Welcome back to the Bates Motel sister location 🙂 Before we even began shooting, we looked around the room, and took it all in. Similar how I do abandoned buildings. The dated bedspread, the tv straight from 1993, and a very old coat or garment rack half heartedly screwed into the wood paneling walls. We were thinking, PERFECT! We’re going to use this! For a location intimate photographer, it’s important to notice every detail of your surroundings, no matter how slight the detail, and use what grabs your attention. Not every eye would see this room the same. This is another exercise of making a beautiful photograph with capturing the female form in it’s elegant simplicity, even in a motel room most people wouldn’t want to stay in.
I told you we’d find a use for that wall rack 😀 Shape and the artistic nude female form, light and shadows, it all comes together.
Another very random feature if this room was a fairly long nook in the back of the room, very linear, maybe 8 feet deep and 4-5 feet wide. There was nothing in there except a table and no chairs. So, we made a use for it. I’m sure those walls could tell a lot of stories, but probably none like this. Such a linear space, to keep some mood in the lighting, was a challenge. For this shoot I used a continuous ring light that mounts on my stand and has a flexible mounting neck, so I placed it directly above her. The rest of the shoot was done with the ring light strategically placed for some lighting contrast along with the little bit of available ambient through the window. But this worked to keep it moody and soft lighting, yet not be flat like on camera flash.
I hope you’ve enjoyed part 2 of the roadside motel series.
Recently a traveling art nude model who I hadn’t seen or worked with in 10 years, yes 10 years, passed through Nashville for an impromptu shoot. Back then, I was doing some mixed media photoshoots with an abstract artist friend, who body painted her. Then with the photos, I would print, he’d divide them and mount to canvas and paint around them and clear over them. I still remember how fluid and graceful she was in her motions and she only got better with time! After several recent private nude photoshoots for clients that we are keeping anonymous, it was time to work with Melissa again to update our respective portfolios.
Anyone who follows my work knows I shoot and style for the occasion, and often like abandoned houses and other buildings for the textures and overall contrast of beauty and distress. Too damn cold for that now, LOL. If it were a private client and she wanted an elegant boudoir shoot, I’d probably go with a boutique elegant hotel. But I picked a local roadside motel, most would call seedy. It is. But I wanted some distress and the feel of the dark lonely motel room where guests could be passing through workers or down on their luck. BUT we can bring beauty to the shoot with this location just as if it were an elegant branded hotel. That is a fun and unique challenge. Anyone can make a beautiful location photograph beautifully. In this case the subject stood out enough to not draw the eye to the studio. I just went with a more low key lighting than I would have elsewhere. But I love this almost film noir style. Welcome to the roadside motel series part 1. Where the beauty of the female form meets a 1970’s -80’s motel room 🙂
Not long ago, I had a private client come to Nashville from out of state for an artistic nude photoshoot at a beautiful luxury hotel. I wish I could share those photos with you, but she’s a pretty high profile career woman, and can’t have it leaked. I just finished a beautiful album for her, that would be an anniversary and Valentines Day gift for her husband. She felt comfortable trusting my work, and confidentiality and deemed it worth the trip. I’m so glad she did! When doing any kind of intimate photoshoot whether boudoir, implied nude, or nude, I like to break the ice to make the situation comfortable and fun. And help the subjects feel less vulnerable and more excited and inspired.
We’re in the middle of Winter and I hate cold weather, and during any holiday downtime, and cold nights, I have done some catching up on good movies. We got on the movie subject as we were talking and working on the shoot. She was saying her and her husband have a great appreciation for the arts and wish they themselves were more artistic, but the right movies inspire them. We had the best time at our photoshoot, and finding that conversation kept the positive momentum going and prevented awkward silence. PLUS, my client said she didn’t even feel “naked” because it was a fun and comfortable experience, even though she had never done that before. She asked me, as an artist, what movies I have watched lately have inspired me because they would probably like them. Without giving it away, I made a few good movie recommendations. The movies that have been forgotten or never got much press are sometimes the best ones, IMO. Let’s not forget about Indy films. Some I stumbled upon, others got recommended to me by a friend who knows what type of movies I like. Here are a few recommendations, can be found on Netflix or on demand, possibly Red Box, or even a used DVD and music store, that often works out cheaper than rentals. All drama films.
Indy- Me and you and everyone we know
-Henry Poole Is Here
-Lars and the real girl
Take advantage of the crappy weather and curl up with these movies, let me know how you like them 🙂