nude in nature

Cedar Island 2015

I made my first trip of the year out to Cedar Island with Alycia and Norma last week. They had been wanting to go for the longest time and they were like giddy kids at Christmas when we set up the excursion. As soon as we crossed over the bridge they said, in unison, "The road!".

We got a few shots on the marsh road. Traffic wasn't that bad but I wanted to get to the beach before the sun got too high. We got to play on my favorite tree. The horses from the ranch were out so we got as close as we could for some shots with them. 

It was a great trip and the girls had a blast. Plus being able to sunbathe fully nude was a new experience for them. Guess that's what happens when no one comes down to that end of the beach for about 3 hours.


A certain level of understanding

Not everyone I work with is comfortable in their skin. Some don't see themselves as beautiful, feminine or attractive. There is one attribute I feel that the majority want or are looking for is confidence. 

 

Deanna, Hasselblad 500CM, Ilford HP5+ 

Deanna, Hasselblad 500CM, Ilford HP5+ 

That ability to look in the mirror and say "I got this" or "Screw them, I'm fabulous" but society and our peers have a wicked way of beating some of us into submission. Trying to help someone in that situation is never easy and never a quick fix. 

 

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Being told you're different can have bad connotations but that's what makes us unique and life less boring. We are sponges from the day we are born till the day die and we all see beauty differently. We are beautiful to some and not all and that's ok. 

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Yggdrasil's Child

It's pretty cool when you collaborate with someone for awhile you start to anticipate what the other is thinking or wants.

J and I were scouting around this park looking for spots to play at when we came across this tree. Before I could say anything she's already running for the tree peeling her clothes off. A quick check for creepy crawly things and she already knew the pose she wanted. Funny thing is that if she hadn't have done it I would have told her to.

Wide Open Spaces

My studio of choice is Mother Earth. When given a choice I'd rather shoot outdoors.

Erin "Sol Searching"

Erin "Sol Searching"

My motivation for this is that I want to create images I'd want to hang on my wall. 

Mikki "Chamelon"

Mikki "Chamelon"

Pascale "Desert Queen"

Pascale "Desert Queen"

Watching the women I photograph interact with nature is a treat as well. For some it was their first time being nude outdoors. Many have expressed a feeling of freedom they've never felt before and crave to experience it more.

Elexa "Flip"

Elexa "Flip"