Male Physique and Portrait Photographers: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Male Physique and Portrait Photographers: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Trey’s social media

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Introduction

While doing some social media work for Box Menswear, I was able to discover the work of Austin, Texas, based Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar. Trey was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s 2019 photo shoot in Texas.

I saw some Trey’s photos from the Box Menswear photo shoot on Instagram, which I liked and wanted a physical print. I emailed him and found out prints were possible. I have bought several prints over time.

This blog has had several articles on the models in front of the camera. This blog article will focus on the person behind the camera. I will start with an interview Trey did with Yo Soy podcast.

Yo Soy Podcast with Trey

Alejandro Victoria hosts the Yo Soy podcast, which is also based in Austin, Texas. In 2019, Yo Soy had an interview with Trey.

In the podcast, Alejandro and Trey discussed several topics, including how Trey transitioned from working in retail to entering photography and owning his own business. Trey also discussed how he entered the male portrait photography niche. Also, Trey provides his view on being a Latino man within the portrait photography industry.

Trey is open to providing photography advice to people who ask him for it. He noted in the interview that while he provides technical advice, each person has a different eye and will produce different images.

While Trey posts photos of stunning models on his Instagram pages, those models’ business is based on looking fantastic in photos. Those photos attract attention and create business leads. Trey takes photos of all people, focusing on helping the person to look their best.

For people looking to enter photography, Trey encourages people to take a lot of photographs of everything. This is the way to discover what type of photography the person likes.

Alejandro asked Trey if he had any favorite models. Trey responded that he likes working with models that are comfortable in their skin. (Interestingly, Trey himself prefers to take photos rather than being in photos.) Trey named two models as favorites, Keith Laue, and Kevin Mize, though I got the impression that he likes working with all people.

I have provided a summary of the 30-minute interview. I recommend listening to the podcast as you get to learn more about Trey the artist and person creating the images.

My Photo Orders

I saw some photos that Trey posted on his Instagram from the Box Menswear photoshoot with Josh Watson, a model from the United Kingdom, posing with a U.S. flag. So, the photo had a guy from the United States’ former colonial country enjoying his time in the former colony.

Other photos that I have bought: Box Menswear model Alex Parker and another model named Jordan. The photos are more of the models interacting with space. The models have been in the gym or have a physique developed with athletics. Most have sunlight and one is under studio lights.

Why Buy Photo Prints?

With the Internet, there is a lot of photography to enjoy. However, photographs are a form of intellectual property which is owned by someone, usually the photographer. The issue with the Internet is that the photographs are enjoyed without credit being given to the model or the photographer. So, on the blog, I make sure to locate model and photographer names and provide links for each. To the extent possible, I ask if prints are available.

As things have moved to digital and there is more concern with conserving paper and the use of chemicals, prints are less common than when I was growing up (there was not the Internet as it exists today. Photography was based on the use of film and having prints made.)

Also, I want to support the artist making the photos that I enjoy. So, I buy a book or a print to do it.

Trey’s Work

Trevor

Trey has a blog on his website. While it is from 2018, there are some interesting entries there. One blog post was about a New Yorker, Trevor, who is an artist. Trey met Trevor through Instagram. All the photos are great.

Box Menswear

Trey had been taking photos for Box Menswear clothing since 2018. Based on his blog posts, he likes working with the brand. An interesting side note: In the Yo Soy podcast (discussed above), Trey mentioned that Luke Mills, the owner of Box Menswear, had asked him to take photos in Thailand. Trey had declined the invitation.

For the next big trip, Box Menswear brought the photoshoot to Trey’s state–Texas. I noticed that some of the photo backgrounds for the 2019 photo shoot were the same as some of the photos on Trey’s Box Menswear blog (spring 2018 commercial shoot with Keith Laue and a selection of Box Menswear editorial photos with several different models).

Calvin

Another photo set was with a model named Calvin. Calvin has several talents: art, dance, and baking.

Conclusion

The models are seen in many photos and advertisements, the photographers also responsible for the image are not seen yet are an important part of the field. I heard about Trey’s work while seeing the numerous photos related to the huge Box Menswear photo shoot.

Also, I was happy to find the Yo Soy podcast in which I was able to find out more about Trey’s background and approach to photography.

I look forward to enjoying more photographic art from Trey.

