Monday, September 29, 2014

Flat photo

This is another image from our mountain shoot in New Mexico. I was trying to use some very basic rules of composition, which I did not have a very good understanding of yet. I tried to fill the frame but did not capture what I was expecting. This photo features descent side lighting and the parallel flow of Shannon’s arms and the nearby foothills works very well. The most notable part of the photo is the contrast of texture. The smooth lines of the model to the rugged surrounds really make her figure pop to the viewer’s eye. There are a lot of potential fixes to this image. The easiest and most notable would have been to have the model twist toward the light source while bending down a bit more. This would have placed a triangle of light on her breast and a little patch of light on her right butt cheek giving a little more depth and eye appeal to the photo.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Madrid, New Mexico

Just a short fifteen days after my first shoot we, my family, had a trip set to visit my parents in New Mexico. Prior to leaving I posted a few ads online looking for models to work with during our stay. I was able to find two interested in shooting with me. My wife and I traveled to Madrid, an old coal mining town, to meet one of the models I had confirmed for a shoot on the nearby coal tailings. We set to meet at The Mine Shaft Tavern est 1899 which is a local hot spot. During our meeting the amateur model stated it was too cold to shoot and we parted ways. Disappointed I asked my wife if she would be willing to give modeling a try. Shannon had always wanted to model but never got the opportunity. Now the chance was staring her in the face and she decided to give it a go. It was after a few photos I knew I had married the best women in the world and now had a new muse. We had so much fun together and still work together as photographer & model as well as photographer & assistant to this day. It has become our way of getting away from it all and spending quality time together. Shannon has gone on to be a very popular local figure model and has worked with some really talented photographers. It has been a fun journey.

In this first image I was concentrating on the rule of thirds as well as the contrast of texture. The thing that made this photo stick out to me was the beam of sun that by chance illuminated Shannon's left nipple.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wrapping up my first shoot

Today I would like to show a few more photos from that first shoot so many moons ago. I did not have a working knowledge of photoshop at that time and was just playing around with presets. One of them was a negative preset which I really enjoyed. I think the color image is better but the tattoo in the negative image really pops and draws my eye to it. The first two images feature Little Liz and the last image is of J.R. Both models were photographed in Fulshear, Texas in 2008 by JW Purdy.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Luckiest shot

Here is another lucky shot from my first shoot back in March of 2008. This was the best image I captured for several months to come. I accidentally stumbled into a very well composed image with this one. The image features strong use of the rule of thirds, which I knew nothing about at the time as well as several strong geometric shapes. There are several implied triangles, which help to lead the viewer’s eye. The image is also strengthened due to the fact it is implied nudity which tends to make the viewer construct the unseen with the minds eye. Again it was a very lucky shot. Model: J.R. by JW Purdy in Fulshear Texas.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is a shot from my very first shoot. I had only owned a DSLR for about a week and had not practiced very much with it. I got lucky with the composition and the camera settings. I symmetry is broken by many details however I feel the model looking to camera left is the most eye catching element of the image yet balanced by the visible part of her tattoo. This image features model: Little Liz by ©JW Purdy