The Intimate Portrait Project has occupied a large part of my life over the past five years. It has evolved into a series of photographs of ever increasing emotion, passion, trust, sensuality, meditation and peace. The shoots have become very physical out of necessity. I have learned that honest touch brings an openness to the photographs that would not be otherwise possible. In theater and it is called contact-improv -- although hours of constant contact in a peaceful and private environment brings about a very different emotional state than it would in a rehearsal space.