By chance I stumbled upon a model who lives just down the road from me, well not literally on the same street, but certainly less than a very short car journey away. So I arranged a short 2 hour shoot to see how we got on, some of the edits from that shoot you can see below. Let me know your thoughts…
I don’t tend to do many TF (Time For) shoots, where both parties give their time for the output, as I often find that the images taken during such sessions are saleable so it makes no commercial sense not to organise the session as a paid shoot in the first instance. However, as ever there are exceptions to that rule and often when it involves trying out equipment, ideas and/or incorporating a lot of suspension bondage work then I opt for TF, providing both parties are in agreement. The time taken to rig and de-rig can limit the content that you can cover during a session, so too fatigue that the model encounters with strenuous ties and positions, so a TF session takes the commercial pressure off the session and allows you to have a free rein.
A model called Gestalta contacted me via Facebook wanting to know if I would like to shoot some shots for her as she does quite a few exhibitions and demonstrations of shibari rigging and did not have any good images of her performances. Trying to get good images during an onstage performance is very difficult as lighting, background and the ability to direct the action are all against you. I’d worked with Gestalta before back in 2009 so she was familiar with my work and I hers, although I was not aware she had become so involved in the rigging and shibari demonstration and exhibition scene. I was happy to go with the TF session as it would be trying out ideas and using rope work extensively throughout the session. For me I’d just had a re-organisation of the studio to give me more width specifically to shoot suspension and want to see how that worked out, as well as shoot some video content for a showreel which I’d not done too well at in the past. I was also keen to expand on one of my underlying themes that I keep returning to of bondage and ballet, a theme I’d first shot with Joceline back in March 2007. Below are some of the images that we took during the session, rigging was a joint affair, or Gestalta or me doing the rigging.
Two new books available featuring my photography
Just released are two new books, both of which feature my photography along with other leading photographers from around the world.
The Best of International Nudes Photography III
NUDES3: The Best Of International Nudes Photography III collects the best of
contemporary nudes photography on ca. 700 packed pages. The book showcases a
wealth of new material, and a great variety of different approaches and aesthetics.
From the tastefully restrained to the straightforwardly erotic – NUDES3 presents the
entire range of current nudes photography.
Format: 125 mm x 125 mm
ca. 700 pages, ca. 600 images
HC, with padding
This lavish collection takes you on an exciting journey into the realm of the imagination. In “Fetish Fantasies” numerous prestigious photographers from all around the globe present their own interpretation of fetish photography. Regardless if it’s BDSM, leather and lace, roleplay or romantic glorification – the imagination knows no boundaries. The result is an exciting and inspiring visual trip that proves that imagination is the foundation of all eroticism.
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Format: 125 x 125 mm
672 Pages, ca. 1 Kg
HC, with Padding
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Some of my work sold exclusively by PurePossesion.com can be found here:
The following article was taken from Clover’s blog which I’ve re-produced in full with her permission. The original post can be found http://kinkyclover.com/index.php/2012/08/29/lighting-lesson-with-john-tisbury/
Lighting Lesson with John Tisbury
Last week I had my very first official lighting lesson with John Tisbury, I have had help from some very talented friends and mentors such as China Hamilton, Paul Alexander, David Lawrence and Tim Rosier who all have very different styles and approaches to photography. This was my very first proper lighting tuition. I have to say it was worth it and can not recommend learning from John Tisbury enough. I was expecting to learn a few things but I learnt much more than I ever anticipated, even how to get sharper images.
It was a challenge as I am not used to directing art nude models but I had Lizzie Spritz working with me for the day and even though this is a first for her too (art nude) I think she did exceptionally well and worked hard throughout the shoot.
The options for the day were to work in his studio for the day or work in mine. To show John exactly what I was working with from space and equipment limitations to lack of lighting knowledge. John was wonderful, I have modelled for him quite a few times but I was nervous having such a great photographer watching me work, particularly given everything I do is pretty much made up and done because it simply looks good to my eye.
John began by asking me to set up my lights how I usually would, so I did, he then went on to explain a bit about the lighting I was using and how to create some different effects and looks with it. For most of the day Lizzie was standing straight for the images, as I wanted to see exactly where the light was falling the what we were creating, towards the end of the day we got more creative and think we got some great images.
I learned how to created different lighting effects which I would usually create in post production, so this day has reduced my editing significantly, increased the quality of my images hopefully and given me much more to work with.
If you are looking to learn more about light, I highly recommend learning from John Tisbury, who is an excellent teacher, patient and explains things very well while allowing the student to explore a bit on their own. I would really recommend booking John for a day or attending one of his highly sought after lighting classes.
Clover X x
For those of you with a great memory you will remember I spoke at the first Eroticon held in 2012 and what a great success that day was. Boosted by the success of this event it’s back and this time for a whole weekend!
So what is Eroticon?
Eroticon is the UK’s only conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers. 2012 was the inaugral year and 2013 will be bigger and better.
