When taking a photo of a laugh or a smile, the best way to make it real is really laugh or smile. It makes the images more genuine, lively and people will believe you are really happy. I try to do this with every smiling photo I have and generally I am able to deliver an image that will hopefully also make you smile.
Like everyone who is in the photography business I have a favorite location to shoot. It is only available 2-3 months out of the year and no I will not tell you. A woman has to have a few secrets. :-)
Anyway I first brought Andrew K in 2010. The deep grey of the cement, grass and even my hair makes the almost purulence of my skin glow like the moon. The asymmetry of my pose, the wall and the foliage pulls your eyes more to the center of the image. As a note this was I think my second nude shoot and first with Andrew. Needless to say this and my jumping images cemented him as a consent partner.
And again with Bill of Pixel Elegance in 2011. Bill came up from California on a vacation and stopped in my hometown. I love the desaturated nature of his editing. Also one thing that amazes me is my ribcage to hip connection, no other photographer has managed to make it look so...AWESOME. Seriously most of the time if my ribcage pops under my pelvic bone (at least what it feels like) it looks strange and unnatural. But here we managed o make it look sexy and intentional. It helps that my hands, feel and expression are relaxed.
Note when one is modeling one of the easiest ways to make it look like you are relaxed it to keep you extremities and face relaxed. Its hard but it totally works!
And finally in 2013 with CCP Photography. This was the most technical as there are 4 of me, yet also super fun to shoot as we had to block each pose to prevent overlap. The harsh light was not helpful but its all good!
Each time I got different image with their own unique style. Though they are the same location I feel they are vastly different. Each reflecting the photographer, the light and our experience together.
I had a shoot last Sunday with Jeremy. We didn't shoot this but this was from my last shoot with him back in January of 2012. I was SO SHINNY!!! In all honesty it was fun and no I sadly don't remember what he used to metallic me up. I just remember it was hard to get out of my hair.
Ps. His editing in this makes the image. Totally 100%
I was looking through images from 2009 (I didn't do a tun that year) and I found one of my all time best riding photos taken by my Mom.
We all gotta have our hobbies right? I was riding Ayla for a friend to keep her going while I was between horses. Ayla was at the time a 22 or 23 year old arab-quarter horse cross who was a dressage schoolmaster, western pleasure and pleasure hunter that I taught how to jump, galloped through grass seed fields and generally played with. She was a great mare and I think she is still going, I haven't hear otherwise.
Fantasy images are a common ground for nude models. I've only done less then a handful of shoots focused around fantasy themes in my years of modeling (outside of the Gamer Girl Calender). I think I would like to do more in my future.
I worked once with Christopher and Ashlee Murr once. I brought along my Kendo mask (I practiced Kendo for a very short time) and we did a shoot with fantastic makeup. Modeling through a screen is hard. In addition I didn't really fully understand how to create emotion with my eyes. Chris managed to pull this strong, interesting image out of me. A good photographer can pull a good image out of a pretty clueless model anyday.
This image captures a late Oregon summer. We where on the top of a hill with high grass and the sun slowly setting. This actually was my profile photo for multiple sites for a long time. Its one of my favorite portrait type shots I have on my computer!
Its hard to say why I like this photo. The light is harsh, the contrast is high, the way I am jumping makes me look broken, and there is so little grey scale on my body the black seems to take over and it feels like I am a darker blob in a very textually interesting and bright image.
That said I do like the texture of the mowed field, the black line of trees and what texture you can see on my body. The pose is so broken and dark its interesting that it makes up for the harshness of the light. This image is almost abstract, yet almost a classic landscape photo.
Really I think I like it because it looks like I am totally naked photo bombing.
This is one for the most technically challenging images I have ever created with a photographer. Charles found a beautiful image and making of a dancing story. The photographer captured the movement of the dance yet still had a sharp image.
We created this image by having a strobe on, but not up to full power. I would start a movement when the shutter on the camera was opened and try to hit looking into the strobe when Charles manually flashed the strobe and closed the shutter a split second later. The time on this was so hard to do but when we got it right we got it really right.
We plan on doing this shoot again when we can rent a theater space with black walls and floors and possibly bring a lead (man) in to help with more complicated dancing movements. I will post more images from this shoot in the future but
This was part of our shoot for The Gamer Girl calendar in 2010 that was released in 2011. Here we are a bunch of super heroes and villeins battling to the death! Or something like that. I have to say I am damn proud of my attack face, I look quite fierce. Also not once leaping onto another model. I'm multi talented, I know.
Really this was a fun shot to make. We has shot together once or twice before this set and we all knew each other from university. For all the women, other then myself, in this shot this calendar was the first modeling experience they had. The far right still models when her life allows and the other two have moved on to awesome things like dancing and grad school. I love dragging other people to shoots and they loving it to! It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
I have a tun to look forward to in the upcoming month! Three photo shoots! :-D
And a dead C drive on my computer. :-( Until I reformat it (maybe tomorrow) I will be posting images out of my email. As 99% of my photographers give me images on a disk....we will be seeing a lot of Absolute Reality Studio's work! As he takes lovely images I don't feel this will be a hardship on anyone.
