It's taken me a few years now to be able to elucidate on what I enjoy shooting and what category my art fits into. It's only important because it helps to add clarity to my mind and mental process. For potential (artist) collaborators, please take note.
Many people think that I cater to a darker more alternative horror niche. This is not entirely true. What inspires me in this category? Well, quite often it's that I want to take something beautiful and make it scary. My mind typically works in dichotomies in this area, which is why I wouldn't choose gore as an element in a photo, I'd choose the softness of skin or perhaps some other prop that has a contradictory feel.
The other niche that I enjoy is environmental portraiture which contains some elements of fashion, beauty, bodypaint, nudity. I really don't have a proper name for this, it's not really fashion or beauty, at least not in the traditional sense. When I was young, I'd go into the basement and dig through the books and magazines that my parents collected. One of those was Avant Garde, a publication that was around for a brief time in the later 60's and early 70's. In the 90's I became influenced (for this niche) mostly by French Photo magazine.
Finally, the last niche is in a softer, lighter area that could probably be called boudoir or modern glamor. I don't really have anyone in this area that I follow or am inspired by. My inspiration with this very much comes from two sources. The person in front of me, and music. I can see just about everyone in a beautiful light. My trick is to view them, and then physically, I've elaborated on this before so will spare you my thought process. This niche in me is inspired not by imagery but by feelings and music.
Lastly, I do a little commercial work which includes headshots. I enjoy helping people succeed in their endeavors and I believe brand-driven imagery makes the first and most important impression on their clients. It establishes immediate reality. It's up the them to pair their images with the right words and of course to have a good product and follow up. But I try to do my part.
So there you go. Outside of these areas, I enjoy collaborations and would love to do more research projects which get turned into books (or some such) combined with imagery and words. My last and biggest undertaking in this area was a book I made free to download on human trafficking. I'd love to get involved in other humanitarian-like projects which raise awareness on other problems we face as humans.
Lastly, just a big thank you to all the make-up artists, models, assistants, wardrobe, studio owners, friends and general supporters. It has helped me make a small portion of my visions into reality. Thanks for putting up with me. Thank you to the models who took a chance and gave me mine. I've learned a lot over the last few years and I look forward to future projects and artistic endeavors.