Lawrence

May 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys!  It’s been a while since I last posted an entry or gallery, but work has been eating up my time again.  Like usual, work has been crazy since my team has been helping to roll out a new system. However, my team pulled together and accomplished our part in the rollout, even with limited staffing resources.  So yeah, it felt like a great achievement, even if it ate up my free time. 

 

On top of that, I’ve had some opportunities to travel for work.  In February, I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend a management development summit.  It was enlightening and provided me with some additional tools to help me in my role as a manager.  More importantly, I spent some time wandering around the city after the training ended and saw the Atlantic Ocean (okay, it was just a bay) for the first time. 

 

In addition to the trip to Charleston, I also attended a three-day management development course in Houston.  I’ll make a note here that all the managers in my Unit are being asked to take the training based on our leadership’s decision.  However, I will say that I found this training to be the most useful.  I particularly liked the communication and personality portions as it gave examples on how to work with a variety of personalities.  Overall, I found the training to be helpful. 

 

So yeah, I’ve been spending some of my time in management development programs as well as traveling.  Of course, I’m not done traveling yet.  In a couple of weeks, I’m going to be traveling to Corpus Christi for a meeting.  However, I should have some free time to wander around the city and the beach.  I’m hoping to get some good images from my time there. 

 

In terms of photography, it’s definitely been a good month.  I worked through a couple of backlog sessions and finalize those images.  Of course, I still have three and half sessions to work through, but I’m looking forward to working through those images. 

 

On top of that, I added to my backlog.  Yeah, I held great two photo shoots during April.  So yeah, I now have five and a half sessions to work through.  I’m definitely excited about it, especially once I’m finished with the editing process and can share the images with all of you. 

 

I’m also excited about the fact that I’m going to be hold a few photo shoots in May as well.  I’m hoping to have them scheduled on the books shortly.  I’m excited about them because all the upcoming models have different looks and will add to my portfolio.  I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them over the upcoming few weeks.  Plus, I’m going to be adding to my backlog of images to work on, which means that I’ll be sharing the images with all of you at some point this year. 

 

Finally, I’m attempting to plan a road trip through the central part of the United States.  If all goes well, I’ll be driving and photographing in the following states: West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle.  Yeah, it’s going to be a pretty epic road trip, especially since I plan on photographing the Badlands.  I’m going to be focusing on architecture and landscape photography during the trip, but I’m also looking to work with male models in each state that I visit.  If you are interested in modeling for me, please feel free to reach out to me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.  Either way, I’m hoping the trip will be amazing! 

 

Lawrence

 

Anyway, on to the reason you guys have stopped by – Lawrence.  I absolutely loved working with Lawrence.  When he came in for the shoot, Lawrence was completing his final year at the local university.  It was interesting to listen to him talk about his course work, especially since it was so different from my coursework in history and politics.  However, I did find that his practical experience in his coursework helped as he understood what I was attempting to accomplish with various lighting techniques and placement.  

 

As we talked about different lighting techniques, we eventually shifted to iconic scenes in movies that stood out for each of us and why it made an impact.  We talked about The Godfather, Kill Bill, Hero, The Lord of The Rings, and variety of other movies that had amazing images that left an impression on us.  It was refreshing to talk about a completely new topic with such insightful points. 

 

Throughout the shoot, Lawrence was professional and took direction very well.  I will say that I found him interesting to work with because of his stoic personality.  He was engaging (laughing and smiling) and easy to talk to during clicks, but I wasn’t able to capture a lot of emotion in his images. 

 

However, I think that I was able to capture several great images throughout the shoot.  As usual, the following images are my favorites from the photo shoot with Lawrence and some insight on why the image was chosen for the specific category. 

 

Street Clothing

 

As usual, I started the photo shoot by photographing Lawrence in the clothing that he wore to the photo shoot, which was a pair of jean shorts and a heather gray t-shirt.  I liked the simplicity of clothing choices, which seems typical for the guys attending the local university.  Nonetheless, I started the shoot by photographing Lawrence in this clothing.

 

I ended up choosing the image below to highlight for this section.  Of course, it displays Lawrence shirtless and posing in just his jean shorts.  However, as I was looking through the images, it proved easy to select the image below for a variety of reasons.

