Shutterbug Sunday: Patrick Mark

A few months ago I happened upon an interesting site while searching for erotic photographers. It was for the final issue of an online mag by an amazing photographer. I thought it was sad that his magazine was ending until I read on and realized he was moving into photo book projects. He asked for suggestions on the themes and of course I submitted Romance. Imagine my surprise (and glee) when he chose my theme for his first book! Help me in welcoming Patrick Mark.

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I first picked up a camera in high school.  I was lucky enough to learn shooting from my yearbook instructor, an old pro with the patience to answer question after question.  My candid shots of basketball players caught the eye of our town’s local newspaper and soon I was on their team of sports photographers. Funny thing, my shots of the actual game never made it into the sports section.  Instead, it was the anguish on the faces of players and coaches that always made the cut. It seems capturing men was ‘my thing’ even as a teen.
I eventually dropped still cameras for a career in television and video.  It would be 16 years before I shot another still frame.

After I moved to Austin in 2004, I picked up my first digital camera: a cheap Sony I bought at a pawnshop for forty bucks.  I had the idea to ask men on Manhunt if they wanted better pictures for their profiles.  I did it just for the experience, but before I knew it, I was back in the business of photographing men.
Those personal pics eventually lead to a few local magazine covers, a calendar with a global distributor, my own web magazine and now, a new fitness photo service.  All while I still work in TV.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

My favorite subject is actually non-human.  My eye gravitates toward the texture found in nature.  Grass, trees; there is ultimate beauty found growing all around us…naturally.  It doesn’t have to put on make-up, work out; it is just what it is.  I think that carries over into my work with men.  My aesthetic tends to have a natural feel with an emphasis on texture.

As for humans, I do find us an intriguing subject.  I absolutely love the psychology of male photography. When I work with guys who are new to modeling, there is an interesting transformation that happens; a switch that flips when the lens comes out.  A guy can be the most timid person but as the shoot begins, this sensuality takes over and an entirely new man appears. It’s crazy what happens right in front of your eyes.  However, the intrigue can be lost when you work with a model that doesn’t connect with you.  That can be difficult.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

Actor James Dean. The man couldn’t take a bad shot.  A classic in every sense: expressive eyes, the face and the body language.

Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

Hmm, that’s a tough choice but I’m going with Stonehenge.  The simplicity and structure of that mystic place has some amazing possibilities.  As for a subject, I would love to feature either ginger model Seth Fornea or former Playgirl Man of the Year, Derrick Davenport.  Derrick is someone I still see as the classic male figure, handsome and sculpted.  Seth’s red hair and muscular physique would be a natural fit for the bold, lush environment surrounding Stonehenge.

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Patrick is currently working on a fabulous photo book project. From his website:

The One Man Challenge:

Each month, I will take suggestions from readers, Facebook friends, anyone with an idea for a photo shoot.  It can be one prop, one theme, one message, whatever is in your head (within legal reason.)  If your suggestion is drawn you will receive a FREE digital copy of the finished photo book!  Start thinking and start submitting.

On a certain date and time each month I will draw one suggestion at random – my challenge is then to hire one male model and with him create an entire photo shoot based on the selected suggestion.  You will be able to follow along online as we develop the shoot.  Some of the finished images will show up here and a majority of them will become a photo book sold online in both print and digital versions.

The best part is that 20% of profits from all sales will be donated to the science of HIV/AIDS research.  I’m excited about this new venture and hope you see that it is a great way to support the arts AND a very worthy cause.

Want to submit an idea? Do so here.

Shutterbug Sunday: Robert Babylon

In my journey for erotic photographers I’ve come across great photos in nature, in the studio and now in glaring neon. I hope you’ll enjoy this installment as much as I have. Welcome the amazing Robert Babylon!

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I was about ten when I created my first image with a camera. It was my Mother’s red Kodak Box Brownie which I still have. I remember my parents’ strict warnings about the cost of each photograph – at that time each press of the shutter button meant the film negative needed to be processed and a physical print made.

I started creating photographs with a passion when I was about seventeen and my first “erotic photographs” soon after. I created my first “true fetish” photographs when I was about thirty.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

People and their sexuality is my favorite subject. I love photographing my friends best of all. My Muse for the last eight years has been my favorite model – Lorraine.

I love photographing people but it’s a very intense experience and I’m always petrified before a shoot.



