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Model Insider Spotlight - Cherrystone - MI 69

How did you get started in photography? What brought you to it?
My great uncle took me into his darkroom to give my parents a break for a few minutes. They were astounded he got me to sit still for 30 minutes, while I watched images appear on print paper in the "magic water" as he called it. He sent me home with a Kodak Vest Pocket Bellows. Wish I still had it. Later in life, I first made $$$ doing copy work and restoring peoples ancestor images in the early 70's.

Do you consider yourself: Pro, Semi Pro, Hobbyist, Amateur, Something Else?
I hate to put a tag on myself. I pull in a reasonable 5 figure amount with my camera, which augments other income. I don't chase $$ because I simply don't want to at this stage of my life. I will turn down $$ if I don't like a job offer.

How did you find Model Insider and what do you like best about it?
One of the admin's here sent me an email the first few weeks to tell me about MI, I fell into profile #69. ;)

What gear do you use?
I switched from Canon to Nikon after nearly 25 yrs. in 2002, went digital in 2005.

What is your usual genre? Favorite genre?
I like shooting editorial nudes & regular editorial/commercial stuff when I have an appropriate model, makeup & attire. If I'm in a good outdoor setting, I'll slide towards traditional art to an extent. I'm trying to do less of the traditional stuff in the last year or so. Some depends on who the model might be.

How do you find models to work with?
I find models on-line of course, some pass thru Columbus and show up at my door, and others by local referral.

Do you do provide styling and makeup? Do you work with a preferred MUA?
I had a regular MUA for 5 yrs. when I was still in Detroit, not as much down here for reasons of availability and what I'm shooting in recent years. 3-4 of what I'd call my regular models do a good job themselves. However if I'm doing editorial/commercial work for a models portfolio or mine, I'm loathe to shoot without one.

Where do you see yourself going in the next year, artistically and business wise?
Income wise I'm toning down at least 50% or better on paid work, I will only take on work I really want to do. I'm not starving, so I can afford to be picky. I am however increasing gallery showings and print sales.

Do you shoot both in studio and on location and do you have a preference?
Depends on what month you ask me that question. This being mid-February my annual case of cabin fever is getting critical. I like both for various reasons, when I have good access to varied private properties, I'd rather be on location.

Do you have your own studio? If not, do you find this a limitation?
I had a 4,000' studio downtown for 4-5 years. When I found this place I'm living at now, I had no problem losing the studio. I've got 11 rooms, ten foot ceilings, and a dedicated studio room built in 1870, I like the setting and the savings this place affords me.

Do you travel?
Do I travel? Is the Pope Catholic?

Anything else you'd like to tell Model Insiders about yourself?
Naw, nothing much else to say.

Cherrystone's Favorite images he has posted to MI.
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