 

One of the things that draws me to the image is Lawrence’s pose.  I like the twist of his shoulders and the diagonal created by his flexed arms.  Furthermore, the viewer’s eye is drawn through his flexed arms back to his face.  I also like how the pose, in combination with the lighting, draws attention to his abs and the lines of his hips.  Yeah, it was definitely easy to select the image below as my favorite for this section. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

The image below instantly caught my attention as I was going through the images.  To be honest, I was instantly drawn to Lawrence's eyes and the catchlights found there.  However, I love the lighting in the image.  I like how the lighting cascades across his face. flexed arm, and chest.  I like the soft transitions between the highlights, midtones, and shadows.  Yeah, it's definitely one of my favorite portraits from my catalog. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

As with my other photo shoots, I photographed Lawrence in a variety of underwear.  In the gallery dedicated to Lawrence, there are several images of Lawrence modeling a variety of briefs, boxers, and even jockstraps.  However, I ended chasing the image below as the image to highlight for this section.  If you guys have visited my website before, then you probably noticed that I have photographed several models posing in the same briefs that Lawrence is wearing in the image.

 

I will say that I love Lawrence's pose in the image.  I like how he has the majority of his weight resting on one of his legs, which in turn creates some visual interest around his waist and lower abs.  I also like how the light helps to accentuate the muscle definition in his chest and abs, but I am fascinated with the lines at his hips and how they lead down into the briefs.  Finally, I love the position of his head and how it directs the viewer's eye to his left arm, which further leads it down towards the briefs.   It was easy to choose the image below as the one to highlight for this section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Like with my other photo shoots, I photographed Lawrence in the nude.  As I was looking through the images, I instantly knew that I would be highlighting this image for this section.  The primary reason that I ended up choosing the image below is the pose.  As I was working with him, I knew that I wanted to capture him in some classic poses that teased the audience.  I love the placement of his thighs, in order to provide some modesty, and how his arms serve to direct the viewer's eye across his body.  Finally, I love how the light falls across his body.  So yeah, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below for this section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image From the Shoot

 

As I was taking the image below, I absolutely knew that it would be my favorite image from the shoot.  It was further reinforced when I was editing the image.  As usual, I love the pose in the image.  Starting off with a nice profile shot, I tweaked it with a subtle turn of his hips and his head.  The reasoning was to highlight the nice curves of gluten as well as ability to see his left eye.  Additionally, I strategically placed the fabric to further accentuate his curves as well as giving him something to hold.  Overall, I love how the image turned out and easily became my favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

Closing

 

I absolutely loved working with Lawrence throughout the shoot.  I loved listening to him talk about his education and take on the film industry. 

 

More importantly, Lawrence took direction very well and was willing to try poses that would highlight his body. I'm very happy with the images that came from the photo shoot and several of them have become my favorites from my entire catalog.  You can see of my work with Lawrence at http://www.reyjphotography.com/lawrence

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Lawrence.  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  I tend to post images daily! 

 

If you are interested in setting up a shoot here in Austin, Texas, or during my epic road trip, please email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com!


Brady

February 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys!  Well, 2017 is proving to be an interesting year again.  I have come to the realization that work is always going to be crazy and unpredictable.  As usual, something unexpected happened and I’m feeling a little stressed because of limited resources.  However, my team is pulling together and accomplishing our projects, even with limited staffing resources. 

 

Of course, with the chaotic nature of the job, I decided to drop my photography courses.  Yeah, I was excited to be taking the classes, but I felt that the job was a little more important.  I’m fairly sure that I could always pick up the classes later, but there are other resources that I can tap into to improve my skills. 

 

Either way, I’m excited about getting some of my time back.  I plan on using my time to clear through my backlog of images as well as setting up some photo shoots.  My plan is to get several photo shoots under my belt and have a massive backlog of images again.  For some reason, I find that idea very appealing.  I just need to get started on those shoots and editing those images.  It’s going to be awesome. 

 

Brady

 

Anyway, on to the reason you guys have stopped by – Brady.  I absolutely loved working with Brady.  Throughout the shoot, we talked about his previous life in New York and his upcoming move back there.  I felt inspired as I listened to him talk about work as a photographer’s assistant.  Of course, it also had me a little on edge since I was worried about him comparing my shoot with some of the ones he had previously been involved with.  Nonetheless, Brady was a delight to work with, especially since he would be hitting interesting poses with minimal direction. 

 

Street Clothing

 

Like with the other guys that I have photographed, I started the shoot by photographing Brady in the clothing that he wore.  In this case, Brady wore a patterned tank top and these soft looking gray shorts.  I also liked how the colors of the tank top and shorts stand out against each other as well as the dark background.  For me, it added a variety of tonality throughout the image. 

 

It was easy for me to select the image below as my favorite for this section.  In addition to the clothing, I absolutely love Brady’s pose in the image.  As I was looking through the images, I was instantly drawn to several of the images of Brady posing on the floor, such as this one.  More importantly, I love the relaxed feeling evident in the pose, including the relaxed facial expression. 

