It was a day of playing in the dunes and tide pools to avoid beachgoers in their trucks out to fish.
nude in nature
This one time with Danny Wolf
Alycia loves her some furniture.
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.
As the weather warms up the closer to the beach I get and the many beautiful forms that want to follow me there. The freedom of the openness, warm water, warm sun, warm sand...you get the idea. Then there is the sound of the water. Such a beautiful, soothing, healing sound. Soon, Lord Neptune, soon.
On 3/14 Elexa finished another lap around the sun and she has the glorious legs to show for it. Another year, another birthday shoot. No Cedar Island this year. Mother Nature was being quite crabby so our plan is to go up there on my birthday in July. Plus it will be warmer. Till then...
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.
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.
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.
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.
My studio of choice is Mother Earth. When given a choice I'd rather shoot outdoors.
My motivation for this is that I want to create images I'd want to hang on my wall.
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.
On occasion you meet someone that moves their body with such style and grace upon viewing the final images it almost brings you to tears. Sheila was one of those occasions.
Her body made such beautiful lines. This is going to be a fun set to take in the darkroom to print.