Reyj Photography: Blog http://reyjphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Reyj Photography reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Thu, 18 May 2017 04:12:00 GMT Thu, 18 May 2017 04:12:00 GMT http://reyjphotography.com/img/s5/v117/u279706344-o120780144-50.jpg Reyj Photography: Blog http://reyjphotography.com/blog 96 120 Lawrence http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/5/lawrence 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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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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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!

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Lawrence http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/5/lawrence Thu, 18 May 2017 04:11:44 GMT
Brady http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/brady 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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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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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!

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Andrew Christian Brady http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/2/brady Wed, 01 Mar 2017 03:52:46 GMT
Erik http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/erik 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!

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Erik http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/erik Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:44:07 GMT
Emiliano http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/emiliano 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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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!

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Emiliano http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2017/1/emiliano Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:15:58 GMT
Rex Rider http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/12/rex-rider 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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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Hanes Rex Rider construction worker domination http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/12/rex-rider Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:20:45 GMT
Oscar http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/9/oscar Hey guys!  If you're in the States, Happy Labor Day!  I hope that you're enjoying the three day like I am, especially since it's letting me catch up on a few chores and errands.  Either way, I hope that all of you are enjoying the holiday!  

 

Anyway, it's been a somewhat quiet week for me, but there have been some significant changes.  So yeah, I decided to drop the two photography courses for this semester.  As I was sitting in my first course, I just wasn't feeling the structured feeling at the time.  Going with my gut feeling, I decided to drop the course and just do my own thing with my photography.  Of course, it does mean that I'm probably going to be watching a lot of YouTube videos, Lynda.com, and other photography tutorials to help me improve my skills.  For some reason, I'm finding myself okay with that notion since it gives me an opportunity to play and learn through creative ventures instead of worrying about getting a good grade to pass the course.  So yeah, there's a part of me that thinks this was probably the dest decision for me at the moment.  Who knows, I may end up picking up the courses at some future point.  

 

However, I did pick up two marketing courses when I dropped the others.  As I mentioned, I got a new job that deals with marketing and public relations to a certain degree.  So in an effort to help me with the job, I decided to pick up a couple of courses focusing on advertising and public relations.  So far, the courses seem interesting and have the potential for helping me out with the job.  Either way, I'm definitely feeling a little excited to be taking the two courses.  

 

Other than those changes, it's been a quiet week.  I'm definitely hoping that it continues and I can start holding some additional photo shoots in my spare time. Hopefully, I'll be able to start holding them starting this month.  

 

Oscar

 

Anyway, on to the reason that you guys are here: Oscar!  Oscar was the first model that I worked with in my own home.  Previously, I had worked with models in studios and hotel suites since I was living with roommates.  Once I got my own place, I eagerly jumped on board with setting up photo shoots in the privacy of my own home.  It definitely gave me more space to maneuver around in as well as not having to worry about transporting clothing, props, and equipment around for the various photo shoots.  So yeah, I was definitely happy to have a space large enough to have photo shoots in.  

 

As I mentioned, Oscar was the first model that I photographed in my space.  When he submitted his images to potentially set up a photo shoot, I instantly knew that I wanted to work with him.  He definitely has a great look that I loved capturing.  Furthermore, Oscar definitely knows the positions that highlight his body as well as taking direction as I shifted his body around to capture the light better.  Like I said, I loved working with Oscar throughout the photo shoot as well as the images that we ended getting from it.  Overall, I was definitely happy with the body of work that we created.  

 

Street Clothes

 

When Oscar showed up for the photo shoot, I was definitely happy with his overall look.  Like usual, I started the photo shoot by photographing him in the clothing that he wore to the shoot.  In this instance, Oscar war wearing a blue and white plaid shirt and dark blue jeans.  The overall look definitely suited his image.  For me, I like it when the guys that I'm working with come dressed in button down shirts because it gives me some flexibility to get several different looks from that single piece of clothing.  I definitely wasn't disappointed.  

 

The image that I chose to highlight for this section comes from the end of the photo shoot.  Like usual, I also like to end the photo shoot with getting several images of the model getting redressed in the clothing that he wore to the photo shoot.  For me, I definitely wanted to get a couple of additional images of Oscar posing in unbuttoned button down shirt.  Furthermore, I wanted to pair it with the black Emporio Armani boxer briefs that he wore beneath his dark blue jeans.  I'm definitely happy with how the image turned out.  

 

In addition to the clothing and how they highlight his body, I'm also happy with the lighting in the image.  I definitely like how the light highlights his facial features, especially the highlight on his lower lip.  Furthermore, I like how the light makes his eyes pop while also drawing attention to the areas around his eyes, such as his eyebrows.  Every time that I look at this image, I'm constantly focusing on Oscar's face, the placement of his right hand, and the details of his stylish hair.  For those reasons, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as the one to be highlighted for this section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

Near the start of the photo shoot, I capture an interesting portrait of Oscar.  Like the majority of us, I also find myself stopping at unique portraits and taking a moment to determine whether or not I like what the artist did.  Even if I do not end up liking the image at the image, it still caught my attention long enough to give some serious thought about the piece.  For me, the portrait below definitely caused me to step back and evaluate whether or not I truly liked it, even though it was my own image.  

 

In the end, I decided that I liked it for several reasons.  Starting off, I like the composition of it.  Yes, I like how his left arm blocks the left half of his face.  Specifically, I like how it basically splits his forehead in half.  But more interesting, I like how his left arm slopes towards the right side of the image and how it reveals more of his face the further down we go from his forehead.  What started off as symmetrical quickly turned asymmetrical.  But yes, I love how how that composition element changed the overall look of the image.  

 

Additionally, I love the details of Oscar's facial features revealed in the image.  For instance, I like the details found in his lips, including the highlight on the right side of his lower lip.  Additionally, I like the highlights and shadows in the dip just beneath his nose.  Finally, I like the details of his eye, eye lashes, and eyebrow.  Like I said, I like how the portrait highlighted those details throughout the right side of his face.  

 

Finally, I like the depth of field in the image.  Yes, having the shallower depth of field allow me to blur out his left arm as well as the back of his head from his ear onward.  Furthermore, with the selective focus, I was able to direct the viewer's attention to the right side of his face where I wanted the viewer to notice the details.  Sure, I got his armpit within that plane of focus, but I'm okay with that for the most part.  

 

In the end, it was actually easy for me to decide that I liked the unique portrait.  Sure, there are some elements that I want to play with in the future in order to improve on it, but I like the portrait that Oscar and I were able to create together.  So yeah, it was easy for me to select this image to highlight in the portrait section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

Of course, like most of my photo shoots, I focused on photographing Oscar modeling a variety of underwear.  As usual, I started with photographing him in the black Emporio Armani briefs that we wore to the shoot.  From there, we went through a variety of briefs, boxer briefs, and some others.  I was definitely happy to see that Oscar looked good in whatever underwear that I threw at him.  During the shoot, he even got me laughing at a pair red briefs with yellow piping.  He told me that he was going to call them the Ronald McDonald's briefs because of the color scheme.  Ever since then, I laugh at them whenever I see them and can't help thinking of them as the Ronald McDonald's briefs.  So yeah, I was definitely happy that we were able to laugh together throughout the shoot about random things.  

 

Anyway, I found it hard to select my favorite image for this portion of the shoot.  In the end, I decided to highlight two images of Oscar posing in two different types of underwear.  The first one is of Oscar posing in a Go Softwear jockstrap.  I did love the way that the jockstrap highlighted his assets in the image below.  I have found out that there are some guys that cannot carry off the jockstrap look for a variety of reasons, but I'm glad that Oscar filled out the jockstrap well and owned the look.  

 

Like usual, I love the lighting in the image below.  Ever since the photo shoot with Donye, I've been trying to play around with lighting a subject with just a single light.  In this instance, I like how I was able to manipulate the light to get an interesting lighting pattern across his face while still have some interesting shadows.  Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the way the lighting turned out in the image below.  

 

Additionally, I like Oscar's pose in the image.  For me, there is an appeal to see the long curved line that starts at the the top of the back as it flows into a narrow waist and onward.  It definitely makes for an interesting line to visually trace.  In addition to the line, I also love the placement of Oscar's hands as it adds some visual depth to the image and leads the viewer's eye further into the shadows.  So yeah, it was easy to select this image as one of the two to highlight for this section.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

The second image that I wanted to highlight features Oscar modeling a pair of white mesh briefs.  I like the briefs because of the intricate designs at the sides of the pouch as well as the fact that the seat is basically mesh.  In this instance, I like how it allows Oscar's skin tones to come through and change the coloring of that part of the briefs from white.  Furthermore, I like how the briefs contours around Oscar's assets and highlights them well.  

 

Like the image above, I love the strong lines that his body creates from the tip of his left hand and flowing down to his left thigh.  I also like the visual depth that is evident due to the slight turn of his shoulders.  Finally, I like how his right thigh is slightly out of sync with his left one.  It further adds to the visual depth while also giving a backdrop to make the pouch of the briefs stand out further.  

 

Finally, I love the color handling in the image below.  Using PhotoShop, I softened the overall color tone of the image by playing with the opacity.  Like I said, I like how it soften Oscar's overall skin tone.  I'm definitely happy with the way that the image came out.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Like my other photo shoots, I also photographed Oscar in the nude.  For me, it was easy to choose the image below to highlight for this section.  Starting off, I do like the placement of the light and how it created an interesting lighting pattern on his face while opening up the shadows on his face.  Furthermore, I like how the light caresses his body throughout the image.  

 

In addition to the light, I like the pose in the image.  Specifically, I like the position of his right thigh and how it creates a backdrop to further define his body against the black backdrop.  Additionally, I like the placement of his right hand behind his head with his fingers curving towards his body.  It definitely helps to create some additional visual interest in the image.  

 

More importantly, I love Oscar's expression.  Some guys get nervous during this portion of the shoot and it is evident in their facial expression, but not Oscar.  He was comfortable during the entire photo shoot and owned it.  He approached it as a professional and was consistent throughout the entire shoot.  Furthermore, I like his intense stare and how commanding it is.  For all of those reasons, it was easy for me to select the image below as my favorite for this portion of the shoot. 

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

For my favorite image, I selected the image below.  Like all of the other images, I like how Oscar completely owns it.  I like his expression in the image and the penetrating gaze that is transfixed on the viewer.  Furthermore, I like his pose in the image and the small details, such as the placement of his right hand and how his fingers are splayed out.  Additionally, I like the confidence that is evident in his stance, particularly in his shoulders, hips, and thighs.  Like I said, it definitely feels like Oscar completely owned the image.  

 

Finally, I love the lighting in the image.  Once again, I love the lighting pattern across his face and how it captured the details on the left side.  Furthermore, I love how the lighting creates enough of a separation to make the black cotton of his Emporio Armani boxer briefs stand out from the black backdrop.  In generally, I definitely love how the light caresses his body throughout the image.  

 

For these reason, and the fact that I just like the image, it was easy to select the image below as my favorite one from the photo shoot.  

 

Oscar 222Oscar 222Oscar 222
Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

I'm definitely happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Oscar.  Like I said throughout the blog entry, Oscar was definitely a professional and brought his game to the photo shoot.  I definitely loved the consistency throughout the images as well as the emotions that I was able to capture in some of the images found within the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/oscar).  Furthermore, Oscar definitely knew the poses that would highlight his body.  So yeah, it was definitely great to work with Oscar throughout the photo shoot.  As I go through the remainder of 2016, I'm definitely hoping to work with Oscar again for another photo shoot.  Nonetheless, I'm definitely happy that I had an opportunity to work with Oscar on this photo shoot.  

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Oscar.  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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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Go Softwear jockstrap Hispanic male model Latino Model Oscar tattooed model http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/9/oscar Tue, 06 Sep 2016 04:26:26 GMT
Ryan http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/8/ryan Hey guys!  It's been a quiet week for me, even though I officially started in my new job.  But it's a little hard to be excited about it since I've been doing the job for long time now.  So yeah, I'm feeling a little jaded towards the job, even though we got some new projects to work on for the upcoming year.  Even with all of that, I'm definitely wishing that August goes by a little quicker.

 

I am spending a couple of hours a week to watch the latest movies coming out.  Today, I saw DC's Suicide Squad.  I will admit that I'm not much of a DC fan, but I found myself entertained throughout the movie.  Sure, the plot was somewhat questionable, but I do like rooting for the underdog and seeing them come out on top.  Additionally, I loved Harley Quinn and El Diablo in the movie.  Harley was just bat-shit crazy and fun, but I found myself loving the character of El Diablo even more - especially when you got the backstory to why he was weary of using his powers.  To me, he was definitely one of the more fleshed out characters in the movie.  Plus, he had some awesome fire-based powers, particularly when he took on the bad guy towards the end.  Yeah, he definitely spoke to the inner pyro in me!  Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend seeing it since it was entertaining.  Was it the best movie that I've seen this year?  No, but it ticked off the marks for my comic book nerd tendencies to make the movie enjoyable for me.  

 

However, I am looking forward to starting the fall semester at the local community college college.  As I mentioned in a few blog entries, I'm putting my master's degree on hold for a bit since I'm working full-time and can't seem to give the degree the attention it should have.  So yeah, in order to keep myself busy, I'm going to be taking a couple of photography classes at local community college.  They won't start until the last week of August, which isn't that far away, but I'm definitely wishing that it would get here already.  I'm looking forward to having some excitement in my life instead of just working and worrying about the job.  Plus a creative outlet!  So yeah, it's going to be awesome to be taking the two photography courses and the third course.  I'm definitely looking forward to expand my photography knowledge as well as getting some studio time in.  

 

Ryan

 

So yeah, moving on to the reason that you guys are here - Ryan!  As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, I had decided to go down to San Antonio for a long weekend to get away.  Booking a suite in one of the hotels along the River Walk, I used it as a base of operations while  I was there.  It definitely was a good thing since I was able to wander around the area without needing to walk through any shady areas.  More importantly, the hotel suite gave me the space to conduct a couple of photo shoots while I was there.  Of course, one of those photo shoots was with Ryan.  

 

I definitely loved working with Ryan.  When he submitted his pics, I was instantly drawn to his overall look, especially the tattoos along his arms.  To me, it was an interesting look that I wanted to capture.  As we talked throughout the photo shoot, I found out that he had been in the process of transforming his body through some serious cross-fit training at one of the local gyms.  Plus, he also told me that he played in a local band in his spare time.  Like I said, I definitely found Ryan interesting and fun to work with throughout the shoot - probably why I have worked with him twice and am hoping to work with him again in the future!  

 

Street Clothes

 

When Ryan showed up, he was wearing a t-shirt and a pair of jeans.  It did crack me up that his shirt said "Bad Boy" since I had thought when he first submitted his images.  Nonetheless, I definitely liked the look that Ryan presented in his street clothes and how it helped to create the overall image of the Latin Bad Boy, even if there were hints of the Boy Next Door look as well.  It was definitely an appealing look, which is probably why I ended up selecting several images from this phase of the photo shoot as my favorites.

 

For this section, it was easy for me to select the image below as my favorite.  As I mentioned, I love the overall look.  Moving beyond the Bad Boy t-shirt and jeans, I also love his pose.  Sure, it's a straight forward pose, but it's also classic.  There's definitely a sense of ease present in his stance (and throughout the photo shoot) as well as a sense of amusement in his facial expression, particularly in the subtle smile.  Additionally, I love the placement of his hands in the image.  I like how his left hand is mostly in his pocket with only the thumb visible, but it's the complete mirror opposite with his right hand.  It's those little details that help to catch my attention.  

 

Finally, I like the lighting in the image.  Moving away from the split lighting, I had placed the light source so that it would bath him in light.  I definitely love how it bathes his face in light before moving into the deep shadows on the right side of his face.  Plus, the catchlights in his eyes are mesmerizing.  Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the lighting in the image overall.  

 

Ryan 004Ryan 004Ryan #004
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Portrait

 

Of course, I also selected one of the images from this portion of the photo shoot as my favorite portrait from the shoot.  I will say that Ryan is stunning looking, especially his eyes.  When I first saw the image below, it definitely stopped me in my tracks.  Now, every time that I look at the image, I'm automatically drawn to his eyes.  

