I didn't intend a theme for today's postings but after writing the piece on Seth Swink, then finding the image of birthday boy Brandon Beemer, a theme was born. I have profiled many musicians over the years on FH, including the talented and hot Brett shown above. Below are just a few of my favorite pieces featuring Guys With Guitars!
We all of have types, we like blondes, or gingers, tall guys or men with muscles. The interesting things about types I have found, is how the fluctuate. The type of guy I have been drawn to has shifted many times over the years changing with my age, circumstances and experiences. When I was in high school, I think I was primarily drawn to jocks, basketball and hockey players especially.
The thing about types however, is when your hit with an antithesis attraction, the intensity can be much more powerful. As I walked the halls of High School, my eyes ready to look/not look at any hot jock walking by, it was Jon who always provoked an expected reaction. Jon, who hated when teachers called him Jonathan, was a musician and played guitar in alternative rock band. He had shoulder length brown hair which usually covered at least one eye. Jon was always always in jeans and a jean jacket a black t-shirt, was thin with a really sexy walk. Although generally he was serious, he would occasionally flash an incredible smile. Although that smile was never directed at me, it still managed to have an effect.
When I saw Rick's (Studio R9 Tampa) images of 23 year old model Seth Swink, it was those high school moments that came flooding back. From the leather necklace to Seth's great body and beautiful blue eyes. I was no fan of Jon's music, but loved watching him strut around the stage during performances at winter carnival and Battle Of The Bands. Musicians, like most artist, have particular and specific sensitivities to sight and sound. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Tampa's Seth Swink is an amateur photographer, his focus landscapes and still life.
'I am an amateur artist in many different mediums, such as charcoal, water color, pencils, and more. I have interests in building and designing Cosplay products, as well as modeling them. One of my many aspirations is to be an Artisan of sorts...'
One of things I love about researching my subjects is the interesting things that come up. In Seth's case it was Sitka Alaska. Although currently living in Tampa, Seth was born and raised in Sitka until his move south in 2013. A quick search of Sitka uncovered a few things I had not been aware of. Formerly called New Archangel while under Russian rule, there was a transfer of power with the Alaska Purchase in 1867 with the land mass becoming part of the United States.
Seth loves living in Florida and quickly after his move was asked to model. It was Rick who provided Seth his first professional step and he is anxious to take on new modeling opportunities and has an adventurous mind in brining visions to life! Ricks says working with Seth was great, and was especially impressed given it was his first shoot. 'Seth was extremely nice, easy to work with and a whole lot of fun!'
'Tom is one tough-looking but tender-hearted dancer and rock musician who still regards fidelity as an absolutely essential component to a man-woman relationship. That's not to say he's never made a mistake, but who's keeping score? The important thing is the 5'10" package of charisma has lived, loved and learned. And while he's always been one to make an alluring promise here and there, he now makes sure those promises are fulfilled...completely.'
I'm not exactly sure how tough looking the dancer and rock musician is, but Tom is one of my favorite guitar playing, (or at least guitar holding) men from Playgirl Magazine.
Blonde bombshell Charles Lelievre is incredibly sexy, but not too sexy to strut down the runway during fashion week in New York last week. Charles walked in the MT Costello show and is much more appealing than that last set of nude runway models that got so much attention...
Blog stats are an interesting thing, sometimes posts that I think will be popular, fall flat. Other times, a post I don't give much thought to, becomes highly popular. Back in 2009, I did a post featuring images of actor Douglas Smith and his work on Big Love. I was not a huge fan of the show, but was not immune to the appeal of Mr. Smith.
I have not seen the 2013 film, The Boy Who Smells Like Fish (Treading Water) but after seeing the caps, and smiling at the title, I might have to search it out!
The work of Stephen Kahrs is one of the reasons I love that I have favorite in the blogs title. There are some photographers whose work I love to return to over and over. Every time I feature and spend time with Stephen's images, I am continually reminded of how visually nurturing his images are. Always elegant, always tasteful, always capturing stunning, stand out images of those he shoots.
Stunning is a word that certainly fits his work with model Rwingert. Richard (R) connected through ModelMayhem and after Richard checked out Stephen's portfolio could clearly see his great vision and messaged him about collaborating on a shoot. Stephen was extremely busy at the time, after checking out Richard's port, found time to fit a shoot into his schedule.
'Richie turned out to be a pleasure to work with! He took right to my style of shooting and we were able to grab quite a variety of images for our portfolios. He's got a great classic 'All American Boy' face with a well proportioned physique that is a perfect match for my style of shooting. I'm looking forward to working with Richie again. in fact he's on my short list of models I have in mind for concept that I've had in my head for some time now.'
Richard was looking for images that would contribute to his portfolio, being an actor, great images are often the first thing casting agents and directors see. I love the variety of looks and settings Richard and Stephen captured displaying the various sides of Richard's personality just waiting for the right character to inhabit. The images run the visual spectrum from dashing studio images through the sexy, rugged shots with the cowboy hat shot outside.
'Stephen and I spoke for about 45 minutes just to get comfortable and soon enough we were "off to the races." Stephen's calm and focus helped me work at my finest. I was comfortable with his experience and expertise, his direction alone paid dividends. He wanted me to interchange my absent thoughts with passion that is evident through our resulting photos. We went outside and worked with the backdrop of the somewhat cloudy sky but found the brilliance shining in each shot.'