Posted by candyposes on 09 Mar 2007 at 08:14 pm | Tagged as: spotlighted photographers
My last post talked about bad things I had encountered from photographers. I’ve decided to start a series of posts highlighting some of the wonderful photographers I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the span of time I’ve been modeling. There are many of them- this may take a while. If you’re not mentioned, it’s not because you sucked, or were sexist, or didn’t leave a good enough impression on me- it’s most likely because a girl’s only got so much time and energy.
Spotlight: Melvin Moten Jr.
When I approached Melvin to model for him, it slipped my mind that he had been commenting- and arguing with me- in my blog for at least several months. I approached him knowing that he doesn’t pay models (unless you’re Kumi- and I’m no Kumi). It is very, very rare for me to approach someone who does fetish photography unless I’m seeking out paid work.
We talked on the phone, and eventually decided to meet up in Detroit for the Dirty Show. He said that he was, at the moment, interested in shooting work dealing with gender. Excellent, I said.
We ended up shooting in the icy basement of a former convent in Toledo. After shooting with Gary Mitchell for three hours at the group shoot taking place there, I entered the room where photographers and models were gathering and walked over to a section of a table I had claimed for my makeup and lingerie. I looked up, and there was someone standing next to me, smiling. It was Melvin.
The photographs in this diptych were the last taken during our shoot together. As you can see from the goosebumps I’ve got in these photos, I’m freezing. Melvin kept telling me that he was just going to take a couple more; lies, all lies. I remember thinking, “these better be worth it.” Of course, they were.
Melvin Moten Jr., February 2007.