 

As with the image above, I definitely love the lighting and the pose in the image.  For the pose, I had Ryan positing his body away from the light and then made modifications, such as turning his shoulders and face towards the light, to maximize the light.  I will admit that I like how the turn of his shoulders create the visual depth through their span.  Additionally, I like how the shadowed area creates a counter balance to the highlighted area.  It definitely helps to balance out the image without it feeling too heavy.  

 

Finally, I love how Ryan looks serious as he looks over his shoulder.  The light definitely looks amazing on his face, especially in the area around his eyes.  Like above, the catchlights in his eyes are mesmerizing.  But I also like how the light seems to accentuate the shadows under his eyes to create a smoky look.  Between the light and his serious expression, it was definitely easy to select the image as my favorite portrait from the photo shoot.  At least, it's a portrait that certainly caught my attention.  

 

Ryan 010Ryan 010Ryan #010
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Underwear

 

As with the other photo shoots, I did photograph Ryan in a variety of underwear throughout the shoot.  For this section, I selected the image below as my favorite.  Of course, I love how Ryan looks in the black Papi boxer briefs, especially with how the lines of his hips seem to lead the viewer's eye down to the Papi logo on the boxer briefs.  

 

However, it's definitely the pose that helps to make the image below my favorite from the shoot.  I like the kneeling pose and how the lines on the bed seem to be directing the viewer's eye towards his thighs.  More importantly, I love the sense of power that is evident in his body through the pose.  Through the visual display of his chest, shoulders, and upper arms, the strength in his muscles to be present in the image and carries with it a sense of confidence.  Additionally, I love how his head and gaze is directed off screen, which helps to create some visual interest in the image as well.

 

Finally, I love the lighting in the image.  To me, it definitely feels soft.  I want to say that I was using window lighting for this image, but I'm not positive.  Nonetheless, I love the feeling of the lighting in the image and how it seems to caress his body.  In particular, I like how the light helps to create the definition in his chest and the muscles along his abs.  I also love how the light transitions from the highlights to softer shadows than are normally present in my images, which makes me think that I was using window light in the image.  Either way, I'm definitely happy with the lighting in the image and how it comes together with the pose to create a stunning image.  

 

Ryan 150Ryan 150Ryan #150
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Nude

 

Like my other photo shoots, I did photograph Ryan in the nude.  I selected the image below as my favorite nude from the photo shoot for a variety of reasons.  Of course, the first reason is the pose.  I like that he's standing to the right of the image since it allowed me to include some negative space to act as a counter balance.  Additionally, I like how the strength in his thighs is evident in the image.  Of course, I also like how the muscles in his chest and abs are on display in the image as well.  Finally, I love how is head is turned down and to the side to give a profile view.  In particular, I like the sharp line formed by the bridge of his noise.  Yeah, I definitely love the pose in the image.

 

Of course, I like the lighting in the image.  In particular, I like how the light looks on his face and how it transitions from the highlights along the bridge of his nose to the shadows at the back of his head.  Additionally, I like how the light looks on his chest and how it radiates from there before dropping off into the shadows.  It was definitely easy to select the image below as my favorite nude from the photo shoot.  

 

Ryan 120Ryan 120Ryan #120
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

My favorite image from the photo shoot comes from the beginning of the photo shoot.  Surprisingly, it's not a black and white image.  For this photo shoot, I had decided to play around with several images in PhotoShop and soften the colors through an opacity filter.  There are several images within the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/ryan) that has the same color treatment.  I definitely ended up liking how the colors were softened, particularly in his skin tone as well as his jeans.  

 

In addition to the color treatment, I like the pose and feeling of the image.  There is definitely a sense of superiority present in his facial expression, but I'm probably reading into the image.  However, when his serious facial expression is combined with the pose, I definitely feel that sense of superiority.  I like how the belt looked draped around his neck and how his hold helps to draw attention to the strength in his right bicep.  Furthermore, the display of the muscles in his chest adds to the sense of strength that radiates throughout the image.  There's definitely a feeling that the viewer should approach with a sense of caution, even if Ryan is sweet and friendly.  

 

For me, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as my favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

Ryan 045Ryan 045Ryan #045
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Closing

 

I am very happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Ryan.  As I mentioned, I was definitely drawn to Ryan's looks when I initially set up the photo shoot, which is natural.  However, as we continued working together throughout the photo shoot, I definitely learned more about Ryan and felt closer to him by the end of the photo shoot.  He definitely was professional, friendly, and on point with the posing throughout the photo shoot.  Of course, all of these led me to working with during a second photo shoot later on.  On top of that, I'm definitely thinking about working with him again in the near future once I find some time to head back to San Antonio.  I'm definitely hoping that I can make that happen before the end of the year.  Nonetheless, I'm definitely happy with collaboration with Ryan.  If you are interested, you can check out the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot at http://www.reyjphotography.com/ryan.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Hispanic Latino Papi Boxer Briefs Papi Underwear Ryan San Antonio http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/8/ryan Sun, 07 Aug 2016 06:38:35 GMT
Sergio http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/sergio Hey guys!  It's been a quiet week for me.  I've been preparing to assume my duties since I officially start in my new position tomorrow.  Sure, it's not a major change for me since I've been covering those duties for a while now, but I am excited to be officially over my new area and leading my team forward.  I've got some jitters since I am officially response for all of the marketing and outreach activities for my program, but I'm looking forward to the new challenges.  So yeah, I've been psyching myself up for tomorrow!  

 

On top of that, I'm been thinking about the classes that I'm going to be taking in the upcoming semester.  At the moment, I've signed up to take a Portrait Photography course.  I'm a little nervous about it.  It's been a while since I've actually taken a photography course and submitting my work for a grade.  Sure, in the past, I've gotten some pretty good comments and grades on my work.  I'm not really worried about that; I'm just thinking about how I'm going to need to coordinate models to help me out with the assignments.  Plus, I really need to do some networking to get in some good graces with local make-up artists since I'm pretty sure that I will end up needing to photograph a female model for an assignment.  I should probably brush up on lighting techniques that looking flattering on women instead of my love for dramatic lighting for men.  Still, I'm looking forward to the class since it'll help me out in the future.  

 

So yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to moving on through August.  I'm looking forward to starting the new job, and the increase in pay!  However, I'm more excited about getting a better work-life balance.  Through the improved work-life balance, I'm looking forward to being able to do more my photography through the two courses as well as on my personal projects.  It should be pretty awesome to say the least!

 

Sergio

 

On to the reason that you guys are here - Sergio!  He was actually the first model that I photographed in 2014.  In February 2014, I had decided that I needed to get out of Austin for a while and eventually decided to take a long weekend trip to San Antonio.  Thinking about the photo shoots that I had done in June 2013, I definitely wanted to see if I could work with some male models while I was down there.  I did change it up though; last time, I had stayed in a hotel suite a couple of blocks from the River Walk.  It wasn't necessarily the best place to enjoy the River Walk from since I had to walk through some slightly shady areas to reach the River Walk.  Don't get me wrong, the hotel from the June 2013 photo shoots was definitely a gorgeous, historical place with a lot of charm.   However, for this trip, I was definitely looking to book a hotel suite on the River Walk.  

 

During the February 2014 trip, the hotel suite that I stayed in definitely had a nice atmosphere to it.  It had some Spanish charm and furniture that definitely made the stay a pleasure.  Of course, when I booked the hotel suite, I was basically looking for a nice suite that would give me a base of operations while allowing me to have the space to do a couple of photo shoots.  Needless to say, I was definitely happy with the accommodations since I was able to hold two photo shoots there during my February 2014 trip to San Antonio.    

 

It was my luck that I was able to work with Sergio during that trip.  While we didn't connect as well as some of the guys that I have worked with in the past, it was still a comfortable photo shoot with some easy conversation flowing between us.  More importantly, I was impressed with his physique and overall look.  Additionally, he had done a couple of photo shoots before and knew what I was looking for when I asked him to move this way or that.  Overall, I loved working with Sergio and am happy with the images that came from the shoot.  

 

Street Clothes

 

Like my previous photo shoots, I started by photographing Sergio in the clothes that he wore to the shoot.  When he showed up, he was wearing a black muscle shirt that showed off his impressive arms as well as a pair black pants.  While I do have some images of him in the muscle shirt in the gallery dedicated to him (http://www.reyjphotography.com/sergio), I decided to highlight the image of him posing shirtless while still wearing his black pants.  

 

I love the image below for several reasons.  Starting off, I will say that I love the pose in the image and the fact that he's not looking at the camera.  I like that his body is turning towards the camera.  This helps to create some visual depth that is evident in shoulders and the slight twist of his hips.  Additionally, I love the placement of his right hand across his abs and how it creates some additional visual interest within the image.  So yeah, I love the pose in the image.  

 

However, I absolutely love the lighting in the image.  I love how the lighting is coming in from the opposite direction from where his body is facing.  Through that placement, it creates a wrapping effect as the light sweeps across from the right side of the image before tapering off into shadows.  However, that light helps to create some interesting mid tones and shadows that highlight the muscles in his chest and abs - especially his abs.  Additionally, I love how the light sweeps across his face and there's enough light to highlight his right eye while the rest is casted in shadow.  For me, the lighting definitely one of the top reasons why I ended up selecting the image below to highlight for this section. 

 

 

Sergio 024Sergio 024Sergio #024
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Underwear

 

Additionally, I ended up choosing the image below to highlight for the underwear section because of the feeling a comfort that is present in the image.   Normally, I tend to favor photographing a guy in a variety of underwear that highlights his physique, but there is something appealing about seeing a guy in pair of boxers.  While the gallery has some additional images of Sergio posing in a variety of briefs, I ended up selecting this image because it simply called to me. 

 

In addition to liking the soft looking boxers, I also liked how his black pants are pooling around his knees and calves.  For me, that effect helps to create the feeling that I have captured a moment in time.  In the past, it has not been a typical image that I have tried to captured; I've been more focused on having "clean" images that move from pose/garment to pose/garment - not the in-between phases.  However, I'm finding myself looking forward to capturing these types of images, as well as the "behind the scenes" types, that help to present a more comprehensive view of the photo shoot.  

 

Given that, I also like how the lighting works to show off the definition in his body.  In particular, I like how the light highlights the muscle definition in his chest, abs, and hips as well as the muscles over his ribs on the left side of his body.  Sergio definitely worked hard to achieve his muscle tone; I'm just happy that I was able to capture it in a positive light.  

 

Sergio 040Sergio 040Sergio #040
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

Nude

 

Of course, like the majority of the guys that I have worked with in the past, I photographed Sergio in the nude.  The gallery definitely has several images of him completely undressed, but I absolutely knew that the image below was going to be the one to be highlighted in this section.  

 

Ever since the photo shoot with Porter Wescott (http://www.reyjphotography.com/porterwescott), I have been fascinated with photographing a male model in a shower setting - probably in any water source really.  However, I haven't really had the opportunity to indulge in capturing these types of images since the showers in my apartment tend to be on the small side and I haven't really found a hotel suite with the right set-up.  Sure, I was able to capture some nice shower images with the previous San Antonio models, but I never really felt that they recaptured that magic that I had with Porter.  However, I will say that the image below came close.  

 

For me, I love how the water creates an interesting texture against Sergio's body.  I'm definitely fascinated with how the water captures the light to creates some interesting highlights on his chest as well as the back of his hand and his thighs.  It's also interesting to see how the water flows down and creates these interesting patterns as it flows down his thighs.  However, to me, water helps to creates a sense of motion and a captured image.  For instance, I love how the stream from the shower creates that sense of downward motion while also being frozen in time.  I also love how water droplets are frozen as they are flung from his right elbow as well as his left forearm.  Yeah, capturing water in an image has always been fascinating for me.  

 

In addition to the water, I do love the pose in this image.  I like the placement of his hands and how they create some visual interest in the image, especially with the water creating those highlights.  However, it's the calm expression that he has on his face that helps cement the image as one of my favorites.  To me, it definitely feels like he's lost in his own world.  That sense of peace really helps to make the image stand out for me.  

 

Sergio 151Sergio 151Sergio #151
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

For me, there were several images that I could have chosen as my overall favorite from the shoot.  However, I ended up choosing the image below because of how several elements came together.  As I mentioned before, I definitely liked how comfortable Sergio looked in his soft looking, gray boxers and how that feeling transferred in the image below.  And I definitely love how the lighting sweeps across his body, particularly on his face.  

 

However, I ended up choosing the image below as my favorite because of the pose.  While I could have played with the composition and had him be more off centered to create a different feel to the image, I ended up liking how the image felt with the chair placed directly centered.  But instead of him being seated in the middle of the chair and staring directly at the camera, I wanted to create some interested by having him seated off-centered and turned slightly to create some counter balance to the weight of his left leg thrown over the side of the chair.  To me, it helped to make the image more interesting while still having him in the center of the image.  

 

In addition to the placement of his body, I love his hands in the image.  As I mentioned before, I tend to pay attention to hands because I don't want them to come off like they are just hanging there.  Sure, I don't always have the model doing something with their hands in every single image, but I do try and have them change it up to help make them interesting.  For me, I love how they look as they are somewhat clasped together. Additionally, I like how they help to add some perspective to the image.  Yeah, the hand placement definitely factored in when I was choosing my favorite image from the shoot.  

 

Sergio 095Sergio 095Sergio #095
Reyj Photography
San Antonio, Texas

 

  

Closing

 

I absolutely loved working with Sergio during this photo shoot!  I'm definitely happy with the images that came out from our collaboration and several of them have become my favorites from my catalog overall.  Sergio was definitely a pleasure to work with throughout the shoot, especially with how focused he was on helping to create stunning images.  I'm definitely already thinking about heading back to San Antonio in order to work with him on another photo shoot.  I'm definitely hoping that it works out!  If you are interested, you can check out the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot at http://www.reyjphotography.com/sergio.  

 

Again, thanks for checking out the website and blog!  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

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

 

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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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Hispanic Male Model Latino Model San Antonio Sergio shower wood chair http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/sergio Mon, 01 Aug 2016 02:16:16 GMT
Red Chair Series http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/red-chair-series Hey guys!  I'm sure that some of you are shocked that I'm writing a blog entry a week after my last, but I'm hoping to be better about writing and publishing them on a semi-regular schedule.  I'm probably doing better with posting images on my Instagram account (http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography), but I always seem to have my phone with me.  Of course, I'm definitely excited to be finishing up this entry since it will conclude my thoughts regarding the December 2013 photo shoots.  So yeah, that's really exciting!  

 

But first, a quick update on life....  Not much is going on.  I'm slowly preparing myself for the upcoming promotion and everything that it will entail.  Sure, it's not going to be a major change since I've been the acting manager for that area for a while, but I'm thinking about some of the things that I want to work on as the official manager.  Of course, it will also entail continuing with some of our major projects, including a statewide conference and some media projects.  And, of course, I'll be looking to fill some vacant positions.  But overall, I am looking forward to officially taking the helms and figuring out the direction that we need to head.  It's exciting, terrifying, and thrilling!  All at the same time!  

 

I'm also finding myself taking time to enjoy the smaller things in life.  Normally, I would be spending part of my weekends working on work-related projects, but I'm definitely trying to take them back.  Like I said in a previous entry, I'm definitely looking forward to having a better work-life balance and having more time to do the things that I want.  Of course, I'm finding myself going to the movies to have a little escape from reality.  Like today, I totally geeked out as I watched the latest Star Trek film - Star Trek: Beyond.  While I agree that it was definitely on the fast pace, there were some beautiful and captivating imagery throughout the film, especially the conception of Yorktown.  That interpretation of what a city would like in space definitely appealed to the architecture photographer in me.  Absolutely stunning!  But, I will say, that my favorite part was watching the U.S.S. Franklin take on the tidal wave of bee-like drones as they blasted the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage."  And, it totally cracked me when the crew referred to the song as being "classical" music!  Those scenes were definitely my favorite from the film, and almost makes me want to watch it again on the big screen!  

 

Finally, I'm finding myself obsessing over Beck's latest song right now.  It definitely took me a moment to figure out who it was after first hearing it on 101X.  It didn't really strike me as a song that the station would play, but so did Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens."  I'm probably just not listening to the radio enough to know how the music trends are shifting and blurring nowadays.  But yeah, I'm definitely loving "Wow" by Beck (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZlbahhoEIo).  It's just an infectious song that makes me smile.  "It's my life, you life/live it once, can't live it twice/so nice, so nice".  "It's your life/you got to try to get it right/look around, don't forget where you came from".  Yeah, I'm definitely Beck's latest.  It's definitely worth a listen!  

