Antebellum mansion boudoir photos

As I promised, I went back to that awesome antebellum mansion with a model, Ali Katt was my first pick! I felt that her colorful and unique look would be perfect for this edgy location. I knew I had to be careful about bringing a private client here who isn’t used to the different elements of abandoned houses. The entryway isn’t all that safe or easy, so it was a group effort to safely get in and out. Well worth the effort in my opinion! Let’s get started by sharing these stunning antebellum mansion boudoir photos!

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So there was this huge console TV from I’d guess, the 1970’s? Yeah, that was a must! I know these aren’t traditional boudoir photos as most would know, but that would be far more vanilla than taking advantage of a location and look as we have. Nashville boudoir

Most of these antebellum mansion boudoir photos were all natural window light, but some of these had the assist of my Ice Light and barn doors, very simple and minimalist. When going in a location like this, you want to travel light. This is also my first official photoshoot with my new Fuji X100F! So, this is almost as primal as it gets! Loved the contrast, textures, and colors in this shoot.

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Loved the natural lens flare of the incoming sun!

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Strictly ambient window light from the setting sun, as we wrap it up. There was a board in the middle of the window that created an interesting but very challenging shadow. The trick was to challenge myself to work with it and do so without driving Ali nuts waiting for me to prefect the angle and composition. We moved into bodyscape and implied nude, quite lovely with the soft light beaming in, that would only be there for a few moments.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, stay tuned!

Downtown Columbia TN.

So, after last article exploring the antebellum mansion, my friend Jerry and I decided to explore downtown Columbia, TN. to see if there were any abandoned buildings. He knew of a closed down church, but there was no way in, so we explored the downtown area of the small town with a quaint town square. It’s amazing what we’d find even going a few blocks away from the square.

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I couldn’t tell if this was vacant or not, or an active used tire shop…but it was cool!

We circled around the area and stopped at this very narrow alleyway right in the town square, would be an awesome place to chill, nice cross breeze and tables set up. I love using paths of light and shadows, part of my life! downtown Columbia TN.

So cool. I could live in that building, so much character. alleyway

Overhead central heat and air conditioning units, a little high contrast. alleyway alleyway Columbia TN

These storefronts were definitely vacant. So much character in the building. Downtown Columbia TN. definitely has some photogenic locations!! downtown Columbia TN.

I love the dimensional perspective of this roofing, and distress / texture. downtown Columbia TN.

There must have been umpteen bazillion barber shops around there. Hair must grow at a rapid pace in those parts. downtown Columbia TN.

Look close….see the peeling wallpaper in through the window, and the reflection of across the street. The trick is to angle it so you don’t get glare, or show up in the frame!! reflection

Some paint streaks for added texture and abstract feel. More reflection. window shot

Downtown Columbia TN. would be a cool place for a business with lower overhead than Nashville because of less urban sprawl and inflated real estate. Well, I suppose as long as you weren’t dependent on local customers, or else these businesses would still be here. Great buildings though! I hope you’ve enjoyed photos from our outing!

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Abandoned antebellum mansion

I was out with my good friend Jerry Winnett who I sometimes photograph abandoned buildings with, and we did a field trip to this abandoned antebellum mansion. Maybe 30 minutes from Nashville. It’s good to hang out with him and have him there, since we are both experienced with shooting the abandoned spots. There are definitely hazards with abandoned buildings as I talk about frequently. Within 5 minutes of getting there, I had a tick on my leg and I busted my leg on a rotted step, but no biggie. The first thing that caught my attention was a small barn, just a matter of trudging through the overgrowth. But this is the house exterior.

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Now the barn!!

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Now we approach the house, before taking a bow on the front porch. lol.

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No door access….we crawled in through a window. But we stuck by the code. Don’t break anything, take anything, or move anything. I love the textures and distress.

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The house had like four fireplaces. Abandoned antebellum mansion

Interesting paths of light from adjacent windows, and the flip windows over the doors. The ceilings were 12 feet tall too! I think someone tried working on the house but likely ran out of resources. It’s easily been abandoned for 15 years or so. Abandoned antebellum mansion abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

Some creative artists inhabited this abandoned antebellum mansion. abandoned house abandoned house

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One thing we noticed on the other side of that back wall, was a dumbwaiter and service staircase for the “help” to bring food or other things to people without disturbing guests. That quickly told us the era of the home. abandoned house abandoned house

I loved the vines growing on the walls and ceilings, so cool! abandoned house abandoned house abandoned house

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos from this abandoned antebellum mansion, hoping for a human subject there soon for us to do a fine art nude photoshoot at this prime abandoned location. Stay tuned!

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Helping people move

I know it’s been a while! I’ve done some intimate photoshoots I am not at liberty to share publically, but have been busy with wedding season. Nothing like some deep and random discussion that my readers love. This one is about helping people move. I’ve moved twice since living in Nashville, and I can recall a few people who helped. But we had an established friendship and there was history there, of mutual friendship. Not always an easy find. I’ve helped quite a few people move over the years, and including some of the ones who have helped me. In recent years, I’ve begun to feel a little differently about it.

