There was a time in the 80's and 90's when daytime drama's were huge. The high audience demanded high promotion and there were dozens of soap opera magazines on the rack. During that time period, there were photographers who made their living shooting magazine covers and head shots of the most popular soap stars and soap couples. Today, finding great shots of daytime actors can be hard to find, that is... unless you're following the work of photographer Brad Everett Young.
I first discovered Brad's work last year when working on a piece on actor Jonathon McClendon. (Character Assault) Since then, whenever I profile a soap actor, especially one of the hot men who inhabits Salem, I turn to Brad's work. If Days Of Our Lives doesn't have an official photographer, they should hire Brad. his images of the cast, both male and female, are always the best, and hottest shots, that I can find.
Although Brad doesn't only shoot actors from daytime, you will find some of the best shots of your favorite daytime stars on Brad's site, and project, Dream Loud Official. Dream Loud is Brad's response to the many schools that have have been forced to cut their art programs due to budget cutbacks. All of us who were in the school musical, took music or art, sang in a choir or joined a photography or drama club know that those experiences, and the learning that took place there, had and continues to have more of impact on our lives than all of the math, science and geography classes we took combined. Brad shares his passion for the arts through his images, and the actors he shoots, always seem to give that little bit extra in front of his lens.
'Gabor's not sure whether he is a bit of an exhibitionist but he is ever so comfortable erect, gets hard on demand and even finds flattering that men fantasize over his body. What more to ask from a model?'
Timing can often be a great thing. Earlier this month, as part of my FH Flashback, I featured an image of model Kane O'Farrell by Pierre-Yves Monnerville. Revisiting the London based photographer' work had me deciding it was time to get in contact with him about a FH return. I first contacted model Gabor Tarjanilast November after seeing an image of him sitting in the corner of a dirt basement blind folded and naked. The image had level of risky eroticism that had me wanting to learn more about the beautiful Hungarian model.
I needed to get back in touch with Gabor about image choices. But.. before I was able to, and before I could contact Pierre-Yves, he contacted me, with images from a shoot he had done the previous weekend, with Gabor. Pierre had seen Gabor on Model Mayhem as well and they arranged to get together for a shoot in Brighton. Although originally from Hungary, Gabor is currently living and working in the UK. In his e-mail to me, Pierre described Gabor as a 'hunky Hungarian' and I instantly thought it sounded like a good title for the piece. A bit of research however had me learning 'hunky' is not a compliment in Hungary, and has been used as an insult and even as contempt. In this case however, I am using the American definition, and the word, and definition. compliments the strong and sexy Gabor perfectly.
Gabor dipped his toes into modeling when he was in his twenties, working as model, in his clothes, for advertising for local businesses. He didn't model again until last year when a local photographer whose image Gabor 'liked' on facebook asked him about doing some modeling for him, this time without clothes. That photographer, Bluewall was the artist who shot the image of Gabor in basement that first had me reaching out to Gabor. This led to other photographer's discovering Gabor's considerable assets and setting up shoots.
'Pierre saw my uploaded photos and invited me for a shoot. He's a kind and very nice photographer. It was pleasure with working with him. It was a first studio shoot for me. I really enjoyed it. He was incredibly professional and we discussed getting together again in the summer for an outside shoot. I'm a nudist and feel great being naked both inside or outside!'
I always love to ask photographers about interesting stories about the shoots. Pierre and Gabor spent a lot of time talking during the shoot and the photographer shared how not only how open minded Gabor was, but how completely comfortable he was being naked during the shoot. Even more than comfortable, Pierre-Yves shared how much Gabor enjoys being naked.
'Gabor's a hunky, Hungarian straight 43 year-old based in Jersey, Channel Islands. I really can’t believe how open minded he is. We talked a lot about his motivations as a model over the weekend and Gabor was saying that he’s always curious to discover how photographers see him. He’s not sure whether he is a bit of an exhibitionist but he is ever so comfortable erect, gets hard on demand and even finds flattering that men fantasize over his body. What more to ask from a model?'