Ps. Next week I get to work with him hiking around the woods. I might even get a second model to come along! -squee!- I am so excited!
I'm back! I am so looking forward to posting some more and some new shoots coming up in the next two months! New images.
This is an older image I shot with Andrew out by Cougar Hot Springs. The idea was to shoot in the water but we didn't want to be the creepers with a camera with a bunch of other naked people. So we wondered around the springs looking for interesting locations to shoot.
The clouds were clinging to the forest beautifully for this shot giving the whole image a softer feel.
I am sorry I did not post yesterday. I found out my grandmother, Mommom, is in the long slow process of passing away. I will be traveling to her funeral as soon as I hear when it is. In all honesty I have not felt like posting.
We will return to our regularly scheduled posts after I say goodbye.
This is another photographer I have no idea who she was. It was during the photography class that I modeled for. I like the amount of light in the image, how soft it is and the look in my eyes. The only thing I think that prevented me from using this in my portfolio was the hand. I like it and I dislike it. I'm really not sure.
When engaging in a photo shoot all parties need to know some basic etiquette. This goes both ways so I will first address the model and then the photographer.
Show up on time. Seriously treat theshoot you are about to embark on as a job. Would you be late to a job? No. If you are going to be late call/text ahead. Really photographers and their teams love to know you are running late.
Bring what you need for a shoot. We will go over what to bring in a later post depending on the type of shoot you are doing.
Don't drink, be high, be crazy, be a flake, be crazy
Learn to say no. Know when you are ok with pushing your boundary. Asked to do studio nudity? Full nudes" To go stand on that rickety looking bridge or log to get the shot? If you don't want to, feel comfortable, or any reason really say no and stick to it.
If your photographer says no respect it. That respect goes both ways.
It goes the same for you, show up on time. I have been stood up by one photographer and it is just as annoying for you as it is for your models.
Know what you are going to shoot to a degree and bring what you need and then some.
Learn to say no. Sometimes models come up with dumb ideas in poses, general shot ideas and the like. Please tell us no and then how to fix it.
If your model says no, respect it and move on.
If you need to touch your model for any reason (there is one strand of hair in the wrong spot, a leaf fell on their body, their underwear is showing) ask before you touch. If they says no tell them what to fix and move on.
As long as people respect each other and have agood attitude a fun, creative, and enjoyable shoot will be had for all!
Ok my model and photographer friends what little pieces of etiquette do you think anyone involved with photoshoots should/need to know?
I've sadly lost the photographer's info on this shoot. All I have is that it is from 2009 and I was in Portland, Or that day.
I love the light and shadows caused by the light from the right. I actually really like my foot even though it looks a bit huge, and the angle of my hand resting on the ledge just works. I look relaxed and warm and SO colorful in my white little world.
Now ladies and Gentlemen we are going to have the safety talk to help you avoid getting hurt while modeling. How would you get hurt? Well I'm sure any mother can name it in a heart beat. "You could get raped, or mugged, or abducted or KILLED!" I have heard it a few times from my mother.
Basically what it comes down to 99% of the men and women I have worked with are pretty cool, if not a little off, and respect their models. That nasty 1% gives the rest of the group a bad name.
I always do the following when booking with a new or old photographer:
I screen to see if they are just using the modeling site as a dating site. (WAY more common then you think)
I know the location, the time, how long I should expect to be there, is there cell coverage, and how I am getting there, my car, their car, a friend to drop me off.
I tell important people who I trust ALL the above information and a 'when should you call police' time line. This does become more relaxed as I get to know a photographer. If I've shot with you 3+ times this generally gets shortened to "Hey I am with photographer X today. "Insert location info here""
If it a person I get weird vibes from but not enough to throw me off I bring a fellow model. A lot of photographers dislike escorts and won't allow them on set. They will however often let another model, or hair and makeup artist on set as they can add to the shoot. A super fun way to get around this rule I have found. I also just like dragging my friends into modeling. >.>
If I can't drive/walk home I don't go out for drinks after. And I NEVER drink before a shoot or during a shoot. Nor would I do any drugs and that would cause me to walk out.
Never be afraid to leave a shoot. In the end it is your safety and comfort that we are talking about here. If the photographer makes you feel not safe tell them. Sometimes they are just as nervous as you, and sometimes they don't realize they care pushing you too hard. Only once in my 5 years of modeling have I not felt safe or like I could not have gotten away. I learned from my mistakes and really my rules are not flexible.
Be safe people, but also be fun. :-)
This is a shot with said photographer (2009). I will not post his info though some from the area may recognize this image. I do have to say looking for his damned image did help me find more photos!