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Grey day play

December 12, 2016

Be forewarned there is female nudity here so if it offends you leave before viewing.

The other day a traveling model from Model mayhem recontacted me about shooting together and this has been a slow month maybe even longer than a month since shooting and I liked a couple of her portfolio pictures and I though, why not? I just had a cancelation on another shoot and I was ready. I do get excited about shoots even a headshot, my wife describes this as nervous but I think of it as anticipation which I think we artists all share. Will I be good enough, will what ever I am planing work, will people laugh at me? They have. Taking photos isn’t a life and death situation unless it is.

As you can read latter in this post how I screwed up during this session. Oh well.

Zi rang my bell 7 minutes before the arranged time, that’s a positive sign which means she’s professional and a smart lady even caught some type o’s in my model release, cool. We talked about makeup well lipstick color which she applied while I pulled down the paper. Then we looked through some clothes I had and made a pile to try.


Beginning with this jacket I don’t remember having, it’s nice to discover something new. I really didn’t need to direct her because she would go from pose after hearing the click of the shutter. I see I should have fixed her face as it looks rough in this pose. I do try and make women look nice, must be something I got from my mother.


Since the lighting is mostly set up I usually turn on and turn off units as needed. Which gets boring and I keep telling myself I need to  get out of this rut. But here I go again.


I don’t think she ever said no to anything I suggested. A lovely pleasant young woman easy to work with.




She did most of the work all I did was plug and unplug things and push the shutter. She had some Shibari rope work in her portfolio and I had asked her if she was up for it. ‘Sure’. She has her own rigger which is a bit intimidating to me the beginner.


This is what I came up with her. I’ve always wanted to do a braided tie like this, I don ‘t know the names these ties but go on the visual effect


not too bold but interesting for just one rope length.There feels as something is incomplete with this tie as it goes around the waist with no beginning nor end. Is there ever?


we tried on the different clothes again. Someone had given me this headdress awhile ago but never found the opportunity I think it works here.


We talked during the shoot to loose the Voyeuristic quality of the moments and to become human beings and not objects. I guess Zi would be called a ‘rope bunny’ which is what women are called who enjoy the freedom of being bound.


Zi has a boyfriend and a different rope play partner/rigger receiving different needs from both. Working with these women is so insightful for me from the first woman who said she enjoyed being tied up. That surprised me somewhat as we had never talked about that before. But the more I learn the more I know.


That there is a freedom and delicacy in not being in charge. Hell I get that feeling of not being in charge when ever I go to work at the Beacon as soon as I leave the house.


At some point in time I accidentally moved the sync shutter speed out of sync with the flash units, going up to 250 from Canon 200. Check, check, check remember to take off lens cap.Check shutter speeds.

As you can see here the right side of the above picture is dark because stupid me didn’t check the shutter speed as I had moved it off the sync speed. Imagine my chagrin when looking at them in bridge.Sometimes I shoot bigger thinking I will crop latter but then I get so involved I forget, oops.So a few didn’t make the HD.


This one only the chair is darker so no big deal


But most of this series on the rug is trash as you can see below.Ugh



I am glad someone wasn’t paying me for this shoot. All though I did pull something out of this but nothing is perfect. Oh well.



These below I managed to save  because of cropping


Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. What I was trying to do here is show off this lovely woman who had worked so hard for me.


It wasn’t an unproductive afternoon for neither of us. I learned an important part of photography check, check, check everything. I always say it not quantity but quality


so if I only get a few pictures I can use fine. This afternoon I connected with another human being and made a few enjoyable pictures. _mg_3619

So this is all I have to share today. I hope my few readers enjoy my efforts. At least two of us walked away with something we came for.Then as planned I took a nap.



hoboken art walk and studio tour 2012,

November 12, 2012

you can flood the city, fill the path tunnels with water, ruin almost everyones weekend without power but art walks go on.  mary and i will be showing our work at the hoboken nj art walk and studio tour at the Monroe Center, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken NJ on Sunday November 18, 2012 from noon to 6pm.

if you’re in the neighborhood do stop by and say hello.

