Steve Diet Goedde
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Steve Diet Goedde Fetish Photography

Where does "Diet" come from and how do you pronounce your last name?

"Diet" is pronounced just like Diet Coke. I used to be in an experimental punk rock band called Coma Diet. For years, people referred to me as Steve Diet. So when I decided to get serious with my photography, I decided to keep my nickname in addition to using my real last name, Goedde, which is pronounced "geddy".

Where do you get your models?

In the past, almost all my models were just friends of mine who just happened to be beautiful and had amazing clothes to wear. Every once in a while, I'll get approached by someone who happens to have a certain look I'm looking for at the moment. I accept submissions from interested subjects online. Just email me an online modeling porfolio or attach a few JPGs.

Also, with new models, I prefer a meeting before any shooting is done. I like to know a model first, and I like them to know me. This just makes a more comfortable and relaxed shoot if and when we work together. So it helps that the models are in the Southern California area. I am located in Los Angeles. If they are out-of-town, they may still send photos. If I like their look, we will then discuss if they're coming to my area and then we'll set up a meeting time.

What do you look for in models?

I'm currently not really looking for new models because I have such a backload of ones I've promised to work with throughout the years. But that shouldn't stop models from sending me photos anyway. I like to keep a variety of models on hand for future consideration.

Generally, I like working with a variety of looks. I don't have one particular style that I'm after. The most important qualities that I look for have to do more with personality than outward appearance. I like girls who don't take themselves too seriously and are willing to laugh at themselves. I don't like primadonnas or bad attitudes.

As far as appearance, I like slender girls (not exclusively, however). I like narrow waists, and breasts should be natural and small-to-average-sized (again, not exclusively). No or minimal tattoos and/or piercings. I like girls that have a great sense of personal style. Unique style and beauty go a long way with me. I like looks that borrow from past eras (especially 1940s through the 1960s). A good wardrobe is also a big help.

Do you pay your models?

Work is done in exchange for digital files which may be used on the models' personal websites with permission from myself.

Do models ever pay you?

I occassionally accept personal commisions. Please inquire.

I run an adult website. May I use your photos on my site?

In general, I do not like to have my work on sites that feature typical adult material, especially the ones that are "banner galleries". If your site is artistic and intelligent in nature, then I will consider doing something with you. This is, however, decided on a case-by-case basis.

Who are your inspirations?

Besides my photographic inspirations that I detail on my bio page, I find music to be my biggest inspiration. I love all kinds of music but have no musical talent whatsoever. As a result of this, I try to make up for my lack of musical talent in my photography. Whether or not it comes across to the viewer, this is how I think of my work. For example, out of focus or ethereal backgrounds in my photographs act as underlying bass lines. Points of images that come into focus act as percussion marks. And the subject matter or model acts as lyrical content. My main inspiration is Johnny Cash for his honesty and personal artistic integrity. Other favorites of mine include the Pogues, X, Tom Waits, Hank Williams, the Replacements, PJ Harvey, and others that I can't think of right now.

How did you get started doing photography?

I have no formal training in photography. My dad taught me the basic darkroom procedures, and that's about it. Everything else I learned on my own. Once I had my style down, I just started taking photos of my friends.

I am an aspiring art photographer. Any advice you can give me?

Just stay true to yourself and shoot what you want to shoot. If you shoot material because you think it has a potential of selling or being trendy, then your work will lack a sense of honesty and personality. Pursue pro-photography if these are your interests.

What kind of camera/film do you use?

For my black and white photos, I shoot Kodak T-Max 400 with a Mamiya 645 Pro. For color work, I use a variety of cameras including the Yashica T4, Canon A1, iPhone, and a Nikon D200. I never use a flash with the exception of my point-and-shoot camera.


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