I enjoyed working with Brooke &
Victoria during our Model
Marathon, done during late May, 2004; I especially enjoyed the portion
where both models posed together. I don't
often do two-model sittings, for several reasons:
I tend to preconceive
don't like two model images, because comparing the models is often
instinctual & often distracting from the overall image.
the images are cliché. It's rare to see images that define a
relationship between the models.
models aren't comfortable with two-model sittings.
sittings last the same amount of time as one-model sittings, and they
result in about the same amount of exposures, but the sitting itself
costs nearly twice as much, because you have to pay both models.
sometimes difficult to avoid sexual overtones, and I don't always want
Ever since I
did some fetish photography using fine art crafted lighting (in the most
recent sitting with Lydia), I've been thinking about using well crafted
light for erotic and/or bondage photography. I decided to do a
short sitting (2 hours instead of my customary 3) & expose 7 rolls of
film -- that combined with the 3 rolls left over from the Model Marathon
would be a full batch for my film processor. Further, with the success
of some of the digital images I exposed during the Model Marathon, I thought
I'd expose more digital images.
expressed an interest in branching out with more adult & fetish posing,
so I invited her to pose for this short erotic sitting. I asked
Leilani to suggest another model to pose with her, and she suggested Madison,
who had posed for me before. Sounds easy, right?
wanted to use more finely crafted lighting for fetish & erotic posing --
pretty much all of the fetish & erotic photography I've seen has had
bad lighting & no artful composition.
I've also purchased a new soft box -- I had been using a
medium-large (3'x4') softbox as the main light, but this new softbox is
a bit smaller, maybe 2'x3').
Leilani has expressed interest in more submissive
bondage photography -- we start off with a taste of such for this
sitting, but we eventually move away from it.
should let you know up front that this sitting got mildly erotic in
parts. As you may know, I'm not comfortable showing the more
erotic stuff in this unrestricted, generally available, public gallery.
Most of this sitting will be available on pages in
the secret galleries (to
learn more about those secret galleries, click here).
disclosure: this particular sitting didn't get overly
explicit but certainly did get erotic in parts. (There are
some fairly explicit images in other parts of the secret galleries, just not from
Anyway -- the
milder pictures are presented here on this single page in the public galleries; the more
erotic pictures are on four pages in the secret galleries. Most of the
pictures will be "secret".
During this sitting, I made more exposures with the
digital camera (although the exposure was a tad too light). But
I did create some
good digital exposures during the Modeling Marathon, so I was thus
encouraged to make more digital exposures. Unlike previous
sittings, I'm not going to be compulsive about announcing which images
are digital -- you are on your own! Hint: you can tell by the tonality. The digital images,
like this one to the left, are more coppery in appearance, and they are
a bit lighter than the film images -- also, the digital images have a
"d" in their file name. But from now on, I'll just intersperse
the film & digital images together. If you are interested in
the distinction, you figure it out -- there are plenty of clues.
liking this lighting. The smaller light box produces a bit
more shadow throughout the image, which gives the image a sense of
depth. I also like the odd little reflections you get in
spots. I think the lighting is very dramatic.
like this sequence, with the handcuffs on Leilani. Sure, the
bondage aspect of these images is understated, but it's enough to
establish relationships & mood. Bottom line:
Leilani wears bondage gear well.
erotic versions of this setup are available on the secret pages.
said it before & I'll say it again: I don't ask models to
get horizontal often enough. As soon as Leilani likes down,
I'm inspired briefly to repeat the concept from an old set of images
from my California days, called "105%".
really shouldn't repeat concepts unless I have specific ideas on how
to improve upon it. While current images are much better
technically from the old California ones, conceptually these images
are the same. We move on.
several horizontal exposures, I change the lighting a bit, ask the
models to sit up, and make more images. Unlike the earlier
images, these have no handcuffs or other bondage gear.
I like these
images. Some are erotic, some only mildly so, and some are not
very erotic at all, but throughout, all these images have a sense of
This is a
favorite image from this sitting.
especially like this image, because of the lovely light on Madison's
torso. Mark this one as a favorite, too.
was a digital image, and I knew right away that I was going to like
it. I rush to make an exposure with the film camera (below), but
the resulting image isn't quite as good as this digital image. I
still like the light on Madison's torso, but the changes in their faces
makes the image less powerful. What do you think?
becoming more & more impressed with the fact that subtle little
changes in the lighting setup can make big, big differences in
quality of the lighting. A similar lighting setup to this
image was used for much of the Model
Marathon, but the major difference is that the main light (lighting that
side of Madison's face) came from a slightly smaller light box,
which created more shadow while still producing soft highlights.
photographs on basically two criteria: technical &
aesthetic. Technically, this image, as it appears on my
computer screen, is as good as any I've created -- it has good
tonality, good detail in shadows, and nice (not blown out)
highlights. But the aesthetic is more important to me than
technical, and I like the quiet feel to this image. I love,
love, love Madison's hands on Leilani, coupled with the peaceful
expression on their faces.
that note, we'll conclude the public gallery portion of this sitting's
great things happened during this quick sitting:
got to say that Leilani looks like she enjoys submissive
& Leilani really are good friends and were immediately comfortable
(most) of the time, the lighting was lovely. I really like my
new soft box!
this sitting done in 2 hours (as opposed to my usual 3) -- we were
much more efficient on time.
love many of the images presented here on a public gallery page, the
objective of the sitting was to use good lighting & composition for
erotic posing. These are displayed on pages in the secret gallery (to
learn more about those secret galleries, click here). As
I've said, these particular images are mildly erotic but not
haven't actually calculated it, I've always assume that 90% of the time, I
make fine art nude photographs, and 10% of the time, I explore fetish
and/or erotic themes. I like this concept of using fine art lighting
for fetish and/or erotic photography, and I'm sure I'll return to it in
the months ahead.