be there or be square


recent work, nude couple

June 16, 2011

well i’ve begun a new project which really is an outgrowth on my old theme of non-communication. the shoot went off well, except the models were late and had i been paying for the space i’d be upset but i wasn’t. a friend of mine let me use his space and a couple of strobes.

i decided to use a black background because it seemed easier but in looking at what i got in camera it was devoid of any place or time. i was working with two new people the male i’d met months ago but had only emailed the female and looked at her MM portfolio #119873. 

i had discussed the concept with both of them before hand so as not to have any issues arise which didn’t happen. of course there are limits on what is allowable especially when a stranger is touching you. we all have these and professional models have a public image to protect.

so as is my habit of not looking at images right after i shoot them i waited a couple of days and made my primary picks which mary also added a couple of images but looking at them in bridge i wasn’t too excited. during the shoot the models needed more direction than my dancer dance images, which was a challenge for both of us. mary’s suggestion to use actors instead of models seems like a good idea.

it seemed the male was afraid to get close to valentine keeping a safe distance. i had to keep moving him closer to her. she didn’t really project the dominant cat like qualities i was looking for. of course my direction was also missing which i need to improve on.

nude couple

so i reverted to one of my old tricks of covering one or the other with cloth, in a way i am tired of that but it works. using the  black gloves as props are clumsy for sure but i though they would convey the message of not being able to feel a touch wearing them. not that he didn’t caress her boobs sometimes nor did she complain the movements seemed awkward.

ships hole

the backgrounds i put in later because here they were hanging in this blackness like human blobs. thank goodness for all my photoshop training, oh and having all these different generic backgrounds.

we worked for a couple hours alternating between them as a couple and some single session. i got better shots of her when we did our one on one stuff.  i had brought along a couple of props, the pearls and a black mask as well as the cloth.

nude with pearls

then this one of her covered with a cloth

nude with smoke

and a close up with different background

female nude wearing cloth cover

this is the final one from this series that i’ve worked on and of course i save the best until last.

Ghost room

so the search goes to find the perfect models/actors who are able to express my ideas and my training in learning how to convey my ideas so they can express them. if anyone reading this blog would like to work with me and are in the new york area or planning to visit drop me a line. i am open to new ideas and concepts.

take care


i just can’t stop myself creating this stuff, it just happens

May 31, 2011

and it doesn’t help that i find people to help me. last week i met admiral and interviewed her for an upcoming project of mine and we agreed to explore a session to see what happens, that’s one of the ways i work not really having a vision of where i’ll wind up at the end of the day, well since it’s art and most of art is a failure but it’s in the trying and failing that the real art is created. i am really not sure what’s going on here but we started doing some dance images and worked our way in or out, depending on ones outlook into some of the other images.

a simple dance image

with costume changes

nude dancer in dressing grown

i am using mixed lighting sources with strobes as the main light but adding some mr 16’s 50w units which add an awfully lot  of light, i threw some color on them just of fun.

nude female dancer in dressing grown

and another costume change, well since she’s almost nude to begin with it doesn’t take long to slip from one thing to another.

female nude

odd color on that mr 16 very green and it’s a 3200 kelvin color temp, don’t remember what color it was but if you’re interested i’ll try and look it up.

female nude

what i liked about admiral during our interview was her,’ yes lets try that.’  she saw a couple of my gold face female images and was really up for trying that.

christmas past

don’t you just love the color of her hair?

we have a friend and gallery owner who’s always said he is looking for ‘edgy’ work. define edgy was always our reaction, but what he means is work that’s a bit different but sells. i look at this session   and wonder what kind of person would want to look at this image everyday or this one?

bound female nude with gold face

now if you look closely, well you can because your eyes are open and not like the model whom i seem to have caught with her eyes closed all day. i remember shoot with a young japanese model doing some fashion, yea i know didn’t think i had it in me did you, neither did i, but she was always looking down. when i mentioned this to her she said,’ gee my teacher tells me the same thing.’ duh……….. but here it sort of works

this is all part of my non – communication series i am trying to find people to work on. interested ? contact me.

if you’re interested in working with me on any project of mine or have a suggestion of your own drop me a line as i am always interested in meeting interesting people


visiting Sarah Small’s ‘Tableau Vivant’ of the delirium constructions

May 25, 2011

monday night, may 23, i had the opportunity to volunteer on sarah’s new show out at Skylight One at the Williamsburg bank building in Brooklyn on her new production. sarah’s productions are  growing larger each time she does one. the last time she did one of these it was in powerhouse books in DUMBO. now she’s into a much larger venue with a larger cast and impressive performance.