If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

Erin O’Connor. She’s beautifully individual. Karl Lagerfeld has described her as ‘a modern anti-beauty’. ‘She isn’t only a model,’ raves Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘She is quite art. She is like theatre. She is extraordinary inspiration.

I saw an interview with her once and was so impressed; personality really matters when I work with someone.

Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

As a control freak I love shooting in a studio where I have complete control of the light and every other element. Stripping out the background to concentrate on the subject is part of my style.

I had the great privilege of working in The Seychelles, a truly beautiful fantasy location, but being so close to the equator the magic light around sunset only lasts minutes! To get the shots we had to work quickly – and rush and hurry isn’t very Seychellois!

Contact info:

Website: http://www.robertbabylon.com

Email: robert@robertbabylon.com

Telephone: +44 (0)7814 804394

Shutterbug Sunday: Igor Amelkovich

When it comes to my personal preference, I’d have to say I lean more towards black and white photography. There’s just something about sharply contrasting shadow and light in a photo that really calls to me. Today;s offering comes from a fabulous photographer who is a master of this medium Welcome, Igor Amelkovich!

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I started photographing in 1999, but took a serious start in 2002 with a camera Hasselblad 503CW

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

My favorite subject to shoot – a woman and nature. I like to photograph a self-assured subject, ones who’s comfortable sharing her beauty. Yes it is very difficult to photograph humans, but in this lies the intrigue.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

Hmmm, an interesting question ….
If we talk about the departed from this world people, Stalin. Why?
This is an interesting controversial personality. In addition, these photos will stay in history.
If we talk about living people, then a great gymnast, which are capable of insane stretching and twisting.


Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

I want to do a shoot on a tropical island with white sand and blue water.
Of course, I’ll take my beautiful girl to shoot her as a goddess.

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Shutterbug Sunday: Pedro Saudek

This week’s installment comes from the amazing Pedro Saudek. He is a world traveling shutterbug who captures fabulous photos in fashion as well as the erotic arts. Welcome Pedro!

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I started using a camera when I was seven. It was my daddy’s Russian manufactured camera. I was attracted by that magic steel and glass heavy object. I remember the first time I put my eye on the viewfinder and realized that reality can be viewed from different angles… reality, it’s a point of view.

Of course it took time (much time) before I was able to properly use a camera, but that was probably the very first step into my photography passion and career.
But It was when I saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Blow Up” movie for the first time that I really felt in love with photography. At that time I was fifteen, I was about to start high school and I decided that I had to study photography. It took a while to convince my parents but in the end they agreed and was admitted to the Visual Art Academy in Milan.
During my 5 years at the Academy I developed a real passion for cinema and I decided to continue my studies at the prestigious CSC in Rome where I graduated as DOP (Director of Photography). The rest is history … 🙂

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

Let’s say that I’m interested in anything that looks photogenic (at least from my point of view). From still life objects to landscapes and nature. But my favorite subjects are humans. I’m primarily interested in capturing female beauty, soul and sexiness in all hits forms.
In too many of the images with female subjects in my opinion women are treated, depicted and portrayed as objects instead of subjects.
I think the most essential element overall is always human dignity and I do believe in the educative (or dis- educative) power of photography as well as of the image in general.

That said, I always do my best to get into the intimacy of the people I shoot. The result of my work comes from a mix of my “talent” (if any :-)) and what my subjects are able to give. On a 50/50% share base. No, I’ve never found it difficult or intriguing shooting people!

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

It would probably be Giovanna D’Arco. She was revolutionary and brought a very important emancipation wind into women’s conditions history. She was fighting the church and human chauvinism with incredible braveness. She was absolutely modern not only for that time! 


Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?


Well let’s say that I have a kind of strange and personal relationship with locations. I usually like to shoot in very “normal” places. I think that every place has a story to tell if you are able to listen to it. It’s not only the story of the people who live in the places, it’s the places themselves. That’s where I like to shoot. I always try to get the stories out and translate them into my images. Especially when I shoot erotic photos and videos, I always try to tell stories which would be able to give emotions to the spectators. I love to put extraordinary beauties into ordinary environments and locations. I think it’s very erotic, stimulating and moving for the people to recognize something that belongs to real life, something related with their everyday life.

