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!

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.

 

Nashville motel artistic nudes

I had the pleasure of working with a traveling fine art model recently, Rebecca. It was a very cold night in December and it was just too cold and dark to use an abandoned building. So, I decided to follow up on the roadside motel concept. Nashville motel artistic nudes are a special thing.

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Some might say, why not use this gorgeous curvy model to her full potential and find a boutique hotel or a fully furnished mansion. I would do that for private clients if that’s their vision, but it’s seldom my own vision to do something like that. As I see it, anyone can take a pretty photograph of a pretty model in a pretty location. I like texture and grit, character if you will. The whole experience added to the shoot. I had to fill out a guest registration card and do it through a window, and ring the buzzer for the man to come to the desk. To get a more dated and less corporate room and experience. Precisely the point. Rebecca found the wall heater, between the two of us, we figured out how to turn it to it’s highest setting.

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The heater was comforting to her, I wasn’t going to interfere, just use that sweet spot and use it’s surroundings. But make them understated. Sure, in a fine art print competition, even subtle background traces are better to be avoided or removed. But that’s part of what gives the photos the vibe of the location. We created art, nude art, at grungy old motel, as most would call it. That is what helps me live up to self imposed challenges as an artist. And to use the canvas regardless of where.

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Sometimes focusing on a certain feature and area helps define the photoshoot and provide some direction. I tried to focus on the upper vertebrae but couldn’t get the results I was looking for. That gives me something to do next time. All I knew going in was I had planned to do a film noir style artistic nude session and that happened. πŸ™‚

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these Nashville motel artistic nudes, as always, you’re welcome. πŸ˜€

Motel series with long exposures

Oooooooh I may have saved the best part for last. This was just under a two hour photoshoot, we covered some fine art figure nudes, and conceptual long exposure photography all in one tiny motel room and utilizing every area of the room. I like that challenge. All that was left by this point was a small bathroom….luckily it was an older tile bathroom with some character, not the boring hotel bathroom with the neutral colors. So, there’s a toilet, a sink, and a tub / shower. Usually you wouldn’t incorporate a toilet with intimate shoots, and shower photos have been done to death on the internet. Especially with flatly lit on camera flash and glam shower poses. So, it was time to shift gears from figure nudes to conceptual and dark. The toilet was even going to get some use. Now keep in mind, probably none of my private clients would have me do anything like this for them, but I like conceptual work for galleries, and to hone my creative skills. Good inspiration for future.

 

Most of us have been here before, after a rough night πŸ™‚ Some shutter drag on a tripod for effect πŸ™‚

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Dark, grim, love it! It also takes a great model to be able to be a chameleon like that. Now for some long exposure shower photos…8 second shutter speed with very robotic and deliberate motions, and stillness. It takes both a patient model and photographer to pull this off, not something you see much of. But I felt it was the most interesting way to utilize the concept and look.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these, I feel inspired and ready to serve private clients with their boudoir and nude photography heirlooms. As well as to create a fun memorable experience for them, and for them to give a gift that will be cherished forever.

Motel in the hood nude series 2

I hope you enjoyed the first of the series last post, of model Eclipse Monday and some low key lighting figure nudes. When you think of boudoir or indoor nudes, the first idea is always on a bed. Why is that? Ironic, I say that and on the last post, the bed is where she started out. So many ways to contort the body in it’s natural, and intimate bedroom setting, good sensuality that comes naturally with that domestic environment. So, we then utilized the furniture which was nothing to look at….so using low key mood lighting, In placed the emphasis on the subject and her body, and glamorous features as opposed to the environment. Even the floor in certain areas. A one bed motel room with a bathroom, how much of a photoshoot can you do there? Well, I am putting the question to test. Are nice huge mansions nice for photoshoots? YES absolutely, but are they always a necessity? No. Welcome to motel in the hood nude series 2.

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And then there is always a 1960’s-70’s clothes hanging rod practically designed for nude figure study work, LOL! Great way to stretch the body and create interesting symmetry.

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A 1960’s (I’m guessing?) wall heater in the small hallway to the toilet, for an industrial look. A great photoshoot can happen anywhere. It’s a matter of best utilizing what is there and blending the subject into it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of the series. One final part coming soon, some long exposure work in the old tile bathroom, I may have saved the best for last, though totally different looks and concepts. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Motel in the hood art nudes

I had a traveling model coming through town, and we decided to do an artistic nude photoshoot and some conceptual photos. It was time to revisit the roadside motel concept as seen before, different small independent Nashville motel in the hood πŸ™‚ This not only supports the underdog to the larger hotel chains, and local small business….but also helps me utilize texture and the older features. Most of all, I can show that beautiful intimate / nude photos can happen anywhere, it doesn’t always take a fancy boudoir studio or hotel, etc. A subject, a seasoned boudoir / nude photographer, and light. And boom. Art happens. Without further delay, motel in the hood art nudes, part one of the series brought to you by Farrell Gallery Nashville!