 

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

 

Red Chair Series

 

While I was working through the various photo shoots in December 2013, I found myself falling in love with one of the chairs in the hotel suite.  I had chosen the hotel suite because of the modern-looking furnishings and the amount of space that was available.  But there was this red vinyl chair that kept grabbing my attention as I was prepping the space.  It was just a bold piece of furniture that I wanted to use as a prop, but I didn't intentionally set out to do a series focusing on it.  I just got lucky!  You can check out the Red Chair Series gallery at http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair.

 

Brent

 

Brent was the first model that I photographed in December 2013.  Like in most of the images, the chair is not the primary focal point, but is a great backdrop to frame the model against.  In the image below, I like how Brent's body is curled against the chair and how his arm is griping the top of the chair.  It definitely creates an interesting composition and some interesting lines to direct the viewer's eye.  Finally, I love the sensual feeling within the image as Brent's attention is focused on himself and not the camera.  It helps to create the sense that this is a private moment in time.  It's definitely one of my favorite images from his photo shoot.  

 

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Romance

 

As you guys know, I definitely found the photo shoot with Romance to be interesting and unlike the others.  However, I will say that Romance definitely radiated sensuality throughout his shoot.  There were times when I definitely felt the need to reign him in as well as shifting him into some more masculine poses.  However, I definitely think that his sensuality worked in the image below.  Like the image of Brent, I love how Romance's not paying attention to camera and is lost in his own world.  The image below is definitely one of my favorite images from his photo shoot.  

 

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DA

 

I absolutely loved working with DA throughout his photo shoot.  He definitely brought his game to the shoot, even though it was late at night.  However, I loved several of the images that came from the collaboration.  In the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair), I have several images of DA set against the large red vinyl chair.  However, I loved the image below and wanted to highlight it in the blog.  The chair created a great backdrop as DA showed off the tattoos the muscle tone in his arms as he gripped the top of the chair.  To me, it definitely served to highlight DA's body while looking great.  

 

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Austin, Texas

 

Jeremy

 

As you guys know, the photo shoot with Jeremy was definitely one of my favorites from that month.  It wasn't every day that I was able to photograph a dancer.  Of course, it also made it difficult to select the images that I wanted to highlight in the galleries and blog entries stemming from his photo shoots.  The same could be said for this gallery and entry since there are eight images included in the gallery.  However, I ended up choosing the image below because of the pose.  While I like how the majority of the chair is visible in the image, I absolutely love how Jeremy is posed in it.  You definitely get a sense of Jeremy's height and flexibility from how his right leg is resting on the arm of the chair.  But like the first two images, I love how Jeremy's attention is not focused on the viewer and how he's looking off into the distance.  To me, it creates some visual interest as the view is left wondering what he was looking at.  The image below is definitely one of my favorite ones from my entire catalog.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Enrique

 

I'm definitely happy with the images that came from the photo shoot with Enrique, but the image below is definitely one of my favorites.  Of course, I love the shape and strong lines that the upper portion of the red vinyl chair creates.  I also like how the buttons on the back of the chair creates a phantom arrow and points the viewer's eye towards Enrique face, but I may be imagining that phantom arrow.  At the very least, the buttons mimic Enrique's position as well as creating a leading line up towards his face.  However, I love Enrique's pose and single-minded interest in his phone.  Of course, I told him to act like he was taking a selfie with his phone - not sure if he actually took a selfie while I was capturing the image.  The age of the selfie.  Nonetheless, the image below is definitely one of my favorites from his photo shoot.   

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Jacob 

 

Finally, I wanted to highlight one of the images with Jacob posing on the chair.  Like the images above, I definitely loved the strength of character found within the chair.  I absolutely love the crisp bold lines and how they stand out against Jacob's skin as well as the backdrop.  Yeah, I was definitely in love with the chair and am definitely looking for a similar one to have in my home!  Of course, I also like how Jacob's posed in the chair.  I love the casualness of his leg thrown over the arm of the chair.  And, like the others, I like how he's not paying attention to the camera and has his gaze directed towards the distance.  It's definitely one of my favorites from his photo shoot!  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

I definitely loved how a prop can bring together a series of images.  In this case, I chose to center a gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/redchair) and blog entry around this gorgeous red vinyl chair.  As I've mentioned above, I fell in love with the bold, crisp lines of his back and how it held its own against the backdrop.  However, it definitely helped to accentuate the models' bodies and show them against an interesting item.  

 

It was also hard to withhold some of the images from the galleries dedicated to the each model.  However, as I was posting the gallery focusing on Jeremy, the idea of the Red Chair Series definitely sprang into my mind.  From that point, I purposely withheld several of the images until I could post them in a unified gallery.  I'm definitely happy with how the gallery turned out as well as how the red vinyl chair pulled together the images from six different photo shoots.  

 

Overall, I'm definitely happy with it.  And, like I said, I'm definitely looking for a a similar chair to have in my home.  Who knows, maybe I'll have another photo series focusing on a similar object.  Nonetheless, I'm definitely keeping my eye out from stunning pieces that would look amazing in my images!  

 

Again, thanks for checking out the website and blog!  I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  I'm posting images to my Instagram account on a daily basis.  

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Brent DA Enrique Jacob Jeremy Red Chair Romance http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/red-chair-series Sun, 24 Jul 2016 05:45:50 GMT
Donye http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/donye Hey guys!  It's been a while since I last posted a blog entry (and I was doing so well before - ha!), but I wanted to get one up today since I'll be writing about the last photo shoot that I did in December 2013.  Overall, things are going well here.  It's been a while since I did a photo shoot, but I've been focusing on on the full-time job and trying to do my best there.  It actually worked since I ended up getting a promotion and will be overseeing some of our media and outreach projects at work.  It's a little daunting, but I'm definitely feeling like it's a step in the right direction.  Of course, the managing side of things may kill me, but it definitely feels like a step in the right direction.  

 

I'm also hoping that the new job will allow to have some more time pursue a better work-life balance.  In my previous position, I was usually putting in 10-12 hour days and working on the weekends to get projects done.  Now that I'm over the new area, I'm hoping to leave on time and take my weekends back.  Hopefully it will give me more time to work on photography projects and actually take some additional courses.  Well, I hope since I've signed up for three courses in the upcoming fall semester.  We'll see how it plays out.  Either way, I'm definitely looking forward to the new job and the prospect of having more time for photography projects!  It should be great!

 

Donye

 

Alright, on to the reason that you guys are here.  As you guys know, December 2013 was a busy time for me.  During that month, I photographed eight guys in the span of a week.  It may have been a little on the overkill side, but I definitely needed a creative outlet after finishing the semester at graduate school.  It was definitely fun since I got to work with a lot of amazing guys and further hone my skills with each shoot.  I definitely loved each shoot for different reasons, but I will say that the shoot with Donye was definitely one of my more memorable ones.  

 

Working with Donye was definitely amazing.  He has done modeling work before and knew which positions showcased his body really well.  It definitely helped that he had an amazing body as well as an easy going personality.  We definitely bonded over music as we listened to the divas from the 80's and 90's, including Whitney Houston, Lil' Kim, and Tina Turner.  Yeah, I definitely have an eclectic taste in music, but it definitely helped to get us more comfortable with each other.  

 

However, I did have a moment of panic during the photo shoot with Donye.  For the December 2013 photo shoots, I had book a suite at a local hotel here.  It was pretty decent since it had some modern features that captured my attention as well as having a large amount of open space.  It definitely suited my needs since my place was fairly small and wasn't really conducive for photo shoots.  Anyway, during the photo shoot with Donye, I had decided to push one of my strobes to the max for some reason.  Not really thinking about it, I continued taking quite a few pictures in a row.  It's going well until I heard a pop and a fizzle!  Looking at the lights, I saw that the maxed out strobe was smoking!  

 

Yeah, I totally burned out one of my strobes during a photo shoot at a hotel!  Of course, my first thought is great - I'm looking so unprofessional in front of a model by destroying my equipment.  Then the panic set in!  I freaked out internally thinking that the smoke from the strobe was going to set off a smoke detector and the whole hotel was going to be evacuated because I burned out a strobe during a photo shoot!  I'm not sure how I looked on the outside, but I was freaking out on the inside and thinking of ways to explain and talk my way out of the situation.  Luckily, I was able to dissipate the smoke and didn't set off any smoke alarms!  Now, when I think and talk about it, I laugh at the experience since I'm sure that a lot of photographers have had that freak out moment when something didn't go to plan.  I've learned from the situation and moved on with a shrug.  

 

Donye was cool about the whole situation and didn't seem bothered by it.  Either that, or he wasn't really aware of what had happened since I told him to take a five minute break while I dealt with the smoking strobe.  However, I had to take stock of the situation since we were still fairly early into the photo shoot and I was down a light.  I didn't let it deter me; instead, I just became creative and figured out how to get some cool images with just one lighting source.  I will have to say that I love the lighting in Donye's images and that these are some of my favorite overall!  

 

There are days when I thinking burning out one of my strobes was a good thing since it led to these images, but I still mourn the fact that I had depart with some cash to replace that burned out strobe!  Still, burning out that light may have been one of the best things to happen to me since I had to think on my feet and become more creative with one light!  Since then, I have tried to think back to some of the lessons that I learned from that shoot and play with lighting from a single light source.  

 

Street Clothes

 

Like with the other guys that I have worked with, I started the photo shoot with Donye modeling the clothing that he wore to the shoot.  When he arrived, he was just wearing a t-shirt with Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. on it as well as a pair of gray sweats.  I liked how comfortable he looked in the clothing and definitely was happy with the images that came from that portion of the shoot.  Of course, he also surprised me when he voluntarily told me that he wasn't wearing any underwear underneath his sweats because he didn't want any indentation lines to show up.  I definitely thought that it was interesting for him to tell me, but it also showed me how professional he was and how he wanted to bring his best to the shoot.  

 

Of course, I love the image below and chose it as a highlight from this portion of the photo shoot.  Like I said, I definitely chose to work with Donye because he has an amazing look and an amazing body.  As I was looking through the catalog of images, I found myself stopping at this one because of the strength evident in his arms and hands.  I liked how his arms seemed to be straining against the edges of the sleeves as well as how the t-shirt conforms to the lines of his torso.  And, of course, I love the position of his hands and the visual element they created while being in that position.  It's a definitely a great straightforward pose that shows off his body in a good light.

 

Additionally, I love the lighting on this image.  Of course, this image was captured when I still had two working lights and could position one as a backlight to open up the shadows on the left side of the image.  As you guys know, I'm definitely a fan of split lighting since it creates some dramatic highlights and shadows, but occasionally I like to open up the shadows as well.  I definitely liked how that backlight helped to add some highlights on the right side of his face and seeming to fall along the lines of his face.  It helps to give a sense of sculpture to his cheekbones and jawline.   The lighting in the image definitely was one of the contributing factors to why I chose the image below to highlight.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

Of course, I also photographed Donye modeling a variety of underwear throughout the shoot.  As I mentioned, Donye definitely had an amazing body and knew how to position and highlight his body.  It was actually pretty easy to choose the image below as the one to highlight for this section.  Additionally, this is one of the images that came after I burnt out one of my strobes.

 

For me, I like the black and white Male Power briefs that he's modeling because of the visual interest created by the lines.  As the briefs contour to his body, the pattern of lines are distorted to give a sense of shape and depth.  It's evident in the lines of the pouch as well as those along his left hip.  I also loved how these briefs look in black and white images due to the strong and basic pattern.  The briefs definitely make a dramatic statement within the image and definitely standout as a point of visual interest.  

 

However, I absolutely love the lighting in the image.  As I mentioned, I had to get creative in my use of the single strobe to light Donye.  Sure, I've always said that I've loved dramatic lighting, but I've also used two lights during each of my previous photo shoots.  So yeah, I was a little nervous on how the lighting would look with just the one strobe.  Of course, I shouldn't have been worried since I've always been partial to split lighting and cascading shadows.  In the image below, I love how the lighting seems to mode itself across his body.  It further accentuates the muscular planes of his chest as it gives hints to the strength in his pecs as well as highlighting his abs.  I also liked how it picks up and highlights the details of the veins in his left arm as the light caresses it.  Yeah, I absolutely am happy with how the lighting turned out in the image.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Like the image above, the image below was only lit with a single strobe light.  However, I like how the placement of the light completely change the background from gray to one closer to the actual white of the backdrop.  Okay, it's a lighter shade of gray, but it still is several shades lighter than the previous image.  All because of the placement of the light.  

 

Like usual, I photographed Donye in the nude and am definitely happy with the images captured during the shoot.  For me, I chose the image below to highlight because of his pose.  As I mentioned, he has done several modeling jobs before and knew how to position his body.  It definitely made it easier to work with him since he knew the positions to hit, when to flex his muscles, and how to angle his body.  Of course, it definitely helped as I moved the single light around to mold the light to best capture the features of his body.  But yeah, I definitely love the pose within the image below.  

 

I also like how the slight turn of body creates some visual depth and gives the viewer a hint of the expanse of his shoulder and chest.  Of course, the light adds to the visual depth and accentuates the muscles within his chest as well as the abs below.  

 

Other than that, I'm not really sure what else to say about the image.  For me, it's just one of those that I know I like it because all of the individual components (model, pose, and lighting) came together to create a stunning image.  The image can "speak" for itself.    

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

There was one portrait-like image that I wanted to highlight from the photo shoot.  I ended up liking the image below for several reasons.  First, I like Donye's facial expression.  I like how his eyes were closed and conveyed a sense of calmness.  However, there's also a sense of tension since his eyebrows and forehead are slightly furrowed.  Through those elements, it helped to bring the viewer's attention to the details of his eye lashes and eyebrows.  Of course, the lighting also helps to bring attention to his nose and lips as well.  For me, it's definitely an interesting image visually as the eye wanders around and takes in the details on display.  

 

However, I also like the edits made to the image.  As you guys know, I'm a fan of black and white images and will usually present my images that way.  Sometimes though, I will choose to present an image in color.  While I do have a copy of the image below in black and white, there was something that spoke to me about the version below.  Sure, it's not the colors that were captured in the raw image.  After getting the image how I wanted, I went into PhotoShop and played with the opacity to soften the overall color quality of the image.  To me, it definitely helped to make the image more interesting and draw the viewer in due to the softness of the colors.  Either way, I'm definitely happy with how the color quality came out in the image below.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

As I mentioned before, the photo shoot with Donye turned out to be one of my favorites.  He was definitely a professional and, through the collaboration, we created some great images throughout the shoot.  Because of that, it was kind of hard for me to choose my favorite image from the photo shoot.  So, instead of just choosing one image to highlight in this section, I decide to showcase three of my favorite images from the photo shoot.   

 

The first image is a combination of black and white image with a splash of color.  As I was desaturating the image, I left the blue tones in because I like how his body look against the blue tones of the backdrop (yeah, I was still using a white backdrop for the image).  In the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/donye), I have several images with the blue-gray background.  But yeah, I liked how I was able to get a somewhat blue tone from a white backdrop because I was only using a single light.  

 

Additionally, I like the lighting in the image.  Like the majority of the images captured during the photo shoot, this one and the ones following were only lit with the one strobe light.  To me, there is a softness to the highlights and midtones before dropping into the dark shadows.  But that transition from the highlights to the shadows keeps drawing me in.  Yeah, I definitely love the lighting in the image below.

 

And, of course, I absolutely love the pose in the image below.  One of the things that I've learned in the photography classes that I have taken, as well as the photo shoots that I have done, is to pay attention to the placement of the hands.  You definitely don't want to leave them hanging or looking like the model was just letting them hang there limply.  The placement of the hands is definitely one of the reasons why I love the image since it almost gives the image a reverent feeling as if Donye is praying.  It definitely adds a beautiful quality to the image.

 

Finally, I love the positioning of his body overall.  I know that I talked about his hands, but I like the profile pose because of the lines it presents.  For instance, I love how the dark lines of his back is silhouetted against the blue background.  I like how the viewer's eye can start at the top of his head, go down to his shoulders and upper back, and then down into the curves of his lower body.  That line and how it stands out against the blue background definitely adds an element of interest.  

 

So yeah, it was definitely easy for me to select the image below as one of my favorites from the photo shoot.   

