What we're about

We are a diverse group of male models and male photographers interested in the full range of photography of male models from portraits, fashion, and fitness to fine art.

You will likely find this group a great fit if you:

• are an aspiring model looking to build a portfolio

• are a working model looking to expand your book

• have wanted to model and need a venue to try it out

• are a photographer who wants to take photos of men

• are a photographer wishing to improve your skills and gain experience especially in the studio environment

We welcome men with all different levels of experience who possess creativity and curiosity to join us. We enjoy each other's company in a creative atmosphere with mutual respect for various aesthetics, body types, and personal comfort levels. We have developed a kindly community that promotes artistic expression no matter our level of professional skill or artistic achievement.

Typical Meetups

We have meetups of four types: Model Photoshoot, Community Model Photoshoot, Photographer Forum, and Social.

Model Photoshoot

During a Model Photoshoot, typically one (or possibly more) model is photographed by up to 4 photographers at the same time. The models for these meetups are typically athletic, fit, or lean guys (of any adult age and of all races). Generally, these photoshoots are straightforward efforts to get the best images of the model...fitness, body shots, underwear modeling, fine art photography.

Community Model Photoshoot

Much more informal than Model Photoshoots, Community Model Photoshoots are for men of all kinds who want to be photographed, and for photographers of all kinds who want to try new things. These events are larger, with up to 3 men posing and/or shooting. And these events feature shoots with themes ranging from whimsical to serious. Regular guys who just want to pose are welcome in these meetups.

Photographer Forum

These meetups are for photographers to get together and share.


These informal meetups are for models and photographers to get together socially for refreshments and conversation...possibly with a photography theme, but not required.

Most meetups are Model Photoshoots. It is the goal to have at least 2 meetups each month.


This group charges dues of $5 per month to be a full member. However, dues are completely optional. If you are a dues paying member, you receive the following benefits:

• Meetup fee is only $10 for Model Photoshoots and all other meetups are free;

• Priority RSVP for Model Meetups...two days before the RSVP is open for all members;

• Full viewing access to the group's external website that contains the complete archive of all images from meetups throughout the history of the group;

• Ability to have your own pages on the group website to showcase your work either as a photographer or model;

• Ability to rent the photo studio for your own use.

If you choose not to pay dues, you will still receive invitations to all meetups but will pay more for those meetups you attend. The fee for Model Meetups is typically $40 and other meetups is $10. You will not have full access to the group website or to the photo studio for your own use though you will have 2 months access to the page of any photoshoot that you participated in.

If you model for the group in a Model Photoshoot, you will have dues waived for six months.

Some Fine Print

We welcome models and photographers who identify as male; individuals identifying as female are never used as models and are not members of this Meetup group. All ages and races are encouraged to participate. While most members of the group may identify as gay or bisexual, this group welcomes all sexual orientations and expressions.

Member photographers mostly use DSLR or advanced mirror-less cameras. While not prohibited, phone cameras and simple point and shoot cameras are not recommended.

This is a group for models and photographers living in the greater Chicagoland area (Southern Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Southern Michigan) only. Members from other areas will only be considered if they travel to Chicago frequently. Members must have their (first) name and face picture as part of their meetup.com profile to apply to the group.

Though by no means part of every photoshoot, full nudity or sexual situations may be included in a Model Photoshoot or Community Model Photoshoot based on the interests and comfort levels of the model(s) and photographer(s) present at the photoshoot.

More About the Group Resources

The group maintains a website separate from the meetup.com website that contains an archive of all photographs that have been contributed by photographers from past meetups of the group going back to 2012. The site also has pages that individual photographers and models can use to showcase their work whether from the group or outside. There is also a directory for members to provide contact information and links to personal and work websites.

Most photoshoots are held in the home studio of the organizer in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The studio has a number of backdrops and much studio lighting equipment. There is easy street parking and easy access to “L” and bus transit.

Whether a novice or an expert, you are welcome. If you have any questions, you can email the organizer directly at stronghandsphotos@gmail.com or message through this site.

Past events (152)

Community in Black & White

Location visible to members

Model Shoot: William is back!

Location visible to members

Community Shoot: Jock Party

Location visible to members

Discussions (0)

This content is available only to members

Members (193)

This content is available only to members