UNB Model Profile featuring Bruin Collinsworth


I had the privilege of connecting with Bruin on Twitter after seeing some of his work through some photographers we know.  With that face and that body, who could resist the chance to profile him.  Bruin talked to UNB about his Nasty Pig beginning, the fun he has had in front of the camera, and the modeling gene in his blood.

UNB Kyle:  Thank you for taking the time to share some of your career with us.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Bruin:  My first legitimate gig was shooting for Nasty Pig Spring 2014. Earlier that year I went to MAL and visited the NP booth and told a random guy who was working for them how much I loved their jocks. Low and behold the person I told this to was David Lauterstein and he asked if I modeled.  At the time, all of my gigs were so small I usually got paid in the underwear or all I got out of them was the photos for me to use in my portfolio. I told him yes and we kept in contact until Easter weekend.  I was planning a trip to NYC with friends at which point I told David that I was visiting and we planned our shoot.

Kyle:  A great start for what was just a simple fan interaction at the time.  What made you want to pursue modeling?image

Bruin:  My grandmother was a model and I always thought she was so glamorous that I wanted to do it. I’m also a performer at heart and that’s why I enjoy doing runway work so much because its like a performance.

Kyle:  So modeling was definitely in your blood.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Bruin:  Without a doubt it was the Nasty Pig shoot. After those photos were released I would go places and get recognized. to say I felt famous was an understatement. They were picked up by and it really took off. It was because of that shoot that I moved to NYC last summer to really pursue modeling.

Kyle:  Great first story which ended up being your breakthrough!  Does any shoot stand out as a favorite?

Bruin:  At the end of my summer in NYC I got the opportunity to work with Marco Ovando just as a portfolio builder but I had been wanting to shoot with him for so long that there was a lot of build up it. It was everything that I expected and the shots turned out so well. I ended up using them for most of my portfolio.

imageKyle:  That is where I first saw your pic and it was beautiful!  Any difficult shoots that you have had?

Bruin:  In Chicago I worked with Colin Davis for one of his still life shots in which I was a table with a table top sat on my back with multiple things on it. Fortunately there was a support table under me but I was basicly sandwiched between these 2 things and had stay there for a long periods of time while they staged the photo. I’m a tough guy but that was rough. The shot tuned out great and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.

Kyle:  I can imagine something that seems so simple to an amateur can end up being so demanding and difficult.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet

Bruin:  Because of how well the shoot went with Marco I would love the chance to work with him again and shoot for Slick It Up. Rick Day was another photographer in NYC that I wish I would have gotten a chance to work with. His work always looks so polished.

Kyle:  I am sure your phone will be ringing with the chances.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Bruin:  I love to learn new things. I watch the History Channel and play games like Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit because I learn some of the most random facts and it really changes me mentally.

Kyle:  You enjoy exercising your mind.  Your body looks great too.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?  And how about when you sneak in a cheat meal?

Bruin:  My diet really never changes for a shoot. I always tend to eat well. Every night for dinner its some sort of protein (steak, flsh, chicken) with light seasoning and roasted vegetables, usually green beans or diced peppers. The exercises vary depending on what type of shoot I’m doing. If its underwear I’m going to work on getting my butt a little bigger and my core a little tighter but if its more clothing then I’m going to work more upper body to get the shirt fitting a little more fitted.  

There is nothing better after eating well all week than a huge Chicago style deep dish pizza! It has so much cheese and meat that after a couple slicesI  have to call it quits and save the rest for lunch.

Kyle:  Good routines.  They work for you as we enjoy the butt and underwear shoots!  Speaking of underwear, what do you prefer? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Bruin:  I’m not sure on specific percentages but the majority of my underwear collection is briefs with jockstraps as a close second. I have boxer briefs and thongs too.  On a day to day basis I don’t wear them nearly as much as briefs or jockstraps.

Kyle:  I appreciate a man who isn’t afraid to own some thongs!  And now, the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?image

Bruin:  For a runway show I wore a pair of black mesh briefs so it left very little to the imagination. They are extremely hot but I have to be strategic about where I can wear them.

Kyle:  Keep those for special viewing only I’m sure.  You sometimes have to put a lot out there on these shoots.  Stuff happens sometimes though I’m sure.  So, most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Bruin:  This didn’t happen on the photo shoot but during shoots I try to be very professional but on my Nasty Pig shoot I was wearing these shorts that were pretty tight so tight that when I moved around things started to rub and the resulting photo had a pronounced bulge in the crotch area. I didn’t even notice it until multiple people including my mother noticed.

Kyle:  Nice dinner conversation I can imagine.  Besides what your mother will say, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Bruin:  As soon as I get booked for a shoot I put together a playlist of music that I think fits the theme of whatever shoot I’m going to be doing. I listen to it on repeat until the day of the shoot. It gets me in a head space that I need to really perform well on the set. It also keeps my mind off the fact that I’m almost naked and keeps me calm. I tend to get myself over worked for shoots and that helps.

Kyle:  Music is a powerful tool. I love that though.  What are your goals for your career?

Bruin:  As much as I want to be the next big male underwear model,m I’m happy just having a steady stream of work coming in. Its not my main job so I’m not financially reliant on booking shoots every day but if I can make money and get my name out there I’ll be happy at the end of the day.

Kyle:  Well I hope big things continue to happen for you.  Finally, we have a lot of aspiring models that look to those like you for advice.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Bruin:  One of the first photographers told me to have fun with my shoots. He said if I’m not having fun then whats the point of it. Ever sense then I’ve always found the fun in the shoots that I get booked for.

Check out more of Bruin Collinsworth below:

Bruin Collinsworth Twitter

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Scott Barnes Photography


Chicago based photographer Scott Barnes sat down with us to showcase his exciting portfolio.  With collaboration and raw and natural talent behind each photo, he has made a name for himself in the photography world.  He shares his unique style with us pertaining to the erotic, spontaneous, and creative talent he has.

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking the time to show your portfolio with us.  What was your first photo shoot and how did you come to get it?

Scott:  I have been interested in photography since I was a kid, when I received my first camera for Christmas at age Question 1_Noah212. From then on, I picked up photography in spurts here and there, on and off. When I decided that I wanted to start photographing people, I was looking for practice. I had a neighbor who was a former Marine and a former professional soccer player who was always walking around the neighborhood with his dog and without many clothes on. One day I asked him if I could bring my camera over to his place and shoot him. He said yes and a week or two later a friend’s mother, who was a well-known artist, saw the photos and told me that even unedited, a few of them belonged in an art gallery. That’s all it took to make me want to study and keep getting better.

Kyle:  Great story!  It’s nice that you took advantage of what was around you and clearly have a natural talent.  What made you want to pursue photography?

Scott:  I was in one of those periods where I hadn’t been shooting many photos for a few years, but I was bored one Sunday afternoon and I decided to kill time by playing around with my old camera. From that, it became a hobby again, and then a few months later someone gave me a copy of Male Nude Now as a birthday present. I started studying the work of photographers who were known for working with men . . . everyone from David Vance to Christopher Makos to Clive Barker to Steven Underhill and Reed Massengill and Mark Beard. I wanted to be one of them, too.

Kyle:  I like hearing that the desire turned into a hobby and blossomed into a passion and career.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Question3_AronScott:  I had one shoot with a model named Aron, who I had been noticing (stalking?) around town for a whole summer. When I finally got up the guts to ask him to pose for me, he just shrugged and said, “Sure.” When I looked at his photos after the shoot, it was one of the first times I realized that my work didn’t need much post-production editing, which made me feel great. (I’m a photographer, not a graphic artist, and I think the line is blurry these days. I mean, when a person shoots a photo that’s not technically good and then fixes it in Photoshop, they’re a graphic artist. Sorry.)

One of Aron’s photos also got me into my first art auction in New York, and I felt like that changed everything. I attended the auction and I got to meet some gay photographers and artists that are SO inspiring. It was an awesome night.

Kyle:  I see your distinction between photographer and graphic artist and it makes sense.  You seem very natural and raw with that.  Do you have a favorite shoot?

Scott:  I loved my shoot with Jordan, who rode a Greyhound bus for more than 48 hours from Los Angeles to work with me. I picked him up at the bus station at 8pm and got him some food, and then we went to my place with a plan of having a few drinks and a quiet night so we could shoot from 10am to 5pm the next day. But about midnight, we started talking about photography and I was showing Jordan some photos that I like. He fell in love with some images that were captured after dark on a dirt road. I said, “But you won’t be here tomorrow night when it’s dark.” Jordan looked at me and smiled and said, “But I’m here now.” And that’s how Jordan and I had an impromptu shoot at 1am on a Thursday night — with Jordan pretty much running around my neighborhood and the nearest country roads naked.

Kyle:  Haha great spur of the moment shoot.  Probably some of your best work and with his excitement for the atmosphere, it probably enhanced the shoots that much more.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? 

Scott:  Well, the first time I photographed Austin Armacost was kind of scary. The A-List season two had just ended Question5_Austinand one morning out of the blue Austin called me and said he was in Indiana and needed a photographer THAT DAY for a promotion. I had a 103 degree fever but couldn’t say no, and since it was a high-profile promotion I wanted the photos to be great. And I was a little afraid because of Austin’s reputation on The A-List. (It turns out that yes, he’s as outspoken and energetic as he was on TV, but he’s also very sweet and authentic and fun and charming and sincere and VERY grateful). I really like Austin and we’re still friends, to this day.

Another shoot that was intimidating was when a 61-year-old army veteran called me, asking for photos of him presenting as a woman with the goal of showing them to his family as he came out as transgender, just before starting his male-to-female transition. He wanted his family to see that he was serious about his decision. My makeup artist and I were both out of our elements and pretty nervous — but the shoot turned out to be a really loving and moving experience for us all, and the client was very grateful. I won’t forget this one.

Kyle:  So unique and powerful situations.  Very relevant for today.  I’m always curious about these moments that people don’t want to talk about.  So how about it?  Any embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments to share?

Scott:  I can’t think of any embarrassing moments, but I’m kind of a nerd so I feel like I’m embarrassing myself all the time. As far as funny, once I had a quick shoot scheduled with three of my models. When the doorbell rang and I opened the door, there they were, standing on my front porch totally naked at 6 in the evening. “We’re ready,” one of them said. Sometimes, I can’t imagine what my neighbors must think.

Kyle:  That hasn’t happened when I opened my door!  Yes, your neighbors probably wonder what type of business you are running out of your house!  Since you shoot a good amount of naked models, what are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

Question4_Jordan3Scott:  I guess for me, the only advice I give to new models or any guy who’s posing for erotica is to relax and make sure to have fun — and I always tell them to remember that THEY are in charge. If I suggest a pose or location or anything that makes the model uncomfortable, he should say so and we will stop/change/etc. I like to see people push their boundaries but I don’t ever want anyone to do something they’re not comfortable with, or worse — have regrets later for having a shoot with me.

I’ve been told that my personality sets people at ease pretty quickly. I hear that I’m good at getting new models to trust me. I like that.

Kyle:  I am sure you make everyone very comfortable.  Great attitude with that!  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Scott:  I’d love to work with Andrew Christian. And I’d LOVE to have a shoot for Mr. Turk. It would be fun to shoot for 2xist or Ginch Gonch.

As for models I’d like to work with, that list is SO long!! And it changes all the time.

Right now, I’m a huge fan of Levi Jackman Foster, Franky Cammarata, Kyle Krieger, and Matthieu Charneau, I’d love to have a shoot with Michael Hoffman, the fitness model who’s started doing solo porn videos. I’d love to work with Stephen James, because his tattoos are amazing. And Freddy Krave, even though he’s more of an artist than a model; I really like his style!

And Quinn Jaxon, Edward Wilding, Colton Haynes, Gregory Nalbone, Chad White, Aaron O’Connell, Josh Owens, Cory Bond, And Michael Hamm, the cosplayer. And Anton Hysen, the gay soccer player. And Steve Grand, the gay country singer. I also want to photograph Ryan Ferguson, the bodybuilder and fitness expert who was falsely accused of murder and spent 10 years in prison, who was just released a few months ago because the witnesses came forward and confessed that they lied.

Kyle:  Quite a list!  I hope you get to check some names off of there.  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

Scott:  It’s always a collaboration. Of course, if I’m shooting for a brand, they get the final say but usually I start with Question3_Aron4a concept that includes a location and I’ll see what the brand thinks and let them add to the theme as they see fit. I even include the models in the collaboration, if possible. I figure the more we all know going into a shoot, the more on-target the outcome will be.

Kyle:  Collaboration is very important and I love that you combine everyone to get that.  What are your interests away from the camera?

Scott:  I like coffee and red wine, and hanging out in coffeehouses and my favorite bars. I love to cook (I’m into French food right now). I love movies and music. I like design, architecture, and Americana. I like science (astronomy, National Geographic, etc.), dogs, and NPR. I’m currently transitioning my life to Chicago, and I love wandering around the city when I’m there. I try to support the arts however I can. I don’t watch a huge amount of TV, but I like The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Arrow, and the occasional paranormal show.

Kyle:  I see that probably cooking, architecture and the rest compliment your creative mind.  Any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

Scott:  Just study! Look at the work of other photographers and decide what you like and don’t like — and more importantly, explain to yourself why for each. It’s not enough to say you like someone’s work, what do you like about it? The mood? The tone? The lighting? The model? The pose?

And learn as much as you can about your camera. When I first started this, my mentor picked up my camera and turned the setting to total Manual. Then he looked at me and said, “I better never see this camera on ANY setting besides M, again.” If you can’t use the camera, any good photos you take will just be accidents.

Kyle:  I love that!  What a great mentor.  Thank you for sharing all of this with us.  Finally, what are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

Scott:  I think I have a slightly unique lighting style. I think my photography has a way of looking like it’s 40 years old and new, at the same time.

Check out more of Scott Barnes Photography below:

Scott Barnes Official Site / Twitter / Instagram

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UNB Model Profile featuring Ajdin Sefer

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We spoke to Ajdin at the last Magic show and thought he would be a great addition to our model profile series which he was happy to do for us.  We love that his first gig was an underwear runway show, right up our alley.  He continues to share with us his special diet, desire to inspire, and Lady Gaga connection.

UNB Kyle:  I am glad that you spoke to UNB at Magic and joined us in this showcase.  Tell me how you got started in modeling?  

Ajdin:  My first gig was walking in an underwear runway show. I got the gig through the agency that I was signed to WoodMorning6_withlogo
at the time.

Kyle:  Starting off in our favorite department, underwear!  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Ajdin:  People at my gym would come up and tell me to try it but then a friend that was with an agency really suggested his agency multiple times. I thought that it would be really cool to try it but kept dragging it. Each time I saw him, we would talk about it and I would tell him that I’ve been wanting to but haven’t gotten a chance to go in yet since they only did open calls once a month. I finally got a chance to go in on the day that they had the open call and took digitals as well as filled out a form. They interviewed me and said they would e-mail me in two weeks. I ended up getting an email a few days later with a contract offer.

Kyle:  Sounds like your friend steered you in the right direction.  The agency clearly liked you because they snatched you up very quickly.  Since that first day, have you had a breakthrough moment yet?  

Ajdin:  There’s a few shoots that got me some good exposure but one of the biggest ones had to be playing lead role for a Lady Gaga music video “G.U.Y.” Once the video came out, I was receiving all types of e-mails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. messages from all types of people. A lot of interviews came in from all kinds of web portals, T.V. networks, radio stations, etc.

Kyle:  I don’t doubt you became a big name after that.  Part of such a big pop phenomenon will definitely give you so much exposure.  What have you done in your career so far that has been a favorite moment?

Gaga And Me Screenshot JPegAjdin:  I don’t know if it’s fair to pick only one so I will list my top 3. One would have to be when I was flown out to Montreal, Canada to be a lead role for an international commercial. I spent a whole week there filming as well as shooting some stills and I loved every moment of it. Another one would be a commercial where I got my racing license and was able to drive an Indy Car on my own at 158 mph. The final and probably my all-time favorite up to date has to be the Lady Gaga shoot because I got to work with her and her complete team. Since my role in the video was to seduce her and it was just me and her on a floatie, we got to know each other really good in between takes and during takes. We had normal conversations where she asked me my name, where I’m from, and other casual questions.

Kyle:  Great choices!  A little modeling and acting combined in 3 great experiences.  I’m sure the music video was quite an experience and something you would think would be out of this world but probably felt very intimate and comfortable just talking like two normal people.  What have you found challenging in your shoots?

Ajdin:  One of the most challenging ones was a stop motion shoot I did for an app that will soon be available. It was a shoot that took over 12 hours to do. It was all still shots that were put into a motion and made into a commercial. Took forever to do and was dragging but I had a blast doing it.

Kyle:  That does sound like a very tiring but rewarding day.  Can’t wait to see what app this is.  Now I feel like everyone should have one, what about an embarrassing moment?

Ajdin:  I don’t know if I would consider it embarrassing but it was definitely funny to me. I was fortunate enough to be booked as the face for Envy Menswear. We took a couple test shots in the beginning to make sure everything looks how it’s supposed to. As they were looking at the screen to see if everything was how they wanted it, I noticed them talking to one another about something. Couple minutes go by, and they come up to me saying “everything looks great but since we’re working with a black backdrop, the little hairs on your legs and arms are sticking out and it would take forever to remove each piece of hair for the final shots especially since we are shooting the complete line.” They ended up making a trip to the store to buy me shave necessities and after about 30 minutes or more in the bathroom, I walked out with shaven legs and arms along with quite a few cut marks since it was my first time ever completely shaving legs and arms. They also had two ladies shaving my gluteus maximus which was also a first for me.

Kyle:  Feeling like a new man that day, or at least a smoother man!  That was nice of you to take one for the teamB-FNfiLCIAAmmNb
and do what needed to be done for the shoot.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Ajdin:  I’m pretty sure that every fitness and underwear model will agree with me that the dream client to work with would be Calvin Klein, There’s a ton of other companies I would love to work with including Men’s Health, Nike, Adidas, Reebok and many more. We will see what happens.

Kyle:  I see you in those sporty mainstream lines.  Can’t wait for the dream to become a reality for you.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Ajdin:  I was born and raised in Bosnia and Hercegovina, lived in Michigan for 15 years before moving to LA so my accent can be unique sometimes. Also, I tend to use my Snapchat quite a bit. I try to get a lot of behind the scenes at my shoots, gym updates, selfies, funny clips, and other random stuff that I see on the daily.

