From Bodybuilders to Models

I used to shoot a few bodybuilding shows for a friend of mine, who always held a local show as well as a show in St Louis County…one was an ironman type show and the other was a natural show…not only did this allow me to make a little money from the images I shot of each contestant, it also helped me to discover some new talent for modeling and created some referrals from bodybuilders as well. Some of these guys worked with me several times and some only worked with me once or twice…and those are the guys I cannot remember their names…like these guys….

Andy at Bennett Hotel

 

…the next guy was from Illinois, that much I remember and he only shot with me the first time because his girlfriend at the time, objected to him modeling for anyone but her…run into that more than you think believe me…he was hott to work with and would have loved to have shot with him again….

Blacksmith At Work

 

Bennett Hotel Wall

 

…this next model I took out to my the horse farm of my friends with the waterfall on their property…instead of cooling him off in the waterfall tho, he chose to step into the horse trough…said it would be faster…it was. …

 

Horse Trough Cool Off

 

…and the hext guy is a multi talented guy, very much a jack of all trades and great handyman to have nearby….

Windowlight

 

this next guy was referred to me by a bodybuilder, he was seriously into weight lifting and turned out to be a very good model on his test shoot…I took him out to the horse farm with the waterfall and shot him there…

Asian BB Waterfall

 

Asian BB Waterfall 2

 

and another guy that I found at one of the bodybuilding shows, turned out to be not only a very good model who shot with me several times, but a very good friend to this day….

Construction Stud 2

 

Construction Stud

 

Column Hottie

 

…and Joe, a hott guy I met in Arkansas on my first trip down there for vacationing…shot him at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs the first shoot in November, their fall season….

Fall reflection

 

Fall Foliage rock

 

Fall Beauty-1 WM

 

Profiled jeans WM

 

Garvan woodland pond WM

 

Garvan Gardens flexed art WM

 

dappled light reflection WM

 

dappled light reflections art-1 WM

 

rock resting reflections WM

 

blue jean baby reflections WM

 

Cascading waterfall stud WM

 

Garvan pool reflection-1 WM

 

Blue Jean Baby Reflection WM

 

Blue Jean Baby-1 WM

 

Blue Jean Baby art reflections WM

 

Blue Jean Baby art WM

 

Blue Jean Baby Stud WM

 

Blue Jean Baby flexed WM

 

Blue Jean art WM

Casual rocker

 

bridge stud WM

 

Joy Moon Bridge Stud

 

 

…and the second year he came back to shoot with me once again, this time he didn`t have as much spare time to shoot, and needed some images for a swimwear and underwear catalog, so we just shot a few images there at the inn….

new underwear

 

new underwear 2

 

underwear on balcony

 

bandanna boy

 

bandanna boy smiles

 

…and then we went outside and shot a couple in his swimwear in the cove at the end of the peninsula….

wading in cove

 

wading in cove 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Trip Down Memory Lane – Male Glamour 2

Here are a few more of my male models in glamour style work from the early days when I was shooting for a lot of clients in calendar and poster work….the first is Chris, a guy that was highly recommended to me by a mutually good friend named Mike…Mike was a very busy nude model out in California but originally from Arkansas and knew Chris well…he called me during the summer of 2002 and told me on my next trip to Arkansas, I should stop and check out Chris…he put me in touch with him and a few weeks later I was stopping off to see and photograph Chris….I was sure glad I took Mike`s advice cause Chris turned out to be a very hot and sexy model for me and many others…….

Coca cola boi

 

…above is one of the test images at his place in Arkansas that I shot that day…hopefully I can locate a few more to show you just how hot he was back then on that day….below are a few of the images I shot of him the weekend he came up to visit and shoot with me at my studio and on location nearby….in the first image, is Kevin Ford, who had come down to work with me on his very first shoot as well…the start to his illustrious career in fitness work, I had met him at a bodybuilding show and invited him to come shoot with me sometime…so he did….

Kevin Ford and Chris Link

 

Column Hottie

 

Column Hottie 2

 

Green Eyed Hottie

 

Stairway Hottie

 

Mossy Rocks Hottie

 

Chris Link hard look-1

Cowboys

Getting back to adding some older material now that I am all caught up…the first several years of shooting beefcake work, I was shooting images for calendar and poster companies, as well as magazine layouts and greeting card companies…one of the big demands for images were those of hot looking cowboys…I was fortunate to shoot quite a few hot looking and well built models dressed as cowboys for some of the clients, but only a few of them were truly born and bred cowboys. Two were bullriders from here in the state of Missouri, and the other two were raised on farms and dealt with cattle and horses all their lives  Kyle was one of the first true cowboys I had the pleasure of working with….

