If you are considering working with me it is worth your time to read all of my profile, as lengthy as it is.
Time Saver: If you have augmented breasts; large tattoos; feel the need to stare at the camera; or can't function without an escort, don't bother reading further. Nothing will come of it and it will only serve to piss you off.
I do not respond to text type messages. u,c,r and i are not words. If you can't take the time to use proper grammar don't bother attempting to communicate with me because I will not respond.
I have zero interest in working with a person just because they are willing to take their clothes off.
Still with me?
Worked with Kodak Law Enforcement Photography School and the Department of Justice training programs.
I am an artist that works mainly outdoors during the summer months shooting nudes in landscapes that will be displayed as prints in galleries. My art is shown on average in seven galleries around the world each year.
My art is not about being nude outdoors. Each image is a story unto itself. Sometimes the nude is secondary to the landscape or the story being told.
Currently I have over a dozen prints in permanent museum collections and many in private collections.
Although I am a skillful studio photographer, and have one of the largest private studios in Minnesota, I hate being cooped up indoors during the summer months when there is so much to be done outdoors. Besides, I lack the imagination to create anything but pretty figure study work in a studio. I need background to get my mind going, for it is not about taking a photograph of a nude woman. It is about fitting a nude woman into an existing story in my head.
Outdoor shoots involve hiking and camping and require subjects to be physically fit.
All of my outdoor shoots are TF/images where you get all of the images edited.
I am a one or two shot photographer per setup. I do not bang away with the hope I will get one good image out of two hundred taken. I may spend 20 minutes adjusting and readjusting. We may have to sit there and wait until the light is just right. We may not be able to work at a location at all because the light is not what I had in mind for the shot. I won't take a photo just to have something to do. It has to be near perfect or we are not going to do it.
I do not pay for gas. TF/images shoots need to be an equal partnership endeavor and it cost me at least as much for gas to get to the locations we shoot in as it does you.
*Note: I do not allow escorts.
On our initial contact I will provide personal information: Home address; home phone number; full name and birth date; private email; etc.
*Note: I do not photograph anyone with augmentations, even if they are paying me. My time is much too valuable to be wasted on fake body parts that do not flow like body parts should.
A note on hair color: I prefer the collar matches the cuffs. It looks silly to have blonde hair and brunette eyebrows, or mismatched in any other location. I don't care if your hair is blonde; brunette; black; red; gray; or hot pink as long as it is the same everywhere. I will make exceptions in this area if things aren't too out of hand.
I really dislike the word, collaborate. It is much over used and just tells me everyone involved has not a clue what they are doing, but if they get together maybe they can dope something out.
There are no age limit restrictions for working with me on either end as long as the laws are followed, although I prefer models 30 years of age or older so I know they will show up and not go missing from the grid two days before a scheduled shoot.
There are no size restrictions for working with me as long as you are well kept.
If you decide to work with me be aware that by the end of the day I will have seen every part of your body more times than I care to, and you will be so tired you won't give a rat's ass.
Review my work carefully before contacting me for a shoot. Make sure it is in keeping with what you would like to see in your portfolio because I am not going to let you wear high heels; nail polish or jewelry. No fancy hairdo (I am perfectly happy with how your hair is when you wake up). No makeup. I'm not looking for sexy. I'm looking for raw bodies that sculpt into natural settings. I'm looking for models who truly want to create art rather than just have pretty pictures of themselves naked.
So, that's it in a nut shell.
I have been called a curmudgeon more than once and I may very well be, but I am passionate about creating good art rather than living room fodder.
(I use to be a cranky person, but I have mellowed in my old age)
I think I have covered most questions you might have about working with me, but if I have not, don't hesitate to open your mouth and ask. I won't bite. I may wave my arms wildly, but I won't bite.
Sometimes in need of a female photo assistant when working outdoors.
If you're down here and still reading you must be lacking serious entertainment or interested in my work. I would like to think it is the later and I will hear from you soon.
I also model for those who might have an interest in using an older fellow for some figure work; or in need of a modeling partner; or those who just have to know what the photographer looks like. But don't wait too long as I am not getting any better looking with age.