 

Of course, I love several specific elements within the pose.  For instance, I like the repetition of the triangles.  There are the two capture triangles formed by his arms; the implied triangle created by the positioning of his legs; and the overall triangle created by his arms, his leg resting against the floor, and the top of his head. 

Finally, I love the diagonals in the image and how they serve as leading lines.  For me, I like how his left arms leads the viewer’s eye directly to Brady’s face.  It’s a simple line, but my eye is instantly drawn to it and the dandelion tattoo that focuses the viewer’s attention towards Brady’s face. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

 

Portrait

 

The image below was one of the first images from the photo shoot that I worked on.  To be honest, I was instantly drawn to Brady’s eyes and the general expression on his face.  I actually don’t have a lot to say about the image, other than the fact that I love the image.  I think that I will leave it at that. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

 

Underwear

 

As usual, I photographed Brady posing in a variety of underwear.  As I was looking through the series, I liked the way that Brady looked in these magenta Andrew Christian briefs.  In particular, I like how the briefs translated into black and white and the clear definition created by the white seams.  The Andrew Christian briefs definitely help to make the image visually interesting. 

 

Like with Street Clothing image, I gravitated towards the image of Brady posing on the floor.  In this image, I like how Brady’s body is stretched out and on display.  I like the diagonal and length of his left leg and how it traverses across the image.  I also liked the subtle diagonal created by his arm.

 

Finally, I love the lighting throughout the image.  In part, I like how the light lands on his face and the sharp shadows underneath his chin.  Additionally, I like the hint of the Rembrandt pattern on the left side of his face.  Finally, I love the catch lights in his eyes.  Overall, I’m happy with how the lighting turned in the image and helped to make the image one of my favorites from the shoot. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

 

Nude

 

Like previous photo shoots, I photographed Brady in the nude.  Throughout the shoot, Brady had a sense of confidence that was appealing and visually present throughout the images.  That aura of confidence is evident in Brady’s facial expression and is one of the reasons why I selected the image below to highlight in this section. 

 

In addition to the facial expression, I love the pose in the image.  I like the diagonals created by both his bent leg as well as the relaxed leg.  I also like how the slight bend of his body is echoed in the bend of his left arm as it rests against his bent leg.  `Yeah, I’m definitely a fan of the pose and how it shows off Brady’s body in a beautiful light. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

As I looked through the shoot’s images, I kept coming back to the image below.  I love the lighting in the image.  I like the hint of the Rembrandt on the left side of his face.  Beyond that, I like how the light transitions from the highlights on the right of his face to the mid-tone/shadow area just past his nose and finally to the hint of the Rembrandt.  Finally, I like the intense shadows just below his chin and to the left of his neck.  Overall, I’m very happy with how the lighting turned out in the image. 

 

In addition to the lighting, I love Brady’s pose in the image.  I like the casualness and relaxed feeling evident in it.  As part of the pose, I like the various diagonals found within the pose, including those created by his thighs, the ones created by his chest and back, and the subtle one created by his arms.  Finally, I love the diagonal created by his shoulders and how it adds visual depth to the image. 

 

Finally, I like how the image creates a pretty portrait, in my eyes at least.  Even in the short amount of time that I was enrolled in my Portrait Photography course, I learned some of the elements that go into a nice portrait.  I like the turn of his head as he slightly faces the light and looks towards the camera.  The tilt of the head to create a perpendicular line against the diagonal of his shoulders is quite nice as well.  And, of course, I love the direct, intense eye contact that Brady has with the camera.  

 

Overall, it’s easy to see why this image is my favorite from the entire photo shoot.   I’m definitely happy with how the image turned out. 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

I absolutely loved working with Brady throughout the shoot.  I loved listening to him talk about his experience in New York City and working as a photographer’s assistant while there.  More importantly, Brady took cues very well and knew the poses that would highlight his body well. I'm very happy with the images that came from the photo shoot and several of them have become my favorites from my entire catalog.  You can see of my work with Brady at photo shoot gallery

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Brady.  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  I tend to post images daily! 

 

If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com!


Erik

January 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys!  I'm hoping that 2017 is treating you guys well.  For me, there have been a lot of work projects that are keeping me busy.  Even though I'm managing those projects, I'm not feeling as stressed as before.  I am taking advantage of my improved work-life balance by taking several photography courses this semester.  I may have overdone it though.  At the moment, I'm taking three courses: History of Photography, a software class furthering my skills in PhotoShop and Capture One, and a Portrait Photography course.  I'm a little concerned that I'm going to feel overwhelmed as the semester proceeds, but I'm enjoying the classes at the moment.  

