WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
The exhilaration I felt when I saw my first Hustler magazines when I was around 13 years old. The photos were sexy, raunchy, and felt dangerous. I thought, "Taking pictures of naked women? Dream job!"
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
I only shoot erotic photography so I'm not sure. I'm sure that shooting food has its challenges but the food probably doesn't want to bring its bodyguard to the set. For me the biggest challenge is finding the right models. I'm looking for very particular qualities in the women I shoot and the stigma of erotic photography makes the search tougher. For example, I'll discover a profile on a modeling site like OMP of a total stunner of a model. More often than not, she's not looking to do even art nudes let alone erotic work. Finding fresh new talent is a challenge that I think all content producers have to deal with. The pool of talent is relatively small in comparison to the demand. Your audience can be challenging too. The site that I primarily shoot for, figurebaby.com, focuses on strip tease style to more erotic photography of nude women. OK, easy enough, right? Not at all. There was a steep learning curve for me when I started shooting for them because that audience wants is VERY specific. I didn't realize that nude women aren't really nude if they have shoes on. I assumed that if the lady bits are showing then it's a nude photo. Dead wrong. I had to re-think my shooting style and adjust to what our audience is looking for. Some of it was very counter-intuitive for me but the challenge is great. Plus, if it was easy, everyone would do it.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I admire those who have the tolerance and patience for working with film. I'm not one of those people. I like being able to review my images on the fly and if I'm making a mistake (such as a lighting error) I can catch it immediately. I know the purists say that film produces better quality, and I'm not going to argue that, but that quality comes at a price, both financially and time-wise, and my particular style of shooting lends itself to digital. At figurebaby.com we currently update 5 times per week and are planning to ramp that up to 7 times per week. I don't think shooting with film would be very cost effective for us right now.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK ON IN THE FUTURE?
I love shooting for figurebaby.com and I am continually thinking of new ways to invigorate our niche while trying to expand our site into other genres as well.
I'm setting out to explore more fetish work in the near future. This would be outside the figurebaby.com umbrella. Fetish is not my particular kink but I do enjoy the photos I've seen from the greats like Ken Marcus. There is an element of danger when shooting erotic photography and I think shooting the fetish stuff kicks that up a notch. I'm curious by nature so diving into the fetish pool is right up my alley.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU HAVE FOR ANYONE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE INDUSTRY?
Do what makes you happy. Definitely don't get into erotic photography for the money. It's fairly lean out there right now. You have to enjoy the entire process: from the booking of the models to the editing and marketing of the photos. Keep in mind that erotic photography is a lot of work especially at the beginning. And be nice to the people you work with. The models are human beings and they appreciate kindness and respect. Those two things go a long way.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I do shoot video for figurebaby.com and our clip store (http://www.clips4sale.com/51633) but beyond that, which I think is a natural extension of photography, not really. This medium consumes a lot of my mental and physical energy.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I like hard rock and punk rock with attitude. I'm fairly picky about my music but I do appreciate the really good stuff. Helmet, Mastodon, Against Me! are all great bands that keep me motivated when I work. I've been digging Steel Panther lately. I love hearing new bands so any suggestions?
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I dabble a bit in erotic photography! And I visit figurebaby.com and fixemagazine.com when I'm online!