Williamsburg Bank Building

i’ve know of her work for some time and have contacted her before about working on any upcoming project together, which never came about as she has her vision and i’ve mine. see her work at and mine at we’re much different but we both work with nude & clothed bodies so we’ve a similar premise.

as her web site says “for the first time, this May, Small will be exploring, within the Tableau Vivant, a specific social phenomenon: the ritual of marriage. With its airs of pageantry and religious rectitude, wedding ceremonies celebrate the most intimate joining of two individuals in the most public manner, providing rich fodder for examination within the project’s framework. While the process is still developing, Small will act as the legal officiant for two couples as she simultaneously directs the attendant Tableau Vivant cast in their own explorations of the theme, mingling performance art with reality in a compelling cocktail.”

my work is more about how we hide what we reveal but covering ourselves up. i am also interested in a personal quest of self discovery which i began years ago having what would be categorized as a religious experience but at the time i had no idea what had happened during a aikido meditative moment. it’s been a long journey with many delightful discoveries, but as the saying goes, self discovery isn’t always good news.

Sarah Small directing 'Tableau Vivant'

Sarah Small directing 'Tableau Vivant'

well that’s the big Tableau picture and there were many photographers wandering around cameras clicking and zooming shooting videos and pictures, what i usually do is to take in the whole scene then see what interests me. after all this isn’t a commercial job or wedding more like fun, that’s it FUN that’s why i do photography for the fun of creating it. i’ve worked since i was 14 years old now it’s time to have more fun in life.

sarah small taking a picture of her 'Tableau Vivant'

sarah small taking a picture of her 'Tableau Vivant'

she is shooting with a canon camera through a L series lens which i also own. so what could i add to this scene? here we are in a beautiful classic bank building………….. look around you what do you see?

ceiling of Williamsburg bank clandelier

ceiling of Williamsburg bank chandelier

this reminds me of the Byzantine Cathedral in St Marks Square in Venice Italy, talk about cool. i can imagine the immigrant family walking into this bank depositing their hard earned pennies and being impressed, who wouldn’t? where is the america and americans who built buildings like these. now banks are just plain hollow walls with automatic tellers and cameras. empty spaces to be filled with the next dry cleaner tenant, what have we wrought on ourselves america?

another chandelier

life is about looking around especially in photography. there is a photographic exercise where one is confined to a 10′ square area having to find photographic subject matter. well here we are

williamsburg bank windows

williamsburg bank front entrance windows

window detail

window detail

and looking closely into the windows one can see these

williamsburg ghosts

more ghosts

so you can see i was pretty busy during rehearsals discovering things, someone had draped the front doors to prevent people from couldn’t seeing the naked people inside who were there to be seen as part of this evening performance, yea i know. but this was exactly my kind of picture.

williamsburg bank doors

williamsburg bank doors

with everything coming together personal possessions on the floor, costume accessories on the counters, details everywhere, life is always in the details

personal possessions

talisman or eeyore

there are always moments to straighten out technical problems and have discussion as to what the artist wants

sarah small discussing small technical issues

now i figured everything was covered and i might as well find something constructive to do to help out and earn my keep. i found two young ladies stuffing programs and helped them fold & assemble the programs, then i helped bring ice in for the bar and generally hung around being helpful. but here is what you’ve all waited so patiently for. i retired to the balcony over the front entrance for my view of the beginning

the beginning

 the awaking

'Tableau Vivant' of the delirium constructions

i really just watched and listened, after all if my eyes are looking through a view finder they really aren’t seeing and experiencing the whole performance. i loved the music by meredith monk and the voices of the awakened tableau. yes i tried out the video portion of my camera and found other limitations of it. one can’t pan, zoom & focus at the same time without growing another hand. but who needs sharp images when making a video?

