Farm house nude series finale

I’m sad to see this series end, but this was indeed a very special artistic nude photoshoot that will serve me well for a portfolio update. That just makes me work harder to bring the next shoot up to par, progression 🙂 I feel the timing of this article is just right, the day after Thanksgiving! I am not only thankful for family and friends that I get to spend time with whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, but also I am thankful for all the things that go into nude art. The brave and confident subjects, their trust in me to capture them in an elegant and flattering way, light, color, and texture. Most of all….the efforts of all involved to change public ignorance so that more would see nude and intimate photography as art and not something dirty. These are inside the workshop with lovely beadboard walls. The way the paths of light entered through the open doorway and the cracks in the corners of the building really gave me an ideal shadowed mood lighting.

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I hope at least some of you spend what is known in the states as black Friday carrying on your thankfulness for the people in your lives and the art that inspires us. Or whatever else gets you through the day. Something other, I hope than feeding the greed of the corporate machine by participating in the savage black Friday shopping day. I am thankful for every day I can create and for the clients and models I am blessed to have 🙂 Hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

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Farm house nude series 3

Thank you for joining us for another exclusive Farrell Gallery Nashville edition of Farm House Nudes series 3. We move now to in front of the workshop and enjoy perspectives of the tall grass, distressed architecture and wood of the structure. Capturing the graceful motions of her body as she takes in the Kentucky countryside where a family once worked, rested, and made their life. We were going for organic, fly on the wall and intimate perspective. Not a garish contrived over glamour feel. Gentle and fluid it goes.

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The setting sun and the lens flare to help add some dreamy mood to the photo 🙂

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Only in the beginning and ending moments of the day can you get the low and soft sun with such warm tones. Shadows are soft, light is soft and warm and not hard and cold as it is hours before. Light and color, texture, as well as composition are very important elements in creating dynamic boudoir and nude photography. Every turn of the model’s neck, toes, fingers, head, etc and motion / expression captured has to work with the aesthetic values of the photograph. Plus the comfort and confidence level of the subject is told in the photograph. Intimate photoshoots of any kind require a balance of paying attention to the subject and instilling the mood you need and paying attention to body elements and angles, as well as technical and lighting aspects of the photography. This is what separates a craftsman or woman from a snapshot artist. 🙂 Now for some facing the corn field, and that defining moment as the sun said good night 🙂

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Farm house nude series 2

Welcome back for another episode of Farm house nude series 2! I really love this rich location, complete with a Victorian house, a storage shed, and a garage / workshop. All had been uninhabited for years…The corn field behind it had been mowed, the grass had been mower periodically. Seldom does a car pass by. There’s nothing to stop the wind. No sounds of the city that usually just become white noise in my ears. This 45 minute journey from my home in East Nashville reminds me Americana still exists, and it’s comforting. It’s healthy for us to explore worlds that are different or new to us. No matter how country this location is, the right mood and sensuality from the nude model’s face and body, combined with proper use and control of lighting can still bring a cosmopolitan feel to this Southern Kentucky farm house nude photoshoot.

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I love the perspective of this boudoir photography in nature look. The blades of grass providing their foreground perspective. The windswept hair, alone with her spirit and nature. The background texture, the model displaying confidence and sexy but modesty at the same time is what I think makes the above image. More to come soon 🙂


Farm house nude series 1

Soon after discovering this brilliant abandoned farmhouse, I knew what I had to do. It’s not every time I photograph people at abandoned locations, that I know much or anything about it’s history going in. This house belongs to the family of a friend, and it was interesting hearing about who lived there and what people did, etc. Whether I am shooting at an abandoned house or business, I observe different things I see and try to learn more about it, and take in some of the story that these little clues are left to tell us. This beautiful Victorian farm house with acres of land and a fairly distressed barn / workshop cried out for some very elegant and artistic nude photography with a model. As I always say, I love the contrast and balance of beauty between the female body and the distressed location and architecture.  Welcome to farm house nude series 1.

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I wanted to build an emotional connection between myself, the model, and the location to create an organic mood while doing this photoshoot. With nude photography, it’s about soul, energy, and connection. Capturing the female form is a special art and requires that level of trust, as well as creating a custom mood harmonizing the location, lighting, and every unique face and body. Each pose and movement was gentle and dynamic…ideal when it does not look like a pose. I chose to use fill light and a neutral density filter at an approximate 3 stop setting, to create that lighting and shadow contrast, and separation from background. As if to create a sentimental connection between the model and this once inhabited home…as if her own grandparents had once lived there and although the life that existed there may be gone, the memories are still alive. And embracing nature at this house was healing for her soul….and my presence wasn’t even seen. All you could hear was the wind and the occasional bird singing.

