Monday, May 4, 2020

Produced-in-place Pt. 1









Sheltering-in-place has taught me the value of maintaining a sense of humor in the face of adversity as well as discovering creative fulfillment in unexpected outlets. Over the last week I've begun exploring still life and product photography to provide myself with a sense of normalcy and lewd amusement. Enjoy! 

Photographer/Retouching/PropStyling: Tom Michas



Thursday, February 6, 2020

Dominique Jordan | Select Model Management







Finally able to post these images from my last shoot of 2019! It seemed fitting to wrap up the decade by photographing Dominque, who was one of the first professional models I worked with at the start of my career. Nothing sets positive intentions for the new year like a celebratory shoot filled with laughter and collaboration with a team of talented women! ✨

Photographe & Retoucherr: Tom Michas
Model: Dominque Jordan
HMUA: Breeauna Bruce

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Lisa Kim | Ford Models










If there’s three adjectives that describe my work it’s fresh, clean and sophisticated; with that in mind it seemed fitting to start the year with a series of images that focused on skin care and light styling.

Photographer: Tom Michas
Retoucher: Jordan Hartley
Model: Lisa Kim of Ford Models Chicago
HMUA: Breeauna Bruce

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Sarah Paul | Select Model Management








I strongly believe when it comes to making test images for a commercial portfolio, that one should keep in mind who their target clients are. In this circumstance the target client was target (go figure!). I collaborated with one of my favorite models, Sarah Paul to create this series of energetic photographs inspired by Target’s in-store point-of-sale imagery. My stylist, Madeline and I brain stormed on various ways to approach ready-to-wear, were we could pair classic wardrobe staples while still providing a sense of modernity; the answer, chunky sweaters and statement bags. In the end, Sarah’s range of poses combined with our relaxed wardrobe really make these images sing!

Photographer/Retoucher: Tom Michas
Model: Sarah Paul of Select Model Management
HMUA: Monique Renee
Stylist: Madeline Telford

Monday, December 23, 2019

Adem Aluka | Wilhelmina Models






As the year winds down it I have the opportunity to catch up some late fall test shoot. With this particular shoot I worked with Chicago Based model, Adam, to create a series of vibrant male beauty photographs. I wanted to break away from my typical compressed style, of a model in photographed in studio against a seamless by incorporate drapery to provide both context and dimension. Conceptually, the fabric background, theatrical color palette and gelled accent light was inspired by theatre lighting. 

Photographer: Tom Michas
Retoucher: Jordan Hartley
Model: Adem Aluka of Wihlemina Models
HMUA: Breeauna Bruce