 

Of course, I'm excited about my Portrait Photography course.  It will help me with posing as well as lighting.  If anything, it will give me time to actually experiment with lighting, posing, and image processing while have some instructors to critique my techniques.  I'm also hoping to further develop my artistic vision this semester, but we shall see how that ends up going.  Nonetheless, I'm definitely excited about having the opportunity to work in a studio on a weekly basis with access to a lot of photography equipment.  That is definitely feeling like a dream!  

 

As we roll into February, I'm definitely hoping to set up some additional shoots with some male models.  I'm actually planning a trip to San Antonio next month and hoping to work with some guys from the area.  So yeah, if you're in the San Antonio area and would like to shoot, send me an email and we can see about getting something set up.  

 

Erik

 

Anyway, on to the reason that you guys are here - Erik.  I will say that I absolutely loved working with Erik.  He was a first time model, but took cues extremely well.  It was definitely easy to talk with Erik throughout the shoot, including while he was completely nude.  Of course, that signaled to me that he was completely comfortable with his body.  Of course, he told me with a smile that his wife talked him into responding to the ad.  I'm definitely glad that she sent him my way!  

 

Street Clothes

 

Like with the other shoots, I began by photographing Erik in the clothing that he wore to the shoot.  Yep, he wore a black t-shirt and a pair of nylon track pants.  I will say that I normally find track pants to be annoying, but Erik actually made them appealing.  I ended up liking the overall look as presented in the image below, but I definitely took several images of Erik shirtless while just wearing the track pants.  The clothing definitely fits with his overall athletic look.  

 

Of course, I love the pose in the image.  I like the subtle curve in his body as he rest the majority of his weight on his left leg and how the illusion of a counterbalance is present in his right shoulder.  I also like the natural positioning of his left hand on his hip and the angle created by his arm.  Finally, I like the tilt of his head to continue the slight s-curve created by his body in this pose.  Of course, I've seen and used this pose before, but I definitely like the way that Erik highlights the pose in the image.  

 

Additionally, I like the lighting in the image.  Like usual, I'm using a two light system for the shoot, as evident in the catchlights in his eyes.  I will say that I like how the light falls across his body and picks up some interesting details, such as the veins on the back of his hands and up through his forearms.  I also like how the light falls across his face and makes his eyes pop.  And, of course, I like how the light falls on his clothing and separates it from the black background.  

 

For those reasons, it was definitely easy to select the image below to highlight in this section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

I will say that I'm finding myself in a unique position.  As I'm working through my Portrait Photography course, I'm redefining my meaning of a portrait.  What I may have once considered portraits are not necessarily true portraits.  Well, portraits in the classical and accepted definition.  Because of that, I'm taking a hard look at my portraits and evolving my definition.  Of course, I'm hoping to have some improved portraits by the end of the semester, but I'm still going to highlight some of my favorite portraits, in my opinion, from my previous shoots.

 

The image below is my favorite portrait from the photo shoot with Erik.  Starting with the pose, I like how his arms work to direct the viewer's eye towards Erik face as well as the framing that is created by both arms.  Additionally, I love the shallow depth of field in the image and how both arms are out of focus while his face is completely sharp.  

 

Of course, I love his serious facial expression.  More importantly, I love how his eyes turned out in the image.  As you can see from the catchlights, I'm still using a two light system.  It definitely helped to make his eyes pop, but also created some interesting highlights, mid tones, and shadows throughout his face.  It also helped to create some separation between his arms and the dark background.  In the end, I loved how the lighting highlighted his features.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

Underwear

 

I will say that I'm a fan of the Papi underwear brand.  I love their bright, bold colors and patterns.  More importantly, I love how those intense patterns translate into black and white.  Sure, I love how certain models can do justice to the name brand briefs, but I love starting with the briefs and figuring out how well a model will look in them.  

 

Of course, Erik pulled off the look well.  I love how the pattern of the Papi boxer briefs highlighted the curves of his lower body while also highlighting his trim waist.  Like I said, I was definitely happy with the way that Erik filled out and modeled the boxer briefs.  

 

More importantly, I love the pose in the image.  Starting from his lower body, I love the slight turn of his lower body.  It helps to provide some depth to the image, especially as it creates some separation from the background.  Moving up, I definitely lower the slightly further turn of his upper body towards the camera.  It helps to create some interesting diagonals, particularly across his shoulders and collar bones.  And, finally, I love that he's look start at the camera with his intense stare.  Yeah, I'm definitely a fan of the pose and love how it turned out in the image.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Like my previous shoots, I photographed Erik completely nude.  As I mentioned in the beginning, Erik was comfortable being and posing completely nude.  Of course, it helped that he was completely comfortable with his body and in his skin.  Because of his comfort level, I was able to get some great shots of Erik as he posed in the nude.  