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

In addition to the image above, I also wanted to highlight the image below as another one of my favorite images.  Same backdrop as before, but the position of the light change it to a light gray instead of the blue-gray.  Similar to the image above, I like the lighting in the image for similar reasons.  

 

And just like the image above, I like the image below because of Donye's pose.  It definitely a straightforward shot, but I still love how lighting makes him pop against the light gray background.  I also like how the curves and lines of his body are accentuated against the background - particularly on the right side of the image.  It definitely makes for some visual interest at least.  

 

Of course, like the image above, I love the placement of his hands and the drama it seems to bring to the image.  I definitely love the details that the light picks up on his right hand as lays against his hip with his fingers splayed, but it's definitely the left hand covering his face that draws my attention.  To me, it begs the question on what was going through his mind at the time that the image was captured - especially with the downward tilt of his head and the fact that his eyes are eyes closed.  

 

It was definitely was easy to select the image below as one of my favorites from the photo shoot.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

The image below is the last one that I wanted to highlight during this section.  As you can see, it was definitely hard to choose a favorite out of the three.  Like the other two, I love the pose in the image and how it interacts with the lighting.  Additionally, I love how the lighting picks up the details in his muscle definition in his chest, abs, arms, and his right thigh.  It definitely helps to capture the viewer's eye and direct it throughout the image.  

 

But like the portrait above, I like the color handling in the image.  By playing with the opacity in PhotoShop, I was able to soften the colors while still maintaining the overall look of the image.  The color handling in collaboration with the pose and lighting definitely was one of the reasons why I ended choosing the image below to highlight in this section of the blog.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

I'm definitely happy with the images that came from my collaboration with Donye.  You can see several of them in the gallery dedicated to Donye at http://www.reyjphotography.com/donye.  Working with him was definitely a pleasure since he was professional, thoughtful, and brought his best to the shoot.  Of course, it definitely helped that he was gorgeous and had an amazing physique, but it was definitely his professionalism and personality that won me over.  I still think there are some additional images that I want to capture with him, which means that I'm definitely hoping to work with him again in the near future.  I am definitely looking forward to making that collaboration happen!

 

Again, thanks for checking out the website and blog!  I also appreciate that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!  

 

If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.phtography.

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, you can email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Donye Male Power briefs black male black male model http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/7/donye Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:34:06 GMT
Jacob http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/6/jacob Hey guys!  I know, it's shocking that I'm posting an entry roughly a week from my last one, but I have some time since I'm in the last few days of my staycation before heading back to my full-time job.  May was definitely crazy with the trips to Atlanta and Indianapolis, but June is turning out to be a lazy month - partly due to the two weeks of traveling in May.  However, I'm not entirely looking forward to going back to the job since I've been out for what is essentially a month and I'm not sure what kind of chaos I'll be leaping back into.  Still, it will be nice to interact with people after two weeks of just hanging out by myself and only speaking to fast food workers to place an order.  Maybe.  

 

However, I definitely felt like I was squandering the time off since I didn't go anywhere or do anything remotely exciting.  It didn't help that it rained here in Texas for my entire first week off from work.  But, as I was cooped up in the apartment, I did spend a lot of time on YouTube watching music videos and how-to videos for creating visual effects for movies (not that I'm planning on making videos or movies in the future).  It was definitely interesting to see how simple some of those effects are, including the Harry Potter magic as well as Nightcrawler's teleportation (Film Riot's YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot).  Not sure how I will use that knowledge in the future, if ever, but it was still cool to see how it's done.  But I did spend the majority of my time catching up and eventually downloading music that caught my interest on YouTube.  

 

Yeah, I was definitely drawn into a time sink with YouTube, but I did catch up on a lot of videos posted by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottBradleeLovesYa/featured).  I'm definitely a sucker for cover songs and have definitely come to enjoy Scott Bradlee's twists to modern songs.  I have to say that some of my favorite covers include his versions of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufvZzhK_3X8), Maroon 5's "Maps" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gO_lxThc1M), Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvEWNlcefAw), and Bastille's "Pompeii" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJY83K3o670).  I will say that the cover of "Pompeii" may be my favorite because of the inclusion of the song portion similar to the Zombie's "Time of the Season".  "Maps" is definitely up there because of the soulful rendition.  Yeah, I am fairly eclectic when it comes to music, but I definitely love the reinterpretations to the songs.  Plus, the clothing worn by the singers and band appeal to the photographer in me.  So yeah, I definitely spent a lot of time watching Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox channel and downloading some choice songs on iTunes.  I'm definitely hoping that the music will get me through next week - even if it's a short week since I don't go back to work until Wednesday.  

 

Anyway, since I have a few more days left, I thought I would go ahead and post an entry about my favorite images from the photo shoot with Jacob.  

 

Jacob

 

As you guys knows, I photographed eight different guys in a span of a week during December 2013.  It was definitely intense since I was trying to keep all of the shoots running on time and not overlapping with each other.  Of course, I'm definitely happy with the results from the photo shoots and worked with several interesting guys during that week.  Jacob was the seventh model that I photographed that week.  Throughout the photo shoot, I found that it was easy to talk with Jacob about pop culture related topics.  Sure, I was a little out of touch with some of the references since I didn't have a lot of time to stay current since I had been focusing on working full-time and attempting to complete my masters degree.  Still, I found myself listening to him and providing my input whenever I felt knowledgeable about the topic.  I definitely found it easy to keep up with the conversation while diverting more of my attention to the photo shoot and trying to capture interesting shots of him.  

 

Street Clothes

 

When Jacob showed up to the photo shoot, he was wearing these skinny black jeans and a gray sweater.  He definitely looked nice, but I changed gears when I found out that he was wearing a white A-shirt underneath.  For me, that has been such an iconic look ever since I first saw Herb Ritts's image of Richard Gere sporting an A-shirt and tight jeans in a deserted gas station (http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/the-photograph-that-kicked-herb-ritts-career-into-high-gere/).  Ever since that image, I have come to associate that look as typically American and sought to capture it whenever possible.  So, when I found out that Jacob was wearing that shirt underneath, I definitely knew that I was going to be focusing on capturing several images of him posing in that shirt and his skinny black jeans.  

 

Normally, for this portion of the entry, I try and select an image from the start of the photo shoot to highlight the clothing and look that Jacob wore to the photo shoot.  However, the image that I wanted to highlight actually came from the end of the photo shoot as he was getting redressed in his clothes.  I definitely like that it feels a little like a moment in time as he's treading his belt through the belt loops of his jeans.  However, I selected the image based on Jacob's facial expression and overall feel of the image.  

 

For me, I was definitely drawn to Jacob's boy next door looks, particularly his eyes.  When I was looking at the images in the catalog, I definitely stopped for several moments to evaluate the image and knew that it would be one of my favorites from the shoot.  Like I said, I was instantly drawn to his inquisitive facial expression and his wide eyes.  For me, there's definitely a sense of innocence as well as some vulnerability present within the expression.  Either way, it definitely causes the viewer to pause at the image.  At least, it causes me to pause each time I come across the image.  

 

Of course, I do love the look that Jacob is sporting.  Like I said, I love the classic look of an A-shirt paired with jeans.  It definitely helps to highlight his shoulders as well as the lines of his body.  Additionally, I love the subtle tease that the viewer gets of the waistband and white cotton of his Champion boxer briefs.  It definitely helps to add an unconscious sensual quality to the image.  Yes, there's definitely a small thrill of being able to see his underwear in the image, but it's not anything that is overtly sexual.  It's part of the underlying sensual quality of the image that helps to make the image appealing to me.  

 

Like I said, it was definitely easy to select the image below as one of my favorites from the photo shoot.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

Like the previous photo shoots, I photographed Jacob posing in a couple of types of underwear.  However, unlike the other photo shoots, I only photographed Jacob modeling his white Champion boxer briefs and a pair of black Emporio Armani briefs.  Yeah, I normally photograph a model posing a variety of underwear, but, when I went back to look at the images in the catalog, I only photographed Jacob in those two.  I'm not sure how I did that, but I'm definitely a little disappointed in myself for not realizing that during the photo shoot.  I'm hoping to fix that mistake in a future photo shoot, but time will tell.  

 

However, I was able to select one image that I wanted highlight during this portion of the blog entry.  Like I said, I was able to photograph Jacob in a black pair of Emporio Armani briefs.  When I gave him the option to choose a pair to model, he instantly went for the briefs and cracked me up a little.  However, I liked the way the briefs looked on him, especially how the gold eagle print added some depth to the image.  

 

For me, I like the image because of Jacob's pose.  I like the twist of his body and how it creates some visual depth to the image.  However, I like the sensuality of the image from the position of his hips and stance to the placement of his left hand on his stomach.  It's definitely the tilt of his head and the pointed stare over his shoulder that caught my attention.  To me, that helps to make the image interesting and was the primary reason why I selected the image to highlight.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Portrait

 

Throughout the photo shoot, I found myself capturing several portraits of Jacob.  Instead of highlighting my favorite nude from the session, I decided to highlight my favorite portrait.  As I mentioned, I was definitely drawn to Jacob's box next door look.  As I was going through the images, I constantly found myself stopping at one image.  It is a crop of an image that shows Jacob sitting in a white chair in just his Champion boxer briefs, but I found myself cropping that image to create the one below.  

 

For me, I like the overall composition of the image.  Sure, I'm definitely a fan of the pose, but I like how the positive space (his body) works with the negative space (the background).  For me, there's definitely a sense of balance with his lower body in the right corner as well as his arm and captured negative space in the upper left corner.  

 

Additionally, I like the lines in the image.  I like how the lines of his left arm in the lower right corner helps to drive the viewer's eye up towards his left arm and how it wraps towards his head.  It helps to drive the viewer's eye throughout the image, while also creating some interesting repetition like the line of his wrist and left hand against his left collar bone.  Even the "line" of his knuckles helps to drive the viewer's eye to the muscles of his neck and up towards his head.  Like I said, I like several of the visual elements created by the lines of his body.  

 

Finally, I like his facial expression in the image.  As I look at the image, I find myself getting lost within the intensity of his eyes.  Like several of the other images in the gallery, there's definitely a seriousness present within his expression.  It's further enhanced with the lighting as it creates some interesting midtones.  

 

Overall, I definitely love the image.  It was fairly easy to select this image to highlight for this portion of the entry.  

 

Jacob 083Jacob 083Jacob #083
Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot 

 

My favorite image comes from the beginning of the photo shoot.  Of course, it features Jacob wearing his A-shirt and black skinny jeans.  However, I wanted to pair that look up with a pair of black suspenders.  What can I say, I thought it would be interesting to photograph a guy wearing suspenders.  However, I selected the image as my favorite from the photo shoot based on Jacob's facial expression and overall pose.  I like how he's playing with the suspenders to help create some visual interest.  But it's facial expression that really seals it for me.  I like how he's looking off into the distance and has a somewhat serious expression.  

 

Overall, I selected the image as my favorite because I just liked it a lot.  Sometimes, there's not a strong element that stands out or something that can be articulated.  Sometimes, it's as simple as just liking the image a lot.  For me, I just really like the image and choose it as my favorite image overall.  Sometimes, it's just that simple.   

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

 

I definitely loved working with Jacob during the photo shoot.  I'm definitely happy with the images that came from the photo shoot, but I feel like there is still some additional work to be done with Jacob.  Like I said, it was only after the fact that I realized that I had only photographed him in just two types of underwear.  But I also think there are some additional images that I would like to get of Jacob that could potentially go beyond the studio environment.  Either way, I think there may be some additional images that I want to capture with Jacob that would lead to another collaboration.  As I get more grounded in 2016, I'm hoping that a potential follow-up shoot with Jacob could be in the works.  

 

Again, thanks for checking out the website and the blog!  I definitely appreciate that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!

 

If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, you can reach me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.  

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Champion Underwear Emporio Armani Emporio Armani underwear Jacob http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/6/jacob Mon, 13 Jun 2016 06:00:16 GMT
Robert Fowler http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/6/robert-fowler Hey guys!  It's been a while since I last posted a blog entry, but I wanted to thank all of you for your continued interest in my body of work!  I definitely appreciate it!  Of course, even though we're in June 2016, I'm still working through my catalog in an effort to post galleries and blog entries based on the chronology of my work.  Given that, I'm still working through the photo shoots that I completed in December 2013.  After the entry about about the photo shoot with Robert, I will only have two more December 2013 photo shoots to work through before we jump to 2014.  So yeah, I'm definitely excited to move on from 2013, but I am enjoying seeing the progression of my work through the postings and entries.  With that, let's move on to the entry about the photo shoot with Robert!

 

Robert 

 

I absolutely loved working with Robert throughout the photo shoot.  When I first came across his portfolio on Model Mayhem, I was instantly drawn to his hair.  While I am definitely on the look out to work with attractive guys, I'm also looking to work with guys that have an interesting feature that draws me in - whether it's a facial tattoo or an abundance of curly red hair that looks like an afro, as was the case with Robert.  Of course, I did find him attractive, but I was instantly drawn to him because of his hair.  However, there were several other images on his portfolio that showed him with short cropped hair, but I was hoping that his hair was still grown out.  I definitely lucked out though.  While it was not as grown out as in some of the images on his portfolio, I was still happy with the length and the curls that were easily seen.  

 

Street Clothes

 

As you guys know, I like photographing a male model in the clothes they were to the shoot in order to help us get comfortable with each other.  When Robert showed up to the shoot, he was wearing a stripped button down shirt with jeans.  I did take several images of him dressed like that, but I was definitely more interested in the look that was created with the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers shirt that he wore beneath the button down.  To me, it definitely recalled some of my childhood memories of watching the show after school, but I definitely loved how it seem to make him appear younger as well.  That's part of the reason why I love the image below.  

 

In addition to the clothing, I love Robert's stance in the image.  The placement of his hands helps to add some depth to the image, particularly with how his right hand helps to create some separation from the background.  Additionally, I love the slight turn of his body from his shoulders to his hips as it creates some visual interest for me.  However, I absolutely love his facial expression.  While I loved capturing several moments of him laughing and smiling at something that I had said, I love his serious expression and how his eyes completely standout in the image.  

 

And, of course, I love the lighting in the image.  In particular, I love how the lighting dances across his face as it goes from highlights to midtones to shadows.  Additionally, I love how the lights creates the catchlights in his eyes and makes them pop even further.  I was definitely happy with how the image turned out overall.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

In addition to the image above, I also wanted to highlight the image below.  The image also comes from the start of the photo shoot, but I love how it turned out.  As with the image above, I absolutely love the lighting.  In addition to loving the gradation, I love how the light showcases several of the attributes of Robert's body such as the veins in his arms and hands as well as the muscle definition in his abs and chest.  Finally, I love how the light dances across his face as he turns towards the light.  It definitely helped to highlight several of the curls around his forehead as well as making his eyes standout.  Yes, it's definitely easy to see why the image below is one of my favorites from the photo shoot.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Underwear

 

Of course, as you guys are well aware of, I love photographing guys in a variety of underwear.  As you can see in the gallery (http://www.reyjphotography.com/robert), I photographed Robert in a variety of underwear including white Calvin Klein briefs, black boxers, and multiple pairs of Go Softwear briefs.  However, as I was looking through the images to select one to highlight for the blog entry, I instantly choose the image below.  It comes from the end of the photo shoot when I was photographing Robert in a pair of Go Softwear briefs with pink stripes.   

 

The reason I love the image below is how the light highlights his body due to the pose.  I absolutely loved how his body is turned away from the camera while also creating a profile shot of his upper body.  As my eye travels throughout the image, I'm instantly drawn to his shoulder and arm and how it leads down to his hand toying with the waistband of his briefs.  I also like how you get a hint of a curve through the stripes of his briefs as it stretches across his bottom.  

 

Additionally, I love the lighting playing across his back.  As it wraps around his abs and waist, I love how it transitions into shadows with a jab of rim light leading down towards the briefs.  It definitely adds an element of interest that captured my eye when I first looked at the image.  

 

Finally, I love how the lighting canvasses his face.  While there are some highlights scattered across his face, I liked how it is mostly midtones and shadows due to his face being turned away from the light source.  I also love how his eyes continue to standout as a focal point.  They are further helped along with the serious facial expression with a hint of smile gracing his lips.  

