New Monochrome Instax w/ Alina, Devi + Mia

I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera.  This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.

It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this.  These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!

On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!

Bring Out The Details With Tone Mapping In Adobe Photoshop – a Skillshare tutorial

I have yet another Skillshare Tutorial up on my channel – this one regarding Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop.    We cover Nik software’s HDR EFX Pro, Photoshop’s own tone mapping functions, and making the whole image gel.  Here’s the trailer…

…and here’s the signup!  See you in class!

Trish + Cat

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Shot with model Trish Davis in February, 2015.  This particular shoot I focused mostly on instax and filming a video with the model, but I made sure to squeeze in a few traditional shots with my Fuji X-T1.  The cat climbing to the top of the chair was complete random happenstance that really elevated this photo for me.

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Sierra McKenzie – Seattle Model Video

Sierra McKenzie is a model I’ve shot with countless times, also creating little videos and even some music with.  Apologies on the audio, that will be improved in all future videos.  This is a bit of compilation of our work-iIf you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

 

Wives Vs. Models

I did a recent call for what video tutorials people would like to see, and this questions popped up:

“How about; How to convince your wife you have no intention of sleeping with your models?”

I will just answer this as a tumblr text!

First some facts: I’m 5’3″ and not in shape, 37 and the wife is 35 and European and incredibly pretty.  (once another local photographer said in passing “you’re lucky you married a European, they are okay with titties.”)

I met her as a result of a photographic exhibition I had at age 23, and the first thing I told her was “I’m going to take your picture!” and she said “Not nude I hope!”  It was already established that I was a photographer and artsy, this wasn’t some interest or hobby I picked up on later in marriage.

We also have 2 small kids who I can factually say I am a good dad to.  And for 2 years I’ve been largely self employed as an artist and art teacher, working to get her away from a soul sucking day job as well.

And not a fact, but an observation, most model “photographers” are older single guys who clearly like the company of younger pretty nude women.  There’s also a lot of younger stud punk rocker types who are peers to the models, doing the thing where they’re pushing limits of their world.  Not so many of us in our 30s, happily married with children in a “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle kind of people .

So my tips for being a good husband and still photographing models!

1. the wife has to know and believe that they are #1, and you can’t really talk about any other women to them, and no wife really wants to be around a husband editing naked ladies in Lightroom.

2. married couples need their own personal spaces and times to themselves, but it can’t be all the time, and you have to show consideration.  I have gotten into a groove where I have a week or a month where there’s a lot of model shoots, then I don’t do any for a while.  And when I’m home I don’t edit or talk about the trip, I just produce the final pieces at a local tech incubator or when no one else is in the house.

I usually seed the model shooting trips 3-4 months in advance, and we always compare calendars to make sure we both get to do what we want to do.  It helps to keep the shoots elsewhere rather than around home, which slightly alters the perception of “what city are you located in?” because I rarely shoot around Phoenix.

Oh, if it’s a family-type trip, you may as well forget about shooting models (or much of any artistic merit) on that.  Keep family and photography trips separate.

3. if money is an issue in your house, and model shoots aren’t bringing money in, then you can’t spend money on model shoots.  Most marriage problems revolve around money, partly because it’s security, but this question: “you spent $300 on a model (aka Another Woman), when is the last time you spent $300 on me?”

So either spend equal amounts of fun $ on the wife, find a different way to work with models, or don’t do it at all.

The more business-y I have become as an artist, I’ve learned “if it isn’t making you money, it’s a liability and you don’t need it.”  There are a small number of models (like 3) where I could clearly justify the expense to the wife in the form of exhibition opportunities/ expanding my fan base/ publications/ print sales, but mostly I can’t, and usually don’t need to since there are other ways to shoot with models (and compensate them) besides straight cash.

4. your intent shows in your work.  My nude images are not erotic, they are intended more like classical sculpture or Renaissance art or live nude sketches or pop art.  Sometimes I make things that have eroticism to them but it’s pretty rare… not many vajayjays and no Playboy/ Suicide Girl/ Zivity/ etc. stuff.  Wives are less concerned with that.

5. don’t be chummy with the models, don’t text a lot with them, keep it all business.  Keep the shoot to the allotted # of hours and be home on time.

6. use your camera for other things besides models so it’s clear you like photography and not just as a means to be around models…

7.  Maybe the wife’s concern is that you take great photos of models and none, or shitty ones, of her.  Do your best to take great photos of her.  They want to be considered “inspiring” and a “muse” to you as well!

At the end of the day, your wife is the person who loves you, bears your children, pays the bills with you and presumably will be around for years/ decades to come.  You have to make her happy and if common ground can’t be found while photographing models then you’ve got to let it go.  When you’re in a relationship, you really can’t do whatever you want, whenever you want it, but the benefits of being a healthy family unit far exceed anything else.

And if that doesn’t keep things in perspective, always remember the wisdom of Homer Simpson when chatting with a newly-divorced (“I’m free to do whatever I want!”) Kirk Van Houten:

13 Years of Illuminated Breast Inspiration

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The image up top was shot October 2014 with model Genevieve Liberte in my backyard… image down below, shot 2001 at an Iowa City rave.  I’ll never forget the gentleman who approached me with illuminated boobs, or at least, I’ll never delete this photo from my hard drive.  Funny what inspired ideas 13 years on.

Iowa Trans

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Sierra in Seattle

This is a compilation of sorts, video + photos + interview audio + music audio I’ve all done with Seattle model Sierra McKenzie.  If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.