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Weapon of choice- Fujifilm XT-1 mirrorless, 32mm Zeiss Touit 1.8, Teffen variable neutral density filter, and Elinchrom Quadra s with Beauty dish and grid.

Public ignorance about nude photography

As some know, I have another website showcasing my wedding photography and headshots, Jay Farrell Photography. With that said, I attended a wedding networking event last week at a beautiful new venue. The group’s president saw a post on my personal Facebook page, where I announced I had a client coming from 700 miles away to do an artistic nude shoot with me. Of course leaving her location and identity anonymous, I was excited she found my work worth traveling for 🙂 When she was speaking at the event, she came up to me with the mic and announced I was a big time nude photographer. This is NOT something I am, or ever will be ashamed of. I was doing nude photography before weddings, I keep those bodies of work separated because of possible shock value for more conservative clients who want business headshots or weddings photographed. PLUS, one body of work doesn’t water down the other. Separation is good.

Her intentions were good, making that announcement….I looked around and could tell that it livened up the mood, and I saw some surprised looks. I could tell a couple were a little freaked out. Maybe that’s a good thing. Some in that group know I do this work as well. No problems there, I’m not ashamed. Some who did not know, I hope it sparks enough curiousity for them to check out this site. Some may label me as a pornographer without ever looking at my nude and boudoir photography. I know it’s not anything I can control and nothing to worry about….but I’ve seen first hand over the years, the overall public ignorance about nude photography, and even boudoir photography. I’ve lost girlfriends because they couldn’t deal with my involvement in any kind of intimate photography involving female subjects, no matter how well done. I’ve seen models’ families or significant others shame them for their work and even try to blackmail them into giving it up. Let’s not forget catty girlfriends of female boudoir or nude clients asking them why would you do those slutty photos, even if for your man? You’re getting naked or half naked in front of a random photographer who may sell those photos or use them as his personal collection. Usually they laugh at them for how ridiculous they sound. My first thought is, anyone who thinks that is fucking stupid and lives a sheltered life. LOL.

It takes courage and confidence to do any kind of intimate photoshoot. Others spewing their ignorance doesn’t help the grossly misjudged genre of photography and art as a whole. Nude art has been around for centuries. Sure, there is bad work out there that’s unflattering…that’s why doing a project like this should warrant an experienced and discreet photographer that will capture pleasing angles and lighting, as well as make it a good experience. Sure, in the wrong hands, this type of shoot could go wrong. Logic should prevail that choice in service providers should be a careful one.

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Sexy elegant pool photoshoot

This is a continuation of my shoot with Eeva, my nude model doing a sexy elegant pool photoshoot 🙂 Because it’s not in a bedroom setting, they aren’t technically boudoir photos, but they have a similar feel to them. The ones with swimwear are sexy but definitely don’t have the same flashy-ness and posed glamour feel of Sports Illustrated. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, but it’s more contrived and “trying too hard to be sexy” than my native style. I intend my nude and boudoir photos to have a subtle artistic flair to them and natural, as the lover sees, that fly on the wall observation of sex appeal and beauty. Sorry if I can’t explain it well, but some may understand what I’m trying to say, even if a little ambiguous, LOL. We started off with some sexy swimwear and captured the sensuality of night swimming. Innocence lost, but the night sees everything. With Fuji XT-1 and Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8 . One off camera strobe with parabolic umbrella, and strip softbox rim light off to the side.

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Now for the nudes, both mysterious bodyscape style that create a sexy, elegant mystique that many clients love thrown into the mix. The slightest turn of the body or shoulder can make a huge difference in the connected factor of the photograph, and confidence. Which exemplifies sexy. The light, the water on her skin, a Summer night’s dream. The natural feel, the capture of timeless beauty. Forever.

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Nothing like a little black and white for contrast and different mood, with the right exposure and tonal range, it is a great feature for most any photoshoot,especially nude photography IMHO. Hope you’ve enjoyed!

