Image of Tyme Cich at Shutterfest 2015
BTS of Tyme Cich taking photos at Shutterfest 2015

About Subtle Shades Photography

“I don’t want to be remembered for my photography, I want those I photograph to be remembered”
― Bryan Wark

Like some photographers, I started out doing landscapes. Playing with ND filters, infrared lens attachments and spending hours ensuring the horizon was straight. At the time, there was nothing better than sitting around doing time lapses, drinking bourbon from a flask. Several sunburns later, I figured maybe photographing something indoors would save my skin.

I eventually started photographing people. I did the normal repertoire of glamour, boudoir and lifestyle images. Although it was fun, it got boring really fast.

In 2013, I decided a change in style was needed or I was going to burn out. To make a long story short. I started pursuing projects that would test my skills. Now, most of the projects I shoot are about me learning about myself, light and equipment.

First and for most, I’m a goof-ball.

I enjoy the camaraderie when working with like-minded artists. Sure I can get focused when needed and shoot all the way through. However, some of the best images comes from just having fun.

When you are modeling for me, expect to be in a light-hearted, fun filled environment.

In reference to actual training and certification, I took a couple film photography courses in college. Other than that, I’m self taught.

When I was starting out, my first model was a medium-sized white, stuffed teddy bear. I photograph her on a white background. Figured if I can light her correctly and separate her from the background. I would be good.

I was very grateful for her patience. She never got bored or told me to hurry up. 🙂


Adult Short Stories

Stories add context to the images. These are sexy!

Testimonials & Reviews

Image of Paige Elithe Hoffman holding her hair
Beautiful Eye Contact

Paige Elithe Hoffman

Professional Freelance Traveling Model

“I had a Blast working with Tyme. He had some really cool ideas. As a model I love a challenge. So overcoming obstacles is a huge plus as model. WE also got some great images. I definitely recommend Tyme if you haven’t work him already.”

Image of Vivian Cove sitting next to piano
Ready to Shoot

Vivian Cove

Professional Freelance Model

“One of the most innovative photographers I have ever worked with. We tried concepts that I had never tried before and I had a blast doing it as it tested my creativity. It was a fun and satisfying shoot and I would recommend him to any model!”

Image of Jesseana Fernandes posing in light turquoise lingerie set
Image of Jesseana Fernandez posing in a turquoise lingerie outfit.

Jesseana Fernandes

Professional Freelance Model

“It was such a pleasure working with Tyme, I had alot of fun. He is very creative and patient. He is great in giving directions for unique poses when and if needed. He is very respectful and a true gentleman always making sure i was 100% comfortable. Call me any time Tyme, I would love to work with you again. xoxo ~ Jesse”

Image of Melancholic posing in red lingerie
Image of Melancholic posing on red background wear red lingerie


Professional Freelance Model

“I had a great time shooting with subtleshades! He was full of creative ideas and we moved quickly and efficiently through several different concepts during our shoot. He was professional and respectful throughout our communications and our time working together. I would recommend him to others and hope we can collaborate again in the future!”