Simple, yet damn elegant. I love this style. It also has the added benefit of being rather easy to shoot. Seamless, light-gray paper background, one flash above and slightly behind the model, allowed to spill to the background. My personal favorite features are the overall chiaroscuro lighting, the arch of her back, and that little shadowy dimple on her right knee.
I envision this piece on the wall over a black leather davenport, about one foot of length extending beyond each end of the furniture.
This is a shot from my very first shoot with a model that wasn’t a friend or g/f. Amazing how a pro model can make you lose your personal securities relative to experience, performance, direction and those kind of things. She just kept striking poses on about three different sets. After about an hour I was barking out direction as though I’d done it forever. If you’re getting started, a pro model can really help for purposes of building confidence. Other benefits to working with an experienced model include portfolio building and, more importantly, credibility building. If you can establish a good rapport with a subject through professionalism, attitude, quality work you provide for their portfolio, and a degree of fun, they can be a great reference to provide future models/prospects/clients to vouch for you as to your being cool to work with. The model/aspiring model community is tight, and has gotten tighter due to internet communities such as OneModelPlace.com and ModelMayhem.com. If a photographer/model/make-up artist/etc. is shitty to work with, word will spread, especially if you come off as a creeper perv. If that’s your agenda…i dont even know what to tell you to do…but dont work with models and expect to retain any sort of good name in the community. “GWC” (guy with camera) is model parlance for a creeper, a photog that made them uncomfortable. You do not want to be a GWC.
Up until the shoot depicted above, I had done a bunch of photography, and even some nude work, but hadnt yet done nude work with a stranger. I was completely up-front with her about this and simply asked her to bear with me. As I said, she held my hand the first hour and then I was fine. The shoot actually was one of the funnest I have ever done.
I guess the primary thrust of my ramblings is that working with models/clients is just like any other business or personal endeavor. Appropriateness relative to the time and place is paramount. It can, and should be fun, but always appropriate. Sometime I’ll tell the story of myself and a handful of photogs shooting three nude models when the pizza guy showed up with lunch. 🙂
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When I got my photography site set up, I sent the link to a good friend and band mate, Mr. Ricki Martini. You see, he’s an expert of sorts, and a pioneer in all things web-related. He’s also one of the few persons on this planet that can offer me legitimate criticism wherein I take zero offense. ASIDE: He did offend me once. We just got back to Milwaukee from a gig in Chicago. He and Otis (bass player) were drunk and insisted I couldn’t sing for shit. They beat me up after my stupid g/f said that I “WAS” the band. They shoulda beat her up. Anyway, he must’ve surfed over to this blog site, because he offered the mild criticism that it lacked content…and boobs. Never one to disappoint, I offer you this, Mr. Martini…
Chiaroscuro – kee-ahr-uh–skyoor’-oh The balance of light and shade used for dramatic effect
Chiaroscuro Photography is based in Northern Wisconsin and concentrates on creating artistic works in areas ranging from art nudes/figure work to observations of both the natural and man made world. The cohesive theme tends to be a flair for the dramatic.
Years ago, Jamii took a photography class. He did a series of black & white nudes with high contrast and deep shadows for his final project. He learned there’s a name for this style that so appealed to him and has concentrated on it ever since. While he shoots a wide variety of material, he still prefers high contrast, and lots of shadow.
Anyway…there’s the intro. So let’s post a photograph.