Monday, May 18, 2015

My Wish List for Summer

Puddle Portraits
A fun-filled portrait series featuring individuals sitting, standing, stomping, splashing & otherwise styling in a puddle.  Looking for a variety of looks, ages, genders, species and attitudes.  Wardrobe is whatever the model is comfortable getting soaked.  As you can see from the sample here, I was comfortable in a pair of denim shorts, button front shirt, red suspenders & straw hat.  You may prefer swimwear, slacks, shorts, skirts, undies or even your birthday suit.  Subjects will pose with umbrellas, hoodies, baseballs, lunch boxes, brooms – whatever comes to mind – and lit clearly.  Ideally sessions will be shot immediately after rain passes, but perhaps not all…

This series features two or more subjects, one whispering in the other’s ear.  These will be color images, shot against a dark background, lit with a homemade softbox above the subjects aimed at a large reflector below.  I may or may not use a 2nd light behind the subjects to add a bit of separation from the background.  All ages are welcome from kids to grands.  (No sample shots yet, but hopefully soon.)

Tails From the Glam Side…

A celebration of the female butt as seen by a glamour/pinup shooter, whether clad in denim, satin, thongs, bikini bottoms, spandex or deliciously bare, it’s all about dat butt…
This one is for you adult ladies with the killer bottoms, and yeah, there’s gonna be some nudity involved.  Nothing too far over the top, but if this doesn’t fall in your comfort zone, then it’s best to pass it by…

     A.:  Bottomless model, back to camera, wearing leather jacket, denim jacket, sweater, hoodies, T-shirt, halter, etc. 

     B.:  Topless model “sunning” herself in bikini bottoms/thong – hiding breasts from view w/assorted props (lollypops, hat, Frisbee, etc.)

Selective Color: A Sexy Celebration…
Selective Coloring is a technique that goes in and out of style fairly regularly.  Most recently “Frank Miller’s Sin City” used the technique with great success.  Shot entirely in Black & White, certain parts of each scene were rendered in bright colors, usually Red.  Lips, Car Finishes, Gym Shoes, etc.  I want to shoot each scene in high contrast Black & White, with one, maybe 2 objects (lips, shoes, handbag, necktie, tomatoes) in bright, bright primary colors. 
Ladies – we’re looking for sexy here: lingerie, short shorts, lots of cleavage & legs.
Men – we’re looking for sexy from you too:  jeans & a white tank to full on pimp suit to romance detective suits
Props to suit the mood and fit the scene…

(No sample shots yet, but hopefully soon.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Batter Up! Revisited...

Take a pretty girl;
Dress her in short shorts, a low cut blouse, heels & baseball cap;
Add  a glove, bat & generous supply of baseballs;
Gently fold in a generous portion of sunshine & pour into a suitable Field of Dreams;
Include one slightly demented photographer and turn up the summer time heat…
Yield:  One incredibly sassy, non-nude, baseball themed pinup session!

I started Batter Up! back in 2007, intending to create my very first ever pinup calendar.  I managed to shoot just 5 of 12 sets before winter came crashing in with typical disregard.

After a somewhat lengthier delay (cough, cough) than anticipated, it’s time to blow the dust off this project and get it back on track.  So, come the warm weather, I’d like to reboot the project and start shooting for a new calendar... 

Model Requirements
1.)    Models  must be of legal age to contract in their own name;
2.)    Models must sign my model release;
3.)    Models must provide a copy of your State issued photo ID.

The Look we’re shooting for is fun, flirty, light hearted & very sassy.  We want to tease the fans, so lots of flirting, but no full on blatant nudity… 

Nothing too terribly outrageous needed.  Short shorts (“Daisy Dukes”) or Mini/Tennis skirt with a tight Tank, Halter, or a button-front blouse over brightly colored bra/bikini top.

And heels, too, of course…  Heels are ALWAYS a good idea…

The “N” Word, Nudity
There is absolutely NO nudity, full or implied, in this project.   

This is a “Trade Shoot.”  Participating models will receive up to 10 fully edited image files for their own use.  I will supply both full sized printable image files and low resolution web display versions.  

