Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 10

Christmas Day is almost upon us and we've reached the last of our pinup images. This is the lovely Audi and she has been quite the prolific model this year, though I understand she is taking and break and concentrating on her music for a bit. She has modeled for me quite extensively this year including a Sword & Sorcery shoot, a Women in Chains shoot, a Sword and Chains shoot and we wrapped up the summer shooting at Cathedral Park for fashion, Barefoot Glamour and then Sauvie Island for some figure nudes.

It seems fitting that I should end the series with her. I hope you enjoyed the series and I wish you all the very best for the coming year.

Audi Reflected

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 9

Well, we're almost to the end of our countdown. Tonight's lovely lady is Nixi with whom I've just recently started shooting this month. Nixi is fairly new to modeling and we did our first shoot in the studio. In fact, she's not had time or opportunity to review the images from the shoot yet as our schedules have not yet meshed well enough to get together again.

Nixi has studied and participated in theater and so has experience in providing expressions for an audience. We worked well together, I think, and with a future session or two under our belts we'll have all the kinks worked out with our directions and posing.

Nixi brought along a friend to the shoot who is also interested in shooting with me, and so we'll probably be able to stage a sword fight for a future shoot. I've done that twice before in the studio, but I'd like to attempt a shoot outside where the models will have more room to move and interact without the need to stay within the framework of the backdrop.

Here's a final shot of Nixi for this iteration of the countdown. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 8

Kira as Jacoba Marley
Here's my take on A Christmas Carol. Poor Jacoba Marley, struck down in her prime and yet willing to return to earth to make amends and warn the rest of us to embrace the spirit of Christmas. Kira makes a beautiful Marley, chains and all.

Kira is one of my most versatile models and can pull off any number of looks. She's extremely professional and just a great sport when it comes to shooting various themes. I plan to use her for several more projects in the upcoming year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 7

Bridgett Xmas 2002
This particular model is not only someone who has posed for me many times, but she's and her husband are wonderful friends as well. These images were taken in different years at our home and thought I shot with Bridgett here and in various indoor and studio settings on several occasions, I've not yet had the pleasure of shooting with her in an outdoor glamour session. I do hope to remedy that sometime in the near future. The problem has been not one of willingness, but rather of busy schedules and missed opportunities.

Her husband is also an avid photographer and has made some  imaginative images of her for his portfolio. There is a great series he shot of her using candles and a crucible in which he created a beautiful blue flame. That is definitely an effect I want to recreate in one of my future shoots.

Bridgett completed one project for me in which she is featured as my Reaper Fae. I do hope to use her for my Sword & Sorcery and Sword & Chains project and that's my goal for 2011.

Here's a final image of the lovely Bridgett to share with you. Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 6

Okay, technically I didn't get to do a Christmas shoot with Sivonna, but I thought it might be fun to put a composite of her in a Christmas scenario. I sent it to her for a look and she had a good laugh about it.

I normally manually mask images for my composites, but I tried a new release of Topaz Remask 3 for this composite. It works quite well and has some nice features that make masking and compositing quite simple.

The background image is from a set of digital backdrop images I purchased for stock and the image of Sivonna comes from a set of image we shot back in March of this year.

It's certainly not the greatest composite I've ever made, but I kind of like it for the simplicity of the image.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 5

The Mollie Tree
As the Christmas countdown continues, meet Mollie who came up with this idea for a Christmas pose. I've worked with Mollie (Lady Mab on Model Mayhem) a couple of times now. We shot a Sword & Chains shoot back in August and are planning at least one additional shoot this winter. Mollie is currently scouting a location for that shoot near her home.

Mollie has a fun and quirky personality and likes to cut up in front of the camera. I have lots of funny out-takes from our two shoots together and may feature a few of those in a future entry along with out-takes from a number of shoots with my other models.

Mollie is quite dedicated to her modeling. She does it mostly for the fun and creativity and both times I've worked with her, she's given me some great poses and expressions, and I'm looking forward to what we'll be able to pull off in our next couple of shoots - especially one that I hope we'll be able to do this winter in the snow.

Here are a couple more shots for your enjoyment:

Mollie in Soft Focus

Bottoms Up

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 4

Tinsel Wrapped Olive
Olive is one of my newest models. She's new to the Portland area and I think I was one of the first photographers she worked with when she moved here.  Some of the images she has shot recently have already been featured in a local show, and I think we'll be able to get some exhibition quality shots from our shoot together as well.

We've a few more shoots scheduled after the first of the year when I locate another studio, as well as a couple of shoots when the weather becomes warmer and we can move into the outdoor venues.

As with a number of the other models I'm presenting here, we shot these images at the end of studio session where we were concentrating on my Sword & Sorcery project.  I think Olive had a lot of fun with the shoot, and I know I did.

As you can tell, she's very expressive, and I thought she was able to provide me with a number of excellent poses, even though we only got to shoot for about 90 minutes. She certainly has a great attitude and was playfully fun throughout our shoot.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 3

It's time now for the 3rd pinup of our countdown. I'm hoping I don't run out of girls before I run out of days before Christmas, but even if I do, I think I can put together a montage of a few additional images to tide us through to Christmas Eve.

In any event, this is my friend, Veronica. She was one of my main models for about three years. We quite a number of holiday shoots, but I believe this was our only Christmas set.

Veronica is a frisky model to say the least. She's always been a great friend and a fun girl with whom to hang out. She was instrumental in helping me find a few additional models to shoot.

I haven't seen her in about 8 years, but we still exchange the occasional e-mail. I don't think she's modeling any more at all, but if she ever came back out to Oregon to visit, I'd certainly ask her to shoot with me again.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Pinup Day 2

Continuing with our Christmas Pinup countdown, I'd like you to meet Alija. I started working with Alija back in early summer when she started with my Sword and Chains project. Since then, we've done three additional shoots together (Women in Chains, Barefoot Glamour and Sword & Sorcery). We shot this at the end of our Sword & Sorcery shoot for a bit of fun.

Alija is great to work with and also a fun conversationalist. She has some great poses and seems to be naturally adept with moving her body for the camera.

Since she's a trained beautician and stylist, I'm never quite sure what I'm going to get from her hair when we shoot, but that's part of the fun of shooting with her.  Indeed, for her Barefoot Glamour shoot, she sported a mohawk for a portion of the shoot and we used wigs for the remainder.

I'm looking forward to our future shoots together. I'm sure she'll make a great fairy for my Fae in Us All project. What do you think? Earth Fairy?

A Fitting End to a Fun Shoot

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Countdown

There's just a few days left until Christmas. Over the years, I've had fun shooting various lovely ladies at Christmas time, so I thought I would share some of those images with you all as we wend our way toward the holiday. So, everyday from now until Christmas I'll post a set of images celebrating the sexy season.

Today we're starting with the lovely Krisa, with whom I've worked with several times over the last couple of years. In fact, Krisa did her first nude shoot with me, as my Danse Fairy, in 2008. Since then we've done several fun shoots and we took these shots in the studio just within the last couple of weeks.

Krisa is always fun to shoot and she does a great job with her hair and makeup. That's always a plus for a shoot. She's got a great "I'll try anything once" attitude and she's always willing to help me pack gear after the shoot. As you can see from the shot below, she's got some enviable "talents."
Candy Cane Fun