 

Of course, I love the pose in the image below.  I like how his arms work to guide the viewer's eyes up throughout the image, especially how his tattoo helps to direct the viewer's eyes up towards his face.  Additionally, I like how the curves of his body stand out against the dark background, particularly on the right side of the image.  I absolutely love the line created by his upper back and arm, down into his narrow waist, and back out along his glute.  It's definitely eye catching.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

For me, I absolutely love the image below.  Starting with the composition, I like how he's off center.  It creates an interesting dynamic between the positive and negative space as well as the lightness of his body and the darkness of the background. Additionally, I love how his left arm and tattoo are at the center of the image and serves to guide the viewer's eyes up to Erik's face.  

 

In addition to the dynamics of composition, I love the pose in the image.  There's definitely a sense of modesty present in the image as Erik shields his genitals from the viewer's eyes.  This further accentuated with downward cast of his face and the closed eyes.  Additionally, I love the slight turn of his body as evident in his thighs, stomach, and shoulders.  That turn helps to create some visual depth and interest.  

 

With all of the elements coming together, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as my favorite image from the photo shoot.   

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

Closing

 

I absolutely loved working with Erik throughout the shoot.  He was a little on the quiet side, but very polite and took cues extremely well.  Of course, I'm definitely happy with the images that came from the photo shoot and several of them have become my favorites from my entire catalog.  Like I said, I'm extremely happy that his wife talked him into answering my ad!  I'm definitely hoping to work with Erik again at some point this year!  I'm definitely looking forward to creating some new impressive images with him!  You can see of my work with Erik at http://www.reyjphotography.com/erik.  

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Erik.  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/reyj,photography.  I tend to post images daily!  

 

If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com!

 


Emiliano

January 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys!  I'm hoping that the start of 2017 is treating all of you well!  For me, there are currently some trying folks in my life, but I'm making an effort to be happy and not let things get to me.  Given that, I am spending more time focusing on the positives and attempting to do right by certain folks.  Nonetheless, I still have some high hopes for the upcoming year, especially when it comes to photography.  

 

As I mentioned, I hope that 2017 is a pretty good year for me in terms of photography.  As such, I'm making an effort to continue with my photography degree and hold more photo shoots throughout the year.  Starting tomorrow, I'm going to be starting classes up again.  Yep, I'm going to be taking a portrait photography course; a survey of photography and how it has developed; and some software classes to bump up my skills in Lightroom, PhotoShop, and Capture One.  It might be a little stressful because I'm still working full-time, but I'm not in a terribly stressful position and can actually have a pretty decent work-life balance, which I have heard is very important for some.  

 

Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to the photography courses.  Sure, I'm a little apprehensive about the end of the semester print show already, but I'm looking to further expand my skill sets and hone my creative vision.  Either way, I'm looking forward to the courses and the photographic opportunities that 2017 potentially brings!  

 

Emiliano

 

On to the reason that you guys have stopped by for - Emiliano.  It was definitely fun to work with Emiliano throughout the shoot.  I will say that I was definitely interested in Emiliano's overall look, especially with the general moodiness that was present in his facial expression.  It was definitely easy to photograph him.  

 

Street Clothes

 

As with every shoot, I photographed Emiliano in the clothes that he wore to the photo shoot.  In this instance, he was wearing a black shirt and these black running shorts.  Sure, it's not the most intriguing set of clothing, but I ended up liking how they looked on him and how they stood out against the black background.  Yeah, I normally wouldn't photograph black on black, but I ended up liking how it looked overall.  

 

I will say that the image below is definitely one of my favorites from the photo shoot.  I love the pose in the image, even if it is one that is seen over and over.  However, I like how his left arm, as it wraps around his stomach, gives the viewer a sense of his slim waist.  It also helps to highlight the muscles in his forearm as well as his bicep.  Additionally, I love how his head is tilted to one side to create some visual interest as well.  

 

Of course, I love the lighting in the image.  Sure, I love how the light highlights the muscles and veins his arms, but I'm partial to how the lighting highlights the muscles in his neck as well as his facial features.  Yeah, I like how the light creates these beautiful highlights and soft shadows in the tendons and muscles on display near his neck.  However, it's definitely the soft light gracing his face that instantly drew me to the image.  Sure, it's not dramatic, but there is something about the softness that makes me pause each time that I see the image.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

Of course, as I proceed through the upcoming semester, I'm hoping to improve on my portraits.  However, I'm still happy with several of the portraits that I have done in the past, including the one below.  Yeah, I'm definitely partial to this portrait of Emiliano.  As with the image above, I'm definitely partial to the lighting in the image.  Yeah, it doesn't have the flair of split lighting, but there is a certain charm to it.  Either way, I like the highlights, mid tones, and subtle shadows created as the light washes over his facial features.  

