Amorphous Series

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Capturing the fluid shapes of a moving subject is an avenue of art nude photography I often like to explore.  I find that working with dancers and athletes (who seem to have a real sense of body awareness) tend to create some of the most interesting results.  Recently, I had the privilege of working with model Marlo Dell’Antonio, whose extensive background in dance proved to be a real asset.

The challenge of this series was to have Marlo interact with the amorphous dynamics of giant soap bubbles.   Marlo would spontaneously respond to the ever-changing shapes around her.  She moved in such a way that it almost seemed a choreographed routine between the two elements.   I am fascinated with the idea of this concept, and hope to explore this as an ongoing series.


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Looking For The Unexpected

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Model: Manzanita

Late photographer/artist Robert Mapplethorpe was once quoted as saying “I’m looking for the unexpected. I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.”


Model: Mischief Vixen


Model: Alex

These words have resonated with me for some time, and have been a driving motivation when working with art nude models.


Model: Diane


Model: Stilt

I like to challenge all involved in a particular project to strive for this creative innovation.

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Model: Anya


Model: Brooke Lynne

Sometimes this means going beyond what was originally planned, and allowing the imagination to move a shoot in other directions.


One might say that the final image was a result of a creative accident, but I like to think of it as pushing ourselves to go further until the desired result is finally realized.

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Beauty Standards Destroyed

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In my recent collaboration with two talented models Mischief Vixen and Danamarie Julianna, I had the rare opportunity to explore elegance and beauty far beyond that which is culturally standard.  The juxtaposition and contrast of two very different model types was not the main goal. Rather, our aim was to embrace humanity with passion, positivity and understanding.  Without regard to societal expectations, it is my hope that the viewer will appreciate the elements of beauty that we all possess as human beings.

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Liz Ashley

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Here are a few images from my recent shoot with Houston based model Liz Ashley.
She was traveling in my area last April to shoot a pin-up project with some vintage aircraft.

I was happy that we could arrange some time during her visit to do a shoot together.

Liz is primarily a classic glamour model, but she is equally talented when shooting art nudes. It is the latter that I wanted to explore with her.

Never having worked with her before, it was difficult to predict how she would do with what I had planned.

A few of my ideas would require strength, flexibility, grace and even getting wet!

Liz took to each concept with creativity and enthusiasm, making our time together a real pleasure.
There is no doubt that Liz is in good shape, but I was really impressed by her incredible strength and sense of balance.

This made it easy to expand upon some basic ideas beyond what I had hoped for, resulting in some very successful images.


In all, it was a fun project and Liz did a great job. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time together.

Perhaps our paths will cross again one day!

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Rain Set; Behind The Scenes

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One of my favorite set designs has been the “Rain Set”. It is a rather simple set up, but it has yielded some dramatic images.

To work with water, I had to move out of my studio into the garage. There, I assembled a 10 foot high canopy made of PVC pipe on which a soaker hose was wrapped around the top. To keep the water from spraying in all directions, I placed a plastic tarp over the top. This helped confine the water spray into a mostly downward direction.

For the model’s comfort, I attached the soaker hose to a warm water source from inside the house (much better than the cold water spigot from outside!).

The rest of the set consisted of a black background and floor. In some cases, I used a shallow pool on the ground to capture the falling water and create interesting ripples. This was constructed from wood planks and lined with plastic tarp material (as seen in the photograph below).

For lighting, the key sources were mono-lights fitted with barn doors off to each side and slightly behind the wall of “rain”, One soft box was placed in front of the model at about a 45 degree angle to act as fill light. In some cases (although not shown in the image) I placed a portable flash directly behind the model. This produced the most dramatic lighting of the water droplets and created a halo around the model.

Of course when working with water, my biggest concern is safety. I made sure there was no way for the lights to accidently tip over or even get near the water. To ensure this, I had each mono-light on sturdy tripods and reinforced with heavy sawhorses to act as blockades. These were positioned far from any source of water.

The final element of course is the participation of the model! My primary thought was to use models with a background in dance and ask them to move, leap and play as dramatically and gracefully as possible. Without these skilled models, the results would not have been as successful. Thanks to models Marlo, Kate and Heidi for all your efforts!

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Waiting For New Life

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On my commute to and from work, I drive past this sad little plot of land.
It can’t be any more than a couple of acres, but I always notice the abandoned structures just rotting away.
The structures seem to collapse a little more each day and become less recognizable as a once vibrant and useful property.
Soon, I imagine that nature will reclaim this land as it’s own.
I often wonder what this place was like during it’s prime.
Who owned this land, and how was it used? Why was it abandoned and what became of the owners?
Spring is just around the corner and soon this land will be overtaken by a field of tall grasses, flowers and wildlife. This atmosphere of renewal will be a welcome reflection of better things to come for this land.
Meanwhile, I wanted to spend some time capturing this land at perhaps it’s darkest hour. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, thinking that some day I will not remember what it was like. As with the natural consequence of suburbia, I imagine there will be a gas station or convenience store there before I know it.
At least now my memories will not fade.

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In May of 2011, I had the pleasure of working with talented model April-Lea.
She is well known in the art community, not only for her modeling, but also for her superb skills as a fine art photogapher.
Her work in both fields has been published throughout the world.
What strikes me in her modeling is her innate ability to draw the viewer in.
There’s a sensual component to her emotive poses that I find intriguing as well.
I feel that this style is also reflected in her photographic work.
I’ve always admired April-Lea’s skills on both sides of the camera, and it was an honor collaborating with her.
April Lea’s photography can be found here:

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