little did i know that the balcony was part of the grand finally. so more ghosts appeared

people shadows

people shadows ll

reminds me of an Ancient Egyptian tomb as the tableau reassembled in the balcony

my favorite shadow

sarahs acknowledgment to the audience

who consisted of family members of the participants of the tableau along with other followers and fan of sarahs work. finally here is sarah’s final goodby’s to the performers who helped bring this all about, lots of hugs and kisses a wonderful night for all.

saying goodby

and just plain sarah

sarah small

jene youtt

another snow storm or how do i stay warm in my undies?

February 21, 2011

sometimes being me is very difficult, it seems i cause more trouble for myself than i avoid. but hey from here i guess i should be more thankful than i give myself credit for. so pat myself on the back even through i don’t always feel i deserve it, i can poke some holes in the clouds and begin to see the ever-present sunshine.

last night could have been a personal disaster but it wasn’t. my car died at the garage entrance, it could have given out on the dark cold west side highway with a snow storm intimate but it got me home once more. in the twenty some odd years she’s been pretty good to me. i need to remind myself that as a crawl over and under her fixing this and that.

so i woke up this morning picked out the couple metal splinters from my fingertips just to make typing interesting, and began working on some images i shot last week. not before i let my mind wander on to another creative video project i’d like to begin about transformations. but leave that for another time.

i put on a Beach Boy album Smile and distracted myself to look away from all the bad images i shot and see some of the good ones. i am trying to do a lingerie portfolio thinking that might generate some income on my web site i am tired of laying out money for something that isn’t returning anything. so trying to make a cross over from pure artist to a commercial artist. yes i still enjoy creating even if it’s only working on one of our cars , we have three.

so i’ll post some of aubrey today. she’s an art model very comfortable nude in front of the camera or in her edwardian corsets.

female wearing edwardian corset

female wearing edwardian corset

i tried to do two different lighting setups, one a tungsten set up which i wasn’t happy with and this one which is a strobe setup.

female wearing red bra & panties

this is the tungsten setup which i didn’t get much out of, i guess it’s all a learning experience but as Joe McNally said the other day he gets a lot of throw aways also.

black bow on red bra

black bow on red bra

i wanted to do more of these closeups but i had shaky hands or slow iso and something didn’t quite work out

red bra, panties & black stockings

red bra, panties & black stockings

but i think for my purposes i did ok, i am not going to win many awards with these images but hopefully get some paying work

black garter belt and black panties

black garter belt and black panties

i guess i don’t need hundreds of images to get my point across. if someone is thinking about having their picture taken for their boyfriend or business these might get their imagination going.

black bra & panties with pink details

black bra & panties with pink details

black bra & panties with pink details & black stockings

black bra & panties with pink details & black stockings

so we wind up where we began in a corset on the couch. when i do a lighting setup i really do better if i listen to my body and just do it. that happened with the bluish-green light on the background, of course i had to have the makings handy so being prepared is a big part of it.

classic art model pose

classic art model pose

so now i can end this posting and begin the real work ahead think about dinner and the lovely wife i left in a nice warm bed last night to come back to this cold studio. i wonder about my sanity sometimes.

show me some leg

show me some leg

but this is one of my chosen occupations, i am not sure if i chose lighting or it chose me having an elevated uranus and neptune. oh well some things can never be answered.

just grin and bear it.


