It’s been a while since I updated the website or posted a blog entry. Since my last entry in January 31, 2019 (how embarrassing), I got a promotion at work and have been focused on doing my best. However, it also meant that I did have a lot of energy when I got home to work on photography. However, I did hold two photo shoots in February and have completed the editing process, but I have not shared the images anywhere yet. I am definitely looking forward to sharing them with all of you.
I am also taking the time to focus more on photography. I am hoping to start back up in November and hold a series of photo shoots. I am hoping to build a large catalog of photo shoots that will give me something to work on throughout the holidays and on into next year. Plus, I am hoping that I can starting hold a couple of photo shoots each month and maybe even do a couple of holiday-themed photo shoots. I think it would be fun! Either way, I am definitely looking forward to November and onwards!
Anyway, on to the reason you guys are here – Darius. I first met Darius when he answered my posting for male models. I definitely thought that Darius had an interesting look, but I was sold when he mentioned that he practiced and taught yoga. Yeah, my mind definitely conjured up several different poses that I would love to capture Darius in. I am definitely happy that he easily moved from one yoga pose to another and could maintain it while I captured it with my camera. So yeah, I definitely loved that I was able to capture some interesting poses with Darius and how the shoot reminded me of the shoot with Jeremy, the dancer. Anyway, on to my favorite images from the photo shoot!
As usual, I photographed Darius in the clothing that we wore to the photo shoot. In this instance, Darius wore a soft looking navy blue sweater and a pair of blue jeans. It definitely feels like a classic look, especially since I photographed him November 2014. It definitely looked nice against the white background.
As I was reviewing the images to determine which ones to highlight for the blog entry, I kept landing on this image for the street clothing. I really like the pose that Darius is in and how it conveys a sense of ease and naturalness. I also like how his weight is on right leg and creates some interesting lines with his left leg. Yeah, I am definitely a fan of the pose and how it creates some interesting lines with the negative space. So yeah, it was definitely easy to select this image to highlight for the street clothing portion.
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For the underwear portion, I ended up selecting the image below to highlight. Similar to the image above, I like how his weight is mostly on his right leg and how it created an interesting curve throughout the rest of his body. Yeah, I how his shoulders seem to be pointing at the opposite direction of his hips, which helps to create that interesting curve.
Additionally, I love that that his jeans that pulled down low enough to see the majority of the 2(x)ist briefs that he is wearing underneath. I am a fan of the look and am happy that I was able to capture the look with Darius. Additionally, I love that phrase “Lucky You” is at an angle that directs the viewers eye right to the bulge within those 2(x)ist briefs. Yeah, I definitely loved how the image came together.
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As I mentioned before, Darius mentioned that he practiced and taught yoga when he responded to my posting. For that portion of the shoot, Darius pulled on these tight black shorts and started stretching. I got several images of Darius moving fluidly from one pose into the next one. It was definitely impressive and maybe wish that I had that sort of flexibility.
For this section, I selected the image below for its interesting composition. I like the lines that it created, especially the curve that started at his hips and followed through the points of his fingers. It’s definitely not a pose that I have captured before, but I am definitely happy that I was able to capture it with Darius. For me, it was definitely easy to select the image as my favorite for this portion.
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Previous, I had removed the full-frontal nudes from the site because I was toying with the idea of hosting them on an OnlyFans webpage. However, I quickly grew tired of it since I had to maintain a schedule for it and just hated having another site to maintain. So yeah, I am going to be reincorporating my nude photography back into this website and Model Mayhem.
As such, I am starting off with my favorite nude image of Darius. For me, I love the negative and positive space within the image. As with several other images in the photo set, I love the fact that his weight is mostly on his right leg and the subtle curve that it creates throughout the rest of his body. Additionally, I love that his arms are stretched up and has a slight lean in the opposite direction of his hips. Yeah, I am fairly happy with how the image turned out. It was definitely easy to select the image as my favorite nude from the photo shoot with Darius.
