Being a former Iowa farm boy in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, Douglas Tjelmeland’s (chumland) visual passion’s developed growing up on a large grain, livestock and horse farm. His passion for the horse is still immense having raised, trained, showed, judged and taught riding for years. However, his other new found passion as a youth was shooting pictures when times seemed simpler. The images he shot then were with a Polaroid Land Camera and were much loved by family and friends as life was during that time.
Graduating in the mid 80’s from Iowa State University he secured an AG Pharmaceutical career and was also farming in his family’s business. He was discovered in the mid-west and was offered an experience in the modeling industry moving to Milan, Italy the fall of 1989. He developed and advanced to the upper echelon as talent and also lived and worked out of Paris and London before moving to New York City. He was then represented by 22 agencies all over the world and CLICK NYC is still his mother agency and still remains active.
As a model his major campaigns have included Perry Ellis, Corneliani, Lacoste, Henry Cotton, Valentino, exclusive Ralph Lauren Polo, and others; some of his other clients have included American and British GQ, American and British Esquire, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Mondo Uomo, FHM, Calvin Klein (fit model), PGA, Donna Karen, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Delta Airlines, Victoria’s Secret men’s under garments, top designer runway shows and vast international and national commercial catalog clients. He has rounded his talent career by studying acting in New York and keeping that craft alive doing many TV commercials and some film.
Douglas now brings 27 years of experience in front of the camera modeling and acting to re-developing his youthful passion behind the camera for the past 21 years. Throughout his extensive career he has learned from and shot with some of the world’s greatest photographers such as Bruce Weber, Fabrizio Gianni, Yost Wildbolz, Victor Skrebneski, Kurt Marcus, Herb Ritts, Gilles Bensimon, Pamela Hansen, Nadir, Calliope, and Peter Beard to name a few.
With his magnitude of experience, knowledge, creativity, and integrity he has developed his visual passion into a business helping others with beautiful images. He creates these images wanted and needed for advertising, commercial, promotional and personal. He has assisted talent of all ages to pursue the exciting industry in fashion, acting, music and all other professional endeavors in the states and abroad. He also has a team of talented and well rounded professional individuals who assist him in his productions; wardrobe/set design stylists and hair and make-up artists.
Douglas' Image Profile