Kyle:  You just gave me an idea for a new post here on UNB.  We will have to talk about some of those behind the scenes and selfies!  Your body looks great!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Ajdin:  I have a customized diet I created for myself and been using it for a couple years now. I eat my breakfast which is two parts, 4 of the prepared meals that I always have ready for me, and then for dinner I do a salad with either tuna or chopped up grilled chicken. I drink a gallon+ of water every single day. I slow down a lot couple days before and the day before and during shoot, I only drink when I absolutely have to.

Kyle:  Quite a routine you have there.  But clearly it pays off and you look incredible.  When you aren’t so strict on yourself, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Ajdin:  In N’ Out and Chipotle is a priority after my shoots. It’s tradition upon completion of my job 😉 When I am visiting Michigan, there’s quite a bit of cheat meals which are usually all Bosnian foods that my mom makes or that I get when we go out to eat.

Kyle:  I love that you have treat completion meals after a shoot.  Nice tradition to have.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Ajdin:  I have to make it the best shoot possible.

Kyle:  Well since you have been doing underwear since your first runway show you probably are very comfortable.  Speaking of underwear, what do you like outside of shoots?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Ajdin:  75% trunks and boxer briefs and 25% briefs. 

Kyle:  Pretty standard choices among many men.  What is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Ajdin:  There’s been a few crazy ones but if the Borat one piece counts as underwear then that one is definitely the craziest I’ve ever worn and it was for a campaign I did.

Kyle:  Haha that iconic piece of underwear.  I am sure that was the one and only time you have worn that.  What are your goals for your career?

Ajdin:  I will continue to push myself to keep booking shoots whether they are print, commercial, music videos, etc. I’m always trying my best to push others and motivate them to chase their dreams because with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. It’s an amazing feeling when I get an e-mail or a message on social media from other people (a lot of times people I don’t even know) saying that I’ve been inspiring them and proving to them that anything is possible.

Kyle:  I love that you want to inspire people.  We get many comments on these profiles from aspiring models who appreciate the feedback that you share.  Finally, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career that you want to pass on to those reading this profile?

Ajdin:  The best advice that I get is from my mom and from the motivation quotes. I’ve been looking up and coming up with my own motivational quotes for a while now and it’s the first thing I turn to if I’m having a bad day or if I haven’t booked for a while.

Check out more of Ajdin Sefer below:

Ajdin Sefer Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Ted Sun Photography


UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking time out of your busy travels to chat with us.  I can’t believe how much photography has emerged from your travels.  Tell us about your beginning with photo shoots.  

Ted:  My first photoshoot was with my friend singer/songwriter Sacha Sacket a few years ago. Music was my first passion, so I started out shooting music artists, which makes for TedSunPhoto-21fun collaboration. I ended up shooting Sacha in a black catsuit on top of a grand piano, and we’ve since collaborated on several shoots used on various album covers.

Kyle:  Music is such a passion and what a way to be able to tell a story of a whole album through an amazing cover.  What made you want to pursue photography?

Ted:  I traveled a lot over 5 years – to over 70 countries; I was having the time of my life, and loved being able to share my experiences through pictures. By 2012, I knew this was what I wanted to do – create and share images. So I settled back into my hometown LA to start this new career.

Kyle:  I still can’t get over how much you traveled.  That is amazing.  I can only imagine the influences you gained from it all.  So since you have started your photography, have you had that breakthrough moment?  

Ted:  One breakthrough was my first fashion editorial shot on the Highline in NYC a year and a half ago. It was the first time I developed an editorial concept, recruited a full team (designer/stylist, groomer), and cast from a major agency. A couple of the images were later published in British GQ in an emerging designer feature.

Kyle:  What a great honor to be in GQ and listed in an emerging feature.  Clearly people saw great potential which shows what you have become today, only 5 years later.  Do any shoots stand out as favorites?  

TedSunPhoto-5Ted:  One of my favorites was shooting a sexy-rocker concept with model Elliott Law, in collaboration with stylist/creative director Bobby Reyes. Elliott was perfect for the shoot, being a musician himself. He also has one of the most amazing physiques and showcased the underwear (provided by Garçon Model) beautifully.

Kyle:  Now that is a great way to combine your passions of music and underwear!  What do you find challenging about some of the shoots you have done?

Ted:  The most challenging project I’ve had was my first assignment for an architect, shooting several of his properties. I often had to return to a location several times to find the right light – often arriving at the crack of dawn – and I’m a night owl. Also, I had to carry around a ladder and use a tilt-shift lens to get the correct perspective. It was demanding work getting the shots, but I learned a lot technically about my camera that carries into my fashion and portrait work.

Kyle:  It’s funny how people would not necessarily think a building would be your challenge versus another human being but with the right light and angles as you mentioned it takes precision.  I love to hear about the funny moments.  Any of those?  

Ted:  It’s funny hearing the random catcalls the models get while shooting in public. One time, this crazy guy kept shouting at us across a very wide street about how hot the model was. We were all laughing, but a bit nervous and scared at the same time.

Kyle:  Yes I agree it would make for a nervous situation.  You do not know how another person will act when they see a beautiful model and it is important to keep everyone safe and comfortable.  What are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing TedSunPhoto-4shoots?

Ted:  I just make sure to talk to and try to get to know the model a bit to make him feel comfortable. I like to let the model do what comes naturally, and I build from there. If the model appears nervous or uncomfortable, then giving clear direction really helps.

Kyle:  Allowing the model to be natural and get comfortable with you builds a great trust and relationship for the shoot.  I am sure many of them appreciate that about you.  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Ted:  It’d be a dream to work with well known models like Sean O’Pry, Clement Chabernaud, Brian Shimansky, Tomas Skoloudik – too many to name! Brand wise, I’d love to shoot Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, Lanvin – and underwear icons CK, Emporio Armani and 2xist.

Kyle:  Dream big!  I like that.  I see it happening.  You have talked a lot about collaboration and I think big namesand brands will appreciate that about you.  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot?  

Ted:  I love to collaborate, and have a wonderful group of creative partners. Some clients like to be very involved, while others are happy for us to take the lead. The initial concept usually comes from either the stylist or myself, and either one of us can take the lead in creating mood boards and casting models. Location shoots are my favorite: as a travel photographer, I love seeking out and shooting in new environments.

Kyle:  Traveling must be an amazing perk with the job.  Discovering these new places to your eye and capturing them to really enhance the picture must be quite a feeling.  What other interests do you have away from the camera?

TedSunPhoto-26Ted:  Music is my first and one of my biggest passions and influences a lot of my work. I’ve been practicing yoga for over a dozen years, and as mentioned, I love to travel.

Kyle:  Music is a passion of mine too.  I can see you walking around new cities, headphones on, taking photos of all of the exciting new places.  What advice would you give to people who look up to you and your work and want to get into photography?

Ted:  Starting any creative practice can be a bit intimidating. It’s important to confront your fears of failure and rejection because they will happen. Don’t be afraid to take bad pictures – it’s the only way to learn. You gotta honey-badger your way through and just keep going.

Kyle:  Great advice!  Expect the negative and bad pictures and await the miracles that come!  What are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

Ted:  I think that my sense of adventure and ability to connect with others sets me apart. I’m always looking to try new things, shoot in new places and find the next challenge. I have a very open-minded approach and love getting to explore my interests and ideas with others. It’s been a lot of fun getting to connect with so many personalities doing this, and I approach each shoot with an attitude of new collaborative discovery.

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UNB Model Profile featuring RKA

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After featuring Musclehead Graphics photographer JC Norton in a photographer profile, we started talking about the models he works with on his site and RKA quickly came up.  This up and coming model is looking to really jump start a career and feature his bodybuilder physique in the industry and we think he definitely has the look.

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UNB Kyle:  We are happy to have you here as we see the start of a successful careeer for you.  I know you work closely with Musclehead Graphics.  How did you start modeling?

RKA:  I got into modeling from my time competing in men’s physique.

UNB Kyle:  I can see how there are aspects of both that can relate to one another.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

RKA:  I just wanted to try something different.  I have been working my whole life in construction and after getting involved in the men’s physique competitions, it seemed like a path I wanted to explore.

UNB Kyle:  I think it’s great that you are exploring this new side to you.  Since you are newer to the industry, who are some models that you look up to or inspire to mimic? 

RKA:  A 70’s bodybuilder Frank Zane.  He wasn’t huge but had the best physique in my opinion, perfect symmetry.

UNB Kyle:  I looked him up.  Good choice to model after.  What are you most excited about by getting into the modeling industry?

RKA:  I am excited about it being something new.  I’ve worked construction my whole life so it will be a totally new experience.

UNB Kyle:  New experiences can be a great way to challenge yourself.  Maybe as a throw back to your career you can do some construction inspired modeling shoots!  What are your concerns or fears of the modeling industry?

RKA:  That it will be to hard to make a career of, to make any kind of income.

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UNB Kyle:  You are not alone in that thought.  A lot of models and photographers have that fear, especially when not in the main commercial arena of the business.  Have you had any challenging moments to date as you start on this journey?  

RKA:  This last shoot I did is for underwear.  This was challenging because I’ve never been shot in that way and I needed to get a little more comfortable in front of the camera versus being fully clothed in a shoot.

UNB Kyle:  Well the pictures look great!  You look like a natural.  Speaking of underwear, what do you typically wear?

RKA:  Boxer briefs.

UNB Kyle:  A boxer briefs guy.  I can see that with you line of construction work.  But it’s nice to see you shooting in all kinds of underwear.  You mentioned that it was challenging stripping down for the camera.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

RKA:  Mostly hoping my body is in enough condition.

UNB Kyle:  I think we all agree it is in great condition!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep your body in such great shape?

RKA:  High protein and fats, moderate carbs, not too low.  I like lifting heavy and little cardio.

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UNB Kyle:  The heavy lifting and high protein definitely pays off for that body.  But when you are feeling like cheating on your diet, what is your favorite cheat meal?

RKA:  Pancakes, of course.

UNB Kyle:  Ah, the good old breakfast foods!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

RKA:  I would like to work with Under Armour or Nike.  That would be cool.

UNB Kyle:  That seems to go with your workout and gym mindset.  Great brands to be featured with!  What is something that we don’t know about you outside of modeling?

RKA:  That I have been in construction since I was 12 years old and a licensed electrician.

UNB Kyle:  A man of many trades.  That is a good business to be in with the modeling career.  So much potential for side work to help with the income fears as you begin to succeed with your modeling.  What interests do you have away from the camera?

RKA:  Competing in either men’s physique or bodybuilding, and getting my clothing line going, Iron Made appeal.

UNB Kyle:  Construction, model, and entrepreneur.  You have a lot of great potential going on.  Can’t wait to see more of your Iron Made line.  What is some of the best advice anyone has given you for the modeling industry?

RKA:  You can do whatever you set your mind too.

UNB Kyle:  Determination will help you get far.  Great advice.  Finally, as you embark on this journey, what are your goals for your career?

RKA:  To inspire other to go after what they want and to want to live a healthy life.

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UNB Model & Photographer Profile featuring SILV

It’s always a privilege to talk to someone who has had experience both in front and behind the camera.  They can offer so much experience and knowledge to various models and photographers they work with.  SILV talks to us about his life in front and behind the camera, his passion for the art he makes, and his unique vision.

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for contacting me about being featured in a double feature profile!  Let’s start with the DSC_5956modeling side.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

SILV:  My sister is a wonderful photographer, and I used to assist when she had projects in mind. My first collaboration with another photographer came with Sam Cummins, also known as Sam Apple Photography. He was working on some interesting, arty concepts and asked me to be part of it.

Kyle:  So there is a gene in the family with this amazing talent I see.  What made you want to pursue it all?

SILV:  Co-creating with photographers, as I prefer to discuss it, has come from my own interest in photography and ridding of shameful concepts. I dove behind the lens years ago when I began working on my newest book, Toy Soldier. Initially, I thought it would allow me to network and find more individuals willing to pose for me, but then I acknowledged how liberating it has been for me.

The first time I posed nude in front of a camera was the first time I was nude, as an adult, in front of another adult. There was intention in utilizing photography as a means to work on the disconnect with my own body.

Since then, I have realized how important it is for me, being the person that I am, to be doing the work that I do; nude, gender-bending, etcetera.

Kyle:  That is a great vision of pictures to portray.  You seem to have developed a great comfort in the nude.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

SILV:  This photographic journey has been full of excitement and great thematic work. However, the way I see a breakthrough, or epiphany, if you will, is the way I manifest life-changing connections with others. Through this creative path, I have found, met and fallen in love with a few fantastic friends. The first time that happened within the first months of me being in front of the lens consistently, was in San Diego with the man known as Yoga Bear Studios. It was not only my first more-than-one-day photographic extravaganza, and more mainstream session, but I now consider him a wonderful friend.

53dbdefac3151Kyle:  That is great that you have made some lifelong friends and consider those relationships breakthroughs instead of necessarily being on the cover of a magazine as a breakthrough.  Have you had a favorite shoot?

SILV:  Coño…there have been many wonderful sessions which are favorites. At the moment, anything with Drew’s Pride or Humon Photography. Andrew Graham is one of those magical beings who come along and shake you to the core. He is love, kindness, creativity and passion all in one tall, bearded package. By now, we have such a natural flow which makes the sessions effortless. Peter, Humon, like Andrew, has such a precise eye for detail. Our work together goes from athletic to erotic; somber to silly.

However, I will say the first session with Yoga Bear was pretty stellar. I remember seeing this image of me in jeans, a tank top, and a cap hanging from this train and thinking ‘holy vegan cupcakes, Batman, I feel like a Colt model!’. I do not know exactly why that was a fun thing to feel, but it was. I guess my twelve year-old self was thinking of sneaking Steve Kelso photographs through my dial-up connection and basking in his confident, nude glory.

Kyle:  What a great feeling!  I can imagine the joy, excitement, and feelings you get when you are on set or see some of these finished results.  What has been challenging about some of your shoots?

SILV:  The concept of challenging myself is always present. Physically and creatively challenging myself is part of the charm of it all. However, I find it challenging when I rely on others to convey something that I am doing usually alone with the photographer. My first time posing with another model was very much about learning how to convey an emotion considering yet another person. Not to mention any outdoor session where there are spectators. I have yet to figure whether I am a true exhibitionist. I am leaning toward no.

Kyle:  Spectators can definitely be a little nerve wracking for photo shoots.  Probably taking up some of your focus.  I love this part; how about the most embarrassing photo shoot situation as a model and as a photographer?550c53129b106

SILV:  As a photographer, I have a few interesting stories. There was an instance with a vegetable in some one’s anus. That is the end of that story. But mostly, I found amusing the amount of men I photographed who felt they had to ejaculate at the end of the session because they could not handle it. One of the first men who did that said to me ‘could you give me a few minutes?’ and proceeded to guide me outside of my own space.

As a model, the only time I am timid is when I am holding a pose in a forest, lake or beach and there are one or two men lurking from a distance staring. As I said above, I do not appear to be interested in that energy at the moment.

Kyle:  Those are definitely some crazy moments.  You definitely see everything as a photographer and model.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

SILV:  It often does feel like the first time. Especially when not having worked with a photographer before. In a way, it is like making love with someone. I am nude, they see all of me, and eventually I begin revealing my emotional side through poses and concepts. Knowing this, I simply hope that the photographer reveals herself or himself to me so that there is an amount of reciprocity.

Kyle:  I like that.  That is a good comparison.  You have been photographed in underwear and we are an underwear blog so we want to know what you like.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

SILV:  My underwear drawer is shrinking due to my nudist lifestyle. When looking into it, there are probably 45% trunks, 35% jockstraps, 7% briefs, 7% boxer-briefs, 3% thongs, and 3% bikinis.

Kyle:  Good variety thought.  And the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

SILV:  The craziest thing I have worn was this spider-looking thong-brief hybrid design which had three separate pieces on each side. It was not comfortable, and to be honest, not too appealing.

jh_14prtlndKyle:  I guess that isn’t one you wear often then!  Being in these nude shoots, what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

SILV:  None. Thus far, when I have collaborated with a photographer, we have discussed ideas, intentions and then make it happen. My appearance is part of the charm. So I do not attempt to look a certain way for a session.

Kyle:  You have a great look so I think that is part of your brand.  So I guess since there is no special diet you don’t have a favorite cheat meal or do you?

SILV:  Everything I eat I enjoy. I am very into Ethiopian cuisine at the moment. I find really good places where to reside and visit, and they usually have a great sense of eating. Portland, Oregon has been my main base in the past year and I enjoy eating there; tremendously.

pic-5819Kyle:  You are quite an adventurous man, not only in your style but also your cuisine!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

SILV:  I am open to working with underwear and clothing companies which are diverse and inclusive. Animal-aware and eco-friendly brands would take top priority. You have no idea how many times I have been told that I am not an underwear model due to my shape and amount of body hair.

There are many photographers out there breaking the mold and doing it beautifully. As long as someone is willing to be creative, and seeing photography as a means to make art whilst connecting to one another, I am interested in discussing working with them.

Kyle:  It’s great to see someone embrace the “real man.”  We love seeing that here at UNB and see you as a great underwear model and photographer.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of this art that you want them to know?

SILV:  This is a humorous question to me. If there are individuals out there who are enjoying my photography work: thank you. A lot of individuals may see one frolicking naked in an image and forget that we are more than the purpose of objectifying each other.

I have always enjoyed cultivating my sense of intellect. I began writing and drawing when I was very young and still consider those two to be the base of all the things I do.

Doing nude photography has actually been a tool for me to be able to showcase that outside of being an intellectual, I am also still living and breathing inside my human shell. So, you could say that the sentiment goes both ways.

Kyle:  It is refreshing to see someone embrace different so well and represent a whole genre that is needed.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your career?

SILV:  Seek within to find your strengths and charm. We all have something. Photography is a great tool with whichDSC_0014 to find what is special in a person, other animal or thing, and document it.

Kyle:  You have done some work behind the camera too? Tell me about how that part of your career started.

SILV:  When I began working on Toy Soldier, I wanted to collaborate with a photographer. I had compiled poetry for a few years and was ready to add a visual to my usual process. Eventually, I found myself photographing friends as I composed photography based on drawings and doodles in my notebook.

Kyle:  You embrace and showcase art is so many different ways its beautiful.  Do you have a preference on whether you are in front or behind the camera? What are the best parts and worst parts of both sides?

