Jessica's First Visit
favorite model of mine, is the "bookend" model for
2004 -- she was the last sitting of 2003 and also the last of
2004. I like this image for it's sensual contact.
This image became a "showcase" picture on One
During this sitting, I started to refine this rich style of
Leona's Sixth Visit
& me, I never thought that I would work with one model as
much as I have with Leona. She is such a joy
to be around, she is obviously breathtaking, and I am inspired
whenever I see her. What more can you ask from a model?
She was just getting started in modeling when we first started
working together, and she was a tiny bit hesitant about posing for nude
photos -- now, she's a pro. That natural talent plus her
experience makes her a dream to photograph. She has worked with lots of
photographers, both locally & during trips. Good for
particular image was significant for me, with the soft lighting
in my back stairs, this image took on a painting-like feel for
me. I started to think about using the digital camera for
more than test images.
Lydia -- From Fetish To
Lydia is a
terrific model who is not local, but whenever she comes
through town, I look forward to working with her. She was
the first model to pose for me here in Oregon, back in 2002. On this
particular day, we had planned to do a little fetish
photography; I was looking to use my fine art sensuous lighting
for some light bondage photos. While we did produce some
interesting images, we weren't feeling the bondage thing, and as
the sitting progressed, Lydia removed more clothes & lost
all of her bonds, and we did some
lovely fine art nude images. We made some terrific images
of her back.
this sitting, I
used sepia-toning enhancements to the B&W images.
I had done this off & on in the past, but I started
embracing the enhancement consistently.
time in 2004 (late April), my old friend, Tundra, passed away,
and as part of my grieving, I put together a tribute page of
snapshots I made of her during the 14 years we had
together. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all
of you who extended kind wishes & condolences to me.
Your thoughts were really appreciated.
Brooke's First Sitting
Brooke is a
non-local model who traveled through town -- on this day, she
was the first model in my "Model Marathon" -- 2 full
sittings with 2 different models on the same day. Brooke
is young, beautiful, and poised.
This image is
significant because it was the first digital image that I
really, really liked. Sure, it took a bit of digital
manipulation to get it to this point, but I just love the feel
Brooke & Victoria
"Model Marathon", where 2 models came by for 2
sittings in the same day. Brooke arrived first, and there
was a little overlap after Victoria arrived, during which we
made images like this one. I just love the lighting (it's
difficult to light figures & faces well all at once), and I
like the sepia toning. I may never go back to untoned
& the challenge here was to make some full-contact images of
two models that was not sexual in nature, and these two did a
marathon was exhausting. Afterwards, I was tired but
Victoria's First Visit
the second model of my "Model Marathon". She is
very experienced, beautiful, expressive, fun, and easy to work
with. I've got to admit that by the time she & I got
to work alone (after Brooke left), I was dragging a bit, but her
energy was more than enough to pick me up. Victoria is very popular & has posed
for some of the best photographers in the world -- she was very
generous to arrange for a sitting with me.
technical perspective, I love the tonality I was able to achieve
with this image.
Would I do
another Model Marathon in the future? Not if I could avoid
it -- that day was exhausting! Would I do it if it meant
an opportunity to work with Victoria again? In a second!
Leilani & Madison
with Brooke & Victoria, I was inspired to try a
mildly-erotic two model sitting. After working with Lydia,
I was interested in applying some fine art lighting techniques
to this kind of theme. I had worked with these two models
before, and they were good friends, so we got together for a
good sitting. While many of the resulting images are on
pages in the "secret"
galleries, there were many, like
this one, that are available to the general public.
two models is an order of magnitude more difficult than working
with only one, but I love the play of light & shadow across
not only both model's torsos but also their faces.
sittings should be fun, but Jennifer's visit was incredibly enjoyable. Jennifer is a budding photographer, a nudist, and a
dancer. It was her dance abilities that contributed to a
strong, athletic figure and a special grace when posing.
My only regret is that soon after this sitting, Jennifer
traveled halfway around the world to teach English. I do
hear from her occasionally, but that's not the same thing as
being able to work with her again. By all accounts, she is
thriving in foreign lands, but we can hope that she'll return
I just love
the power & grace of this image. I almost hate to say
it, but this image makes me want to touch her. That's all
right, I guess, because art should inspire.