Contrariwise I think it’s not always good, emotional and intimate to locate shooting in a “million dollars house” or a private jet. This could be perfect for advertising which needs to sell products representing a certain kind of status and lifestyle, but it’s not exactly the same if you want to deliver emotions.Eroticism is related with emotions, intimacy and basic instincts which are better stimulated by the imagination of reality. Sex is something which involves a big part of human relations. I’ve been working in the fashion and advertising business for almost 20 years and I realized that many communication instruments and rules are very often based and related in various manners of sex. Sometimes explicitly, sometimes under double sense, and always hooked to an idea of hedonism. That’s probably why “sex sells”.But when I shoot erotic content I have to deal with different drives. 

It’s very important for me to create erotic and emotional situations, not only sexual images. The difference can be thin but it still makes a difference. Above all there is the absolute respect I have for women, which I would never ever put into any humiliating or uncomfortable situations. That means that I consider the models, the women I have the pleasure to work with, as protagonists of their own sexuality. I first talk to them about my ideas for the shooting and I ask them to play around it with their own point of view and their own personality. They really have to enjoy it! If they have to be sexy they first have to feel sexy… and who would ever feel sexy in a crappy cheep situation? I also think that a female’s eroticism and and a female’s brain in general is much more evolved, sophisticated and open-minded than a male’s. 

That’s why I work already eleven years with my wife, Asta, which is my soul driver and right hand, other then a continuous inspiration and supervisor!Together with her and a small group of close friends with great professional skills we have been producing content for several erotic magazines and websites including Femjoy, Met-Art and Joymee during the last six years. Three years ago we created a new erotic website virtualrealitychannel.com with the idea and the aim to give to eroticism and its protagonist (the models) the right attention. Virtualrealitychannel’s core concept is to enhance a model’s personality, and includes self-made content telling about their life and private moments, voting on the models to drive them to the top, choosing a girl from the casting, and following her climbing up to the top by producing continuous new professional and fine art content, and much more. 

We want to put models and users in a closer (virtual) relationship. We believe in hi-class, elegance and quality content to bring a small but important contribution to the eroticism on the web. People can be educated to a better level of fruition, can be driven into the world of sex with a new point of view which can deliver a better entertainment experience. We also believe in good and very selected cooperation and we are now producing high quality photo and video content with the best and most naturally erotic European girls and developing a new iPad application in cooperation with Fleshlight which is a great company and a great family business continuously creating and developing new incredible first class products for men and women’s pleasure and fun. I really love what I do and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to make the living doing what I like with the people I love. 

I think that life has been generous with me on both the private and professional side and I think it’s a must for me to enjoy every single moment doing my best at the highest level possible. Life is a beautiful journey if you have the right people traveling with you.I want to thank my amazing wife Asta for the continuous support, inspiration, love and patience. And I want to thank my wonderful kids Nicola and Lucas for teaching me what happiness is with their beautiful smiles.

-Pedro Saudek

Shutterbug Sunday: Marlen Boro

Today’s offering is the amazing Marlen Boro. In my quest for shutterbugs I’ve come across some outstanding images. What I love most about Marlen’s site is how real these men are. Marlen offers boudoir photography for men, so these aren’t necessarily professional models. As I perused his gallery I almost felt as if I was in the room with them, waiting for the subject to overcome their inhibitions and show off their best side.

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

Photography was always the family hobby – so my first camera came at age 10.  But it really was digital photography that changed things for me.  So many photographers talk about the magic of the darkroom, but I couldn’t stand it.  The tedious timing of the steps, and the chemical smells.  So it was 2009 when things really changed for me.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

My favorite subjects are real men.  Of all shapes and sizes and ages.  They are both difficult and intriguing to work with – and that’s what makes it amazing.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

It changes so often.  This week it’s Paul Newman – at just about anytime in his life – as a dashing 20-something/30-something – to his silver fox years.  But I think it’s one of my favorite things about photographs, and nude photography in particular – the camera doesn’t care about your fame or your accomplishments – it shows each person as a unique piece of magic.

Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

I would love to spend a day at the infinity pool in Singapore (http://newslite.tv/2010/07/02/infinity-pool-on-55th-floor-of.html) – just me and Daniel Craig.  We’d start with those square cut swimming trunks from Casino Royale.







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Shutterbug Sunday: Mateo de la Rioja

Today’s offering comes from another amazing photographer, Mateo de la Rioja, and definitely leans toward the more erotic. His work is sensual, enticing and can be very graphic. Enjoy!

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either
professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?