SILV:  When behind the lens I do not have to compromise my idea or intention. I love a lot of my self-portraits because it was only me and my ideas. However, when I am in front of the lens I have this capacity to be in a moment with someone and, like making love, it is magical.

Kyle:  Your attitude towards all of this is so positive and refreshing.  Finally, what are your goals for your career?

SILV:  Through the process I find that it interests me to showcase my body as a way to inspire others to do it. Perhaps just for the sake of it. But most importantly so that we can all keep exploring and celebrating our differences. My goal is to keep being part of interesting projects which allow me to grow, and hopefully do the same for others.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Jacob Ford


Andrew Christian supports a lot of great models and when I saw fresh faced southern boy Jacob Ford he quickly shot high up on my list of models I needed to interview.  This genuine man sits down to talk to us about his fun moments with Andrew Christian, work he has done and how he hopes to use his fame and good name to help others one day.

UNB Kyle:  It is so great to have the chance to talk with you.  Tell me about how your first modeling gig and how you got started with Andrew Christian?

IMG_0296Jacob:  My first modeling gig came from Andrew Christian actually! Back in September of 2014. I managed to get a test shoot through a promotion on their Facebook page. They posted an email address to send in photos and I did it! They posted the pictures along with a few other guys and within 12 hrs I had accrued over 30k likes, destroying the competition in all honesty!!! They called me the #truefanspick.

Kyle:  I can see why.  Beautiful face, great look, and wears the underwear very well.  It’s also nice that all of the underwear lovers were choosing you to showcase such a fun brand.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Jacob:  It was always something I had wondered about but never knew how to get into it. I started frequenting LA and meeting people, photographers, and other models, things like that. I started making friends with people in the industry, guys like Murray Swanby and Colby Melvin. It all really started to fall into place after that.

Kyle:  You put yourself out there, showed ambition, and met the right people.  Drive will get you far in your career.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Jacob:  I would say the “breakthrough” shoot for me was the Launch of the AC Blow brand. The first video and photo shoots we did for BLOW was huge! Revolutionary really!  Andrew was breaking the underwear mold once again! But the blow pictures were everywhere, and I was blessed to be one of the poster boys. I was in ads all over the Internet, banners, and pop ups on cell phone apps.  My face was everywhere!

Kyle:  I can imagine the feeling of seeing those pictures everywhere.  It must make you feel like you have arrived and your drive paid off.  Do you have a favorite shoot you have done?

Jacob:  I think my favorite shoot honestly was just something we did goofing off at the studio. Nick Jonas had just 11045358_813121278736029_6104704943184387347_nremade The iconic Calvin Klein ad that Mark Wahlberg made famous in the 90s. So of course I wanted to do an Andrew Christian style remake of the photos! It didn’t blow up or anything like that but I had a lot of fun doing it!

Kyle:  It is a picture that is iconic and regardless of how many people see it, there is always a personal pleasure with recreating such well known poses.  What shoot did you find to be more challenging than the others?

Jacob:  I recently did a water balloon challenge with Ryan Rose! It was so cold outside and we were soaked! Not to mention I lost the challenge!!

Kyle:  Yes I think people don’t always realize that these beautiful outdoor shoots aren’t always done on 90 degree days!  I have seen the video.  It was close and you put up a good fight!  Now we want to know because you have to have one, most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Jacob:  Any situation where I have to dance! Ask any other AC Model, if I have to dance it’s going to be a long day! I have absolutely zero rhythm!

Kyle:  I am sure southern boy has some moves!  There always seems to be some hip shaking in those videos.  Time to get in the studio and practice!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

image11 (1)Jacob:  I would love to shoot with Mark Henderson eventually, and Id like to do a NOH8 photoshoot as well. I always enjoy the AC shoots, but I have many friends that I enjoy working with as well, guys like Jason King, Shaun Vadella, and Paul Boulon. As far as brands, I’m not really picky if I like the products I’d gladly work with them! I’m really into Tatteeboy as of late though!

Kyle:  I love your shoots with Shaun Vadella and I would love to see you do NOH8.  Those are some of my favorite pics and would love to see your pic with them!  We know a little bit about you through your work with AC and on social media but what else can you tell us about Jacob Ford outside of modeling?  

Jacob:  My passion and goals are to help people. I would love to get involved with LBGT Activism on a larger scale. I have aspirations of possibly releasing my own brand someday something along the lines of NOH8, well the same message anyway!

Kyle:  It is wonderful that you are keen on helping people.  So humble and a great way to use your status and 10455128_760150970699727_7140168290330264133_ncontacts for good.  Your body looks great!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep that body in check?

Jacob:  Diet is easy.  I don’t portion meals or anything like that but I try to eat clean. That means no junk food, candy, chips, soda, you know things like that! Just get your protein in and watch the carb intake.  Don’t over do it and it’s all good! As far as workouts go, I wrestled growing up for about 10-11 yrs and because of that most of my workouts are based off of the stuff I’ve always done. I use the BFS (bigger faster stronger) system, isolate body parts, and always get in my cardio, at least a mile per day!

Kyle:  Great advice and I love how you have incorporated things you have done all your life.  But when you really want something bad, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Jacob:  Hot wings! The hotter the better!  I think my record is 3 lbs in one setting, and not boneless either. I’m a real man!!  But I also have a real weakness for Red Velvet cake, I call it “almost chocolate”

Kyle:  Wow that is quite a helping of hot wings!  And I love red velvet too.  So we have seen you in lots of great varieties of underwear.  On the personal side, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Jacob:  *cough* Drawers! I have a lot!!! Id say briefs and jocks make up the biggest percentage maybe 70% followed 9680-1_1by 20% boxer briefs, and 10% thongs… We are literally talking about hundreds of pairs!

Kyle:  Wonderful!  What a collection!  You need to model them all for us!  In all of that, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Jacob:  That’s easy! The Andrew Christian Blow Spider Jock!

Kyle:  Yes, I have not worn that pair but looks like quite a tangled web of fun though.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Jacob:  “Do I look fat? Really guys! Am I fat today?!?” Im my biggest critic!

Kyle:  Well, take it from us, you look amazing!  What are your goals for your career?

Jacob:  Who really knows what modeling will hold for me in the future.  It’s hard to say. As I said earlier though, I want to help the cause.  If I’m going to gain fame at all from this experience, I want to use that fame and notoriety for the greater good! I want to make a difference in this crazy world.

Kyle:  That shows a lot about your character.  I am pleased to hear you say that.  Such a good man with such a great heart!  Finally, for others out there who look up to you as a model they want to be like, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Jacob:  Above all else, take care of yourself and don’t become one of “those” guys. What I mean by that is, don’t forget the things that matter most, friends and family. When the looks fade and your star doesn’t shine as bright, they’ll still be there!  And PLEASE! be humble, we are all capable of the same greatness. At the end end of the day however, none of us are curing cancer, we’re just in our underwear.

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Paul Smollen Photography


Sydney based photographer Paul Smollen took the time to talk with UNB in regards to his diverse portfolio, his love for the arts, and how he really takes time and effort into his models and labels to produce the perfect campaign.

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for talking to us today and showing us quite an impressive collection of underwear and swimwear shots.  From the beginning, what was your first photo shoot?

Paul:  I had been photographing landscapes and florals for a long time and showing my work in galleries, while doing this I was always pestered by my friends to take their images and always resisted. Until one day I agreed to a close IMG_1314friend but only if I could put him in a full suit in a bath tub, the whole shoot was a disaster but it changed my interest to photographing people.

Kyle:  It looks like the pestering finally paid off though.  Sure I can see how your first personal shoot could be a disaster but look what it helped turn you into.  What made you want to pursue photography?

Paul:  I had studied it at school and was allowed to take one humanities subject from the sciences subject I studied so I choose art and major in photography during high school. I found I was better with a camera then I was at drawing and pottery. But I realized very early on that the camera captures a moment that you can then look at and study that moment for the rest of your life.  Our eyes see things fleetingly and they are gone, moments can never be recreated.

Kyle:  That is a powerful and true comment.  If those moments are captured on camera, they can stay with you a lifetime in reflection whenever you see them.  Do you have a breakthrough moment in your career?

IMG_0513Paul:  I don’t know whether I have had my big break through moment.  I have been lucky and been featured on several covers and well supported by several labels such as Marcuse and online versions of magazine like DNA and Beautiful. However I think I am still waiting for my Annie Leibovitz/John Lennon moment.

Kyle:  Well, when that moment comes, we will definitely feature it!  Which shoot has been your favorite?

Paul:  This is like asking which of your children are your favorites!  This is tough as I would hate to offend any model I have ever worked with. I love all my shoots from the challenging headbutting ones (which are not many) to the ones that the model and myself have been so in sync they are effortless. I love working with so many different people as everyone brings something different to the shoot. They are incredibly personal things photo shoots and to be so intimately connected to a model or subject for a short period of time leaves a lasting impression on me. I learn so much on each shoot that they have helped me grow and develop.

Kyle:  Haha yes that is like choosing your favorite child!  Maybe I should reword that for the future.  But I like your answer.  Each is special and unique in its own way and leaves something for you.  Connection is key I am sure to a great shoot.  How about a challenging shoot for one reason or another?

Singapore FavouritePaul:  I am very lucky that I have a reputation for being an easy going relaxed photographer (well I hope I do lol) so the challenging shoots have been physical ones. The ones that stands out the most to date was on a little remote jungle island off Singapore and one of my favorite places to photograph.  The models were just being eaten alive by mosquitoes every place we went. The bug spray would last only seconds become the swarm would be back and I kept thinking “tropical strength bug spray my arse.” The boys had to endure a lot of bug spray and bites but the images turned out as some of my best. I was just so worried the models would get Dengue Fever or Malaria, especially after one of the boys got bit through the swimwear on a very personal part of the body we didn’t spray. Also one of the models fell over only two days before the shoot and got a concussion and was in the hospital.  He discharged himself out of hospital early just to do that shoot.

Kyle:  That is dedication on his part!  Wow what a day of shooting that must have been.  I am sure everyone was exhausted just from the external environment.  Any embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments to share?

Paul:  I was doing a shoot in the center of Sydney outside our cathedral in a fountain when a tour bus of Japanese tourists pulled up and everyone got out and started taking pics of us.  I am thinking having a model fully clothed under a fountain waterfall is something you don’t see every day.IMG_3232

Kyle:  Thank goodness he was clothed and not in underwear or less!  Imagine that response!  What are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

Paul:  A level of trust and rapport needs to be established between a model and photographer so that these images can be produced and in a way that they become art and not porn. I always  suggest meeting the model on several occasions and building up to the more imitate shoot rather than do them straight off. I always try and show the model a mock up of what I am aiming for as it is sometimes difficult for the photographer to display or explain a concept. That’s where the level of trust comes into it, the model must trust where the photographer will go. Getting any model comfortable I never ask them to pose, I have conversations with models as I photograph and I photograph while talking to them. I ask models to think of events in their lives and we talk about them; that way they are really showing that emotion rather than acting it.

Kyle:  That sounds like a great approach to your shoots.  I really like that.  All of the work you do beforehand as well as the conversations during the shoot is incredible.  I can see why models trust you and you produce such great work.  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Paul:  There are so many labels and models I would love to work with but on the underwear and swimwear side I would love to work with Andrew Christian, he does follow me but still, Andrew if you are reading this….please please please lol. Model wise I would love to work with British model Stuart Reardon and also Australian model Kayne Lawton, both former rugby players who have amazing looks.

Kyle:  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration.

Paul:  I am very lucky in that the labels I have worked with so far give me complete artistic license to create a look. IIMG_0123 do collaborate closely with them at the beginning to get an understanding of the direction the label is headed in and what they want to project. I work hard in pre-production in choosing the right model and location to the label and making sure they either compliment or juxtapose the label. Complimenting a model, location and label is the most difficult to make it look seamless and effortless so it all blends into one image. Juxtaposing is more fun though in choosing something completely opposite so that the viewer focuses on the image because it is so distinctly different and unexpected.

Kyle:  Just like with making the models comfortable, you do so much pre-production work for the labels it is very appealing.  What are your interests away from the camera?

Paul:  I love looking at all forms of art to get inspiration so I go to galleries a lot and view virtual galleries from the major museums. I am a tragic horror fan and really bad horror movie fan in fact the cheaper the better, I love how bad Sharknado 1 & 2 are.  I love traveling and not only to new countries and cites but exploring new parts of Sydney and finding places where I can shoot.

Kyle:  I guess those cheap horror movies haven’t made it into your inspiration for shoots yet!  Any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

IMG_1668Paul:  Follow your heart and if it’s what you want to do then do it, but realize it’s a really tough profession and industry to crack. But just keep promoting your work and yourself, use social media to your advantage and push for jobs, don’t sit back thinking people will find you.

Kyle:  Definitely need a hard exterior and “go get them” attitude.  Social media does allow so many opportunities to promote work where others didn’t have that before.  Finally, what are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

Paul:  I think it’s because I’m very cheap to use lol, but I am known for a more relaxed style and using different angles. I like referencing others work but build upon it to create my own. A lot of people recognize my work as they say it has a distinct style and light. I think coming from different background of photography and doing a lot of art work first has helped me look at things differently and not take the same approach many other photographers use.

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Marco Ovando Studio


New York City based photographer Marco Ovando gave us the opportunity to chat with him about his attraction to photography, inspirations he pulls from, and Carmen Electra!

UNB Kyle:  I recognize several pictures from your portfolio.  Your images are quite popular on social media.  Tell me, what was your first photo shoot and how did you come to get it?

Marco:  I was 18yrs old at the time and went to the beach with a childhood friend and took some pics of her, without 80even knowing how to properly use a camera, but we got some amazing shots for her portfolio.

Kyle:  An innocent day at the beach with a friend bloomed into quite a career for you.  Such a humble beginning.  Did you know you always wanted to pursue photography?

Marco:  After the first shoot I did, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Kyle:  So it just clicked for you?  That’s great.  A true match of personality and skill that you probably felt naturally drawn to.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Marco:  I would definitely have to say that working with Carmen Electra was my breakthrough moment.  

Kyle:  She is a firecracker!  So vibrant and I can only imagine shooting with her was quite exciting and continued to make you fall in love with photography.  Was that your favorite shoot as well or do you have one that stands out?

Marco:  There are so many to even choose one, but working with Carmen Electra, she has been a big crush for me since I could remember.  

10153625_807862602585863_1733475434588792146_nKyle:  Shooting a lifelong crush must be on a whole different level than anything else you do.  No matter what happens, it will always hold a special place in your heart and head.  How have some challenging shoots been for you?

Marco:  They all have some kind of challenge, but that’s part of the fun too.  You don’t want everything to be easy.  

Kyle:  This is very true.  Challenging can make for quite an exciting rush on set.  Any embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments to share?

Marco:  When I just moved to the U.S, I asked a makeup artist to fix a minor detail on the foreSkin model.  I meant foreHEAD and the model’s mom almost killed me.  She was only 16yrs old.  It was the language problems.88

Kyle:  Haha! Oops!  Yes that was probably embarrassing but laughable now.  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Marco:  Definitely the one that pays the big bucks 🙂 but really I wanna do the Calvin Klein underwear campaigns.

Kyle:  Calvin Klein does seem to have some iconic campaigns.  Very well known in the industry.  When it comes to these shoots that you have been hired for, how do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

Marco:  Usually I find that going thru all my art books and my Tumblr help with all my inspiration references. Make sure to check out

Kyle:  I love how artists draw all of these inspirations from each other and then combine them into a new personal vision.  What are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

Marco:  To relax and have fun with it and not to be too conscious about the camera.  I try to create an atmosphere that keeps them at ease so the nerves won’t get to them.  

Kyle:  I am sure that is appreciated very much by the model.  I know you fell in love with photography on your first go around.  Do you have any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

Marco:  Follow your dream and don’t give up that easy!

Kyle:  That is good advice.  A lot of times people are ready to give up at the first negative kickback.  Tell us more about what you are like outside the Marco Ovando we know.  What are your interests away from the camera?

10428534_857687100936746_581038814279911654_nMarco:  I’m a huge architecture freak, especially Mid Century Style.  I love traveling and visiting new and exciting places.  It is also important to me to spend time with my friends.  

Kyle:  Photography probably takes you all over the world and I can imagine the different inspirations you can find out there while you are traveling.  Finally, what are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

Marco:  I think my portfolio showcases who I am as a photographer in this industry.  

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UNB Model Profile featuring Phil Bruce

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Simon Barnes

It’s great to learn so many different aspects of a model’s life past what we see in a photo shoot.  Meet Phil Bruce.  Our overseas model, personal trainer, exercise instructor, and football (American soccer) coach takes on each aspect of his life with passion and determination.

UNB Kyle:  You have quite a list of titles that you bring with your name.  Regarding modeling, what was your first gig and how did you come to get it?

Simon Barnes
Simon Barnes

Phil:  My first piece of modeling work was done around 3 years ago, when a mate who is a photographer thought I would be good at modeling and do well in the industry, so I completed the shoot, really enjoyed the experience, and the rest is history.

Kyle:  I think your friend knew he had good talent in you.  Was there anything besides your photographer friend’s encouragement that made you want to pursue modeling?

Phil:  It was originally through recommendations of people saying that they thought that the modeling industry would be a good path for me to go down. As my confidence in front of the camera grew and my physique improved, I became more open in regards to the types of shoots that I would do, which has opened up opportunities for me. 

Kyle:  It’s probably nice to see how much you have grown over these past few years in terms of your modeling.  Noticing how you become more open and it opens doors for you is an important aspect for all newer models to realize.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Phil:  I would say that there were two particular shoots that really contributed to the success of my career so far. The first was a shoot with Gavin Harrison, that ended up with me featuring in the official calendar for Vanity Hype, and the other was the first shoot that I completed with Simon Barnes, as he is widely regarded as one of the very best photographers out there, and shooting with him helped to boost my level of publicity. 

Kyle:  Both are great photographers and have some beautiful shots in their portfolio.  Any shoots that stand out as favorites for you?

Gavin Harrison Vanity Hype Shoot
Gavin Harrison Vanity Hype Shoot

Phil:  I don’t compare photographers to one-another as they all have their own ways of doing things, and I have really enjoyed working with all of the photographers that I have done so far. But I would say that I do really love working with Simon Barnes, we have completed four shoots together so far, hopefully there will be many more to follow, and we have become really good friends from working with each other. 

