It was a banner year for television and this Sunday the TV academy will pat themselves on the back with the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. Although I haven't seen every show nominated, I have a on-going list of shows to catch up on when I get a chance. Highlights for me last season was the final season of Game of Thrones, a show I loved until the end, even with all the backlash it received. I also loved Escape at Dannemora, Fosse/Verdon, Pose and Schitt's Creek.
I'm also determined to get through a few shows I started, shows that I've heard are amazing, but have to hook me. I have watched the first episodes each of Fleabag, Chernobyl and When They See Us and look forward to more. One of my favorite shows from last year was Euphoria, but it's nominations will have to wait until next year.
Every year, I do many annual EMMY posts, featuring the main male acting nominee's, and captures from some of their previous nude scenes. The last year or two it's gotten a little less exciting, as some of the same actors, (all talented and deserving) seem to get nominated year after year, so the posts were getting a little competitive. This year however, there were some new names, and some new nude scenes that I hadn't covered before
Check out all the nominee's, and a selection of images from their on-screen nudity with my EMMY tribute HERE:
This post didn't start out to be about American Horror Story 1984. It began with a focus on eighties fashion, minimal fashion of course. When going over the shots, most were fitness style shots, so I streamlined the shots to that theme. Aerobics was huge in the eighties, and striped socks, legwarmers, short shorts and headbands were donned by many at the time.
When I watched the premiere of AHS this week, the opening scenes in the aerobic studio, and especially Gus Kenworthy's Chet, embodied so much of what I was going for with the piece. Gus looks incredibly hot in his short shorts and 80's hair, and if one were forced to take an areobics class, who wouldn't want Chet in gyrating and sweating in front of you.
'Mike put a colossal amount of energy into the shoot. In particular, we worked on my new series called 'Dynamic Tension,' It was hard work, but as you can see from the photos, Mike gave me lots of muscle definition and a wonderful sheen of sweat.'
When it comes to sweat, most of us react to it differently, depending on the situation, and especially the person. I love working up a good sweat when working out, yet hate the flop sweat that has been known to slide down the back of my neck during stressful and awkward situations. I'm not sure I've seen a model wear his sweat quite as beautifully as Mike Philips.
Many photographers spritz water on to achieve that sheen on a model's skin, but if you look closely at Mike's images, his sheen of sweat beautifully highlights every inch of his incredible physique, adding a sexy layer shine and light to David's captures. Mike's sheen comes from hard work and dedication to both his body, and his work as a model
The Los Angeles based model takes his work seriously and always brings his best to any shoot or project he takes on. Mike hits the gym almost every day and uses strength, conditioning training , along with a strict diet, to maintain his camera ready physique.
David first saw Michael's images on Model Mayhem, and although they lived about three hours apart, Mike made the long drive from Los Angeles to San Diego for their two sessions together. Even with the long hours in the car, and the traffic, David was impressed with energy and enthusiasm Mike brought to the shoot. Mike was also the perfect model to work on David's new series 'Dynamic Tension' which is all about flexing muscles and motion.
I love Mike's look, and the incredible shots he and David captured together. In addition to his amazing body, Mike has a beautiful head of auburn hair, and a face full of personality and joy. Although serious about fitness and his work, Mike also seemed to be thoroughly enjoying his work with David. I especially love the shots where Mike's great smile makes an appearance.
More About Mike:
What first brought you to modeling? I was looking for career and I got tired of people telling me that I should do it
What is your favorite part of the job? The reactions I get
Have you had any strange requests from any photographers? Just a few photographers wanting me to let my body hair grow
When you began modeling, was modeling nude part of your plan? I wanted to overcome my fears, I knew posing naked was part of the deal
On a scale from 1-10 how nervous were before your first nude shoot? 3, I was definitely nervous during my first nude shoot Did the response from friends/family enter into your decision? My girlfriend loved it!
Have you ever said no to a concept or shoot idea? I've never had to say no. The photographers I've worked with have been pros
What's the best compliment you received about one of your modeling images? Not really a compliment, but I think when people asking what I eat. Nutrition is huge for me
What part of your body are you most happy with? What part gets the most attention? I'm happy with the progress I've made on my legs because.they were lacking. I think my chest gets the most attention but I was over training it, so I cut back
Why do you think you like modeling? I love it's not a full time 9-5 job. I can be flexible with my schedule and that allows me to spend more time with my family
What would be your number one thing, you do to maintain your fitness level? I try to hit the gym a minimum of 5-6 days a week to maintain my fitness level. Nutrition is key
Do you have a dream scenario for a shoot you'd love to do?
I would love to do a shoot for Giorgio Armani, on the beach in Puerto Rico would be amazing!
What piece of advice would you give a new model who was considering giving modeling a try? Don't hesitate or let a bad experience stop you from living your dreams.
What stood out from you with your day shooting with David? David is an ideal photographer! Always cool, calm and collected and very professional
Was there anything about your with David, unique from any of your previous shoots? The dynamic tension was one of my favorite parts of the shoot. It gave me a chance to pose and flex in ways I was not use to while showcasing my physique
You can check out more of David's work with Mike, including more of Dynamic Tension and the other themes they shot on PAGE 2 HERE:
'Hey, mom always said don't play ball in the house.'
It always seemed Greg got all the attention, but my Brady Bunch crush was definitely Peter! Although Christopher Knight is quite a bit older than I am, and I wasn't born when the show first aired, it was Peter I identified with.
When I used to watch re-runs after supper as a kid, I was about the same age as Peter was during the shows run. Bobby was still just a kid, and Greg reminded me too much of one of my own older brothers, one I didn't get a along with at the time. I had poofy hair, just like Peter when I was in Jr High, and was wearing wide legged cords, long after they had gone out of style.
I DVR'd the HGTV Brady Bunch renovation, and watched the first hour last night. Although I remember liking the sit-com when I was watching those repeats as a kid, it wasn't really a huge part of my childhood. I was surprised at how drawn I was to the renovation, partly due to nostalgia, but also in part due to the scale of the renovation.
I especially love watching the cast and renovators hunting down old props and furniture pieces from the time of the show. I was born in 70's, and remember the fake wood paneling and colorful wallpapered walls from our family home well. By the time the eighties came around, both were painted over, but no amount of paint can remove how vivid they remain in my memory.