Shot of a model from a recent portfolio shoot. Sometimes a shot has an attraction that goes beyond just the aesthetic. I think in this pic the model looks stunning however her mood is adding greatly to the allure. When models forget about the result of a shot and just relax into the moment their essence energy seems to shine through.
This is a shot taken of a friend at the beach one day. Whilst she knew I had the camera she was not worried about the result. I beleive that this freedom from worry gives this shot an appealing power. Some other shots that have had makeup, stylists, art directors ect may have more aesthetic appeal but unless they possess the spontaneous freedom of this one they will lack optimum appeal.
This is another archive shot from the calendars I used to produce. Whilst I took some licence with costuming I have always tried to have the model presented to look and feel as authentic as possible in the shots. I beleive that if the model is in the moment rather than dependant upon the result of the shot that the viewer feels more empowered by viewing. I am continually running workshops in Australia that aim to help others to create shots like this. More information can be found at [link]
This is a shot of Fontaine from the July 30 workshop. Asked her to look with an attitude of intimidation for this shot. I believe that when a model connects fully to the moment that the shot has much more impact. In this one Fontaine has immersed herself in the scene and in the emotion I requested. Whilst this may be acting of sorts when the model lives the character the shot has an authenticity that greatly adds value to the aesthetic.
When I started in the photography/modelling industry in 1989 I initially became known for gym shots of women. At the time I found that few women looked to weights as a serious exercise option. The ones who did were very extreme and if anything scared other women away from using weights. My idea back then was to present fit and attractive women with weights and to photograph them to look authentic and inspiring. This is an image I did just recently for a woman who wanted gym shots for her portfolio. The shot reminded me of the essence of where I started in photography. To this day I still love women who look balanced and empowered.