Hello? Are you There?

It’s been about four months since my big manifesto post and I’ve not posted anything since.  I felt I probably should explain a bit.  After that manifesto I first took some time off to kind of clear my head.  As I said in that manifesto I was going to look at moving back toward artistic nude style work.  I’d learned pretty early that the number of models in this area willing and comfortable doing nudes is limited.  I knew this change of focus would reduce my pool of potential models and was okay with that. 

The problem has been that I’ve just had an amazing number of shoots not come to pass over the last two months.  I’ve had many shoots scheduled since the first of December and not a one of them came to pass.  In truth though I’ve had more frustrations than good results since back in May of last year.  That’s not to say I haven’t had some great experiences and worked with some great models, but those unfortunately have been few and far between.

Monday a model that I’d scheduled to shoot with didn’t show up with no warning and no reply to my query to her.  It’s left me frustrated and for the first time a little angry.  Usually I shrug and write it off as a lesson learned about the model, but for some reason this one irritated me more than normal.  There was nothing special about the model and she didn’t seem more talented or more beautiful and there is

My initial thought when writing this was to post her profiles to warn others, but that fell like being petty.  In the end I’m just going to chalk it up as another flaky model and move on.

If you’re a model in East Tennessee or coming through East Tennessee who is interested or poses nude and is reliable enough to actually show up and interested in working together let me know.  I’m beginning to wonder if anyone like that actually exists anymore.

Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going?

I’ve not posted in a while, once since August 1 and that was almost a test post on something just too odd not to share.  What’s even more unusual is that I’ve not shot that much over the last month.  In fact unless a possible shoot on the 30th comes about, I will not have taken a single photograph this month.  In fact I’ve only done one shoot since that last entry and that one was just a few days later.  It was a great shoot with two models that I’ve worked with before, though not together.  I enjoyed it and got some great photos from it.

I fully expected to take a pause for a bit after that shoot as I had a trip out of town followed by a very hectic period in my “real” job.  I figured that I’d be back well before the end of the month.  Then, some things happened.  Some were related to photography and some related to my personal life.  There were broken promises and lies.  There was even a bit of betrayal.  There had been some good things for me this summer, but also a few painful ones and some stressful moments.

Finally I’d just reached a point where picking up the camera didn’t seem like the most fun idea.  In fact I struggled through to finish processing photos that I still owed some models from the last few weeks because I just didn’t have any enthusiasm.  It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy photography, it was more like I just wasn’t enjoying what I was doing.

I’ve not enjoyed my work as much this year.  I’ve shot more than ever and accomplished some ideas that I’ve wanted to do.  The problem is that most of the best work from this summer I couldn’t show here because when I started I made the decision to keep the site PG-13.  I don’t think that was a good choice.  I do all kinds or work, but I came into photography from sketching and drawing nudes and truly that’s where my interest lies.  I might get paid more to take a senior photo type portrait, but in the end I want to create art that I’m proud of and my passion there truly lies in the nude.  By denying those on this site, I think I’m leaving out an important part of myself and my work.

In the end I decided to take some time off.  One good thing about the fact that I don’t make my living as a photographer is that I have that option, to just not do it for a while.  It helps to clear the mind and I’ve done it before.  The last time I did it I decided to focus more on my non-nude work.  I think I may have gone too far in that direction though.  Go to Hugh MacLeod’s page about his book Ignore Everyone: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity (which I have sitting next to me half read right now and recommend).  Read item #7 under Keep Your Day Job (it’s number eight in the book) on the Sex & Cash theory.  In short you have two kinds of work, the sexy, creative kind (sex) and the kind that pays the bills (cash).  I have a good full time job that gives me a bit of both.  I do other side work for the cash part.  I need photography to feed that creative side.

So I’m going to change my direction a bit.

  • I’m going to focus more on nude work, especially artistic nudes, but will still will do the other things.  I’m looking for balance.
  • I’m going to contact some models that I enjoyed working with and not worked with in a while
  • I’m going to go back to some projects that I’d put on hold waiting for people who didn’t deliver
  • I’m going to ignore the assholes

This web site isn’t going away.  I’m not sure where it will end up right now.  It may lose the PG-13 rating and start showing more skin.  I have another domain name that I picked up for one of the projects I abandoned when the model I’d hoped to work with it on basically bailed on me after rescheduling more times that I ever should have put up with.  It might become the nude site and I leave this one PG-13.  This is a work in progress, but I don’t think things are going to be quiet or boring for a while.