 

Additionally, I like the details in the image.  Yeah, for some reason, I like the smaller details that are on display within the image.  For instance, I like the details in his eyebrows and eye lashes, which is probably weird.  However, it's definitely the finer details present in his hair that definitely draws my attention.  I like that you can see in the shave portion as well as the longer, wavier strands.  Yeah, for some reason, my eye is always drawn to those details in a portrait.  Granted, I love the expression and the pose as well, but I also love being able to see the finer details within a portrait.  That's just me though.... 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas
 

Underwear

 

As with my other shoots, I photographed Emiliano in a variety of underwear.  There are several images of him posing in a variety of underwear, but I ended up choosing the image below as the one to highlight.  Of course, I ended up cutting a white tank top to make it shorter but maintaining the jagged edges from the quick cut.  Of course, I also like how the briefs, particularly the mesh portion with the printed pattern, stand out against his tan skin.  The pose definitely helps as his cocked hips adds some visual interest with one side of the briefs being higher than the other.  

 

However, it's definitely the pose that drew me to the image.  I definitely love the lines that is created from his raised arms and how those lines draws the eyes down his chest through the tank top and finally down to his hips and thighs.  I also like how his arms frames his head in the image.  Finally, I like how that outline of his body stands out from the dark background.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Of course, as with other models, I photographed Emiliano in the nude.  Working around Emiliano's comfort level, I like how this image turned out.  While he didn't have a problem with frontal nudity, he asked that we be creative when it came to his chest area.  In this instance, I like the overall relaxed pose.  I like how his right arm rests against his right knee as well as the lines that his raised right leg creates.  Additionally, I like details in the relaxed pose of his fingers as well as the muscles and veins leading to his toes.  It's definitely one of my favorite images overall, especially with the relaxed pose and the somewhat serious facial expression.  

 

Finally, I love the lighting in the image.  This is getting a little closer to my typical use of dramatic lighting, but not quite there.  Nonetheless, I love how the lighting caresses his body and creates a series of highlights, mid tones, and shadows.  In particular, I like how the lighting highlights his facial features.  Yeah, I'm definitely in love with the lighting in this image.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

As much as I loved the image above, the image below was my overall favorite from the photo shoot.  As with the image above, I absolutely love the lighting in the image.  I like how it highlights the muscles and tendons around his neck and collar bones, but I absolutely love how it highlights his facial features.  Yeah, I definitely like the lighting in the image, especially with how it highlights individual strands of his hair.  

 

Of course, I like the pose as well.  There's definitely a sense of vulnerability in his facial expression that is appealing as well.  However, I like lines that his arms create as they encircle his left leg.  Additionally, I like the details from the shape of his fingers to the veins on the back of his hands to the tattoos gracing his body.  Overall, the pose, the lighting, and his facial expression came together to make this image my favorite from the photo shoot and one of my favorite images from my entire catalog.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

Overall, I liked working with Emiliano throughout the shoot.  I'm definitely happy with the images that we created during the shoot.  If you would like to check out some of the other images from the shoot, they can be found at Emiliano's Gallery.  Of course, Emiliano was definitely like a siren as I ended up photographing him three different times, including one last time before he ended up moving to the West Coast.  

 

Overall, I would definitely recommended working with Emiliano.  You can find him on Instagram at The Sound of Milo or at Model Mayhem.  

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Emiliano.  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  I tend to post images daily!  

 

If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com!

 


Rex Rider

December 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hey guys!  Well, I'm embarrassed to say that it's been a while since I maintained the website - almost three months.  It's been a crazy couple of months - new boss, refocusing on just one job, and the holidays.  Sure, there has been some stressed reintroduced into my life with the new boss, but I did have an opportunity to take my first trip to Las Vegas!  The neon lights, the Cirque Du Soleil shows, Zombie Burlesque, and the shows at the Bellagio Fountains were some of the highlights.  I'm definitely hoping to return to Las Vegas at some point.  Hell, I'm hoping to work with some male models while I'm in Las Vegas next time!  

 

I haven't really had a lot of time for my photography these last couple of months, but I'm hoping to get back to it in 2017.  Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to holding several photo shoots throughout 2017 starting in January.  Of course, I'm wanting to work with several of the guys that I have photographed before, but I'm also looking forward to working with some new guys.  Particularly, I'm planning to go on some trips in 2017 and working with some guys in those locations.  It would be interesting to say the least!  But yeah, I'm hoping to hold more photo shoots in 2017 and share those images with all of you!  