If you are sex writer, blogger, editor, publisher, journalist, performer or artist Eroticon 2013 will be the networking event of the year. Meet with like minded people and leading voices of the erotic industries, make new contacts and learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment.
Eroticon 2013 will be a two day event held in London and will play host to a weekend of inspiring, sexy and creative sessions to help you write sex right.
To find out what other speakers and events are on over the weekend have a look at the website. From here you can also order your tickets http://eroticon.writesexright.com/
Date: Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March
Location: Coin Street neighbourhood centre, 108 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH
I’m planning to be exhibiting some of my work at the London Fetish Weekend on Saturday 6th October 2012 during the daytime, so if you fancy dropping by and saying hi, it would be great to see you. I will have a range of prints, canvases, books and Giclée prints for sale.
The London Fetish Weekend is in its 5th year, their website says the following about the event:
‘Five years on and once again the London Fetish Weekend is ready to show the world what kink is all about. Tickets are on sale now and with weekend tickets at just £60 you can go to the ball (and everything else)! The fun and kink-packed weekend offers something for everyone from play parties, kinky drinks and eats, kinky shopping and of course the big fetish dance and play party.’
Location: Slimelight Club, 7 Torrens Street, Islington, London, ECV1 1NQ
Date: Saturday 6th October, noon – 6:oopm
More about the weekend here: http://www.londonfetishweekend.com/
I’m speaking at Eroticon on Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Bristol, so I thought it was time to pull together some ideas and thoughts for the content of what I’m going to talk about. This article is two fold, firstly it will help me to pull my ideas together and to make sure I cover everything and secondly the structure and approach may help others if you’ve been asked to do a similar thing, e.g. give a talk or lecture.
The audience will be sex bloggers. Who I hear you say. Yes that’s right sex bloggers; people who write, blog or enthuse about sex. Be they Journalists, Writers, Publishers, Reviewers, PR people or Marketeers. They all have one thing in common which is they are all involved, directly or indirectly, with writing about sex in one form or another.
I have 60 minutes to talk about photography, which is not very long at all. So it needs to be interesting, informative, fun and hopefully interactive. For this duration of talk I need to cover about 4 to 5 topic areas, any more and I won’t do them justice, any less and they could become labored and may not be of interest to some of the audience. If you have a mixture of topics then some people will find at least a couple of them interesting if not all of them.
To inform an audience of mainly non-photographers, how to take better photos of themselves, their partners or products they are writing about without the need to buy expensive photographic equipment.
Ruby Kiddell contacted me asking if I’d be interested in talking at Eroticon. What sort of talk did you have in mind I asked. ‘Well many people want to know how to take better pictures of themselves, their partner or things they are writing about, product reviews for example’ she explained. Count me in I said I’d love to talk on that subject, and so the session was booked.
Okay, so know your audience is one of the key things, especially to be effective in these short sessions. I’ve been doing research on the other speakers, as well as looking at the work of Ruby and her fellow professional, so I’ve a good idea about the audience. In a nutshell, I’m wanting to help people improve their picture taking without having to spend loads of money, or better still any money, or become techno geeks in the process. Simple tips, ideas and techniques is the name of the game.
Below I’ve jotted down a list of my ideas so far, it’s not in any sort of order, as I said earlier I’m using this list as a brainstorming session on a whiteboard. Some of the ideas will hit the cutting room floor, others will spark of additional ideas, others will form the greater part of the session content. I will be adding to this list over the coming days…
- Self timers
- Gorilla pod
- Light tent for product shots
- White Balance settings
- Improving on camera flash
- white bounce
- Tin foil bounce
- Devices to support camera
- Poor examples verse improved examples
- Self-taken shots at arms length
- Do’s and Don’ts
- Top Tips
- 10 ways to improve your photographs
- Show examples of poor verses improved images using data projector
- Camera phones – the reality
- Point and shoot cameras
- Lighting on a budget
To find out more about Eroticon 2012 visit the website
I booked KatyCee for a weekend shoot, one day was for her to be our model on one of my tuition days, which she did with much expertise and empathy with the delegates. The second day we got to shoot – which was excellent. I love working with KatyCee as she is an awesome model with great moves, emotion, ideas and creativity. Below are some of the shots we took, they are all lit with my new LightTools Soft Egg Crates fitted to a pair of Elinchrom 50×130 softboxes , this whole setup I am falling in love with. They are so controllable and give a wonderful light source, well I’ll let you all judge for yourselves.
Katy has updated her blog too and it can be found here: A box of Frogs
I set myself a little challenge the other day. I booked a model called Roxy whose maximum levels are implied nude. So armed with this information I wanted to see if I could still shoot around my normal style and still create some erotic, sensual and provocative images. I hope you’ll agree we managed to do this and we had a great session. Most of the images are taken using 1 or 2 Elinchrom softboxes fitted with soft egg crates from Lightools in Canada. Others were taken using ARRI 300 head with a fresnel lens fitted.