Friday, September 29, 2023

Favorite Pic of the Day for September 30th

Fletcher by Studio1x
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Seasonal Sightings:

Wherefore art thou Romeo

I was hoping maybe a FH reader might be able to help me identify the ballet dancer in these two images?  I saved these two images after seeing them on social media, but forgot where I found them, and an Google image search didn't turn up anything.  I'm guessing they're from a production of Romeo and Juliet, but could not narrow down the production or dancer?  Who art thou Romeo? 

Memely Men

Many of you I'm sure have seen the meme circulating this past week featuring actor Kevin James in his role as Doug Heffernan from the sit-com King of Queens.  The meme first appeared on Twitter by a poster with the caption, 'Me after 1 double rum and diet.'  The poster stated they attempted to have the image go viral before, but with the King of Queens celebrating it's 25th anniversary this week, the meme really took off. 

The meme had really taken off when Senator John Fetterman used it to express his feelings on all the attention his clothes have been getting, especially after Chuck Schumer attempted to relax the senates dress code.  The meme, and it's popularity, had me searching through my draft folder for a post I started, then abandoned, about Kevin, and his character on the King of Queens.  No, given it was a network sit-com, there wasn't nudity, but there were a few fun moments of skin.  Check it out on the NEXT PAGE HERE:

Stiffen Not Shaken: Fletcher by Studio1x

'My photos are taken to tell a story.'

FH viewers know how much I love finding out how shoots come together.  I love discovering how the artist and model connected, what each wanted out of the shoot, and details about the shoot experience.  When Jim from Studio1x sent on his work with Fletcher, I began to formulate part of the story from the visuals. 

Jim sent on over 4000 shots from his shoot with Fletcher, so it took a little while to finish each of the chapters.  When I clicked through the first few dozen images, it seemed Fletcher seemed a little stiff.  He was standing with his hands to his side,  looking a little stiff and rigid.  The first set of shots looked a little like the polaroids that agencies take to show a models face and body shape.

I thought that maybe Fletcher was a little nervous, and that this was his first nude shoot.  Turns out, I was only partly right.  Except for some selfies, this was Fletcher's first nude shoot, but he wasn't nervous at all.  Fletcher was actually just excited to get naked.  Jim always starts his shoots with models dressed, and ensure they're comfortable prior to the clothes coming off.   

After the first few minutes of shooting, Fletcher quickly relaxed, and as I scrolled through the thousands of shots, it was clear that the stiffness was not about Fletcher feeling uncomfortable, but more about his anticipation of what was to come. 

'Fletcher came to be as a referral. I had worked with one of his friends, who had dropped him off at a bar while he came over for a shoot. After my shoot with his friend, Fletcher contacted me and asked if he could schedule a shoot with me as well. We set it up the same week. Fletcher in return dropped his friend, who I shot earlier in the week, off at the bar as he came to the shoot. It was a great shoot.'

If you're a regular reader of the site, you know I don't post many erection shots.  It's a personal choice, for a number of reasons.  I normally am not a fan, especially the way many photographers choose to shoot them.  The penis is a beauteous body part, but some shoot it as if it's a weapon which is not especially erotic or appealing to me. 

I loved Jim's shots of the fabulously firm Fletcher, especially because they were such an important, and essential part of the shoot, and the story.   As you can see, Fletcher was pretty much erect from the moment it was time for the underwear to come off.  In the thousands of shots that Jim sent on, Fletcher was hard in almost all of them.  The only images in that he wasn't erect were near the end of the shoot.  I'm guessing by then, little Fletcher was either tired out, or had taken care of business. 

Were the erections discussed, or arise in the moment? 
I always like to be up front in my initial conversation with the client about erections. I would say that is one of the things most guys worry about while doing a shoot, what happens if I get an erection... So being open and talking about it up front helps put them at ease.  

Not all guys do get erections during a shoot but it is very normal for one to get an erection even if that wasn't the plan. They are putting themselves out there, posing naked, taking direction and showing a very different side of themselves that most people do not see. Like I said every guy is deferent, so do not get one, some go up and down while others stay hard for most of the shoot. Fletcher was no different, he was excited by the time we got to the nudes and we captured his erection nicely.

You can check out more of Fletcher, this time with a bit more of a focus on his backside, more than his front, check out the NEXT PAGE HERE:

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Favorite Pic of the Day for September 29th

Fletcher by Studio1x
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The Bottom Line:

 It may be Autumn, but it was warm enough today to maintain those tan lines for a little bit longer.

Reward Challenges:

When I was a kid, I used to get so excited about the premieres of new shows in the fall.  I loved the TV Guide fall preview issue, the ads, the promos, the new and returning show.  This year, with the writers and actors strike, I realized how little I currently watch on network television.  Except for a couple of sit-coms, Abbott Elementary and ocassionally Bobs Hearts Abishola, the only network show I really watch is Survivor.

