Planning for the Bahamas

I’ve been shooting nudes on the beach and plan to go to the Bahamas soon with several models. I love the way the water and sky look behind the figure. When the light is low in the sky is my favorite. This allows the camera to capture dramatic reflections and shadows.

We will be staying for a week on a small island. This means I will have a total of 14 opportunities for sunrises and sunsets. It is going to be a huge opportunity to spend this much time with so many talented models. I am looking forward to the results!

I have free use of a very suitable beach house that seems on the edge of paradise. With all the great models going, I am expecting to put together a wonderful printed book as well as a digital one. I will raise the remaining money I need (for flying all the models in, food, etc.) with books and other items related to the photography project.

I will keep posting updates. You can follow the project here.

New model Alexis, coming soon

I’m excited to have arranged a shoot later this month with Alexis. Alexis is 5’10” and has modeled for artists in the UK, Europe, and South Africa. Built for art modeling, her stats are a natural 32DD-24-34, dress size 2. She has no artificial anything, no tattoos, long brunette hair, and blazing blue eyes. Beyond her physical perfection, Alexis has instincts for interesting poses and an undying commitment to quality. She is unpretentious and impressive in every way.

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Two months ago, Alexis and I had never spoken to each other. Blown away by each other’s work, both Alexis and I see this as an opportunity to combine her natural beauty and talent with my unique artistic style and produce something beyond what either of us has done before. In short, exactly what both of us were looking for. Soon, she will be presenting her amazing face to my camera for the first time.

Alexis will be flying to historic Charleston SC, for a two day marathon of nude photography. We have a number of shoot locations lined up in and around Charleston including studio and location settings. The main theme of the shooting is artistic nudes, however it will also include some casual and behind-the-scenes images.

Because Alexis is from the UK, I have the idea of her posing with a restored classic British Morgan convertible car. I also have access to an old Charleston building and we will shoot in my studio.

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I will be offering for download, through Kickstarter, multiple hi-res images from the shoots, behind-the-scenes video, and a printed image collection.

Test Shoot with Krystal for Bahamas Trip

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Audition shoot with new model, Krystal D R in Orlando. I’ve managed to create a few good photos in difficult circumstances. On my side were: a very attractive subject, more-than-adequate equipment, and four years of art school. On the down side: a ceiling too-low for my 7-foot reflector and a location that looks more like pin-up or boudoir than an art shoot. I still managed to still cut off her finger tips in this shot.

I’ve been down here interviewing a few applicants for a shoot in The Bahamas that will take place in 2015. More to come later!

Get Ready for Your Shoot

Here are a few tips to help you avoid some common pitfalls. If you've been shooting regularly you already know most of these but some are specific to my style.

In General

  • Make sure I know about tattoos, so I can have makeup ready
  • Minimize tan lines and pale body parts.

Three days before the shoot:

  • Take care of your skin. Avoid sun exposure, tanning salons. Use sunscreen on your neck and bare shoulders to avoid strap lines.
  • Avoid getting cuts and bruises.
  • Stay moisturized.

48 hours before the shoot:

  • Get some moderate exercise.
  • Get rid of body hair in your normal fashion. Do this more than two days before the shoot if it normally takes longer for your skin to recover. Don’t experiment with a new method; you won’t know the recovery time.
  • Exfoliate dry skin, don’t forget your feet. Exfoliate lips if needed.
  • If this is your first nude shoot get a restful sleep tonight. You may be a too excited the night before the shoot to get enough rest.

24 hours before the shoot:

  • Avoid staining your teeth: tea, coffee, cigarettes; they all show up on the image.
  • Pack your stuff. Bring moisturizer, a snack, makeup, robe/cover-up. For a list of items many models bring, see my blog post Model’s Survival Kit
  • Avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol. Eat sensibly.
  • Stretch. Stay limber.
  • Stay active enough to burn off any excess energy before bedtime, but don’t do any marathon workouts today. Stay hydrated. Get a full night's rest if you can.

Day of the shoot

  • Don't wear anything tight on the way over. It can take over an hour for elastic lines to fade. This includes socks and jeans! This avoids elastic lines on your skin. You can bring lingerie for the warm-up shoot, but don't wear it until we're ready to use it.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID that shows your date of birth (Driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) Bring a second form of ID (Other photo ID, birth certificate, student ID, etc.)
  • Moisturize feet, elbows, hands, anywhere that could get dry -- you'd be surprised the difference small details make.
  • Navigation: Get in touch if you're lost, don't be embarrassed, just ask.
  • Please let me know ASAP if you're going to be late or can't make it, please don't be a no-show without saying.
  • Phone: Keep to a minimum as we work. If you need to make a call, ask to take a break.

What to bring

  • Bring your makeup to the shoot in case of touchup.
  • Bring a few pretty outfits for warmup. Something you might wear to a wedding usually works well.
  • Bring a robe, sweater, or other coverup; helpful if you get cold or if we're shooting outdoors and lose our privacy.
  • Bring some items that can be worn as a focal point of an otherwise nude photo: a scarf, hat, gloves, shoes, even an open shirt worn on it's own.

Prop Ideas

  • Musical instruments
  • Anything old, whether it is roller skates, a tea service, or croquet set.

Makeup & Grooming:

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General: The camera sees every detail. Makeup should be applied sparingly and blended well to look natural. Unless we're shooting a makeup ad, the look should be about you not the makeup. Stay away from sparkles, they just like like white dots in photos.

Skin: Use only as much foundation as you need. The same thing goes for concealer.

Lips: pinks are better than red.  Lip liner should blend naturally.

Eyes: You can be a little more dramatic with eyeliner, shadow, and mascara.

Nails: fingernails and toenails trim and smooth. Nail polish color should be light and not bright. Pale pink, beige, French, buff, etc. are all great.

Hair: Please don't try anything drastic with your hair. You need to show up looking the way you looked in the portfolio images you used to book this shoot.

Recommended/Not Recommended Makeup:

Mascara Yes!
Lipstick/gloss Yes
Eye Shadow Yes
Eye liner Yes
Nail polish Yes
Waxing/shaving Yes
Concealer Optional
False Eyelashes Optional
Lip Liner Optional
Hair Color See above
Colored Contacts No
Foundation No