Carly. (NSFW)

For old times sake.

Carly has seen my photography literally when I first started. I use to attend the Art Institute of San Antonio to get a bachelors in photography. I've met some amazing people there, some that will be friends for life, Carly is one of them. She was always there to help me from the very beginning, in both portraiture and nudes.  Any time I had an idea she was willing to help and this time we both had the same idea and put them together. What has always attracted me to fine art nudes is how real they can be, theres nothing left but the person and who they are. There is no clothes to judge how their life is or isn't, theres only the true, natural raw beauty and this is my interpretation of nude beauty shots and I love how real these feel, you just get lost in her eyes and her being nude comes second and it's these types of images that fulfill me. These are the images we created together.

Gear: Sony A7ii with the 28-70mm lens and both profoto d1's 

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Adios Color! (NSFW)

Getting away from color photography.

A lot of new and old is coming into play here. When I first started attending photography school I was in love with the fine art side of photography, I still am, but, I remember I wanted to do nothing but black and white photography. Then I discovered the fashion side, then came commercial, boudoir, senior, etc. I got a little lost in the photography world that I ended up for the most part sticking to color.

Now that I'm exploring and discovering my style and preference I want to go back to shooting primarily in black and white at least for a good while. I want to refocus on what made me fall in love with photography in the first place. What occurred was a sense that I needed to produce images I thought people would love to see. However, I started losing myself and knew it was time to create for myself.

This set I did with Isabel is my segway into exploring the art of b&w photography once again. We used Holi Paint to go out with a colorful bang and this same set is when I did the switch to black and white. 

 

For this shoot I used my Sony a7II with my 28-70mm lens and for my lighting I had two Profoto D1 Air 500. I placed my large Fotodiox Pro Softbox 32x48 on my main light, which was set up camera right and an umbrella on the second, behind me, over my head.

Gear used for this shoot.

Gear used for this shoot.

"All of these are affiliate links. If you're interested in purchasing any of the items I used for this shoot please feel free to use these links for it will help support this shoot!" 

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

I'm not 100% sure if I'll stick to black and white, but I know everything finally feels right and I will continue to stick to my gut, whether people like it or not. I want to focus on my art first and foremost. Like several quotes I've heard, "When you try to please everyone, you will please no one, so please yourself first."

 

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 50mm

Sony A7II 1/125th f8 iso 100 50mm

To wrap everything up, I'm sticking to black and white for personal/social media work. If someone hires me to shoot in color, of course I will! However, for the most part I'd love to stick to black and white, until my gut tells me to go back to color.

Thanks for reading to the end! I will definitely be posting once a week, but that being said I will post as frequently as I can. Heres the link to my full photography gear https://kit.com/leonbluestudios/photography-kit which as also affiliate links, anything you purchase from this link will help immensely! Thank you -Mike.