Diogenes daughter revealed living in NYC

February 9, 2011

this going to be a rambling post because that’s what i am feeling now. i don’t have my best listener here, it’s been 9 days since shadow passed away. i am slowly putting her stuff away bit by bit. why am i saving it? don’t really know, maybe i’ll want another dog but not soon.

life is moving along, i shouldn’t have any complaints now, no one to listen to them anyways. what ever problems i have i’ve created them myself because of the way i deal with or not deal with life. at least now i can turn up the music loud; Blondie ‘no exit’ and drown out the world without worrying about hurting doggies ears.

odd how these days come and go. yesterday was a lovely treat. i got a nice present in the form of a phone conversation that i didn’t expect. a young model came over to the studio wanting to work with me. she saw my work on a model mayhem page and asked to do a shoot. hey why not?

portrait of a young girl with gold chain

young woman portrait

i do portraits but i also wanted to explore women’s lingerie. open my horizons as it were. when i was a young man the only thing i thought about it was how fast i could get it removed but as i’ve aged i appreciate them more. i like to get pretty things for my honey, i think mary gets embarrassed when we go shopping for undergarments but i like the way she looks in them. it’s still a process of getting them off her but i like to know how pretty she looks under her clothes.

people contact me about all kinds of shoots and at some point i have to ask ‘ have you seen my portfolio? ‘ so it’s nice to find someone who has and likes to improv as i do. we began with her dressed in a white corset outfit and like every other thing in life new beginnings are delicate dance.

young woman

cute huh. but we were both pretty bored with this setting  so we moved the chair out of the way and i decided to explore something i’ve been think to do.

white corset

then CB we move in for our close up

young girl in white corset

white corset back



corset laces

and i became fascinated with how close i could get with my lens, it not being a micro, and still get an erotic feeling to this session. so i moved the model around looking for interesting compositions. as i said we were both exploring, it’s not brain surgery.

white thong

but i would suggest if you’re photographing nudes it might be wise to do it in a warm studio. yes the lights do help somewhat and i wasn’t cold wearing a t-shirt but it might effect the pictures if it’s a bit chilly.

woman's boob with shadow

notice a lovely picture of goose bumps. we both like this picture but it’s not going to get this model any work without an explanation. oh well. then she asked if we could do something with a lantern she had seen on a shelf. ‘sure why not?’

Diogenes daughter

she didn’t know who Diogenes was but i am sure people won’t even ask seeing this picture. she loved this when she saw it. i am not sure if i like this one or the one below better.  she loved this picture as one she could send home to mom. that’s nice, i like helping young girls sending wholesome pictures back home from new york, ‘look mom what i’ve been up to?’

i did think she could show this picture to her grand children as to how she looked as a young woman, maybe not something you share with your children but grand children seem safely removed. they might never imagine what you looked like as a youngster.

Diogenes daughter listens

but what the heck we both had fun and no animals were hurt in the process.


adam & eve nudes or christmas is around the corner

December 23, 2010

trying to finish up this years work by editing the last shoot i & mary did with a visiting couple from out of town who contacted me. i thought it might be a way to finish my adam & eve pictorial. it’s really hard to begin working with people you don’t know, they don’t know what i am looking for and i don’t know what they need direction wise to express what i need.

sort of a rock and hard place for everyone. but i did like the fact that they were a couple and felt intimate with each other. thought that might help project what i was looking for. my direction might have confused them more than helped. oh well

but we begin with the basicsthis is a different lighting setup from my usual as i like to try different setups to see what happens if ? my basic work ethic. so we started out doing singles. mary handheld the 580 as the couple weren’t use to ‘finding the light’ so i had to figure something out fast.

nude male


nude female


then together

nude couple

adam & eve

actually the couple like these pictures but it’s so hard making selects, doing the time consuming retouching work on the background then finding this or that that i am not pleased with. ugh the creative process. but i say if i get one or two outstanding images from a shoot i am happy. well i’d love them all to be outstanding but that’s not how it works for me.

semi nude couple

what i did notice was the male partner was beginning to get excited by kissing and touching his wife. a pretty normal reaction i’d say. it happens to me. i always wonder how far it would go but not what i was looking for at the time. i am not opposed to doing an erotic shoot just not then. we all wanted to go to dinner as it was late.

resting head

i like the way she is touching his head here. very soft intimate feeling. but so far my favorite image is of her is below

nude female

what is seen is not all

well it could just be me and my fantasies but i like how her body seems to be interconnected yet we were going for her ‘being born out of ‘ the rock at this time.