‘Batter Up!’ sessions will all be conducted “on location.” In this particular case, we will be shooting on a baseball field.  If there is a suitable field convenient to your home, I’m happy to shoot you there.  Otherwise, we’ll be shooting on a field of my choice.  

We'll settle on where exactly when we schedule your session.

Escort Policy
I allow my models a single escort/companion on set when shooting, providing I'm told ahead of time.  Chances are I may put your escort to work holding reflectors or moving lights and/or props.

I hate to have to mention it, but experience is a harsh teacher, so...

...I expect and require everyone present to behave at all times.  Adults should be able to discuss any and all issues arising during a shoot without resorting to name calling, threats of violence and similar displays of teenage angst.  This ain’t high school.  I have
zero tolerance for pointless “High School Drama” when shooting.

Should things become ”tense,” the session will be terminated, all images captured to that point deleted, and if necessary the Police will be summoned.  And yes, I will press charges to the full extent allowed under the law.  Life is just too short for childish nonsense… 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Celebrate The Day

Hug Your Cat Day
Celebrate The Day is a 365 Photo Project with a bit of a twist. 

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, and in defense of my project, that’s why I added a twist.  I have no intention of taking a Project photo every single day for the full 365 days.  No no no no no and again, no!  I have something else entirely in mind…

What I want to do is shoot a collection – or series, if you prefer – consisting of of 365 separate “holiday” images.  I know, and I know you know, that each day of the year has been set aside to honor/celebrate a separate concept.  January, for example, celebrates not only New Year’s Day, but also Polar Bear Swim Day, Curmudgeon Day, Apricot Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and Rubber Ducky Day.  Among others.

With “Celebrate The Day” I intend to create 365 separate images to honor those lesser known holidays.  And just to keep things interesting, I’m going to mix things up a bit.  The collection will include a variety of imagery, ranging from still life and product imagery to editorial, glamour, fashion, pinup & even some art nude model shots.  There will also be some fantasy images created using Photoshop.  Color, B&W, serious, beautiful, humorous, but most of all, FUN!

Care to join me?  Here’s a few things you’ll need to know:

My goal is quite simple.  I want to create 365 beautiful images that will be seen, enjoyed and perhaps brighten some lives with some smiles.  Which, of course, requires publishing the Collection in some manner.  Clearly I intend to publish, but with “Celebrate The Day” being a work in progress, I’m still debating format.  A book is a strong possibility.  A calendar?  Possibly.  There are other possibilities I’m considering as well.

Peculiar People Day
Model Requirements
This is an “equal opportunity” project.  All models (male, female, other…) are welcome.  All models must sign my commercial release and provide a photo ID demonstrating you to be of legal age to do so.  Moms and Dads, your children are also welcome, but you must be prepared to sign a commercial release on their behalf as well.

The “N” Word
Some sessions will include and/or require some nudity.  “Working Naked Day” comes to mind; there are others.  At this point, I’m thinking most of the shoots requiring skin will be Implied Glamour Nudes, rather than full frontal Art Nudes.  In any event, it is my firm policy that I will shoot nudes only after having discussed the matter fully with the model.  If we haven’t discussed it before our session, we won’t be shooting skin. 

Your attire is entirely dependent on the concept we will be shooting. 

Wardrobe appropriate to “Ice Cream For Breakfast Day” is likely going to be different from that workable for “Step in a Puddle & Splash a Friend Day” and will certainly not be appropriate to “Working Naked Day.” 

So, we’ll decide WHAT we’re shooting & plan your attire accordingly.  Fair enough?