 

Overall, it was definitely an easy choice for me as looked through the images to highlight for the underwear portion of the blog entry.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Nude

 

Of course, as with the majority of my photo shoots, I also photographed Robert in the nude.  As I was looking through the images, I selected the image below to highlight for this portion of the entry.  I was instantly drawn to the image due to the serious expression on Robert's face as well as the lines of his body.  Throughout the photo shoot, I focused on capturing Robert's serious expression for some reason.  Of course, I have several images of Robert smiling and laughing, but I seemed to be drawn to this facial expression for him.  Of course, I love the downward tilt of his head as well as the slight turn of his head towards the camera.  It definitely helps to create a sense of depth to the image while also creating some visual interest.  

 

Of course, I'm also drawn to the lines and curves of his body in the image below.  Particularly, I was interested in the lines leading from the back of his neck down through his back and lower body and on to his thigh.  Additionally, I do like the lines creating through profile of his nose and through his chin to his jaw line.  Finally, I love how the light highlights the edges of his arms and provides that separation from his chest and stomach.  Because of these visual elements, it was easy for me to select the image below as my favorite nude from the photo shoot.  

 

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Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

As with most photo shoots, it was definitely easy to select my favorite image from the photo shoot.  For me, I love capturing a moment in time.  In the image below, I was able to capture the moment that Robert was pulling off the button down shirt before leaving himself in just a pair of white Calvin Klein briefs.  While it definitely is a staged image, I love the moment quality that is evident with the piece of fabric fluttering down just to the lower left of the image.  For me, that sense of motion helps to elevate the image as a moment in time.  

 

Additionally, I absolutely love the lighting in the image.  I love how the light is caressing the left side of his body as it wraps around from behind him while also highlighting the muscles in his neck as well as the veins his arms.  Furthermore, I love how the light sweeps through his gorgeous curls creating a mixture of highlights and shadows to create the separation of the individual curls.  

 

However, it definitely is the facial expression that cements this image as my favorite from the photo shoot.  As I have mentioned throughout the entry, I'm definitely drawn to the seriousness found within his facial expression as well as intensity of his eyes.  Additionally, I love how the light accentuates his facial features and adds to his facial expression.  For me, that definitely helps to make the image standout as my favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

Robert 063Robert 063Robert #063
Reyj Photography
Austin, Texas

 

Closing

I was definitely happy to work with Robert throughout the photo shoot.  Of course, I was instantly drawn to him due to his features, particularly his curly hair, but I loved talking with him throughout the shoot and laughing at several of the comments and jokes passed between us.  Additionally, I'm definitely happy with the images that came from the photo shoot, including the ones not highlighted in the blog entry.  Of course, I'm definitely hoping to work with Robert in the future - hopefully at some point in 2016!

 

Again, thanks for checking out the website and the blog!  I definitely appreciate that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!  

 

If you want, you can also check out my instagram at http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography.  

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, you can reach me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Calvin Klein Curly Hair Go Softwear Red Head Robert http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/6/robert-fowler Sun, 05 Jun 2016 05:00:02 GMT
Enrique http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/4/enrique Hey guys!  Another month down and it looks like April is following March in its footsteps.  It's definitely been a busy month at work and hasn't really given me a lot of time to work on any photography projects.  I am hoping that it slows down for a bit, but I never know with my current job.  Still, I have been able to post some images on the website as well as my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography/).  Additionally, I'm trying to set up a photo shoot for this month, but it seems like work is getting in the way of it.  Still, I have high hopes for it.  However, let's get to the photo shoot that I did with Enrique in December 2013.  

 

Enrique

 

As you guys may remember, I photographed eight models in eight separate shoots in the span of a week in December 2013.  Enrique was the fifth model that I worked with during that week.  When he first submitted his images, I was definitely attracted to his facial features, particularly his eyes.  When I first saw his images, I instantly knew that I wanted to photograph him because of those features.  For me, I definitely loved how the images turned out with his serious facial expression.  

 

Street Clothes

 

As with all of my shoots, I like photographing the model in the clothes they wear to the shoot.  In this instance, I loved how Enrique looked in his black bottom down shirt, black jeans, and cross.  With the white backdrop, the dark clothes definitely helped to make him stand out.  Even more so, I loved how the black shirt looked on him and how the buttons caught the light, as seen in the image below.  I will say that this is one of the looks that I like on guys quite a bit because it dresses up a pair of jeans quite nicely.  Plus, a button down shirt is pretty versatile in that unbuttoning a few buttons can change the look completely.  So yeah, I love using these shirts during photo shoots.  

 

In addition to the clothing, I like the stance in the image.  While it's not terribly exciting, I like how casual it looks and is somewhat iconic of the typical young man.  There is a sense of defiance within his body language, especially with the tilt of the head and the somewhat bewildered look on his face.  However, he's not backing down from the challenge.  Like I said, it's a somewhat typical stance of the young man.  

 

Additionally, I love the placement of his hands.  During one of my photography classes, I photographed another guy in a similar stance.  However, when I asked my lab instructor what he thought of the image, he noted that placement of the hands made it seem like I was directing the viewer's eyes towards his crotch.  When I asked my camera instructor what he thought about the pose, including the comments made, he just laughed and said that most young guys wanted to have attention directed there.  Nonetheless, I still like having a guy pose with his thumbs within the pockets of his jeans and his fingers splayed across his upper thighs.  Though, I am a little more careful of the finger placement though.  In this image, I love how Enrique's long fingers are splayed down across his thighs and curl slightly.  It adds a interesting visual element without distracting from the overall image.  

 

Finally, I love the lighting in the image.  As usual, I went with a split lighting pattern while having another light to slightly open up the shadows on the left side of the image.  However, I do like the dramatic lighting and how it spreads across his face and body to creating an interesting lighting pattern.  I love how it picks the details of the veins in his forearms and hands as well as highlight his cheekbones.  Yeah, I absolutely love the light in the image below.  With everything combined, it's definitely easy to see why the image is one of my favorites from the photo shoot.  

 

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Underwear

 

Of course, I definitely wanted to photograph Enrique in a variety of underwear.  Usually, I would photograph the model wearing just the underwear; however, I absolutely loved how he look in the black button down shirt and wanted to continue dressing up some of the images.  As I mentioned above, I love how versatile a button down shirt can be.  By unbuttoning the top three buttons, it creates a different overall look as the viewer gets a hint at the skin below the material.  I've always liked that hint of a tease of what lies hidden beneath the fabric.  

 

I also unbuttoned the last button at the bottom of the shirt in order to create a wider opening.  I definitely wanted to create an element that would frame the bulge within Enrique's briefs as well as direct the viewer's attention towards it.  While the opening isn't completely in alignment, the edge of the fabric definitely helps to direct the viewer's eyes to an interesting element within the image.  

 

In most images highlighted under this category, I usually highlight the underwear since that is all the model is wearing in the image.    In this image, the underwear is definitely interesting in the outline seen through the cotton and how it's highlighted by the black edge of his shirt.  However, I love how Enrique's thumbs are trapped within the waistband of the briefs and are brining it down.  It's more evident on the right side of the image, but it's there on the left side as well.  He's just mere moments from pulling them completely off, but the moment captured definitely has a sexual appeal to it as well.  Sometimes, it's all about the anticipation.  

 

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Half Nude

 

And sometimes it's all about the tease.  Usually, I would be highlighting my favorite nude from the photo shoot, but I really liked how Enrique looked in that button down shirt.  There are several images in the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot (http://reyjphotography.com/enrique) without the modesty of his hand; however, I decided to highlight the image below as my favorite.  

 

As I mentioned above, sometimes it's all about the anticipation of seeing your lover for the first time.  At other times, it's all about teasing or being teased by your lover.  In the image below, I loved that that Enrique is only wearing the black button down shirt and is nude from the waist down.  However, his hand is providing some modesty by covering himself in an effort to tease the viewer.  For me, I absolutely love the placement of his hands.  I like how his left hand is gripping his right shoulder which helps to lead the viewer's eye down his right arm to his right hand.  

 

And, of course, I love the lighting in the image.  As with the image above, I love how the light highlights some of the details within the image.  For instance, I love how it highlights the veins in his hands, particularly the right one, and the muscles in his forearms.  I also love the highlights on the buttons of his shirt and cross.  Yeah, it definitely easy to love the lighting in image when it's combined with the subject matter and the pose.  

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

My favorite image from the photo shoot turned out to be a portrait.  Fun fact: when I captured the image below, Enrique was nude from the waist below.  Yeah, that's an interesting snippet from the photo shoot.  However, I loved his facial expression in the image and wanted to capture it in a portrait.  To me, there's a sadness within his facial expression that first caught my attention when he submitted his images for consideration.  When I saw that look in his images, I definitely knew that I wanted to capture it.

 

Of course, I love the lighting in the image.  I love how the light highlights the left side of his face and tappers off towards his right.  However, I was using a light on the right side of him to open up those shadows on the right side of his body.  It definitely helped to pick up the details within his hair, the piercing in his ear, and the details of his skin.   For me, it's definitely the lighting that makes the image my favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

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Closing

 

I absolutely loved working with Enrique throughout the photo shoot.  While I mentioned that I loved the sad look in facial features, Enrique was anything but sad throughout the shoot.  He was definitely on the serious side, but I was able to easily engage him in conversation as I learned about his life.  Of course, I absolutely loved photographing him in his black button down shirt and how it created an interesting look for me to work with throughout the shoot, especially when I paired the shirt with different pairs of briefs and boxer briefs.  Overall, I'm definitely happy with the images that we created throughout the shoot and the fact that I was finally able to share them with all of you.  

 

And, of course, I'm definitely hoping to work with Enrique in a future photo shoot!

 

If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at: http://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography/.  

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, feel free to email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Black Button Down Shirt Calvin Klein Calvin Klein underwear Enrique Hispanic Hispanic Male Model http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/4/enrique Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:46:35 GMT
Dancer http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/3/dancer Hey Guys!  

 

I can't believe that February came and went and March is following in its footsteps.  It's definitely been a busy couple of months.  I traveled across part of Texas in February - went to Ft. Worth and Houston within the span of a week.  It was a work-related trip, but I definitely took some time to work with a male model in Houston and was happy with the images that came out of the photo shoot.  I'm still in the process of editing those images, but I definitely like what I'm seeing on the computer screen.  

 

Of course, I'm also trying to line up some additional photo shoots with some male models in the next couple of months.  I've got one tentatively scheduled in San Antonio next month and am definitely looking forward to working with him.  I'm also looking to schedule a couple of additional shoots here in Austin before summer rolls around, but we'll see how successful I am in that venture.  Overall, I'm definitely happy with the progression with my photography work, especially as I'm trying to balance it against a full time job.  

 

Dancer Series - Jeremy

 

As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, Jeremy is a trained dancer and has worked with a dance company.  When I found this out, I definitely changed my idea for the photo shoot and asked him to be prepared to do through several dance moves during the shoot.  I was definitely anticipating this portion of the photo shoot and hoped that the images would look as beautiful as Jeremy's precise movements from pose to pose.  

 

Composure

 

In addition to the carefully orchestrated movements, I also love how Jeremy was able to hit a pose and make it look elegant and powerful.  For me, that is why I love the image below.  I absolutely love the lines created by his body, particularly his legs and arms, but I absolutely love the sense of power that is evident in his shoulders and the serious facial expression.  I also think that the image clearly captures Jeremy's confidence as well as how comfortable he is in how body.  For me, this is one of my favorite portraits that I have captured.  

 

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Along the same lines as the image above, I love the image below for similar reasons.  Again, I love the lines that his legs make as well as the those in his arms.  Additionally, I love the additional depth that is evident through the position of his legs as well as the twist of his hips.  To me, it definitely is a dynamic pose that captures the beautiful lines of Jeremy's body.  

 

As with the image above, I also love the seriousness of his facial expression as he gazes to the right side of the image.  Of course, I was drawn to Jeremy's strong profile from the slope of his nose to the strong jawline.  His facial features in combination with the lighting creates a dynamic lighting pattern as it transitions from highlights to the shadows around his jawline.  As with the image above, I absolutely love the image below and count it amongst my favorite images that I have had the opportunity to capture.  

 

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Movement

 

I am always amazed watching dancers gracefully move from one pose to the next.  As we were going through the photo shoot, I found myself in awe of Jeremy's body and strength as he transitioned from one movement to the next.  For me, the image below captures that sense of movement while also capturing his strength and precision.  In the image, you can see that he is holding his body weight with his fists.  What is not shown were the slow extensions of his legs and the act of pulling them back towards his body in slow and precise movements while holding his entire body weight on just his fists.  However, you do not see any signs of stress in his facial expression indicating that he did not have any difficulty with the movement.  To me, that simple demonstration of power was amazing.  Of course, I am absolutely happy that I was able to capture part of that transition in the image below.  

 

As with the images above, I am absolutely happy with the lighting in the image.  I like the transition of the highlights to shadows are the light drops off towards the lower part of his body.  However, I do love that the light is able to create highlights, midtones, and shadows in his black tights.  Additionally, I love the shadows on the floor that were created by his body and crossed legs.  Yeah, I'm definitely happy with the overall image and the movement that was captured within it.  

 

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Underwear

 

As you guys know, I tend to capture the model posing in a variety of underwear throughout the shoot.  In the previous gallery and blog entry, I highlighted several images of Jeremy posing Papi boxer briefs and others.  However, when I was setting up the shoot and bouncing ideas with him, he asked me if I wanted him to bring the dancer's pouch that he wore while dancing.  Of course, I jumped on the chance without really having a clear picture of what a dancer's pouch was, but I was definitely happy that I had him bring it.  

 

I love the image below for the slight tease that Jeremy is presenting.  I love the casual display of the dancer's pouch as well as his upper thigh as Jeremy pulls down the left side of his tights.   Of course, I love how the light highlights the creases in the dancer's pouch and helps to lead the viewer's eye further down.  In addition to this small creases, I love how the light tapers off from the highlights on the right side of the image and descends into shadows as the viewer's eyes moves to the left.  

 

However, I love the pose even more.  I like the placement of his arms and hands as he lowers the left side of his tights.  Of course, I love how the light picks up several of the details, such as the veins on his hands and the muscle definition in his forearms.  I also like how they are serving as leading lines directing the viewer's eyes to different parts of the image.  Additionally, I love how the lighting pattern falls across his arms, and body in general, as well as how his hands stand out against the black tights and the white background.  

 

Finally, I love the positioning of his head.  I love how he's not making eye contact with the viewer and gives the impression that this is a private moment.  I love how the tilt of his head helps to reinforce the leading lines and helps to direct the viewer's attention to his left forearm and then down to the bottom of the image.  On top of that, I love Jeremy's gentle facial expression.  It helps to strengthen the calming feel of the image as well as show how comfortable Jeremy is with his body.  With all of these elements combined, it's definitely easy to see why the image below is one of my favorite images from the photo shoot.   

 

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Favorite Image From The Photo Shoot

 

I already listed my favorite image from the photo shoot in the previous blog entry.  However, since I'm treating this part of the photo shoot as a separate entry, I'm also going to identify my favorite image from this part of the photo shoot.  For me, it was easy to actually chose the image below to highlight as my favorite from this portion of the shoot.  

 

As I have been indicating throughout the shoot, there is definitely a sense of power and grace within Jeremy's body that easily seen as he moves from one pose to another.  For me, I love the strength that is displayed in the pose as he reclines back with his only support coming from his legs.  There are no telling signs that indicates that Jeremy is stressed in holding the pose.  

 

In addition that casual display of strength, I also love how elegant the pose appears.  I liked the placement of his open hand across his chest and how it gives a subtle hint of movement.  I also like the subtle turn of his shoulders as it helps to create some additional visual depth in the image.  I also love the placement of his left hand and arm as it directs the viewer's eye to the lower part of his body.  Finally, I absolutely love Jeremy's facial expression and the calmness reflected in it.  All of the elements, in combination with the lighting, definitely helps to establish the image as one my overall favorite images in my catalog.   

 

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Closing

 

There are several items on my photography bucket list that I want to accomplish.  One of those was to have the opportunity to photograph a dancer as they went through a series of movements.  Sure, when I originally wrote the idea down, I thought that I would be photographing a ballerina or potentially a ballroom dancer.  However, after watching so many seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, I knew that I would want to photograph a contemporary dancer.  It was just my luck that I was able to work with Jeremy, a dancer trained in ballet, and capture him working through several movements that felt contemporary to me.  

