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Oct 17, 2006

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About Me

I've  been a working professional in the photographic field for many years. I have a Photography degree from  “The School of Visual Arts” in New York City. I moved from NYC to Toronto in 2003.

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At this point, I'm only working on my "Fine Art Nude Portraits" portfolio. I'm seeking professional, Experienced models only. I prefer to work with models that are all "natural", and I'm only interested in Fine Art Work. I would especially like to work with a female body builder, and get some shots of women with Tattoo's. If you'd like to work with me and you're just starting out, then I will consider a collaboration. I work a full-time job, so I have very limited time for shooting, so when I do put together a shoot, I need it too go off without a hitch, and get great results.  I'm planning on having a serious gallery show of my work, as well as putting together a hard covered book. Please make sure to check out my website. Below is an interview I did about my Nude Work.
1. What is the most important part of shooting an artistic nude? For me it’s getting at least one great image, I usually end up with way more than I can even edit, but as long as I have one really amazing shot from each shoot I’m happy. On a second level it’s connecting with my subject, I like to think of my nude work as “Nude Portraits”.
What kind of lighting is your favorite? Why? I like to keep my lighting as simple as possible, so for that, I’ve tried to keep setup the same type of lighting for most of my shoots. If you notice I mainly use 1 light, I use the Elinchrom Rotalux 175CM Octa as my main light source, and it creates a beautiful soft light that is perfect for highlighting the body’s shape and form. I also use a silver reflector to fill in shadows. This lighting is used for what I like to call “Nude Portraits”, when I shoot bodyscapes, I use a single head with a 40-degree grid, and aim it at the body to create depth and shadow. Also fill in with a single silver reflector. Simple lighting works best, and 1 light is closest to what we see every day when we walk outside and were lit by the sun.
2. How do you approach posing your models? I work mainly with professional art models that specialize in Artistic nudes, they either approach me, or I find them through Modelmayhem or Instagram. Most of them are quite amazing at posing, but I what I like to do is setup mood boards on Pinterest of poses that I like, and then I show them to the models and we use this as somewhat of a guide to posing that we should try, we usually end up with something completely different, but it is a great starting place.
3. How do you approach an artistic nude shoot? I like it to be about the subject, I tell each model before we begin, that they should think about this as a Nude Portrait, I’m trying to capture them, I’m never really sure when this moment happens, but it always does. You just kind of know when you’ve got the shot. I also give direction to them that they should try to feel the light, and I will give them direction as we’re shooting.
4. Can you give our readers some tips for shooting artistic nudes? Absolutely # 1 is always respect your subject, and find out what they’re comfortable doing before you start shooting. Some models will only shoot implied nudes, which means they don’t want to show off any private parts, and some models are totally open. Discuss this with them either when you’re first setting up the shoot, or before you begin shooting. #2 While shooting never touch your subject, and if for some reason you have to move a hair or anything, ask first. #3 Figure out what style of nudes you want to shoot before you start your session, I always look through Pinterest and put together mood boards, it helps me to plan out ideas. Sorry but at this point in I don’t think there is really anything that hasn’t been done, you just have to bring your own vision to the shoot, and looking at other work is a great starting point.
5. What is your favorite part of nude photography? For me it’s the vulnerability of the subject, being able to share that, and finding that perfect balance of the form in the sense of a portrait. One of my favorite shots is of Czech Model Kamila, when she started laughing for some reason, I cannot remember, and I caught it, and there is something about that shot that is just perfect. It shows the vulnerability of my subject, how comfortable they are being nude and in front of the camera, and their “Essence”.
6. What do you think having eye contact with the image adds? I think that Eye contact adds to the connection with your subject, if you’re able to get a really great shot that has eye contact, it shows the subject is trusting in you and is allowing you to see a very private side of themselves.
7. Why do you often convert the images to black and white? I actually shoot all of my images in “Black and White” in the camera, I shoot RAW, but I have B&W mode turned on in my camera, I use a Fuji X-T2, for most of my recent work, and just love the ACROS Red filter. Black and white, allows me to see the texture, and shape of the lighting, without being distracted by color, it becomes all about the light, and how it works with the body. It also creates a great mood, and I feel really makes a great “Fine Art” image.

Credit Notes

Sienna Hayes MM # 2601467
Muirina Fae MM # 2601871
Olivia Preston MM # 2996021
Kaitlin Chapple MM # 1047758
Brennan MM # 1062651
Blanca Brooke MM # 1083462
Bree Addams MM # 1668548
Celeste Lady MM # 3868276
Dana Tartau MM # 875079
Kelleth Cuthbert  MM # 428186
Kassandra Love MM # 534380
Pamela Mars  MM # 728
Kamila Moravcova MM #2490663
Kehli G  MM #2998132
Fredau H. MM #1379005
Bree Walker  MM # 2831511
Messina Salter-Stylist MM #2102199
Andrea Kertesz MM # 583055
Vanessa MM # 96303

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