Posts Tagged: 2011

Alchemy 2011

Another year, another Alchemy.   Once again I spent a wonderfully peaceful time at or near my camp.  What meanderings I did enjoy took me up to the effigy or down to Camp Science and Camp Sheherazade.

We’re still unpacking and recovering so all of my photos aren’t prepped yet.  Here are a few that stood out during my initial load and first pass.  Enjoy.

Full gallery from Alchemy 2011 is here.

Firebreather giving breath to a dragon shaped flame.

Giving breath to a dragon!


A pretty lady named Angel in a top hat.

Angel in a top hat and boots.


A pirate on stilts.

A pirate on stilts; your argument is invalid.


It's windy up on top of the Effigy.

It's windy up here!

Makeup test from April.

Going back through the year’s sets looking for shots for a gallery show, I came across this set that I hadn’t gotten around to finishing and uploading.

Jess and I were experimenting with a new makeup look and something a little different with respect to wardrobe.  Here are the best from that set.


Makeup Test

Makeup Test

Of course the cat has to get into the picture.

Of course the cat has to get into the picture.

Experiments in Black & White.

I found myself in a creative mindset tonight and decided to experiment a bit with B&W images. I went back to a set of Jess & Swan Song from June and either did a new treatment of one of the shots I’ve already published or picked out new images from that set to play with. I think you’ll like the results.

Here’s a link to the full gallery: LINK

Jess in B&W.


More images past the fold.  Beware, they’re not safe for work.

Dragon*Con 2011 Photos

What’s a photo blog report from Dragon*Con 2011 without a few photos.   I’m still working on the report, so while you wait, enjoy these:

You can jump straight to the full gallery here.


The Seven Deadly Sins never looked so good.

The Seven Deadly Sins never looked so good.

No idea who they're supposed to be, but I know they're cute as a button.

No idea who they're supposed to be, but I know they're cute as a button.

Even the Baron made the trek from New Orleans for DragonCon this year.

Even the Baron made the trek from New Orleans for DragonCon this year.


Beautiful in green.

Beautiful in green.


(edit: cross posted to LiveJournal)


I have a Google+ account now.  Not too happy with the TOS with respect to my photography.  Handing Google rights to do anything with everything I post there for all time is not something I’m really all that comfortable with.   I am not even close to what you’d call an Intellectual Property zealot, but damnit, I do want some control over what happens to my works.  If you want to do something with it, ask.  Chances are, I’ll say yes.

I’ll post more about my fun with it in the future.  So far I do like the interface and it is not nearly as cluttered as Facebook.  Competition’s great.  Better products are even better.

Since this is a photography blog, here’s some eye candy for you!

Relaxing after a hard day of tempting the humans.

Relaxing after a hard day of tempting the humans.

Celebrating the 4th of July by exercising my 1st Amendment Rights.

So what’d you do on your 4th of July?  I spent it shooting a room full of beautiful, and mostly naked, people.  What’d you do?

Jess reclining on luxurious couch while Nathan kneels before her.


More behind the link, NSFW – Full gallery here.

Pinups and Firearms

I had a splendid time working with a new model today.    We spent some time shooting pinup shots and firearm shots and some pinup-firearm shots.   Many more shoots to come in the future from this lovely young lady.  She was a pleasure to work with.  Now on with the show!

Cotton, with guns

Cotton, with guns

So big and long and hard.. make it go boom!

So big and long and hard.. make it go boom!

Now which one should I use?

Now which one should I use?

Huge, isn't it?

Huge, isn't it?

The intimate beauty of woman.

The human body is one of the most beautiful works of art nature has ever produced.  In all of it’s shapes, sizes, colors, ages, genders and conditions, it is beautiful.   One of the more obscene things this culture has perpetrated is the idea that the human body, any part of the human body, is dirty or ugly or shameful.   Nothing could ever be further from Truth.

I strive to put lie to that idea in all of my work.  My models are, by and large, not professional models.  None of them are what you would call traditional fashion model body types.   I photograph young lithe women in the very early flowering of their adulthood and I photograph middle aged mothers who have lived a long and hard life in their bodies with the scars to show for it.   I photograph large women and well built men.  I photograph professionals and house wives and students.

What all of these people have in common is a desire to see themselves as beautiful, as sexy or desirable, and as others see them.   I have, I think, succeeded in that.

A few months ago I made this post followed by this post about a project inspired by this post over on The Beautiful Kind.   Since then there have been a number of other sex positive blogs coming up with their own projects.  One of the blogs that has inspired me to make this post is Molly’s Daily Kiss with her “Pretty In Pink” post and the “Pussy Pride” project.   I do not have a pussy of my own (looks down, checks, yep.. still got a penis) but I can contribute in my own way.   I may not have labia, but I do have a camera.

The very concept of labiaplasty or other forms of genital modification, solely for the purpose of meeting some kind of airbrushed, censored ideal is anathema to me.  It borders on the obscene.   Go look over those posts for a more in depth discussion about this issue.

What I want to do with this post is to show the great diversity of and the sheer beauty of the female genitalia.  Life itself enters the world through these lips and we dare call them obscene or shameful?   Not in my house and not in my studio, and maybe one day, not in my world.

Follow through the cut for the first few photos I have taken for this project.  I shouldn’t have to, but will say it:  The following is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.  Detailed and close photos of female genitalia in all their glory lie beyond the ‘more’ tag.   Venture forth if you will.

Jessica and Swan Song

What started as an evening of test shots and a few planned shots for a compositing project I’m working on ended up being almost 3 hours of fun playful shooting.

Jessica’s good friend Swan Song dropped by with her costumes and ideas.

You can see the quick edits and selections here.  Below are a few from the set.


Jessica posed in green and blue makeup with ornate choker.


Swan Song threatening to bite Jessica's nose.


Photos behind the cut are NSFW. Enjoy.

Stark Elegance

Posing in a black leather jacket with a beautiful and ornate necklace, Jessica defines the term “Stark Elegance”.  Photo behind the cut, not work safe.