after all what i am trying to do is capture the emotions either of a single person or a couple. i think this couple would like to go farther from what the’ve said. i am happy with some of what i got, it works for me

nude couple

nude couple

so if you’re ever in the new york city area and would like to participate in some intimate pictures of yourself with or without a partner drop me a line at i am sure we could work something out as i am always interested in interesting ideas.

but you take what you get and enjoy life. as they say when life gives you lemons make lemonade. well i’ve got to go and make my christmas banana breads. no lemons today


Robert Cornelius awards winner’s list woopee

October 14, 2010

Press and Media:
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The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards
announces the awardees of

Juried by Stephen Perloff (Founder and Publisher, The Photo Review)


band on the run

















Winner of the Robert Cornelius Portrait Award:
Sandra Chen Weinstein (USA) for her work Band on the Run


Runner Ups  

Tom Chambers, Francesca Fago, James Thomas Josephs,Abel de Leon Trespando,

Jimmy Williams, Frank Rodick, Sarah Corbins, Sonia Paulino, Ken Merfeld,

Natalia Engelhardt, Joy Goldkind, Glennis Siverson, Estelle Dougier,

Francisco Bermejo,Gloria Baker Feinstein, Frank Rodick, Beth Yarnelle Edwards

Category winners:

Digital Manipulation:

First Prize: Tom Chambers (US), “Meant for Love”

Editorial and Documentary:

First Prize: Francesca Fago (Italy), “Eyes of Africa”

Figure and Nude:

First Prize: James Thomas Josephs (USA), “Papa John 05”


First Prize: Abel de Leon Trespando (Spain), “Refugian”

Performing Arts:

First Prize: Jimmy Williams (USA), “Bishop Dreary and Marie Manning”


First Prize: Frank Rodick (Canada), “Three Studies for a Mouth”

Self Portrait:

First Prize: Desert

Alternative Processes:

First Prize: Desert

Honorable Mentions:

Sarah Corbins (USA), “Kinescape”

Sonia Paulino (USA), “Jackie and Dolce, Echo Park”

Ken Merfeld (SA), “Senora Plastica”

Natalia Engelhardt (USA), “Stasya, Moscow 2007”

Joy Goldkind (USA), “Image 6231”

Glennis Silverson (USA), “Conjoined”

Estelle Dougier (France), “Sleeping Beauty”

Francisco Bermejo (Chile), “A circus child in his trailer, Chile”

Abel de Leon Trespando (Spain), “Betty Lakhone”

Gloria Baker Feinstein (USA), “Elise and Coco”

Beth Yarnelle Edwards (USA), “Katherine M.”

Ken Merfeld (USA), “Awele”

Julie Ramage (France), “Portrait 1”

Sally Dennison (USA), “Ingrid”

Virginia Saunders (USA), “Incognito”

Braden Summers (USA), “We Can’t Do It Alone”

Bill Jackson (UK), “The Man Who Shot Weegee”

Nic Lyons (USA), “Self Portrait with Geiser Counter”

Teri Havens (USA), “Charlotte, 2008”

Graham Crouch (India), “Hunger”

Heather McClintock (USA), “Obwana Patrick Koch Lila Chope, Uganda”

Kurt Hoerbst (Austria), “Tagar, 30 with his 3 daughters”

Nancy Newberry (USA), “Untitled form the series MUM”

Pierpaolo Mittica (Italy), “Sulfur Miner blinder by toxic fumes”

Mark Sharfman (USA), “Has Pollock worked for Playboy”

Joy Goldkind (USA), “Adagio 47”

Anna Tomczak (USA), “From the Garden”

Jene Youtt (USA), “Fall

Ken Merfeld (USA), “Nobuko¡s ki”

Joydeep Mukherjee (India), “His Master”

Nina Doran (USA), “Untitled, Harlem, NYC”

Jimmy Williams (USA), “John Dee Holeman”

Lee Tonks (USA), “Ballerina Obscura 2″

Nicholas Fedak II (USA), Baby Blue”

Mark Tedeschi (Australia), “Snake Man”

Claire Schneider (USA), “Megan Miracle”

Alyson Aliano (USA), “Angelina Valentine, Porn Star”

