Matthew Edwards Imagery Male Photographer


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Jun 18, 2016

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About Me

NUDE PHOTOGRAPHER (not me... you)
Art - Fashion - Glam - Indoor - Outdoor -
Rural - Urban - Public - Fetish - Erotic
Read further down how I define "Full Nude" vs "Erotic"

I enjoy many facets of art, to include reading, writing, painting, architecture, sculpture, and definitely the cutting-edge creativity of math & science; where the true artists of our modern culture are working. Me? I'm more of a classical, romantic fascinated by the Enlightenment of the Renaissance (which seems to be coming to a close, these days), trying to add my own take... my own thoughts and concepts... to artistic trails that have already been blazed for nearly 500 years, by bold & wonderful artists and muses. I'd like to think of my work as "Late Enlightenment," as Society and Civilization are clearly sliding back into a "Post-Enlightenment" kind of Dark Ages.

Chicago Based Photographer
I've shot all over the world from Prague to Dubai to New Zealand, and even Afghanistan as a Combat Photographer (25V) for an Army PsyOp Battalion.

Prefer low to no ink, but tats are not an automatic dealbreaker.

A list of general themes/ideas to shoot, just to get the creative juices flowing:
1) I do have a drone that could be VERY interesting for both Stills & Video, but I have yet to explore the possibilities.
2) The One-Shirt Flirt (bottomless inspiration). Business on Top, Party Down Below?
3) I just bought a bunch of hip-chains, neck-chains, pearls, chokers, bracelets, and anklets that could make for a great classic nude shoot.
4) Golf Course Nudes - either sneaking onto a green, or playing a full round if you golf!
5) Glam Gloves & Thigh-Highs with Heels - nothing else (maybe one of those long, classic cigarette holders).
6) I always like a good Helmut Newton look with tight hair & a choker.
7) Blindfolds and/or Anonymous Erotica
8) White Athletic Socks in Bed - nothing else! Add energy by using your legs to show-off the socks! (kind of a mild fetish that a friend had & it sort of wore-off on me, lol!)
9) Urban Nudes are my forté, but not many models seek to be excited by the idea.
10) - - - more to come? Suggest some of your own - - -

The greatest influences on my work are
1) First & foremest, Edward Weston for his classic framing, composition, camera orientation, and paying attention to the edges of the frame instead of the center of the frame;
2) Ansel Adams for perspective, immaculate editing with regard to dodging, burning, the way he used to "burn-through" hershey-bar negatives because he knew the detail was still in the emulsion, how to "view" a photo by paying attention to the highlight & shadow details, and the Zone System from The Camera, The Negative (capturing necessary information & detail, he would have loved histograms!) through the final Image and/or The Print (if you know these books, you know what I'm talking about);
3) Helmut Newton for his sexy fashions, his fun and deliberate "oops!" looks, and his bold urban nude styles, and his rich Hollywood locations; and finally...
4) Combat Photography, itself, also known as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) where you don't always have time to compose the perfect scene and capture the perfect shot, but the images are still more powerful than anything I've ever shot; some of the awful things I've shot for the Army are a direct influence on the beauty I'm trying to create, now. None of the military images I've shot are mine, so you won't see any displayed here (just as well). I shot them for DoD missions, and they're sitting in a government archive, hopefully with the proper VIRIN on them so I might get credit if they're ever published (I didn't catalog them. I turned over my storage cards to the leadership when I returned from every mission).

Lately, I'm thinking of absorbing whatever influence I can from George Hurrell's style of classic Hollywood glam... and/or Film Noir. It's one of my 2024 New Years Resolutions to develop this style. Still studying it and practicing with non-model subjects.

As of May, 2022, I'm adopting a policy that models who want to shoot with me should post some thoughtful comments on my photos, as that is what I'm more likely to respond to. Please, no comments, like, "Dope," "Love it," or "Yummy." I put too much money & effort into my imagery to have it reduced to "Dope" or "Yummy." Tell me why an image speaks to you. If none speak to you and you only want my money (the rates I pay are listed below), then we shouldn't be shooting, right? If some of them do speak to you, then take a moment to share your thoughts and let me and others know what you like. It's not much to ask considering that I spend more time editing one photo than it took to shoot the entire session. I'll spend that much time on your images, too, if we shoot. The truth is, we all do this to make others say, "Wow!" and I'm simply tired of one-sided friendships where I give all the attention and get none in return. People DO notice, and I DO care what other people think. It's like models are afraid to admit that they like your work, out of fear that giving others accolades and attention somehow diminishes their own worth or value. It doesn't. The greatest stars you'll ever know absolutely shower others with compliments and praise! So don't hold back! Don't worry, you'll still get paid... and will likely get more work.

