I shot a lot of beautiful babes during the 90`s, many of them with bikes, beautiful restored vintage autos, four wheel drive trucks, jet skiis and even four wheelers. I also shot at some beautiful scenic waterfalls, and in some cases, like with Jennie, the two locations were very close together for both types of shoots…..
Luckily, we never saw anymore creepy crawly critters at the waterfall after the poster shoot…we figured it was prob the floodwaters that brought them in there. She really enjoyed the waterfall and its alot easier to shoot there when you aren`t constantly looking over your shoulder or around to make sure it`s safe first. Jennie looked stunning in both of her swimsuits at the falls…..she was always alot of fun to work with…
Cathy was another glamour babe that I shot on some jeeps and four wheelers….
speaking of jeeps, here is another babe on a jeep, this one at Ebo, where I shot many four wheel drive pickups and jeeps and cycles…this one has Emily featured on it…this one was a blue jeep and Brian, the owner, was actually a cousin of Gus, the owner of the red jeep above…both of them good friends of mine….
…actually they both brought their jeeps to me whenever I needed one in the shot with a new babe….such was the case when I had three babes out at Ebo one day and was in need of a great vehicle….
…this time Michelle was featured on the red jeep first….and she worked that jeep well, let me tell you, even for a first time glamour shoot….
and one of my male models, Justin, was out there with me that day, and Michelle took a few shots with him, too…
and a friend of Gus brought his four wheel drive truck along and we put Michelle up on it as well…
I also shot a few restored vintage cars, too….this one a restored Mustang convertible…with Julie, one of my hott models who went on to become a Bud girl featured on billboards across the midwest states for a few years….
and one day I was even shooting a beautiful red Camaro out there, not out on the sands like the trucks and jeeps, but down by the creek where you could get to it by roadway….and Raye, modeling glamour at first, showed it off well too….
Probably two of my more unusual vehicle shoots involved a beautiful racecar owned by a local boy who enjoyed racing for a few years early on, and had me come down and photograph it with a gorgeous babe named Natalie, who I found on a modeling website at the time, to promote his racing fuels store…
…and the other one was a pretty red truck, souped up a bit, and the owner wanted a shot of it with the rear wheels smoking the street and so we went down to the state park to find a secluded area where we could shoot it…one of my local models Jenny, knew the owner well and came along for the shot…I positioned her leaning over on the drivers side window as if she was chatting with him while he tried to impress her with the power of the truck….and then the park ranger showed up….uh oh….
….but in all actuality…..I had gained the permission of the park ranger to do this, before we actually shot it, and he came up to watch and I was able to get him involved in it too….so it just looked like he was writing a ticket.
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….
I started out shooting freelance glamour work in the late 80`s and early 90`s, working with local motorcycle and jet ski dealers to produce posters with sex appeal for promotion and sales of products, often photographing bikini clad female models on their products, using studio lighting and backdrops, but occasionally shooting on location as well. The dealers would then select the best image and have thousands of posters printed up for their dealer booths at the boat shows, farm shows, and cycle shows at the convention centers, and employ the female models part time, to attract a primarily male buyer audience by autographing their posters in person at the shows and show off the product. These shows provided added opportunities for some of my models to make some additional income on the side. This was known as Cheesecake work in those days, aimed at a primarily male audience…. the good ole days when things were better and life was easier in general. Here are some of my better glamour images with models from the good ole days….
The two images above are of a sexy gal named Shelly B, who I met while photographing a friend of hers…Shelly was one of the first gals that shot both styles of work with me, although her friend only wanted to shoot glamour work. Since I was just beginning to shoot with models, both styles were fine with me so I could gain some experience and since Shelly had experience in both styles, she was able to teach me quite a bit about posing models. I also worked with another model named Shelly, a little later on, who was also very hot and looked great on motorcycles…I met her when she and her husband opened up a video rental store in town. She became one of the hottest models I was working with while shooting motorcycles….
I was also shooting some poster work for a private racecar owner about that time and met a hot new model online that was just breaking into glamour work…her name was Natalie and she was from the bootheel area…she and her boyfriend Jason came up one weekend to shoot the racecar poster work for me…she was a small package of dynamite in swimwear and heels let me tell ya….
…and I soon found out, on some return visits, that she looked great on motorcycles too…
Some more of my images with babes on motorcycles….luckily back then, I had a list of guys I could contact for a bike when I had a model coming in to shoot….
The one above and below are Katrina, on a friend`s Harley in my studio…she came to me on the referral of her brother Damian, who was doing some glamour modeling work for me at the time…Katrina`s only modeling experience was with Glamour Shots, which was pretty popular back then. I thought she was a natural, myself. 🙂 I know the bike owner sure did like the images.
Here is another sexy model I found…Ronda was a former local girl that had moved to St Louis County from here and she worked out to be a very good model for several projects I was working on at the time. Here are a few of her shots on some motorcycles in my studio…….
I had actually picked up some poster work for a local beer company and was asked to shoot and submit some images with male and female models in the images holding the products. I hand selected all of the models, most of them had worked with me on several other shoots before, some were in the calendar that a friend and I had produced as well, and I`ll talk about this waterfall shoot a little more extensively, in another post, because it was quite an adventure all on its own. In the meantime, though, here are a couple of shots of Ronda with the guys and alone in the small canyon walls near the waterfalls……
The other big project that she assisted with was the calendar production…Dave and I photographed her on an antique pumper in Washington with a couple of firefighters and a dalmation dog……the image was used in a fire service magazine to advertise the calendar sales…..
Ronda was a great model to work with, another natural with little to no prior experience. A few more of her images in the calendar shoot can be seen at my site www.RagingSensations.com