 

Overall, I am definitely happy with the images that Jeremy and I created during the photo shoot.  Sure, I may have gotten a little overwhelmed by the feels as I watched Jeremy effortlessly and gracefully moved from pose to pose; I may have even let a few tears escape as I moved by the overall beauty of Jeremy's movements.  

 

Of course, I am hoping to work with Jeremy again in the near future in order to create some additional magical images.  Here's hoping that I have another opportunity to work with such a talented man!

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Ballet Contemporary Dancer Jeremy dancer's pouch http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/3/dancer Mon, 21 Mar 2016 01:19:03 GMT
Jeremy http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/jeremy Hey guys!  I can't believe that January has already come and gone!  Time definitely seems like it's flying.  Of course, photography has definitely been a big part of my spare time lately, which is awesome!  Recently, I've been working on editing some images from a few photo shoots from 2014 and 2015.  Those edits are coming along well and I'll eventually be posting some of my favorite images from those photo shoots when the time comes.  

 

Additionally, I also had the opportunity to work with a male model in January.  I definitely enjoyed the experience and had fun trying out some new techniques with him.  Some of those new ideas worked well, but others didn't work so well.  However, it was definitely fun experimenting with different ideas during the photo shoot and just trying new things.  And, of course, it's given me some additional ideas for concepts to potentially try in the future.  Nonetheless, in looking through the images during the import process, I definitely saw several images that I'm wanting to work on from the photo shoot.  I really can't wait to start the editing process on those images and eventually share my favorite ones with you guys.  

 

On top of that, I am taking a photography course, Color II, at the local community college.  I was attempting to take an architecture photography course, but I don't think it's going to make.  In reality, I only took Color II because I needed a lab course to go along with the camera course, but I'm probably going to stick with the Color II course since I already paid for it and the fact that's a prerequisite for some additional courses.  Plus, it will be nice to get some additional in-person instruction on Photoshop and Capture One.  So yeah, that's definitely taking up some of my time during the evenings.   

 

I'm also working on a 52 Week Photography Project focusing on architecture photography.  Every week, I'm attempting to photograph, edit, and post an image of a different piece of architecture each week.  I've been focusing on architecture around Austin since I live here, but will also be including architecture from some of the different places that I'll travel to throughout the year.  Since I'll be heading to Ft. Worth and Houston in two weeks, I'll definitely be adding some images from one of those cities.  So yeah, it's definitely an interesting project and one that I hope that I can complete.  Those images are posted on my website focusing on my architecture photography: http://www.reyescastillophotography.com.  

 

So yeah, I'm definitely happy that photography is starting to become a more integral part of my life, especially as I'm starting to balance it a little better in relation to my full-time job.  I'm definitely happy that I'm able to devote more time to it and work on a variety of different projects with male models as well as architecture.  It's even gotten to the point where I think that I might be able to take some additional photography courses at the local community college and potentially go through the entire degree plan.   So yeah, that's definitely going to be cool since it will only help me with the different projects that I'm working on in my spare time.  

 

Jeremy

 

For now, let's talk about the photo shoot that I did with Jeremy.  He was the fourth model that I photographed in December, and definitely proved to be one of my favorite ones.  I absolutely loved his confidence and laid-back attitude throughout the shoot.  We talked about a variety of things throughout the shoot and established an easy rapport throughout it.  

 

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One of the cool things about Jeremy is the fact that he is a trained dancer.  I definitely loved working with him as we went through a series of dance poses during the shoot.  However, I'm going to post those images as a separate series since I had so many to choose from and wanted to highlight them separately.  Still, it was definitely one of my dreams to actually photograph a dancer and I fulfilled it with Jeremy.  Of course, I'm still wanting to photograph some other dancers since I love watching them go through the different movements and moving their bodies in a way that seems seamless.  

 

Street Clothes

 

As you guys know, I like to photograph the various models in the clothing that they wore to the photo shoot.  When Jeremy arrived to the photo shoot, I knew that I wanted to photograph him in the burnt orange sweats that he wore.  I loved how casual they looked on him but also highlighted his body somewhat.  So yeah, I definitely knew that I was going to him pose in the sweats to start the photo shoot.  

 

I definitely love the image below.  Of course, I love the lighting and how it plays across his body.  I definitely think it's interesting as it crosses his face to create some interesting highlights and shadows.  It definitely helps to accentuate his facial expression as well.  

 

In addition to the lighting, I love the pose in the image.  I love that he's looking straight at the camera, but the majority of his body is posed as a profile shot.  It definitely helps to highlight the muscles in his chest and slope of his shoulders and upper back.  The slight twist of his hips definitely helps to add some depth to the image as well and the placement of his right arm.  Overall, the image is definitely one of my favorite ones from the series.  

 

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Underwear

 

As you guys know, I tend to photograph guys posing in a variety of underwear.  The photo shoot with Jeremy was no different.  However, there are two images that I wanted to highlight from portion of the shoot since I couldn't decide which one was my favorite between the two of them.  Of course, Jeremy was wearing Papi boxer briefs in both images.  

 

In the image below, I had Jeremy pose in a pair of yellow Papi boxer briefs.  I definitely loved the way they looked on him and how they highlighted the lines of his body.  However, in the image below, I loved the teasing element associated with Jeremy pulling down the right side of the boxer briefs to create an interesting diagonal at his hips.  I think it creates a point of interest in the image that helps to drive the viewer's eye to his left arm and back up to his face.  

 

In addition to the briefs and the diagonal created, I love the lighting in the image.  I love how it caresses the planes of his body and how the left side of the image becomes darker with the shadows.  I also love how those shadows are created at various points of his body to show his muscle definition, such as the lines at abs, chest, and near his hips.  Yeah, like all photographers, I am obsessed with lighting and how it accentuates the subject matter - Jeremy's body in this case.  

 

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As I mentioned above, Jeremy is also posing in a pair of Papi boxer briefs in the second image that I wanted to highlight under this section.  However, instead of the solid color such as the bright yellow of the boxer briefs above, I definitely knew that I wanted to have Jeremy pose in these bright green boxer briefs with an intense pattern.  From the first moment that I saw those green Papi boxer briefs, I knew that I was going to have a male model pose in them.  Of course, I knew that I was going to have that image in black and white due to the strong pattern in the boxer briefs.  I'm definitely happy that the image came out like I had envisioned when I first saw those boxer briefs.  

 

In addition to the Papi boxer briefs, I like Jeremy's pose in the image.  As with the first image, I do like the mostly profile pose.  I like how it highlights his chest and back and how they lead down to his narrow waist.  Of course, I do like the subtle hint of the curves encased in the boxer briefs and how they lead down to his thighs.  It's definitely a good pose to highlight Jeremy's body.  And, of course, I love the fact that Jeremy's looking down over his shoulder.  To me, all of the elements helps to create an interesting image that I wanted to highlight in the blog entry.  

 

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I will note that I'm planning a separate gallery and blog entry that will highlight another set of images of Jeremy posing in a pair of briefs.  That set of images has been separated out due to the number that I ended up liking from that short series.  That series will be posted separately with a blog entry to highlight my favorites from that short series.  

 

Nude

 

Like my previous photo shoots, I did photograph Jeremy in the nude.  As the previous images have highlighted, Jeremy does have an amazing body and I definitely wanted to showcase without any barriers.  There are definitely several nude images of Jeremy within the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot.  However, I wanted to highlight the image below.  As I mentioned, I photographed Jeremy in December.  However, he ended up biking to the location and was still cold from the weather.  In order to get him warmed up a little quicker, he asked if he could take a quick hot shower, which I had no problem with.  The image below was taken after he had dried off from his warm shower.  I hadn't planned on capturing any images involving a shower or towels, but I am happy that I was able to capture a couple of images of him posing with the towel.  

 

Of course, one of those impromptu images, shown below, turned out to be one of my favorite nudes of Jeremy.  I like that his body is angled enough to add some depth to the nude as shown in the turn of his shoulders and glimpse of his chest.  I also like how his thighs are different positions to provide that additional depth at the bottom of the image.  I also love how the pose shows off the curves of his glutes and how they lead into his thigh.  

 

More importantly, I love the lighting in this image.  As usual, I love how the light changes from the highlights to the shadows as it sweeps across his body.  However, I absolutely love how the light highlights the muscles in his thighs to make them easily visible.  Additionally, I love the shadowed dip at the juncture between his thigh and his glute.  It's those little details that capture my attention and help to make the image interesting.  Finally, I love how the rim light helps to outline the lines at his upper arm as well as his lower back to separate them from the background.  Yeah, I absolutely love the lighting in the image below.  It's definitely easy to see why the image is one of my favorite from the photo shoot with Jeremy.  

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

As I mentioned, I'm breaking up this photo shoot into three pieces.  The image below is my favorite image from this portion of the photo shoot.  Once again, I like the lighting in the image, but it really is the pose and facial expression that makes it my favorite.  Yes, Jeremy is completely nude in the image, but I love how comfortable and at ease he looks in the image.  I think his facial expression definitely conveys that feeling.  

 

I definitely love the pose in the image.  I love how the various lines intersect such as his left leg leading up from the corner of the image before being intersected by his arm.  I also love how his line of sight is pointed directly at his right knee to help tie in the various lines.  To me, it's definitely an interesting composition due to all of the intersecting lines created by his limbs.  Between the lighting, the pose, and the overall feeling of the image, it's definitely easy to see why this image is one of my overall favorites from my entire catalog.  

 

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Closing

 

Working with Jeremy was definitely an honor.  I know that I don't usually say that about my various photo shoots, but working with Jeremy definitely was a intense experience.  As I mentioned before, I decided to break up the photo shoot into three different segments because each one felt like it could be a stand alone segment.  I definitely love several of the images that came out from this portion of the shoot, especially the ones highlighted in this blog entry.  And I definitely love the image highlighted as my favorite image from the shoot.  

 

However, I can't wait to start sharing the images from the other two portions of this shoot.  I'll be working on posting the next portion of the shoot in the upcoming couple of days.  I think it should definitely be cool to say the least.  

 

If you want to check out some of the other images highlighted from this portion of the photo shoot, check out the gallery at http://www.reyjphotography.com/jeremy.  

 

If you want, you can also check out my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/reyj.photography/.

 

And, if you're interested in setting up a photo shoot, feel free to email me at reyj.photography@gmail.com.  

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Jeremy Papi underwear Reyj Photography boxer briefs dancer http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/2/jeremy Mon, 08 Feb 2016 03:27:33 GMT
D.A. http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/1/d-a Hey guys!  I can't believe that 2015 came to an end!  And, of course, I'm still posting galleries and blog entries on photo shoots that occurred in 2013.  I'm seriously starting to wonder if I'll ever catch up and be current!  Nonetheless, I definitely want to thank you guys for sticking with me and continuing to look at my images through the galleries as well as reading the blog entries about my thoughts on the photo shoots themselves.  It definitely means a lot to me, especially when I get emails from you guys about wanting to work with me because of the images posted or just shooting me short emails about how you like my work.  It really does mean a lot to me!

 

In looking back on 2015, it definitely proved to be an interesting year.  While I didn't get to photograph a lot of male models this year (I found myself focusing more on architecture photography), I did surprise myself with the work that I went into updating the website and clearing a backlog of images.  Sure, there were a couple of months that went by without an update, but overall I'm glad that I was able to start posting images on a somewhat irregular basis. Overall, I'm happy with the way that 2015 turned out in regards to my photography.

 

However, I'm also looking to make 2016 a better year.  At the moment, I'm still trying to plan out what I want to do, but I'm starting to firm up some of those ideas and starting to make them a reality!  I'm definitely looking forward to working with a some old friends as well as working with some new guys on some photo shoots next year. Hopefully, I'll be able to share them with you guys a little more quickly as well.  So yeah, here's looking to a great 2016!

 

But for now, let's take a look back on my December 2013 photo shoot with D.A..  

 

D.A.

 

I worked with D.A. directly after the photo shoot with Romance.  During that month, I was trying to get as many photo shoots completed after feeling uncreative due to a long semester of grad school.  Of course, it definitely lead to the backlog of images that I'm still trying to work through.  Nonetheless, I definitely enjoyed working with D.A. on the photo shoot, even though we didn't finish the photo shoot until close to 2:00 am.  

 

D.A. was definitely an interesting guy to work with throughout the shoot.  He didn't really make a lot of small talk with me, but that might have been due to the late hour of the photo shoot.  However, I knew that we were going to creating some interesting images due to his overall look, his professionalism, and his entirely calm nature throughout the photo shoot.  Plus, I knew that I would be able to get some awesome black and white images with him.  I'm glad that I wasn't disappointed.  

 

The image below is definitely one of my favorite images from the beginning of the shoot.  As you guys know, I do like to start the shoot by taking photos of the model wearing the clothes that they wore before moving on.  While the image below was a quick capture as he was pulling off his jeans in order to pose in his boxers, I knew that I wanted to capture the instance of him pulling off his jeans.  I ended up liking the image because it feels like it was a moment captured instead of being a posed image.  Of course, I like that the image was captured right when D.A. had looked up and made eye contact with the camera and the viewer.  Like I said, I like the image because it feels like a moment captured in time.  

 

Of course, I am definitely happy with how well the image looks in black and white.  I love the gradation of the tones as the light sweeps across his body to create the various highlights and shadows.  I particularly like how the light is playing across his face, specifically on the right side of his face.  Plus, the rich tones of his skin definitely translated well in the black and white image.  Like I said, it's definitely one of my favorite images from the photo shoot.  

 

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Portraits

 

One of the things that I loved about D.A. was his facial structure.  I definitely knew that I wanted to create several portraits of D.A. as we worked throughout the photo shoot.  And I definitely knew that I wanted to attempt to get a profile image of him given his facial structure.  As such, I am happy with the way the image below turned out.  

 

As I mentioned, I really like D.A.'s profile from the slope of his forehead down over his nose and back down over his lips and chin.  To me, it's visually appealing and looks nice set against the backdrop.  Additionally, I love how the light highlighted his cheekbone, jawline, and his ear.  For some weird reason, I really like how the light and shadows are playing within the structure of his ear.  It's interesting to see how the the different areas are defined in highlights and shadows.  

 

Finally, I love how the light is creating interesting shadows and highlights across his face and neck and down his back.  As I mentioned before, D.A. had a rich skin tone that looked great when done in black and white.  Those skin tones are helped by the light creating an interesting light pattern highlighting the muscles across his back.  Like I said, I really love how the light turned out in the image below.   

 

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In addition to the portrait above, I also ended up loving the image below.  I love the image below for similar reasons as the one above.  However, I think the top reason why I love the image below is the pose.  I love how he's looking away from the camera towards the light.  As I said above, I really do like D.A.'s facial structure.  In addition to the tilt and direction of his head, I also love the placement of the hands over the back of the chair.  To me, it creates an relaxed feeling while still having elegance due to his the serious facial expression and position of his head.  It's definitely one of my favorite portraits within my catalog.   

 

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Underwear

 

As usual, after photographing D.A. in the clothes that he wore to the shoot and then in just his boxers, I moved on to photograph him in a variety of underwear.  After photographing him in his Hanes boxers, I had D.A. model a pair of light pink Go Softwear briefs.  I thought that they would contrast nicely against his skin tones while fitting him nicely.  I'm definitely happy with the way he filled out the briefs and how the image turned out  overall.  

 

Additionally, I love the pose in the image.  I knew that I wanted to get a profile shot given how D.A. filled out the briefs, but I also knew that I wanted to add some dimension as well.  As such, I had him turn his shoulders a little to create some additional visual depth.  In addition to the slight turn of his shoulders, I also like how his arm looked draped across his chest.  It helps to add some weight to the image in terms of how the shadows deepened as less light reached his elbow.  

 

And, of course, I love the tilt and slight turn of his head in the image.  Throughout the shoot, D.A. had a serious expression on his face most of the time.  I definitely loved that about him, since it conveyed a sense of professionalism but also suited his demeanor.  However, I love the facial expression in the image.  There's a small hint of amusement and coyness, but it could be that I'm reading too much into the image.  Still, the facial expression definitely adds to the overall reason why I love and chose to highlight the image.  

