Archive for January, 2010



This weekend I had a wonderful shoot with Jen, a fine art model from Portland. We shot a number of themes and had a lot of fun. She’s a great model and was very professional and pleasant to work with. I’d highly recommend her.

I’m constantly playing with studio lighting, and one of the things I’d hoped to do is create some nice silhouettes. This was my second attempt at silhouettes, and this time I decided to use some reflectors to help prevent too much light from getting on the model. I wasn’t able to achieve a perfectly black silhouette, but I’m very happy with the results.

Ageless Beauty – an ongoing project

I regularly shoot with aspiring models to practice new techniques and to expand our respective portfolios.  Most of the models I shoot with are in their late teens and early twenties.  These shoots are usually fun and regularly produce usable portfolio images.  When I get the opportunity, I really enjoy shooting with “mature” models, those that are in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  I find that they’re usually confident, self-aware, creative, and that they make excellent subjects.  I always try to capture the character and personality of a subject, and find that mature models often have more character and individuality.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot with Corina, a “new” model just getting started at the young age of 41.  We set up a shoot and she was interested in doing some creative artistic shots.  She didn’t have any experience posing and was a bit “stiff” at first, but after some coaching and gentle coaxing on my part, she really started to come out of her shell.  Before I knew it, she was doing some very creative poses and we were making some really interesting images.  It turned out to be a really fun and productive shoot.

Here’s the first image from the shoot.  It wasn’t intended to be a “fitness” shot.  We were shooting nudes with a single gridded light source to create an emphasis on her face and upper body, while letting the light quickly fall away on her extremities and minimizing the amount of light on the background.  When I was reviewing the shots, I fell in love with this image.  I think it’s very expressive, and really shows off Corina’s muscularity. 

2010 personal project – my year in photos with Madame L

I’ve started a new personal project for 2010. My friend (who for now I’ll simply call Madame L) has asked me to document the next year of her life in photos. She has set out to make this a year of great change and growth and I’m honored to play a part in that. One of the first changes was to her appearance, cutting off most of her hair. She is a beautiful and striking woman. Her long hair has a distinctive grey streak that runs along the top of her head. We did a photo shoot just before she went to the salon. We had a lot of fun and she had a chance to play dress-up and be creative.

I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with my friend, and to partaking in the home cooked meals she has offered in exchange for photographs. It should be fun! Stay tuned for more…

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