Male Model, Photographer, and Actor: Derek Yates

Male Model, Photographer, and Actor: Derek Yates

Introduction

I first saw photos of Derek shortly after election day in 2016. The photographer is Blake Eiermann.

I found the photos to be quite stunning and interesting. The photos were headshots but Derek’s face had red, white, and blue paint.

Derek was a gardener on the Ellen show in 2014. He moved from Tennessee from Los Angeles, California, in 2016.

Derek is also a photographer.

Derek’s social media: website | Instagram | Derek’s Photography |

Summer House by Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Derek is one of the models featured in a photo book “Summer House” by Austin, Texas, Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar.

Choices

Also, I remember a compelling story that Derek shared on his Instagram page. Derek’s brother, Kevin, passed away as a result of a car accident with a drunk driver.

(Derek’s mom, Tiki Finlayson, wrote a book “Choices,” about her observations about what had happened and how she handled moving forward.)

Photos: From Derek’s website.

Photo Shoots

Derek posts actively on Instagram, where he also posts his professional photo shoots.

Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Derek had a photo shoot with Austin, Texas, based Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar.

David Anthony

Derek had a photo shoot with Photographer David Anthony.

Lester Villarama

Derek had a photoshoot with Photographer Lester Villarama.

Derek for Maximo Magazine. Briefs, Bench/Body; jacket, H&M.

Actor and Photographer

Spartan Warrior Costume: Model Blake R. with Photographer Rahim Mastafa

Spartan Warrior Costume: Model Blake R. with Photographer Rahim Mastafa

Introduction

I received a question about the Spartan Warrior costume. While researching this article, I remembered a photo shoot that I loved.

A few years ago, I saw a Facebook post by Rahim Mastafa in which he posted images. The model, Blake, wore a Spartan Warrior costume was a physical education teacher and looked fantastic in the costume. (The costume comes from the movie titled “300” (Warner Brothers, 2007).

Rahim Mastafa & Blake in Bath, United Kingdom

Rahim had a photo shoot with Blake, a physical education teacher, in Bath, United Kingdom. Most of the images were at the Roman Baths.

Others were outside or created in an apartment.

Podcast with Rahim.

YouTube

Rahim posted some behind-the-scenes video of his Bath photo shoot.

Conclusion

I am glad that I received the question, as I got to review one of my favorite photo shoots. I thank Rahim and Blake for the fantastic images. I even placed Bath, UK, on my travel list (post-pandemic).

Are you a fan of costume-based photography? If so, what is your favorite costume? Let me know in the comments.

Note: After writing this post, I found a photo of another gym trainer who wore a 300 Movie costume: Jeff Seid by Photographer Luis Rafael. And, I found Josh Watson’s photo.