I’m sad to see this series end, but this was indeed a very special artistic nude photoshoot that will serve me well for a portfolio update. That just makes me work harder to bring the next shoot up to par, progression 🙂 I feel the timing of this article is just right, the day after Thanksgiving! I am not only thankful for family and friends that I get to spend time with whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, but also I am thankful for all the things that go into nude art. The brave and confident subjects, their trust in me to capture them in an elegant and flattering way, light, color, and texture. Most of all….the efforts of all involved to change public ignorance so that more would see nude and intimate photography as art and not something dirty. These are inside the workshop with lovely beadboard walls. The way the paths of light entered through the open doorway and the cracks in the corners of the building really gave me an ideal shadowed mood lighting.
I hope at least some of you spend what is known in the states as black Friday carrying on your thankfulness for the people in your lives and the art that inspires us. Or whatever else gets you through the day. Something other, I hope than feeding the greed of the corporate machine by participating in the savage black Friday shopping day. I am thankful for every day I can create and for the clients and models I am blessed to have 🙂 Hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving!
Thank you for joining us for another exclusive Farrell Gallery Nashville edition of Farm House Nudes series 3. We move now to in front of the workshop and enjoy perspectives of the tall grass, distressed architecture and wood of the structure. Capturing the graceful motions of her body as she takes in the Kentucky countryside where a family once worked, rested, and made their life. We were going for organic, fly on the wall and intimate perspective. Not a garish contrived over glamour feel. Gentle and fluid it goes.
The setting sun and the lens flare to help add some dreamy mood to the photo 🙂
Only in the beginning and ending moments of the day can you get the low and soft sun with such warm tones. Shadows are soft, light is soft and warm and not hard and cold as it is hours before. Light and color, texture, as well as composition are very important elements in creating dynamic boudoir and nude photography. Every turn of the model’s neck, toes, fingers, head, etc and motion / expression captured has to work with the aesthetic values of the photograph. Plus the comfort and confidence level of the subject is told in the photograph. Intimate photoshoots of any kind require a balance of paying attention to the subject and instilling the mood you need and paying attention to body elements and angles, as well as technical and lighting aspects of the photography. This is what separates a craftsman or woman from a snapshot artist. 🙂 Now for some facing the corn field, and that defining moment as the sun said good night 🙂
Welcome back for another episode of Farm house nude series 2! I really love this rich location, complete with a Victorian house, a storage shed, and a garage / workshop. All had been uninhabited for years…The corn field behind it had been mowed, the grass had been mower periodically. Seldom does a car pass by. There’s nothing to stop the wind. No sounds of the city that usually just become white noise in my ears. This 45 minute journey from my home in East Nashville reminds me Americana still exists, and it’s comforting. It’s healthy for us to explore worlds that are different or new to us. No matter how country this location is, the right mood and sensuality from the nude model’s face and body, combined with proper use and control of lighting can still bring a cosmopolitan feel to this Southern Kentucky farm house nude photoshoot.
I love the perspective of this boudoir photography in nature look. The blades of grass providing their foreground perspective. The windswept hair, alone with her spirit and nature. The background texture, the model displaying confidence and sexy but modesty at the same time is what I think makes the above image. More to come soon 🙂
Soon after discovering this brilliant abandoned farmhouse, I knew what I had to do. It’s not every time I photograph people at abandoned locations, that I know much or anything about it’s history going in. This house belongs to the family of a friend, and it was interesting hearing about who lived there and what people did, etc. Whether I am shooting at an abandoned house or business, I observe different things I see and try to learn more about it, and take in some of the story that these little clues are left to tell us. This beautiful Victorian farm house with acres of land and a fairly distressed barn / workshop cried out for some very elegant and artistic nude photography with a model. As I always say, I love the contrast and balance of beauty between the female body and the distressed location and architecture. Welcome to farm house nude series 1.
I wanted to build an emotional connection between myself, the model, and the location to create an organic mood while doing this photoshoot. With nude photography, it’s about soul, energy, and connection. Capturing the female form is a special art and requires that level of trust, as well as creating a custom mood harmonizing the location, lighting, and every unique face and body. Each pose and movement was gentle and dynamic…ideal when it does not look like a pose. I chose to use fill light and a neutral density filter at an approximate 3 stop setting, to create that lighting and shadow contrast, and separation from background. As if to create a sentimental connection between the model and this once inhabited home…as if her own grandparents had once lived there and although the life that existed there may be gone, the memories are still alive. And embracing nature at this house was healing for her soul….and my presence wasn’t even seen. All you could hear was the wind and the occasional bird singing.
Weapon of choice- Fujifilm XT-1 mirrorless, 32mm Zeiss Touit 1.8, Teffen variable neutral density filter, and Elinchrom Quadra s with Beauty dish and grid.