 

Anyway, on to the reason that you guys are here.  

 

Rex Rider

 

When Rex answered my call for models, I was definitely interested in his overall look.  His boyish smile and dimples instantly charmed me.  However, it was the personality that showed through his email that drew me in.  Sure, I may have been reading into the email, but the text carried a sense of confidence and a hint of his sense of humor.  Furthermore, from that initial communication, he was bringing forward his own ideas for the photo shoot.  It definitely intrigued me and filled me with excitement about the images that we could create together.  

 

Rex was a professional and suggested ideas and potential poses throughout the photo shoot.  When he arrived at my place, he brought several changes of clothes that we had agreed upon.  I definitely enjoyed photographing him dressed in his construction worker gear, including the hard hat and tool belt.  I also was able to photograph him in the clothing that he used when he engaged in domination activities - black leather chaps and a cat-of-nine tail whip.  It was definitely an interesting photo shoot, but I loved the images that came from it!  

 

Street Clothes

 

Rex works in the construction industry around town.  When he mentioned that he could pull off the "sexy construction worker", I definitely jumped at the chance to photograph him in that gear.  In the Rex Rider Gallery, I have several images of him dressed in his jeans, bandana, tool belt, and even his white hard hat.  I will definitely agree with him in stating that he definitely can pull off the look.  However, it's the image below that turned out to be my favorite from the set.  

 

I definitely love the pose in the image.  The slight turn of his body, as evident in his shoulders and chest, gives the image some visual depth.  Additionally, I love the downward tilt of his head and the relaxed facial expression.  Overall, I love the simple pose because of how beautifully it displays the strength and power evident in his body.  I also like how the tool belt and the large pouch seems to counter balance his body and create some visual weight on the right side of the image.  

 

And in discussing the pose, it's also important to talk about the lighting in the image.  Like in most photo shoots, I'm using a two light set-up in the image below.  I do like the softness of the light and how it caresses his body.  Unlike my other images, there is a soft gradual transition from the highlights to the shadows across his body.  In fact, that are few true dark shadowed areas in the image.  However, the light still highlights the muscles in in chest as well as his abs.  I also like how the light highlights the muscles and veins in his biceps, forearms, and the tops of his hands.  Overall, I'm very happy with how the lighting and pose came together to create a great image.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

As I was looking through the finished images, I had some trouble coming up with my favorite portrait from the shoot.  So instead of just highlighting one image, I decided to highlight two. 

 

The first image came from the middle of the photo shoot.  I ended up choosing the image below because of the overall composition.  I am a fan of profiles and seeing how the positive space interacts with the negative space.  In this instance, I love how Rex's chiseled features (the shape of the back of his head, his nose, lips, and chin) stand out prominently from the dark backdrop.  I also like how the bend of his arm mimics the shape of his nose to create some repetition.  As with his facial features, I like how his arms clearly stands out from the dark background.  

 

Overall, I just like the interplay of the positive and negative spaces within the image.  To me, it creates a striking image that gives me pause and my eyes trace the lines of his head and upper body.  It's definitely one of those images that I pause to take a few moments to look at before moving on.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

The second portrait that I ended up liking from the shoot came from the end of the photo shoot.  I absolutely love Rex's relaxed pose as he leans against my textured wall.  It's a simple portrait, but it definitely stops me in my tracks as I try to remember what Rex was looking at.  As with the previous image, I like how his body is set apartment from the background, even if the texture is visible in the highlights and shadows.  

 

I do like the lighting in the image.  Specifically, I like how the light shifts from highlights to shadows across his face.  Furthermore, I like how the light makes his eyes standout in the image.  Overall, I'm very happy with how the relaxed portrait turned out.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

As you guys know, I photograph my male models posing in a variety of underwear.  Of course, Rex was no exception.  However, the image that I ended up choosing to highlight for this portion of the photo shoot comes from the beginning of the shoot and is not your traditional male underwear model pose.  Well, maybe it is.  Either way, the underwear is not necessarily on full display, but it is evident in the image below.  

 

There's a teasing element in the image as Rex is unzipping his jeans and spreading the fly apart.  It's classic seduction and teasing at it's finest, and I absolutely wanted to capture it in an image.  I absolutely love how the right side of his fly leads the viewer's eye up to the waistband of his boxer briefs and directly to the "Hanes" name.  Finally, I love how the black cotton of his boxer briefs contrasts nicely against his pale skin and the tones of his ripped jeans.  

