DUAC 2016 & a Dark Waters post

Dancers Unite has come and gone this year, I look forward to more of it next year.  Check out the fun we had here, and make sure next time you join us!

I can't believe I never got around to posting my prior shoot with the lovely and stunning Voxy Shaw.  I've been swamped to say the least.  Make sure you're keeping up with the Dark Waters series because I usually post there.  I neglect the blog, I'm a horrible person.  But Voxy isn't!  The images speak for themselves, enjoy some dark waters!

7.6.16 - Sydney in the pool - PG-13

I've been busy.  That's an understatement.  Moving into a new house has kept me busy.  I've gotten a shoot or two in though, and a wedding coming up I'm excited about.  I've also got more of Jacklyn & Dave's amazing wedding.  I have some amazing shoots planned as well and some collaborations with people I adore.  But first, some great images of one of my fave faves: Sydney.  These images are hot, thankfully we had the pool to keep us cool.

Sydney @ Atlanta Photoworks Boudoir 3.6.16 - possibly NSFW

First, a disclaimer:  This post has some slightly racy imagery at the end.  Boudoir or implied photography can border on PG-13 to R.  I think we're somewhere in the middle here, but to be on the safe side I'm considering this shoot NSFW.  But I'm extremely proud of this work, which is outside my normal vision.  Maybe that's why I like it, it's fun to stretch yourself.

I don't typically shoot boudoir or implied anything.  I turn down more paid boudoir work than about anything else (sometimes to interesting and crazy results, but that's another story), simply because it's on the outside edge of my wheelhouse.  Don't get me wrong, I love those styles of photography and follow many great artists that create it.  Their work is amazing and I'll constantly refer people to them.  But it doesn't mean I'm not gonna try!

I love a challenge that's creative, and I typically will do that when I have a partner in crime that I can gel with.  If I'm going to do boudoir photography or implied photography, it's about creating art.  The process is as important as the product when you're dealing with something vulnerable, sometimes controversial.  If the product, the process, or the partner isn't worth the time and effort, then there isn't a point.  Sydney is one of those partners that makes the point.

Sydney is attempting to build a career as an alternative model in an industry and time that are remarkably still very detrimental to women.  That she would be able to bare her soul, be vulnerable, and take that risk is incredibly brave.  She's gotten a bit of flack online because people on social media tend to push towards their worst versions of themselves.  People hate or denigrate what they often can't do.  That online lack of fundamental kindness is creeping into how we treat each other offline.  Maybe one day as a society we'll have a more mature sensibility towards art and the human form.  Maybe we'll even treat each other like human beings, complicated, brilliant, beautiful, flawed, brave.  I hope so, because this to me is a thing of beauty.

Brett & Rachael @ The Tree Room - 10.11.15

Just in time for Halloween is a series of pictures I shot one fun Sunday with two of my friends and frequent muses.  Brett, Rachael and I had a free afternoon and a lead on a good location.  I'd just gotten a cheap smoke machine off Amazon Gold deals that I'd wanted to try out, so we figured we'd mix it all and have some fun.  

Huey Lewis & the News - Back in Time

I get general ideas when it comes to a shoot, colors I want to try, overall looks and feeling for a shoot, and sometimes poses.  But when shooting with others, work with models, couples, or events, I enjoy capturing the moment and moving with the flow.  I'd classify myself as a documentary-style photographer over a traditional pose and placement photographer.  I think it's personally much more engaging and creates real images when you try to capture the moments as they happen instead of forcing your own editorial voice on someone else's moments. 

But in portraits and studio style shoots like this, there's not that editorial voice, it's just straight up collaboration.  And I love working with others to build a shoot that isn't just my voice but my partners' as well.  Hope you enjoy!