Abandoned farm house

A while back, I went up to Kentucky to visit friends, it was late and dark when I was on my way back. Windows were down and the Foo Fighters were playing on my speakers….all I had was moonlight. I had noticed this abandoned farm house you can see from the interstate before, just wasn’t prepared to do anything with it at the time….that night I saw the outline of it in the moonlight, when I looked for it in the dark. The gears in my head were turning. I did not have my gear with me, or a flashlight to light paint with. Well, I knew it was time to put a plan in motion. There always runs a high risk of any abandoned house being demolished, if you don’t act quickly and photograph it. 🙂

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One day last week, after finishing a nude photography session in my studio, I got on the motorcycle and placed my camera body and telephoto lens in my backpack, and made a trip to photograph this marvelous house with so much character. I had to go an exit too far, and turn around, since the house was facing that way. The only access I had to this house was along side the interstate, since it was miles from the nearest exit, and it was on someone’s private land. I pulled the motorcycle far off to the side and I walked up to the fence and in my mind composed my shot. You could hear the sound of birds chirping, wind through the trees, and cars and trucks flying by. I would see random things at my feet like grass blades, soda bottle tops, etc. that passer by’s would be going too fast to notice. I was trying to envision in my mind when the last time this house was inhabited, the Sunday meals cooked in it…if the interstate came long after the house and that was the reason the family no longer lived there? Who knows. The land was obviously maintained, and there were 2 barns there in the distance.

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I carefully composed and exposed each image, and only took maybe 10 total. With high stakes with the distance, this may sound crazy, but this is the discipline that makes photographers, not guessers. I also wanted to get a slightly different composition than the broad one above, to show the texture and distress of the house’s architecture, as well as the carefully stored stuff on the front porch.

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It’s the little breaks and inspiring assignments like this that keep me inspired and keep my vision renewed. It helps inspire all elements of my work and stay in touch with not only my love for being a peoples’ image maker, but my love for photography.

 

Long exposure conceptual photoshoot

I needed a day to just unplug and do something fun, explore and go somewhere I’ve never been before. I called a model friend of mine and asked her if she wanted to do something bizarre, involving a creepy mask I found, with long exposure photography. I went to Kentucky and we went to an abandoned hospital and I really loved it. I explained to her how to move and pause, in the sequence of doing shutter drag photography. There’s definitely patience and science involved in completing this task successfully. With these I used a 10 second shutter and a variable neutral density filter so that the image wouldn’t be overexposed.

I have no idea what inspired this particular mask and concept. I just wanted to use it and do something creative to help my creative soul. These things are necessary to translate to my fine art nude and boudoir work, when I can invent a concept, I can think faster when on the job and use that creativity to my advantage….as well as to benefit my clients.

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Understanding the opposite sex

It can be a challenge for sure, but I find many of the differences between the genders to be endearing, and the diversity in turn creates an interesting balance that helps center our universes. It’s not always easy finding that center, but it’s worth looking for it, as well as do regular self evaluations, especially if patterns develop. I see both men and women fall into a negativity trap, unfortunately. The biggest culprit I see on social networks are rants about the opposite gender. I really find it unattractive, I have seen girls on my Facebook timeline blame the entire male gender when it comes down to bad choices they’ve made. Guys do the same thing. They’ll usually admit they’ve had the same problem with multiple guys, but very seldom want to hear the answer, that their vetting process is largely to blame.

I know sometimes people can be deceptive, but that’s the game called life. You become wiser to warning signs and cut the ties to unhealthy situations. Often lack of criteria, and being to shallow is what causes bad choices to be made….or having a history of being too clingy or desperate which is a turn off. Sometimes the truth is a hard pill to swallow. But it’s better to do self evaluations and accept criticism from others in order to learn and grow. If these women keep running into the same issues and get the same crappy guys, it’s time not to blame yourself…but to use positive energy and look inside yourself and be honest with yourself, to evaluate the problem. Also to work on putting systems into place to improve the vetting process.

Inherently it’s harder to hold yourself accountable but in the end it’s worth the effort. The negativity like “I’m so sick of getting used by guys, I’m so done with them all” only keeps good men away. As long as they think the worst of men, they’re going to get the worst of men. Aura works in both positive and negative situations. Mistakes don’t make us bad people….the idea is not to keep making the same ones….and learning and growth, personal and spiritual, is never over. It’s a lifelong process. Accountability and thirst for knowledge is a rewarding part of life. It’s just a matter of being open to that level of thinking, but it’s amazing how things fall into place when you do. Don’t get discouraged, get inspired.

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Problems with inexperienced boudoir photographers

The culprits are the Groupon boudoir photography deals….sure, we all love a great deal, but these types of photos require a special skill set. Not some dork who owns a camera. LOL. Everyone has to start somewhere, sure. New law students can’t take cases yet. The best way for fine art figure photographers, nude or boudoir, to learn is by understanding the body, angles, posing, and working with different body types, avoiding unflattering angles etc. As well as learning lighting, what lighting to use to create a certain mood or what lighting to use with a specific subject. Position of hands, neck, etc. are also small details that affect the overall mood of the photo a lot. Lens choice is also a factor, as far as different body types. It’s best for new glamour, boudoir, or nude art photographers to learn these theories, as well as learn from experienced models, who help them understand what angles work and what doesn’t. Starting off with experienced models will teach them a lot, and it’s the best way to learn technique and form, before entering the free market as a glamour, nude or boudoir photographer.

I still work with models for portfolio development and updating….but most of my clients are women who don’t normally do this, and need direction. I have had many clients who do extremely well with minimal direction, the biggest asset is not always experience in their case….but willingness to try, and take positive direction on set. Giving these subjects a little direction, helping them pose and shooting around their body type and best angles, and making it a fun, comfortable experience. Models know what to do, are more comfortable doing it, and have fewer limiting angles. This is why photographers marketing themselves to the wife, or girlfriend, and not just the nude model, should be knowledgeable in these areas. Poorly executed intimate photos can result in an uncomfortable experience for an already nervous and vulnerable client. Not to mention cause self esteem issues. Mothers with body changes or postpartum depression is a whole other twist to this conversation. There’s no room for error. It needs to be a comfortable, positive experience for them, flattering photos, and discretion.

I’ve heard some people say, oh anyone could take a sexy photograph of a sexy woman…..let me fix that for you. Anyone can butcher the hell out of a sexy woman’s photo. When self confidence, comfort, overall experience, and sexy photos that her significant other will treasure are the goal, it pays to choose wisely and avoid inexperienced photographers.

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