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Overall Favorite from the Photo Shoot
In reviewing the images from the photo shoot, I instantly knew that the image below was my overall favorite. I absolutely love the pose and the lines that it creates. I love that this could easily just be an early morning stretch for him and a captured moment. Yeah, this is easily my favorite image from the photo shoot.
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Anyway, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my photo shoot with Darius. As I get back into photography, I am hoping to post blog entries and galleries on a predictive time frame. Plus, I am hoping to have new images to post once I start holding photo shoots in November and on into 2020. I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you are interested in setting up a shoot here in Austin, Texas, please email me at [email protected]!
Hey guys! I am definitely looking forward to February 2019. As the year continues forward, I am starting to plan some additional photo shoots with the first couple starting February. I am hoping to conduct a few photo shoots per month, including some TFP shoots, and have an overall goal of completing at least 24 shoots this year. Of course, I am planning on reaching out to some of the guys that I have photographed before to see if they are interested in another shoot, but I am looking forward to photographing some new guys.
If you're interested in my work, definitely check back for some new images of new guys. I am definitely planning on making updates to the website on a routine basis.
Anyway, on to the reason you guys have stopped by – Emiliano. After the first photo shoot, he reached out to me to see if I was looking for models. During the first photo shoot, I found myself being fascinated with his overall look and general moodiness as it translated into still images. So yeah, I definitely jumped at the opportunity to set up a second photo shoot with him and was pleased with the final images.
As usual, the following images are my favorites from the second photo shoot with Emiliano and some insight on why the image was chosen for the specific category.
As with every photo shoot, I photographed Emiliano in the clothes that he wore to the photo shoot. In this instance, it was a black and white striped tank top, a pair of gray pants, and a baseball cap. As I was reviewing the images, I kept coming back to the image below. I love the relaxed, effortless pose and how it just seems like a capture of a random moment. That feeling is further enhanced by the relaxed facial expression. Of course, there were times that I strove to get some facial expressions from Emiliano, but his relaxed facial expression works for me in this image.
As I mentioned, I also love the pose in the image. In particular, I love how his weight is resting more heavily on his left leg and how it introduces a curvature in the rest of his body. I absolutely love how that curvature plays out down from his torso to his hips. More interestingly, I love how the black and white stripes create a prominent sense of separation between the fabric and his left arm, but also amplifies the curving line on his left side. I absolutely love how that shirt and the lines stand out in the black and white image. It definitely made it easy for me to choose this image to highlight for this section.
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As usual, I also ended up getting some portraits during the second photo shoot with Emiliano. Like I said before, sometimes it was hard to get some facial expressions from him, but I also liked how his relaxed, if somewhat serious, expression came out in black and white. As I was looking through the catalog of finished images, I ended up choosing the image below to highlight.
For me, I ended up liking the image because of the position of his arms and how those lines ended up drawing more attention to his eyes. I also liked how his arms created a sense of positive and negative space, but still has a balanced feeling in the overall image. But I mostly like the image because of the prominent catchlights in his eyes. It just creates an intense look and I find myself captivated with the image. So yeah, it was easy to select this image to highlight.
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For the underwear portion, I had several options to highlight. However, I ended up selecting the image below because of the overall look of the image and the pose. Like in the image highlighted under the Street Clothing portion, I also like how his weight is resting more heavily on his right leg and introduces a curving line in his body. This is further amplified with the slight twist of his shoulders and the positioning of his arms. Yeah, I absolutely love the interplay of lines throughout the image.
Additionally, I love the balance of color in the image. Sure, it’s a black and white image, but I love that there are two solid blocks of color with the white of the tank top and the black of the Andrew Christian briefs, hair, and baseball cap. While I do love capturing simple and intense patterns in black and white images, there’s also something to be said of the simplicity of solid blocks of colors. I definitely think it work to strike a sense of balance as well as adding some visual weight towards the bottom of the image.
