Christopher Ryan

I got into modeling when I was in my early 20s.  I lived in Gainesville, Florida at the time and a photographer friend asked if I would pose for him for some portfolio work.  It was very flattering as I had never thought of myself as being someone that other people would want to look at in pictures.  I felt awkward and clumsy as a teenager due to the extra height I always had over my peers.  For most of my life my posture was very slouchy, as a side effect of the height issue.  I still struggle with this to this day.  However, posing for the photographer actually felt surprisingly natural.  I took to it right away and I am not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed seeing the images.

Soon after, this first photo shoot, I moved to Ft. Lauderdale and heard about a paying job modeling for a clothing optional bed & breakfast.  They were producing a printed brochure and material for their website.  I was raised in a nudist family, so nude modeling was a very easy progression.

Over the years I have picked up some other hobbies that have enhanced my modeling career.  I took ballet lessons for a couple of years while living in Biloxi, Mississippi which helped me tremendously with my form, and especially gaining a greater appreciation for the curves and lines that the human body is capable of creating.  After ballet I started in gymnastics which has helped with by flexibility, strength, and core definition.  In addition, I work out regularly with a personal trainer to build specific muscle groups and gain greater definition.

One of the biggest surprises to me in modeling is that I have found it easier to find modeling projects as I’ve gotten older.  I believe this is due to a combination of factors.  First, older people are more reliable (not as likely to flake out).  Second, there are less to chose from as modeling is often a young person’s field.  Finally, in my case, I am in the best physical shape in my late 40s that I have ever been in my entire life.

It has been my great pleasure to have worked with some amazing photographers, artists, and producers over the years.  I hope this trend will continue.