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I love using shadows and low key lighting love the contrast and how the brush light gently kisses her skin and curves of her body. A mystique and artistic touch to these works in this series. The location could really be anywhere, the lamps in the second photo are about the only motel-ish giveaway. I chose to make the location and ambiance understated and the emphasis on the simple elegant beauty of the model. The hair, the skin, the body, the soul. Just add light and mood. These next 3 have quite a sensual intimate feel, without explicit sexuality.

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More to come soon! There is more to this small roadside motel room than just the bed. πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve enjoyed this new series so far! Any interested ladies, book your private session today, be beautiful. 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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Moody studio nudes

Once we got back from our location shoot at the mill, we got settled and decided to do a few moody studio nudes, with some shadow play and bodyscapes. Sometimes it’s nice to work in the studio…it’s climate controlled, no bugs,Β  I can play music, and focus on the simple elegant beauty and grace of the female form. I like on location work because of the open feeling of freedom and textures, etc. But a balance is nice. When in the studio and work on moody shadow play with my female form / nude and boudoir work, I use a lot of rim lighting and grids to keep the pattern of light controlled and narrow. I used a Fuji XT-1 and Fuji 56mm 1.2 (Full frame 85mm equivalent)

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I love how the shadows provide contrast and a definition of the body, as well as mystique. Mood. Soul. A blank canvas with moody lighting and defining the female form…simplicity, elegance, beauty, and perfection all into one.

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I honestly can’t decide if I like the color or black and white of this particular bodyscape, so I will just post both of them. Please share your thoughts on which one you like better πŸ™‚

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Acceptance of craft

I had this discussion while doing a photoshoot with a nude model about dating and relationship difficulties as a result of what we do. In her case, she’s had her difficulties finding a significant other where problems didn’t surface as a result of her nude modeling. Acceptance of craft can be a tall order with the other person not involved in the industry and not having a first hand understanding of the inner workings. Really, in her case, a professional traveling nude model, it boils down to this. You can’t be in a relationship where you expect the other person to change their life for you. Whoever she is with would have to understand and support her career choice, it isn’t forever anyhow. And not try ultimatums. This is what she does, deal with it or walk. No guy worth their salt would want his lady giving up on her dreams for him. Perhaps some of those guys were controlling or jealous douche bags, and rightly so she sends them on their way. Perhaps others are good men, that tried their best to learn about her modeling and support it, but just couldn’t feel comfortable with it. In which case, choices have to be made. Some just can’t make that separation in their minds that to them their partner being nude in front of others is a form of intimacy. Even though with our arrangement it isn’t that way, if everyone is above board.

It also works the same way for me as a fine art nude photographer working with women on artistic nude and boudoir photoshoots. I have had quite a few women I dated not be able to accept that aspect of my work. In their case, I didn’t sense that it was about jealousy or they assumed that I was sexually involved with those I was photographing. But more rather that I would not consider our intimacy as special or they feel they are sharing me with others. Which in actuality isn’t true, but they’re not involved in my craft, so I can’t expect them to think the same way. I can’t write them all off and call them irredeemable, I chose this craft and they have to decide how comfortable they are with it. That doesn’t mean I am giving it up for them. But I’m not saying it’s wrong for others to, for the right person as long as the decision feels organic and not forced or influenced. As for me, I will keep hunting but as of now, here I sit writing to you.

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Touching subjects and models

The subject comes up many times about photographers touching subjects and models during photoshoots, not just nude, intimate, or boudoir photoshoots. It’s been discussed in various social media groups and modeling related websites and there will be a variety of viewpoints. I am here to share mine, it’s really quite simple. When I am photographing a model, or a private client for any kind of intimate work, I am asking them for their trust based on my work, reputation, and personality. Many don’t have much time to know me well prior to working with me, only feeling me out in the initial vetting process. I refuse to take part in the silly stigmas that male photographers have to automatically be up to something, always bring bodyguards, all that fear mongering horse shit. But in return, I make sure that my reputation stays above board.

Every subject that comes to me for any nude or other intimate photos comes to me for my ability to capture the female form in it’s simple but elegant beauty. I want it to be a fun, and discreet experience for them. A photographer touching a scantily dressed or nude subject can make even an experienced model uncomfortable. Usually I ask the subject to move her shoulder back, space her fingers apart, loosen her grip, etc. Just simple yet important details to a photograph and it’s mood….and that usually suffices. If I need them to do something complex or if they are having difficulty understanding what I need them to do, I simply ask if I can adjust them. I’ve never been told no. I’ve never asked unless necessary, and it’s fairly rare. And even then, it’s adjusting an arm or shoulder. So in short…touching a subject isn’t usually necessary. But if it is necessary, only do so after asking. It removes any element of surprise and only buys the photographer credibility. Part of the accountability process.

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