As promised, a follow up article to my prior bridal themed boudoir photoshoot. Soft overcast light softly entered the room. I initially envisioned black and white, low key contrast, but liked the warmth of the room and her skin tones, so….sometimes visions and plans aren’t meant to be followed without deviation, LOL. Before we did some nice female form work / implied nude on the hardwood floor, I saw a piano in the corner that needed to be used.
An 80’s throwback with the leg warmers, just one more cool thing from the 80’s besides music and video games, and certain movies 😀
Well, ok. This one spoke to me as a nice low key black and white.
Now we move to the bedroom for some nice intimate setting implied nude photography, that will no doubt go into her pre-wedding boudoir album 🙂 Again, with low key lighting and lovely contrast, I pictured most or all of these to be black and white. I often favor black and white work as I love the mood and feel / tonal qualities. But the warmth of the color in these just spoke to me so I worked with them as they were. This is about as close as I ever get to boudoir photography in it’s traditional definition. Well, they are implied nudes in a soft elegant bedroom setting 🙂 I hope you enjoy, and thank you Angela for a great decade of friendship and being my go to muse. Congratulations, and this will hopefully be treasured by both of you 😀
And a nice moody bodyscape to top it off 🙂 Hope you’ve enjoyed!
A long time muse I have been good friends with and worked with for a decade, is recently engaged, and we met up to do an intimate personal shoot. Part of the inspiration would be bridal themed boudoir photos with her dress not being used, but the veil. We would start off with her in lace thongs by the window in her veil, it was amazing how the texture of the curtains behind it would match closely, but combination seemed to work well 🙂
Then we moved onto some bridal / implied nude headshots and half body photos in sitting position leaned up against a contrasting wall. I got one high key, and decided to go with low key contrasty lighting for the black and whites. We break for lunch and had some fine edibles at P.F. Chang’s and then stretched our legs a bit in the shopping centre, talked about life and what’s going on, where we are both at, etc. Soon after we were ready to get back to it, with some implied nude and a sexy elegant bedroom setting. Stay tuned, that’s coming next. Happy Thanksgiving to all the U.S. based readers 😀
The title got your attention I know it did, because I don’t have normal people frequenting this website. 🙂 After I was done with my photoshoot at the farmhouse, the model and I decided to make some grim disturbing art, just because. The sky was getting dark. I was drawn to this spot in the soy bean field after the harvest. The field went on for an eternity it seemed, everything is so open and vast, one reason I am always inspired by rural areas so different from what I see every day. In the far, I could see the backroad, remnants of a couple houses and trees and a barn. It was a setting of peace and quiet, so I thought we would add a dark side to it. A creepy mask, and a doll with no hands, and a vision.
Captured with my Fuji XT-1, 23mm 1.4 Elinchrom Quadra as main light with beauty dish, second Elinchrom Quadra as a brush light behind her right arm at about a 45 degree angle, about 8 feet back. This gave us nice lighting contrast. Because of the overcast conditions and darkening sky, using a neutral density filter wasn’t necessary to make the background and sky darker. Just narrrower fstop, F13 I think. Black and white conversion NIK Silver Efex Pro. Hope you enjoy, sleep well if you can 🙂
It was a fairly warm but overcast Fall morning at an abandoned Kentucky farmhouse, the wind was whistling with not much around to stop it’s path. As we pulled up, there was a cow in a neighboring field making a horrendous noise, as if she was in pain, but she eventually chilled out. That helped set the tone for a rather unusual mood, and working with almost a forlorn feel to the project. Sometimes it’s about using the conditions and surroundings for inspiration for each photoshoot. As photographers / artists, I think it’s important to pay attention to these details and not be in a rush. Feel what the surroundings are feeling….make the subject feel it, and in turn the viewers will feel it. I think farmhouse artistic nudes are special. This was a small shed that stored lawn and garden equipment it looks like.
The side entrance to the house had some clutter, so the gears in my mind were turning, perhaps with the old wrench she was holding.
One other feature that caught our eyes is the perspective of the driveway and the vanishing perspectives of the fence posts along side it. And a lone tree off to the side. The best thing was to take it in for a moment and compose it in my mind, and set up one of my Elinchrom Quadras as a side light to help provide some lighting contrast, and narrow the Fstop to darken / add drama to the background. I wanted the driveway, the tree, and the subject to all be incorporated, and compose the images so the plan would be effective. The subject being the focal point and the negative space bringing in the tree and curves / perspectives of the driveway and the fence posts would balance the photo nicely. Would love your thoughts on these high contrast black and whites. Hope you enjoy!