There are a very small handful of people I’d help move today. That may sound a bit cold, or selfish…but hear me out. In our 20’s, moving was more frequent and we had less shit. In my 40’s now, I’m conscious about how much stuff I keep, because I have moved. I hate clutter too. I can still physically do it, I have endurance and strength. But I run the risk of personal injury like back problems, or whatever. Why? Because they don’t want to hire cheap labor or professional movers? Nope.

Especially the moving party deals. You show up, and most of their shit isn’t even packed! Especially if it’s relatively short notice. If you’re going to ask me to help you do a painfully hideous task, like move your stuff….at least have the respect for my time to have things packed and ready! Entitled presumptuous crap. Helping people move, it’s either a noble deed, if you set a time and keep it productive. Or a total waste of time! The high risk of inefficiency or moderate risk of injury are enough for me to say nope. It would be a rarity nowadays to say yes.

Fuji XT-2 long exposure photography

After going back to the same abandoned house as the previous article with fine art nudes with my muse, Shelby, it was only fitting to take advantage of the creepy location. My first thought was long exposure work. I had recently upgraded to a Fujifilm XT-2 .I had done several shoots with this new body already, and some street photography, but never long exposure work with this body before. Fuji XT-2 long exposure photography was in order. We’ll start with this one, 1/4 second exposure. I used the handrail for the steps as a makeshift tripod.

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Then we started with the much longer exposures. Both of these are 20 second exposure. My tripod head is ok but it’s not the greatest, so I really appreciated the threaded shutter button so I could use my shutter release cable again!!

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The only real change I noticed from the XT-1 was the bloody long wait for processing after taking the frame. LONG. Like equally long as the exposure. That got old. But that is one thing that helped me take even less. Later I found out about going into menu and selecting long exposure noise reduction to off. That did help shorten processing time a bit. This last one, I went with a 30 second exposure. There were pockets of sun and shade alike, so I used my variable neutral density filter so I could properly expose the image with such a long shutter speed. Even dandelions floating through the air and wind through the trees blurred. F22, 30 second exposure. 200 ISO. Zeiss 12mm 2.8.

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Creepy enough for you? I hope you enjoyed this Fuji XT-2 Long exposure photography as much as I enjoyed the challenge, as well as breaking it in for shutter drag work. Definitely expect more in the future.

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Nude and the abandoned

As promised, I am back with some fine art nudes with a new muse, Shelby. In the same abandoned house from previous article where my friend and I went hunting around for. Nude and the abandoned is the perfect marriage of soft elegant beauty, and disheveled distress.

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I love the textures of the room and the sun peaking through the windows and doors, gently kissing the curves of her body. The mystique and shadow play, soft skin, and destruction around her is the perfect contrast that makes my favorite art form. The combination of nude and the abandoned is truly magical. I was glad to be able to bring Shelby to this house to see how it translates to a human subject / muse. When you find these houses, you sometimes have to act fast.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite from this series, but it was a fun time, and it didn’t take super long. Two hours tops are how long I spend on intimate photoshoots, no reason to drag it out, it’s exhausting for the subject. Plus it would get redundant. I’d rather think out the best ones and budget time wisely than shoot all day and get lost in it. Kindof like thinking more when you stand to waste film. Work smart, not hard I suppose is the end theory?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this nude and the abandoned series. Certain rooms, the floors and doorways were treacherous, but that’s part of the game. One reason why abandoned work is safer viewed than attempted by those not used to them. I think Shelby rocked it, who wants to see another shoot with her? Private clients are scheduled in near future, but will do more muse series photoshoots like this, as time allows. Thanks for viewing, stay tuned!

Abandoned house hunting

I drove up to Bowling Green, KY. on a Sunday afternoon to meet up with a good longtime friend for lunch and to hang out. It’s a one hour drive, but a very different place from Nashville. It was fun to discuss current events in our lives and what was happening, where we were at. He lives on this backroad that no sane person would attempt in snow or ice. So we decided to go on a leisurely Sunday drive. Oh, but not to sight see or pick wildflowers. But to go abandoned house hunting! This is something most normal families do, right? Or not. But that’s what I do. The destruction, filth, bugs, overgrowth, broken glass, rotting floors, all part of a nice day!

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Now THIS just might be the creepiest wallpaper I’ve witnessed. Anywhere.

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And another place. This was it’s best view.

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We had to wander about for what seemed like an age to find these. Which I was happy we did. But still, we hadn’t struck gold yet. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, at least when you hope it does. I must say that I wouldn’t recommend wandering around rural areas of Kentucky or rural anywhere without people knowing you or having someone with you who locals know. Really for that matter, I don’t advise people photographing the abandoned especially if they don’t know the ropes. We went a little further and saw potential abandoned mecca. And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.

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Abandoned house hunting may have paid off, and ever so richly!

