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….
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….
…and Kyle worked out as a very hot model for many of my other shoots as well, in several themes….
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….
Danny started shooting with me as soon as he was out of school….
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….
In the blacksmith outfit….
….and even in the later years, he still looks great….
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….
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 or to even think of asking the female models to get back into the creek.
Here is Ronda with some of 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….
and Ronda alone on the wall in the small canyon, looking GREAT !!
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….
and Brandon….who was referred to me by Aaron….
….and Buckley, another referral by Aaron….
…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….
…speaking of which, David turned out to be quite a natural hottie on his own and made a great hood ornament, too…..
…and despite being a young one, he had a very sexy look with the longer blonde hair and nice build….
…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.
...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….
….Pete went on to model for me for a few years and became a very hot guy to work with on various projects….
Here are a few more of my models in the early days…Travis, Ray, and Danny, all natural countryboys……..
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….
…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….
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….
…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….
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….
….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….
…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….
…which probably explains why he got a bit chilled afterwards, with that breeze blowing across the river and water….
…and then I photographed Mike there a few years later as well….he also tried his hand at fishing too….
..and he enjoyed playing in the waterfall too….