Model Mayhem #:
Last Activity:
Jan 14, 2023
Very Experienced
Oct 26, 2013

About Me

I'm an artist who works in representational art (charcoals, oils) as well as fine art photography. I have a passion for photography as an art form and teach art photography at the Oregon Society of Artists.

Art Modeling: I run a life drawing group (Garden Home Art Studio) where I hire models to sit for long poses while a group of artists paints their portraits. I have limited openings but if that's something you're interested in please feel free to contact me. The work is paid, however please be aware that posing for drawing pays less than posing for photography.

Photography: I focus primarily on human subject matter. Currently I'm working on several projects which deal with surrealism combined with gothic/victorian styling.

Artistically I'm inspired by the works of Jean Leon Gerome, Odd Nerdrum, Anders Zorn, Gustave Corbet and many others. Authors such as William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Edgar Allan Poe have been an influence on many of my projects.

If you're interested in working together please feel free to message me.

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"It was delightful modeling for Michael. He had a clear vision of what he desired, was adaptive to site location matters, deeply kind, respectful, and creates spectacular photography." Read less

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"Michael is a true artist, beyond photography, easy to work with, kind, and professional. " Read less

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"Michael is very professional, and was a blast to work with. It's really neat to see his art progress from a blank canvas to a work of art, can't wait to go to Sunday Salon again be it for an art pose, or to do some drawings." Read less

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"Michael is an incredibly kind and talented photographer! I love the care he put into our moon goddess concept and the unique lighting scheme he set up. Can't wait to shoot with him again and highly recommend!" Read less

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"Michael Lerch is wonderful and easy to work with, whether painting or photographing. He's always very professional and looks out for a model's needs. " Read less

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Credit Notes

Cirque Events:
Skykissers, Phoenix Arizona 2015
House Cirque, "Haute Noire", Phoenix Arizona 2015
Prismagic, "Strings", Portland Oregon 2015

Styleynn: Timeless Fashion as Art ( - July 30, 2014)
Java Magazine ( July/August 2015)
Avant Vedge Fashion Blog ( January/February 2016)

Models represented in my photo portfolio:
AimeeLisa (#1408261)
Ammalynn (#2127591)
Angelina (#1485887)
Anya (Not on MM)
Floofie (#65089)
Lindsay Jane (Not on MM)
Lux Lacheln (#671776)
Maycn (Not on MM)
MissLizzyGee (#3719992)
Molly Voorhees (#2906195)
Nelle (#3285855)
Plush (#2257785)
Srndpt (#1812358)
Skykissers / House of Cirque Cast - Not on MM
Prismagic - Not on MM