 

Overall, I'm happy with the way that the image turned out.  While there are several images of Rex posing in a variety of underwear that I could have chosen from, it was definitely easy to select the image below to highlight here.  It's definitely one of my favorite images from the photo shoot with Rex.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

As with my other photo shoots, I photographed Rex in the nude.  It was somewhat difficult to narrow down my choice, but I ended up selecting the image below to highlight.  When selecting the image, I was first drawn to the pose.  I love the positioning of his arms as they are crossed over his chest.  It helps to draw emphasis to his chest while also highlighting the muscles in his forearms.  The placement of his right fingers along his left biceps also helps to guide the viewer's eye up to his shoulder and through the slope of his neck to his face.  

 

I absolutely love the resting expression present on his face.  With his eyes shut, it feels that Rex is resting for a few moments before moving on to his next activity.  Of course, I love the profile and how the light accentuates the features to stand out against the darker shadows.  However, I ended up selecting this image to highlight because of the sense of calm that is present in the image. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

I absolutely loved working with Rex throughout the photo shoot.  We were able to create a variety of looks and feelings throughout the shoot.  However, when I was going through the images to select my overall favorite image to highlight, I couldn't decide from two very different images.  So instead of trying to decide which one to highlight, I decided to share both of them.  

 

The first one comes from the end of the photo shoot.  In some of the previous photo shoots, I had been playing with the idea of capturing lifestyle images.  Of course, I'm not entirely sure if I am managing to capturing those types of images based on the true definition of the style, but I'm capturing imagined slices of life occasionally.  In the image below, I wanted to capture a relaxed Rex lounging completely nude in bed.  

 

I definitely love Rex's pose in the image.  I love the implication of Rex's height in the image, but also how his body is displayed in the image.  As I first look at the image, I find myself instantly drawn to his lower stomach just above the intersection of his bare right thigh and his sheet-covered left thigh.  I'm not sure why eye instantly focuses on that area, but it's a good starting point to explore the rest of Rex's body.  Following the line created by the ridges of abs just above his navel, I'm drawn to his slightly shadowed face and his arched arms.  Yeah, I definitely love the interplay of the intersecting lines as well as the highlights and shadows crisscrossing Rex's body.  

 

Additionally, I love the soft light that graces Rex's body in the image.  While there are highlights and shadows, they are not too extreme.  In fact, I love how the majority of his body, and image, is a blanket of soft gray tones.  It helps to create a softness in the image as well as a sense of tranquility throughout the image.    Overall, between the handling of the compositing, lighting, and editing process, it's easy to see why the image below is one of my favorites from the photo shoot with Rex.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

The second image that I loved from Rex's photo shoot is below.  It's a completely different from the image above.  While I'm definitely fascinated with the overall look of the whip, the black bandana, and the leather riding chaps, there's also a sense of restrained strength present in the image.  Moving beyond the elements of a lifestyle, my attention is definitely drawn to the overall composition of the image.  

 

To start off, I love the lighting in the image.  In particular, I love the sliver of light present on the right side of his body.  For me, I love how it serves to provide some separation of his body from the background and the hanging leather straps of the whip.  Additionally, I love how the light highlights the muscle definition throughout his back, shoulders, and arms.  

 

However, I'm mostly drawn to Rex's pose in the image.  As with several of the images in this collection, I'm drawn to the interplay of the positive and negative spaces in the image.  Particularly, I love how the outline of the left side of his body stands out in stark contrast to the darker background.  My eye easily follows that outline from the top of his hand resting on his head down to the bottom edge of the image.  It's definitely a beautiful line that is also mirrored in the curve of his spine.  Of course, it's that line along his spine that definitely cemented my love for the image.  

 

Overall, it was definitely easily to select the image below as one of my favorite images from the shot.  However, I love both the image below and above for completely different reasons based on similar criteria.  In the end, I couldn't decide which one I liked better.  So instead of choosing, I decided to highlight both of them in this blog post.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

Overall, I loved working with Rex Rider throughout the photo shoot.  We definitely went through several looks during the photo shoot.  He was definitely a professional and came prepared to go through a variety of looks.  He definitely hit all of the looks and the overall feel that I was looking for in each image.  Of course, it definitely helped that I was attracted to Rex's overall look (that smile and those dimples!), but it was definitely his personality that made it a pleasure to work with Rex.  

 

As I look forward to 2017, I'm definitely hoping to work with Rex in another photo shoot.  While I don't have a specific idea for the shoot, I'm sure that we could come up with several ideas.  Either way, I'm definitely looking forward to working with Rex again.  

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Rex.  If you would like to check out some additional images from the shoot, please visit the Rex Rider Gallery.  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you guys want, you can also check out my Instagram account at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  I tend to post images daily!  

 

If you are interested in setting up a shoot or letting me know what you think about my work, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com!

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