This was such a fun and experimental shoot! It was my second time working with Mylar and I love the distorted reflection it creates. When crinkled, there was a water-like effect when the light bounced off of it. I really enjoy when I get a chance to be creative and play around with different materials like this.
Last month, I modeled alongside several talented models (Mary Celeste, Nataliya Natta, Theresa Manchester, and Lucy Magdalene) at Ivy Lee's schoolhouse event which takes place at an old schoolhouse in Pennsylvania. It's an amazing location, dilapidated and full of posing opportunities. I shot with many photographers throughout the day; here are some of the photos I received. Enjoy!
Last month I had the chance to work with Lance Patrick Images while I was in Chicago. I really enjoyed our shoot and the resultant images. It's always great to shoot with someone who brings their ideas to the table while being open to mine as well. It was hard to choose which ones were my favorites, so I just picked a bunch (a good problem to have!). We were able to cover a broad range of concepts in just a few hours, and I think these shots convey a range of emotion and styles. I'm happy to share them with you!
Last March, Despondent and I met up with Gary Breckheimer in NYC to shoot some of his signature public nudes around Manhattan. I've worked with Gary a couple times before and it is always an exhilarating, adrenaline-filled experience (but a lot of breathless fun). This time was no different, as we happened to be shooting on the same day a big race was being held, and there were street closures and cops everywhere which threw a bit of a wrench in our plans. We had to change locations on the fly, and several spots we had intended to shoot at were impossible due to the heavy police presence nearby. We prevailed despite these difficulties, and managed to take some pretty cool shots that Despondent and I are both proud of. Gary's work brings out some of the best in me--a bold confidence that I struggle to conjure at times when I am swamped with anxiety and self-doubt. I am comfortable in my skin.
Earlier this month I got to shoot with Nuance Artistry in Charlotte, NC. He took me to this really cool abandoned house nearby, which was a great location full of posing opportunities. He brought along one of his friends, Rob Dowd, who has been a photographer for awhile but had never shot with a model before. This was his first model shoot and the photos turned out great! It's always interesting to me to see multiple photographers' eyes of the same poses and locations. Different styles yield quite different results, despite the same conditions. Here's some of the results of this shoot.
These photos are from a recent shoot I did with Retrograde Amnesia at an abandoned paper mill in upstate New York. The location was amazing and full of inspiration for both of us. I love when I get into a space and can instantly see posing opportunities all around! This shoot was a challenge for sure. It was FREEZING outside and not much warmer inside the drafty building. We took frequent breaks so I could warm up under a blanket but even still my teeth were chattering by the end of the shoot. I do look a little cold but I think it adds to the whole "desolate" feeling. More photos from this shoot are on my Patreon.
On my recent trip to DC, I got to shoot with Stan Freedman for the second time. We shot some classic art nudes at first, and I love how the lighting turned out. I think it looks timeless and makes me look confident and strong. Then Despondent and I got to shoot together for a bit. We've shot together several times at this point but mostly it is "couply" stuff, embracing and being cuddly. This was one of the first times we got to explore stronger art poses together and I think the results are beautiful. Despite only having done perhaps a dozen shoots, posing with Despondent feels natural and comfortable. We are learning to anticipate each other's movements and make pretty shapes together. Here's some of my favorite pictures from this shoot.
Last week on my trip to DC I got to shoot with Dave Myles again. We have collaborated many times over the years. I really enjoy working with the same people again and again. It makes the artistic process effortless as we start to read each others' minds and anticipate what the other person will do. We were able to find a small chapel in the National Cathedral (shhhh... don't tell!) where we could sneak away and shoot some surreptitious images without interruption.
This was an interesting concept for me, as I was raised in a very religious household where nudity was not acceptable at all. I think one of the reasons I have been drawn to nude modeling is as an act of rebellion against the puritanical attitudes of the church in which I grew up, especially with regards to sexuality (in particular female sexuality). While posing, I was channeling this energy, pulling on feelings of penance, guilt, and punishment in addition to the paradoxical sensuality present in the history of religious art. I'm glad that attitudes towards nudity and sexuality seem to be changing in this country. I think it's about time.
Some images from my shoot last week with Antietam Photo Works . Our shoot was a very enjoyable creative collaboration culminating in a light painting set, which required holding still for the necessary 30-second exposure time. I love trying new things and being challenged as a model! This trip has been full of new experiences; after 8 years in the modeling industry, I am constantly amazed by the creativity of those I work with and so grateful for the opportunity to make my living as an artist. More from this trip coming soon. :)