This project is being conducted on a Trade basis.  I offer all participants their choice of 10 fully edited image files ready for printing as well as a matching set of low resolution web display formats suitable for your Facebook… 

Science Fiction Day
You may bring an escort to our session, but I expect and require you to advise me prior to our shoot day.  Failure to extend that simple courtesy may result in the shoot being cancelled on the spot.  I cannot stress strongly enough how much I loathe surprises…

Miscellaneous Stuff
The world is my studio – which means, in plain text that I do not have a studio of my own.  All of my model shoots are conducted “on location.”  That location may be as public as a City Park or as private as a motel room or your own home.  Just depends…

I do not use commercial studio lighting.  I am an accomplished “available light” shooter, but am not above using “speedlight” style flash units with and without reflectors, soft boxes, light grids and other modifiers.  It works for me…

Umbrella Day
Again, depending on concept & content, session length will change from shoot to shoot.  I’ve had model shoots last as little as 30 minutes and others run all day.  I can give you an estimate when we’ve determined which concept we’ll be shooting…


I do not tolerate "high school drama" on my shoots.  I go into each and every session with the full expectation that I am working with adults fully capable of discussing any and all issues that may arise.  Name calling, threats of violence and similar nonsense will result in the session's immediate termination and the deletion of all images taken to that point.  If necessary, I will call the police and press charges to the full extent allowable under the law. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Anonymous Nude

"There is nothing quite as erotic as a bare naked mystery..."  No clue who said it.  Hell, it may even have been me.  Regardless, welcome to my newest Fine Art Nude project, "The Anonymous Nude."  Here, I seek to collaborate with women - models and non-models alike - who revel in the allure of a Mystery...

It's long been a theory of mine (and others, come to think of it) hat 'naked' is neither erotic, nor necessarily beautiful.  It's just naked.  For a Nude to be be both erotic and beautiful, I believe it must include an air of mystery.  In the case of The Anonymous Nude that mystery will be achieved by actively, jealously conspiring to hide each model's identity from the viewer.

I intend The Anonymous Nude to be an eclectic B&W collection of beautiful, alluring and yes, even erotic imagery celebrating the Allure of Mystery.  When completed, I will be publishing The Anonymous Nude.  Initially in book form, but also as gallery quality prints, posters and as a calendar.

Model Requirements
Models must be female of legal age (& provide proof) to contract in their own name;
Models must sign my release form allowing publication;
Models must pose nude.

There are no other requirements for participation in The Anonymous Nude.  All women (of legal age) are welcome.  You are not too old, too heavy, too pierced, too inked up, too thin, too pale, too dark, or “too anything else” to be part of this project.  You are Woman.  You are Beauty.  You are Mystery.  And most of all, you are welcome here.

Session Locations
Locations will vary by session.  Most will be shot in either rented motel rooms, models’ homes or the occasional photo studio.  I am open to using other locations as well, and am more than willing to entertain any suggestions you may offer.

Wardrobe / Exposure
This is a nude project.  Wardrobe is NOT a concern.  Models will be working in the nude, though there will be a few sessions in which ‘The Mystery’ will include Implied rather than Full nudity.  This will be discussed in full prior to shooting.

It is strongly recommended models bring a robe to slip into between shots and during breaks from shooting.

I will be conducting The Anonymous Nude primarily as a Trade Shoot.  Those models willing to work with me on that basis will share in any profits derived from the sale of their images.  They will also receive their choice of 10 fully edited image files from our session in both full size printable and low resolution web display formats, to use as they see fit.

I do have a small budget from which I am willing to offer experienced nude models a fee for their time.  The fee amount available is dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to time shooting, rental space fees and model's experience.

Escort Policy
I allow models a single escort/companion on set when shooting, providing I'm told ahead of time the escort will be present.  (I hate surprises.)  I expect and require all individuals present (myself included) to behave as adults at all times.  At the first indication of unnecessary drama the session will be terminated and all images captured to that point, if any, will be deleted.

Miscellaneous Concerns
I do not have my own studio.  All model shoots are conducted “on location.”  That location may be as public as Navy Pier or as private as a motel room, rented photo studio or the model’s own home. 

I do not employ studio lighting.  I do use “speed lights” with wireless triggers and a variety of light modifiers as well as shooting with available light. 

I conduct all model sessions on weekends and holidays only.  Photography does not, as yet, pay my bills, so my employer continues to have “dibs” on my time during the week.  My work schedule does change from time to time, so I can occasionally offer a weekday session.  Feel free to ask, but please understand it may not be possible. 

Got a question I didn’t cover here? Want to schedule your session? Please let me know…

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lilliputian Invasion...