Barn Hottie

 

Barn Hottie 2

 

Barn Loft Hottie 2

 

one of my buddies had some blacksmithing equipment and gear, let me use it to shoot Kyle and a few other models in it….Kyle looked right at home in it….

Blacksmith Hottie

 

…and Kyle worked out as a very hot model for many of my other shoots as well, in several themes….

Carpenter Stud

 

Carpenter Stud 2

 

Rock Stud

 

Rock Stud 2

 

Kyle  was a super hot guy to work with, really enjoyed shooting him when he was down here.  Danny Joe is another hot cowboy that I have worked with for the past several years and has done some bullriding as well….

Bullriding

Danny started shooting with me as soon as he was out of school….

Cowboy Art

 

Cowboy Art 2

 

Cowboy Sexy 2

 

Danny made a very good model for me and still models occasionally for me…he was a lot of fun to work with….and looked great outside as well as inside….

danny_joe

Hot Cowboy 2

 

Hot Cowboy 2 Hot Cowboy Stud 2

 

Hot Cowboy Stud

 

In the blacksmith outfit….

Blacksmith

 

….and even in the later years, he still looks great….

Roper Art

 

 

A Trip Down Memory Lane…Babes and Hunks

At some point during the early years, I became known for shooting some hot babes and hunks, likely due in part to word of mouth and possibly attributed to my calendar and poster work as well, but at some point I began getting calls asking to photograph babes and hunks on motorcycles, jet skiis, and automobiles, and while some of it included studio work, much of it was shot on location, depending on weather and the time of the year. I also shot a lot of waterfall images with babes and hunks as well….

With Cathy Keller at Waterfalls

 

With Cathy Keller at Waterfalls 2

 

Here you see Cathy working with Mel above, and we added Chris in the next couple of images…

Cathy Keller & Chris at Waterfall 2

 

Cathy Keller & Chris at Waterfall

 

…and on another shoot, Chris joined me to shoot with Julie, who I was fortunate enough to be able to shoot a few times when she had some free time and able to travel down from the Chicago area…Julie became a Budweiser Model soon after my first shoot with here, and then went on to later become a Playboy Model as well. She was a fantastic blonde bombshell to work with and I was able to get her some good poster and calendar work while with me. 

 

Waterfall with Julie Abbott 2

 

Waterfall with Julie Abbott 3

 

Julie came down and shot with me on a few projects involving four wheelers and restored cars as well…like this beautiful 1966 Ford Mustang, that we shot in a grassy area one Sunday afternoon near the waterfall….Chris brought along another one of his referrals named Kevin, whose long blonde hair was as pretty as Julie`s….

Mustang with Julie and Kevin 2

 

Mustang with Julie and Kevin

 

…I had the guys dressed in black slacks and red tuxedo ties at first, but the ties came off soon after and the slacks stayed on, they were a nice contrast to Julie in her  partial birthday suit…and at one time, she had one a fur coat with their tuxedo white shirts opened….

Mustang with Chris Carrier & Kevin Webb 2

 

…and she took some fantastic sexy shots on the car solo as well…. 

Convertible Mustang Babe 2

 

Convertible Mustang Babe 3

 

Convertible Mustang Babe 4

 

Convertible Mustang Babe 5

Kevin also came along on another shoot at the waterfall that Julie came back to shoot with me at….

Waterfall With Kevin Webb

 

Julie was also in demand by several private owners of dirt bikes as well…

Dirt Bike Babe 9

 

Dirt Bike Babe 14

 

Dirt Bike Babe 13

 

…and I shot her on a few four wheelers as well….

Four Wheeler in Barn 8

 

Four Wheeler in Barn 12

 

…watch for a post on Julie for more of her photos. 

Cathy also came down and worked with me on a jeep shoot for a firefighter buddy of mine…he had a pretty bright red jeep and wanted some images of a beautiful babe on it, so Cathy drove down on weekend and we went up to a beautiful bluff with a commanding view of the Meramac River valley below….Gus stayed behind the wheel after parking it on the side of the bluff, his foot on the brake which put Cathy a bit more at ease due to the location of the jeep….

Jeep on Bluff 2

 

Jeep on Bluff 5

 

Jeep on Bluff 4

 

…and then she even volunteered to help him fix the engine, but I dont think he really had his heart in working on it at that point….

Jeep on Bluff 6

 

…we took it down to a local gravelbar by the river a few minutes later tho, and she helped wash off the hood of it….

