Monday, April 16, 2007

beautiful from France features my work!

I was very honored this past week, when the wonderful
creators and owners of BEAUTIFUL contacted me
and wanted to feature my photography on their amazing site!

Based in Paris, this duo has been spreading beauty on the
Internet since August 2005. "We got the idea that it
would be nice to create exposure and publicity for people
who mean or could mean something in the gay surroundings.

There are so many talented and sexy gay men out
there who deserve some attention, and we like to bring
them closer to their potential audience. It seems to be a
quite appreciated concept considering the positive responses
and requests we get from both sides.

Of course the fact that we scatter some nudity over
our site might have something to do with that as well!"
The Beautiful Blog gets major traffic!
Thousands of hits per day. To be featured on their
blog is a real honor! Stop by their site and check it out.
You will be hooked, I am sure, and become a regular reader, as I am.

Thank you guys!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Male Models in Chicago

BROTHERS! Is that everyone's fantasy ?

or just mine?
And these two hotties from Eastern Europe,
one is straight and one is gay.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Male Models in Chicago

I am so tired of being cooped up indoors, shooting
models on my couch and on my bed! -
Well, OK, so it's NOT THAT BAD!
But I love doing things outdoors and I have 3 guys
lined up who claim they are exhibitionists and don't mind
being naked outside! That will be a lot of fun! -
A good model really does have to be a bit of an exhibtionist.
Someone shy usually doesn't photograph well.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Male Models By Michael Snell

I think I have a pretty good for fresh talent.
A lot of my most successful models are guys
I hand picked off the street and have never modeled before.
One of my models left Michigan after I photographed him,
and moved to New York, where he was recently featured on
RUNNER magazine, he does work for J. Crew and Donna Karan,
and has a small part in the new movie THE GOOD SHEPHERD.

Adam Bouska, (above ) started as model and

later found himself in back of the camera, shooting

young and upcoming models. Adam now lives in

California and has a calendar coming out later this year!

Paul (above) was discovered

by me, stocking shelfs at Sams Club!

John Murphy (above ) got his body in tip top
shape for our photo shoot. I was able to get him a spread
in MENS WORKOUT, which I shot, and was able to get
him a $10,000 advertising campaign for a
major sports suppliment company.

I am always looking for fresh faces and great bodies!

If you are in Chicago or coming to visit, look me up!

Michael Snell Malephotog (at)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

My work with entertainers....

This is some of my early work. Back in the day,
I won't say what year but you can probably figure it out!
Back in those days, singers/performers gave a media pass
to photographers and allowed then to shoot the entire show,
from the photographers pit! You could leave with
150-200 shots of someone! It was awesome.
Plus, you got to go backstage and hang out with
them after the show most times!

Then came Madonna.

She decided it was not necessary for photographers

to be allowed to shoot the whole show.

She really changed the industry. Her manager allowed

photographers 2 songs only from the pit, then gave them tickets

away from the stage, usually in the balcony, forcing photographers

to shoot with a tele-photo lens, if they wanted more photos.

Then came Prince! He decided to take it a step further!
He offered no passes for the pit.
He set a photographers area on the main floor,
it was slightly raised, near the tech booth,
which was about 50 rows back, forcing everyone to shoot
with a tele-photo lens. I said enough.
And I walked out of that show!

From there on out, all performers started the

1-2 song limit. It wasn't as fun anymore.

And they wouldn't let us backstage.

So I moved away from the genre and started to

focus on models! But there was some good times!

I was on tour with Heart (super nice ladies) for 2 weeks.

Followed Alice Cooper for a week.

Photographed Grace Jones (who was amazing!) , Bette Midler,

Tina Turner (who is a wonderful person!) , Village People,

David Bowie, Babys, Angel, KISS, George Clinton & Parliament,

Diana Ross, Bob Seger - ok, now I guess I am dating myself.

Really, was about 10 years old then! LOL.

It was good times! I consider myself very lucky to have

had that amazing opportunity and meet some awesome people!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Male Models From Chicago By Michael Snell - Blue Photography

Since all of my work involves natural light and
I like to work outside, in the winter monthsI usually
take off from November - February.
It also gives me time to re-charge, look at new ideas,
see what inspires me, etc. - I am looking foward to
Spring already! I have 2 guys waiting to be shot!

This image was used for an ad last year for the
IML (International Mr. Leather) festival.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Male Models in Black and White

"Photography is very powerful in the fact that I
can freeze a moment in time. If I live to be eighty I will be
able to pick up one of my photographs and go back to that
moment and remember every
detail of how that image came to be."

"I look at photography as a series of captured moments.
Location shoots give me the freedom for interesting
backgrounds and composition, which all help convey a
feeling from the model. Magic imagery happens when
there is chemistry, an energy, between the model
and the photographer. Capturing these moments,
makes an exceptional photograph."

"So Many Men - So Little Film.....
I need to switch to digital!"

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Sensual Male Models

A lot of the male models I photograph have
never been before a camera before.
Which can be good - and can be bad!
I hand pick a lot of models just off street,
out in public. Sometimes, someone who appears very sexy
and attractive at first glance, does not photograph well.
And I have found the opposite to be true also.
Someone with average looks, really came to life in front
of the camera! So you just never know.
The model really has to be comfortable in their own skin.

I really enjoy photographing one person at a time.

Two can be tricky. It's usually harder to get that special magic shot.

When I was a teenager, I started out photographing
celebrities. Mostly concerts. People like Rod Stewart,
Bette Midler, Heart, Tina Turner, Grace Jones and the
Village People! I also did some work for Siegfried & Roy
for a while, in more recent years. -
All my life though, I have loved the male image.
The male body is so sexy and beautiful. When I was 12 I was
in love with David Cassidy and Donny Osmond!
David appeared once in Rolling Stone Magazine naked!
I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was a black & white image.
I think it was the early eighties, I started asking
guys to pose for me. Most of what I do is
"fitness" or "physique" oriented. Sometimes the model and
I can sell the photos to someone like MENS WORKOUT,
out of New York. So it's usually always about the body.
And sometimes the models wants to do nudes.
I enjoy photographing a man's body and
trying to light it different ways.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

MALE MODEL Photography and MALE PHYSIQUE Photography By Michael Snell

I really do have a great job!
I love photographing Men and the Male Body.
It's sexy, sensual, sometimes romantic,
sometimes provocative.....
and it's so great when the model can connect with the
camera. It doesn't alwayshappen, unfortunately.
I have had some beautiful men in front of the camera who
were just BLAH!And I have had some average looking
guys in front of the camera who light up and come to life!

Almost everyone is nervous about being photographed,
even if they are not nude. I spend time working with
models so that they’ll feel more comfortable, and relax into their
own body language. Then I can shoot a portrait with some sense
of who they are. I try to capture a feeling from them.
A mood.
Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that they need to
be relaxed all the time. They only need to be relaxed
in the moments of being photographed.
If they’re tense through most of the shoot but I catch
a few relaxed moments, that’s enough. -
And a good number of the men
are photograph classify themselves as straight.
So sometimes it's harder
for them to comfortable - although not always.
It just depends on how
comfortablesomeone is in their own skin.