I also like the overall sense of boredom that is displayed on his face. Sure, it might have bothered me at other times, but I actually like the look in this image. It creates a sense that Emiliano standing and being photographed in a pair of underwear is a not a big deal for this college student. So yeah, I ended up liking the facial expression, especially the catchlights in his dark eyes, and made it easy to highlight the image when combined with my other reasons for liking it.
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As with my other shoots, I photographed Emiliano in the nude. As I was going through the images to select one to highlight in this section, the image below jumped out at me. One of the reasons that I like the image is because it is a full-body image. Normally, I end up cropping the image, but the pose lent itself to be displayed as a full-body shot.
Additionally, I love the details and positioning of his feet. Normally, I do not look at a model’s feet and completely ignore them during the editing process, but for some reason my eye was drawn to the curve of his toes on his left foot and the lines created from their positioning. Yeah, I thought it was weird for that detail to capture my attention, but I find my eye being drawn to that small detail.
Finally, I love the image because of the look on Emiliano’s face. Sure, I may be reading too much into the look and the overall pose, but, for me, there is a sense of vulnerability. It is helped by slight turn and downturn of his head as well as the positioning of his leg and arm. Overall, I love the sense of vulnerability and softness that is present in the image.
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Overall Favorite Image From the Photo Shoot
The image below is my overall favorite image from the second photo shoot with Emiliano. For me, I was drawn to the lines created by his body, such as the subtle curving outside line as his thighs lead into his hips and then torso. I also like the line that his created as his hip and how it leads to his arm before heading back up the image. As you guys know, I am always interested in how the lines within the image can direct a viewer’s eye throughout the image.
Additionally, I love the overall boldness of the image. It definitely takes someone comfortable with his body to create an image like this one. However, there’s also a sense of modesty as Emiliano use his right hand to over himself, but he also uses his left hand to expose more of his torso. Yes, I am definitely in love with the dichotomy present within the image.
Finally, the image is my favorite because of the handling of the gray tones. I love the interplay between the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones throughout the image. Yeah, when it’s all taken together, it was easy for me to select this image as my overall favorite image from the photo shoot.
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Overall, I liked working with Emiliano throughout the second photo shoot. I am happy with how the images turned out, especially since they have a different feel to them as opposed to the images from the first photo shoot. Because of that and the general easiness of working him, I ended up photographing Emiliano a third time before he moved out to the West Coast. That gallery and blog entry will be forthcoming.
Again, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my second photo shoot with Emiliano. I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you are interested in setting up a shoot here in Austin, Texas, please email me at [email protected]!
Hey guys! It’s been a while since I last posted an entry or gallery, but this past year has been crazy. In June 2017, I decided to leave my job and focus on completing my master’s degree. Yep, I took a full year and just focused on school and just relaxing. In the end, it was definitely worth it since I was able to graduate with an MBA in May 2018.
Additionally, I started a new job in August 2018. For the last couple of months, I have been focused on learning the ins and outs of the new job. I am starting to feel comfortable in the position, but there are some changes happening around me. It’s not too bad, but change can a little unsettling. However, I am going to make the best of it and just focus on doing a good job.
However, I have not been able to focus on photography as much as I would have loved to during this past year. However, as I look towards the future, I do plan to ramp up my photography and starting hold shoots more often. I am actually hoping to start hold photo shoots again starting in January or February 2019. Here’s hoping it all goes well.
For the time being, I am revisiting some of my old shoots and doing a second round of image editing. It’s definitely been fascinating to see how the most recent edits differ from the initial set. It definitely feels like I am growing as a photographer, but it may be that my “taste” has change over the years. Either way, it’s still fascinating to see.
Anyway, on to the reason you guys have stopped by – Ryan. Back in November 2014, I traveled down to San Antonio and reached out to Ryan to see if he would be interested in a shoot. I liked Ryan’s overall look during the previous shoot and found him fun to work with during it. When I reached out to him, he mentioned that he had been working out more often and I found myself interested in seeing his progress.
