'As a model, I found Jakob to be exceedingly professional. He's immaculately groomed and he stays very fit. He really understands that detail matters and what quality is, and he stays that way in real life. He’s always camera ready.'
Skilled photographers know that details not only matter, they can also make or break a great image. Honolulu photographer JR Williams from Island Male Graphics always shoots great bodies, but it is eye and creativity showcasing them that sets his work apart. Jakob clearly has an impressive physique, but when I saw JR's images, it was his beautiful blue eyes that initially drew my gaze. They almost look like a cobalt blue, especially in the images where Jakob's waste line has a complimentary blue framing his impressive torso.
JR shares that Jakob was fantastic to work with and knew exactly what was needed for the shoot. 'He posed really naturally with little direction and he was totally co-operative with every single pose I asked him to do, without even blinking.' Jakob hails from California and maintains his well toned body by working out, playing football, surfing and hiking. Jakob is also a veteran and behind those beautiful baby blues is intelligence and a wealth of life experiences.
'Jakob's just very low maintenance and highly intuitive. . Actually, he would just strike one, and I might tweak it a bit, but that was all it took. He’s a super steady, calm, solid guy. In my experience, exceptional models are highly intelligent, and Jakob fits that perfectly. The dude has a clue. The shoot we did was really like a knife going through butter I look forward to producing more work with him because I think he’s really a rare gem.'
'Andrew is blessed with long, elegant limbs and swan-like, statuesque stature. All he has to do is stand there and the photos would turn out beautiful. Andrew is exceptionally lean with perhaps 1% body fat.'
Last week I had the privilege of featuring studioAtruong's magnificent new work with Andrew. (Perfetto) I always enjoy sharing studioAtruong's images, and his work with Andrew is outstanding.
One of the reason's I love Alain's work is his focus on form. The San Francisco artist uses minimal props and extra's and keeps his lens focused on the body, with movement and pose. Although Andrew doesn't need much to look great on camera, each images is a masterpiece with Alain's artistry with lighting and his eye for capturing lines.
Alain sent on so many incredible shot, it was impossible to fit all of my favorites into one piece. I loved this particular set of images because of how they highlighted muscle on specific parts of Andrew's body. With each movement and pose, the weights, and Alain, beautifully spot light Andrew's arms, shoulders, chest, abs and back.