Jeep on Sandbar

 

Jeep on Sandbar 2

Long Neck Bottle Shoot

Back about the mid nineties, I was asked to set up and shoot a promotional ad shot for an ad company that I was shooting some stock work for, one of their clients was a large beer producer that was introducing long neck bottles of beer, their only requirement for the shoot besides the product of course, was sex appeal and I was free to shoot as many male and female models as I could…and they suggested a waterfall or scenic water location…bottom line is they wanted water in the shot along with sexy bodies and faces….I set up the first shoot at a beautiful waterfall that I had been doing alot of shoots at, on a beautifully warm October day……there were actually three waterfalls there and I chose to use the tallest one because I would be able to place several models up and down it for the shot. I took a couple of friends along for security, one of my buddies went with us to video shoot the whole print shoot, and I had a few make up artists along too. 

We arrived at the location of the waterfall early afternoon and started doing site clean up…there had been some local flooding the week before and no one had been down there since. It had prob been two weeks since I had been there, so while Kurt, who was handling security for me, and some of the male models, were setting up a changing area for the gals and cleaning up the base of the falls…..we planned to shoot a couple of changes of swimwear styles and colors, and needed a secure changing area, roping off an area with towels for privacy….. I was up on the falls bluff removing the driftwood from the bluff walls…all of a sudden someone yelled ” snake ” and the next thing you know, all the babes were up on the bluff wall with me and I looked down to see three water moccasins coming up out of a pool of water at the base of the falls and moving toward Kurt and the guys….I told Kurt to kill them, so he and the guys did just that…they flattened one with a large heavy rock and snuffed the other two with an axe that Kurt had brought with him….he and the other security guys were armed, but if someone had missed, I really didn`t want to take any chances on ricochets. Luckily, those were the only ones we saw the rest of the day and the rest of the shoot went quite well. I think my buddy shooting video was the only one that got any film on it and didn`t have any problems with them himself. Here are some images of the shoot, starting with the babes involved in the shoot….

Waterfall Babes

 

Waterfall Babes 2

 

Waterfall Babes 3

 

Waterfall Babes 4

 

Waterfall Babes 5

 

Waterfall Babes 6

 

I haven`t been able to find any of the actual poster shots with the bottles, to copy and post on here, but I do have a few of the side shots with some of the babes with the guys afterwards. I will post more images once I locate them…I only have about three more boxes of files and photos to go through for this location shoot. We actually wound up shooting one other creek location and then the third request for a smaller shoot, required a friend of mine coming in and building a shallow pool in my studio because by that time we were into December and it was way too cool outside to even think of asking the female models to get back into the creek. 

Here is Ronda with some of the guys….

Waterfall With The Guys

 

and here is Tony with the Trophy Girl, Kimberly….I still can`t believe he wasn`t smiling for this one….she sure was….

Trophy Girl with Tony Dames

 

and Ronda alone on the wall in the small canyon, looking GREAT !!

Swimwear Babe 1

 

A Trip Down Memory Lane – Male Models Glamour

After a few years of working primarily with female models in the early 90`s,  I began working with male models as well, having located markets for the guys in the sporadic calendar and poster lines, as well as book covers and magazine layouts….this work was known as Beefcake, shooting shirtless hunky guys in sexy poses to appeal to a female or gay audience.  By the mid 90`s, the Beefcake craze took off and my work with guys took off as well.

Cheesecake, for the first time ever, took a backseat to Beefcake, at least for a few years. I continued to shoot the Cheesecake work, because the dealers still needed their posters for the shows, but by the mid to late 90`s, my work primarily migrated to working with male models much of the time.  Soon after,  demand for my freelance work with guys expanded exponentially over the next several years into many markets besides calendar and poster work, markets that included magazine layouts, magazine covers, romance novel covers, and video work opportunities with various producers. By this time, ninety percent of my work was glamour and nude print in beefcake and occasionally some cheesecake as well.

With assistance of a friend named Dave, in the mid 90`s, we also launched a line of posters and a calendar, that ran for a year and featured many models, male and female, as well as many fire trucks, new and antique. Unfortunately, this line didn`t last longer than a year or two and so I continued on shooting on my own.

Below is a smattering of images of the male models that I worked with from the start….starting with Aaron, a hot blonde young man with a nicely toned build….

Barn Jeans Hottie 2

Art Statue Rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camo and Ammo Belt Hottie 3

 

Thresher Stud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Brandon….who was referred to me by Aaron….

Sunlit Tree

Art Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and Buckley, another referral by Aaron….

Blue Jeans Buddy

 

…and a few guys in the next image that were referred to me by Aaron as well….Jason in front of the jeep and Anthony at the very back of the jeep…the two guys in the middle are actually cousins, David on the hood and John standing alongside….John another of my discoveries and he brought along his good looking cousin David….

