I've spent the last ten years of my life doing mostly nude photography. Last I checked, I have well over 2 million shutter presses and over 400 thousand photos saved on my numerous hard drives. In this time I've seen a lot of naked bodies. It's a privilege to see humans drop their pretenses along with their clothes and embrace their vulnerabilities.
A lot of my subjects compare the process to therapy. Many times they come in as strangers, they talk to me about their life and by the end of it they leave as friends
A crucial component of this is my wife Camille. She is always with me working just as hard as I do, sometimes applying paint to our subjects other times becoming a subject herself.
I can't overstate how much she means to me. Her support, her willingness and dedication to do what we love is incredible.
Every day I fall in love with her all over again.
My work has been published in more mediums than I care to count at the moment . I've had some fantastic solo exhibitions where my photography has adorned the walls of incredible exclusive places. Places I would never had seen had it not been for my work and the people that believe in me.
Thanks to these opportunities I was able to sell my prints for what they are worth and have printed aluminum masterpieces which I'm hugely proud of.
Controversy comes naturally as there's always someone that feels uncomfortable looking at my images. While I expect it to happen I’m pretty blown away by what people choose to find offensive.
Recently we became parents as our little Kael was dropped into our hands screaming and crying. As parents we've been thrust into a crazy new world filled with unexpected insane challenges and some curious human behavior.
I would never imagine the two photos that would cause me the biggest grief are the ones of my pregnant wife and the photo of her breastfeeding our child. It boggles my mind to think THIS is what finally caused people to be so upset with me.
I've received a fair share of messages I won't post here. I've heard of people contacting my family members letting them know how appalled they are by these images.
"OMG Camille is NAKED! He's showing off his wife! OMG He's showing off your grandson while he feeds. That's incredibly rude! THOSE PHOTOS SHOULD BE PRIVATE!" – This is really my interpretation of your reactions
These words are for you, the people that follow me that are appalled by what they see in my feed.
What is wrong with you? How is it possible to find a moment as honest as this offensive? Don't you understand that you are what's wrong in this world? Where does this need to feel offended come from?
Please do me a huge solid and delete me from your social media. It’s extremely easy to delete me from Facebook, unfollow me from Instagram etc. I promise I won’t find it offensive at all.
I won't censor my images because they offend your senses. I refuse to believe that's the way things should be.
I'm tired of these petty fights.
All I want is a life worth living. A life behind a lens that celebrates beauty and captures imagination.
All I'll leave is a collection of photos.