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Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

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Introduction

Note: This story is based on observations in a pre-pandemic New York City. May we recover from this pandemic experience, so that we will be able to scale back up with deliberate care–over time–to pre-pandemic levels.

One-time fitness model and personal trainer Kyle Hynick posted some photographs from his photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Jade Young seemingly in Times Square in New York City. The backdrop had people there who appeared not to be looking at a dude posing for photographs in his Calvin Klein underwear. The people essentially appeared to be fully engaged in doing tourist things. Initially, I thought that the background of Times Square was a creation of photo editing.

My thought was not correct. A commentator on Kyle’s photos stated that the commenter viewed Kyle’s photoshoot in person. I was immediately intrigued. Of course, physique competitors seek the limelight and can pose their well-trained and dieted physiques on stage in front of an audience. Posing a physique on a public stage is just a matter of scale.

I discovered that another model, Tyson Dayley, a WBFF pro fitness model, also had a photoshoot in Times Square. In his photos and video that he posted on Instagram, however, the people in the background also were taking photos of Tyson. People were sitting close by.

Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. What draws Photographer Jade Young there? Why a male in underwear appears to be an unsurprising sight? I did a quick Internet search on the history of Times Square to find out.

Times Square: from Gritty to Upscale Tourist Destination and Corporate Location

Times Square, a tourist destination and business area, was once home to adult films and gritty culture. There is a blog post on the history and transformation of Times Square at the Times Square District Management Association website.

Times Square and Calvin Klein Underwear

In Photographer Jade Young’s photos in Times Square, at times the models wear Calvin Klein underwear. There is a connection between Calvin Klein underwear and Times Square: the billboard ads for the underwear brand made history there.

In 1982, Calvin Klein had a billboard ad with Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in Times Square. The photographer was Bruce Weber. According to a New York Times article, the billboard ad stopped traffic.

Since then, Calvin Klein ads pushed underwear advertising forward, including the next model, Mark Wahlberg. Following Mark Wahlberg, other models became famous after being featured in a Calvin Klein underwear ad. The New York Times published another article about another former Calvin Klein model, Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Also in Times Square, is a guy who has made a lot of money walking around Times Square in cowboy boots and underwear, the “Naked Cowboy“. Freshpair’s National Underwear Day, August 5, had a runway show in Times Square.

Jade Young and Times Square Photoshoots

When the Calvin Klein ads first appeared, high-speed Internet or social media sites did not exist. But that history seems to have had some influence on fitness models and influencers, who often feature underwear or men’s clothing brands in their social media posts.

In addition, there are more underwear brands in the market. Still, Calvin Klein, now part of PVH Corporation, remains a strong market player in underwear.

Jade Young now also takes photoshoots in Times Square with men in underwear in person rather than in a billboard photograph. I think the transition also humanizes the model as you could interact with the model and the photographer and perhaps even get an autograph. Formerly, you only could look up at a huge billboard ad.

Jade Young and Kyle Hynick

Kyle Hynick, featured on this blog, posted several photos from Times Square.

Jade Young and Tyson Dayley

Tyson Dayley, a pro fitness model and fitness influencer, also posted photos and videos taken in Times Square.

Conclusion

When I looked at Jade Young’s photos of models in Times Square, I did not expect that it would lead to a blog post. But the notion of posing in public so openly was an attention grabber. When doing research and finding articles that traced a story, my old journalistic love for a story was reawakened. I could not resist.

How interesting that a Calvin Klein ad pushed the mainstream culture forward as well as developed many new underwear brands. Despite that, Calvin Klein remains a market force.

If you notice any Instagram posts with other fitness models in Times Square, please leave a comment with the link.

Mens Fitness Models: Richard Duchon

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Rchard Duchon, a law student  and fitness influencer from the Netherlands, takes a selfie with his Apple iPhone at a gym's Smith Machine.
Richard’s leg day at the gym.

Richard’s social media: Instagram | YouTube | website |

Introduction

Richard Duchon, who was born in Austria, moved to the Netherlands when he was younger and still lives there. Richard is a law student as well as a fitness model, fitness YouTuber, and online trainer.

Currently, he is sponsored by the fitness brand, Gymshark.

After the closure of gyms worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several fitness YouTubers created at-home workouts. In writing another blog post on these home workouts, I found some of Richard’s videos on YouTube.

