Michael Stokes didn't always photograph naked men for a living. He used to sell homes; before that he was a flight attendant. The 48-year-old, Mormon-raised Californian, gave it all up for something he could really sink his teeth into.
“I knew the market was going to take a dump, and I didn’t want to be around it,” says Stokes, with a quiet, cautious voice that at times sounds like he’s worried he might say the wrong thing. It’s a surprising trait from a man whose career depends on being bold, and who’s got looks any other lens would love (that's his body you see when you first log on to the website).