Among photographers there are two schools of thought concerning image manipulation. 

Puritans to the craft look askance at anyone’s use of Photo Shop (and other editors) for anything beyond minor, basic tweaking.  They feel that a true photograph should be captured in camera.  Post work in the computer or dark room is cheating, and the results are NOT to be considered photography.  There is a certain justification to this viewpoint.  Most of those holding it have invested years of their lives learning the craft; first in school, followed by an apprenticeship of sorts with established photographers before moving on to make a name for themselves. 

The second school of thought, however, recognizes that progress in technology offers not only new methods for accomplishing specific tasks, but make possible entirely new viewpoints unavailable previously.  So it is with image manipulation software (PhotoShop, etc.) and digital imaging.  It’s possible to create images of bikini models hiking the Sea of Tranquility, cowboys riding wild rabbits, and to create a photo documentary of the Lilliputian Invasion…

Ever wonder why Gulliver’s friends, The Lilliputians, never came to visit?  What if some of them did…

As you may have guessed from the intro above, my Lilliputian Invasion relies heavily on photo manipulation.  Simply put, I will be “shrinking” each model to “fit” in and around common items found in day to day life (a coffee cup, desktop computer keyboard & mouse, bathroom toiletries, etc.) with the goal of creating a “scene” that is humorous, unexpected and quite possibly though provoking.

While I do intend to eventually self-publish in Calendar and Book form, my main goal at the moment is to have fun.  And I would very much like to include you in that fun!

A partial list of some of my conceptualized scenes may be found below…

Model Requirements
Models must be living, the dead need not apply.

That’s pretty much the only requirement for participation.  Everyone is welcome, be they Male, Female, Child or Family Pet.  Models of legal age must sign my commercial release allowing publication.  In the case of minor children, a parent or legal guardian must sign the release on their behalf. 

Session Locations
I’m pretty much shameless when it comes to conducting model shoots.  I’ll shoot virtually anywhere at all.  In a public park, on the street, in the model’s home, in a rented motel room.  Location will vary by session & purpose.

Wardrobe / Exposure
Wardrobe will vary from session to session, but will always be “scene appropriate.”  If we’re shooting you portraying a Cowboy or an Auto Mechanic or a French Chef, you’ll be in attire a Cowboy, Mechanic or Chef would typically wear, which does not include Armani or Speedo. 

Some concept shoots (a lot of them actually) involving Female models will be of a Glamour/Pinup nature.  Not all, but a lot.  Attire will be both “scene appropriate” and discussed fully prior to shooting.  It makes life so much simpler if we’re all on the same page from the “gitgo” don’cha think? 

This is NOT a nude project, though some glamour sessions may require partial or implied nudity.  If Nudity has not been discussed prior to shooting, it is NOT expected during your session.

Lilliputian Invasion  is being conducted as a Trade Shoot.  Collaborators will receive their choice of 10 fully edited, ready to print image files from our session, or, as an alternative, you may choose one (1) composited “Lilliputian” image file, also ready to print. 

Escort Policy
I allow models a single escort/companion on set when shooting, providing I'm told ahead of time the escort will be present.  (I hate surprises.)  I expect and require all individuals present (myself included) to behave as adults at all times.  At the first indication of unnecessary drama I will terminate the session & all images captured to that point, if any, will be deleted.

Miscellaneous Concerns
I do not have my own studio, nor do I employ studio lighting, per se.  All of my model shoots are “on location” sessions using available light, modified speed lights, or some combination.  If you are expecting a studio session, it most likely isn’t gonna happen here...    

