly supportive and I fell in love with the experience.
You certainly know how to hold a pose; where do you get your inspiration for your poses? Do you have to practice them before a session?
I think the atmosphere and location decide the pose. I look at a location and consider what feeling I want to convey. Of course, the viewer may interpret a completely different emotion, that’s part of the beauty of art. I don’t practice posing, an understanding of what poses suit me best came with time and experience.
What is the greatest challenge you find being a male model?
Sadly, posing and conversation have made it evident to me that 99.9% of “male models” just want to be seen naked. The most difficult thing is getting past the very justified attitude of instant rejection this has created in the typical art lover.
You have been captured in a range of fantastic locations. Which one was the most interesting and why?
It is difficult to pick just one, but the cave shoot was probably the most interesting to me. The location we shot was an hour and a half into the cave, and it was my first real caving experience.
Have you collaborated with any other models? If not, do you have any plans to do it?
I haven’t yet, but I plan to in the future. I am currently working on a collaborative photoshop composite, and I recently began discussing a collaborative shoot.
Can you please describe your idea shoot as the model or photographer without any restrictions?
Shooting with the giant redwoods is at the very top of my shoot bucket list. I have been fascinated by them since I was a child. It’s something I will definitely make happen eventually. The contrast of the minuscule human form next to these ancient giants astounds me.
Have you ever thought about stepping on the other side of the camera and being the photographer?
Though I’ve been asked several times I have not yet taken on the photographer role. I still have much to learn about the photography side.
Seeing your Instagram, you are certainly in shape. Do you have a strict fitness routine that you need to follow?
I believe for health’s sake that it’s wise to have a fitness routine no matter what. I lift regularly, but I am nowhere near as strict as I should be, slacking greatly for the past year. I know I am far more confident shooting when I am “on the ball”.
What do you get up to when you are not modelling?
I very much enjoy time outdoors, hiking in particular. I recently purchased my first motorcycle, and I’m in love with riding. Creating Photoshop composites brings me a lot of joy, though, like everyone else, I find there aren’t enough hours in the day.
If one of your friends came to you to ask for advice on becoming a male model, what three pieces of advice would you give them?
I would be the worst person to ask, as I don’t have much appreciation for male modelling. The only advice I could offer is the same advice I would give anyone. Don’t make it about the follower count; who cares if you have a million followers if none of them appreciates what you’re doing? Find your circle, support and encourage them.
Do you have any goals that you want to achieve in the next 3 years?
I’d really love to have a dedicated studio and shoot in a different country by then.
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