Kyle:  I love that answer.  You definitely understand how each photographer contributes a new vision and you don’t compare them to one another because of that.  Have you had any shoots that you consider to be challenging in one way or another?

Phil:  I haven’t found any of my shoots particularly challenging in the sense of the poses that were needed to be done or the people that I have worked with. I could say that my first few shoots were the most challenging as I was pretty inexperienced, and completing a shoot recently with food poisoning was a test too. 

Kyle:  Wow I am sure that was difficult.  It is never easy going to work when you are not feeling well and I can imagine the same is said for that situation on set too.  What about that most embarrassing photo shoot situation?  Have you had one?

Phil:  I’m lucky as there hasn’t been an embarrassing situation in a shoot as such, but maybe when I was having to do topless outdoor shoots in public areas with people around would be the answer for this.

Kyle:  Yes, I can see how that can be a little embarrassing and uncomfortable.  But I am sure after you do a few you relax and it becomes second nature.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Phil:  To be honest, there’s no real diet that I follow just for shoots, as I eat a healthy, balanced diet throughout the year, and exercise on a daily basis. With the demand of the work that I do, it would be very hard for me to cut out food altogether or cut out carbohydrates, as I have found out from past experience.

Kyle:  With fitness and football I imagine you get a good amount of exercise in and eat very well to stay in shape. IMG_0425 But when you want to be bad, what is your favorite cheat meal?

Phil:  This would be pizza and a bowl of ice cream, and I do like birthday cake.

Kyle:  All great choices!  With stripping down in these underwear shoots or even less, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Phil:  The thought that often goes through my mind before having to do revealing shoots is a combination of excitement for what doors these pictures could, and usually do, help me to open, and the potential one-liners that my mates and players who play for my football teams are going to come out with when they see them.

Kyle:  Clearly, they will be jealous!  You look amazing!  Now we are an underwear blog so we are always curious about people’s preferences.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Phil:  I would say that most of them (around 75%) are sports pants as I teach a lot of exercise classes, then the rest consist of boxers (15%) and briefs (10%)

Kyle:  Underwear that fits the man and the lifestyle.  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Phil:  That would probably the pair of boxers that have a picture of a tiger on the front of them (yes, I do still wear them).

Jon Davies Shoot
Jon Davies Shoot

Kyle:  Haha aren’t you just an animal!  Seeing who is out there in the industry, are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Phil:  There’s still a lot that I want to achieve yet. including working with as many of the top photographers as I can, and becoming the face of big companies is an ambition of mine too.

Kyle:  I think spreading it out with different photographers is a great goal because you experience so many different visions that it will really transform your portfolio into something unusual.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Phil:  I think most of my fans know that I am also an Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, Football Manager and Coach, and I have my own Football Coaching Company called “The Phil Bruce Soccer School”. I have played football against Premiership Footballers, as well as training a footballer who has played in the final of the Champions League, and I have taught exercise classes to Professional Football teams.

Kyle:  I love watching Football and it’s such a fascinating sport.  Your dedication to the sport and teams is quite admirable.  What are your goals for your career?

Phil:  To set up Football Academy Teams for children at The Phil Bruce Soccer School, in order to allow Football to be played and enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities
To play and Manage/Coach Football at as higher level as possible
To set up my own Charities and raise as much money as possible
To open up my own Gym, giving accessibility and affordability for people of all ages, fitness levels and well-being to be a part of
To do as well in the Modeling Industry as possible, aiming for lots of publication and to be a face of companies
To help to get as many students qualified in their associated Fitness Qualifications as possible
To be as successful as I can be and help people as much as possible
To help to motivate and inspire others

Kyle:  Those goals are impressive and show your character very well.  You have a real desire and determination to help and support others reach their potential.  We wish all the best for you in these endeavors.  Finally, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Phil:  The best bit of advice I received was to just be confident in front of the camera and to keep relaxed with my poses. Also to give everything my very best shot and have no regrets.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Chris Campanioni


A man of many talents who most know as a popular model through his impressive portfolio.  We recognize the face, the body, and the many pairs of C-IN2 he wears.  Now, Chris Campanioni sits down to share with us more about who he is and his life as a model, professor, and author1917129_554722729136_85874_n

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking the time to sit down and discuss the many aspects of your life with us.  First let’s talk about your modeling career.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Chris:  My first modeling gig was a C-IN2 shoot, but the first job I booked was a Cosmopolitan shoot that was for an editorial called “Sex & Desire.” The shoot was in the Hamptons and involved another girl, a shower, and a flesh-colored thong. Halfway through the editorial, I remember having to call in late to work. It would be the first of many similar phone calls.

Kyle:  I can hear that phone call now.  I am sure it is second nature now and probably easier understood from work too.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Chris:  Curiosity. Boredom. I also had nothing better to do on a Thursday morning and my friend asked me to accompany him to an open call.

Kyle:  Sounds like another case of right place, right time.  It’s funny how curiosity helped pave the way for greatness in your modeling as well as your creative writing side in becoming an author.  What was your modeling breakthrough moment?

Chris:  Without a doubt, the DNA “Sexiest Man Alive” cover and spread/interview that was published in 2009.

tumblr_n565jrsyrr1t7cmdvo1_1280Kyle:  A title which you definitely deserve!  What a great honor to be featured in that magazine.  Have you had a shoot that stood out as a favorite?

Chris:  I always enjoy working with Harol Baez, if only because he is one of my best friends. We’ve shot a combination of portfolio stuff and big client jobs, like the Revel Casino campaign.

Kyle:  It’s good to have that constant connection and relationship that benefits the both of you and goes beyond just a simple working contract.  Which shoot has been your most challenging?

Chris:  I think every shoot presents its own (often very different) set of challenges. I can’t think of one that has been more challenging than any others. I think that’s what makes modeling still interesting to me, that constant challenge. The requirement that to succeed, you need to perform and adapt, for very different roles and circumstances.

Kyle:  I like that answer.  Every modeling gig offers its own challenge to you which keeps you interested and continuing to achieve something new each time.  And I know in one way or another they always happen so how about most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Chris:  My balls are almost routinely out of the package. That’s not to say this is embarrassing for me, but I am considering other people here. In general, embarrassment is not something I can identify with, at least in terms of my body. Being raised in a mixed household, particularly on my father’s side, we’ve always embraced our body and have always been comfortable with ourselves. That’s Cuban culture for you. A long history of exhibitionists.

Kyle:  Gotta keep those in that underwear!  That’s great that your upbringing helped you be comfortable in yourtumblr_ngun1ml63F1s26gkao1_1280 own skin and with who you are.  I assume revealing shoots do not cause you any anxiety as other people may get.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Chris:  What this might read like after I transpose it onto paper.

Kyle:  They transpose beautifully.  I especially love the black and white shots you have done.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Chris:  No one comes to mind, if only because I don’t really forecast anything in terms of modeling. So much of my life is calculated and written in advance (literally, because I’m an author and poet), so I enjoy using my modeling career as a vehicle to be spontaneous and (hopefully) also unexpected.

Kyle:  You seem to be a man that appreciates opportunity and being in the moment with your modeling career.  That goes back to your first gig, right time and right place.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Chris:  Trust yourself.

Kyle:  Very sound advice!  Tell our underwear viewers what brands are in your drawer?What is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Chris:  It’s probably 95 percent C-IN2 (no surprise there), and I mostly wear briefs.

Kyle:  Haha, yes we have seen your extensive C-IN2 collection!  From your shoots, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Chris:  I really don’t find anything “crazy” … I guess it’s all relative, right? The underwear industry has gotten more and more creative and forward-thinking with every passing year, thankfully.

Kyle:  Yes, crazy or different is all relative.  I like your open mind with underwear.  Your body looks incredible.  tumblr_nm2boegalX1ree7oao5_540What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots and keep up that shape?

Chris:  I don’t ever diet. I don’t do anything special before shoots in terms of exercise, but I do run every morning, before breakfast. I think this is probably the best thing anyone can do if they are looking to get into shape, no matter their genetics or how their body responds to certain activities and foods.

Kyle:  Running is one of the best forms of exercise.  So if you don’t diet regularly, what are some of your favorite “cheat meals” as they would say?

Chris:  Have you seen my Instagram? Haha … I don’t have “cheat meals” … every meal is an opportunity to cheat (and treat) yourself!

Kyle:  Eat whatever you want, run, and have that body.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Chris:  Mostly everyone knows about my writing career, and my journalism and college professor roles at work. I’m very Google-able, for better or worse, if only because I’m the only person in the world (or at least the Internet, which is basically the same thing, right?) with my name. I was born premature, two months and two days. I’m not sure anyone outside of my close circle of friends knows that.

Kyle:  Yes you are Google-able and well known.  With all of the media attention on the British math teacher that 11081259_10100868426518186_2335998178896500530_nwas a model, what has been the reaction from your students, fellow teachers, and administration seeing your modeling career?

Chris:  CUNY has been pretty quick to embrace the various roles I play, mainly because this is also what I teach about. In other words, I have never separated my modeling career from my journalism career or my teaching career; as an author and poet, the best thing has been the opportunity to synthesize all of these experiences in my writing. I teach a class at Baruch College and the College of Staten Island called “Identity, Image, and Intimacy in the Age of Internet and Celebrity” so I regularly bring in my experience in the fashion industry into our seminars. At John Jay, I teach a class called “Ripped from the Headlines: Making Art from the News” so the emphasis from the administration has always been on hiring me to specifically teach about my life and the work I’ve done in the last decade. Maybe there was some initial surprise from students, fellow teachers, or even the English department, but I think the new cultural norm for our generation is reinvention, so I doubt the surprise lasted very long.

Kyle:  That is great that everyone is so accepting.  Your experience probably helps those students learn better and enhances your teaching.  What are your goals for your career?

Chris:  I want to keep writing, every day, and grow as a person through the experience afforded to me by my teaching and modeling opportunities.

Kyle:  Speaking of your writing, your book Going Down has some incriminating content about the modeling industry. How much is truth vs fiction and where did you draw the line?

Chris:  I don’t think there’s any really incriminating content in Going Down; if there were, I’d probably no longer be able to work in the industry. In all seriousness, people steal each other’s designs all the time, it’s nothing new. I think most of the “behind-the-scenes” reading experiences have come from those readers outside the fashion industry because of how unfamiliar certain cultural practices are to them. In that way, I really love how so many different people can experience the novel in so many very different ways. I never wrote Going Down as an industry “tell-all” kind of book, but I imagine a large readership has come to the novel either expecting that or in some way receiving that. That’s why art is so beautiful; everyone can get something out of it and what they get might be vastly different from the person next to them.

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Chris Campanioni Twitter / Instagram / Official Site

Going Down by Chris Campanioni

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring West Phillips


Popular photographer West Phillips sat down to talk about how his photography has grown into many genres from commercial to fine art and beyond.  From exotic beach locations to abandoned buildings, he battles the elements of real life to capture breathtaking shots with amazing backgrounds.

UNB Kyle:  I am glad you were able to take some time to talk to me today about your work.  What was your first photo shoot and how did you come to get it?

West:  I started photography in 2010 when I was living in San Francisco. My first shoots were generally friends or bacquaintances who I had convinced to model for me as a way for me to practice and explore this newfound interest in photography. I created a page for my photos on Facebook and within a few months I had my first paid photo shoot from a guy who had found me there!

Kyle:  Social media today can open so many doors its fascinating.  What made you want to pursue photography?

West:  I never had this burning desire or huge interest in photography, actually. I always was slightly interested in the back of my mind, I guess. The turning point came when I began dating someone who really sort of inspired me and brought out this yearning to capture moments spent with him. At the same time, I was realizing my own vision and style in how to take a photo of someone and how the idea in my head didn’t seem like it fit the mainstream – and I liked it.

Kyle:  I like that.  A simple desire to capture special moments in a relationship ignited something inside you that turned into a passionate career.  Any breakthrough moments in your career to date?

West:  About a year after I started, I was hired by Peter Le (fitness model and competitor) for a photo shoot in San Francisco. At the time, I didn’t know who he was or how massive his following was. The shoot went well and since then we’ve become good friends and have had many photo shoots, both around the US and abroad. I gained a lot of exposure in working with him, especially in Asia, and in turn I’ve helped him gain some exposure in the western market with publications that don’t generally feature Asian models.

Kyle:  That sounds like a great collaboration that has had a lasting effect on both of your works.  Have you had any shoots that stand out as a favorite for one reason or another?

West:  While it’s hard to name just one, I have a handful that are definitely memorable and make me smile when I reminisce. One of the most exciting and adventurous shoots I did was at an abandoned, unfinished and partially demolished amusement park outside Beijing. There was this huge Snow White-esque castle that was never completed surrounded by farmland and crumbling brick walls. With the smog, leafless trees and mountains in the 364_1l1630697xbackground, it made for a sort of apocolyptic scene, so I incorporated these old military-grade gas masks on the models. The park has since been completely demolished and I feel lucky to have these photos!

Kyle:  I agree!  So nice to be able to remember that scene in what would be for you iconic photos.  What has made some of your photo shoots challenging?

West:  The biggest challenge for me is usually the weather. I shoot outdoors mostly and I love to use natural light. When I was starting out in the business in San Francisco, I was constantly fighting with the fog, wind, rain and grey skies. During one shoot specifically, we were shooting for DNA Magazine and the typical San Francisco weather was working against us. The model was in underwear and freezing as the water sprayed up from the waves crashing behind us. By the end of it all, we got some decent shots after all and they were published soon thereafter. Thankfully the model was a trooper and gave it his all!

Kyle:  I hear the elements can be quite a factor in shoots.  I guess the models get used to it but I can imagine it can stress out a photographer very quickly.  I love to hear about embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments that keep it all real.  Any to share?

West:  A couple years ago I was shooting someone on a remote, natural sort of beach in Miami and we were in the water, almost up our waists. I’m looking through the camera and suddenly hear a noise of something coming to the surface about 6 feet to my right. Both of us got so spooked and jumped before we realized it was a manatee! That was my first time seeing a wild manatee and to have it come up so close to us in the water was pretty damn cool.tumblr_n2ki6arIoR1tvltppo1_500

Kyle:  Man that would have freaked me out too!  There is something to be said for shooting indoors with what unexpected things can happen.  But your shots have turned out amazing!  The background is just as beautiful as the model.  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

West:  Recently I have been doing more to expand on my fine art portraiture and ever so slowly I’m trying to creep away from the commercial stuff. Granted, at this point the commercial work is paying more and I still have bills to pay, so I certainly don’t mind doing it, but my passion is much stronger with the more artistic side of it. In regards to a specific model I’d like to work with – there isn’t one who comes to mind right away. I have worked with such a wide variety of models, from people who do it for fun, to college students doing it on the side, to full-time agency models. I like normal, regular down to earth guys. I don’t need a famous, expensive professional model to make the photo a success, but sure, the exposure that comes with that sort of model isn’t so bad.

Kyle:  I agree and can see the good and bad in all of those markets.  For models having to wear underwear, swimwear, or be nude, what are some tips you give them in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

MS374x 5_2014West:  I think one of the most important factors when shooting with a new model or in a very intimate setting is for both the photographer and the model to be on the same page and to have some trust. As I shoot a lot of physique and fitness models, these guys are usually pretty comfortable wearing a bit less and showing off the handwork they’ve put in at the gym. I’m usually cracking jokes and acting goofy during parts of the shoot, so that helps lighten the mood and break the ice if it’s someone I haven’t worked with before.

Kyle:  Breaking the tension and creating a fun atmosphere probably goes a long way for them!  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

West:  The factors that I take into account in preparing for a shoot are pretty simple. First of course, who is the model? Is it more of a commercial look/shoot that we’re going for or is it more fine art – driven? If I am doing official commercial campaign work for a client, then of course we will brainstorm together and they usually have a good idea of what they want the concept/look to be. For my private clients who want a simple photo session for their own purposes, most times they rely on me to choose the location. There are some people of course who have a very clear idea of what they want and I do my best to execute their vision. For the most part I have a lot of freedom in deciding all of these things and for that I am fortunate.

Kyle:  I’m sure it is very rewarding to be able to use your own creative mind and thoughts and watch them come to life before you.  Tell us more about you and what are your interests are away from the camera?e

West:  Travel! I do as much as I can and of course I always incorporate my photography along the way. In addition to my portraiture photography, I also do a lot of travel & fine art photography. I’m happy to say that genre of my work is starting to get noticed a little more these days and I’ve had some travel clients which have allowed me to go some places I otherwise am not sure I would have known about! I also am really into nature and wildlife conservation, having worked in the animal science field in the past.

Kyle:  Being able to travel the world and capture so many great sights on camera is special.  You can even tell in your photographs of the men how amazing the background and landscape are, showing that ability to capture anything.  I know people reading this may someday want to try photography.  Any tips for them?

West:  Pick up a camera and shoot whatever you want! Practice, practice, practice and find your style.

Kyle:  Good advice!  Especially on find your style.  There are probably several people out there who shoot what they think people want them to shoot and not what they have an eye for.  What are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

West:  I always want to be moving, exploring and shooting wherever I can and using the natural outdoor scenes as inspiration or backdrops for my shoots. To always shoot in the same city or in a studio just seems stifling and limiting to me – I think it would make me crazy. I want to be out there in the natural elements, in an environment that’s not so controlled like a studio. Of course, outside there can be headaches dealing with the factors I can’t control like weather, etc – to expect the unexpected and make it work with you, not against you – that’s what I try to do.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Jack Mackenroth

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I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with successful model and HIV activist Jack Mackenroth on his past modeling days and his desire to be a voice and support system for those in the community.

UNBKyle:  First, thank you for reflecting back on your modeling career with us as well as sharing your passion for helping others in the HIV community.  Tell us how you got started in your modeling career?

Jack:  My first modeling job was in a gay magazine that is no longer in print called Genre. I think it was about 1989.1999 photo The photos are horrifying to me now. HA! I also did a series of book covers for a line of pre-teen books called The Sunset Series. I believe my character’s name was Kyle. Hilarious.

Kyle:  I think that is a sign for us speaking today!  Great name!  Did you always want to pursue modeling?

Jack:  I was going to fashion design school at Parsons in New York and people kept telling me I should try modeling. I never really “wanted” to do it. I just needed the money. In the beginning I just went to all the agencies in New York for their open calls which they used to have once a week. I did that until I got signed. I think the business was a lot different then. This was back in the early 90’s.

