'I love photography and all of its possibilities. I think I like modeling because it's a way for me to express myself creatively and explore a form of art that is constantly evolving. I also love being on the other side of the camera.'
As soon as I saw his work back in 2010 I contacted San Diego photographer Nolan Dean about featuring his work on FH. Thankfully Nolan was supported and I have featured his imagery several times in the last several years. Nolan's images have a distinct look and feel. It is not a surprise that sculpture was part of his artistic education as there is a modern element of design within his work which comes through in then unique poses and lines he captures with the models he captures.
Nolan's artistic flair is certainly at play in this set of images of San Francisco model Dale Lloyd. I loved Dale's look and the dynamic poses captured in his work with Nolan. I was also fascinated by Dale's leg tattoo, a work of art that has you looking closer to catch all of the color and detail. It was also a leg tattoo that had attracted me to previous image of Nolan's that I featured in 2011. (HERE:)
'My tattoo represents my happy place. It is inspired by a huge oak tree that was in my grandparents yard. My cousins and I spent a lot of time swinging and playing under that tree. The tree was my first Tattoo and it started as a black and grey piece given to me by my friend Mike Bremer who owns Chronic Tattoo in San Diego. Over the past few years we added the moon the color and a bit of background.'
When Dale sent on images for me to select from for the story, there were a variety of looks from several different photographers. All of the images I choose were from Nolan, but there were several without facial hair that gave Dale a completely look. If you want to see for yourself, check out Dale's portfolio on Model Mayhem to more of his work.
'The change in looks has really just been a natural progression. Only a couple years ago I wasn't able to grow a beard. Then while I was traveling abroad for a few months I decided not to shave and came home with a beard. What's funny is I feel like people treat me with more respect when I have a beard like I'm older and wiser.'
Dale's first taste of being in front of the camera came when he moved to New York. Without a full time job, it was the right time to take some risks and try a bunch of thing he had't considered before. Dale's first photoshoot was an expressions shoot. The photographer told Dale to have fun and to play with as many facial expressions as he could think of and Dale had a great time goofing around while the camera snapped.
As for when he first connected with Nolan, the photographer sent Dale a message after seeing a notice on MM that he'd be traveling in Southern California. The e-mailed back and forth for a bit and the when Dale arrived in San Diego they met at the pier for the sunset shoot. There was no particular concept in mind, Dale had just brought the clothes he had with him and Nolan choose what he liked for the shoot. The next day, they met back at Nolan's studio and continued their shoot, this time, clothes were not required.
Dale says he has had many fun experiences while shooting, but always prefers his outdoor shoots. 'One of my favorite modeling experiences was riding a tandem bike around under the Brooklyn Bridge.' Dale says he doesn't really have any specific concepts in mind for future shoots, he just always gets excited by new and creative ideas. I think the body shots and poses from his work with Nolan are both creative and artistic. Most people struggle looking graceful while completing a wheel pose, (Chakrasana) let alone doing it completely naked with a camera clicking.
'I just really enjoy being naked. It did take some time to become comfortable and confident enough with my self and my body to be naked in front of a camera though. I live with no regrets!'
FH began in 2007, the same year The Gilmore Girls went off the air. I hadn't started watching the show until about 2005, with the release of the DVD's. I was all caught up by the shows final season. Many of the 'TV HUNKS' I chronicled during the first couple of years on FH were Gilmore guys.
In addition to Milo, Jared & Company, one of the reasons, and one of my favorite characters on the show was Emily played the fabulous Kelly Bishop. I am beyond excited the show is returning, and although sadly Emily's Richard (Edward Herrmann) cannot return, I am looking forward to seeing lots of Emily. I never really felt the shows last season (not written by Amy Sherman-Palladino) did justice to Lorelai's relationship with her parents. Kelly's scenes with Lauren Graham were certainly some of the most interesting to watch.
A Chorus Line
There were many comments during the shows run about Emily's legs, and no wonder. Kelly is a dancer whose biggest Broadway role was her 1976 Tony Award winning turn as Sheila in A Chorus Line. You can see some of the spirit that eventually ended up in Emily in Kelly's performance of At The Ballet below.
Below: With Gilmore co-stars Keiko Agena and Melissa Mccarthy
With two female leads, there were many hunks that made there way through Stars Hollow in the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. In addition to her main off and on again relationship with Luke, (Scott Patterson)Lorelai dated several DILF hotties including David Sutcliffe, Chris Egan and one of my favorites, Scott Cohen. Although Rory had three main boyfriends during the show's run, I also loved her brief encounters with Chad Michael Murray and Wayne Wilcox. Lane also had a couple of notable boyfriends including Adam Brody and her eventual husband Zach played by Todd Lowe
When Rory first began dating Dean (Jared Padalecki) I thought she found the perfect first boyfriend. Cute, sweet and working at the grocery store. That was until Jess came along. Regarless of Dean's good qualities, I, like Rory, couldn't stop thinking of Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). My crush on Jess was cemented in the episode he wore the tight grey shirt in the episode when while walker over the wooden bridge, Luke pushes him into the pond.
Jared Padalecki - Dean Winters (2000-2005)
Jared in Supernatural
I was never a huge fan of Rory w ith Logan, but I did like actor Matt Czuchry, even more after he moved to The Good Wife. When I first posted on the show back in 2007 and 2008, there weren't too many skin shots of the actors except for Milo's early shoot with Barry King and a few shirtless shots of the others. Although Jared has mostly kept his pants on, both Milo and Matt went on to show a bit more in movies after relationships with Rory ended and they left the show.
Matt Czuchry - Logan Huntzberger (2004-2007)
Matt in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (2009)
If you want a trip down memory lane, here are some of the many Gilmore Guys pieces on the early days of FH:
Although Rory lost her virginity to Dean, I liked that show brought Jess back to have a night with Rory in the show's later seasons. Although they didn't end up together, maybe that might occur when the show returns.