modeling

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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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.

Desert Mermaid with Mary Jane Monroe

I don’t often consider my photos to be very “High Concept” or even art sometimes. In fact i have to tell models I work with all the time that I am terrible with coming up with ideas and concepts. I sometimes even have a hard time calling my artist because of this. I get around this by thinking of myself as more of an improve artist making things up as I go along instead of having a ton of prep time behind something. Lucky for me the recent shoot I did with Mary Jane Monroe had the high concept feel to it because of her own ideas all I really had to do was shoot. One thing that I differently in this shoot was try to implement scenery a bit more in the shots which is something that I  need to work on but came out quite well in the finished product.

 

Getting back into the swing of Modeling with Crystal Sedillo

Sometimes we get away from doing certain hobbies or activities for one reason or another. Heavy work scheduled, lack of motivation/inspiration and sometimes just lack of opportunity all contribute to this. In Crystal Sedillo’s case having a Kid is a pretty legit excuse to getting away from modeling for a little while. I’ve known Crystal for years now and her husband Orlando has done a lot of my tattoo work so when she wanted to get back into modeling I reached out to help get her back into the swing of it. Crystal brings with her a list of Features that compliment my style of photography specifically her tattoo work and her Alt Model Style. Those things works well with the way I like to process my photos, especially the way I use contrast and colors it allow all of her tattoos to really pop. Over all I really loved this shoot and I hope that  I get to work with Crystal again on something a bit more high concept in the future.