In the time before the pandemic, Richard did several gym workouts, which demonstrate his body-part split routine, which I will also cover in this blog post.

Richard’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube | website |

Featured on Fit Media Channel

Richard was featured on Fit Media Channel on YouTube as “The Body of 2019.”

Since that feature, Richard returned to Fit Media Channel to demonstrate workout exercises for the shoulder.

Gym Workouts

Richard, according to one of his YouTube videos, follows a four-day body-part split workout to suit his goal for a balanced physique.

The two ways of training are full-body training, which is a workout for all muscle groups in every workout. Alternatively, you can do what Richard does, which is to train a muscle group or groups each training day.

Richard’s Workout Split

The workout split is chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders and abs, and leg day. Richard takes one day off per week from training.

Chest and Back

Back and Biceps

Shoulders and Abs

Cardio

Legs

At-Home Workouts

Bodyweight Workouts

For an experienced weight trainer like Richard, the pandemic-caused closure gyms could present a problem. But, gym trainers like Richard created bodyweight workouts to continue their training in the interim period.

The exercises are those exercises I remember in physical education classes in schools I attended in the United States. It shows creativity and resilience to be able to think of alternative exercises rather than just giving up and waiting for more-ideal training days after the pandemic has ended.

Also, I like the idea of relying on bodyweight exercises, as it allows absolute beginners who are interested to start their own fitness journey with the equipment they already have—some space in an apartment or house and their own body weight.

In the bodyweight workouts, Richard performs full-body training as well as performing his workout split with bodyweight exercises. Based on his exercise form, Richard has been able to master his bodyweight in these exercises.

Home Workouts with Weights

Richard also made home workouts with weights.

Conclusion

As I went to law school as well, I respect Richard for being able to attend to the heavy demand of law school while also taking time to take care of his physique and train his clients.

Although a gym trainer, he is well-acquainted with bodyweight exercises. I saw the relative ease he had doing the bodyweight workouts, showing that he has been doing them along with gym training.

I wish Richard continued success.

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

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Introduction—Who is Sam Cushing?

While preparing another post on fitness YouTubers who make at-home workout videos, I found Sam Cushing while doing research for that post. I learned through more research that he has a degree in marketing and operations and that he went to live and work in South America for a couple years. He left a corporate job in New York to start a new path in life.

Sam Cushing is on a hill in California. The Hollywood sign is in the background.
Sam Cushing in California.

Sam started out on social media on Instagram. To engage more with his fans, he started a YouTube channel.

Sam can speak Spanish as well as English.

Sam also can play the piano.

Biographical Information

How old is Sam Cushing? 27 (at the time of this post)

Sam Cushing’s education degree in marketing and operations.

Sam’s background is in corporate marketing. In an interview with Chicago Go Pride, Sam provided this information about his previous career path, “After graduating Cum Laude with a dual degree in Marketing and Operations from the University of Illinois, I went on to explore a career in consulting at PwC in New York; working with some of the biggest retail and consumer brands that exist, on their customer experience and digital strategies.”

What is Sam Cushing’s birthday? April 13 (astrological sign Aries)

What does Sam Cushing do?  He is a digital marketer and fitness trainer.

Sam’s website

Sam has a website, samcushing.co, where you can read more about him.

Sam’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Spotify

Sam’s Workout Videos

I discovered Sam’s at-home workout videos, made during the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Gyms, among other places, were closed for public health reasons. As a result, several fitness YouTubers made at-home follow-along workouts for people in quarantine or following stay-at-home orders. Sam has done some home workout videos; he first published gym workouts on his YouTube channel.

Gym Training Videos

Before the pandemic, Sam made some gym training videos—one for training back and biceps, the other for training legs.

At-Home Workouts

Sam also has posted some home workout videos on his YouTube channel.

Abs

At-Home Body-weight Workout

Conclusion

While searching for information for a previous blog post, I was able to find out about Sam. Sam has an interesting life story and a great start in his digital marketing and fitness training. It is quite a move to leave North America to live in South America, especially to work and live in a different language and culture.

I look forward to reading stories about his continued success.

Male Fitness Models: Josh Watson

Male Fitness Models: Josh Watson

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Introduction

Josh Watson, lives in the United Kingdom. I first saw Josh through Instagram, as he was competing in powerlifting and through YouTube when he was featured on Fit Media Channel as he competed in a physique competition.