I'm no longer trying to monetize my art (I do I hope you think some of my images qualify as "art"), mainly because I've always been a terrible businessman, and today there's just no money in it for photographers, anymore. Models are making all the money they need shooting selfies for Instagram, Patreon, and OnlyFans (and yet, I still pay models; go figure. See? Terrible businessman, lol!).

Nowadays, when I have the money, I'm just shooting local and travelling models as they come, simply for the sheer joy of seeing what we can create together. Sometimes the magic strikes, sometimes it doesn't. As I've said, I do pay models for their time. The rates I pay and MY definitions of "Full Nude" vs "Erotic" are listed, below.

If you have a fully developed, artistic portfolio, my pay scale for full nudes/erotic/fetish, is below. Note: if you DON'T have a fully developed artistic portfolio, I will gladly help you develop one by adding marketable value to your body of work, in which case, these rates don't apply. That is definitely a fair trade since you'll eventually be making a lot more money off of photography than I ever will. I'm tired of seeing models drive up to shoots in luxury SUVs and Mercedes-Benz's while I'm working overtime at a strenuous job that I hate, and putzing around in an old minivan, just to create some art that doesn't sell because no one jerks off to it, lol! Stupid, right?

Below is the scale I pay for full nudes based on $20-bill increments.
(if you only do sheer or see-thru lingerie/wet-t, subtract $20 from each hour. If you do erotic - described farther down - add $20 to each hour):
So the totals play-out, as follows:
1 hour -> $120 full nude (impled/see-thru $100 - Erotic $140)
2 hours -> $200 full nude (implied/see-thru $160 - Erotic $240)
3 hours -> $260 full nude (implied/see-thru $200 - Erotic $320)
4 hours -> $320 full nude (implied/see-thru $240 - Erotic $400)
etc (Note: I rarely shoot more than 3 hours)
These rates fit MY budget and are commensurate first & foremost with how much money *I* make at *my* shitty job, doing work I absolutely hate (warehousing); and also with the time and effort I put into arranging shoots. If it gets too tedious or expensive, I'll politely back out. Then there's the time I put in after a shoot to make the images look nice. I won't post images that aren't up to quality standards. You DO want nice photos when we're done, right?

I know you want to make your money when you come to town, but so does every other model who contacts me, and I get contacted by A LOT of models! Which is wonderful! But I have to be judicious with my time, selections, and my income. I pay quality artistic models for quality artistic collaborations. So convince me I should shoot with you instead of them.

I define "Full Nudes" for a woman the same way I would define full nudes for a man. In the normal course of posing, sometimes "certain areas" (meaning: *genitals,* oh my!) will show more than others. Just because some vag might be showing in an image, doesn't automatically make it "erotic." What I don't want are awkwardly clamped legs that don't look casual or natural with the pose. To me, that looks just as awkward as unnaturally spread legs, and labes pulled wide-open.

Erotic, on the other hand, which I also like, would have a more sensual tone to the image, not pulled-open spreads. Erotic is a mood, not porn. Maybe a lower camera angle, a more intense look of passion, maybe a touching hand 9r tracing finger in an intimate caress... arousing while maintaining a passion for art. No gynecological spreads... not for me, anyway.

Hopefully, that gives you a better understanding of my meaning between "Full Nudes" vs "Erotic Nudes."

One of my favorite sayings:
This work is a lot like Rocket Science.
Except there aren't any Rockets,
and you don't need Science!

You do need passion & practice, though! Lots of passion & lots of practice!
EXPERIENCE! You have to learn what works and what doesn't work. There's no substitute for experience, and you'll never acquire experience without trying, failing, and improving on your mistakes. Emulate greatness.

As the master of my medium, I reserve the artistic right to photoshop anything I choose in an image; in exactly the same manner as painters and sculptors who exert complete control over their medium to evoke a mood or message they want to convey, through visual manipulation. I will remove distractions, create balance, and adjust tones, etc, to make an image look how I want it to.

Thank you for your time & interest.
- Matthew

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Credit Notes

Beautiful Models I've shot with:
(the list has really grown! Not all are listed at the moment!)
Nini_6979 - 4530062 (St Louis, MO)
Danielle Lynn Scott - 806166 (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Marissa M Chavez - 4449289 (listed in Chicago, now in Puerto Rico)
Hello Jewels - 3953367
Artistic Physique - 1793485 (Columbus, OH)
LilMizzUnique - 3339096
Brit Zentz - 2965912
Model Mila Rose - 3010174 (North Aurora, IL)
St Merrique - 772043
Blondieee - 3751480
K Y L I E - 2294526
D E V I - 2686156
Bailey Daniels -
Kayla_Ann_90 - 4451682
Paper Doll - 703682
Tiffany Helms - 2904260
Natasha Nafrini - 92964
Emmy Elle - 2821103
Vassanta (retired)
Heather Carden - Not on MM
Karly Salinas - 3229981
Katlyn Lacoste - 1227596
BrittniWalker - 4109323 (aka: @knockoutkitten)