All model sessions are conducted during weekends & holidays only.  Weekday sessions are occasionally possible, if not very likely.  It doesn’t hurt to inquire…

Got a question I didn’t cover here? Want to schedule your session? Please let me know…

A Partial List of Concept Scenes…
The Arrival – A collection of Lilliputian spelunkers climbing up out of the Holiday turkey…
The Spice Rack – Models in swimwear/lingerie complementing each spice in the rack…
Pencil Jungle – A Lilliputian “hiding” in a pencil holder…
Digital Skater – A Lilliputian skating on a CD…
The Tanning Bed – A Lilliputian “sunning” himself/herself on a CD under a desk lamp…
The Chess Board – A collection of Lilliputians posed in/around chess pieces…
The Checker Board – A collection of Lilliputian children playing ‘Leap Frog’ on a checker board…

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dark Light Portraiture Series

It may sound a bit simplistic, but photography is all about light.  Capturing light, taming the light, modifying the light, bending the light to your will – and then preserving that specific moment for eternity…

…or at least until you get the file to your image editor.

Welcome to my Dark Light portrait series…

What I have in mind for this portrait series is a little difficult to explain, but I’ll give it my best shot.  If, when I’m done, you find yourself still confused about what in Hell I’ve been blathering on about, I suggest you check out the assorted sample images included in this post.

I recently began using wireless triggers in combination with multiple off camera strobes to add a bit of ‘savoir faire’ to some of my imagery.  So far, the results have fascinated me no end.  Now it’s time to start getting a bit more ‘scientific’ in my methodology and see what, and how many, specific results I can get with each lighting set up…

…and then start tailoring sessions around them.

Model Requirements
This project is open to males, females, children, cats, dogs and other family members – in short anyone may participate. 

Adults must be prepared to sign my commercial release and provide a copy of their state issued photo ID for my records. 

Children may participate in the project with parents/guardians present only.  Said parent or guardian must sign a release on the child’s behalf as well as provide a copy of their state photo ID for my records. 

The "N" Word:  Nudity
Nudity is most definitely NOT a requirement.  However (you knew there was going to be a ‘however’ coming, didn’t you?) I do intend to include some nude figure studies as part of the project.  Any sessions involving nudity will be discussed fully prior to scheduling a session – I hate surprises; from either side of the candle…

I am conducting my Dark Light Portrait Series as a Trade Shoot.  Participants will receive their choice of 10 fully edited image files (in both full size printable & low resolution web display formats) to use as they see fit.

I do have a small budget from which I can pay experienced nude models for their assistance, though the amount available per shoot is dependent on a number of variables.  Again, we will discuss fully before scheduling.

Location is a variable that will change from session to session.  Playgrounds, Parks, The Lakefront, a back alley, your living room, a motel room – it all depends on what specific “scene” we’re trying to capture. 

I shoot weekends almost exclusively, but depending on your location, we may be able to schedule a weekday session.  It doesn't hurt to inquire…

I am happy to shoot with experienced models interested in collaborating on the project, but I also welcome first-timers.  You may be assured I will work with you to capture the best possible images, no matter your level of experience, and I will endeavor to make the experience as fun as possible.

Escort Policy
Models are welcome to bring a companion/escort along for moral support, costuming assistance, protection (whatever) as long as I’m told in advance.  Surprise me with an unexpected guest and the session will be cancelled immediately.  I hate surprises…

Please note:  I have zero tolerance for high school drama on my shoots.  I go into each and every session with the full expectation that I am working with adults fully capable of discussing any and all issues that may arise.  Name calling, threats of violence and similar nonsense will result in the session's immediate termination and the deletion of all images taken to that point.  If necessary, I will call the police and press charges to the full extent allowable under the law.

Got a question I didn’t cover here? Want to schedule your session? Time to hit me with a message, ladies. I’m here, camera at the ready... Go!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Updated Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I currently have 16 Detail Sheets posted herein.  Fourteen of those Detail Sheets represents active & current, ongoing photo project.  Though some have seen precious little activity of late, they do remain open and active, as well as standing in need of collaborators.  

Collaborators, no matter the project, are ALWAYS welcome and ALWAYS needed.  That’s a gentle hint, Friends.  And Future Friends.

Back to biz.   Each of these Projects has a unique focus all their own, there has been some “blurring” across Project lines from shoot to shoot.  I’ve included elements (and props) from one project while shooting another, unrelated project.  

For example, at left you see the results of an "American Postcards" pinup session combined with the Martini & Olives used earlier that day in a "Martini Life" session.  The net results of this particular bit of blurring still makes me smile...  

