Mel grew up in Caledonia, Michigan later moving to Middleville, MI. He worked as a Mason (brick layer and family trade) for more than 14 years all the while taking pictures as a hobby and second career. Michigan's economy and housing market hit an all-time low and Mel sized the opportunity to close his Masonry company and open his Professional Photography business, Artography. He started his career taking pictures of everything, weddings, sports, landscape, children and families. Then while photographing his own kids during sporting events, saw an opportunity to expand his career not only in sports but to schools. It was not long after that when he started taking local schools team pictures and started booking seniors. This was a big turning point in his career because he loved the senior portraits, more so the fashion and editorial side of it. After years of shooting seniors, he started booking boudoir and models and had found his passion! Now going on 10 years of business as a professional photographer Mel has made a successful business out of doing something he not only loves but is passionate about. Glamor, fashion and boudoir are his specialty and his love of it shows in every image. Mel has been published several times and is always striving to better his photography and Photoshop skills post processing every image personally . You can visit his website http://www.mboonstra.com to see more of his work.
Becky Twiss is a Michigan based model. With looks that could kill and a body that’s built for GMM, let’s take a few minutes and talk to Staffer Mel and find out more about Becky Twiss!
Mel: There are images from two different shoots here, the first shoot was about a month ago and the latest was a couple days ago.
GMM: How many times total did you guys shoot?
Mel: 2 times, but many more to come.
GMM: Did she live up to your expectation when it came to modeling?
Mel: Absolutely, this girl has got some moves! She was a real professional and really knew what she was doing. In fact it was very refreshing to work with her because rather than coaching I spent the entire time shooting and tweaking lighting.
GMM: What was something, other than her beauty, you noticed right away?
Mel: Her hair, love it!
GMM: What is something you remember most of this model?
Mel: Never quit trying. It took us several attempts and rescheduling to get the last session booked but boy am I glad we persisted.
GMM: Is this model still modeling?
Mel: Yes! So let’s get her some work.
GMM: If you had the chance to do it all over, would you