Josh Watson poses in boxing gear in an outdoors setting in from of a heay bag.
Josh Watson by Pedro Perez. Shorts and boxers, Box Menswear.

Josh was on reality TV as an actor in Big Brother UK.

Josh later modeled for Box Menswear, flying to Texas, United States, for a photoshoot. It was not Josh’s first time in the States, as he went to California with Vince Azzopardi, Rossilino, and Rhys Sachett previously. (Rossilino also was at the Box Menswear Texas photoshoot.)

Josh is a tall guy, 6’4” (1.93 meters).

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Josh’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube |

Josh at the gym.

Interview with Only Fans on YouTube

Josh had an interview with the Only Fans website in which he described his background as well as his positive experience with Only Fans.

Physique Competitor and Fitness Model

According to an interview with Greatest Physiques blog, Josh participated in Judo when he was nine through his mid-teens. At 15 years old, Josh started weight training with his dad.

In 2016. Josh did a workout with James Alexander-Ellis.

Josh went on to compete at the Miami Pro contest from 2014 through 2017. Josh won the Miami Pro in 2017. During 2017, Josh also had a photoshoot with Photographer Simon Barnes.

 Josh also won the title of Devon’s Strongest Man in 2017.

In 2018, Josh participated in a photoshoot with Photographer Arron Dunsworth.

Photoshoots

Peter Fletcher

Josh had a photo shoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, UK. Underwear is by Bjorn Borg. (Peter Fletcher was one of the photographers at the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas.)

Box Menswear

Texas

Josh was at the Box Menswear photoshoot in the United States in 2019. Josh had many great images from Texas. I have selected a few for this blog post. (Box Menswear: jockstraps, trunks, and briefs)

(Photo of Josh and Anthony, Box Menswear Instagram)

Thailand

There was also a Box Menswear photoshoot in Thailand. I selected some photos from that photoshoot for this blog post.

Rhys Sachett, Josh Watson, and Thomas. Photo by Jake O’Donnell. Swim shorts-Box.

Conclusion

Josh, after his time at Big Brother UK, has had success in the gym—winning a physique contest and a strongest man contest—and in fitness modeling. Josh has had many photoshoot opportunities.

Josh was involved in two huge photoshoot trips for Box Menswear, in Thailand and in the United States.

I am looking forward to what comes next.

Male Fitness Models: Kyle Hynick

Male Fitness Models: Kyle Hynick

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Introduction

I first saw Kyle Hynick, a mens physique competitor and fitness model from Canada, when he did a photoshoot for Box Menswear in New York.

Kyle by Natalia Reid

According to his portfolio page at his modeling agency, City Models, Kyle is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall with a 31 inch (78.7 cm) waist. Kyle is also associated with the NUMA Network.

Kyle relaxes during the weekend.

A One-Time YouTuber

In doing a search on YouTube, I found that Kyle had been a fitness YouTuber starting about 8 years ago. At the time, Kyle was focused more on bodybuilding. A transformation video received 2.3 million views in 2013, according to an interview of Kyle in a Canadian newspaper.

Mens Physique vs. Bodybuilding

In mens physique, the contestants wear board shorts and do semi-flexed body poses. The emphasis is on overall physique not muscularity. The categories are determined by height. According to the Canadian Physique Alliance, contestants are rated on the following criteria:

  • Muscularity and body condition
  • On-stage presence and personality
  • Posing shorts (board shorts)

In contrast, bodybuilding is based on muscularity. There are specific flexing poses, and the classes are based on weight. Competitors wear posing briefs.

  • Bantamweight — up to and including 65 kg / 143 lb.
  • Lightweight — up to and including 70 kg / 154 lb.
  • Middleweight — up to and including 80 kg / 176 lb.
  • Light-heavyweight — up to and including 90 kg / 198 lb.
  • Heavyweight — up to and including 100 kg / 220 lb.
  • Super heavyweight – over 100 kg / 220 lb.

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Bodybuilding poses are the following:

  • Front double biceps
  • Front lat spread
  • Side chest
  • Side tricep
  • Back double biceps
  • Back lat spread
  • Front ab / thigh
  • Most muscular

Source: Canadian Bodybuilding Federation.

