Also from the phone series, model Jean Dawson, who patience I appreciate. Posing isn’t easy, many microscopic limb changes that add to the final image.
Love the soft lighting in this test. Still amaze this my Samsung phone did so well, those upgrades have helped. Maybe a formal change to Phone Series 2018. My model was very pleased at the results, may have convinced to shoot more for her Tumblr account. She took me out for a birthday dinner at a fabulous little Italian place I found trough a food writer friend. Kind of restores one faith in their fellow beings.
More to come so stayed tuned.
Another of the Test that Jean Dawson and I worked on. I love the feel of this and the light, soft, the body hidden by the material. Part of the new/old reality I am going for: portrait lighting. Shot on my Samsung phone/camera.
New Series Test for Materials and Light, shot on my Samsung phone. Sometimes the test turn out so well one has to share, special thanks to the ever lovely Jean Dawson.
Also from the “Not long ago, not so far away” file. My buddy Esperanza in my apartment studio, with tan-lines. A little firecracker of a woman, feisty as well as lovely.
Barely eighteen (18) years old, at risk, and a Latina. Much younger than the models I am comfortable working with, but she was at risk. We met for coffee, all attitude and bravado…, part of her camouflage meant to protect her. She was posing with a group of older men, some who even had film in their cameras. Her book was full of crotch shot, only a few of her face. As we went through my book I told her about her work, said I already have a manager! Yes says I, but he isn’t thinking about who you are, what you need to get out of this…, he’s doing a poor job.
She decided to pose for me anyway in spite of what I said. As she got ready she left to door open a crack, I could hear her humming. When she came out all attitude again…, a list of questions I was not to even think of asking. As we shot I could see her relax, lower her guard just a bit…, so I hit with my ploy, “Don’t smile”, gave her my stern look. That was all it took for the “Toughie” to turn into the giggling teenager she was. After that all I had to do was look at her, cock my head, and raise my eyebrow, the teen would just come out. A friend was posing for me one time, said I feel like an idiot…, the only thing that make me feel better is your acting the bigger idiot. I can work with that!
I treated her fairly then and now as a thirty-something year old. She is long past modeling, she a mom, trying different things and seeing what fits her best. I keep in touch, let her know what I am doing with our images. Let her know that when and if I sell, she will get her share. It’s the way I do business, the only way I do business.
File under long ago and far away, my friend before she was Jean. From our 2nd shoot, much more relaxed and poised just a nice nude young woman enjoying being photographed. We’ve know each other for some 7 years now, and I still enjoy working with her. As the old cliche goes, “like a fine wine she has aged very very well”. Thank you Jean.
My friend Lena, fetus in tow was to come back for another shoot in the next month or so. Baby Grace had other ideas, how could she project her best side when I couldn’t even see her sides? Mom and Grace, who came into this world at 1:30 Friday morning are both doing well, I wish them only the best. Both will be down for that shoot when she feels like traveling. Welcome to this world Grace.
Latina Angel a new treatment of a softer variety. She was having fun and being treated right so she could relax with me, be the kid she really was. Now about the piece, my work is meant to appeal to everyone, specially women. So a softer approach was suggested, hints offered…, I’d have been a fool not to listen. I value the women who choose to be in my life, both professionally and as a more personal nature. Women are my friend, always have been, always will be. Thanks to you all! Ciao
A freshly minted 18 year old, so full of herself (as we all are at that age). Her shell was tough, but after we made friend’s she was just the kid she was. She had other photographers she worked with, some even put film in they’re cameras. Her online model site was filled with images of mainly her pubis, just a very few showed the person who owned that pubis. I showed her that there was an art to photography, and that some men would treat her with respect. I asked for permission to shoot any sensitive areas, she agreed, but not for publication she said. I agreed, I had no real plans for the images at that time. Years later when I discovered the images, and how I could manipulate them I sent her finished pieces so she could see what I’d done. Again I asked for permission to use them, to donate them to organizations I support.
In this day and age, new age of harassment and outright rape in the industry, I have kept to my belief to treat people fairly, with respect. I have been granted the privilege to explore my art, and freely create images both my models and I can be proud of. I feel that this is an honorable way to create the images I do, it’s the cleaner way, if not always the easier way to operate.