Ashley. Te amo. (NSFW)

Well, at least that’s what here tattoo says haha. This was my first time working with Ashley Tejeda and I must say she did an amazing job, I’m in love with the images we got!

This was also my first time doing bare bulb lighting, it’s a little different with Profoto heads because the bulb isn’t exactly exposed, it’s behind a frosted glass which is what made want to give it a try and I have to admit, I really liked the lighting. For the most part I use to hate seeing harsh lighting, but now I understand the appeal!

As I was telling Ashley during the shoot, I want to go back to being a photographer and not a retoucher. I hated myself with how much time I’d spend on editing an image or thinking that I “had” to edit an image. I don’t want to make it look as if I had to retouch the girls to make them look good, I want to women that they look amazing without photoshop. So now my retouching is just that, retouching, now I work hard to give the images a look as if there was no retouching done. I am now focusing on taking pictures of people being real, not extra posey or over doing anything just simple, original, authentic and raw beauty with a hint of sexy. In my eyes women are gods (or whatever your belief is) most perfect/imperfect design, only reason why I say imperfect is because we can bleed, die, hurt and break, and well I to photograph the beauty and turn into my art. So I’ll go as far as the people are willing to go with me as far as showing their bodies and expressing their femininity and Ashley allowed me to both push the limit and show her and who she is as much as possible and I thank her for that. These are the images we created.

 

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 28-70mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

 Sony A7II 1/125th f7.1 ISO 100 50mm

First full black and white shoot. (NSFW)

This is one of my first full on, black and white only photo shoot. Where I set my camera to black and white and set up my lighting and posing from that starting point. Personally I've noticed a lot of black and white photography is primarily done with one light, I've been using two. I have my main profoto d1 either to the left or right of the model with my Fotodiox 4' Softbox and a second d1 behind me high above and over my head with an umbrella, I'm thinking about adding a third light as a hair light to get that more cinematic 3 light look. 

This is Estephania, this is her first shoot exploring herself and her comfortability. We first did a simple white over the shoulder sweater with no bra on so she can get the feel of being somewhat topless and not show anything. Then we gradually moved on to completely topless and we used her hair to further cover her and help her feel more comfortable. She did amazing for her first implied nude shot and these are the results of that shoot.

My father passes away when I was around 9 years old so growing up my mother, aunt and grandmother were basically the ones who raised me. My grandfather and uncle were never to fond of me so the never really engaging in my life, also my dad's side of the family stopped talking to me when I was around 12 so I never really had much family growing up and it was difficult for me to want to socialize. The little family I did have always spent Thanksgiving and Christmas making fun of my height and weight and as a result from it I felt very self-conscious just for being alive, I would always feel alone and like I didn't matter. When I turned 21 I switched gears, I needed to care and love myself without the approval of friends or family. I matter to me and that's all that is important now. When my mindset changed so did my confidence in being myself and talking to people. I feel that because those 3 women were basically the only family and people who cared about me, I now predominately photograph women, I want to do for my clients what my little family did for me. To show them they are beautiful, they are awesome, they do matter and it's an amazing feeling to watch them come out of the session with so much confidence in themselves. That what I do this for, to show how beautiful they truly are and don't even need something like clothes do define them, just their character and their soul which is also why I shoot more on the implied/nude side when I can, to really show them.

Gear: Camera - Sony A7II Lenses - 28-70mm and a 50mm prime. Lighting 2 Profoto D1 Air 500 Light meter Sekonic Light meter 

 

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 70MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 35MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 35MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM

Sony A7ii 1/125th f8 ISO 100 50MM