Kyle Wins Mens Physique Show in 2019

While at the Texas Box Menswear photoshoot, Kyle was in pre-contest condition. In October 2019, after the Texas photoshoot, Kyle competed in and won the novice mens physique division at the 2019 St. John Fall Classic in Canada. Kyle had some photos from the contest period.

Pre-contest-stage tan applied.
Post-contest-win physique

Kyle’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube

Kyle performs the barbell walking lunge.
Kyle Hynick post-workout, April 2020

Kyle’s Photo Shoots

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Box Menswear

New York

In early 2019, Kyle was in New York for a photoshoot for Box Menswear, with Photographer Jade Young. Also, at that photo shoot was New York-based model Josh Riquelme.

Texas

Kyle Hynick, wearing Box Menswear trunks, by Rafa

Later in 2019, Kyle was in Texas for the 2019 Box Menswear photo shoot. (Josh Riquelme was also at this photoshoot.)

Kyle by Carlos “Trey” Salazar
Kyle by Peter Fletcher
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Jade Young in Manhattan, New York City

When Kyle posted these photos on Instagram, I thought they were a photomontage. (No one in the crowds of people is looking at him.) Nevertheless, the 2019 photos are really in Times Square, New York City. Someone who saw him there wrote a comment.

Check out a related blog post on Times Square, Calvin Klein billboard ads and today’s fitness influencers.

Phantasma Photography

Kyle also had a photo shoot with Canadian photography studio, Phantasma Photography.

Photo on Instagram
Photo on Instagram

Some photos from one photo shoot were featured in DNA Magazine.

Michael A. Downs

In early 2020, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, Kyle went to Miami, Florida for a photoshoot with Photographer Michael A. Downs.

Kyle in Miami, Florida

Kyle got some great images while he was in Florida.

Kyle by Michael Downs. wears Box Menswear’s king fit boxers.
Kyle at the beach
Kyle resting in Miami by Michael A. Downs
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Luis Rafael

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Luis Rafael. Again, Kyle created amazing images with his photographer.

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Kyle in Miami sunset by Luis Rafael
Kyle Hynick in Miami by Luis Rafael

Mark Jenkins

While Kyle was in Miami, he also did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Jenkins.

Kyle by Mark Jenkins
Kyle in Miami by Mark Jenkins. Kyle wears Box Menswear leggings.
Kyle in Miami by Mark Jenkins.
Kyle Hynick wears Box Menswear mesh-panel boxers.

Steven Schmidt

While in Florida, Kyle did a photo shoot with Photographer Steven Schmidt. Photographer Schmidt mentioned that Seth Holbrook connected him with Kyle. I have noticed how the models from the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas have supported each other.

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Stevan Reyes

In addition, Kyle worked with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida.

Kyle by Stevan Reyes

Conclusion

Kyle has been involved in fitness and modeling for many years. He had a great physique foundation to build upon to achieve his current physique.

Photo: Kyle’s Instagram

I look forward to continuing to seeing more of Kyle’s work.

Male Fitness Models: Tom Seed

Male Fitness Models: Tom Seed

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Introduction

Click links for Tom’s social media: YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | SoundCloud | Website | TikTok |

Check out Tom’s business website: Stealth Nutrition (UK and European residents)

Tom Seed, a business owner, fitness model, physique competitor, and YouTuber, lives in the United Kingdom.

Tom’s birthday is 29-March (Aries).


Question and Answers E-mail Interview

I had an opportunity to ask Tom about his fitness modeling and other interests by e-mail. He provided responses which are detailed below.

How did you become interested (a) in weight training and (b) in being a fitness model?

“I started training just to get in shape and over time my physique kept progressing and after 6 years of training I decided to step on stage and compete in the UKUP competition.”

Author’s note: Tom had written some blog posts on his 2017 training at his blog for back and for biceps.

Did you participate in athletics before or while weight training for physique contests? When did you become focused on your fitness model workouts for competition?

“I used to play rugby and swim until the aged of 19. Aged 19 I stopped all sport and took up weight training until I competed aged 25.”

How have you adjusted your training and nutrition during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“Yes I have had to do more ‘CrossFit’ style workouts from home to keep my cardio and weights combined. I can’t wait for the gyms to re-open!!”

What advice would you give to guys looking to become a fitness model?

“Stay consistent with your diet and training but only pursue being a fitness model if you enjoy the process of getting lean and you enjoy being in front of a camera / the spotlight.”