Kyle:  I think once we are encouraged on so much we start to take that path as you did.  Thinking back, what was that breakthrough moment that happened for you when you thought this was all truly real?

Jack:  I never really had a breakthrough. I had some degree of success. I spent a season in Milan and did some work for Versace. I did a lot of catalog work which is what really pays the bills. I got much more attention after being on Project Runway Season 4. But by then I was already 38 years old. And I had been lifting weights for a long time. There is a huge difference in the industry between “fashion” models and “fitness” models. Fashion models are usually between 18 and 25 and they are super tall and thin–at least 6 feet. You have to fit the sample sizes which is typically a 30 waist and a 40 regular jacket. I’m now a 52 chest and even back then when I weighed 160 pounds I was too broad from swimming.


I never made much of an impact as a fashion model. Just a few jobs here and there to pay the bills. After my exposure on Project Runway I had photographers hitting me up all the time to do photo shoots. You can see the progression of my career in my photos as I get older and more muscular and then anything in the last 4-5 years I have had a beard or at least some scruff.

Kyle:  In social media I see a lot of different people who distinguish themselves as “fashion” or “fitness” models so it is nice to get some perspective on that.  Sounds like Project Runway gave you some great exposure as well.  Do you have any favorite photo shoots you want to tell us about?

Jack:  Hmmmmmm. I had a great time with Justin Monroe. I’ve shot with him a couple of times. He’s fun and the shoots are sexy and a little bit slutty and he’s always well prepared with a good set and concept. I don’t think that people realize that modeling isn’t really much fun most of the time. You’re in the same awkward position for a long time and usually there is not much budget so you don’t get many perks. It’s not like in the 90’s when we had location vans and food and full wardrobe, make-up and hair teams. That’s only high end editorial now for the most part.

Kyle:  Not the glamorous lifestyle and perks that people perceive.  I am sure many people don’t know how hard the work for a model is and how difficult on set can truly be.  Besides holding awkward poses, what challenging photo shoots have you had?

Jack:  I’ve worked with photographers that basically just want to get you naked and are so overtly sexual that it IMG_4278becomes uncomfortable. I won’t name names but some of the well known photographers are notorious for unsolicited groping and fluffing. I’m no prude but that can be annoying. I’ve been in shoots where I’m literally freezing but I have to look warm like I’m having the time of my life. Many freezing swimming pools. I remember being chased off of property because we didn’t have permits–crazy stuff like that.

Kyle:  I am sure those situations turn you off from wanting to continue.  I can only imagine standing in cold water and acting like you don’t want to scream and be wrapped in a blanket!  There are always some so how about most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Jack:  Boners.

Kyle:  Haha to the point!  I am sure that happens frequently and can halt some things.  You have a great muscular build.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Jack:  Nothing special. I used to have to starve myself when I was trying to fit into samples. I did the Atkins no carb diet for 2 straight years, So gross. Now I don’t care too much. Photoshop didn’t exist when I started modeling but now they can fix your abs and do pretty much anything. I’m a competitive swimmer so I’m always in pretty good shape because I swim 4-5 times a week in addition to lifting weights. I eat like a pig for the most part.

Kyle:  Swimming is a great workout though plus we appreciate the speedos!  Besides speedos which I am sure you have for swimming, what is your underwear collection made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

JackMackenroth9Jack:  30% boxer briefs, 40% briefs, 30% jocks. I’m sort of known for my ass and I don’t mind showing it. 😉

Kyle:  Yes, I am a fan of you showing off the assets as well!  Notice the collection of jockstrap pics in our gallery of you!  So most of us don’t know the real you, only what we see in pictures.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Jack:  They can always reach out to me on social media with questions (@jackmackenroth). Twitter is the best outlet. I always answer back when it’s about HIV issues. I tend not to respond to “You’re hot.” or “Tell me your workout routine.” 

Kyle:  I love that you have put yourself out there to support others.  That is exceptional and admirable.  Where do your goals go after you feel that your modeling career is shifting from not being in front of the camera as much?

Jack:  Well I considered my modeling career to be over a long time ago. I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. I’m 46 now. I’m always surprised when someone still wants to photograph me. Now I’m a full time HIV activist and advocate. I was just hired as the Senior Communications Officer for The Global Forum on MSM and HIV ( I’ve been HIV positive since I was 20 so it has always been an important cause to me. I’ve created several successful social media campaigns in the past like HIV Equal and The HIV Shower Selfie Campaign #weareALLclean. With MSMGF I will be working on advocacy on a more global scale.

Kyle:  Congratulations on those great endeavors.  Education and understanding are key on these important issues and you are doing your part helping others. Over the course of your modeling career, are there any regrets or things you wish you had done differently?jack pride 2014

Jack:  I wish I was more secure when I was younger. The fashion industry is rough. I used to go on 8-10 castings a day and they would flip through my portfolio in 30 seconds and say, “No thanks.” That’s hard not to take personally. If I had been more confident I would have been more assertive and taken more chances. You have to realize that often they are just looking for a specific look. It’s not personal.

Kyle:  I can imagine that understanding comes with time and getting past the personal to professional views only comes with experience.  We can see how much you have grown into that.  What advice would you give to those looking to get into or newly involved in their modeling career?

Jack:  Do it for fun. You are not going to make a lot of money as a male model. EVER. Only the top male models make a decent living for a few years and that’s if they book huge campaigns. If you keep that attitude then you can be successful at some level. Learn to promote yourself. You can practically become famous on Instagram these days. This is the age of shameless self promotion so embrace it. And shoot a lot. It does take some practice to know what you are doing. There are just as many photographers out there who are trying to build their portfolios as well. Work with them.

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Jack Mackenroth Twitter

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Max Woltman


One of the models I profiled reached out to a photographer he worked with and suggested jumping on the profile bandwagon and I am so glad he did!  Max Woltman shows us a unique side to photography with his out of the box thinking and vision.  He also shares information on his photo book, Funderwear, which we will be featuring next week!

UNBKyle:  Max, thanks for contacting us after working with Austin Tacious.  How did you get started in the photography business?

Max:  I don’t remember my first photo shoot, but I do recall taking my first camera with me everywhere I went, including the dentist office where I took macro shots of my mother’s teeth. I guess I’ve always had a fascination for the bizarre. Even though I mostly photograph people, I still like to take abstract images of objects, flowers, and MaxWoltman_Funderwear05textures. And I still like taking photos of teeth, but more often in the context of a smile.

Kyle:  I’m sure your mother loved that!  I see your unique and out of the box ways started very young.  What made you want to pursue photography?

Max:  While working as an archival assistant at the Center for Creative Photography in the late 90’s, I became serious about wanting to pursue photography. One of the benefits of the job was getting to see rare photographic negatives, personal correspondence, and limited edition books and manuscripts by artists such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. This prompted me to purchase my first camera. The rest is history.

Kyle:  Sounds like a very inspiring job, especially since it helped pave the way for who you are today.  Do you feel that you have had that breakthrough moment yet?

Max:  I distinctly recall being contacted by a handsome man named Jonathan who was impressed with my portfolio and asked if I would take portraits of him. At the time I had no idea that my underwear photo shoot with him would motivate me to photograph hundreds of other men, young and old, skinny and plump, all beautiful and brave. Not only did this photo shoot give me the confidence to know that I have the eye to take sexy portraits. I also discovered how much I enjoy using the camera as a tool to get to know people on an intimate, personal level. I am honored that people invite and trust me to see them at their most vulnerable.

Kyle:  You do have that eye for taking sexy pictures of men of all types which I love.  We always talk about models stepping out of their comfort zone in these revealing shoots but it is also the photographer who has to be able to have confidence in his ability as well.  Any shoots to date that have been your personal favorite?

Max:  I can’t name just one favorite shoot. That being said, my most successful photo shoots are those in which the MaxWoltman_Funderwear03model/subject approaches the experience with spontaneity and creativity. Working with dancers is fun because they possess mental and physical discipline, know how to improvise, and are eloquent with their bodies. I recently had the pleasure of getting to photograph Seattle dancer and boylesque performer Paris Original. I’m in awe of his flexibility!

Kyle:  That is true.  Dancer do posses a great control and ability with their bodies that I’m sure a photographer can’t wait to utilize.  How about challenging photo shoots?

Max:  Any shoot that involves water tends to be challenging. Whether it is a shower or pool, water has its own fickle personality. Trying to spray water on a model without it irritating his eyes or messing up his hair can be difficult.

Kyle:  Haha I am sure that can be difficult.  Water has a mind of its own sometimes.  I can imagine the models hate multiple takes with that, as you do as well probably.  Any embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments to share?

Max:  I remember photographing a nude model near Abiquiu, New Mexico last year. The area was fairly secluded, but some hikers stumbled upon us. I think they were more embarrassed than we were.

Kyle:  Sounds like they received more of a scenic view than they planned on that hike!  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Max:  I have a long list of accomplished models I would be privileged to photograph. Some of them include Marlon Teixeira, Henrik Fallenius, Jesus Luz, and Brian Shimansky. However, I’m also drawn to the raw energy of athletes and dancers with little or no modeling experience. They often possess a fresh vitality and are open to trying new things. When it comes to underwear brands, I’ve always been a fan of Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss, but I also like the risks that companies like Andrew Christian and Rufskin take, especially when it comes to marketing to a more openly gay clientele.


Kyle:  I think you have a good mix there that shows how versatile you can be in your portfolio and vision.  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

Max:  Most of the time I choose the environments for my photo shoots. Living in New Mexico, I have access to wide open spaces that serve as ideal backdrops for my models.

Kyle:  Beautiful landscapes I can only imagine!  What a place to utilize.  What are some tips you give models in MaxWoltman_Funderwear07order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

Max:  I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement. In addition to being a photographer, I also act as a coach, therapist, and confidant. It is important to me to make the model feel safe, encourage him to take risks, and provide him with a nonjudgmental environment in which he can experiment with posing, feel free to move, and be emotionally expressive. I like to make my subjects laugh, smile, and feel comfortable. If I can make a fool of myself, I in turn give the model permission to be himself and not feel pressured to be perfect or try too hard to impress me.

Kyle:  Great mentality!  There is so much vulnerability put out there by these models that it is nice to see a photographer who can take that and ease the nerves and encourage the experience.  What are your interests away from the camera?

Max:  In addition to photography, I enjoy singing, acting, eating, and sleeping. Dreams are often the inspiration for much of my work.

Kyle:  Well, sounds like your dreams in photography and art are happening.  With your experience and knowledge, do you have any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

Max:  Taking photos is a great way to discover what inspires you and to have a tangible record of your observations. With any art form, it is helpful to acknowledge your history and what you already know. Never take for granted your own unique life experiences and beliefs and how they influence your self-expression. Beauty is all around us and it is our responsibility as artists to recognize this. Often, what we think is mundane or uninteresting to us because we see it everyday is exactly what appeals to someone else. We all have a story. I admire Ruven Afanador for infusing his Columbian ancestry into much of his fashion and portrait work.

Kyle:  Inspiration and a personal touch sound key to what you believe.  I am sure it can be difficult in an industry where you feel that you need to shoot what other’s want you to shoot and lose yourself.  What are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?MaxWoltman_Funderwear11

Max:  I tend to think outside the box. What I find sexy is not always what we’re told is attractive by the media. For example, I am not afraid to feminize men, to have my models smile, and to sexualize obesity. Though not always commercially advantageous, it is imperative to glamorize different types of people. As we become more accepting of the transgender community, for instance, our representations of masculinity and femininity will continue to expand and we will see more variety in the modeling world. As a photographic artist, I have a greater responsibility not just to serve the commercial needs of our capitalistic marketplace. I hope that my work will impact society in a deeper way, broaden our sometimes limited notions of what beauty looks like, challenge us to be kinder to each other, and look at people beyond the surface.

Kyle:  We definitely see this outside of the box thinking in your photos.  It is nice to see a photographer who can display something we are not seeing too much of and really stand out.  You have a new book out called Funderwear. Tell us about the book. What inspired you to put this together?

Max:  In an effort to make people smile and laugh, I decided to create a book that makes it okay to like ourselves. I know it might sound silly, but not a single person I photograph doesn’t express some sort of insecurity. We tend to be most critical of ourselves and feel like we aren’t good enough or measure up to an unattainable ideal. And that makes me sad. Our lives are too short not to glorify how extraordinary we are. Funderwear is more than just a collection of men in their underwear. It is a celebration of freedom and sexuality. These brave men share their near nakedness. By being vulnerable, they in turn realize their own strength and confidence to proclaim their bodies. Funderwear encourages us to embrace our inner child’s sense of play and look at masculinity from a not-so-serious side.

Funderwear is available here.  Check back next week for more information on this great book!

Check out more of Max Woltman’s portfolio below.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Braeden Wright


Our good friends over at the PnV network hooked us up with another great recommendation for our profile series.  In comes Braeden Wright!  Braeden shares an intense passion for the arts which adds so much value to his creative side.  He sits down to share his passion through his heart and puts everything out there for us in his words and portfolio.  Definitely one to remember!

UNB Kyle:  Thanks for taking your time to talk to me today.  I love your portfolio.  How did it all start?

Braeden:  My first big modeling gig was walking Calvin Klein S/S 15 exclusive in Milan this past summer. My New York agency (Soul Artist Management) got them to fly me in for a casting a couple of months before the show.  There CKL_0264.450x675are always so many guys competing for only a handful of spots, so it was really exciting to book as my first fashion week show. They actually ended up confirming me on my birthday.  That phone call from my agent was probably the best birthday present I have ever gotten. Actually, calling my family to tell them the news was maybe the only thing better. It was all pretty surreal.

Kyle:  Wow what a great way to spend a birthday and a great memory to always have.  Fashion week is huge too so that is an amazing first chance.  What made you want to pursue modeling as a career?

Braeden:  After I graduated from University back home in Canada, I knew that I wanted to spend some time pursuing music.  I’ve always felt that music and fashion owe a lot to each other, so in many ways fashion has always been a big part of who I am as well. I’ve always had a love for the arts– music, poetry, photography, film. The fashion world is full of a lot of brilliant creative minds and that was something that attracted me as well. After spending one winter working on demos, I was scouted by Mode Models and eventually decided to go in and meet them.  The rest is history.

Kyle:  A love for the arts definitely enables you to showcase that creative side.  I love how someone can have such a passion and vision for something and be able to pursue it with such love.  Do you feel that you have had your breakthrough moment yet?

Braeden:  Well I just shot with Bruce Weber for VMAN 33, my first major editorial. It was only just released this week. But I do have a couple of other surprises on their way out this month, and I think the collection of work all coming out at once is going to be very fun to see.  You’re just gonna have to stay tuned.

IMG_0152Kyle:  I will eagerly await the releases!  Any favorite or great moments in shoots that you have had? 

Braeden:  As far as what’s been released, I would definitely have to say shooting with Bruce for VMAN in Miami. It was an incredible experience. Shooting with Bruce is like stepping inside his world for a moment, and he just captures you within it. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before; such an authentic, relaxing, and creative atmosphere, with a crew that feels like a family. It was also my first time in Miami– and after having a winter blast here in New York and being back in Canada for the holidays, I was pretty excited to spend a day in the sun surrounded by palm trees and jellyfish.  An experience I will definitely never forget.

Kyle:  Yes I can imagine the warmth and sun was a welcomed place to be after that cold winter.  Sounds like a special photographer who can transform a model and shoot into such an internal world.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Braeden:  Actually, I would also have to say the VMAN shoot with Bruce. This is only because I actually had a family member extremely important to me pass away only a week before having to fly to Miami for the shoot. It was all a bit of a whirlwind for me, and having to get my bearings in order to be prepared was actually really difficult. But once I was there, shooting with Bruce, feeling the amazing energy, that stress faded away pretty quickly. I actually remember having a moment to myself on set, lying in this hammock on the beach, with the sun looking down on me through the palm trees.  In that moment I felt her looking down on me, and I really felt her presence. She was one of my biggest supporters in pursuing this career– and I knew she was smiling down at me.

Kyle:  I can imagine that was a difficult time and how hard it is to have to throw yourself into your work.  Those moments sound pretty personal and something that you will always keep in your heart.  And it’s kind of nice how you will be able to see these pictures and remember your family member and know she is smiling down on you.  Now no one wants to admit it but they can be funny.  Have you had any embarrassing photo shoot moments?tumblr_n8swwqRk5h1trw3nco2_1280

Braeden:  I’m a pretty open and easygoing guy, so most photo situations that would maybe seem embarrassing for other people usually are the ones I find most interesting or exciting. There really isn’t anything I can think of. Yet.

Kyle:  That is a good attitude to have though.  Makes them more exciting as you said.  But yes, yet, is the keyword there haha!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Braeden:  There are definitely too many to list. There is such an array of bold and creative minds out there in this industry. It’s really incredible. I remember sitting down and going through some books by Mario Testino—“Alive” is one that comes to mind. It was totally captivating. I sat there and stared at the pages over and over for maybe two hours. It just completely blew my mind. I’ve also always loved seeing what Mert and Marcus are up to.  Their work is always so surreal and otherworldly, yet always so incredibly fucking perfectly beautiful. It’s like this perfect dream world where only the most badass get to live. Same goes with Steven Klein. They are all really great.  I also really love Hedi Slimane. He’s seemingly capable of anything. He takes some of the coolest photos, designs these amazing pieces of clothing—and he draws so much from rock n roll and injects even more right back in.  I remember when I first realized that the same person who took the photos for the album artwork of Phoenix’s ‘Alphabetical’ (one of my favorite bands) was the same person who was, at the time, creative director at Dior Homme. And now he is making such amazing things for Saint Laurent. Just incredible, man.

Kyle:  This is what I love, the passion.  This will probably please so many brands, photographers and other arts outlets as you continue to excel in your career.  Your portfolio ranges from fully clothed to artistically nude.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these IMG_0149revealing shoots?

Braeden:  “…This is gonna be fun.”

Kyle:  Haha!  That may be the best answer!  Your body is very nicely defined.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to keep up this physique?

Braeden:  I am always exercising. My routine is very constant. I work out five times a week, full body split, with heavy weights and a little trick that I learned from my good friend Nic Palladino—“the burnout.” I also learned a lot of ab tricks from the late, great Greg Plitt. He was one of my heroes. He’s the reason people stare at me like I’m slightly insane, as I’m hanging upside down from a chin up bar doing crunches. That never gets old ha.

