When it’s hard to relate

It was New Years Eve, downtown Nashville at the Bash On Broadway, about 32 degrees outside so I was bundled up with a scarf, hat, and gloves. I love the energy and vibe of crowds, especially when there are live bands. Even though in general, I usually avoid crowds, and sometimes people for that matter. Sounds strange being I live in the city, but even those of us who do can find our little safe spot, if you will. The first band we saw, it was great and the crowd was manageable, the final act not so much, we got closer in to see them, perhaps that was a mistake. It was an awkward way to ring in the New Year, being in the middle of a sea of people, and as the alcohol flowed, some people became increasingly stupid and aggressive. Logic should prevail, if the crowds are that thick, if you get bumped, it’s not by the person next to you, it was them getting caught in the crossfire, you insufferable idiots.

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Most people were there to have a good time, but a few testosterone filled morons kindof killed the vibe in that area and part of the night. Let’s not forget those in loud arguments with their girlfriends in public. Jesus, control yourselves and your liquor, people. Eventually we all made our way out and I thought to myself…I’m still plenty young enough to get out and experience life and the crowd, but have maybe reached that point when it’s hard to relate. I mean, if you are that worried about personal space, maybe you should have stayed home with a bottle of Jameson Whiskey and invited a few friends. I was talking with my best friend since high school, and we’d never know that a New Years Eve house party we had in our college age years would be the yardstick to measure all other New Years eve celebrations. Doesn’t sound like a bad idea moving forward 🙂

The American Dream?

I was having a nice insightful discussion with a friend I don’t see often, it’s always good to catch up. I could see between the threads of conversation that he was having a more difficult time keeping up with life’s demands than before. We talked about what was happening in our lives and where we were at with it all, so I came out and asked him how his health and stress level was. He said that his toddler and wife were doing great, he got his wife a bigger SUV, and she wants them to relocate to a larger home. I saw right away why he was feeling added pressure. These aren’t rich people, but they’re kind people and hard workers. It became evident that he was trying to go with the flow and work through it, as if those upgrades were a necessity. He said, I suppose that’s what the American dream is.

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I told him, regardless of what country you live in, the idea of getting more in debt than we should is anything but a dream. The quest for more this, and bigger that can become a vicious cycle. Work harder and give up more that life has to offer to pursue a lifestyle. You already have the “American Dream” my friend, though I don’t see that term as relevant. Usually bigger houses that significantly increase the mortgage payment are to house more stuff, often which is forgotten about. Same with bigger cars, etc. I wasn’t trying to be “right” and make him wrong, but just wanted to give him a neutral party’s way of looking at things.

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There was definitely a different vibe when I was in Europe. It was less about big homes and huge cars. Living simply but comfortably was what most want, and living beyond their financial means was less glamorized than in the States. This way, when it’s time to work, you work. When it’s time to invest in yourselves, travel, education, and not live day to day financially strapped, it’s time to manage your finances and debts responsibly so you can have those pleasures too. That’s how I would define the ideal American Dream, though I bet most see it differently.

Salvage yard nudes

Last article, we enjoyed some classic automobiles at the antique car salvage yard, now we dive into the lovely outdoor nudes we did there. She was ready to set up shop and get to work. I told her, we have to feel the environment, listen to the open wind, and see what inspires us. Then we can be effective in carrying out the course for the shoot. A lot to think about when incorporating the lines of the body and textures and colors of the setting. Once I am familiar with my surroundings, we can get to it and make some nice elegant outdoor nude photos in this remarkable distressed setting. Now it’s time to work my way through the briars and get to work 😀

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This lot was more about the subject in her simplest yet elegant form. I used a variable neutral density filter on my Zeiss Touit 32 1.8 on my Fuji XT-1. This way I could shoot with shallow depth of field and rely on backlighting from the sun, while lighting her from the front. Yet still have controlled exposures and contrast in my lighting. I love the natural feel of outdoor nude photography, especially if the mood and lighting fit the language of the body. This way, she pops from the background.

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A nice clean outdoor headshot to shift gears, with an intimate feel.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this outdoor nude salvage yard series, it was inspiring for us. A part of Americana that seems all but gone, brought to life. Thanks for viewing. Please share if you liked it 😀

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.

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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

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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 🙂

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 🙂 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. 🙂 To work together requires mutual respect for the process for it to organically work.

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Discretion- 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 🙂

 

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 😀

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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 🙂 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 😀

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And a nice moody bodyscape to top it off 🙂 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 🙂

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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 😀

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Bridal boudoir

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Bridal boudoir

Grim disturbing art

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.

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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 🙂

 

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 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.

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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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