Shooting with Mya and Changes in Nature

Mya Matthews in SwimsuitFor my shoot with Mya Matthews back on Saturday I decided to head to an old favorite location.  This location was the one that I’d mentioned in my post about the storms in late April where the storms had been particularly strong and at least one tornado had touched down.  I’d last been there in mid-April, a couple weeks before the storms, and knew there would still be signs of the storm.  But I was surprised at the destruction still visible.  On the drive there I saw a metal roof on a house that looked like like someone used a giant can opener on it.  I saw several buildings that had been destroyed to the foundation.  The most striking was a home where only part of one wall and the foundation remained, but the stove next to that wall looked so untouched that you felt you got could go up to it and fix lunch right then.

The parking area when we arrived was more crowded than I’d liked and it was a bit later in the day than I’d hoped, but by staying off the main paths as usual we avoided seeing anyone until on our way back to the car after the end of the shoot.

Out in the woods the destruction was neither as severe or as widespread as seen on the drive there, but there were signs of the storm everywhere.  I saw dozens of trees, some more than a hundred feet high not just broken, put ripped from the ground roots and all.  Broken branches and limbs were common everywhere.  The photo to the right shows one large tree that had fallen across the trail, but leaving enough room to walk under it.

The damage only affected one location I’d planned to shoot where a small tree had fallen in the middle of a clearing and too much debris cluttered the ground around it.  Overall the shoot went well and Mya was a joy to work with and I’m hoping to get her in for one more shoot her fall schedule makes that more difficult.  While working I did find a new area that we explored a bit and I will have to go back there again soon to see if this new spot will provide some interesting images in the future.

Image at the top one a swimsuit image from the shoot with Mya.

Images from Recent Shoots with Keira and Melissa

The weather feels more like August than June right now, but after my last outdoor shoot with Keira Grant felt like February I won’t complain.  Working with Mya again tomorrow on a mix of some swimwear and outdoor nude work.  I enjoyed working with her back in March and looking forward to seeing what she can do tomorrow.

As promised looking back at the last two shoots that I’ve mentioned on the blog.  First a few images from my shoot with Melissa Troutt in mid-May (the one with the butterflies).  As usual, she did great work and I’m very happy with the images.  I could post probably half of them, but will just settle for these two at the moment.

Melissa Troutt - Melissa In the StreamMelissa Troutt Posed on a Rock

Also as mentioned before I worked with Keira Grant a few days later at the same location, though in much different weather.  For variety though I’m showing some of the indoor images from earlier in the day here.  I wanted to explore some dark, sad, and moody emotions in this set and I think that she nailed it.  Here though are two more slightly uplifting shots though including a very interesting arrangement of limbs.

Keira Grant - Reaching Beyond Your GraspKeira Grant - Pinwheel

In the next few days expect some images from the recent shoots with Xlcr Moon and Katy T along with some of my work from tomorrow’s shoot with Mya.

Announcing Uncovered Visions

Ginger-Lee-13It takes time to launch one site and getting Rural Nudes off the ground earlier this month was a marathon and took about a month longer than I’d expected.  Having done it once though makes things a bit easier the second time around.  Over the long weekend I was able to get my second web site ready to go live and would like to introduce Uncovered Visions.

IMG_0772This new site will be a place to share more of my photography and not just the handful of images I place onto this site or on my profiles at sites such as Model Mayhem or One Model Place.  You’ll see a little of everything that I shoot there.  A lot of art nudes of course, but also glamour, swimsuits, and even the occasional foray into the erotic.  It’s a place to allow me to present more of my work on a more regular basis.

Among the models that you’ll already find on Uncovered Visions are Ginger Lee, Melissa Troutt, Candle Boxx, and Delikah.  Models to come in the near future include Charlie Kristine (including the image from the previous post), Katy T, Xlcr Moon, Velocity, and Deanna Deadly.

If you’re interested in seeing what’s there, then head over and take a look.  As always I’d love to hear any feedback or thoughts on the new site.

Memories and Thoughts for a Week

IMG_1429After shooting at a hectic pace for much of May, I’ve taken the weekend off from shooting and anything photo related to the point of even putting off finishing up some images from recent shoots to enjoy a relaxed weekend.  Therefore no images from the recent shoots yet.  Coming soon though will be some images from the shoots with Melissa and Keira that I’ve already mentioned along with some thoughts and images from shoots with Xlcr Moon and Katy T.

Anyone who know me also knows that I can’t ever completely relax and do nothing.  When I try to picture myself doing so the scene always ends with an image of my head exploding.  So I’ve been able to almost finish up another web based project that will go live tomorrow similar to Rural Nudes.  Look for a post announcing it tomorrow morning, but as a sneak preview the site will be called Uncovered Visions and will be a place to feature all of my photography and not just the handful of images that I share here.

Having gotten these two projects off my plate has given me the chance to start working on something new.  It will be a little while before it’s ready to reveal, but I’m making good progress and hope it will be ready to show this summer.  I’m very excited about this one and how it appears to be shaping up.

Also some exciting things coming up in June including a chance to work with Katlyn Lacoste again and pairing two great models in some outdoor work toward the end of the month.