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Abandoned metal shop

I recently noticed a West Nashville metal shop has closed and soon to follow, a wood mill in front of it, as they’re looking to develop that land for living and retail crap. Pretty buildings and new developments shouldn’t always win the race, I like buildings like this, lol. It may not be standing long, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do a shoot there with a freelance boudoir and nude model I have worked with before and needed portfolio development. I loved how the sun was going down and we caught the nice backlighting peaking from behind the building. For photo nerds, I used my Fujifilm XT-1 with a 56mm 1.2, and an off camera Elinchrom Quadra with 17″ beauty dish.

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This particular spot was not populated but was somewhat visible to nearby streets, so we couldn’t safely do full nude, but could push the envelope a little….we weren’t trying to get citations lol. I love distressed locations and seeing the contrast between it, and the lovely models and boudoir clients’ softness and beauty. Plus, it keeps each shoot different than the same old bedroom set some boudoir photographers use. But I have that available too 🙂 Part of the thrill is finding these great locations and using them before they get razed. We even found a bulldozer there, she made it look pretty 🙂

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Atlanta boudoir photoshoot

I’ve worked with Angela for nearly a decade as a muse as well as photographed portfolio material for her modeling and music. She lives in Atlanta, I live in Nashville, so every so often we get together and make the photo magic happen. This time, we started off with a boudoir photoshoot including some implied nude. Later I will share the glitter paint she did on her face, those are spectacular! One great thing about our friendship and model / photographer relationship, we know boundaries, how to have fun and be creative, and never waste each others’ time. Oh, and for the photography nerds, this is the first model and boudoir photoshoot I’ve done with my Fuji XT-1 and Zeiss 32mm 1.8.

These boudoir photos have a simple philosophy, and can be done anywhere. She has a small screened in porch that woods back up to, so I relied on her natural beauty with subtle makeup and natural light peeking through the trees to provide the appeal to these simple, yet sexy and elegant photos. Just think of that moment where she wakes up and eagerly faces the day that awaits….she wants to enjoy a cup of coffee and get some fresh air, and cover up just enough 🙂 Unmistakable confidence, sex appeal, elegance, unabashed morning desire, and mystique.

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Mens’ vs. womens’ nudes and boudoir

I received an inquiry about doing some artistic male nudes, wanting them for a present for his wife. I’m definitely not opposed to doing so. Contrary to popular belief of those not involved in an artistic field….doing nude photography isn’t about the artist’s sexuality, since it’s hands off and you gain a shady reputation if you cross the line or make a subject uncomfortable. I’m secure enough in my sexuality however to not be freaked out by a nude male. I had to think about my response however. I do plenty of male and female headshots, whether for modeling, business, or acting, etc. Male models and musicians too. Nudes are a different animal.

I had to be honest with him. My training and experience are with capturing the female form. Lighting and composition, etc. are different. With males, you can get away with harder lighting, which I am proficient in. But I don’t have much experience with the male form. The little male nude work I have done looks a little feminine, you accentuate different features and the angles, moods, etc. are different. Especially when posed by himself….with a couple I can rock that!! I had to tell him I’m willing to do it, but don’t feel like my skill set is up to par as it is with capturing the female form with nude or boudoir photography. And left it up to him. Honesty pays.

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What to look for in boudoir photographer

With boudoir photographers, there are lots of choices….some have boutique studios and do great work….some, their studio is their saving grace, because they obviously don’t know a damn thing about capturing the female form, or photography itself, LOL. Also, there are those with no studio or basic studios, of different skill sets. I think either way, it’s important to hire a good boudoir or artistic nude photographer, for the most flattering angles and overall comfortable experience, as well as best self esteem preservation.

I think the most common mistakes made when hiring an intimate photographer are worrying too much about their gender, and their studio props. It’s funny how some get so inundated with that, they don’t even see if their work sucks ass. My particular style is simplistic but very detailed with my lighting and composition. If the client wants a certain setting, we use their home or a boutique hotel…problem solved.

Red flags in their work are :

-Unflattering angles. Whether a female shooter or not….what’s this going to do to your self esteem? Do it right if you’re going to do it.

– Overdoing the retouch process. Do you really want to look like a china doll? Gross.

-Dated hair and makeup transformations that don’t look like the real them, eww.

You get the idea. It’s best to keep an open mind and carefully view their work and have a conversation with your prospective artist. Then you can gauge comfort and vision for your personal photoshoot, and feel like a beauty queen when you see the results 🙂