One of the more common questions asked of me is how I get so many people to pose naked for my various projects. I understand why people would wonder about this. Over the years, my large-scale projects and underwater sessions have featured literally hundreds of people sans clothing... why do so many people agree to this?
The short answer is this -- they don't.
Oh sure, they do agree to have their pictures taken, but usually they think they're here for graduation photos or something like that. Little do they know that once they're blinded by the strobes, I quietly add a secret bit of equipment that lets me get the shots I'm really after. I've had a really good run with this over the years, but now I think it's time for me to share it with the rest of the world.
And with that, I share with you my secret for getting naked pictures of people:
Once the summer underwater season wraps up, it's rather predictable that I'm going to fire up another large-scale project... and this year is no exception.
I am now officially announcing my latest project: Lost in the Shuffle. I'm not going to put all the details here, but rather I'm going to encourage you to click the link below, read up on what's going on, and then jump in! There are only a total of 54 available spots, so don't delay!
For the last few years I have been vowing to reduce my workload with regards to underwater shooting. When I do too many sessions things get way too rushed and I fun times in the water give way to many grumpy hours processing the thousands of images. But 2015 is the first year I actually succeeded. In fact, I only held three underwater sessions, and boy-oh-boy did that ever work out better for me.
In the end there were a total of 14 models, which is a very manageable number. At no time over the summer did I get overly backlogged and I was able to turn around the shots in a reasonable time. The big question is, will I remember this valuable lesson by the time the 2016 season rolls around?
Want to see what things looked like this summer?
I've spent the last few weeks rebuilding the site under a new WordPress theme. Normally, switching themes is a pretty simple process, but this new theme uses a completely different image gallery gizmo than the old one, which means I had to rebuild all the galleries one-by-one.
Even though this was a time-intensive process, I quite liked the opportunity to look back through all the photos from these past seven years. As I worked my way through them, I started to wonder just how many underwater sessions I've done. How many models have I worked with? How many times have I clicked the shutter while squinting through the blurry port of my underwater camera case? (more…)