Unique Mug

It is with great pleasure I announcing that my unique mug’s are now up for sale on Etsy. I strongly urge my readers to take a look at these unique mugs. Collected from image that I have acquired over my long career. Each model pictured in these images approved of the use of their image, and received a percentage of the sale price. Each mug is produced on your order, and shipped directly to you.

Each 15oz mug is made of the finest ceramics, are dishwasher,microwave, and freezer safe for that extroverted coffee or tea drinker. Perfect for adult beverage drinker who wishes to make a statement. These mugs, while NSFW are hardly pornographic, they are a very tasteful unique images of real women, some in real acts of love.

Forest for the Trees: High contrast wrap around B&W image of the mons pubis and legs. Black on White with a white exterior, with a black interior. This spectacular image is reminiscent of a forest of trees that at first glance is hidden.

View these unique mugs at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MichaelVasquezArt

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NYC Work

I’ve been working on a special project these last few days. Can’t tell you about it yet as it’s in the works, but as soon as it’s ready to start you will be in the know. I can tell you that I am very excited about it.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Now to my blog and my New York work, “Jane Doe” accepted my invitation to work with me. As we had never worked together we started working slow and easy. Then she put on that gorgeous necklaces, I suggested that it would look so cool topless. I though that had broken the ice, I suggested nude. We’d been working with her nude for about 10 minutes, and she let out a groan…, “I told myself no more nudes, and here I am” she said. But we’re getting some really pretty stuff I said, and showed her some of the Polaroids I’d shot. We worked for about half an hour more, can’t remember if we had wine, but I walked her to the corner where she got a cab for home. All was well I figured.

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A few days later after I had film back, I called her and tried to setup a meeting. She was really bummed that she’d gotten nude, no amount of telling her what lovely stuff we had gotten. I could change her mind, she didn’t want to see what we had done. If any of you can remember Patty Hearst back in the 80’s, there is the Stockholm syndrome where a captive begins to relate to their captors. Call it buyer remorse, I’ve had a few women who enjoyed the shoot, but after when their loved ones hear about what we/they did express remorse. And remember I have high ethical standards…, I have never taken advantage of my models. But were do you draw that line of being complementary about the pose, or how they look. I feel that I must be supportive in the work I do, and that they willing do with me.

I share the work now as an example of my lighting skills I once had. I share this work of mine because I think it is a lovely example of a healthy young woman in her prime of life. It is not for sale at any price. I was practicing the lighting skills I had learned from other photographers, in the studio of a master of lighting. My time in NYC was well spent aside from my lifestyle. I learned from so of the best the craft of photography and lighting. It served me well the learning I did, the craftsmanship I was able to practice. But with all skills are learned, those skills must be practiced and perfected. After my stroke those skills had to take a backseat to learning to live life as I had. Its been a long and bumpy road, one filled with small success that build into larger ones.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Life does have a way of changing the building blocks of that life. No always seen as a success, but building into one long term. Remember that life is what happens to you while you are planning for your future!

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Art of Being a Nude Model

Being a nude model is a lot of hard work, it‘s not about just taking off your clothes. So many young women advertise themselves as doing nude on Model Mayhem. They all want the pay without knowing what is involved. They don’t know how to pose, how to move, or what to do really except to stand there looking cute. When working with a nude photographer they must have a presence, poise, be comfortable in their skins. That is hard to do at best, many models spend years perfecting their poses.

Many who call themselves nude models do not know the first thing about how to hold themselves, have a working knowledge of how a camera works, or how the shadows can work against their poses. A good model is hard to find, a good nude model harder still. A good model has proven poses that work well in certain circumstances, but kill you in others. That is were a basic knowledge of lighting comes in, play to the light. Or play to the shadow if that is what’s require. Play off the props around you, when working with widows do you want to incorporate them into your pose, do you want to play with any curtains. Do you want to raise your arm and point. When using your arms to cover your breasts, how much is enough…, how much pressure is best for what you are doing with what you have. Do you need to support the breasts so they appear fuller than they are.

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Photographers are like everyone else, there are good ones, there are bad ones. Some you can trust to be professional, some be on your guard. How can you tell the difference? The way you market yourself is so important. If you are just starting out as a nude model trust is the number one key thing you want to have. Though the proper marketing you can gain some advantage in your posting for any model site, have some good quality work to show. When you are starting out whatever type of modeling you do, have the absolute best work you can afford. In many cases trade the photographer for his time and talent if you can. If you have no nudes, or only shots taken by your boyfriend on his phone. Work with a professional first, trade your time and his interest to shoot you. Does he/she follow through with what they say they will do.

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Be proactive in your approach to nude modeling, and your safety. Have a line that states that you do full nude on a case by case basis. That you need to meet first if you can to find out just what is expected of you. For heaven sake check the photographer out, does he/she have a website, what kind of work do they do. Is that a good look for you, or is getting the money more important. Also other professional nude models websites can be a wealth of information, they have years of knowledge.

In the end your safety is pretty much up to you.

Michael Vasquez Art ©

Enjoy being nude, your poses, enjoy your skin.

New Model

I have a lovely new model coming in a few weeks with whom I hope to take this shot again this time with pubic hair.  Models do have lives of their own, it may or may not workout.  Stay tuned to find out!  Also on tap are some loving shots of her and her gentleman, and the baby she is carrying.  Part of the joy I find in photography, that and the terror till I get film back and see what and if I got what I saw in the viewfinder.  Once again I have to thank my models for working with me, and sharing my vision.

