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.
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)
The beauty of a mother-to-be is not just in the visions of her pregnant body, but are just as visible in the images of the woman herself. I give you a few more photos of the lovely Kerstin. I took these as part of a pregnancy photo shoot of her back in April, but felt they deserved their own showcase separate from the one focusing on her pregnancy.
(click the title above to see all of the images)
With every shoot I do, I make an effort to revisit the shoot after some time has passed in order to look at the shots with a fresh eye. I’ll also do this after developing a new technique or just to experiment and see if I can come up with anything neat or show worthy.
I added quite a few images to the gallery of my low-key experiment shoot with Corrie back in January. Some of the new images are, in my opinion, my best low-key work to date, though there is one stunning high-key image included. I just can’t seem to get away from bright lights and hard shadows.
So, sit back and enjoy the show. I’d love to hear from all of you with comments, criticisms, suggestions or anything else you want to say or ask.
The gallery is behind the cut because, as you should already expect from me, they’re Not Safe For Work (NSFW).
I’ve been experimenting with low-key lighting and trying to achieve a very soft, body-molding look for a while. Regular readers have seen some of the results of that experimentation in previous posts.
All of that experimentation came together for the first shoot of 2015 tonight. The setup is deceptively simple with a black cloth backdrop, an SB-910 speedlight in a 24inch softbox to the right (photographer’s right) of the model. I set the speedlight to 1/4 power and shot at F/22 or F/18 @ 1/125 and ISO 100. This gave me a completely dark room with the only light showing up on frame being the speedlight.
The results were everything I had hoped they’d be. The model was very fun to work with and I’ll be shooting her often over the coming year. With the exception of the image labeled ‘Fire Down Below’, the only editing on these is cropping and b/w conversion and, when needed, a touch of sharpening. ‘Fire Down Below’ had a bit of color bump, clarity and sharpening to get the look I wanted. I also brought the exposure up slightly on it.
As you probably already guessed, these images are NOT safe for work. Click the ‘continue reading’ link to see the photos. And as always, enjoy and I look forward to your feedback.
It has been a while since I last posted any of the nude and risqué sets I shoot. These images are from a set that was more of an experiment than a planned session.
It does not take bunches of lights and backdrops and modifiers and other gear to get a very soft, sensual look in a nude set. Often, simplicity is more effective than an “engineered” approach.
I could go on for another few thousand words, but I would much rather let the images speak for themselves. All of these but one were shot with a single speed light on a stand with a 12×8 soft box, The last one was pure available light and is pretty much a candid taken while the model was relaxing g after the shoot.
I shouldn’t have to say this but the images after the fold are Not Safe For Work. Nudity abounds beyond the fold. Enjoy.
It’s that time again. I’m thinking of making this a weekly post. This time, we’re diving through late 2011 to experiment with more B/W conversions and edits. Images below the fold are NSFW. You’ve been warned. The gallery from the original shoot is here.
We start with an image that I had passed up at the time I shot it. Back then, I couldn’t quite get the emotion I wanted to come out. A bit of work with filters and color.
NSFW images below the fold.
I’ve been experimenting and working out a new workflow between Lightroom, Photoshop, Vertus LiquidMask and OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite this week. What better photos to stare at for hours on end than the lovely Bettie in her rope and stockings.
I have a pretty good workflow now and it’ll only get better when I hear bck from OnOne about why the photoshop and Lightroom plugins for Perfect Photo Suite aren’t working. Loading and saving the images separately breaks up the creative flow a bit, but not enough to completely derail the process.
Enough babbling about software, I know all of you are just here for the pics, so here you go. Enjoy. And as always, NSFW behind the break.
I had the wonderful privilege of shooting a new model today. Bettie N Love with her friend Joe Soap doing the rope work. I’ll be editing the set over the next few days, but here’s a teaser or two for you. More explicit and NSFW photos behind the fold.