I always look forward to a new season of Survivor, and watched enjoyed the first episode of season 45.  I know the networks are trying to fill their prime-time hours, but I'm not sure the show needs 90 minute episodes.  I liked the quick pace of 60 minutes, and already sense I'll be recording so that I can fast forward through all the filler.

I learned long ago not to judge a book by it's cover, and also learned not to judge a Survivor player by their official cast photo and bio.  This year, no one in the cast really drew me in when the players were first announced.  After episode one however, I was drawn to, and crushing over a couple.  I really like 22 year UPenn student Drew Basile.  I think Basile might just end up being his season's unexpected sex symbol...  we'll see...

Austin Li Coon

26 year old Austin Li Coon has a great smile, and certainly provided the eye candy in the first episode.  Every season, the show gives us a few scenes, (usually in the first few episodes) of a few of the players in their wet boxer briefs.  Austin got that edit in the first episode while searching for an immunity idol.

King James:

But I don't care cuz all I wanna do, 
Is cash my check and drive right home to you

I actually started a post on Kevin James and King of Queens over a decade ago.  I started it, then abandoned it, leaving it on the blog in draft form.  I went back to it this week after the meme of James went viral.   Although I can't say I loved the sit-com, it was mostly something I had on in the background, I was always a fan of James.

I remember watching The Today Show years ago and heard Hoda Kotb describe liking 'big burly' guys and using Kevin James an example of a big guy who was sexy.  I remember thinking James was simply just sexy, and it had nothing really to do with his size.  James has a handsome face, and was always really photogenic.  Over the years, his weight went up and down on the show, but his handsome face and charisma never waned.

James appeal made up for many weak scripts over the years.  He also held his own against Leah Remini, who often plowed her way through scenes.  Leah's character Carrie started off like many sit-com wives, the nice and pretty one.  By the time the show ended, Carrie had turned into someone so unlikable, anything Doug did to cope with her bossiness was alright with the audience.

Being a network sit-com, there wasn't a lot of skin on the show, but there were several times that James and his cast mates were required to shed their IPS driver uniforms.  One of the most fun was the season three episode, 'Work Related.'  There were a lot of practical jokes going on, and one, was asking Doug to post for the Men of IPS Calendar.   Doug ends up getting hit on by the photographer, but only as a joke set up by his co-workers.

'Wrap those linebacker meat hooks around me, and pull me into da huddle.'

Multiple Plots (season 6)

Although he only made a few appearance, the show always seemed to get the studly Angelo Pagan, (aka Leah Remini's husband) out of his clohtes.

Victor Webster and Gary Valentine

Doug trying to turn off new perspective friends

The Full Experience: Fletcher by Studio1x

'This shoot wasn't for a modeling portfolio or an OnlyFans.  Fletcher really wanted to experience modeling nude, and the images were mainly for himself, to share as he saw fit.'

Sometimes the best shoots are ones with any specific goals except to push one's boundaries, and feel and experience what it's like to shoot nudes. Fletcher really made the most out of his time with Jim, exploring his sensuality without any boundaries or inhibitions.  They say you should  'dance like nobody's was watching', and Fletcher really seemed to express himself like there wasn't a camera, or a photographer in the room.

When you first saw Fletcher, what struck you about his appearance?
Fletcher is a very striking young man, nice toned slender body and strong facial features. He was a swimmer in his school days. 

Were there any goals on his part of the shoot? 
He had not done any modeling or a photoshoot before so we just wanted to get him some great photos for his personal use. 

Was the nudity any issue at all for him? 
He had no issues with getting nude for the shoot. He was familiar with my type of work and had seen a few of the photos I had taken of his friend. He wanted nudes so was ready for the full experience.  

As you know my work doesn't start off with nudes, we work into it for a few reasons. My photos are taken to tell a story, not just a photo so I take them through the build up of getting used to the camera while dressed. Then moving to the undressing set and by the time they are nude, they are usually quite excited and comfortable for the rest of the shoot

What was your favorite part of working with Fletcher? 
I always love working with new clients who are open and wanting to have the experience of a shoot. It is a very liberating experience to have them see themselves the way others see them. He was open minded, took direction well. So to pick a favorite part is hard to do. I think it was just the overall shoot, his looks, his body, the way we connected. 

Did you participate with any direction or encouragement..
lol In my initial talk I always do mention that I am a hands on guy but will always ask before touching them. As I mentioned before him being a new client not doing this before, he did require some hands on attention in helping him pose and get into the right position and ready for the shot. 

I could have worked with Fletcher all afternoon but he needed to pick up his friend from the bar. it was a couple of days after our shoot, I received a call from him asking if he could come back for another shoot that he enjoyed himself so much and wanted to explore more. We then did the second shoot a few days after the first. He came prepared and ready and was much more at ease this time.

All of these images are from Fletcher's first shoot with Jim.  In those thousands of images Jim sent on, there were images and themes from both their first and second time working together.  I'd say that given this was Fletcher's first nude shoot, he took to it quickly and quickly relaxed, and got fully into the experience.  There is one more theme from the first shoot I want to share, but don't worry, shots from the second shoot will be shared in the near future.