Malibu w stevechen

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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.


Steve Chen in a photograph by David Smith

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.


Some of the test shots I took of Steve when we first met.

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.


Just a few of the over 2000 images I shot of Steve at Point Dume.

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! (Click on the sketches to see them on my website.)


And the first Steve Chen photo shoot gallery went up on the Simonson On Location on July 28. Again, there will be many more!

  1. miguel says:

    Colorful steve is funny. i LIKE IT A LOTÇ

  2. ray gilchrist says:

    Great butt! I think Douglas has the best job on earth.

  3. Norm Alcantara says:

    At always you have great models….and turn out great paintings too.

  4. Jim says:

    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?

  5. Jim says:

    I am going to go purchase some of your photos as soon as I finish this comment
    Thanks Douglas

  6. Jim says:

    Sorry Douglas i will purchase as soon as Brians becomes available

  7. Jim says:

    Jesus i meant Steves become available

  8. Robert A Spiegel says:


    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



  9. Tim McE. says:

    Steven is an attractive guy. Thanks for sharing his pics.

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