David Hanna, John Bost, Anth Seamon Jeep

…speaking of which, David turned out to be quite a natural hottie on his own and made a great hood ornament, too…..

Jeep Hood

…and despite being a young one, he had a very sexy look with the longer blonde hair and nice build….

Sexy Jeans

…and John, who turned out to be another great and consistent model for much of my work over a few years time. I lost track of John over the years, but he was a very well mannered and trustworthy young man, and worked into a great model for many of my projects, including the calendar work. 

Ladder Stud

 

Reflection Hottie

 

...the image above of John, as well as the jeep image with the four guys above, were shot at Ebo, a popular place back in the day, where you could take some nice photos at a great four wheeling spot, with sand and waterholes…I was out there one day shooting a couple of female models when a few guys spotted us from the far side of the big dune and came roaring across on their four wheelers….this is how I discovered Pete, one of the guys in that small group….

Racer

 

….Pete went on to model for me for a few years and became a very hot guy to work with on various projects….

Blue Jeans Hottie

 

Here are a few more of my models in the early days…Travis, Ray, and Danny, all natural countryboys……..

Jeans Art

 

Hard Hat Hottie

Barn Boy

 

Some of my other original models helped me shoot a series of old water and grist mills inside the state….the first is Alan who donned a pair of overalls and I photographed him underneath the main structure down where the grinding wheel would have been located at Paydown Mill near Belle….the lighting down there was incredible for early November….

Paydown Mill

 

…and then he traveled down to the Orla Mill near Lebanon where I shot him sitting on the wheel on the side of the mill….

 

Mill Wheel 2

 

and later I returned to the same mill, this time with Bobby, another local area model, who decided to try his luck fishing the stream near the mill on the dam….

Fishin At The Old Mill Dam 2

 

Fishin At The Old Mill Dam

 

…another local model was riding around with me over north of St James in the area of Redbird, trying to find an old mill over there on the upper reaches of the Bourbeuse River….while Chris and I never found an old mill believed to be there at one time, we did locate a pretty place to shoot along the river there….

Creekside

 

and another day, Chris and another model from the same area, Dalton, rode down with me to Falling Spring Mill south of Winona to capture these images….

Fishing Falling Spring Mill

 

Fishing Falling Spring Mill 2

 

….and then closer to home, I photographed one of my younger models at the time, Chris, fishing and playing in the watefall at Nosers Mill, also on the Bourbeuse River near Beaufort, long before it burned down….

Fishing at the Old Mill

 

Down By The Old Mill

 

Cane Fishing Pole in Hand

 

…I`m not sure how much fishing he actually did down there, seemed like he was playing in the falling water more than anything most of the time….lol….

Playing in the Water

 

Playing in the Water 2

 

Cooling Down

 

…which probably explains why he got a bit chilled afterwards, with that breeze blowing across the river and water….

chilled while fishing

 

…and then I photographed Mike there a few years later as well….he also tried his hand at fishing too….

Fishin At Nosers Mill

 

..and he enjoyed playing in the waterfall too….

 

Waterfall Hottie 3

Waterfall Hottie

 

 

 

A Trip Down Memory Lane

 After a few years of working primarily with female models in the early 90`s,  I began working with male models as well, having located markets for the guys in the sporadic calendar and poster lines, as well as book covers and magazine layouts….this work was known as Beefcake, shooting shirtless hunky guys in sexy poses to appeal to a female or gay audience.  By the mid 90`s, the Beefcake craze took off and my work with guys took off as well.

Cheesecake, for the first time ever, took a backseat to Beefcake, at least for a few years. I continued to shoot the Cheesecake work, because the dealers still needed their posters for the shows, but by the mid to late 90`s, my work primarily migrated to working with male models much of the time.  Soon after,  demand for my freelance work with guys expanded exponentially over the next several years into many markets besides calendar and poster work, markets that included magazine layouts, magazine covers, romance novel covers, and video work opportunities with various producers. By this time, ninety percent of my work was glamour and nude print in beefcake and occasionally some cheesecake as well.

With assistance of a friend named Dave, in the mid 90`s, we also launched a line of posters and a calendar, that ran for a year and featured many models, male and female, as well as many fire trucks, new and antique. Unfortunately, this line didn`t last longer than a year or two and so I continued on shooting on my own.

Below is a smattering of images of the male models that I worked with from the start….starting with Brandon, a sexy young man with a nicely toned build….

Wall Glamour

 

Art Wall

 

Sunlit Tree

 

and another friend of Brandon, that I photographed later that summer in my studio barn, Buckley….