I'm going to rework this image -- this one presented here is
cropped a bit; if I included more along the left side of the
image, you'd be able to glance at part of Jennifer's face in
shadow, and you'd be able to see her hand under her right knee.)
Brooke's Second Visit
through town for a second visit, and we didn't get started well
-- she arrived on a day different from the day I expected her!
After a little initial confusion, we were both flexible and
decided to have a sitting anyway. We had a wonderful
sitting. We picked a few things from our first sitting to
build upon, and we did well.
I had worked
in my shower before, but this time was different. I
focused on using the digital camera there exclusively -- the
film camera is just too big to fit. I also experimented in
using the digital camera's pivoting / swinging LCD screen to
achieve new & unusual angles. This may also have been
the first time I dared to get the model wet. What is
sexier than a beautiful & wet model?
coincidence, Victoria follows Brooke again for her second visit,
but this time there were a couple of weeks between sittings.
are no rules here, and I couldn't decide which of these two
images deserved special mention here on my "Best Of
2004" page. I like the top one for it's simple
sensuality, displaying Victoria's perfect figure & face.
second one, from the "shirt dance" series is probably
more significant. It is important because I simply set up
a concept & relinquished control. Neither of us had
any idea what these images would look like, but if you don't
try, you don't do. Also of significance -- look at the
smile on Victoria's face. I ask models to strike specific
poses too often, and it is much more fun for both of us if we
just allow the model to move. Dance, Victoria, dance!!!
Ashton's First Visit
Victoria can get two "Best Of..." pictures, so can
Ashton. Ashton is another professional model who has posed
for some of the most important photographers in the world.
When she came through town on a six week trip to California, she
stopped by for a sitting.
image is a refinement of the concept that Victoria & I
explored. For Ashton's version, I used more shadowy light,
and Ashton's longer hair made for very striking images.
You know, one patron pointed out that these movement images
represented me coming full circle. With my dance
photographs, I did almost the exact opposite -- instead of
the very short exposure afforded by the flash unit, I used very
long exposures for the dance photographs, but for each, I had to
relinquish a good deal of control. Interesting
insight! Thanks (you know who you are)!
image is the start of a new area of experimentation for
me. Using the ability of my digital camera's pivoting /
swinging LCD screen, I can obtain unusual angles that I
otherwise couldn't achieve with the big bulky film camera.
Also, the wide angle setting of the digital camera is wider than
my film camera's wide angle lens. Craft some good
lighting, and we can get some interesting images. (In
fact, I am considering doing some more erotic images using this
concept -- hopefully, in 2005).
From Kira's First Visit
Kira is a
very lovely local model, and it was a great pleasure to meet
& work with her. But she was having a bad day, and I
failed to rise to the occasion. Sometimes, you can learn
more from your failures than from your successes, and from this
sitting, I learned to spend more energy into sitting management.
& I produced lots of interesting images, despite our
struggles, and I particularly like the sensuality of this image,
which is a variation of the low angle digital style. I
also like that Kira's "naughty bits" are covered,
which is more exciting than images that are more explicit.
This may be the sexiest image I made this year.
Lindsay's First Visit
I thought a
bit about which of Lindsay's images to include here. There
were many that I liked, including the "freakishly large
hands" pictures, but in the end, I picked this one.
This sitting had a first -- I asked the model to put clothes
back on! But I just loved the low-cut style of Lindsay's
"comfy jammies", especially next to her terrific tan,
and I love the tonality I was able to achieve with this
image. It's important that one's technical ability be
sufficient to carry one's aesthetic vision, and I think I'm
getting better technically (and aesthetically).
It was also
significant for me that I made a special effort to make this
sitting fun for Lindsay (based on my experience with Kira a week
earlier), and we were very successful. Look at those
images -- we were laughing & smiling all sitting long!
We are back
to Jessica -- the last sitting of 2004. Jessica is a
most impressive person. She is a terrific model and a raw
talent behind the camera. We had great fun together during
her visit. Technically, this isn't my best work, but it
may be my best from an aesthetic perspective. I love the
play of light & shadow. We know that Jessica's feet
aren't touching the ground.