Wednesday, September 15, 2010


B: I have heard a number of model horror stories regarding shoots with certain photographers and the conversation rarely shifts back to our perspective, so I’m’ giving you a chance to vent. (LOL) What was your most difficult shoot and why? Obviously, you don’t have to give us the names.

RR: Yea, I just hope I’m not “one of those” photographers in some of these models’ eyes – but you just never know what a model REALLY thinks of you, since some of them are just good actors… I can just go by facts of what I experienced.
     The most difficult shoot, is when a model acts like a Diva, (and they have no reason to be since they aren’t famous or rich, or they’re not THAT “hot” – but they THINK they are) … had a very demanding model (re: on set requirements, particular beverage, body lotions, breaks, wrote extra stipulations on my model release form  ß mind you this person wasn’t of the highest model caliber) and yet would not perform all the requested concepts – so needless to say the shoot was a waste and I couldn’t use any of the images – but yet I was still asked to produce some images .. ultimately, the model was STILL not satisfied with the final retouch job, and kept asking if there were “better ones” than I already selected (out the best) … it’s just one of those types of models that make you want to give up the whole thing -- the type of model that always questions the Artist, the Concept and the Finals produced.
   …I seem to work best when the model totally trusts my vision and doesn’t ask questions like, “What’s my motivation?” – or “What is this concept trying to tell the world?” [ugh]…  I feel that pigeon-holes the whole shoot from the start.

B: Let’s flip it around and talk about your best shooting experience and what made it memorable.

RR:  I have a lot of those (Thank Goodness)…  but one sticks out in particular where this model has a good rapport with me and seems to enjoy working together with me.  I had to drive the model to all these different locations and shoot all these different themes in ONE DAY –  I knew he was tired and he was hungry --- and yet he still had a positive attitude, energy and at least PRETENDED he still liked me - HAHAHA…  For that, I always feel grateful - like I owe the WORLD to this model and would do anything for him.
   …I just love models who ENJOY MODELING and who are respectful to the Artist/Photographer who is doing their best to make the model look THEIR best… of course, Photographers should be respectful towards their models just the same.

B: What types of models do you think should have more exposure?

RR:  Well, obviously, exotic men of color!  You already know that our counter-parts ALREADY get all the exposure!  And there are ENDLESS amounts of photographers who only prefer that anyway.

What would your ideal male model look like?

RR:   I’ve always been partial to dark/exotic features, great physique of course, most likely a mix of ethnicities seem to grab my attention … especially the types you really can’t make out “what” they are.

What characteristics do you think every model needs to have?

RR:  Besides the obvious physical characteristics required to BE a model, the best models are great exhibitionists by nature …

B: Let’s talk about the dynamics of a shoot and professionalism. I’m hearing, more and more, about photo shoots crossing over into something intimate between model and photographer. What are your viewpoints on this?

RR: I’m only against photographers who take advantage of their creative power to get something out of the model that the model doesn’t agree with - or leads a model on under false pretenses. There are so many gray areas with this, each specific incident has to looked at before I can simply “cast the first stone” of judgment against anyone.

Have you ever been in a situation where a model wanted the photo shoot to become more physical, such as photographer as fluffer?

RR:  I’ll leave that up to our readers imaginations!  Haha!

B: There is a great deal of attention lavished on the model during a shoot, and when the session includes nudity or more than one model, excitement can occur. Have you ever had a male model get visibly aroused during a shoot? Is so, how do you handle the situation?

RR: Yes. I actually prefer it since I think it actually looks better … Remember, society puts such a stigma on penis “size” – no man wants to appear “small” – so I say, anything that helps the model look more flattering (kinda like flexing their “muscles” look a lot better than when they don’t)…
   …I had a model once tell me, “I’d prefer that it doesn’t look like a belly-button”… LOL!  Kinda like when I shoot women for Boudoir work, they prefer their breasts to look “Perkier” and much more “inflated” – vs. flat and flaccid.  But not to worry, arousals always diminish as the shoot progresses, so I never have to “handle” the situation, haha.

B: Men can get pretty caught up emotionally when it comes to what they have between their legs. Has size ever created an issue for a model? Have you been able to overcome this, and if so how?

RR:  Fortunately, I haven’t had to work with a model who has had this issue – most models I’ve worked with, are already comfortable in their own skin … if they do have an issue, they shouldn’t be modeling.

B: You have photographed some of my favorite models like cover boys Yasiel and John Ryan, in addition to past cover boys Eric Rensburg and Peter Le. You also have quite a catalog of beautiful men that people may not be as familiar with. Where do you meet your models?

RR:  All different places, really… I’ve been lucky, two has found me through my online portfolio/website, the other two was referred to me by another photographer friend. Some I’ve gotten to know personally through my work as a performer – and some are friends-of-friends.

B: I have a personal wish list of models I’d love to work with like J Phoenix, GIO NYC and his brother ARMANI, J Gregory, and you have been lucky enough to shoot with 4 that I mentioned. Are there any models that are on your personal wish list?

RR: Personal wish list… there’s a couple of them, I can’t think of their names off-hand since they are not really “well-known” like the others you’ve mentioned... I guess I have a soft spot for the “under-dogs” in the modeling world -- or the under-exposed “Diamonds in the Rough”… I just don’t dream about shooting models who are already “over exposed” – who may already have a tendency to be “Divas” ---  So unless I have a huge commercial budget, or big name to get some of these guys, I don’t even dare entertain the idea of attaining these high-profile models – but I always welcome those who find ME of course!

B: What about photographers…are there any that you’d love to collaborate with?

RR:  ANY of the A-List Celebrity photographers ... I still get all “star-struck” for Hollywood Celebrities.. haha .. but wait, that would only mean I want to meet the celebrities THEMSELVES and NOT work with the photographer! My bad! LOL

B: You receive a great deal of positive feedback here in BLISS from models that have been featured that have worked with you. How do you develop a rapport with your models?

RR:  All I can say is, maybe because I’m such a push-over ..??   I’ve always been the “nice guy” who gets walked-on all over the place – or who always “Finishes Last” .. and maybe my nice-guy demeanor is something the models feel as non-threatening or non-demanding ??  Which, I suppose, allows for a very comfortable work environment for models… ?  I don’t know, I try to be myself, respect the models 100%  and I just want the shoot to be FUN for the both of us.  Isn’t this why we do this ??  Oh yea, that’s right… there are some who do it JUST for the money … but then it’s not fun anymore, that just becomes WORK…

B: Can you reveal 5 things about yourself that even those who are close to you may be surprised to discover?

RR:  Hmmm.. I pretty much wear my heart out on my sleeve, I don’t think I can surprise anyone with something they don’t already know about me.. haha.
… what.. that I can Sing?  Hmmm…  That I’ve modeled nude before (many moons ago)?  It’s like everyone knows that stuff about me already.. hahaha…

B: What about the 5 things that you feel you couldn’t live without?

RR:  My husband, My Mom, My Family, My Health, My Voice, My Sanity

B: Where do you see yourself, in terms of your art in the next 5 years?

RR: I’m not very ambitious… exactly where I am… I’m pretty happy right now…

B: Any last words?

RR: Thank you to people like you, Sean, who’ve have made me feel special about my work – and to those who have CREDITED my name to my work when they’ve stolen it online (i.e. CHINA) --- ALOHA NUI LOA to you and the people who support me =)

©2010 - Sean Dibble

Ron Reyes Photography

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