Again going back into the archives to pull up the above image of Brandy from a shoot a few years ago.  She was one of the first shoots I did after really decided to start focusing more on model and nude photography and stop trying to shoot a little bit of everything.  I just had the one chance to work with her before she stopped modeling, but she did some very good work.

Also for those in the United States enjoying the holiday off today, don’t forget the reason behind the holiday.

Seeing with New Eyes and Shooting with Keira

CharlieK-2One of the most enjoyable parts of meeting and working with new models is getting to experience the familiar through new eyes.  My shoot on Wednesday with Keira Grant offered an example of that.  I’ve been shooting outdoor nudes pretty often for over a year now and maybe have gotten just a bit used to the scenery.  It struck me though how much Keria kept commenting on how beautiful and green things were while we were driving and shooting.  This is probably the best time to see that beautiful green since it’s been warm enough for the foliage to be out in force, but we are not yet into the main part of summer where the heat and lesser rain  brings brown back to the land.  It’s this time of year that pulled me out there to shoot, but I see it so often that it helps me appreciate it more with someone seeing some of these places for the first time.

I worked with Keira near the same location Melissa and I worked at a few days before.  Contradicting my last post, the morning weather was not as warm as I expected so Keira and I did some indoor work first hoping the weather would improve.  The dreariness and chill lingered though and in fact would not go away at all Wednesday.  Still in spite of the weather it could have been worse (like the day before when it was cooler and raining) When we arrived the rise in water levels since Saturday shocked me.  The previous few days had seen a lot of rain and I expected some rise, but the amount caught me by surprise.  In fact water covered the majority of the spots that Melissa had posed on or I had stood on during that shoot and the current was dangerously strong in many places I had waded with no concerns just a few days before.  I’ve mentioned before how I enjoy the way the woods subtly change over time, but change this dramatic in such a short time felt out of place and a bit jarring.

Even with many of the locations I’d planned to shoot not usable because of the water rise, we found a great spot brought about by that same change as these things often balance out.  Overall we produced some great work, a few of which can be seen here and I look forward to the next time I’m able to work with Keira.

No images from shoot with either Melissa or Keira ready to post so the photo above comes from a shoot with Charlie Kristine from earlier in the month.

Outdoors with Melissa and the Butterflies

In the middle of a busy week, but so much to blog about.  Adding to everything else I’ve been a bit under weather and spent much of late last week through early this week finishing the Rural Nudes site launch.

In a really busy stretch of shooting at the moment after a relatively quiet April caused by weather and cancelations.  Saturday I had the chance to work with Melissa Troutt again.  I always enjoy the chance to collaborate with her and every shoot always produces amazing results and this one was no exception.  We went to a new location for this shoot and it worked better than I’d hoped.  This location was off the path of the damage from the storms late last month, but I was surprised at how many signs of the storms were still visible.  We still found some good locations to shoot and images will be up on Rural Nudes in the near future.

As we went back to the car at the end of the shoot we came across an interesting display of dozens of butterflies gathering in groups next to where I’d parked.  They were surprisingly accommodating and posed for a few images before we left the area.  The image above shows one kaleidoscope (and yes that is a term for a group of butterflies and yes I did have to look it up) and the photo to the left of Melissa taking a picture shows how close they let us approach without flying off.

The timing was good as the temperature dropped dramatically the day after this shoot.  Fortunately for my shoot today with Keira Grant more normal weather returns in time for us to to go outdoors today.

Rural Nudes is Now Live!

hannah-perez-sample-2It takes longer to build and launch a web site than you think.

A bit over a month later than hoped, Rural Nudes is now live at  This site will focus on high quality outdoor nude photography with beautiful models and wonderful scenic locations.  At launch the site includes photos from shoots with Carlotta Champagne, Kimberly Marvel, Hannah Perez, Melissa Troutt, among others.  More shoots are coming soon including photos with Ashley Graham, Katlyn Lacoste, and Adrina Lynn.  The goal is to update the site with new images at least twice a month and perhaps more.

carlotta-champagne-sample-3At Rural Nudes I hope to provide a destination for those who appreciate the beauty of the female nude shown in a tasteful and respectful manner.  If that sounds like something you would like to be part of visit the site and consider joining.melissa-troutt-sample-2

Back into the Woods

Kimberly-Marvel-17I always enjoy meeting and working with new models, but I especially enjoy when I get the chance to work with a model again that I enjoyed working with before.  Kimberly Marvel is a wonderful model out of California I’ve had a chance to work with a couple times in the past.  She and her husband were travelling through on their way across the country which worked great as it gave us a lookout to use while shooting so we could travel to one of my favorite locations, but one that this time of year sometimes can have a bit too much foot traffic to shoot nudes.

We met just off the Interstate and drove out to the location to find no cars parked, but oddly when we arrived at our first stop, a waterfall, a couple was already there.  We waited a few minutes until they had left and then with our lookout posted worked for about a half hour at the falls before moving on to other locations.  I explored a trail that I hadn’t worked on before, though I’d hiked about a year ago, and located some good spots there we could work with.  Overall I had a great shoot.