Blue Jeans Buddy

 

Whipp

 

….and here are four guys I shot at Ebo at the dunes…with a red jeep…from left to right, Jason, David, John, and Anthony….

David Hanna, John Bost, Anth Seamon Jeep

 

I went out there to the dunes and shot quite a few models with four wheel drive trucks and four wheelers back in those days…here another of Anthony….

Jeep Hottie

 

…and Emily, who came to me on a referral as well, shot her on a friend`s jeep out at the Dunes of Ebo back in the day when everyone was out there four wheeling on the weekends…

Jeep At Ebo 2

 

Jeep At Ebo 4

 

…it was a great location to shoot four wheel drive trucks and suv`s, as well as dirt bikes and four wheeler`s….specially with the beautiful babes on or around them….local babe Michelle in the pink bikini below and the other two babes were from the St Charles area….

3 Babes on Jeep Ebo

 

and I actually found a few male models while shooting out there as well….one of those guys was Pete…found him one day when I was out there shooting one of my hot local female models, Raye….

Beach Kneeling Ebo 2

 

Beach Babe Ebo….from across the wide expanse of sand, Pete and some of his buddies spotted us and came riding over on their four wheelers to see what we were up to……and who in their right mind wouldn`t speed across the sand to see Raye up closer, lol….but he pulled up there in a cloud of dust and about a week later was modeling for me himself…and we returned to the scene and shot this one on his four wheeler….

Racer

 

and later I turned him into a sexy blacksmith as well….

Blacksmith Hottie

 

And another young man named Clayton, that I met while at a baseball game one summer, …came up and shot in the attic of an old home that was about to be torn down to make way for a parking lot….

Pacific Boy Crowe House Attic Window 6

 

 

Pacific Boy Crowe House Attic Window 6

 

Cory, from the same area, came up one day and shot some photos for the calendar I was working on and then we went outside to shoot some more photos of him….he was a high school football player and worked out alot each day, about five hundred crunches a day he told me…

Trail Stud

 

Trail Stud 2

 

…another time he came up and shot some on a beautiful red motorcycle as well…. a Vulcan that belonged to a good friend of mine at the time……

MC Hottie

 

I also photographed several old water and grist mills across the state and in adjoining states back in the 80`s, and occasionally shot some male models at those old mills as well…this first one at Paydown Mill west of Belle, in November on a fairly warm day and I photographed Alan Christopher under the mill down by the old machinery, illuminated by the natural light coming through the stone wall columns….

Paydown Mill

…and then there was an old mill in southwestern Missouri near Lebanon, and Alan went with me to this one, where I shot him up on the wheel….

Mill Wheel 2

 

Mill Wheel

 

…and later I photographed Bobby at the same mill south of Lebanon, fishing off the mill dam…. 

Fishin At The Old Mill Dam

 

Fishin At The Old Mill Dam 2

 

…and later on I shot one of my younger models at the old Nosers Mill, fishing with an old cane pole down by the dam….Chris looked good with his bright red hair….

Fishing at the Old Mill

 

…think I about froze him out at one point down there…he had gotten wet and then the wind started blowing a bit down there and he got a bit chilled….

chilled while fishing

 

…but this was while wrapping up after shooting all of the following images first….

Cane Fishing Pole in Hand

 

Playing in the Water

 

Playing in the Water 2

 

Cooling Down

 

…so its prob no wonder that he did get a bit chilled a few minutes later….Chris went on to enlist in the Marines and fought in Iraq….raised by his grandparents primarily, and turned out to be one of the nicest kids I have ever known…still is, too.

I shot one other model at Nosers Mill a few years later…his name is Mike….he couldn`t resist the temptation to get wet as well….

Fishin At Nosers Mill

 

Waterfall Hottie 3

 

Waterfall Hottie

 

…and then one day I drove down to Falling Spring Mill, near Winona, and shot two young men from Bourbon, fishing out in front of the old mill, Chris Petersen was one of the guys…. I can`t recall the other boy`s name….

Fishing Falling Spring Mill

 

Fishing Falling Spring Mill 2

 

..and Chris was with me when we were driving around near Redbird one day, looking for an old mill on the Bourbeuse River that no longer existed, so I photographed him on some rocks instead….

Creekside

 

Back then, I worked with a lot of guys in sports, football players, baseball players, found some of these guys on my own and some came to me on referrals as well….like Danny and Ray….

Barn Boy

 

MC Thinker

 

Hard Hat Hottie

 

Jeans Hottie

 

Hay Barn Hottie

 

Travis was one of my original models who was a natural flirt in front of the camera but he also could work an art pose well too…. 

Jeans Art

 

I wish I could have found more of his images to include here…..stay tuned for Part 2 of this story….