 

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In addition to the Go Softwear, I also knew that I wanted to photograph D.A. modeling a pair of dark pink N2N briefs.  After seeing how D.A. filled out the Go Softwear briefs, I knew that I wanted to get him to try on the N2N briefs.  I'm definitely happy with how he looked in the briefs.  Like the previous ones, I love how the color contrasted against his body, especially when I converted the image into black and white.  The lighter tones definitely contrasts nicely against the dark tones of his lower stomach as well as his thighs.  

 

In addition to how well D.A. looks in the briefs, I also like the pose in the image.  D.A. was definitely on the lean side, but I loved how the image shows off his abs and the definition in his chest.  It's definitely helped along through the highlights, midtones, and shadows created by the light as it caressed his body.  Moving beyond the muscle definition in his chest and abs, I love the placement of his hands at his hips with his thumbs hidden behind his waist.  With the shadows created at his hands, it contrasts nicely against the lighter tones at his hips and waist.  Overall, I love the pose and how the light traveled across his body to create the interesting highlights, midtones, and shadows.   

 

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Nudes

 

And, of course, I did photograph D.A. in the nude.  The image below is my favorite nude from D.A. photo shoot.  As I've been saying through the blog entry, D.A. has these rich skin tones that look exquisite when the image was converted to black and white.  In addition to his skin tones, I love the muscle definition through his lean body.  Both of those characteristics are definitely present in the image below.  I definitely love how the light accentuates the muscles in his shoulders and back as well as the dimples that appear at his lower back.

 

Additional, I love the pose.  Within the gallery, there are some frontal nude shots of D.A., but I definitely thought this image and pose were more interesting and deserving to be highlighted in the blog post.  The pose definitely shows off his physique well.  I love how the lines taper down from his wide shoulders to his narrow waist before falling off as they descend down his thighs.  I also love the placement of the hand and how it's cast in shadow.  It creates some additional visual weight on the left side of the image to help balance out the image.  Of course, I am in love with the lighting and how it proceeds to place the left side of his body in shadow.  The image is definitely one of my favorite images from my entire catalog.  

 

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Favorite Image From The Photo Shoot

 

Sometimes I find it difficult to choose a favorite image from a photo shoot.  However, I knew instantly which image was my favorite as I was working through the editing process.  When I saw the image below, even in its RAW form, I already envisioned what it would look like in black and white and knew that it would be one of my favorite images overall.  So yeah, it was definitely easy to select the image below as my favorite image from the photo shoot.  

 

As you guys know, I am a fan of split lighting since it creates some awesome highlights and shadows.  As you can see in the image, the back side of his body is shrouded in shadows with a tiny edge of light gracing his lower back and the curve of his cheek.  In addition, I absolutely love the gradation of the tones as the midtones transition into the shadows at his side.  And, of course, I love how the shadowed areas of his body contrasts and stands out against the lighter gray tones of the chair in the background.  Yeah, I am definitely a fan of black and white images with dramatic lighting.  

 

In addition to the lighting used in the image, I also love the pose.  Granted, it definitely focuses on a certain aspect of D.A.'s anatomy, I do love how the lines flow from his lower back into the curve of the cheek and down into his thigh.  It's also, to a certain degree, mimicked in the line descending from his stomach and down into the front of his thigh.  In addition to that, I love how the line of his forearm is mimicking the outer line of the chair.  It's definitely an interesting pose that I have used in the past and will continue to use in the future, but it definitely takes on another dimension in the image below.  Well, it definitely adds to the visual interest and helps to create the overall image that is my favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

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Closing

 

Overall, I loved working with D.A. throughout the photo shoot.  Even though the photo shoot took place late at night, he brought his "A Game" and was a professional throughout it.  As you guys can see, he definitely has an amazing physique and rich skin tones that helped to create some gorgeous black and white images, at least to me.  I would definitely recommend D.A. as a model to work with and I hope to work with him in future projects in 2016 and beyond.  

 

For additional images from the photo shoot, please visit: http://www.reyjphotography.com/da.

 

If you are interested in setting up a photo shoot, please feel free to contact me at: reyj.photography@gmail.com.  

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) D.A. Go Softwear Underwear Male Underwear Model N2N Underwear Nude Male Model Reyj Photography Underwear Model black model reyjphotography http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2016/1/d-a Fri, 01 Jan 2016 20:52:17 GMT
Romance http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/12/romance Hey guys!  Thanks for continuing to check out my photography and the various blog entries about past the photo shoots.  

 

Romance

 

Continuing on with the photo shoots from 2013, I'm now at the photo shoot with Romance.  I will say that it was an interesting experience working with him.  Initially, I was interested in working with him because of his interest in martial arts and the fact that he had been part of a dance troop.  Given those experiences, I thought that it would be easy to get him into various poses since both activities made him aware of positioning and movement in general.  So yeah, I was definitely excited to be working with him.  

 

Of course, reality did not exactly meet expectations.  Romance did know how to work his body and hit various movements and positions, but I found myself getting a little frustrated because the positioning wasn't exactly what I was expected or wanted.  I kept having to pull him back from poses that I thought were too feminine for a male model to be in.  It wasn't exactly blatant, but it was minor things like the positioning of his hands or the turn of the his body that had me cringing and redirecting him into a slightly different pose.  

 

In addition to having to be a little more direct in terms of posing, I also had to pull Romance back from positions that were a little too sexually blatant.  I don't generally get guys to get into "sexy" positions; I tend to let it happen and focus more on the just capturing moments that I find interesting and working on images that have an appeal to me.  I'm not exactly looking for a guy to pose sexily.  However, with Romance, I found myself having to pull him back from getting into too sexually charged poses.  Throughout the photo shoot, I kept calling him a "sex kitten" in my head and sighing each time that he would hit a position.  Sometimes the positions worked, but most of the time I would try and redirect him back from them.  

 

So yeah, it was definitely interesting to work with Romance.  Of course, I definitely was able to pull out several images to highlight from the photo shoot.  

 

Style and Attitude

 

As I mentioned previously, I definitely find it interesting to see how guys will come dressed to the photo shoots.  When Romance showed up, he was wearing a white button down shirt, black vest, and black slacks.  And sunglasses, at night.  Yeah, I was definitely intrigued.   More importantly, I definitely noticed that Romance was projecting a certain sense of style and attitude that would definitely translate over into the images.  As such, I wanted to capture some of that attitude, which I think I did in the image below.  You can definitely see the attitude and defiance in the position of his head as well as in his facial expression.  

 

And, of course, I definitely took the opportunity to do a black and white image with a splash of color.  As I mentioned before, Romance had come into the photo shoot dressed up.  But what stood out for me, besides the attitude, was that bright red tie.  When I was editing this image and converted it to black and white, I definitely knew that I was going to create a version of this with the red popping out.  I'm definitely happy with how the image turned out.   

 

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As I mentioned earlier, Romance definitely came to the photo shoot with some sexually charged poses.  While I was somewhat frustrated with them during the shoot, I did find that some of them worked really well and translated well into the images.  I definitely love the image below.  While there is a sexual element to the image below, it's really the pose that I love in the image.  I love the positioning of his left hand against his neck and the slight turn of his head.  In addition, I like the somewhat relaxed facial expression.  Overall, I thought the pose worked and looked good without being too sexually driven.  

 

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Underwear

 

As usual, I photographed Romance wearing a variety of underwear throughout the photo shoot.  During the photo shoot with Brent (http://www.reyjphotography.com/brent), I had photographed him in a pair of blue striped C-IN2 briefs.  For Romance, I decided to photograph him a different pair of C-IN2 briefs that were predominately red.  Of course, I knew that I was going to convert the image into black and white and hoped that it would turn out well.  I was definitely happy with the way that the briefs turned in the various shades of gray.  The pattern of the briefs definitely highlight the contours of his lower body as well as looking good visually.  

 

I am happy with how the image turned out overall.  I do like the profile pose with the slight turn of his shoulders.  I like how how his shoulders mimic his lower body and creates a sense of repetition, but that may be me reading into the image.  But I do love how the lines of his body tends to lead the eye upward - from his right arm and the position of his right thigh to his left hand across his chest leading to his right shoulder.  I think the pose definitely highlights his physique overall while leading the eye upwards to his face.    

 

In addition to the pose and briefs, I also like the lighting in the image.  While not as dramatic as some of the lighting that I have used in the past, I do like the tonality that was produced by it.  I like how it fades into the shadows on the right side of his body and seems to anchor the image.  I also like how it creates the highlights and mid tones across his face while also highlighting some of the details.  Like I said, overall, I like the image and was easy to see why I choose to highlight the image.   

 

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Nudes

 

In addition to photographing Romance in a variety of underwear, I also photographed him in the nude.  The image below is definitely my favorite from the series.    While I like the backdrop with the various patterns and shading in the headboard, I loved the pose in the image.  It hints at the sexual nature of the pose without being too sexual.  To me, it's the expression in the face that shifts it into being more sensual rather than sexual, even though it is a full frontal nude.  Either way, I do love the pose from the curve created on the right side of his body as well as the slight raise on the left side of his hips.  There is definitely a sense of movement that was captured in the image.  

 

However, it's the expression in his face that I really love.  There's definitely a sense of trust with being photographed in the nude while having your eyes closed.  I think it transcends trust and actually goes into Romance being slightly lost in his own world.  Either way, I love the sensuality that is conveyed in his facial expression from his closed eyes to his somewhat pouty lips.  It definitely helps to create the overall sensual feeling in the image.  

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

There were definitely several images that I could have selected as my overall favorite image from the photo shoot.  However, there was one that definitely stood out from the rest.  I know that some people are not interested in black and white images with pops of color, but I am partial to them.  As such, I was definitely drawn to the image below for the overall pose and the use of the tie as a prop, but also for the color treatment.  

 

As I said, I do like the overall pose.  As I mentioned earlier, I had to rein in Romance from getting into positions that I thought were too sexually charged.  However, I think the image below actually works.  Again, I like the details from the tucked in button down into his slacks to the highlights on his belt and chain. Of course, I love the tilt of his head as well as facial expression.  It definitely adds to the sensual nature of the pose and the use of the tie as a prop.   

 

However, it's the tie being pulled across his face that takes center stage.  I love how it covers one of his eyes and creates a diagonal across his face.  On a side note, I do love that you can see the interesting details of his eye lashes.  While I think it would have still been an interesting image without the color splash, I definitely think that add the red creates a stunning visual counterpoint.  To me, it helps to anchor and add some weight to the image.  Additionally, it adds to the sexual nature of the image since red is often considered the color of passion.  For me, overall, it helped to create an interesting image that became my overall favorite from the photo shoot.  

 

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Overall, I liked working with Romance throughout the shoot.  Sure, there were times that I was rolling my eyes or sighing internally, but I definitely think that we produced some really interesting images.  I would definitely be willing to work with him in future photo shoots, even knowing that I would have to rein him back or lead him into slightly different poses.  Nonetheless, Romance was definitely fun to work with and I can see myself working with him on a different project.

 

For additional images from the photo shoot, check them out at http://www.reyjphotography.com/romance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) African-American Male Model C-IN2 Briefs Male Underwear Model Nude Male Model Red Tie Reyj Photography Romance Underwear Model http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/12/romance Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:15:28 GMT
Brent http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/11/brent Hey guys!  Thanks for continuing to check out my website and blog as I chronicle my photo shoots with various male models!  As we get closer to the end of 2015, I'm working on finishing up the blog entries and gallery postings from the 2013 photo shoots.  I'm definitely hoping to get caught up next year and be able to post entries and galleries in "real time."  But as I said, I'm still working on the photo shoots from 2013.  The good news is that I'm working on the photo shoots that occurred in December 2013!  Actually, I ended up working with eight models that month.  Yeah, it was definitely an awesome and busy month,  but it definitely put me back in terms of editing the images from all eight shoots!  However, I had a blast working with the different guys throughout the various shoots.  

 

Brent

 

Brent was the first model that I worked with in December 2013.  He was definitely an interesting guy as we talked about green energy and how he wanted to get into that sector.  Listening to him definitely was interesting, especially when he got passionate about the different technologies that were available and how it could be applied.  However, it was definitely over my head since I don't really follow the green energy movement beyond generalities about solar, wind, and hydro-based energy.  Still, it was cool to get a crash course on the sector.  

 

However, we really connected on mutual love for 90s alternative music.  We traded stories back and forth about the bands that we loved and the different concerts that we had seen, with me gushing about how I had recently seen Weezer and Bush in an intimate venue within the last couple of years.  We were also listening to Girl Talk's "Night Ripper" album during the photo shoot and pointing out the various song clips that we liked in each song.  Like I said previously, music is definitely a topic that has gotten models to open up and feel more comfortable with each other, especially when we start getting in how some of those things tied into important moments within our lives.  Like I said, it's definitely a connecting factor and gives me a chance to build a rapport with them on a slightly deeper level.  

 

Preppy Look

 

It's always interesting to see how the model will come dressed to the shoot.  I've had some come in sweats and a t-shirt while others have come in a suit.  Like I said, it's interesting to see how the model will come dressed.  I will say that I was happy with the clothes that Brent wore to the shoot.  I am a fan of the preppy look - button down shirts and sweaters, especially if it's layered.  To me, it's definitely a classic look that looks good on a lot of models.  Plus, it also allows me to get them to use the various layers in different photos.  In Brent's case, I absolutely loved the way that he looked in his dark jeans, gray sweater, and stripped button down.  

 

I will say that I love the straightforwardness of the image below.  It's a simple image, but I absolutely Brent's expression in the image.  Yes, I love how the clothes play a significant part in the image, but it's his expression that really makes the image.  Or rather, I love how his eyes look in the image and draws my attention right to them.  It's also helped along by the lighting used in the image.  When all of it is combined, it's definitely one of my favorite images from the photo shoot and was quickly selected as a highlight from the photo shoot.  

 

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Underwear

 

The image below is definitely one of my overall favorites from the photo shoot.  As usual with my photo shoots, I photographed Brent modeling a variety of name-brand underwear throughout the shoot.  However, I ended up loving how he looked in the pair of C-IN2 briefs that he's wearing in the image.  However, it's his expression that made me love the image.  I love how his head is tilted down and to the side, which created an interesting lighting pattern across his face.  However, it's the slightly amused expression on his face that absolutely drew me in.  I love the small smile playing on his lips, but I absolutely adore the look and highlights within his eyes.  Taken together, it was easy for me to fall in love with the image.  

 

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In addition to the C-IN2 briefs, I also liked how Brent looked in these blue Go Soft Wear briefs.  While the briefs are not necessarily the focus in the image below, I decided to include this image in this section.  Overall, I like the pose in this image.  Of course, Brent has an amazing body, but the definition in his abs and pecs is definitely highlighted in the image below.  But it's the overall pose that I like in the image below.  Yes, I like the slight twist of his torso, but I love how it's accentuated by his right arm as my eyes trail down his long fingers.  I also like how the downward tilt of his head and eyes leads the viewer's eyes to his right arm and down his torso.  To me, that definitely made the image interesting and one that I wanted to highlight in this blog entry.  

 

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Nude

 

In addition to photographing Brent in a variety of underwear, I also photographed him in the nude.  The image below is definitely my favorite from the series.  I love the lighting in the image and how it creates interesting highlights and shadows across his body.  I will say that I like the highlight that crosses down his face, including the bridge of his nose and his lips.  Yeah, I do love the dramatic lighting in this image.  

 

In addition to the lighting, I like the pose.  I like that it's not a true profile shot due to the subtle turn of his body that is evident by his upper and lower back.  However, the pose does serve to highlight the curve starting at his upper back, down into his waist, and further downward.  In addition to the pose, I also like how his body profile is in contrast to the bed and bench through the dark tones of the headboard and bench and the lighter tones of the bedspread and pillows.  In addition to the tonal changes, I also like the depth of field that helps create that separation between Brent's body and the background.  It's definitely one of the reasons on why I was attracted to this image.  

 

Finally, I love the expression on his face.  To me, there is feeling of seriousness being conveyed.  That is helped along with the downward tilt of his head as well as the lighting streaming across his face.  Yeah, I definitely like the perception of seriousness that is conveyed in the image.  Like I said before, it's definitely my favorite from the series of nudes done with Brent.   

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

My favorite image from the photo shoot, shown below, actually comes from the beginning of the photo shoot.  From the very beginning of the photo shoot, I found myself completely comfortable with Brent and, I would like to believe, he with me.  Take that sense of comfort, I love how you can get a sense of Brent's comfort within his own skin.  Not only that, but he was also comfortable stripping down to his briefs and didn't make any apologies about them not being name brand.  There is definitely very alluring about someone just being completely at ease within their body.  