It’s Going to be an Odd Day

Your know it’s going to be an odd day when you get home from work and at the house next door you see two people standing on the roof of the storage shed with a bow shooting at a target a lot closer to the house than I’d ever feel comfortable with.  I’m just glad I had a garage between me and them.  The aluminum ladder was a particularly nice touch.

Back to August

It’s been a rough week.  My trip out of town at the end of last week was a littel more stressful than one would like and then I come back and almost immediately have a family emergency to deal with.  Everything is fine now, but I think I’ve undone all the stress relief the vacation brought me.

I did have a nice shoot with a model today that I’d rescheduled with after we’d had to postpone a few months back.  Not much that I’ll be able to post to the blog as I’m trying to keep it PG-13 and most of the work were nudes, but I’ll probably have something.  Of course between the vacation and other events of the week I’m quite a bit behind on my photos, including shoots that I did while on my vacation, but should be able to get some things online later in the week.

Is Living up to a Commitment Too Much to Ask?

Sorry, but I need to vent here.  I had a location for a shoot this afternoon where I’m staying for a few days.  When I’d booked it three weeks ago, I specifically asked permission to use it for some photography and made no secret about the type of photography that I do.  I checked in yesterday and asked a few questions so my shoot would be as smooth as possible and cause no disruptions.

So this morning I get a knock on my door from the owner and he’s decided that he’s not comfortable with the shoot.  I respect that this is his place and if he’s not comfortable with this type of work I can respect, if not agree, with that.  But the time to tell me this is not three hours before the shoot, but when I booked or at least a few days before.  It put me in a rather bad spot with little hope of finding an alternative spot and if I did, a significant chance that I’d never get in touch with everyone involved in time.  We finally come to an agreement where he grudgingly lets me do the shoot as planned so long as I promised to be discreet (as though I planned to have naked women dancing next to the road) and not mention the place in any way.  So I will not mention the place with the photos.  Or anywhere else including to friends.

I understand that not everyone approves of nude and lingerie type photography, but I also think one should live up to an agreement once it’s made.  Keeping your word is an old fashion value too.

Update:

Just because it’s going to be that kind of day, one of the models didn’t show up, no warning and no contact, just didn’t show up after sending me an email late last night confirming she’d be here.  I understand that a model working TF* flakes out once in a while, but why would a model being paid not show up?  So I had to dump my idea and improvise on the fly along with the crap from this morning.  It’s days like this that make me want to put all my photography stuff up on eBay and start painting mountains.

Good Hiking Software for Windows Mobile Phone?

I had a good shoot over the weekend.  I hope to get some photos posted from it later this week, but my schedule is hectic so it may take longer.

I have an outdoor shoot tomorrow afternoon and I’m debating between two locations, both waterfalls.  One, Sill Branch Falls, I’ve visited and shot at before.  The other I’ve not and part of me wants to go there tomorrow for that reason.  I may let the model decide given there is a decent difference in the hiking distance of the two.

Doing more outdoor shoots, along with generally getting out and hiking more, has me thinking of getting a GPS for these treks.  I’m pretty good at keeping my bearings and stay to the trails, but it still seems a good idea to take advantage of the technology that’s there.  I thought of buying a dedicated GPS for hiking, but then remembered that my HTC Fuze mobile phone has a pretty good GPS since the update that came out early this month (before that it was almost unusable).  The question is does anyone know of good software for the Windows Mobile platform designed for hiking?

Sorry for the Quiet Stretch, but Things are Coming

A combination of some cancelations and weather has left me with fewer shoots over the last couple of weeks that I’d expected so sorry for the lack of updates.  Somehow I didn’t think anyone would want to see a bunch of posts saying either “It’s raining/storming so I’ve had to reschedule my outdoor shoot today” or “The model for my shoot today canceled/rescheduled on me today.”  It always seems that these run in batches, so hopefully I’m through with a batch.  My next shoot is scheduled for Saturday so hopefully I’ll have some things to write about then.

Be looking for a tutorial on shooting silhouette photos in a studio setup that will be on the site later this week.