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Now looking into getting inside it, and access is granted! I love the outside photos, but the inside is where the best part of the story is told. Also it’s the most risky and dangerous part of abandoned house hunting. Also the most fun, so that’s a fair trade for a not so normal person. When I first entered, I thought I heard someone in there, it turned out to be a buzzard and he flew out of one of the windows. Which in itself should freak most people out. I knew then, this was the place. Pay dirt.

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Now if this doesn’t make at least one hair on the back of your neck stand up, you’re sick. LOL.

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Model coming soon, at this house. You’re welcome. 🙂

 

When a part of you is gone

Sometimes things happen in life that you least expect, even though you know all good things have a beginning and an end. While enjoying a perfectly moderate Spring day before the disgusting humidity and excessive heat starts, I got some shocking news from my Mom in an email. That my favorite pizza parlor / tavern in New York that I’ve enjoyed for my whole life, is closing soon. The former Inn was built over 100 years ago and it’s been a tavern and pizza joint for nearly 60 years.

It’s in a small village outside the city, where it’s almost the land that time forgot. I’ve been in Nashville for 25 years, and that village has changed very minimally since then. I bet citizens shit themselves when they built a roundabout at one jokingly busy intersection. It’s always funny and comforting to visit when I go back. Funny that the whole village has changed so little, I think people like it for what it is. And comforting for the same reason. Community staples, like this tavern don’t come and go. If you leave Nashville for even a few months, you won’t recognize some of it when you come back. So it’s a nice contrast.

I think this leaves a huge void in the community. There are so few places where town workers can go for lunch. Or families / bar patrons for dinner or after work cocktail. Many generations. This isn’t just a brick and mortar business I like that is closing their doors. This is a place that’s always been there for me and I’ve been there with my parents, grandparents, friends, some who have passed on. I feel sad and angry at the same time, but understand it was time for these owners to move on with life. Over the years, nothing changed, the inside looked the same. The outside looked the same. The pizza tasted the same, homemade crust and sauce. Knowing I won’t taste this amazing pizza again is the reality that is hitting me right now. When a part of you is gone, this is how you feel. To boot, it’s going to be another Stewart’s shop. There’s already one less than a Goddamn mile away…and there is a gas station RIGHT next door. I will never forget the taste or the feel of the landmark. This is a lifetime of memories for me. One time a couple years back, I brought my twin lens Yashica medium format with me. This too will soon be a memory.

Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm

There is something magical about how the nude female body compliments the outdoors and it’s elements. This lovely intimate photoshoot was no exception. The lines and shapes of her body, the power of the sun, the scenery of the farm and texture of the barn. All going together as a jigsaw puzzle would, as long as a competent person is there to put it all together. We shall begin with photos featuring the outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm!

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A young man in the military had contacted me saying he was nearing overseas deployment for the better part of a year. So, he wanted to take some precious memories from home to keep his spirits up and keep him motivated. And of course super duper motivated to count the days until he returns home! Some lovely artistic nude and implied nude photography of the special lady in his life would be that care package we send him off with!!

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Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm

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A friend of mine was so gracious to let us use their farm for this photoshoot. The day was fairly chilly but the sun helped. The harshest sun of the day is between 10 AM and 2 PM and we were in the middle of it, but I used that as a lighting challenge, it paid off. This young lady was a trooper and had fun with it knowing how much it means to her husband!

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All natural light here, turning the body and using very high shutter speeds and small apertures to expose for highlights….and create shadows! Moody bodyscapes are nice for the artistic and mystique factors!

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It was nice working with this lovely couple! Thank you to her for being willing to let me share the shoot with my audience. And thank you to him for his service. Please return home soon and safely! I hope these (and more not pictured here) keep you happy while serving! I hope all of you have enjoyed this Outdoor nude photoshoot on the farm.

Nudes at abandoned theater

I had an impromptu reconvening with a past muse who entered the fold once again. It was interesting and fun to be re connected. She had tossed the idea around of shooting again after life happened, I agreed that was a brilliant idea. We both like distressed and abandoned locations, and the life after people vibe. So, without further adieu, I bring you some lovely artistic nudes at abandoned theater series. You’re welcome.

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Ok, some are partially clothed and implied nude as well. It’s good to switch it up sometimes too. It appeared we didn’t have company, but do you ever really know? There are always miscellaneous littered items, and sometimes signs of residency. We’re just passing through, nothing to see here.

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Is this the stairway to heaven? It goes to nowhere, but it depends which way you take when you reach the top I suppose.

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I didn’t have to do much in post production. I used a neutral density filter on my lens, think of it as sunglasses over the lens. Makes the background darker and I light the subject with a bare strobe to expose her. All I changed really was the toning.

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Is there a spot available next to you? Imagine if this were still a public place, society isn’t ready for that yet. One day we may evolve.

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I really like figure study nude photography, we decided to use the landscape and textures to blend her body in with it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the Nudes at abandoned theater series!

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Sun, shadow, texture, mood, curves, shape, all key ingredients to a great art nude photograph. I love the continual challenge to see and document something new with each personal photoshoot. The most dangerous place to stay is in the comfort zone and to spend so much time on the set that you fail to see the subject.