BACK-LIT: MS RUBY

 

 

A twenty year old college student, so full of herself and her sexuality, she had dabbled in the porn industry a bit. When we met to discuss a possible shoot she came off as a world weary pro. But the quality of my work and the ideas I present intrigued her.

By the second shoot she was comfortable with me, the way I worked, and the way I respected her space. I’d told her that we would again be working out at the farm, but way off in a very rustic area.  Took her to the family graveyard, three old graves, a wooden fence surrounding the plot. This was to be a completely nude shoot. She worked very well, good poses, good movement. These are among my favorites, back-lit, motion, and soft focus. Arty shots.

Blue Period

I love this image because of the white breast in the midst of all the colours. From the personal collection of mine, with the model consent and approval. The model isn’t all that pleased with the size of her breasts, though I maintain that the size isn’t important. She has no body fat what so ever, she is very lean, active to say the least. I also think she has bought into the idea that she is somehow a lesser woman, because she doesn’t have large American breast. I love shooting her, long and lanky, athletic and fit. We began our journey in nude photography some years ago, she has a special place in my view of women. To me the size of her breast is unimportant. That her heart is in the right place is all that matter to me.

Esparanza

 

Esperanza came into my photographic life when she was 22 years of age. She was a little firecracker of a young woman just entering her prime. So full of herself, willing to play, had that confidence only youth can bring. After that first shoot she came back to my apartment to have a bite to eat, and to talk more. She was the wife of a friend of a friend of mine, trying to find what she wanted out of life. Later as we did more shoots we went out for lunch after. She’d take my arm going into which ever restaurant we had decided to go to. All male eyes, and not a few female eyes were riveted on her, I felt so special to be the man who had her on his arm.

She was among the first women to tell me that shooting gave her all the benefits of an affair without all the compilations. She’d try different personalities to see what they looked like to others. It was fascinating to watch her as she changed from one personality to another. Like most of my models, she came without eating anything so she’d keep that slim profile. But when that alarm sounded, we had to get her fed ASP.

Even after I moved to New York City, I’d let her know when I was coming into town, we’d setup a shoot. I’d try new lighting setups I’d seen in my work with other photographers on commercial shoots. Because she loved to play, we’d try different things…, but she was hesitant to shoot completely nude. I did get a few shots of her in the all together, but her heart wasn’t into it. To this day I don’t understand her reasoning as she always had a terrific figure made for photography. But I accepted her wishes, warned her when she was showing more than she want seen.

I feel that it is important to work with the models limits, not to cop those shots the model is unaware of. In return she has the confidence in our works to give me carte blanche in using the images we have shot. I also feel that its the right way to go, to have that trust that you honor in all my dealing with my models.

New Series

I moved into the new apartment towards the end of summer 2005. I finally had an apartment big enough to have a small studio, in addition being old enough so I had some interesting features to work in. I set about making my home/studio easier to work in, sheers on the windows. I kept the living-room/studio free from clutter, like any comfortable chairs to sit in. But I had my space to grow older, to pursue my art, and I finally had my office. Life looked very good for me, I was pleased with the plans I had, looked forward to my first shoot over the winter holidays.

That October I had the stroke that laid me low. The deal I made with my self-destructive side, take your best shot at taking me. If…, if I survive, then get the hell out of my way. Little did I count on having to try to reverse the effects of stroke. All strokes are particular to the patient, mine was a blockage in the left side of my brain. Right side of my body, flaccid, absolute paralysis. Confined to a wheelchair, only left side of my body could move. Only one side of my brain was functional, I was in deep shit.

So the deal with the devil was made, I kept to the bargain, doctors, nurses were telling all my visitors not to get too excited about any progress they saw. I on the other hand, not knowing what they thought they knew, I went ahead to try and reestablish the me I knew. Took the better part of twelve (12) years, fighting for every return to body, and mind. Now the harm to my body has healed as best it can, my two sides are now out of balance. My mind…, my mind too has healed as best it can, I count on the plasticity to seek out those pathways back to me. My brain is still injured deeply, that’s where the damage still haunts.

So the new series came as a blessing, both for mind and creativity. I have worked hard at getting the creativity back in as good a shape as possible. Enter model, muse, friend, to save me, to give me hope. It demand a model who knows me, trust me, believe in my vision…, and believes in me as a man. This my first attempt at a series of found objects in nature, and very private spaces on the female body. The working title “Natural Curves”, a juxtaposition of bark, seeds, pods…, wherever I can find in nature with there wonderful curves, set next to the bodies curves. The whiteness of her body, the darkness in the object. The play of light, darkness, enticing curves of the most intimate nature.

So with this as my background, I began setting up my home studio. It was the easiest setup I ever done, called on all my years working with the professionals. I had the depth of my living room to set the muslin background complete with a sort of drop shadow, taken from endless product shoots. I fashioned a comfortable table for my model to try different poses for the areas I wanted to use. Those areas had been determined by a test we had as to feasibility. This setup for the main event, the actual shoot where she has to hold the pose, and the object in place. We shot film as well, for the lighting, and background.

I’ve had to curb my model from posting these test shots. Next comes the hard work of the actual shoot which will be so much better, but for a test these look so good . I have to curb my own enthusiasm, more as we progress.