How have you liked working in the fitness industry and with clothing companies? Any things you would want to see improved?

“I have liked working with brands over social media but I would like to see more fitness events that bring like minded people together. There seems to be a couple of big expos per year. I would like to see brands host events on a monthly basis! I enjoy socialising (if you can’t tell).”

Any hobbies or interests outside of your own training?

“My hobbies outside of training would be Crossfit, Content creating (Youtube & TikTok), Visiting nice beach clubs with good pool parties and I like playing online poker too.”


Cycling Enthusiast

In viewing Tom’s Instagram posts, a few showed Tom in cycling gear and with a bike made by Ribble Cycles, a hand-assembled bicycle maker based in the United Kingdom. (A Ribble bicycle can be customized to suit a buyer.)

Stealth Nutrition, a Lifestyle Nutrition, Workout Supplement Brand

Tom owns Stealth Nutrition, a lifestyle nutrition brand. Stealth Nutrition focuses on providing designer workout supplements–from pre-workout to nootropic brain support. Check out Stealth Nutrition’s website for further information.

Tom is in process of taking photographs for his brand. Some behind-the-scenes photos follow.

Tom Seed: Mens Physique and Fitness Model Competitor

Tom competed in his first Mens Physique competition in 2019. Tom discussed his contest preparation story in a YouTube video.

Tom shows a transformation video showing how he transformed his physique while going from 160 pounds to 139 pounds.

In another video, Tom shows his contest shape as well as excerpts from his mens physique contest where he won third place.

Following the mens physique contest, Tom participated in a fitness model contest and won first place.

Photoshoots

Alex Wightman

During the COVID-19-related lock-down in 2020, Tom had a photo shoot with Photographer Alex Wightman that complied with the physical distancing needed during the period and still produced great images for Tom’s portfolio.

(Tom’s workout shorts, Box Menswear and Jed North. Interesting note–Alex Wightman was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s photoshoot in the United States.)

Alex Botic

Tom had a photoshoot with Photographer Alex Botic. Tom mostly was in workout clothing. Tom wore jeans and jeans and a leather jacket in some of the photos. The black and yellow swim brief is from Danny Miami. The denim jeans in one of the photos are from Carpe Omnia. (I do not have the brand for the shorts.)


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Peter Fletcher, Muscle Mountain Photography

Tom also had a gym photoshoot with Photographer Peter Fletcher of Muscle Mountain Photography. (Peter Fletcher was a photographer at Box Menswear’s Texas photoshoot in 2019.)

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Tom and Box Menswear

Tom wears Box Menswear briefs

Tom has taken a few photos with Box Menswear branded clothing. In the photo below, Tom appears to be wearing Box Menswear briefs. Photo by Alex Botic.

In an Instagram post, Tom appears to wear Box Menswear boxers. (I do not know the brand of the cool workout shorts.)


Tom and Zac Aynsley

In 2018, Tom had a training session for arms with fitness influencer and mens physique competitor Zac Aynsley.


Tom with WBFF Pro Tom Coleman

Tom had the opportunity to have a training session with WBFF pro Tom Coleman.



Tom and Dan Tai

Tom and Dan Tai, wearing Box Menswear swimming shorts


Dan and Tom at a Crossfit workout session (2019)

Tom collaborated with Dan Tai for a fitness model vs. CrossFit squat challenge. Tom got thirty reps on squats is a great result. (Dan, with amazing tree-trunk thighs, got 38.)


In a 2018 workout/lifestyle video log, Tom shared the activities of his day as well as a leg training session with Dan Tai.


Author’s note: This blog has more posts with fitness model Dan Tai.

As a side note, Tom and Dan hosted a fitness retreat in Ibiza, Spain, in June 2019.



Tom Models for Armani and Mens Health in Manchester

On another YouTube video, Tom provides information on how he and a friend walked on a fitness photoshoot with Armani and Mens Health UK in Manchester, UK.


Conclusion

Tom is getting a great started on his fitness modeling career as well as having great success in physique competitions. I appreciate his responses to my questions. I look forward to seeing more success from him in the future.

Male Fitness Models: Josh Riquelme

Male Fitness Models: Josh Riquelme

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Introduction

This blog is about menswear, mostly about athletic clothing. The models that wear the photos are inescapably part of the industry as their physiques carry the brands’ clothing. The first model I will start with is Josh Riquelme, who I first saw with Box Menswear.