Kyle:  Yes insane but clearly pays off.  I am sure you have a weakness here and there for something fun to eat.  Do you have a favorite cheat meal?

Braeden:  Panago (Canadian pizza chain) Tropical Hawaiian pizza. Hot wings with blue cheese sauce. Salsa Verde Doritos (special flavor I’ve only found in Las Vegas). Chocolate raspberry cheesecake. If there was a dream cheat meal for me, this would be it. Add a mojito and call it a day haha.

Kyle:  All good choices.  I hope you don’t hate yourself after eating all of that.  We have seen you in some underwear shots and we are an underwear blog so we all want to know your personal tastes.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Braeden:  10% boxer briefs, 90% briefs. Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani.

Kyle:  Nice, good quality brands.  Outside of your drawer, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Braeden:  Definitely my white Calvin Klein thong, they give you one to wear under your clothes at the show. Tiniest piece of underwear I’ve ever worn. No lines under the clothes though—big points for functionality ha!

Kyle:  I am guess that did not make it into your favorite underwear pile!  But as you said, it serves a purpose in those fashion shows.  We have really enjoyed seeing the man in the pictures and getting to you know your model side.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

lab-a4take-in-a-momentbw-2224053134436Braeden:  That I can sing. I promise. And that I really like to play guitar, drums, and program strange and dirty little synth sounds. Guitar effects pedals are one of my obsessions.  And that I’m not always a good boy.  

Kyle:  Hmmm not a good boy?  I will have to get the private exclusive answer on that one!  What are your goals for your career?

Braeden:  Honestly, I really don’t want to say.  I have many lofty goals for my career, some you could probably guess but many you wouldn’t expect.  And it’s just so much more fun when it’s all a surprise.

Kyle:  We look forward to following your journey of surprises!  Finally, there are a lot of up and coming models out there who enjoy getting all of the advice they can.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Braeden:  I think the best advice I’ve ever gotten is to know yourself for yourself and just be that person. In this industry it’s very easy to get lost trying to match everyone’s expectations for you– one market telling you to be one way, and another telling you the opposite. Sometimes it’s enough to make your head spin. At the end of the day, you do need to keep yourself very open to growth and wisdom from all avenues, and even though who you are and want to be can grow and evolve over time, the bottom line is being able to know exactly where you fit and who you are and need to be. You just need to be the best version of yourself possible. You need to stay true to your vision, and work your ass off. There is power in authenticity– and when you are your best and authentic self, that is exactly when good things start to happen.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Alec Leddy


I love to search pictures on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram and just wait for someone to catch me eye.  There are faces I have seen and then when I find them on these social medai sites I can associate the name with them and hope they want to be profiled.  Alec Leddy was one of those finds and you can imagine how happy I was when he agreed to talk to me about his career and share some of his pictures with UNB.

UNB Kyle:  Alec, thanks for sitting down and chatting with me.  I have seen your pictures and you have some great work.  How did it all start?AC

Alec:  My first official modeling gig was with Andrew Christian, and surprisingly I got it just by emailing them saying I was interested in modeling with them, and they liked my look.

Kyle:  You definitely went big on your first shot and it paid off!  We have seen their taste in men and you definitely fit the bill.  Glad they snatched you up.  What made you want to take that chance and pursue modeling?

Alec:  I think it was actually everyone around me that would always tell me, “OMG you look like a model, you should model, do you model?” And I thought hmm, well why not give it a try.

Kyle:  Clearly, they all have a good eye.  You have the face and body.  Do you feel that you have had that breakthrough shoot yet and which one was it?

Alec:  I would say Andrew Christian because it gave me the most exposure in the industry.

Kyle:  They definitely have made a name for themselves with their models and advertising.  Is there a particular shoot that has been your favorite?

Alec:  I did a shoot with Bobby Shahideh, which was by far my favorite, because he took me out of my comfort zone to do weird things that I wasn’t sure would look good, but turned out looking amazing. For example he had me walking down a staircase in underwear with a suitcase which was so bazaar but ended up looking amazing,

Kyle:  I’m sure these photographers have some crazy ideas but you have to trust them and know that they understand their vision and how to translate it into a photo.  What shoots have been challenging for you?

image1 copyAlec: I would say my most challenging shoot was for the Fckh8 2015 calendar. This is because it took me a bit out of my comfort zone because I never shot implied nudes before so was something I had to adjust to.

Kyle:  The first time naked in front of the camera can be a scary thing.  Any embarrassing photo shoot situations to tell?

Alec:  I don’t have one yet luckily.

Kyle:  Well, that is a good thing.  So you have been with Andrew Christian which is huge.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

Alec:  I would love to work with Charlie BYMZ because I love their speedos and love his photos. There’s also a few New York photographers I would like to shoot with.

Kyle:  We wouldn’t mind seeing your speedo work!  Let’s hope that happens.  Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you?

Alec:  I am not just a pretty face/body. I’m actually pretty smart, I’m finishing up my degree in Accounting at USC. Also I am a professional dancer. I have been dancing since I was about 5 years old being trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary.

Kyle:  That is great!  It’s important to get that education and have a career available when you have done what you want to do in the modeling world.  Dancing is such an amazing outlet that has really increased visibility over the past several years.  To keep that body for modeling and dancing, what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?IMG_3268

Alec:  I drink lots of water, and if possible always try to work out (especially abs) before a shoot.

Kyle:  Water and ab workouts get that stomach. Got it! Haha!  When you are not being good, do you have a favorite cheat meal?

Alec:  CARBS! My favorite cheat meal would be anything with carbs in it, like pizza.

Kyle:  Pizza is delicious and a personal favorite of mine as well.  So we have seen you in underwear shoots but let us in to your own lifestyle.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Alec:  Basically every pair of underwear I own is a brief 🙂

Kyle:  Hmmm, we need to expand that for you!  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Alec:  Not going to lie I am not too kinky with underwear, but I do now own my first jock strap, which I actually love. I have multiple pairs now.

Kyle:  You will definitely have to let us post tumblr_niul2jiBA01s9jshbo1_1280some jockstrap shots for you!  Doing these various shoots, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Alec:  Usually just remind myself that this is fun, I love being in front of the camera and if your nervous, it shows in your pictures, so to just have fun with it and keep flexing, lol.

Kyle:  That is a good attitude to have.  That definitely proves why your shots are so amazing.  What are your goals for your career?

Alec:  I would love to one day be a model for Calvin Klein, Gucci, or some of the big named brands out there and really make a name for myself in the industry.

Kyle:  Can’t wait to see you on the billboard and in those magazine ads for those big names!  Is there any advice that you were given that stands out in your mind when you started modeling?

Alec:  To have fun!  I think this is the best advice I was given because if your not having fun whats the point in doing shoots anymore, right?

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Will Simons with WS Images

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We had the chance to sit down and talk with LA Photographer Will Simons of WS Images about his career behind the camera.  You know his hot, steamy pictures very well.  Now get to know the man behind the vision.

UNB Kyle:  Thank you for sharing your portfolio with us.  You have some beautiful shots.  How did you start in photography?

Will:  My first photo shoot was in 2009. I had recently bought a camera, studied it and read up on how it can be used. I’ve always had a love for photography and magazine ads and how stylized and put together they can be. So I thought of some fun ideas and asked my friend Mindy if she would get dolled up for me and then let me shoot her wrapped in a plastic bag with dirt poured around her. She trusted me and agreed. The picture was later titled “Body i-g9ghNbP-LBag” and is still a favorite to people who visit my page. Thank you Mindy! 

Kyle:  That is a good friend! Very trusting and what a creative concept for your first shoot.  I can see where your creative mind is taking you.  With your love of photography, what made you want to pursue photography as a career choice?

Will:  I spent some time in front of he camera as well, and have always been a little curious about being behind the camera, but after that first time setting up and styling my first shoot “Body Bag”, I fell in love. I fell in love with the creative process behind it. The picking of the clothes my models will wear, what the hair and makeup will look like, or where the location is going to be. I love that part of it.

Kyle:  Creativity is such an amazing gift and being able to transform a vision in your head to a visual masterpiece is quite an accomplishment.  Have you had that breakthrough moment yet?

Will:  Well, within the last year, my photography has taken an AWESOME turn. Here’s the thing, I’m a very sexual person and have always had a draw towards the naked body, males especially. Something about the rough, hard look they have in certain lights and poses, are gorgeous to me. This past year I have been pursuing a try at Set/Still Photography for the Adult Film Industry, and popular underwear brand companies as a staff photographer. I realized that I need shots that would best represent those brands, so recently I asked a friend to help me out, and we did a sexy shoot in jocks and undies, in a sleazy Motel here in LA and when the pictures were posted, I got a great response from all my followers. Not that I didn’t have it before, but I think that shoot really gave me the confidence to shoot my male models the way I envision it, so I would have to say that was a breakthrough for me. 

IMG_9421_FotorKyle:  Although people try to shy away from it, I think many of us find the art of the naked body so appealing and visually stunning.  I know I do, which is one reason I was so drawn to your images.  Do you have a favorite shoot so far?

Will:  A couple of summers ago, I shot my friend Marlon in Downtown LA on the roof of another friends apartment building. It was so hot that day, and we just kind of tossed it all together last minute, but in post I couldn’t stop smiling because he looked SO HOT! Something about the hot weather, he was sweaty, I poured water on him and with his gorgeous latino looks, the shots came out so good. One of my favorite shoots to date for sure.  

Kyle:  Sounds like there is some natural ability there on your part to bring your creative side out.  What shoots have been challenging for you?

Will:  I don’t think I have a particular shoot that was challenging, but the one thing I find a little difficult and a little challenging with most shoots, is finding locations, especially here in LA.  When shooting guys creatively covered or in underwear/jocks or nude, you have to be in a place where you can have some privacy. I’m not one to shoot models in the same locations. I’m a stickler for that. I like a variety of locations, but even though it can be a little challenging, I kind of love finding new locations and going full Gorilla Style, which I recently did with my recent shoot with sexy model Paul Boulon. We found a park here in LA that had kind of a hidden ditch. Paul was a game to go full Gorilla PaulB3style and we got some HOT jock, undies and NUDES! Not one person came by or noticed us, but I would have to say locations can be challenging sometimes. 

Kyle:  I can imagine location and unwanted spectators can be a challenge.  Paul Boulon is a great man and his pictures from you are incredible!  I would have loved to have walked up to that shoot!  Are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Will:  I would love to shoot for Randy Blue. Chris Rockway has always been a favorite of mine, and I would love to do a shoot with him. I also love Aussiebum brand. Their shoots, with the beach and those hot Aussie models are great. Some models I would love to shoot include Gregory N. Albone, Rodiney Santiago and DW Chase…among others.

Kyle:  Chris Rockway would be a wonderful addition!  Very chiseled and defined man’s man.  Let’s make that happen!  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

Will:  Usually a collaboration between me and the model. I always ask “Is there any look or shot that you want to capture?”. My main focus when shooting is to make sure that my models are happy at the end of the day. I want to make sure that they have looks they are happy with and can use for there own profiles and pages. Sometimes during a shoot a model will say “I really want to get a shot like this..”, and I will make it happen. Obviously if I’m shooting for a certain brand I will make sure to capture what the brand wants and then some. 

Kyle:  I love that you take a model’s wants into consideration and make that happen.  Such a great collaborative effort and probably really builds the relationship.  Shows that you are in it for them and not only yourself.  Now you mentioned you love the nude body and you do a lot of photography that revolves around underwear and nudity.  How do you make the models feel comfortable to do these revealing shots?  

Will:  Like I said, my absolute main concern when shooting my models is to make sure they are 100% comfortable with EVERYTHING. Being a former gogo dancer and model, I get it. I know what its like to be approached by photographers and asked to get half naked and do a shoot. For models I would say, make sure you are comfortable with your photographer, staff and your surroundings. Know what your photographers intentions are for the shoot. I take my photography very seriously and I always tell my models to let me know if they are ever uncomfortable, and if they are, we stop shooting instantly. Comfort and understanding are above all my main concerns with ANY shoot and should be with everyone. 

IMG_0061Kyle:  Comfort is key or the shot wont work.  It helps that you have been in their shoes, or sometimes no shoes, too.  You mentioned you have done some modeling too.  Tell me about how that part of your career started.

Will:  Oy…like many of my models I was a gogo dancer for several years, and photo shoot offers popped up…among other things. I did a few shoots with some photographers, but my life took a turn and I stopped, but yes…I have. 

Kyle:  Well, you have some good experience on both ends.  Do you have a preference on whether you are in front or behind the camera?  What are the best parts and worst parts of both sides?

Will:  Currently I prefer being behind the camera. I’m a little older (NOT MUCH!) and I’ve had my life change into a more professional mind set. I feel like as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more professional and creative. I think I’m at a place in my life now where I can say this is what I want to do. With that being said…don’t get me wrong, I still work out and take care of myself, and occasionally will be caught with my best ASSet towards the camera…my booty! I got an ass on me, and I don’t mind sharing it with the world. Check my Instagram, lol..  ..Back to the question, I don’t think there are any bad or worst parts to either sides. However I do think the BEST part of being in front and behind the camera is the freedom you feel in knowing there is nothing bad or wrong in what you are doing. Whether its sitting still for a painting, posing for a photographer, doing hair and makeup at a fashion show or…being a taxidermist. There is no wrong way to create art. Do what makes you happy!

Kyle:  I like your mindset.  Rewarding on either side and about doing what you love.  Apart from the camera, what interests do you have?

Will:  My interests include fitness and working out. My time at the gym is so relaxing. Reading. I’ve been so busy recently, I haven’t had a chance to dive into a good book, but when I do, it’s great.
Lastly…Television and movies. Nothing better than a TV series you can’t get enough of and have to binge watch.

Kyle:  Love a good television marathon!  Your portfolio does speak for itself but what are some of the things that you feel set you apart from other photographers in the market?

Will:  I don’t think there’s anything that sets me APART from other photographers. I have a strong belief that eachIMG_7734 photographer is different because we all choose to see art in different ways, which is why we all like getting our work out there…to show the world what we see, and what we love…and who doesn’t love the male body.

Kyle:  I think I can speak for many people when I say those of us who do not photograph definitely love the creative and stunning work you put out there for us.  Thank you for showcasing these beautiful shots and bodies.  Lastly, any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

Will:  Passion. Make sure you have a passion for it. If this isn’t a passion and a drive you have, your shots wont matter. If this is just something you want to try or maybe just a hobby you want to pick up, stop and re-evaluate the idea. Don’t waste your time. I personally never thought this would be something that I would think about every day. I learned about it, I fell in love with it, I embraced it and even then I stepped back and asked myself if this something that I would want to pursue? ART is funny because you can find it in a lot of different things. On a canvas, in a sketch book, in a hair salon…taxidermy, Its everywhere! Just find what makes you the most passionate and run with it! Photography is my passion and I am going full Flo Jo!   

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Eric Stanton Betts – Twitter / Instagram

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UNB Model Profile featuring Robert Michael


I came across Robert Michael over a year ago on Tumblr and was immediately intrigued by the beauty of his face, body, and personality.  Since then I have been a fan of his and when I started doing profiles on UNB, I immediately thought of him and knew I had to feature him.  Robert joins us to discuss his modeling start in his community, big dreams, and some amazing selfies.

UNB Kyle:  Being a fan of yours I was happy that you were able to sit down and discuss the start of your career with me.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Robert:  My first ever modeling gig was when I was a kid for a local event. I have no idea how I got the gig but I remember I was really excited.

Kyle:  Starting off so young probably made you feel like quite the celebrity!  Im sure you were just smiling ear to ear with the opportunity.  Any particular reason that made you want to pursue modeling?image5

Robert:  Hmm, I really don’t know! Haha, I like being in front of the camera.  It’s fun.

Kyle:  Based on what I have seen in your work and selfies, you have such a natural and intriguing look.  In front of the camera is where you need to be.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Robert:  I don’t think I’ve had it yet! But a shoot that got me noticed by some people was a shoot I did for NVRLND which is a fantasy type circuit party in Chicago. They do really amazing promotional work.

Kyle:  That sounds like a great connection to get you noticed that can be a stepping stone in elevating you to the next level.  Do you have any favorite shoots?  

Robert:  My favorite shoot was for NVRLND’s purity ball promo posters. The photos came out amazing and a shot of mine was made into a drawing and put on a shirt.  They also used that shot as an icon for their app! It’s some what of the company icon which I love.

Kyle:  So great that you have helped define their brand!  Quite a local honor there!  How about your most challenging shoot?  

image1Robert:  A shoot I did for TYPE/FACE magazine was a rough one because it was the swim suit issue and I had to shoot it before swim suit season, outside, in Chicago!! I was freezing the entire time. I would do a couple shots then run into shelter to warm up so I didn’t look like a cold corps in the photos.

Kyle:  I am sure the elements and time of year can definitely make things difficult for a shoot.  Not the glamorous shot that so many people think about.  Other embarrassing shoots to mention?  

Robert:  Sometimes the room is super cold and we all know what happens when a man gets too cold… Yeah, that’s embarrassing.

Kyle:  I can imagine you thinking “why am I not doing this on a tropical beach?” Haha!  You have done a lot of local work.  Moving up in your career, are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with in the future?

Robert:  So so many!  I have a lot of photographers who have asked to work with me but I haven’t had the chance to travel to go do the shoot. One of those photographers is Rick Day, so the minute I’m in NYC I’ll be doing that for sure. As far as brands go, I’d do anything that I felt was good for the path I want to take in this industry.

Kyle:  Well we can’t wait to see you in NYC with Rick Day!  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Robert:  Fans?! Haha that’s strange to think about! Maybe that I love to debate with people. I’m very opinionated so any chance I get to speak my mind I take it.IMG_0188

Kyle:  Yes, fans!  You have many of them!  That is how I found you!  Your body is absolutely amazing.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Robert:  Before a shoot, I’ll eat a light breakfast, a few eggs and that’s about it. I’ll hit the gym after breakfast try to get a mini full body workout in. Throughout the workout I’ll work my abs in between sets, Your abs need to look sharp for a shoot.

Kyle:  Well your abs look phenomenal.  But I know you have a weakness.  What is your favorite cheat meal?

Robert:  PIZZA! I was born and raised in Chicago and our pizza is some of the worlds best. I can’t live with out it.