Been busy of late on a new project.  If all goes well then it will be live in a couple days.  Stay tuned for the announcement. (Update – now live Rural Nudes)

The Recent Storms in the South

Few things put the world into perspective more than a natural disaster, more so when the natural disaster hits close to home.  On Wednesday you likely saw news reports of the storms and tornados that hit the southeastern United States, but to me they were a bit more than a news report.  I spent Wednesday night like many of my fellow residents of this part of the country watching the weather on TV and keeping an eye on the sky hoping to avoid the worst.  I saw rain blowing sideways from the wind and hail in my yard the size of a closed fist.  That was actually small hail compared to what fell around here.  I was fortunate as I had no worse damage than broken tree limbs, a damaged gutter, and a destroyed bird feeder.

Not all were as fortunate.  I know several who suffered damaged cars and homes.  A tornado hit my hometown and damaged the high school I graduated from and destroyed an adult high school across the street.  Just to my northeast six people were killed by a different tornado.  If you shot with me in my outdoor nude work in the last year, we likely drove through that area on the way to our shooting location.

Seeing a disaster on TV is one thing.  Hearing from people you know or work with who suffered damage and in one case lost family is another.  Seeing places that you have walked and driven through now damaged or destroyed is too.  Still we were fortunate compared to other places like Alabama that suffered much worse damage and more widespread loss of life.  If you can help them and others effected by this storm, please do so.

Clearing the Mind

Warning! Mostly philosophy and musings ahead, but some outdoor images included at no extra charge.

I spent a few days at Fall Creek Falls in Middle Tennessee earlier this week.  The falls is a stunning site, the highest waterfall in the eastern United States, and I’ve visited before, but there was more rain of late than the other visit and it was almost like a different scene.  I traveled light this trip and only took my camera and one lens, but still found time to take a few photos.  Not the normal contents of this site, no models present, but some interesting images in any case.

After getting in Sunday around noon, I had a nice long stretch of free time.  The recent few months have been both busy and a bit turbulent and I’ve only been able to get out into the woods while shooting.  Taking a leisurely walk with no agenda other than enjoying a beautiful, warm spring day felt great.  I had commitment for later in the evening, but for a few hours I only had time.  I started with a nice paved trail snaking along the lake and saw a few flowers peeking out, the nicest being the flower to the left.  From there I continued on past the dam and to the main falls.

I saw almost no one until I neared the Fall Creek Falls itself.  I spent a few moments at the crowded overlook at the falls.  I took a few photos, but the brightness of the day and angle of the sun did not cooperate with me and I couldn’t get the shots that I wanted.  So I hiked down a side trail that went behind the falls.  Here is a photo taken using the base of the small wooden bridge that crosses this as a tripod.  I believe this is Fall Creek, the stream that just downstream from this spot tumbles 256 feet into a gorge creating Fall Creek Falls.

Being in the woods with just you, your thoughts, and a camera makes an amazing way to decompress and ponder life.  Things become clearer when you only have the sound of birds, frogs, and the wind around you with nothing else to distract from the dialogue in your mind.  The occasional other hiker may pass and exchange a greeting, but you mostly have the chance to visit with yourself.  Sitting and watching ducks swimming on the lake a dozen feet away makes it easier to look inward and reflect upon life.  It gave me a chance to weigh some paths that I’ve been pondering and I came back to my room more than four miles after starting a little tired, a lot sweaty, and feeling more clear of purpose and plan than I had in months.  Questions that had me in turmoil now seem in context and a path has emerged from the cluttered brush.

My commitments kept me inside Sunday evening and then much of the day Monday.  Late I made it back out and visited Piney Creek Falls in the same park.  A much smaller falls, but also much less crowded and a bit more unfinished.  There is no paved path here, just a short and steep trail of rock and dirt that ends at an overlook with at with no rails or fencing between you and the canyon.  I didn’t take my camera on this trip, only my iPhone, but that provided the means to take a few photos.  The photo to the left I think is the best of the falls.  Another longer trail leads back behind the falls and to a suspension bridge over the creek just around the bend atop the falls.  The wind made taking a photo there difficult, but I did get one image

As I got back to the room around dark a storm began to blow in.  I sat on the patio and watched the weather blow in taking a few photos along the way.  Without a tripod, I had to function as my own holding still for each photo.  I did manage one very nice view of the lighting over the lake below.  Not long after taking this photo the wind picked up, the rain began to fall harder, and the combination pushed me inside.


The stormy skies in this image reflected my mind as I’d arrived Sunday, turmoil and questions.  As I went to bed Monday night I felt more the tranquility of Fall Creek above.  But that spot still lies just above the chaos of a roaring falls.  My mind is calmer and my direction clearer, but the questions are still there.  I have a path and a plan now.  It’s not perfect of course, nothing in the real world is, but it fits where I am and where I need to go.  Time alone will tell where it leads me, but I feel more confident than I had before.


I left late morning on Tuesday reminded about the outdoor beauty that had brought me into the outdoor nude work I’ve done much of the past year and increased desire to do more now that weather has reached a warmer level.  I also feel ready to move forward and a calmness I’ve not had for months.