Male Fashion and Portrait Photographer, Austin, Texas: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

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Josh Riquelme
Model: Abdul Kareem
Seth Peterson in DIY muscle tee

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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.

Trey provides some information about himself and his photography niche.

Trey has been a photographer for over 10 years now. He started his career as a wedding photographer, traveling the country from NYC to Napa Valley. Trey shot weddings with 50 guests to 500 guests, he loved meeting new people and making new friendships. A few years into his career he began shooting senior portraits for Texas high school seniors.

While on location shooting he was a victim of an accident and lost his right foot. After months of therapy and recovery, Trey made a career move into fashion/portraiture. He began working with male clients in the Austin area, that grew to the Texas area, then grew to national clients and now he works with male clients from all over the world.

Trey works out of his home studio in Austin, in addition to traveling to NYC, LA, and Florida for shoots.

Trey’s website

Model: Seth Holbrook
Muscular model Christoper Alford is in a standing pose for a photograph. Topher is wearing an snap-close tank tok tucking into denim jeans. Topher is flexing his right biceps. The photographer is Carlos "Trey" Salazar, based in Austin, Texas.
Model: Topher Alford

Trey’s First Photo Book

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 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.

Josh Riquelme
Topher Alford
Don Holiday
Brock Grady
Felix Fox (see blog post on short shorts)
Keith Laue (see blog post on short shorts)
Carlos Effort
Jackson Skate
Griffin Barrows

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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.

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.


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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 Blog

Trey has a blog on his website. Below are some entries from 2018 (no longer on the site) that I liked.

Topher Alford

One model that had fantastic photos that I have come to love is Topher Alford. According to the blog post, Topher is a model represented by Raw Connects Model Management.

Topher was with Trey in 2018 to take test photos and, unsurprisingly, was getting calls for modeling gigs. I wish Topher the best in his career.

Trevor

One blog post was about a New Yorker, Trevor, who is an artist. Trey met Trevor through Instagram. All the photos are great.


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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 photo shoot 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).

(I have blog posts on some of the models in this post: Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, and Kyle Hynick.)

Carlos Effort


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After the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas, one of the models there, Carlos Effort, returned to do another photo session with Trey.

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.

Please write your questions or comments about photography or male modeling industry in the comment section.

Male Fitness Model and Trainer: Kyle Hynick

Male Fitness Model and Trainer: Kyle Hynick

Table of Contents

Introduction

I first saw Kyle Hynick, a mens physique competitor and fitness model from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, when he did a photoshoot for Box Menswear in New York. (Note: Fellow model Josh Riquelme was at the same photoshoot.)

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 also has a page at Model Mayhem.

Along with fitness influencer physique and workout photos, Kyle also has an Instagram page where he models street wear, including the grunge style.

The grunge style includes flannel overshirts (including some with customized embroidery), graphic tees, and distressed jeans or cargo pants. It is a rugged, relaxed look, which looks great on him.

Follow Kyle on his social media channels:

Instagram | YouTube | Instagram (outfits)

Check out Kyle’s fitness-program website: kylehynickfitness.com.

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. The photographer is Jade Young.

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

Author’s note: Some of Kyle’s photos with Jade were featured in DNA Magazine.

Photos

Workout Transformation; 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.

Kyle (Jan. 2021). Cargo pants, Represent

Mens Physique, Classic Physique, and Bodybuilding

Mens Physique

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 only; there are no weight classes.

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)

Classic Physique

In classic physique, the classes are based on height and weight.

There are five mandatory poses:

  • Front double biceps
  • Side chest
  • Back double biceps
  • Abdominal with one thigh
  • Favorite classic pose (not the most muscular)

Source: Canadian Physique Alliance.

Mauro Fialho and Jorge Tabet compare mens physique and classic physique.

Bodybuilding

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

  • Bantamweight โ€” up to and including 65 kg / 143 lb.
  • Lightweight โ€” up to and including 70 kg / 154 lb.
  • Middleweight โ€” up to and including 80 kg / 176 lb.
  • Light-heavyweight โ€” up to and including 90 kg / 198 lb.
  • Heavyweight โ€” up to and including 100 kg / 220 lb.
  • Super heavyweight โ€“ 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.

Photographer: Paul Girvan. Board shorts, Chula Wear.

Kyle had some photos from the contest period.


Kyleโ€™s Photo Shoots

Box Menswear

New York

In early 2019, Kyle was in New York for a photo shoot for Box Menswear, with Photographer Jade Young. Also, at that photo shoot was New York-based model Josh Riquelme. In July 2020, DNA Magazine featured some of the images from Kyle’s photo shoot with Jade.

In November 2020, Kyle was featured in an advertorial in Attitude Magazine for Box.

Texas

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

Phantasma Photography

Kyle also had a photo shoot with Canadian photography studio, Phantasma Photography. Some photos from one photo shoot were featured in DNA Magazine.

Michael A. Downs

Puerto Rico

In July 2020, Kyle traveled to Puerto Rico for a photo shoot with Photographer Michael A. Downs.

Miami

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

Kyle got some great images while he was in Florida.

Luis Rafael

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

Mark Jenkins

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

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.

Stevan Reyes

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

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.

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