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.
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.
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]
I believe that a person's consciousness is perhaps the most powerful energy on the planet. However as with any power it can be empowering or destructive. The model in this shot , Penny, has an enormously powerful presence about her. She has a very shapely and strong body and also very defined bone structure. However it is her emotional depth that emanates the biggest impact I think. She is not always the most relaxed person I know but no matter what state of mood she is in being around her certanly makes you feel things. In this shot I beleive she is intense and is powerfully projecting this. However when she lets her walls down and is in her comfort zone the beauty viewed and felt is inspirational. This image is perhaps more dominating than I would like. However unless I am at my absolute most secure I find it hard to provide Penny with the envinronment she needs to let her walls down.
nb; This image was taken at one of my recent photographic workshops. If you live in Australia please feel free to come along to one.
This is an image from the Pumped Up Down Under calendar that I used to publish. These calendars were started in 1989 and at the time I had a motivation to encourage women to work out. I still love the look of fit women and think that muscle tone combined with a woman's natural curves is such an empowering site.
These days I run workshops that encourage people to appreciate the beauty of the female form. For those interested please visit [link]