 

In addition to the comfort radiating from Brent, I absolutely love his expression.  I love the seriousness that is presence in his facial expression.  Additionally, I love the intensity and brightness of his eyes.  The positioning of the light definitely help to highlight his eyes as well as highlighting his features.  Overall, it's easy to see why this image was my overall favorite from the entire photo shoot.  

 

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Overall, I loved working with Brent throughout the photo shoot.  I love how seriously he approached the shoot and how well he took direction.  Again, I definitely love how comfortable he was within his own skin as well as posing in the variety of underwear and in the nude.  If the opportunity arose again, I would definitely love to work with Brent again on a future photo shoot.  

 

Additional images from the photo shoot can be found at www.reyjphotography.com/brent.  

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Austin Texas Brent Male Underwear Model Nude Male Model Reyj Photography Underwear Model male model reyjphotography underwear http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/11/brent Mon, 16 Nov 2015 02:56:09 GMT
Joey http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/10/joey Hey guys!  Well, my goal for October 2015 was to post two blog entries; I'm actually planning on planning on posting two blog entries and two new galleries per month.  I ended up posting the blog entry about the photo shoot with Travis Younger yesterday evening, and I'm following that one with my thoughts on the photo shoot with Joey.  

 

Joey

 

At the time, Joey was a local area model; he has since moved to the West Coast.  He was the last model that I photographed in October 2015, and allowed me to end the month on a high note!  It's not always that you cross paths with someone that can relate with your past.  It's not often that I cross paths with someone who grew up in Indiana and made the move to Texas.  So I was instantly delighted and felt kinship with Joey when I found out that he grew up there and went to the college on the campus that hosted my high school.  When I mentioned a place that I frequented during my junior and senior years of high school, he instantly knew where I was talking about and regaled me with stories of funny things that happened in those locations during his time on the campus.  It definitely made for that rapport to be easily built, but then again Joey did have a friendly personality that instantly had me talking and laughing like we were old friends.

 

As the shoot went on, he entertained me with stories about the horrible roommates that he had on campus and the crazy adventures he got up to.  Needless to say, he had me laughing throughout the entire shoot as well as sharing my own adventures during those two years of high school.  It's funny, because I was so focused on his storytelling that I wasn't aware of the time passing by so quickly.  

 

I think that's why I like the image below so much.  To me, it captures the essence of his personality - from the easy, genuine smile to the twinkle in his eyes.  During my time with him, he was just a happy, easy-going guy that easily found an audience for his story telling.  

 

But it also shows the his uniqueness.  It's not often that I come across anyone that proudly sports a facial tattoo, especially one that comes from comic books.  But to be honest, that facial tattoo was the primary reason that I wanted to work with him.  I know that a lot of photographers could be put off by it, but to me it made him a lot more interesting since I wanted to know what made him get the tattoo.  Plus, I wanted to photograph him because his look was completely unique to me - he's the only model to date that I have photographed who sported so many tattoos.  It was awe inspiring to have the opportunity to photograph such a unique model.  

 

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Nudes

 

In my opinion, Joey was definitely attractive.  I know that for some, the tattoos can be a little off putting, especially the one across his right eye.  However, to me, that added his overall attractiveness and my desire to photograph him.  Even more so, Joey had an aura of confidence and a comfort within his own skin that can be seen in the two images below.  

 

Normally, when I photograph guys that have tattoos, I will want to present the images in color because of the vibrancy in the colors of the tattoo.  However, with the images of Joey, I felt that the black and white images would showcase the tattoos off nicely given the dark lines and how the tones translated into shades of gray.  While the tattoos in color are amazing, I have to say that the gray tones do add another quality to them.  

 

In addition to the overall look of the tattoos, I absolutely love how the lighting turned out in the image below.  As you guys know, I am a fan of interesting lighting that have a dramatic flair.  In the image below, I love the effect of the split lighting with the background light positioned over his left shoulder.  I like how it created the interesting lighting playing across his face and body.  I will say that I absolutely love how the image came out in black and white.  

 

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In addition to the image above, I also found myself favoring the nude below.  For similar reasons to the image above (handling of the tattoos in gray tones and the lighting), I also love the pose itself.  I love how stance of his hips and how it highlights the muscles of his upper thighs through the mid tones and shadows.  The placement of the hands are also interesting for me.  However, for me, it's the subtle tilt of his head, along with the lighting, and the intensity of his gaze that makes the image interesting.  Overall, there's a sense of confidence that radiates from the image.  For me, it makes the image even more appealing.

 

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Behind The Scene

 

In addition to the two nudes above, I also liked the one below.  However, I classify it more as a "behind the scenes" type of image given that you can see the equipment used to create the image.  In each photo shoot, I do like to take some behind the scenes type of images because they add another dimension of interest for me.  Of course, it's not all that often that I highlight a behind the scene type of image, but I definitely felt that the one below deserved to be showcase.  

 

This was definitely a deliberate image given that it was only the two of us during the photo shoot.  So I know that I was directing to look off in the distance.  However, when I was editing the images, I was taken about but the intensity of the stare and how alluring the image came out.  Again, the lighting definitely goes a long way into creating the overall feel for the image, but I definitely love how it was captured in the "behind the scene" image.  I definitely loved how it came out overall.

 

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Portraits

 

In addition to the three nudes, I also love how several of the portraits came out from the photo shoot.  The first one that I wanted to highlight is the one below.  While the majority of his face is cast in shadow created by his raised arms, I love how the light was able to highlight the left side of his face and even create a catchlight in his left eye.  While not your traditional portrait, I definitely think that it was an interesting and one of the first that ended up catching my attention during the editing process.  Nonetheless, it's definitely one of my favorite portraits from the photo shoot with Joey.  

 

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In addition to the one above, I also ended up loving the image below.  I definitely love the lighting in the image as well as the overall placement and pose.  However, I like that it captures a bit of his personality.  I love that you can see the twinkles in his eyes as well as the laugh lines around the edges of his eyes.  I also love that it captured his easy-going smile in mid-laugh.  Yeah, it's just an image that I find myself smiling at each time that I come across it in my catalog.  And, of course, it's currently the image that I have highlight when you first come to my page.  This image is definitely one of my favorite images from my entire catalog.  

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

However, my absolute favorite image from the entire photo shoot is the one below.  When I originally finished editing the images back in April 2015, I had exported the final image in color.   I will say that the image looks good in color, especially since his blue eyes captures the light in a stunning manner.  However, when I was looking at the images to highlight in the blog entry, I decided that I needed to see how the image would look in black and white.  And I am glad that I did take the opportunity.  

 

For me, some of the details get lost through the presence of colors, especially given the vibrancy of some of the colors found in his tattoos.  In the black and white image below, I am able to marvel at all of the minute details that would have been lost otherwise.  From the highlights on the ear plug and nose ring to the details of each hair of his beard to the dazzling detail of his eye.  For me, all of those details would have been lost with the presence of color.  But it's all of those details, the position his head and shoulders, and the lighting that come together to make this image an interesting portrait in my opinion.  And of course, it's easy to see why this image is my favorite from the photo shoot with Joey.  

 

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Overall, I loved worked with Joey throughout the shoot!  He was definitely fun and easy-going throughout.  Plus, it felt like I was working with a friend (though I have never photographed any of my friends in similar states of undress - but there's always future chances, I guess) as we connected about our experiences in Indiana.  I am definitely glad that I was provided the opportunity to work with and photography such an interesting and unique individual and definitely wished that I had the opportunity to work with him again before he moved to California.  Nonetheless, I am grateful that I was able to come across him in my life and had the opportunity to create some stunning images with him.  

 

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reyj.photography@gmail.com (Reyj Photography) Austin Texas Nude Male Model Reyj Photography reyjphotography http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/10/joey Wed, 28 Oct 2015 02:58:21 GMT
Travis Younger http://reyjphotography.com/blog/2015/10/travis-younger Hey guys!  I can't believe that it's been six months since I last wrote a blog entry or really updated the website.  A lot has happened in that time, I finished up my architecture photography course at ACC and finished my final photography project on St. Edward's University (www.reyjphotography/stedwards).  Work has been crazy these last several months and severally impacted all areas of my life, including schooling and photography.  I'm hoping that it will settle down over these next couple of months, but we shall see how that ends up.  Still, I am going to make a commitment to actually put a greater effort into updating the website and showcasing some of my favorite images from the photo shoots that I have done.  And with that, here are my thoughts and favorite images from the photo shoot with Travis Younger.  

 

Travis Younger

 

Moving in chronological order, Travis Younger was the third model that I photographed in October 2013.  Coming on the heels of the photo shoot with Adam, I definitely had high hopes that this photo shoot would run more smoothly.  

 

Travis turned out to be an interesting model to work with throughout the shoot.  I wasn't really expecting his big personality, but I should have expected it to a certain degree.  Travis originally comes from Southern California before moving to Austin, which explains why I got a surfer vibe off of him.  On top of that, he's a guitarist in a local band and is somewhat use to be at the center of attention.  So yeah, I shouldn't haven't been too surprised by his friendly nature and the "big voice" that came out of nowhere.  On top of that, I found out that he had done some modeling for several of the art classes at the local university and wasn't shy about taking off of his clothes and being stared at for extended periods of time.  Of course, these experiences definitely helped to make the shoot go a lot smoother since he's used to getting attention.  

 

I'm going to approach this blog entry with describing my favorite images from the first round of editing, which was completed in September 2014, and then in the second round that was completed in October 2015.  Yeah, when I was looking back through my catalog of images, I noticed that I had finished editing only half of the images that I liked from the photo shoot.  Imagine my embarrassment when I was getting ready to post a blog entry only to notice that I had not completed the work!  Well, that was fixed over the course of the last week as I finished editing an additional set of images from the shoot.  Of course, those second round of images have now been posted in the gallery dedicated to the photo shoot with Travis Younger (http://www.reyjphotography.com/travisyounger).  

 

Editing Phase 1

 

As I mentioned before, I was initially drawn to Travis due to his surfer looks: golden tan, blond hair, and lean body.  I love how the image below is able to capture that overall look.  I will admit that I am one that will usually favor black and white images over color ones, but there are times that I will present full color images (not just black and white images with a pop of color) if I feel there is something interesting that needs to be presented in color.  For me, that certainly is the fact that Travis had gorgeous golden hair, if somewhat unkept, that instantly drew my attention during the editing phase.  I love how the strands show the varying shades and how individual strands glisten in the light.  

 

In addition to that detail, I loved the overall feel of the image.  Every once in a while, I will be able to capture an image that I won't completely know how to describe how it makes me feel.  I will just know that I like the image and feel a connection to that single moment.  It's not exactly a sense of peace, but it's definitely a sense of calmness and some sensuality.  For me, this image represents a moment that I was able to capture and share with anyone willing to share my vision.   The image is definitely one of my favorite images from my overall catalog because of the feelings invoked.  

 

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Portrait

 

In addition to the image above, I also love the portrait below.  Of course, I love the details that I was able to highlight in black and white from the freckles dotting across his nose and cheeks to the individual scruffy hairs on his chin to the intensity of his eyes.  Actually, it's Travis's eyes that really capture my attention in the image.  They just seem to radiate with life.  Yeah, when combined with the small smile gracing his lips, it's easy to understand why I wanted to show case the portrait below in this blog entry.  

 

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Nude - Color Handling

 

In addition to the images above, I also wanted to highlight one of the nudes stemming from the series.  There are several details throughout the image that I liked, including the curl of his lip and the placement of his right hand across his hip.  However, what captures my attention in the image below is my experimentation with the editing processing.  It's handling is different from the first image in the sense that the coloring is softer and slightly washed out.  I'm not entirely sure what led me to experiment with the color handling in this manner, but I liked the overall effect that it created and have included several in the gallery dedicated to Travis.  It is interesting to note that I only used that color handling method on the images of Travis during the first phase and haven't used it in other photo shoots.  Like I said, it was something that definitely seemed to fit the images that I was creating with Travis and seem appropriate to use at the time.  

 

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Editing Phase 2

 

As I mentioned earlier, I had stopped editing the series in the middle.  It is interesting to note the differences in the editing styles between Phase 1 and Phase 2. During the second round, I edited the majority of the images with the intention to present them as black and white images.  More interesting, I was drawn to the images that had some dramatic flair associated with the lighting.  The two images below are examples of my attraction to dramatic lighting.

 

Dramatic Lighting

 

When I going through the images last week, I knew that I definitely wanted to showcase the image below.  I absolutely love the pose with his arms clasped behind his head while his hips are cocked towards the right.  I just love the outline that it creates, especially near his waist and up his back through his arms.  It's further made interesting with the lighting as it wraps around his body and delves from highlights to shadows.  Plus, there are some highlights that pop up along his shoulder blades and arms that creates a sense of intrigue.  Finally, I love how the light is captured and highlights the individual strands of hair at the base of his neck.  For me, when I saw the image, I instantly saw it in black and white and knew that it would accentuate the details that I had honed in.  I'm definitely glad that it came out as well as I envisioned it.   

 

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The other image that I definitely wanted to focus on was the one below.  Again, I love the overall lighting in the image as it wraps Travis's body in highlights before descending into shadows.  And of course, I like how it is highlighted in a black and white image.  But more importantly, I like the posing in this one.  When I work with models, I tend to be fluid and like for the models to get into poses that seem natural and comfortable for them.  Of course, there are times when I will feel the need to direct them into certain poses or stop them and finesse the pose to improve it somehow (in my eyes at least).  However, Travis's experience with modeling for art classes at the local university definitely helped him get into poses that showed off his body in a flattering way.  

 

Given that, I definitely love the pose below.  I love the turn of his head, the placement of his hand across his hip, and the position of his leg.  It definitely feels slightly classical and wouldn't be out of place in Renaissance sculptures, but maybe that's me reading into it.  Either way, I'm happy with the overall pose and how the light drapes across his body.  Plus, there's definitely a sense of comfort that is radiating from his facial expression.  When it's all combined, I think it created a stronger and interesting image overall.  It's definitely one of my favorites from the second phase of editing.  

 

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Bodyscape

 

During the photo shoot with Travis, I also wanted to try capturing some bodyscapes.  One of the photographers from the photography meet-up group that I belonged to seemed to focus on creating gorgeous bodyscape images.  The image below is one of my first attempts to intention capture a bodyscape image.  I definitely wanted to have a dynamic image without it necessarily being completely erotic.  I think the image below definitely has the erotic feel to it without really stepping over the line.  Then again, art is always subjective.  Either way, I like the attention on his hand, the casual placement of his leg, and how the light highlights the individual strands of hair across his body.  To me, it definitely makes for an interesting black and white image.  Interestingly enough, this has become of my favorite images from the series.  

 

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Playfulness

 

The other aspect that I wanted to highlight from the photo shoot was the playfulness that erupted every once in a while.  I tend to have music, usually something that the model likes, playing in the background.  It definitely helps to make the shoot a little more fun and helps to be a conversation started as we talk about musical tastes.  During the photo shoot with Travis, I selected a playlist on Pandora that focused on classic rock with a lot of guitar riffs.  Of course, there would be moments that Travis would break out into air guitar solos when a great song came on.  While some photographers would get annoyed with that, I loved it because it brought a playful aspect to my photography.  I loved being able to capture that playful moment and combine with it my black and white vision to create a cool image, like the one below.  

 

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Favorite Image from the Photo Shoot

 

And of course, the image below is my favorite from the series.  Like the one above, it capture Travis as he was doing an awesome air guitar solo, if only in his head.  It was just a flitting moment, but it was one shared between us.  I liked the capture pose with his hips cocked towards the right, his hands held in classic air guitar position, and his head turned slightly.  I love the interesting curl of his lips as well as the squinting of his eyes.  More importantly, I loved how the light highlighted his body and hair.  Like I said, I love it when all of the elements come together to create an interesting image, especially when the image speaks to me and becomes one of my favorites.  

 

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I loved working with Travis during the photo shoot.  Like I said, I was a little underprepared for his big personality, but it definitely helped to make the photo shoot go smoothly and allowed us to bond over classic rock!  I definitely love how the images came out, especially when you can see the progression of my vision from the first round of editing to the second round.  If the opportunity ever arose again, I would definitely love to work with Travis again on another photo shoot.  

 

 

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