I have been fascinated with photography since I was a young child. My first camera, which I received when I was about five years old, was a Fisher Price. I later got a Polaroid camera as a gift from my grandfather, and when I was in high school, I bought my first SLR. This was before digital came along and revolutionized everything, so back then I was mostly shooting Fujichrome Velvia color slide film. I put the camera aside when I went to college, and only reconnected with photography some years later when I first had the opportunity to play around with a digital camera. When I realized that I could focus on capturing moments without the need for any intermediaries, an entire universe of possibilities opened up. I have not stopped making images since then.
Bestiary, the project that I’m currently working on, was started in 2009.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or
intriguing to shoot?

I will always prefer to shoot people. I think photographing humans entails performing an extrospective exercise: you have to connect with the model, communicate your vision, and then transform it into an amalgamation of your idea and the model’s interpretation of it. In other words, the end image is the product of a dialectical dynamic between model and photographer. This does not really occur with other subjects. When shooting landscapes, for example, the process is much more introspective: the image is the product of the photographer’s deliberate choice to put a frame around a section of nature. In that respect, there is no communication, no tension between subject and photographer.


Moreover, how a person is framed reveals as much about the photographer as the model. A good portrait, in addition to capturing the essence of the person being portrayed, should also reveal something about the photographer. What the photographer chooses to highlight of the model, the setting, the mood, and so on, reflect a great deal about the photographer’s disposition.

In short, I believe photographing people can be a great exercise of self-exploration.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full
photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

I would love to photograph the olympic athletes. I am fascinated by the story that each of their bodies can tell. I would love to be able to convey in images the long hours of training, the sacrifices made by these athletes to shape and condition their bodies to do the amazing things they do. There is a story in every every limb, muscle, and scar.

ESPN, of course, has already done something along these lines in their body issue.

Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a
specific subject to go along with it?

I would love to do some underwater photography in a style similar to the work of Elena Kalis, except mine would involve nudes, naturally. The perfect setting for that would most likely be some remote island in the Caribbean where water is translucent and the sand is white. If I could throw in a sailboat and some surfing into the mix, I would be a very happy guy.






















Erotic photography by Mateo de la Rioja

Shutterbug Sunday: Paul Ward

Today’s fabulous shutterbug is a little different from the others I’ve posted in that he shoots mostly women. I find his photos absolutely beautiful and true works of art. Here is the amazing Paul Ward.

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I have been taking pictures since I was very young, since I was the only person in my family who could take photos without cutting off people’s heads!  I remember using the old kodak 126 camera with the flash bulbs you had to buy separately and stick onto the top of the camera.  I started doing nudes around 1998 or 1999.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

Art nudes is my favorite subject.  I photograph both men and women, but predominantly women, as it’s getting difficult to find men (and increasingly women) who don’t have some sort of body art on them.  The models I photograph are easy to shoot since most of them have some years of experience modeling for photographers, painters, sketch artists, and sketching/painting groups.  They don’t have any problems being nude and are pretty confident individuals.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

Bettie Paige and Marilyn Monroe would be a tossup for an artistic nude shoot.  It is very hard for me to find models over a size 10 to do figure work, and those two women would be my dream shoots !

Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

I’ve never done location shooting.  I look at a lot of the outdoor nudes and abandoned building nudes and I don’t “get” most of it.  I find most of the images too busy with too many distracting elements in them.  I’ve never thought about shooting anywhere else than my place of residence, so I can’t really say I have a fantasy location spot.

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Shutterbug Sunday: FOTOJADAMO

Sometimes I’m amazed by the connections I make while playing online. I meet very creative people who inspire me in new and interesting ways. One such connection is James Moreno. Who is this creative shutterbug? The genius behind FOTOJADAMO, a fellow Texan, and all around nice guy.

How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

My photographic curiosity started back during junior year in high school. After graduation, I started to become more adventurous with male models in the summer of ‘98.  My very first subjects were popular jocks, the epitome of every gay man’s fantasy.  I found it intriguing how open-minded they were about posing in underwear for me.  I was shooting exclusively in black and white film using lengthy chemical baths and expensive paper.  I later invested in a digital camera in 2002, and created the name JADAMO, which is done by simply adding the first two letters of my full name: JAmes DAniel MOreno together and the rest, as they say, is history.  
 Recently, in 2011, I suffered a horrible blow to my photography career when 13 years of my work was gone in a blink of an eye.  Someone broke into my van and stole my equipment, my camera, and 13 years of vital documents and releases. I knew I needed to work harder to start over again.  I made my comeback in January this year and decided I’d go far beyond my own expectations.  My goal is to reclaim as much of my “unusable photographs” as possible.  My comeback portfolio is an orgy of avant garde:  fashion, design, art, lighting, Photoshop, male models and sex.  It’s an attempt to extricate myself from the mass produced and so-called “shock-value” photographers that have been flooding the scene as of late.  My goal is to give life and recognition to my body of work that has its own trademark FOTOJADAMO appeal.  If you know a photo was taken by me, than that’s all the redemption I need to keep me going.