I remember seeing him on YouTube a little while back.

Josh Riquelme, 23, is from upstate New York. He became represented male model, with BMG Models, in 2019, according to an Instagram post.

Josh is a Gemini, with a birthday on May 28.


In June 2020, Josh moved to Brooklyn, New York City.


Josh’s rooftop workout. Leggings, Box Menswear.


Before becoming a signed model, Josh had his YouTube channel where he posted about his preparation for a mens physique competition as well as modeling photoshoots. His videos started in 2016, then had about a three-year break. After that break, he started making videos again.

This blog post will cover Josh’s social media pages, his men’s physique preparation, his return to YouTube after a break and then his photoshoots that he has posted about on his social media channels.

Josh’s Social Media

Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube |

Josh seems to favor Instagram and YouTube, so this blog post will feature the posts that he uploaded on those sites.

YouTube

Mens Physique Competitor, 2016

Josh competed in a mens physique contest while a teenager. He covered his contest preparation on his YouTube account in 2016.

Josh prepared for a contest just after he graduated high school. He was 19 and a social media marketing coordinator. He started a video log to show his progress as he got into contest shape.

While doing the contest preparation, Josh also did a photoshoot with lifestyle shots.

Contest Preparation Macronutrients

Josh explained that his contest preparation macronutrients (aka macros) break down was–

Contest cut: 200 g protein, 250 g carbohydrates, and 55 g fat. For carbohydrates and protein, each gram is 4 calories and for fat, each gram is 9 calories. So the calories for Josh’s macros were 2295.

Refeed (for days to regain energy): 180 g protein, 390 carbohydrates, and 50 g fat. The calories for this was 2730.

Josh ultimately earned his pro card at his contest.

Contest Shape Transformation

Josh has a YouTube video showing his progression from the start of his contest preparation through his final contest shape and winning his pro card.

He started contest preparation at about 165 pounds (74.8 kg) and competed at about 148 pounds (67.5 kg).

After the Show

After the YouTube videos covering this contest, there were no updates to the channel until mid-2019. Josh prepared a video explaining what had happened in an update video.

Josh discussed his observations about his journey through depression and after depression on an Instagram page.

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Personas como el valen ORO, el supero su depresion te dejare su historia. 🖤🖤🖤🖤😍😍😍 #DEPRESSION… ⠀⠀ Often dealt with but never talked about. ⠀⠀ Where do I start?… ⠀⠀ Well, I always said that eventually I will talk about this topic & here it is. ⠀⠀ Yes depression is something I was dealing with since 2016 and that’s where it all sorta went down hill. I lost myself and no longer knew what I wanted to do, I felt like I had no purpose. I was constantly using older pictures to hide what I looked like at the time … ⠀⠀ There’s a bunch of different things that can trigger depression such as relationships, family, finances, physical appearance and the list goes on. Those who have dealt with it will understand ⠀⠀ You tend to isolate yourself from everything and everyone, lacking motivation to do anything and wondering as to why? I sincerely want to apologize to anyone who I pushed away because of this. ⠀⠀ Everyone just sees things from the outside and never look at the bigger picture. Those same people that you judge may be going through a hard time in their life… ⠀⠀ But as of now, 2019 I can say I am at the happiest ever. It feels sooooo f*cking good to be back mentally, physically and emotionally. I will continue doing what I have to do in order to get to where I need to be. I will never ever let depression defeat me again. ⠀⠀ If honestly anyone is currently dealing with depression or ever has and needs someone to talk to, feel free to dm me. I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no one there for you ⠀⠀ Don’t let depression win. It’ll take time (3 years for me), but eventually you will defeat it. 💙💪🏽 #boyslove #boystyle #boyfitness__#superacion #postpartumdepression

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Workout Videos

Several of the newer videos were about Josh demonstrating the workouts he performs to develop and maintain his physique. Unlike other videos with muscular fitness models, Josh also shows his personality in the videos. This helps the viewer see the person who is a fitness model as well as gaining workout inspiration. This is in line with the level of disclosure Josh showed in discussing his bout with depression.

Photo Shoots

Shot by Lester / Lester Villarama

Josh did a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama of Shot by Lester. Josh wore a awesome olive-brown overcoat.

