Male-Nude Photo Shoot in Malibu: Steve Chen

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As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, I’ve just embarked on a year-long journey.

I left Hawaii July 10 for Los Angeles, the first stop. I’ve been here for a little over 2 weeks, and I’ve just completed the first male-nude photo shoot of my trip so far.


I met Steve Chen through fellow photographers David Smith (Hawaii) and Kurt Brown (California). I’d seen some of the photographs and thought he looked great! On top of that, both David and Kurt said Steve was a sweetheart, easy to work with and just a really nice guy. I like to hear reports like that. So I was eager to meet him.


Steve came to meet me where I was staying, at my friend Gina’s Brentwood apartment. I liked him right away. He’s a very friendly, open, charming guy, and of course he’s handsome and has an amazing body! We talked a bit about the shoot, and other things, and set a date and time.

Two days later we drove to Malibu’s Point Dume State Park. Kurt Brown had recommended this spot, saying it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a nice beach with no one else around. That didn’t turn out to be quite accurate. Maybe it was because it was just getting into the really nice summer weather and Kurt was used to going there in the winter…or maybe we were just unlucky…but we hiked, and hiked, and hiked, and found beach after beach that was beautiful and would have made a great location–but had picnickers and sunbathers already on them.

We were both getting pretty frustrated, but we kept hiking and hiking–I know we covered several miles and I am not a very enthusiastic hiker!–until finally, at a point very far from where we’d begun, we found a spot with no one else around.


That’s where I was finally able to start shooting in earnest. The sun cooperated by coming out in full force at just about that time, too, so from being very frustrated and tired, I went to being very excited and energized within a few minutes. I ultimately shot over 2000 images of Steve and was very happy with the results.


We drove back to L.A. late that afternoon, both feeling tired but content: Steve because he felt he’d done a good job (he did) and me because I had so much great new material to work from!

I wasted no time, and within 3 days I had several new rough sketches of Steve, in both pencil and colored pencil. There will be many more!


If you’d like to see more of my photo shoot with Steve, visit my E-Bookstore and download my e-book Steve. You can also order it on CD.

10 replies on “Male-Nude Photo Shoot in Malibu: Steve Chen

  • Jim

    God Duglas he is sooo beautiful. I am just now starting to get serious in taking photos and I notice you shoot either in the early morning or later in the day. I read where it is advisable to take photos in the late afternoon because the suns positions is best at a 45 degree angle or less. Is that what you try for?

  • Robert A Spiegel


    As you might imagine, Steve is my type. ButT I prefer to see him in other modes of your artwork. I figure that “someday my PRINTS will come.”

    I hope you enjoy being “on the road again.” And don’t forget if you are ever in the viciinity of AC/DC, don’t forget to say hello and visit me. I promise not to make you take photos.

    After all, I would hate to make all of your other models feel bad. LOL



  • Dan

    My Son Jason is a part-time erotic nude model and posed at almost the same spot in Malibu for my camera.
    We were working in LA at the time and living in hotels in Hollywood (we’re from the east coast) while we did some entertainment business projects.
    That spot in Malibu is a great place to take erotic and hardcore nudes!


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