I call it an overlay.  The use of one concept, theme, prop or similar project specific used in a second, unrelated project photo.  Which brings me to this current Detail Sheet you're reading.  

I'd like to continue "blurring" the lines between projects.  Why?  Because I simply want to create images that continue making me smile...

Below are a few "Overlays" I think will work wonderfully well in a variety of my existing - and hopefully future - photo projects...

The Bird

Now this is a an exceptionally simple overlay that can be applied to each and every project across the board with equally efficacious results.  

In fact, I’m going to make a point of requesting each model from here on to give me at least one “bird shot,” no matter what we're shooting.

Just for the helluvit.


I've been "toying" with the 'Multiplicity' concept for a number of years now.  At right you see my latest Multiplicity Composite using images from a recent "American Postcards" session.  I've titled this one "A Gather of Tiffany..." in honor of my model, Tiffany Danger.

I think the technique would work well with all my current projects.  Imagine, if you will, a collection of yourself in assorted Denim outfits window shopping at Macy's on State Street.  Or being not only the base runner in a Batter Up image, but also being the entire opposing team defending the bases.  So many awesome possibilities...

Part of the fun of model photography is crafting concepts in which real life “ain’t necessarily so…”  Enter the Masquerade, where the simple act of tying a kerchief about your lower face & donning a cowboy hat transforms you into a trail hand or bank robber from the Wild West.  Yes, this overlay is all about masks.  From as complexly beautiful as a bejeweled opera mask or as simple as a brown grocery bag with eyeholes cut into it, masks can add immeasurably to a scene or moment.  

Primary Colors
At left you see a shot from a long defunct fashion project of mine I titled "Splash."  The idea was to have my model attired in black or white with a single accessory being brightly colored.  The idea was a "Splash" of color would make really make the scene pop.

The "Primary Colors" overlay is much the same idea, minus the fashion component.  The idea is to use a single, high saturation prop, accessory, background - whatever - as a component in the image to make the image really pop and the subject stand out in juxtaposition to it.

Examples?  How about being a Lilliputian navigating your way across a pool tables green felt?  Or doing an "American Denim" set in front of a Fire Engine?  Again, there are so many possibilities...

I adore creating images that will make the viewer stop and think.  Something out of the ordinary that is completely unexpected.  Imagine a “Batter Up” pinup using a crowbar in place of a ball bat or an “American Postcard” wearing a carpenter’s tool belt.  Or one of my “After Dark” denizens attempting to dismantle a draw bridge w/an oversized screwdriver…

I shot the image at left a few years ago with a young model who has since moved on to Dance as career.  While the focus of this particular session was supposed to be her shoes - we free styled a bit late in the session - this particular shot would work well for "American Denim" with a 'Musically Inclined' Overlay.

I would dearly love to expand all of my photo projects to include a Musical component.  Do you write Music?  How'd you like to be a Lilliputian dancing across one of your own musical scores?  Or lying across the score w/pencil in hand worrying over a section?

Or you could be a nude saxophonist, pianist, guitar player in a signature "American Postcard."  How do you feel about posing with a Boom Box or Harmonica for "American Denim?"

At right we see another "vintage" shot taken a few years ago as part of my 'Batter Up!' (non-nude) Pinup Project.  This is another one that makes me smile when I see it.

But, can you imagine Sammy fielding a football instead?  Or at bat ready to swing at the soccer ball the pitcher throws instead?  Maybe the Umpire makes her wear a ball gag?

Perhaps we can incorporate a basketball, soccer ball, dodge ball or even a baseball into an 'After Dark' session?  Or add a bit of athleticism to an 'Anonymous Nude' or "American Postcard?'  Maybe we go for a bit of whimsy and pose you wearing a basketball for 'Toppers.'  A 'Lilliputian' peering around from behind someone's prized autographed baseball where it sits on the mantle?  Mayhaps...

Where imagination is concerned, there is no limit to what we might do.

Each of these ‘notions’ can be made to work with any and all of my current photo projects and I think the blending, or “overlay” if you will, can add new dimension, depth & creativity to both my modeling sessions and the project imagery...

We shall see…