Box Menswear

New York

He did a photoshoot with the new Box Menswear 2019 range in New York City with Photographer Jade Young. Also at this photoshoot was Kyle Hynick, a fitness model from Canada.

The photos from this photoshoot were for clothes on the Box Menswear website. I picked a few of them for this blog post.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos.

Texas

Following that, Josh went to the Box Menswear photoshoot in Texas. Josh did a YouTube video log of part of his trip. (Kyle Hynick, who was with Josh in New York, also was in Texas.)

While Josh was at the Texas photoshoot for Box Menswear, he was able to create excellent images with the photographers. One from Photographer Jake O’Donnell from Australia.

Muscular model Josh Riquelme holds a garden hose and sprays water on his body, with the sunset in the background.
Josh Riquelme by Jake O’Donnell. Josh wears Box Menswear king fit boxers.

Below are some additional photos of Josh that were from the Texas photoshoot.

Josh also went to the Liverpool, U.K., headquarters of Box Menswear in late 2019, with plans to return to Liverpool from March 15 to 30, 2020, according to Josh’s YouTube vlog and his Instagram.

Josh’s First Time on the U.S. West Coast

Josh also recorded his experience going to the West Coast of the United States for the first time–Nevada and California.

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They’ve left me stranded in Vegas ☀️🌵

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Josh wears king fit boxers from Box Menswear. Photo by Luke Mills.

Peter Rock

Josh had a photo with Photographer Peter Rock of Rock Photo in Chicago, Illinois.

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☕️ #mycalvins

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Josh Solano

Photographer Joshua Solano also happens to be Josh’s friend. I found one photo on Josh R.’s Instagram page.

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Hope everyone is having a good week! #ootd

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Joem Bayawa

Josh did a photoshoot with Photographer Joem Bayawa, which was in Eroticco Magazine. Josh was wearing Marcuse, a menswear brand based in Australia, in one photo.

In another photo, Josh wore briefs from Bench/Body, a clothing brand based in the Philippines.

In another photo created by Joem, Josh wears Modus Vivendi briefs.

Rob Anthony

Josh has done some photoshoots with Brooklyn, New York-based Photographer Rob Anthony. I think the two of them have created awesome images. Photos from their work often become fast favorites (like the top photo of this post).

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Can I come in?

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Quarantine got me like 💭

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Say it again

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Rick Day

Josh has done a photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Rick Day.

Mark Aquino

When Josh went to Los Angeles, California, he did a photoshoot with Photographer Mark Aquino. The images created were great.

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I just want to vibe with you

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Jᴏsʜ Rɪᴏ̨ᴜᴇʟᴍᴇ

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Josh wears Box Menswear underwear.

Conclusion

From starting with gym training, to competing in mens physique and building his social media pages, especially Instagram and YouTube, and finally becoming a male model, Josh appears to be moving up in the fitness model industry. In addition, he appears to be a personable and friendly guy, that side comes through on his video logs.

Josh wears Box Menswear’s black king fit boxers.

I wish him continued success.

Male Fitness and Physique Models: Dominic Calvani

Male Fitness and Physique Models: Dominic Calvani

Introduction

Male Model Discovery: Dominic (Dom) Calvani

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Piercing 💎

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Model Dominic (Dom) Calvani by Photographer Guilherme Licurgo.

One model that I discovered through Instagram is Dominic (Dom) Calvani. Dom did a photoshoot with Photographer Jade Young (see photo below), who has photographed several male models for Box Menswear. Dom has a strong, masculine look and muscular physique. I was interested in finding out more about Dom as well as his background.

Dominic’s Social Media

Dom’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dom.calvani/

Dominic’s Background

Based on Dom’s Instagram page, Dom is an athlete, a model, an engineer, and a big daddy who is from Brazil. According to a 2018 blog post at All American Guys, Dom was 30 years old (birthdate April 15 (Aries)). At the time of this post in January 2020, Dom would be 31 or 32. Perhaps this is the reason for the “big daddy” reference on his Instagram bio.

I was interested to find out some more information, so I searched on Dom’s name in Google to see what search results I would get. I found a 2018 interview with Wire Magazine through Men and Underwear blog.

Dominic’s Interview with Wire Magazine

In an interview with Wire Magazine by Rafa Carvajal, Dom explained that he had an athletic background in mixed martial arts (MMA), specifically in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Dom had to leave MMA due to suffering serious injuries.