I apologize for the delay in blog posts, I was in Europe and am now playing catch up. But this Backwoods nude series should make up for my tardiness. This particular freelance model worked with me for portfolio development, and with the direction of a friend who lives in the country knew just the place to do it. The first stop was a long time abandoned shack / cabin that you can’t even see from the road, which required some minor hiking to get to it! This particular model is a joy to work with not only because of her natural and unique beauty, but she also works the other side of the lens! She is very passionate about what goes into artistic nude and boudoir photography, as well as chasing light as any photographer should. So I enjoy her enthusiasm and participation here! These are photographed with a Fuji XT-1 mirrorless body and Fujifilm 23mm 1.4 prime lens.
Part of my plan when doing any fine art / nude photography is bringing the lighting, mood of the subject, and location all together. Though this subject has a radiant smile and vibrant eyes, I decided to go with a more forlorn and moody vibe to fit the location. As if to say, someone clearly has forgotten about this beautiful cabin, and perhaps she identifies with that in a more human and emotional sense. Perhaps not. But the texture and distressed state of the structure is a great contrast to the soft beauty of her body and hair, etc. Any fine art photography there can be plenty left up to the viewer. This next spot was at my friend’s land, it was hazy and muggy, not much sun, but we squeezed out as much as was there. I switched to the 56 mm 1.2 for shallow depth of field and to encourage even the slightest of brush light from the hiding sun.
You could classify the above two works as implied nude but by using a graceful organic way to do so. I love how the soft glow of the almost non existent sunlight hits her face, hair, and arms. The unique composition of the bottom image to me emphasizes the thought of that golden first morning light hitting the body from the window, and how it gently kisses the back and butt. Almost reminiscent of morning desire so to speak. It’s nice to have a subject who truly appreciates the visions that go into creative works. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.
Once we got back from our location shoot at the mill, we got settled and decided to do a few moody studio nudes, with some shadow play and bodyscapes. Sometimes it’s nice to work in the studio…it’s climate controlled, no bugs, I can play music, and focus on the simple elegant beauty and grace of the female form. I like on location work because of the open feeling of freedom and textures, etc. But a balance is nice. When in the studio and work on moody shadow play with my female form / nude and boudoir work, I use a lot of rim lighting and grids to keep the pattern of light controlled and narrow. I used a Fuji XT-1 and Fuji 56mm 1.2 (Full frame 85mm equivalent)
I love how the shadows provide contrast and a definition of the body, as well as mystique. Mood. Soul. A blank canvas with moody lighting and defining the female form…simplicity, elegance, beauty, and perfection all into one.
I honestly can’t decide if I like the color or black and white of this particular bodyscape, so I will just post both of them. Please share your thoughts on which one you like better 🙂
Welcome to the lovely artistic nude series from the abandoned mill part 2! By this point we were just maybe 10-15 minutes from losing all our daylight, so these were all done in a short time frame. I generally don’t drag out my photoshoots, boudoir and other intimate and nude photoshoots are an hour or two tops. It’s better to carefully capture the subject’s best angles, and best motions. While carefully composing the images. So working with these time constraints only inspires and challenges me. Honestly even if we spent another hour there shooting, I don’t think we’d have gained anything. Private clients for boudoir and other intimate work generally appreciate that. Some of the body positioning can be hard work especially if they aren’t used to it. Plus everyone’s time is valuable. So, here is what we got. 🙂
I loved the fluid motion of her body, almost like a ballerina. Months from now, the construction project behind the other side of the fence will be done, and too inhabited to do such a photoshoot out in the open there. Plus the mill will likely be gone soon 🙁 Hopefully can squeeze another shoot in before then. I hope you’ve enjoyed this artistic nude shoot with Chelsea, some studio work to come soon.
I recently hosted a traveling model, Chelsea Hannah, who visited Nashville on her photoshoot tour. It was already a long day for her, after doing other nude photoshoots in Nashville, and I had just done an out of State engagement photo session. But we decided to go for it, and so glad we did. So, we ventured out to this abandoned mill along the railroad tracks. The building will likely soon be razed due to urban development by reason it had vacated and relocated. It was less than an hour before dark, so we thought we would get a quick but productive intimate photoshoot in and perhaps later do some artistic nudes with shadowing in the studio. And so it went. All captured with the Fuji XT-1 and lenses of choice were the Fuji 23mm 1.4 and the Fuji 56mm 1.2, traveled light.
I love the perspective of the tall weeds in the foreground. Perspectives and textures I think always ad to tasteful nude photography if carefully done.
Something liberating about outdoor nudes, especially in distressed and endangered locations that we know will soon be gone. They live on through the photos. I loved using the perspectives of the fences, debris, texture of the building, and the fluid movements of the model. I hope you’ve enjoyed these abandoned mill artistic nudes! More to come soon!