Kyle:  You have done some underwear work and we love your underwear selfies.  Everyone reading the blog wants to know what is in your drawer?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Robert:  30% jocks, 60% briefs, 10%boxer briefs, 0% thongs. Thongs are not for me lol.

Kyle:  Thongs aren’t for many people and are rare in the underwear drawer.  In any of these shoots, what has been the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?image4

Robert:  I had to wear a bedazzled/metal spiked athletic cup with clear straps for an event I did. Hopefully I never have to wear that again lol.

Kyle:  Oh I am sure you secretly still have that in your drawer just waiting to wear it again!  Wearing underwear, little clothing, or even nude, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Robert:  Nothing bad, I get really excited and think of all the positive things like how cool the shot will be when its published

Kyle:  Confident and with a great attitude.  That will take you far and make photographers enjoy shooting you.  What is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Robert:  Don’t take anything personal.  This is a business just like anything else.

Kyle:  Good advice.  We can’t wait to see more of you and hope you keep showing us what you are doing.  What are your goals for your career?

Robert:  As far as modeling goes, I’d like to cover a magazine one day, like DNA or something like that. I’ve just started modeling, it’s still very new to me and I really haven’t dove in deep, I think this summer you’ll see a lot more from me.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Austin Tacious


The one thing I love about doing these model profiles is the wide range of models that I have come in contact with.  This next model I happened to run across one morning while looking on Tumblr and immediately sent him a message to see if he was interested in being featured.  Meet Austin Tacious.

UNB Kyle:  I got a taste of some of your pictures on tumblr.  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Austin:  My first paid modeling gig was a BDSM shoot for a corset and leatherworking company. A friend of mine put them in touch with me and basically asked if I wanted to make a bit of cash in exchange for letting them lace me up. The shoot itself was kind of a nightmare.  I was told that I just needed some slacks and boots for the shoot and upon my arrival it was revealed to me that I would be needing the boots but it was expected that I would be in a thong.  I thought they were joking, but it turned out that they were serious.  I explained that I was told that the shoot would be clothed, and that I did not just so happen to be wearing a leather thong or jock. They asked if I could do the shoot in the undies I was wearing. Much to their displeasure, I was wearing some tartan boxer briefs.  They wound up asking my waist size and ran out and purchased some briefs that did not fit quite right and lead to my accidentally exposing myself all day.

Kyle:  I am sure that is not how you imagined your first gig going but look at how you grow from it.  What madeGer132 you want to pursue modeling?

Austin:  A lot of encouragement from a former lover as well as from a late friend of mine. After doing it for the first time and seeing some of the images I grew to appreciate it greatly as an expressive outlet.  I am always stoked to be a part of a project that can evoke feelings in the viewer. After seeing the images from some of the shoots, I only became more interested in taking on more projects.

Kyle:  It is fascinating to put so much emotion into one photo.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Austin:  I don’t know so much about my career, but in a personally meaningful breakthrough, I would have to say that the first nude shoot I did with Max Woltman was probably it.  The shoot was a huge step in my confronting and dealing with body dysmorphia. Since then, most of the shoots that come across my desk have been nude work.

aaaKyle:  That is wonderful and I think what you did is courageous and many people admire you for that.  We get stuck in what we think a model should look like and there is so much more beauty than that.  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Austin:  My favorite shoot was really spontaneous. My friend had a sudden cancellation and he asked me if I was free. I didn’t have any plans and lived just a few blocks from his studio so I took him up on it.  Neither one of us had any expectations or anything planned which allowed things to happen organically and we both really liked the results.

Kyle:  That was probably fun because you didn’t have any time to think about it and just accepted the moment.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Austin:  That would have to be a shoot I did with a really great photographer named Daniel Peebles.  He wanted to feature performers and had contacted me.  We did a shoot with me in my lyra, which is a steel hoop suspended from the ceiling, and the specific pose I was holding had over the time we were shooting made it increasingly difficult.  In IMG_9283the end I was bloodied but it was worth it.

Kyle:  I guess that is when the saying “no pain, no gain” comes into play right?  How about your most embarrassing photo shoot situation?

Austin:  That would definitely be getting an unwanted erection during a shoot. I believe I actually said, “Sorry, sometimes I wish I could leave this thing at home.”

Kyle:  I am sure that happens more than you think with other models!  You were clearly just excited for the opportunity!  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Austin:  I am always excited to work with new people! There are easily more than I can mention. As far as brands go, I think it would be really awesome to be asked to work with any brand!  Photographers I would like to work with? I would really dig being able to work with folks like Tim Walker, Mike Ruiz, David LaChapelle, and Predrag Pajdic.

Kyle:  Hopefully that chance will come for you.  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Austin:  My regular day jobs have proven to be soul crushing and disheartening. After all my time an effort I put in to becoming college educated and get my degree, I’m planning to run away and join the circus.

Kyle:  Yeah, welcome to the real world and life as an adult after college!  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Austin:  I am a fairly active fella in general. I hit the gym about 4 days a week and between that, martial arts, circus, and dance, I stay in a good place that is functional.  As far as diet goes when I have a shoot coming up, I try eat exceptionally well and avoid alcohol, if for no other reason, than out of fear I will not be up to snuff when it comes time for the shoot.

Kyle:  I love the avenues you have for exercise such as the dancing and martial arts.  But I know you have a weakness so what is it?

Austin:  I am a sucker for green chile cheese fries.

email_Aus064bKyle:  As an underwear blog, we always want to know what you have.  Looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Austin:  It seems to be an even split of 33% boxer briefs, 33% briefs and 33% jocks.

Kyle:  And outside of that drawer, what is the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Austin:  I think it would probably have to be a pair of peacock feather patterned trunks covered in rhinestones I wore for a burlesque act.  The rhinestones made them very heavy and I was concerned that they were going to come off while I was dancing.

Kyle:  Sounds very elaborate though!  Finally, you have had experience in underwear and nude.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Austin:  If I am to be honest, no matter the shoot, I get pretty nervous beforehand. I want to make sure I do everything well enough, make sure it is worth both my time and that of the photographer, that sort of thing.  For revealing shoots I run the gamut of universal worry.  I hope I get along with the photographer, I hope we get a good shot, have I eaten right, is my hair alright, worrying that I am not muscular enough, fearing that I look to have a gut, worrying that I look to be modestly endowed (although there is nothing wrong with that), do I have something stuck in my teeth, what if I fall and embarrass myself at the shoot?  I go through all sorts of superfluous worry, but a lot of that goes away when I actually get on set and ready to go.  When we get started there is a hush that falls over everything and I am present in that space and time.  It is a pretty cool sensation.

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring JC Norton of Musclehead Graphics

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We sat down with JC Norton, photographer and the man behind Musclehead Graphics, to discuss his successful start in photographing bodybuilding competitions, valuing relationships and collaborations with models, and his genuine passion for his work.

UNB Kyle:  Thank you for taking the time to talk with me about your work.  What was your first photo shoot and how did you come to get it?

JC:  I think the first modeling shoot may have been with IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson.  He was not an IFBB Pro then, of NKnier02 817BWcourse, as this would have been in maybe 1999 or 2000.  I met Tricky at the old Power House Gym in Lexington KY, now long closed, and we started talking about photography.  I’d done a few informal sessions with other models and was interested in getting into it more seriously.  Tricky said he needed new pics and it went on from there.  I shot with him a couple times and you can still see some of those images on his website.

Kyle:  A chance meeting at the gym leads to a wonderful opportunity.  What made you want to pursue photography? 

JC:  I’d been taking pictures all my life; landscapes, wildlife, travel pics, but was always interested in figurative work and in the fine art side of photography.  I had shot a few bodybuilding competitions for the fun of it and, after photographing Tricky in the studio and the gym, I started shooting his annual show in Lexington as the official photographer, selling images to the competitors.  It was called the Bluegrass Muscle Classic in those days, but it’s now the Tricky Jackson Classic.  That led to shooting other competitions and now we shoot virtually all the shows in the state.  At the same time, I started developing modeling portfolios for some of the competitors as well as others I met through sites like One Model Place and Models Mayhem.  I established Musclehead Graphics as a business and launched the first website to promote both the models and my photography.  Out of the modeling shoots came images I could also use in making fine art prints, both figure studies and photo-collage work.  I’ve had some success in that arena and am in quite a number of collections around the world.  So, I guess to answer the question directly, I wanted to pursue photography to create art primarily, but also have had a good time working with models in creating portfolios and selling shots to competitors.   

Kyle:  It looks like we both have something in common by helping models get their work out there.  The Musclehead Graphics website is very nice and you have done a great job with it.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

JoshS01 129JC:  I don’t think there’s been breakthrough, maybe still waiting for that one, at least from the point of view of commercial photography.  It’s been more of an evolution, really.  As our reputation for competition photography has grown, the number and quality of the models we shoot has grown with it.  Many of the most extraordinary models Musclehead Graphics has featured are men and women I met at competitions.  A number of them have gone on to work with some of the best photographers in the business, so I feel like we’ve been a launching pad for some guys and I’m really proud of that.  To a great extent, this is an avocation for me and, frankly, I would not want my income to depend on commercial photography.  It’s a super competitive business, as you know, and is heavily concentrated on the coasts.  I like being in KY and feel like we provide an excellent service to models and competitors in the region.

Kyle:  That is a great way to think of it.  It’s kind of like wanting to remain a small business and valuing that versus being too big and losing that personal touch and commitment.  How about any favorite shoots?  

JC:  Wow, that’s a tough one.  I’ve shot well over 200 models over the time I’ve been doing this and a great many of MDerr 171the shoots have been just incredible experiences.  If I had to pick a few that stand out, I guess I’d list the two shoots with Todd Tinsley to start.  He’s a guy I met at the Kentucky Muscle in 2010 and shot twice in 2011.  He is an astounding physical presence and takes to the camera totally naturally.  We got incredible stuff and I’ve sold a number of fine art prints with images of Todd, ditto Nate Knierim, another cool guy with natural talent and a great attitude.  I had the good fortune to shoot twice with Tommy Jeffers, an inspiring natural bodybuilder.  At the second shoot back in 2007, he was near contest condition and the images are jaw-dropping.  Joe Daniels is another bodybuilder who figures in the fine art collection of images frequently.  I shot with him in 2009, just before he won his class at the huge Northern Kentucky show and he was amazing.  Josh Miller is a NGA Pro Physique Competitor and trainer who promotes a natural show annually for which we are the official photographers.  I’ve worked with him a number of times, always getting great images.  I have to mention Cory Mason and Austin Roush from 2012 – both amazing models.  Cory has gone on to make a mark in the fitness industry, working with incredible photographers and establishing a training business.  Another really memorable and enjoyable shoot was the couple shoot with Ryan Gutwein and Bethany Fickle, and Kyle Alexander, with whom I’ve got a current ongoing collaboration is another fantastic model.  I recently shot him in the process of getting some tattoo work done, which was really interesting experience.  So, a lot of cool models, but probably the all-time favorite would be Oli Clay – an amazing model and a good friend.  I shot with Oli numerous times from 2005 to 2010 and have a number of fine art prints featuring him.  In all these cases the, ‘Why’ would be the same.  The models approached the shoot as a collaboration and we had a good time.  That’s really critical to me.  If the process isn’t a pleasure, I’m not interested in doing it.

Kyle:  You really value the collaboration aspect which is nice to see.  It creates a common goal and relationship which as you describe is long lasting.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why do you think so?

JC:  Hmm.  There really haven’t been too many that were challenging and I’m for sure not going to name names.  The, ‘Why?’ though, is pretty much the same each of these very rare cases – the model comes in with a bad attitude, is uncooperative, is unable or unwilling to take direction.  And, of course, there is the occasional, ‘no show, no call,’ individual who is the bane of every photographer who works with models.

JasHan02 280Kyle:  I am sure those situations make for a LONG day!  Any embarrassing or funny photo shoot moments to share?

JC:  Hmm. Can’t think of one really. The models might say something different in response to that question lol.

Kyle:  Apart from some of the bodybuilding and getting into more commercial photography, are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

JC:  Of course.  There are loads of great models out there and it would be awesome to work with Trevor Adams, Jay Amato, Shawn Russell, Eric Holman, Stefan Kauffman, Bryant Wood, Joel Evan Tye – it’s endless.  On brands, I’d love to shoot for Unico, PPU, Calvin Klein, Diesel to name a few.

Kyle:  Some good names on that wish list!  When you are getting ready to do these shoots, how do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

JC:  That’s a really good question. I’ve not worked for a brand to date, but for a portfolio shoot with a new model, I have a pretty standard routine in the studio and outdoors, weather permitting.  I always ask if the model has any particular thing in mind and, if so, we work really hard to make that happen.  If the model is a competitor, particularly a bodybuilder, we usually get the mandatory poses as well as more artistic poses for his portfolio.  Also, there are often things I want to do from a fine art perspective and we work that into the shoot as well.  For example, I do an annual image called, ‘Lean Torso.’  If the model has the look I need for that, we will do images to go into the mix for selecting that image at the end of the year.  Kyle Alexander is the model for, ‘Lean Torso 2014,’ and Josh Miller was to model for, ‘Lean Torso 2007,’ and ‘Lean Torso 2008.’JBomar01 555

Kyle:  I love that you take the model’s wants into consideration.  When you aren’t behind the camera, what are some of your interests?

JC:  I’ve got a very rewarding career in academics, enjoy travel, music (play the drums very badly lol) and cook up a storm.

Kyle:  So you will be cooking for everyone after your next shoot right? We have several up and coming models out there and you work with a lot of up and coming models and they are always looking for advice.  What are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots like in underwear?

JC:  Good question. When working with models who compete, it’s rarely an issue as these guys take the stage in pretty minimal clothing, particularly bodybuilders. Also, if they come in to do a photo shoot that includes underwear and/or nudes, they’re guys who want to do that. For first time models, though, I spend some time talking about posing and, while shooting, I show them images as we take them, so they can see what works and what doesn’t and we talk about the why of it. Just about every first time model who has worked with me has said that he had a good experience, that the shoot was more comfortable than he expected and I feel good about that.

Kyle:  Sounds like you take a great amount of pride in really being a mentor and teaching these models.  Very hands on which is great to hear.  How about life behind the camera?  Any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

DanH01 341JC:  Sure, don’t sell the farm. It’s very, very tough to make serious money out of this, particularly if you don’t live in a major market. Most of the photographers I know end up doing a lot of weddings and senior pictures and that sort of thing to pay the rent. That’s fine, if you like doing it, but, if you want to limit your work to fashion, fitness, fine art and so on, it’s a tough go.

Kyle:  Valuable advice!  You have mentioned your business Musclehead Graphics a few times.  Can you tell us some more about it?

JC:  I think our site tells the story pretty well. We shoot quite a few competitions and do a lot of portfolios for models. The site gives models some exposure and we do get inquiries that are passed on to the models to pursue. That said, we always make the point very clearly that, it they want to have other modeling opportunities, they need to use the images to put themselves out there in other ways — Facebook, Models Mayhem and so on.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Cory Zwierzynski


If you have any knowledge of the underwear world, my next model is no stranger to your eyes.  I had the privilege of chatting with Andrew Christian’s well known model Cory Zwierzynski.  He shared some of his best and funniest moments with us, his appreciation for where he’s been, and his hopes for where he goes moving forward.

UNB Kyle:  Thank you for taking the time to chat with me Cory.  We know you well from your current days with Andrew Christian.  Before that, what was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Cory:  My first modeling gig was with Abercrombie. I received that opportunity from being discovered by working at one of the retail stores.1969_6168_3__1

Kyle:  That sounds like a great part time job, probably when you were in school, that really paved the way for your future.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Cory:  When I was growing up, people would always say you should model. So after awhile I decided to get into it.

Kyle:  It probably makes you think a little more about it after so many people comment on the potential you have.  True, raw talent that was found.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Cory:  The shoot that jump started my career would have to be the one for Andrew Christian.

Kyle:  It seems like Andrew Christian has been good to you.  You have quite a portfolio with them and even get to shoot all of those videos with them.  Really expands your ability and exposure in front of the camera.  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Cory:  My favorite shoot was the Abercrombie shoot.  I feel that it is my favorite because I had the opportunity to meet so many interesting people from all around the world.  It really opened my eyes to what this world was about and how much it could bring me.  

Kyle:  Abercrombie was always very big and a catalog that set itself apart from its competitors.  Similar to how I feel with you at Andrew Christian.  They have some advertising and models that set them apart from the norm which is great.  Which shoot has been your most challenging and why do you feel that way?

cory_zwierzynski_15Cory:  My most challenging shoot was my first underwear shoot with Andrew Christian. Only because I never shot in just my underwear before. So I was extremely nervous but I had to pull through it.

Kyle:  I can imagine how nervous I would be.  To you it is a new experience and to everyone else there it is another day at the office.  What went through your mind right before you had to do these revealing shoots?

Cory:  “Let’s see, do I need to fluff?”

Kyle:  HAHA!  That is hysterical!  Well take it from us, you look fantastic!  Apart from your work with Andrew Christian, are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Cory:  I would love to work for some high fashion brands such as Versace, Gucci, or Armani.

Kyle:  We hope to see you get that opportunity.  In one way, you have put it all out there in front of the camera.  What is something that your fans don’t know about Cory outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Cory:  I’m actually a very shy person. Some people often mistake it for arrogance.  andrew_christian_black_white_screen_grab_18_

Kyle:  We wouldn’t guess you are shy after seeing your work in front of the camera.  Your body is incredible.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Cory:  I try to stick to skinless boneless chicken breasts and vegetables. For exercise, I usually lift weights to prepare for a shoot.

Kyle:  Chicken and vegetables is very healthy but I know you have a desire for something else at some point.  So how about it? Favorite cheat meal?

Cory:  Anything fried!  Plus some chocolate chip cookies.  

Kyle:  Well hopefully those treats aren’t few and far between.  So since you model a lot of underwear and we are an underwear blog, let’s see what your personal tastes are.  Take a peek at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Cory:  My underwear drawers. Yes, drawers, because I have that many pairs. They all consist of briefs.

15885_831915206881440_2465014634732259470_nKyle:  I am surprised!  100% briefs with everything you have worn?  Tell us about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn.

Cory:  The craziest pair I ever wore was a pair called the peek a boo brief where the front side lifts up and shows your manhood lol.

Kyle:  Yes I am familiar with that pair.  I own it haha!  What are your goals for your career?

