Antique car salvage yard

I took a little journey to Oak Grove, KY. just on the other side of Clarksville, TN. to do some outdoor nudes. She met the owner of this magnificent antique car salvage yard and got permission for us to use it for a photoshoot during their non business hours. I was super excited because I love old cars, old buildings….well, old anything pretty much! LOL! Just not old food. Old wine, sure, if kept properly. It was a partly sunny and partly cloudy day in early December, mild temperatures. Just the feel of this antique car nostalgia land was amazing, I knew upon arrival that I had found a happy place in my creative soul.

Oak Grove KY

Detroit steel here, it was true Americana just walking around there….a couple of those cars I never even heard of. Cars were art when those car were made, not just transportation. I told Jen that I needed to walk around and take in the environment before we begin. In that process I find inspiration and different ideas, and will help our work be well thought out. Of course, I just couldn’t resist taking some photographs of my favorite cars and trucks there. I just love the lines and textures.

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antique cars

antique cars

antique cars

antique cars

Antique cars

Antique cars

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antique Jaguar

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I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these wonderful automotive jewels, places like this are not out there as much these days, this definitely inspired both of us. Thanks Bob for letting us use the yard πŸ™‚

Farrell Gallery process info


 

I love providing a personal, non-corporate experience for my clients. Intimate photography that I provide is a very personal service, and requires a great deal of trust on the client’s part. Not only for a fun, discreet, and respectful experience, but to bring out the best beauty, energy, soul, angles, and body lines in each subject. With carefully crafted lighting and composition. So, I felt that I should explain a couple different random pieces of information that could be helpful when considering booking me for your intimate photoshoot, whether nude, implied nude, or an artistic creative spin on boudoir. To personalize it a little bit, my name is Jay Farrell, a Nashville based fine art photographer specializing in the female form. I love lines, curves, textures, light, and shadows. This is me on a recent trip to Ireland. Since my presence on this site I know is more faceless.

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Creative freedom- I like to discuss projects with my clients and we share each others’ visions, etc. And we both determine if we are a good fit to work together and our styles / visions match up, that way everyone stays happy. I aim to please my clients, but just know I’m not the most “programmable’ photographer. Meaning, one can’t just pitch their very specific idea to me, or expect me to replicate someone else’s work and have it be exactly how they pictured. Every artist will have their unique style of capture and portray what they see and want the viewers to see in the photo. I require a lot of creative freedom to do my job best. After all, that’s why you hire me πŸ™‚ Copying the work of others is not a creatively conducive part of the process. Micro managing doesn’t work. A client and an artist’s process, style, and vision matches up or it doesn’t. It’s very much a team effort.

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Product delivered- Part of my job and area of expertise is the editing / selection process, and the postproduction / Photoshop part of the process. A part of the service that clients rely on me for. I select the best photos from the shoot, I am looking at body angles, lighting, composition, how fingers, arms, feet, legs, neck, etc. are positioned. Plus expression and mood, all of what makes the most successful photograph, that’s what I do. I do not provide any RAW files, or all unfinished proofs. That’s standard for any professional photographer. Those are not available for purchase or posted online. If the client wants to be involved in the selection process, that can be done following the shoot at my studio, even if the shoot is done on location. However, most do not, they know that’s the job they are trusting me to do, otherwise why would they have hired me? It’s about protecting the image of my work, and the quality of the product delivered to the client. A writer does not publish scratched off notes, only the final version of the story. Same here. πŸ™‚ To work together requires mutual respect for the process for it to organically work.

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Discretion-Β I know there are many career women who get boudoir or artistic nude photography done who do not want images of them out there, or online…or for family reasons, all understandable. I always offer exclusivity and non-disclosure for private clients. In a case where a client is ok with any, or certain images being used on my website or blog, nothing is used without prior knowledge and clarification. Any other questions, let’s talk πŸ™‚

 

Muse implied nude


 

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.

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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 πŸ˜€

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implied nude

 

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Well, ok. This one spoke to me as a nice low key black and white.

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 beΒ  treasured by both of you πŸ˜€

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Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

Nashville boudoir

And a nice moody bodyscape to top it off πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve enjoyed!

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Bridal boudoir photos

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 πŸ™‚

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bridal boudoir

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 πŸ˜€

Bridal boudoir

Bridal boudoir

Bridal boudoir

Bridal boudoir

Bridal boudoir

Grim disturbing art

The title got your attention I know it did, because I don’t have normal people frequenting this website. πŸ™‚ 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.

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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 πŸ™‚

 

Farmhouse artistic nudes


 

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 photographersΒ  / 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.

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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.

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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!

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Budget boudoir photography?

Because I use a different approach to boudoir photography, and style of figure work / nude photography as it’s more simplistic and classical, I don’t have huge studio overhead with the furnishings etc. I’m not super expensive, but because of my skill in capturing the female form, equipment, etc. I can’t price myself with the people on Thumbtack or Groupon. So, you see $100.00 or even $200.00 boudoir photography and wonder, why not try budget boudoir photography? I would have to assume those people at a low price point are new at it, and want to gain experience, and are starting off cheap. But I don’t think it’s a good idea, and you do get what you pay for.

