A gallery of my work organized by year.
It has been more than a year and a half since I posted anything here. It’s been a busy year, though not in a way that I would have hoped for. I’m coming out of that tunnel now and am ready to start publishing the art I created during that time. I hope you find as much beauty and love in the stories told by the subjects in these photos as I did when I shot them.
This model turned 48 not too long after these photos were taken. She is the mother of two and grandmother to one, stepgrandmother to one and “aunty” to dozens of close friends. She has lived a hard life but found her safe haven a decade ago. That haven has given her the space to grow to love herself and her body and know it for the story-book it is and all of the scars and blemishes and even it’s shape are the language the story is written in.
I am blessed to be allowed to capture a few moments of that story and share them here. You’ve seen her before many times over the years and will see her again, much more often as time goes on. This is the beginning of a new story for her. I hope you get as much pleasure from see it as we are in telling it .
This set wraps up the boudoir shoot that Kerstin and I did a few weeks ago. These images weren’t from any particular set, or plan. I just saw here sitting back relaxing while I was adjusting lights to prepare for the shots posted on Day 8. I warn people that if you sit still long enough, I’ll shoot you and that’s just what I did here. No posing, no planning, just her sitting back, relaxing and having fun in front of the camera.
These are decidedly NOT safe for work. Nudity and implied nudity. You’ve been warned.
On the eight day, boundaries were pushed and comfort levels tested. The original purpose of this entire evening of photography was to create a photo book for Kerstin’s partner, John. These last few images are from a very intimate set of photos that I thought long and hard before asking permission to post.
On the one hand, they are astounding photos that show not only a sensitive vulnerability, but the strength Kerstin has to push through and let that vulnerability and strength be shared with everyone who can appreciate it.
There is implied nudity in this set. Well, let’s be honest, there’s nothing implied about it. She IS nude, but the poses are such that they never devolve into lurid or exhibitionist. Technically, they’re all Facebook safe, even if most HR departments would have to go have a lie down and a hot toddy to recover.
So with that said, I give you a taste of beauty, vulnerability, sensuality and above all, Strength.
The Seventh and final day of a week of posts from the most enjoyable shoot I’ve had this year.
This last set is the most traditional boudoir style outfit of the evening, but we’re still doing it our way and having fun with the theme. Enjoy.
This set also includes one of my single favorite (and probably single best) photos of anyone I’ve taken this year.
(no nudity, but there are suggestive themes)
We move deeper into an evening of shooting and laughing and generally having a blast. Day 5 shows the playful side of Kerstin. We went for a bit of a ‘gangster’ look. Not the gangster’s moll, but the gangster. She’s no one’s moll.
What better attitude to show on the 4th of July than the freedom to be what you want, with not just laughter, but a promise of strength and willingness to back it up. I give you Gangster Kerstin.
(No nudity, but suggestive themes)
Day 5 expands on yesterday’s theme of introspection and subtlety. The iridescent wrap we use here is one that you may recognize from a few shoots I did almost 12 years ago. I lost that wrap some where along the way and found it at a going-out-of-business sale cloth shop a few months ago. Yeah, I bought the whole bolt.
But enough about the cloth. You’re here to see the beautiful woman wrapped in it. So, here you go.
(you should know this already, but… No nudity; just suggestive themes, and not even really that suggestive today)
Set four is a bit more relaxed and informal than the first few. Most of the lighting in this one is from my 60inch softbox that’s almost too big to fit in the house. Enjoy.
After about half an hour of shooting, Kerstin started to lose a bit of her nervousness and get playful. She had a great little mask with her which I thought matched the bustier she wanted to use for at least one set. The two together made for a very playful, alluring set.
(no nudity, but suggestive)
Yesterday I kicked off a week long series of posts from a boudoir shoot with the beautiful Kerstin. We continue today with the first real set from that evening. It’s always a challenge shooting a model’s first shoot, doubly so for one with any level of sensuality attached to it. As you’ll see over the next few days, though, Kerstin really came out of her shell pretty quickly and lost herself in the fun of the shoot.
I give you; Day Two.
(no nudity, but suggestive themes)
My niece Kerstin approached me a while ago to do an extended boudoir shoot as a gift to her partner. After the book I had printed of the photos was given and the gift thoroughly enjoyed by both of them, I was given the all-clear to post a few of the hundred+ photos from 8 different costume changes.
It was, without a doubt, a most incredible evening. In going through and picking out the photos, I realized that just dumping all of them into one blog post wouldn’t do them justice. I’ll be posting a small selection from each set. This is the first of those sets. As always, I welcome your comments.
(no nudity, but suggestive themes ahead)