Thanks to my friend, John Barepixels, I now have a beautiful display of my Fine Art Nude Photographic Artistry residing on Youtube.
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed creating the Art displayed.
New Years Day 2016
We start a new year with high expectations and optimism about the future. So, it was for me on the first day of 2016.
I had an opportunity to work with Minh Ly several months ago but did not. When I saw image of Minh Ly from a friend, I knew I had made a gigantic mistake.
I contacted Minh Ly and told her I regretted the missed opportunity. I commented on the strong and unique work she and the photographer had created. We had a very nice texting conversation.
When a chance to work with Minh Ly on New Year day arose, I jumped to accept. We started at 8am and finished in the late afternoon, after shooting at 7 locations and traveling almost 200 miles.
At each location Minh Ly poses where and how asked, but that was just the beginning. I can only think of a few professional models that pose with such grace and unique style. There seemed to be no limit to Minh Ly’s creativity in each and every situation.
Along the way I learned a little about Minh Ly, her life in Canada, and her start in modeling about three years ago. Minh Ly’s French accent just added to her charm.
One of our last stops was old railroad tracks way off the road. Someone had created art on the side of an embankment of roadroad ties with a metal image of a person or robot. Minh Ly was kid enough tot pose with the metal art and play to it. She was just too pretty so I used texture from another image captured earlier in the day to make the image a bit more interesting.
The shoot was all I had hoped for and more. Thank you Minh Ly.
As a Fine Art Photographer, I work with numerous models. Some are professional traveling models. To call these artist “professional traveling models” is a gross understatement of their skills and contribution to the creation of Art. Yes, Art with a capital “A.” Here is a recent post by one of the best of the best artists, Brennan Hill.
“I am a stylist. I show up with thousands of dollars in wardrobe, so you didn’t have to provide it.
I am a makeup artist. I went out of my way to get trained on how to apply makeup for camera to make your job that much easier.
I am a creative consultant. I spend non-billable hours upon hours going through your proof galleries and offering the feedback you requested, because I care about the work that we produce together.
I am a travel agent. For every hour that I spend in front of the camera, I spent an average of 2 hours to that one hour of planning and logistics.
I am a master at marketing and brand management.
I am a therapist. You photographers have some issues, and boy, have I heard it all.
I am a hand holder. I go out of my way to make sure that you’re having fun at our shoot too.
I am a studio and lighting assistant. Chances are I know more about lighting than you do, and I’m always offering to help put up the backdrop, change modifiers, etc.
I am fine art. I have spent thousands and thousands of hours perfecting my craft so you only have to worry about the photography aspect, and not the modeling part. I twist and contort my body in various unnatural ways, because that is what looks best. That relaxed pose that looks so easy? Every muscle in my body was tensed and my back was unnaturally arched, my toes pointed and calves burning, all while maintaining a pleasant expression, even though I really wanted to sob because if done correctly, even the pose that appears effortless is incredibly difficult and painful. I hold that pose for seconds, minutes, sometimes hours, while you get your framing and lighting correct. I don’t complain.
I run a successful business. If I spend 8 hours in front of the camera, I still have another 8 hours of computer time waiting for me when I get done.
I am a masochist. I suffer in a bikini on a beach in 50 degree weather so you can get the shot that you need. I try not to sweat in 100+ degree temps and hide my heat exhaustion, because I know a ton of prep and money went into securing the location. I forego weekend plans so I don’t show up hungover for our sunrise shoot on a Sunday. Oh, and that 6am call time? I had to get up at 3am to start the long process of becoming camera ready. I endure abuses of all kinds without the protections of unions, OSHA, or employers.
I am an accountant. Please don’t talk to me during tax season, as I am busy carefully processing every. single. goddamn. receipt.
Oh. Yeah. I also model. So please don’t ever tell me that all I do is stand there and look pretty. ”
I hope you have the opportunity to meet and work with such an Artist. You can contact or follow Brennan Hill at the following social network site:
I had the opportunity meet and work with the exceptional fine art female model, Sekaa Modela this month. Despite her wonderful portfolio, I had little idea of what to expect. I had a vague plan, as usual, but there were many pleasant surprises.
We stopped along the way to one of my favorite locations at another location that would have made an interesting landscape image. With Sekaa Modela, the landscape became her stage.
At another location, Sekaa Modela used a rather plain bolder as a display platform for her considerable talents. I have worked with few other models that better understand the visual elements of artistic work.
I had seen a few of Sekaa Modela’s self portraits and loved them. Why do some people get more than a fair share of talent? Another Vinny KIm?
We always say that a shoot was fun, after it is over. I found Sekaa Modela to be a very intelligent, interesting and fun person with whom to work and collaborate. She was amazing.
This was not the first time I worked with female fine art model Amelia Simone. I knew her many names ago. My guess is that it has been about five years and perhaps 5 or 6 shoots all together.
I had a plan for the shoot, but Amelia Simone and circumstances had their way.
We met at my studio, but I discovered that I had left a critical piece of hardware at home. Forty minutes later, I returned and worked to complete the studio setup.
Not a good start, but Amelia blew away and exceeded all of my expectations. What an artist!
We agreed on the starting point for various poses. Then Amelia worked her magic and created numerous variations, each one interesting and unique.
I now must work through over a thousand images. Yes, over a thousand! I do not think of myself as a machine gun shooter, but I wanted to capture each and every wonderful variation.
In the end, I told Amelia Simone that I loved her artistically. I meant it and hope you will enjoy her images posted here.