The conversations I’ve had with newer photographers, you don’t learn at the customer’s expense with wedding photography, or boudoir / any intimate photography. The best way to learn the body and intimate photography is to assist experienced photographers and work with experienced models. They will pilot the photoshoot, and they can learn from that as far as flattering body angles. It also takes time and experience in order to learn how to relax subjects, bring out confidence in them, make them comfortable, etc.

In my opinion, it takes field experience and education before being a worthy candidate for being hired by private clients for any intimate work. The average female client coming to a boudoir photographer relies on the photographer for their creativity and knowledge of the body, most flattering angles for each unique body type. As well as the psychological aspect of the shoot, creating energy and emotion, and establishing a comfort level. Those are some reasons why it’s best to hire a skilled photographer. I’d be suspicious of those cheap deals.

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Why not traditional boudoir?

Every photographer has a different style and inspiration that flavors their work, whether a wedding photographer, or boudoir / intimate photographer. I’m a fine art nude and more edgy style non traditional boudoir. So why not traditional boudoir? There are a bunch of boudoir studios in Nashville and most other major cities in a more traditional sense. They do what they do, and many clients love it. A good studio of that sort is very good at styling and set design. That’s not my bag at all. Because of that, it doesn’t make sense for me to work under the same design.

For me, it’s more about the light and curves of the subject, using textures, and mood to make a photograph. It still has that intimate private feel, but more mood and shadowing, where the location can still add to the photograph, but less emphasis is on the location, and more on the female form. In it’s somewhat vulnerable, sexy, and confident state. Set design doesn’t inspire me, so it’s best I do what I do well and offer something unique for customers who want something different with more edge. There’s enough to go around for everyone. In this life, we do best doing what inspires us.

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Travel etiquette


 

What does this have to do with spirituality? Everything. Because when traveling, we should always think of our fellow man and woman, and the process goes smoother. The last airline travel I did a couple months ago, I flew from Nashville to Dallas, sat next to these 2 really friendly ladies, but I couldn’t help but notice the whole vicinity smelled like cat food. I said something about it and one of them said, oh we brought leftover BBQ from the airport, it’s in my bag. I remained civil of course. The look I gave them should have let them know I wasn’t overly impressed with their travel etiquette skills, even if that’s an unspoken rule. The guy I sat next to on the way to London was perfect. He didn’t say much but was accommodating both times I needed to use the toilets. And didn’t take forever to exit the plane.

The short leg to Dublin was uneventful thankfully. A day of walking in Dublin city centre felt good after a long overnight flight. The next day, my cousin’s husband and I (who lived in Dublin) took a tour bus to Northern Ireland and the guide was great. She gave us some Irish history and we made one stop each way. She reminded the passengers that they may bring a cold beverage on the bus but no hot food or beverage was allowed because it makes the bus smell. I instantly had a flashback to the leftover BBQ on the plane that smelled like cat food. I was so grateful and I may have told her I loved her for that. I’m thinking to myself, why would anyone even need to be told that?

Northern Ireland

I took a train from Dublin to Howth to walk the piers along the Irish Sea and check out the village, enjoy some fresh seafood. The train going that direction was relatively quiet, it was a weekday afternoon. I saw signs reminding people that if someone elderly or less physically able than you, or laden with groceries etc. to consider giving up your seat for them if the train is full. But they also had a sign made in a comical way, to remind people that “snoofing” wasn’t cool. The act of pretending to be in a book or sleeping to avoid eye contact with those said people. It’s good to bring those things to peoples’ minds although it’s sad that it has to be done.

Howth Ireland

On the way from Dublin to JFK, a Chinese man butted the line ahead of this single girl to get to the security gate faster. He acted like he didn’t know what people were saying when they were telling him what an asshole he was. I was just glad people called him on it. Though I doubt he learned from it. Human decency clearly wasn’t on his list of priorities. So, I get on the plane and it would be almost an 8 hour flight. I was in the window seat, I may change that strategy on International flights. I was next to these 2 girls, maybe 11 and 13, her parents and other sibling were in front of us. They were mild mannered and seemed pleasant. I had to get up and use the toilets, and they scooted their knees sideways instead of standing up. AND they had crap all over the floor. Oh no, that wasn’t going to fly. I said no, please move your stuff and stand up and let me out. I’m not climbing over you or your stuff which shouldn’t even be in the floor. Their parents must have overheard me and looked at me in disbelief. I thought, why would this basic teaching have to come from a complete stranger? But the stuff was moved, and they got up and let me in, I smiled and said thank you πŸ™‚

Howth Ireland

 

Organic relationship with clients

I am lucky to have such an organic relationship with clients, and enjoy so much diversity. I get a lot of clients from out of town or out of state to work with me, which I find fascinating. Some prefer that discreet feeling of not knowing anyone here and that their experience feels more secure. Others looked for the specific style that I have when it comes to artistic nude photography or non traditional boudoir that they couldn’t find locally. Most of my clients are working professionals and well off. I think they enjoy dealing with me for the fun and non corporate experience. They’re busy and I value their time, they value mine, it’s a great pairing.

We often talk about life as we get started on the shoot and in between looks. I think they think it’s neat that I’m different from them and value my craft, living simply and my dogs over large homes with lots of things. So I feel like that diversity causes us to inspire one another. Intimate photoshoots are a personal service, and one where a feeling of discretion is needed. It would be a shame to not take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the people I’m working with, for that I feel privileged. The day we stop thinking and questioning our thought processes we stop truly living. May that never happen in this life. πŸ™‚

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