Robert Kalman (USA), “Police, Nicaragua”

Laetitia Molenaar (Netherlands), “Automated Face Processing #2, Fay”

Paul Murphy (UK), “East End Portrait 3”

Charlotte Draycott (UK), “Untitled 3”

Stu Levy (USA), “Walter Chappell”

Ellin Hoyland (Norway), “Brothers No 1”

Steven Beckly (Canada), “Everything Must Break To Be Beautiful”

Ellen Rennard (USA), “Ponce”

Linda Elvira Piedra (USA), “Alchemy, El Rito, 1997”

Mare Vaccaro (USA), “Secrets”

Angela Bacon-Kidwell (USA), “Balance”


and the good news is that i made honorable mention with the “Fall” 


the fall

rainy monday mornings work, Aubrey in corsets

September 27, 2010

this past sunday i worked with a young woman model named aubrey doing an Edwardian corseted shoot. i’d been toying with the idea of using a mirror i’d found on the street years ago which had some damage which i thought would be easily fixable, i was right and can’t notice the repair, even my critical eye.

the last female nude shoot with keira grant i did was to complete my adam and eve series but in thinking about it, while i got some good single nudes what i really need are  images of them together which seems harder than i thought it would be to find the right couple. so i moved on to panama project which is still very much in the works and forgot about nudes for a while.

i found aubrey through and adv in manhattan figure study group, a group i’d left along time ago because i would light something and people would take pictures and post then on the internet as their work, yes they did push the shutter so it was their picture but i never got credit for lighting it. i don’t mind teaching people how to, which is what i use this blog for but these are my images and i mark and copyright them as such.

aubrey intrigued me with the offer of having edwardian corset props. i wondered how i’d look in one but we are different sizes. but  letting my imagination run free anyways i remembered the mirror so i contacted her. she was excited about the idea as well so when she had some free time we booked it for sunday afternoon. mary was able help set up the studio beforehand but had to leave due to prior commitment.

the set up consisted mostly of blacking out the room as i had figured the lighting positions beforehand, three lights – one with a softbox strip over the mirror and one from each side. simple.

although in this image there are only two lights being used due to my fooling around with them, but it worked out because the back light also lights her face due to reflection in mirror.

female nude with white edwardian corset

i’ve decided to start taking head shots of all my models because a lot of people are looking for the perfect photographer to capture their images, make to make themselves a star and why not? we are all here together.

aubrey zich

this is an un-retouched image straight from the camera, nice to have great skin.i am a master of finding ugly angles but having young models helps.

female nude with curtain & mirror

female nude with curtain & mirror

this was the big set up even for the head shots, i wanted to try and get the curtain pattern projected on her body but it didn’t work here. i’ve done this on movies and television but would have taken more hands than i had. so do the shot and move on.

female nude wearing white corset

female nude wearing white corset

i think we got some nice images out of this afternoon, btw it does take a lot of time getting into and out of these things as they lace up.

female nude adjusting white corset

but i do think the afternoon was well worth the effort although i didn’t have to get in and out of those corsets

corseted female wearing blk mask & boots

corseted female wearing blk mask & boots

these are her street boots that i think add an (erotic) dimension to the session, that of course depends on ones pov.

corseted female putting on stockings

masked corseted female putting on stockings

but stockings and garters are always fun unless you get caught up in them, ouch.

White corseted woman

did someone come in ?

but then i said gee i’ve got this study i am finding it hard to find people to work on which is about peoples ability to be able to touch each other both physically and mentally which these

female nude wearing pearls & black gloves

wearing pearls & black gloves


this one below is one of my favorites as everything lines up nicely. of course we changed the set up somewhat and got all  the lighting working for this shot.

corseted female nude

looking in a mirror as young girls do

but there are a lot more images, it’s just i am tired of working on computer. it must be lunch time, what i missed lunch again and it’s now dinner? now i know where my life goes, down some pixel hole working to blind the photographer. do you know there are a group of blind photographers working?

i’ve got to do something about my web presence these half measures aren’t cutting it. well it’s suppose to rain again tomorrow.


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