My wife and I maintain a home in the middle of the Chippewa National Forest, about four and a half hours north of the twin cities. It is very secluded and on a lake.
I do shoot erotic work but attempt to keep that work separate from this portfolio.
I do not print my own coffee table books as though they were some major publishing feat. My published work has been done by publishing companies.
If you are not going to work with me I don't care if you like me or not. I'm not offended.
Represented by nine galleries around the world.
"The word "giddy" should not come from a 58 year old."
"Pretty sure that raised toe was meant to fend off the centipedes."
"I am not sleeping on top next time. You make a lousy pillow."
"I climbed, hiked, stretched, laid in freezing cold water, squished my finger and hauled gear into and out of camp. ALL worth it Mr. Swanson!"
"That was the best time of my life...except for losing all my clothes down the river and having to drive five hours home in nothing but your sweatshirt."
"I found myself wanting to be a part of your gallery, inside of your masterpieces but feel as though I already am just by seeing them on the screen. I wish I could see the world through your eyes, it must be beautiful."
"You have enough hair on your body to be classified as a fur bearing mammal."
"Ten miles of hiking for one damn photo! Do that again and I will never speak to you as long as you live. I can do bold typing too! "
"I look forward to working with you and not falling off cliffs again soon."
"Next to you my passion feels incredibly weak, but I will take your words to heart as I continue my creating. "
"You are such an animal! The tension was incledible between us. I can't wait to go again, only next time you have to let my hands go where ever they want..."
"Thank you my friend for another incredible shoot. Oh, and the visiting bear at the campsite was a nice touch!"
"So... You want me on rocks, huh?
"I checked! There is no rule that you have to be naked while in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. You made that up!
"Your work has always amazed me. So impressed and so inspired. I use your page as examples for potential new nude models all the time."
"You have the bestest wife in the whole world. What she sees in you is beyond me."
"What the fuck is it with you. Everytime we work together I want to go home and kick my boyfriend."
"I drove really slow on my way home, and I cried most of the way. Cried because I wasn't wanting it to end."
"If you ask me if I'm doing okay one more time I'm going to stab you to death with your own tripod."
"I don't think that was a cougar outside our tent, but it was comforting to have your arm around me the rest of the night."
"I love how each of your photos tells a story. No matter how complex or simple to scenery is, you can't help but take your time enjoying each one."
"I was spying on you when you pooped."
"Good food; good friend; good wine; good scenery; good exercise; good night sleep; good weather. Great images! That about wraps up our last three days."
"What we did today was very erotic, and I really wanted to just jump your bones."
"After a week with you in the wilderness I came to the conclusion that you have only one flaw. You are human, and that I totally get. I can't wait to embark on our next adventure."
"I wish you were my dad."
"After working with you this week, I never want to wear clothes again."
"We had that entire place to ourselves and it felt normal not to have clothes on. I want to go again and spend another full day there with you, even if we don't take any pictures."
"I have never eaten such a wonderful meal. Your ability to cook over a campfire ought to get you on some TV show."
"I learned one thing working with you. You are all bark and no bite."
"When you get naked with me out there I feel like we should be together. It is not sexual, just a bonding of sorts. Something I lack in my everyday life. There is always excitement in a shoot with you. Why is that?"
"I had such a wonderful time. The scenery was fantastic, but my favorite part was sitting around the campfire in the evenings with a couple of fingers of good scotch, all worn out and a day's worth of memories running through my head while we poked at the fire and relaxed. Then the warmth of the sleeping bag as the nights grew cool. No car noises, no lights. Just that damn owl hooting. I miss it already."
"I always thought old guys were kind of icky until I worked with you."
"You made me cry, in a good way."
"...and my big toe was someplace where the sun doesn't shine. Today I can't even move my legs."
"David, you are the undisputed king of Minnesota photographers. How you get all that you get done amazes me to no end. Thanks for all your positive reviews and encouragement to us mere mortals."
David Swanson ~ Photographer