Wednesday, September 29, 2010

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Scott Herman, Multimedia Fitness Expert

Scott Herman photo by Michael Tammaro. Used with permission of model.

You may have already seen him in any of several magazines — Exercise for Men Only, InTouch Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health. You may have seen his videos and photos online. But either way, you're likely to recognize Scott Herman, the 25-year-old CEO and founder of, a fitness Website that's been attracting a growing audience. 
Scott took some time to answer a few questions exclusively for the readers of 
At what age did you become involved in fitness, and what inspired you to do so?
I started weight lifting when I was 12.  I was very introverted as a kid and needed an outlet for my frustrations.  Weight lifting allowed me to vent in a healthy way.

You have a multifaceted approach to fitness, with an emphasis on exercise and diet. How did you come up with the fitness regimen and plans that you follow?
I have worked in a gym since I was 14 years old.  I have always listened and followed the instructions of those who were older than me and well versed in the teachings of fitness.  Over time I was able to collect everything I have learned and develop my own ways of training and my own philosophy on fitness.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and do so whenever I can!

What made you decide to share your experience with others through your site, channel, and fitness programs?
Years of turning people down from training simply because they couldn't afford it really took a toll on me.  I saw so many people who wanted to make a change but just gave up.  So I decided to do something about it and developed a supportive community where anyone can go for help, confidence, and guidance for free.
It must have taken a lot of work to build up your following, your sponsors, and your multimedia approach. Beyond your motivation to stay fit, how do you stay motivated to keep yourself in the public eye, helping others and building your audience?
To be 100% honest, I believe the biggest thing you can leave behind is your legacy and I want to be remembered as someone who lived a full life and made a difference.  I then want to one day pass on my passion to help others along with the morals and values instilled in me by my parents to my own children.

What do you consider your best physical attributes -- both naturally and in terms of what you've achieved through fitness?
Oddly enough, my brother and I get compliments for having nice hands and fingernails.  Haha. I guess some people's are just creepier than others! However, fitness wise.. I would for sure say my abs.

If you could give one piece of advice to those who'd like to stay fit, what would it be?
Stay consistent and EAT!!!!!  Even if you are not feeling it, still go to the gym and go through the motions.  Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. End of story.

This multimedia, multifaceted, and muscular entrepreneur does more than just stay fit and share advice. He recently became involved in the Trevor Project, an organization which he says is the only nationwide 24/7 Suicide/crisis hotline for the LGBT community in the United States.  "They save over 30 lives a year, and I do what I can to spread the word about this organization so they can save more kids," he says. You can check out the video here:
Scott's Stats:
Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170pounds with 5% bodyfat
"Not sure of my other stats. I never check them because I care more about how I look, not circumference measurements."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

George: Sexy Footballer and Swimmer — Shirtless & Swimwear Shoot

Soccer player George shows his muscular sex appeal while posing shirtless for

Quite a while ago, I did a couple photo shoots with a New York City-based athlete and male model named George. This summer, I had the opportunity to work with him again, and I'm presenting a few of the best shots here. 

This multitalented, muscular jock is just as at home kicking a soccer ball around as he is when donning his competition Speedos to take to the pool, and his well-developed muscular form is proof of his dedication to sports and fitness. We also did a behind-the-scenes video, so stay tuned to see more of George.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Teen Bodybuilder Tyler Dasher Prepares to Compete

I recently came across some impressive videos from an all-natural teen bodybuilder named Tyler Dasher. This 19-year-old Georgia native has put himself on a course for greatness, and the results are already evident in his muscular form. As he prepares for his next competition (and as we discuss doing a shoot together), Tyler answered a few questions for

When did you start bodybuilding?
I did not start working out until I was 17.  I had a cousin that did bodybuilding, and power lifting, and I began working out with him. Logan and I began training together for our first competition and as I started seeing the changes in my body, I was hooked. 

What do you like most about working out?
I love bodybuilding because it is one of the only sports where your level of achievement is determined by you, and your level of dedication.  You have to train hard and control your diet year-round; it is a lifestyle that you live 365 days a year.

How did you decide to start doing videos?
I actually saw some of Nick Wright’s videos [check out’s exclusive interviews with Nick Wright, as well as plenty of photos and videos of this other teen bodybuilder] and decided to make a few videos and see where it went. I have received a lot of good feedback, which continues to motivate me to improve. I plan on posting more videos as I continue training for the upcoming November 13 INBF [International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation] World Bodybuilding & Figure Championship competition in New York.

When did you start competing?
My first competition was the SNBF [Supernatural Bodybuilding and Fitness] Emerald Coast Classic on June 13, 2009. I had been training for seven months and took third place in teen class. It really motivated me to work even harder and improve for my next competition. That first competition was definitely the hardest to prepare for. The discipline it takes to stick to the “pre-competition” diet was a wake-up call. That was all new to me; I had never done that before, and it was challenging.

How hard was it at first?
After the first competition, the hardest thing was watching my body change from “competition ready” back to “off season” in a couple of weeks. That really messed with my mind. It all became easier with a few competitions behind me, especially the diet part, at this point when I am in training, I am not even tempted to have a “cheat meal.” The adrenalin rush that I get when I go onto the stage and the crowd is clapping and cheering has not diminished; it is still a rush every time.

