Enthralled is the perfect adjective to describe how I felt when first seeing Ray's images of Ruben M. I was fortunate to discover Ray's (Covetimage) work last fall and his work with Ruben is the fifth of hopefully many shoots I have had the pleasure to feature. Ray's work just keeps getting better and better and I am always amazed that no matter who he is shooting, whether a body builder or a dancer, Ray manages to zero in on what makes them captivating and unique.
24 year old Chicago model Ruben M says it has sometimes been a struggle to find photographers to shoot with in Chicago, so was thrilled that after he e-mailed Ray, they set up a shoot. Ruben definitely has an spectacular body, one created from his passion for dance. Ray had always wanted to shoot with a saturated white background and Ruben proved the perfect model, with the white beautifully highlighting Ruben's arms, legs, stomach and chest muscles. 'His lean, muscular physique pops against the bright white background. The bright blue swimsuit adds the only punch of color.
Ray didn't just focus on the obvious though, in addition to Ruben's physique, Ray brilliantly brought out so many other facets of his personality. Ray describes Ruben as a 'master of emotions' which certainly came through loud and clear in the final images. With each look and prop, whether it be the summer hat, Ruben transforms into a completely new character, still showing off his lean muscular frame, but with different emotions and degree's of attitude.
Ruben's face and eyes are so expressive, sometimes sultry and serious, other times fun and playful. Ray says that although Ruben's physique certainly demanded attention, it was his facial expressions that really excited him about their work together. Capturing different looks and emotions ended up being the fun part, but Ray knew his main goal was to capture Ruben's amazing anatomy. 'Ruben's physique has been developed, in part, to his formal dance background. I wanted to capture the beauty of his form in this image. The lines of his silhouette are long and graceful, like a performance.'
'Ray is not only one of the best photographers I've worked with, but a phenomenal person. He makes me feel super comfortable and was ready and prepared. He had everything ready when I got there, even things I needed but forgot to mention! I'm happy to say that I laughed a lot during the shoot, and he was OK with it! :)'
There's a familiar face in Salem. Not a new face really, his character was introduced earlier this year. I haven't been a regular watcher of NBC's Days Of Our Lives lately, but I was sure I knew that face while watching the character of Clyde Weston on a recent viewin.
He's a little older, but I have always been a fan of actor James read. Talented and engaging and well, that incredible face. Those twinkling eyes, that great hair and that smile which melts. Read has been a regular fixture on TV and in movies since I can remember. Starting in the Eighties on Remington Steele and continuing in with regular roles on Shell Game, Charmed, American Dreams and on screen in Eight Men Out and Beaches to name just a couple of his big screen roles.
Most of us remember Read however from his role of George Hazzard in each of the three North & South mini series instalments. Read went on to marry his North & South co-star Wendy Kilbourne. In real life, Read is the father of three. On Days Of Our Lives, he is the father of Ben, (Robert Scott Wilson) and for many of us, James is the epitome of a DILF.
In the first two books of the series, most of the male skin came from Patrick Swayze (Orry Main). By Book III however, Swayze was gone so James, and new co-star Kyle Chandler were able to remove their uniforms for a scene or two.