What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

By nature, I am a people watcher.  What else can be more lively and diverse than us?  Sure, animals and nature can be exciting, but from my perspective, humans are strange, fucked up creatures and I’d be a fool not to capture them.  I would never pose for me, because I’d look and feel silly wearing the things I’ve had my guys wear. And that’s why I have a higher level of respect for my models.  I can trust that they’ll deliver a killer photoshoot no matter what. What I find intriguing about photographing people is that it will always be difficult, especially for someone like me who must work with the bare minimum like budget lighting, and baby powder for make-up.  When anything can go wrong, it usually does.  But I prevail and accept the way things are, or I’ll keep working smarter until I succeed or die trying.

If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

Ace of Base.  They are a HUGE influence on my vision, and also of character.  To have the opportunity to photograph all four original members would be a major highlight of my career.





Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

I would love to float amongst the clouds with my camera.  When I was prepping for the 2012 Austin Fashion Week Mash-Up Competition, I knew I needed photographs of clouds to supplement the background of my submission.  I spent weeks in June aiming my camera to the sky where plenty of cumulus clusters hovered above.  I would recall my first plane ride when my eyes witnessed clouds from miles overhead.  The setting sun created silhouettes from behind pure white cumulus clouds as it painted their bold, soft edges with splashes of reds, oranges, and yellows.  The occasional sun flare would peer between the gaps with its strong rays and blinding light, an epitomic scene associated with visions of The Heavens.  I sat there, next to my small window, tears flowing heavily until the sun disappeared.  It was the most beautiful moment of my life.


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Shutterbug Sunday: Jeremy Lucido

For my very first Shutterbug Sunday post I’d like to welcome photographer Jeremy Lucido. He is the very talented pair of eyes behind Starrfucker Magazine. From his site:

“Starrfucker Magazine is a self-printed quarterly homo/foto/art-zine with penis. Created by Los Angeles based Photographer, Jeremy Lucido as an evolution in his Starrfucker brand. The magazine is an photographic illustration of porn to art and art to porn.”


How long have you been capturing the world around you, either professionally or from the first time you picked up a camera?

I was in Jr. High when I first discovered my love for Photography. It was just for fun at first. I took photos of my friends in the neighborhood after school daily. Soon I began to experiment with poses and locations. I would document everything, I shoplifted the film from Walgreens just to be able to afford it as a kid. In high school I was thrown onto the Yearbook staff and that is where I developed technical skills and first realized that hey this could be a career. 


What/who is your favorite subject? Do you find humans difficult or intriguing to shoot?

My favorite subject has always been people… I thrive on the one-on-one connection between model and photographer. 


If you could choose any one person in history, alive or dead, to do a full photo shoot of, who would it be and why?

It would have to Jesus Christ actually…. Not because I am a Christian or even religious. I would just love to see a true honest image of the man. Could you imagine what a true natural photogenic portrait would reveal.


Do you have a fantasy location you would love to shoot? If so, is there a specific subject to go along with it?

I don’t know that I do have a fantasy location. I tend to put full concentration on the subject rather than the background. I love industrial locations so given full access to an old factory in Ostrzeszów, Poland would be amazing.


Jeremy Lucido
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Shutterbug Sunday: Intro

We can’t all be models. Some of us have to actually know what’s going on with the little gadget that captures the images. In my opinion the photographer is more important than the model. Of course, I’m highly biased since I’ve been a photographer for almost twenty-five years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Male Model Monday posts. Tomorrow may be the last one for a few weeks as I’ve run dry of subjects. But, fear not! My next series of posts will be on the magician on the other side of the lens. I’ll be doing a few Shutterbug Sundays for your viewing pleasure. If you have suggestions of a male model or photographer, feel free to send them my info or send me theirs.

Enjoy!