How do you motivate yourself to keep going?
Music plays an important part in my fitness regime and in my life in general. I usually decide on the way to the gym what music I will listen to during my workout. It is almost always hardcore metal or rap, depending on my mood. That is the music that pumps me up, and helps me push even harder when I am working out. “In Fear & Faith” and “Asking Alexandria” are a couple of my favorites.

What are your best body parts?
My best attributes are my abs and legs. My abs always seem to get a lot of attention from the crowd. I think I worked the hardest to build my legs. I guess everyone has areas that they just seem to have to work extra hard on the get size, and legs was mine. Before I started bodybuilding, I weighed 115 pounds, so I have really put on some good muscle. I think the dedication and intensity I bring to each workout, with a spot or alone, has served me well.

What do you do when you’re not working out and competing?
As for my personal life and goals, I have been out of high school for just over a year, and have moved out on my own. I have the “typical” bodybuilder job: I am head of security at a club. I am going to take a year or two to pursue my bodybuilding and continue to work to improve every season. Of course the eventual goal is working towards getting a pro-card. I think that will take some time, continued dedication, and muscle maturity to achieve.

Tyler’s Stats:
Height: 5’10”
Weight off season: 190 lbs  
Competition weight: 165 lbs
Waist: 34”   
Chest: 46”   
Arms: 17”   
Quads: 25”

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fashion's Night Out: My Top 5 Parties

Fashion's Night Out party at Limelight Marketplace. Photo ©Mark Edward Studio for
Fashion's Night Out is New York City's great, democratic opportunity to enjoy a bit of the excitement of the annual Fashion Week event. Thousands of people — from big-name designers and celebrities to unrecognizable types like me —  wandered the streets of Manhattan last night, popping into stores, private parties and other venues to check out the scene of the city's most exciting fashion event.
Believe it or not, this was the first time I participated in Fashion's Night Out (I don't focus much on fashion in my photography, after all). But propelled forward by a couple invites to private events, my partner Angel and I forged into the shiny glass jungle of parties, with no particular agenda or itinerary. We generally avoided the super-crowded big stores, but found it quite easy to come up with our 5 favorite events. 

1. Best Private Party: Andaz 5th Avenue
Vogue Food Critic, Jeffrey Steingarten, and Celebrity Chef, David Chang, provided delicious hors d'oeuvres from Momofuku, while the well-stocked bars provided liquid refreshments in the contemporary ambiance of this midtown hotel. 
Male underwear models at Limelight Marketplace. Photo © Mark Edward Studio

2. Most Male Underwear Models: Limelight Marketplace
Next Magazine partnered with Limelight Marketplace, bringing an energetic group of male underwear models (wearing Pure brand underwear), as well a a drag show to the stage. 

3. Best Small Public Event: Porsche Design
The most attention-getting thing here were the dancers in front — white clad from face to toe, something like the invisible man. Inside the uncrowded shop, a great DJ, friendly staff and tasty drinks and snacks rounded out the event here. 

Bryan Adams, photographed by Patrick McMullan for New York Magazine.
4. Best-Looking Crowd: Calvin Klein
We missed the appearance by musician and photographer Bryan Adams, but arrived in time to check out the wide array of models and model types that came here to celebrate. 

5. Most Diverse Excitement: Barneys New York
We arrived in time to see Simon Doonan and Chris Blackwell, and the multiple floors of this fashionable retailer were also filled with other activities and excitement, including ping-pong tournaments, musical chairs and an appearance by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. 

We Also Liked: Omega Boutique, which was uncrowded, pleasant, with great music; Zara, which had strikingly beautiful female models posing patiently in front; Camper, which served up a lovely champagne-and-grenadine cocktail in fluted plastic glasses; and Bally, which had a nice ambiance (but where it was impossible to find a glass to get a drink from the handsome waitstaff).  

A few more photos from the most photogenic event for male models, Limelight Marketplace:

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Friday, September 10, 2010

New York Fashion Week Male Model Castings, by Kevin Tachman

Photo by Kevin Tachman, for

Fashion Week is big business in New York City, pulling in big name retailers, designers and media from around the world. It's also, obviously, a big deal for models, providing them with yet another opportunity to be seen. Award-winning photographer Kevin Tachman — known for his backstage access to the worlds of fashion, music and art — made some gorgeous shots of this male model castings during this year's Fashion Week, several of which you can see here. To see more of his work, check out his blog,
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for
Photo by Kevin Tachman, for

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Abercrombie & Fitch Unleashes the First A&F Quarterly in Years

My own male model Archy checks out the new A&F Quarterly. Photo by Mark Edward Studio.
The A&F Quarterly has returned, after an absence that has lasted years. And finally, the world can return to normal, thanks to the presence of scantily clad (and almost completely nude) female and male models that roam through the pages of this prized collector's catalog. 
I braved massive crowds of tourists at the Abercrombie & Fitch on Fifth Avenue in New York City to get my copy. I captured a few images as my own model Archy (pictured above and below, and soon in his own photo and video features here on leafed through the pages. One thing must be said: Abercrombie & Fitch has been bold in its equal-opportunity sexualization of both female and male models, never shying away from showing the human body.
Live A&F store models pose with an endless stream of tourists at the store in New York City.
Now let's take a look inside the A&F Quarterly...
From the A&F Quarterly.
Art and poetry from the A&F Quarterly.
Hollywood style in the A&F Quarterly (minus the clothes).
The A&F Screen Test, as depicted in the A&F Quarterly.
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