Friday, January 12, 2018
Sans Suit: Mike Addams by MW Photo MD
'What I like most about modeling is the inspirational part of it. I know it sounds kind of corny but hearing that one person stopped feeling bad for themselves and went to the gym because they saw my picture is more amazing than getting 500 likes on a picture. Photographers I've worked with have really connected with that message as well.'
We have all at one time or another we have all fantasized about someone we have worked with. It could be a co-worker we see and interact with every day, the security guard we nod to each morning or the maintenance guy who always seems to be much busier than anyone else. It could be a boss, an intern or the guy who fixes the photocopier, the guy that has you dreaming of a paper jam.
For the most part, we usually only see our office crushes in their business attire, in there cotton polyester blend suits, their uniforms or business casuals, in most cases, seeing them sans suit is something reserved for our imagination only. We can only imagine what under the suit, boxers or briefs, leather or lace, or maybe nothing at all.... This scenario instantly came to mind when MW Photo MD's Mark sent along this series of images of model Mike Addams, in and arousingly out, of his business attire.
Sometimes it can be surprising, and even a little jarring, to see a co-worker out of the clothing you're so accustomed to seeing him in for those 40 hours every week. I love when you see a guy, a guy usually seen buttoned down in a suit and tie, in another setting, now wearing casual clothing, or maybe no clothing at all. Maybe it's the tight jeans he wears on Friday's, jeans that finally frame is ass in a way those dress pants couldn't. Maybe it's in shorts at an office baseball game, or a surprise meeting in the gym locker room on a Saturday afternoon. Sometimes getting a quick glimpse of what lies beneath that suit, makes heading to work on Monday morning something you start looking forward to.
Mike reached out to Mark through ModelMayhem and Mark after checking out Mike's port on MM and spending time on his tumblr Mike reached back about scheduling a shoot. Mike liked what he saw and knew he needed to add shots of Mike to his profile. Mark shares that Mike arrived at the shoot well prepared with a nice variety of outfits and props to work with. With so many options, it was little hard to choose what look to begin with, but after some discussion, it was the dressy look they began with.
'My vision going into the shoot was kinda of "Tom of Finland" based and well some shots will have to be shown on other media than Model Mayhem and Instagram as the censors could wreak havoc, even thought deep down inside I know they would love all of the shots that we did.'
Mark is spot on about his work with Mike, in fact some of the shots are even a little too hot for FH! I did a few teasers on The OVER-FLOW, but you may need to check out Mike's sites, especially his ONLYFANS to see more... Mike's confidence and sexual certainty in front of the camera wasn't always as strong it is is now, and is actually something that has grown over his time in front of the camera. Mike's describes his modeling as arising as an offshoot to his presence on social media.
In the beginning, he posted mostly images that he took himself, it was Mike, a tripod, his iPad and remote shutter. Mike's goal with his imagery, beautifully evident in their title 'Over40NotDead, is promote his body positivity for bigger guys, and guys over 40. 'I'm not perfect and I have flaws and I'm proud of those. I have so many followers and friends saying if I can do it, so can they.'
As Mike gained more of those followers, many, including some who were photographers, complimented his images on not only their beauty, but their composition and style. Mike loved the feedback, on his look, and his photography, and it helped and motivated him to develop the confidence to work with additional photographers on his shoots. One of his most recent shoots was with Mark, someone Mike shares made him feel comfortable from their very first handshake. He describes the shoot as an awesome experience, one that he can't wait to repeat in the future!
'I was attracted to Mark's portfolio because in his photography, he lets the model do all the work. Some photographers do too much processing or overly dramatic styling but Mark's style was just to let simplicity rule. It's actually harder than it sounds and I really like that about his pictures. The shoot itself was so much fun. It was in a great studio in Washington DC. Basically he gave great direction and let it go from there, letting me be me. It was very collaborative. I listened to him and he listened to me, and I think that's evident in the pics. Even though we got our groove on very early in the shoot I was still sad to see the shoot end because I felt like we could have done a whole bunch more.'