Cory:  My goals in my career would have to be getting more modeling opportunities, meeting more photographers, and designers.  

Kyle:  I can’t wait to see where your career takes you.  I hope you continue to expand that portfolio and get all of the opportunities you are looking for.  Finally, what is the best advice anyone gave you when you started your modeling career?

Cory:  Do not be nervous. You can do anything you put your mind to.

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UNB Photographer Profile featuring Boulon Studio



Underwear News Briefs had the privilege of talking with well known photographer Paul Boulon.  Paul has made a name for himself in front of and behind the camera which was a great opportunity to see both worlds first hand.  He shares aspects of his vision, some past shoots, and his upcoming dream team of models.

UNBKyle:  Thank you for sharing your work with us.  You have shot some of the most popular models as well as having some iconic photos of their work that have been floating around on social media for a while.  What was your first photo shoot and how did you come to get it?IMG_9804

Paul:  My first photo shoot was actually of myself.  I purchased a camera, wanting to pursue photography.  I set a timer and went to town. Now, the first photo shoot I had that paid was a headshot session for a few of my friends.

Kyle:  I love how you threw yourself into photography and with such a great object as yourself.  But I know we can be our worst critic so that could have been the easiest and toughest way to start.  What made you want to pursue photography?

4Paul:  I don’t call myself a model.  I usually tell photographers “I just like pictures of myself”. Ha! But it’s true, I have a nice face and body and while I’m not going to walk into agencies hoping to be a Calvin Klein model, I enjoy pictures of myself.  That won’t last forever, being in front of the camera.  With knowing how things were done, I thought why not try behind the camera.

Kyle:  I am sure there is value added by having knowledge of both sides of the camera.  It reminds me of Hollywood when actors become producers and directors.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Paul:  There are two different scenarios for myself in this situation. I’d say photographing Steven Dehler, Colby Melvin, or any of those other underwear models because of the exposure I received. But, though the photos haven’t gone anywhere, photographing Melanie B or James Maslow would have to be my breakthrough. Celebrities are always a break through in your career.

Kyle:  That is a shame that those photos have not surfaced.  Would be great to see them!  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Paul:  My favorite shoot has been Chris Salvatore. I photographed him twice, but the first time was when we started getting to know each other as well and he’s such a genuine and nice person. The photos came out amazing and we both had a great time.

Kyle:  Chris Salvatore is a great guy!  I am a fan of his and he seems very sweet and genuine.  Which shoot has _MG_0754editbeen your most challenging? Why?

Paul:  Other than headshots, I think every shoot is challenging. You have an idea you want but sometimes it doesn’t come out how you want or don’t have the right lights, etc. Every time I photograph it’s a challenge but that’s why I like photographing so much.

Kyle:  Going from mind to matter can be an amazing or devastating transition because you have set expectations for yourself and your vision.  You have some big names already under your belt but are there any brands or models you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Paul:  I want to photograph with every brand out there. And as for models:

Top 5:

Charlie Mathews
Alexis Ren
Vince Sant
Joseph Boyd
Hugo Mayhew

Kyle:  Do you hear that guys?  Paul Boulon is ready for you!  How do you prepare creatively and determine your environment for the shoot? Is it determined by you, the brand, or a collaboration?

Paul:  It depends on who I’m shooting for and what they want. If it’s my decision to go out and shoot a certain idea, I put a mood board together and looks, etc.

Kyle:  What are some tips you give models in order to be comfortable in front of the camera whether as a new model or for more intimate/revealing shoots?

Paul:  I haven’t given many tips for models.  I’m just a really normal chill guy when I’m shooting. And for more revealing photos is all up to the model. 

_MG_6036editcropKyle:  Sounds like the normal, chill attitude helps the model be comfortable and relax.  It also helps that you have experience on that side too.  What about on the photography side?  Any tips for people wanting to get into photography?

Paul:  Tips on wanting to get into photography, just pick up a camera and photograph. Shoot anything and everything. A photo can be anything but it’s all about the composition that makes it interesting. 

Kyle:  Good point.  Thinking about it too much in the beginning could be a big barrier.  What are your interests away from the camera?

Paul:  My interests away from the camera are dancing. I grew up dancing all my life with ballet, jazz, hip hop, etc. I love it that I made a career out of it but have diverted as of moving to LA and wanting a change.

Kyle:  Such great versatility with dancing.  So many genres.  Apart from photography as we briefly discusses, you have done some work in front of the camera too? Tell me about how that part of your career started.

Paul:  I started modeling when i turned 18 years old. My first photo shoot was a photographer in Dallas and it was an experience. As a model, I shoot everything from commercial to nude. The photographer said I had a great face and wanted to photograph me. I was such a baby then haha 

Kyle:  Haha.  We will have to dive into details of that modeling career soon.  In the end, do you have a preference on whether you are in front or behind the camera? What are the best parts and worst parts of both sides?1

Paul:  I like both sides of the camera.  I tend to go through spurts mostly. For a few months I’m behind the camera and then I get bored and want more attention so I model in front of the camera. It’s random but I get it all out of my system before I’m too old I guess.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Will Clark

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This week’s profile features Will Clark.  I stumbled across Mr. Clark and his shots wearing Timoteo for Armando Adajar and knew he would be the perfect addition to our growing profile series.  Will sat down with me to talk about his start into modeling, the breakthrough he is waiting for, and how he values his family.

UNB Kyle:  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Will:  The very first time I got in front of a camera was with my ex in a couples shoot. I had been going to several 1shoots with her over the course of a few months supporting her. After a while I began to get curious, and wanted to try and get in front of the camera myself. What better way to start out than with your experienced girl friend? 

Kyle:  I think that is a great start.  Being a good boyfriend and supporting and it probably helped you calm your nerves a little bit the first time in front of the camera, being with her.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Will:  After my first solo shoot in San Diego with Armando Adajar, I realized all the work that goes into creating a vision in a single snap of a picture. The more I learned about the art and creativity that went into producing a single frame, the more I began to like process.

Kyle:  Sounds like someone has a creative side too.  Appreciating and learning everything that goes into what we see as the final product.  Perhaps down the road you will get to explore your creativity in shoots.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Will:  Unfortunately I do not believe I have had that shoot just yet. Although if I were to pick a favorite shoot, I would have to say the shoot with Armando. Mostly due to the fact that he knew I was just getting started so he took the time to walk through the process and teach me a lot pointers that I carry on to all of my current shoots. I’m very fortunate to have collaborated Armando. I am always open to new possibilities and opportunities.

Kyle:  It is nice to see a photographer willing to teach a new model instead of dwell on the fact that the shoot will not 1958334_785622801476575_7970032982493964602_nbe as straightforward as experienced models.  I am sure when you have that breakthrough moment, it will be an amazing feeling and we hope to hear about it!  Which shoot has been your most challenging and why do you think that?

Will:  Recently I worked with a more local photographer named Ross Haley. We were working together to get some catalog shots for a clothing line out of New York. I have been trying to explore and experience all aspects of modeling, and this one was more conservative posing than I have done in the past. The challenge was that I kept catching myself in a dominate stance that was more fitness oriented.

Kyle:  I like that you are exploring the different avenues that modeling has to offer.  You probably didn’t expect something so standard like catalog work to be as complicated as it was.  It just shows that every aspect has their quirks.  I am sure not every shoot goes according to plan.  Any embarrassing photo shoots you want to tell us about?

Will:  Hahaha! Armando and I did a scene with the same underwear from Timoteo on a hiking trail in San Diego. In just some shoes and a jock strap as some guy and his dog come strolling by.

Kyle:  I am sure he rounded the corner and was not expecting that but what great moments to laugh about together.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Will:  Two of the photographers that I would really love to work with in the future would be Pat Lee and Wain Wright. These two fitness photographers produce absolutely great work!

Kyle:  We hope they are reading this and give you that opportunity!  Apart from modeling, what is something that WClark_RSH_6your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

Will:  Most people outside of close friends and family don’t really see the amount of time that I spend with my family. I have a large immediate family that is extremely close. Typically whenever I am balancing my schedule, regardless of time constraints, I am always making time to stop in and see my brothers and sister. Spending as much time as I can with my niece and nephew.

Kyle:  That is wonderful.  Family is important.  Sounds like they support you too.  We see your body and know that you are not eating too much junk food with the family, so what kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Will:  I am always structured when it comes to my dieting and exercise. This past season I decided to take an off season and really work on my weak points of my physique. So now coming into this season of competitions and photo shoots I will stay as lean as I can comfortably in between shoots. I prefer to plan as far out as possible for a shoot, I like to have at least 2 weeks to prepare for a shoot. Unfortunately that is not always the case which is why it’s photo (1)crucial to stay lean all the time. The last two weeks I really start to cut down on carbs, and increase my rep ranges. The last week before the shoot I like to cut cardio out of the regimen to prevent getting a “flat” look in the shots. The last couple days I cut carbs out virtually all together, and limit my water the day before. Spiking my carbs up the night before to fill out the muscle and give you the best look.

Kyle:  Quite a process and regimen there but it definitely pays off.  But for fun, how about a favorite cheat meal?

Will:  Actually just today some of my friends, and I tried a new cheating method where you can eat as much as you want, but it has to be with in a 1 hour window. No exceptions after the timer goes off though. After eating all the food I could not move from the couch for almost 5 hours.

Kyle:  I can only imagine how you felt after that hour!  Ok, now we all want to know, open your drawer and tell us what is it made up of?  % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Will:  Honestly it has to be a 50/50 between Boxer briefs and Briefs.

Kyle:  And outside that drawer, how about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Will:  Hands down it has to be some of the Timoteo underwear line out of Los Angeles.

Kyle:  Must have been that jock on the trail!  One last question.  You are at the shoot, in a jockstrap, about to start your day.  What goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots?

Will:  Well there are always questions of where will they be, what is the purpose of the use, and what is the selling point. However at that point I have completely collaborated with the photographer to put my mind at ease.



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UNB Model Profile featuring Adam Phillips


The model series here at Underwear News Briefs continues with the beautiful addition of Adam Phillips.  Adam sat down with us to talk about his start in the modeling world, how his career has been so far and where he hopes it will take him.

UNB Kyle:  What was your first modeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Adam:  My debut modeling gig was for a Plymouth-based underwear company. I was contacted by a friend who worked for the company. I was really excited to see the images since it was my first gig, only to find out that my head and most of my torso had been cut off!

Kyle:  Oh that is a shame!  I am sure that was a little disappointing but look where it got you!  What made you want to pursue modeling?10612574_300433813414385_3218347772675108625_n

Adam:  Being quite creative myself, I guess this was a big factor into why I pursued modeling. I think in a visual way and I enjoy seeing the final edits of my images as I have a real appreciation of color and composition. Having the opportunity of being able to travel the world and do something you love is very appealing too.  I enjoy meeting different people who also think in a creative way.

Kyle:  Being creative, have you been able to help plan or put your spin on any pictures yet?

Adam:  I tend not to get involved with what the photographer wants if I have only shot with them.  Sometimes I help with ideas and help creatively where I can.  A lot of the positions I pose in are freestyle.

Kyle:  I love that you are a creative person.  It is such an amazing gift to have that mind and to be able to take that vision and turn it into a reality.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Adam:  My shoot with Cal McDougall was definitely my break-through. I have had the pleasure of shooting with Cal on numerous occasions as we work well together. I recall one shoot, set in a cave, which was really fun to do and from that shoot I ended up on the front cover of DNA magazine, which is sold worldwide.

IMG_5697Kyle:  Sounds like a great pairing!  The cover of DNA magazine is quite an accomplishment too.  Congrats!  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Adam:  If I am honest, I don’t have a favorite shoot. It would be too difficult to pick one as I have enjoyed so many for many different reasons.  They are all favorites because of the cool locations such as Istanbul and New York, the people I work with, and the clothes that I, ha, sometimes wear! At the end of most of my shoots, I am really buzzing and excited to see the final images. 

Kyle:  Haha I like that clothes comment.  That’s part of the job I would assume.  But the places it takes you and the people you meet you can’t put a price on.  With everywhere you have been and everything you have done, which shoot has been your most challenging and why?

Adam:  My most challenging shoots are definitely with Cal. Our shoots tend to last long and we often move around.  We end up either in the sea, scaling cliffs or trailing through forests. I usually end up wet during the shoots and often find myself in the sea, wishing we were shooting somewhere a whole lot hotter than the UK.

Kyle:  Yes.  I am sure a tropical location is the first thing that comes to your mind with that.  How about your most embarrassing photo shoot?

Adam:  My most embarrassing photo shoot I ever did was probably the first ever time I got in front of the camera. Plymouth Calender men test shoot! I was totally out of my comfort zone and had no idea what I was doing!   

Kyle:  I am sure that is normal in the beginning.  But you have come so far, with amazing shoots and probably a higher comfort level.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Adam:  I am still pretty new to the modeling industry so would love to shoot some clothing lines or model for a swimwear/underwear campaign. I love my fashion, so anything from Calvin Klein to Zara would be a dream. There are so many talented photographers I still would love to work with but have been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best photographers already, such as Rick Day and Greg Vaughan.10649732_295641643893602_2927584222330448162_n

Kyle:  I am sure you will have that opportunity in your future.  Apart from modeling, what is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Adam:  Before modeling, I studied at university and received a degree in graphic communication and typography.

Kyle:  Good to have that degree in your back pocket.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Adam:  Prior to a shoot, I would usually try to stick to a protein diet. So a week before, I maybe would have 2 meals of carbs and the rest of my diet would be protein-based. I aim to go to the gym at least four times a week, and I avoid alcohol and unhealthy food, although having a sweet tooth can sometimes lead me into a little sugary temptation!

Kyle:  But when you are not preparing for a shoot and you get to sneak that cheat food in, what is it?

Adam:  Easy!  Favorite cheat meal is probably an English breakfast.  Fry it up!

Kyle:  Now, we are an underwear blog so we all want to know what is really your taste, not just what we see in shoots.  So, looking at your underwear drawer, what is it made up of? % boxer briefs, % briefs, % jocks, % thongs.

Adam:  50% boxers and 50% briefs.  

Kyle:  Equal love for both.  But we know there have been others on you.  How about the craziest pair of underwear you have ever worn?

Adam:  The answer to that Kyle is no underwear, however, I do have a pair of wild things silk boxers.


Kyle:  Good answer.  Nothing is definitely crazy to some!  So I leave you with one last question to set the scene for us.  The photographer is set up, you are wearing nothing or just a pair of underwear, people standing around waiting for you, what goes through your mind right before you have to do these revealing shoots? 

Adam:  I don’t dwell on a photo shoot before.  I find I get caught up in the moment and just try to produce the best image I possibly can.  If the photographer is happy, then I am happy.

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UNB Model Profile featuring Cody Johnvin

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It’s great to sit down with some of the newer models on the block to see how their career has taken off.  Cody Johnvin tells us about his desire to start modeling, who his biggest target is in the photography industry, and how important the gym and a healthy lifestyle is to his being.

UNBKyle:  Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.  Let’s start from your beginning.  What was your first imagemodeling gig and how did you come to get it?

Cody:  I guess my first real photo shoot was a few days after my birthday down in Chicago, Il for Jr Nationals. A friend of mine had put me into contact with Golden Czermark aka: Furious Fotog. Golden had a lot of shoots already lined up, but said he could fit me in, so I scraped up every penny and made the journey down there. At the time I was working night shift, so I left home late that night, headed down to Chicago, slept for about an hour in a parking garage and then went and did the photo shoot with Golden. From then on, I guess I was hooked!

Kyle:  That is a great beginning.  Saving every penny and taking a chance, sleeping in the car, and shooting after barely any sleep.  What made you want to pursue modeling?

Cody:  I guess I would have to say that it is extremely self-rewarding when something you have worked on your entire life begins to unfold. At this point, I don’t have college wrestling or other sports to train for (with the exception of men’s physique bodybuilding), so it has become another thing to keep me driven with my type of lifestyle in the gym.

Kyle:  Well, we can tell the gym is definitely paying off.  Which shoot do you consider your breakthrough in your career?

Cody:  Well, that’s a bit of a toss-up. What ended up happening was, that night after the shoot with Golden, Allan Spiers contacted me and wanted to shoot with me while I was still in Chicago. I shot with Allan the very next morning and he recommended me to start up an athlete page on Facebook. After the first couple shots from Golden and Allan were posted, I couldn’t believe the opportunities that opened up for me. At times it was a bit overwhelming for a small town guy like myself!

image (4)Kyle:  Wow.  That ended up being quite a few days for you!  I am sure that can be very overwhelming and feels like a dream.  Which shoot has been your favorite? Why?

Cody:  That is a difficult question because every photographer has different styles, looks, and ideas. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I really enjoyed shooting with Golden because he answered so many of my questions and really made me feel comfortable for my first big shoot.

Kyle:  Sounds like he was a good initial mentor.  Hopefully that relationship has continued to grow.  Which shoot has been your most challenging? Why?

Cody:  I would have to say shooting for the cover of “Awakening the Willow’s Heart” was the most difficult because I really wanted to capture the image/moment the author had envisioned. I’ve also known Photography by Jane since I was a young boy, so it made for a lot of fun and some good laughs!image (1)

Kyle:  I can see that challenge since you are turning a story into a vision.  Are there any brands or photographers you would like to work with that you have not worked with yet?

Cody:  One of my goals has always been to do a shoot with Pat Lee, so hopefully some doors with that will open up at some point. Otherwise, I think it would be a huge honor to be in Men’s Health Magazine someday. Dream big, achieve big.

Kyle:  Well hopefully those big things will come your way!  We can’t wait to see more from you!  What is something that your fans don’t know about you outside of modeling that you want them to know?

Cody:  I’m not a certified dietitian or trainer although it may be something I will work into in the future. As far as diet and exercise goes, I have taken bits and pieces from nutritionists, coaches, athletes, etc. and used them to find out what works best for my body. What I really love doing is motivating and inspiring people to show that anything can be achieved with the right mindset.

Kyle:  I can see your passion in that.  What kind of diet and exercise do you do to prepare for shoots?

Cody:  I typically add an hour of fasted cardio sometime in the morning which usually involves a bit of interval training. I also begin to super-set more when lifting to increase the intensity of my workout. With my diet, I typically eat pretty healthy year round, so when it comes to prepping for a shoot or show, I break up my meals into smaller portions (6-8 per day) and increase my water intake even more until a few days before.


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