Alt-Boudoir

The creative part of my brain is significantly broken. Not that I can’t be creative, but rather I can’t conceptualize what I want to do and then take the necessary steps to create my idea. Instead I treat every piece that I do as an improve performance. When I took music lessons I could never write an original piece but I could pick up any instrument and make it sound decent to a rhythm. I could never draw a coherent picture but I could doodle in my notebook in class all day long. The same thing goes for my photography, a lot of the time I just show up where I show up, get the camera out and just wing it until I’m happy with the images that I have captured. Lucky for me I have a lot of friends willing to work with my erratic style and do last minute shoots with no real solid concept behind them. That’s how this shoot with Tara came to be. It was on my most recent trip back to Albuquerque where we met at her place, we went through her wardrobe, picked out a few outfits and just shot for about 2 hours. As always, we had a ball just screwing around until we looked back at the photos and appreciated what we shot.

The thing I love about these photos was how we used natural light to really bring out some of Tara’s Natural features. She is honestly one of the hardest working people I know and it shows. The thing both of us couldn’t get over in the photos were her abs. buy angling her just right in the window light we were able to accentuate that feature. It worked best when she was back lit by the window and the fill came from the rooms natural bounce light and some shadow raising in Lightroom.

What Tara typically brings to the table is a certain raw emotion to every photoshoot. Sure she’s gorgeous, and her style with the tattoos and wild hair makes her look edgy, but the great thing about her is that she’s a genuine soul who just loves to be around other people as long as they are good people. She never looks fake, or “superior,” in her photos. She just looks like Tara, and that’s what makes shooting with her so enjoyable.

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Girls of Geek Reunion.

Virginia has had a lot of things going well for me. Stable job doing video production, a comfortable home life with a wonderful support system, and I’m the healthiest I have been in years. But if there is one thing it lacks it is the lack of connection with the modeling/cosplay community that I had back in Albuquerque NM. Going back home offered me the wonderful pleasure of working with a group of girls who I always have a ball shooting with. The Girls of Geek were always my favorite part of shooting in Albuquerque. Weather we were aiming for Nerdy or Sexy it is always great being around them. The best part of shooting with them is that it never feels like a photoshoot. It feels like a bunch of friends to goof around, play dress up and have some memorable pictures taken to commemorate the event. I’m happy to be living in Virginia, but as long as these girls are still in Albuquerque I’ll probably be finding my way back out there.

Exploring National Harbor

One of the places I have frequented now that I live on the East Coast is National Harbor. It’s just across the bridge from Alexandria and has a lot to do and see in the way of entertainment. I spend a couple of hours down there just looking around and taking photos. Being that it was the middle of the day on a Wednesday there weren’t a whole lot of people around but what was around was some unique opportunities to brush up on my photography skills when not shooting people.

FLZ Jacqui Daniels Makeup: Lightroom Timelapse

A year ago I did a shoot where I helped my friend Jacqui Daniels Get started on her makeup portfolio with a shoot where she introduced me to Feliz. The shoot was themed to be a very high fashion glam look. It featured a lot of gold and so for the edit I wanted that gold look to shine through so that became a main focus of the editing process. Balancing out colors is always a challenge but what I always find works best for portraiture is to lower the saturation by at least 30 and that counters anything drastic that you do with contrast or the white balance. Other than some basic retouching and softening on the skin all the photos really came together

To check out Jacqui’s makeup go to¬†https://www.facebook.com/makeupbyjacquidaniels/?fref=ts

You can see more photos of Feliz on instagram at https://instagram.com/flzmrtnz

Emilie in the Snow

Virginia just got it’s first snow of the year just in time for me and Emilie to have settled in after moving out to Northern Virginia. We got about and inch and a half of snow and it’s a site that is so rare in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I am from. We manage to get out right as the snow was calming down but flakes were still falling. It added an element to the photos that is incredibly unique and the help create interest as out of focus element. Bellow is a time lapse of my editing process which you can see I only use a light amount of retouching and most of the focus is on getting the contrast and color right where I like it. For this shoot I ended up cheating a little bit on the magenta side simply because i felt like sit fit the mood better especially because it looked like the white balance I shot in was cheating toward the Green side.