Additionally, I was looking forward to photographing him at the same hotel since I knew the layout and the overall suite features. However, the hotel underwent a remodeling effort. However, I loved the brick wall and used it as a back drop for several images. The only thing that I did not like was the busy headboard, but I found a way to make it work. Overall, I liked the changes to the hotel suite, especially how Ryan looked against the brick wall.
As usual, the following images are my favorites from the second photo shoot with Ryan and some insight on why I chose the images to highlight in the blog.
Like usual, I photographed Ryan in the clothing that he wore to the photo shoot. In this case, he wore a black t-shirt and some dark blue jeans. As I was looking through the image catalog, I narrowed my choice to the image below. For the first part of the shoot, I wanted to capture some lifestyle shots. I think the image below captures that lifestyle feeling given the relaxed pose and the incorporation of the furniture and background decor.
As I studied the image, I found myself liking the framing and balance within the image. For instance, I like how the bright yellow pillow in the foreground adds some visual weight on the lower left corner and counteracts the visual weight of the framed painting in the upper right corner. Additionally, I like how several of those lines are echoed in Ryan’s body language, such as the sloped of his relaxed pose as well as the line of his outstretched arm.
Of course, I absolutely love Ryan’s pose. I like the openness of the pose through his outstretched arms and his spread legs. Additionally, I like several of the intersecting lines, such as the connection between his outstretched left arm and his bent left leg. I also like how his bent right arm juts out from the bright yellow pillow and directs the viewer’s eye directly to Ryan’s face. Speaking of Ryan’s face, I like his serious expression.
Between those elements, the lighting, and the overall color handling, it was easy for me to choose the image below as my favorite for this section.
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When I was reviewing the image catalog for the blog entry, I kept landing on this image for the portrait section. I like the image because of Ryan’s pose and his gaze at something off-panel. With the turn of his head, I like how the light creates various highlights, mid-tones, and shadows across his face. Additionally, I like the catchlights in his eyes.
Finally, I like the visual balance in the image. I like the heavy visual weight created by the dark colors in his jeans, t-shirt, and the couch. It is also enhanced with the shadows on his face as well as his spikey black hair. In contrast, I like the stark whiteness of walls and how it makes the top half of the image feel lighter. Additionally, I like how Ryan’s head and face standout from those white walls.
So yeah, it was easy to select the image below as my favorite portrait from photo shoot.
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Like my previous photo shoots, I photographed Ryan in a variety of underwear. Prior to the trip, I had looked at the images of the hotel suite and determined that I would photograph Ryan against the brick wall within the suite. I am glad that I made that decision because I like made the images stand out from my previous images.
In the image, I like how the solid black 2(X)IST briefs stand out from the various grays in the image. I definitely like how the intensity of the black is echoed in the shadows around his head and in the darkness of his hair. It almost creates a sense of balance between the top and bottom halves of the images. Anyway, it was definitely an aspect that caught my attention as flicked through the image catalog.
I also love the pose. It is a simple pose that I have seen countless of times, but I still loved the fact that I was able to capture it for myself. For the pose, I had Ryan lean back against the brick wall and then prop his left foot against it. I like the sense of depth that is present in his left thigh as well as in his shoulders and head. Finally, I like the positioning of his hands to draw attention to his face and to those black 2(X)IST briefs.
Finally, I love the lighting. Since I was traveling, I only took one light and soft box with me. With the single light, I like how the light plays across his body – particularly across his face. Additionally, I love the shadow that his body casted against the brick wall.
Yeah, when all of the elements are combined together, it was easy for me to select this image as my favorite for this section.
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Of course, I photographed Ryan in the nude. As I was going through the image catalog, I found myself stopping and staring at it countless times. Of course, I like the pose and the emphasis on the contours of his butt. More importantly, I like lighting in the image. As in the previous image, I love how Ryan’s body casts a shadow against the brick wall. Additionally, I like how the front of his body is shrouded in the shadows but catches a sliver of light to create a line of separation from the wall.
So yeah, I felt like I needed to highlight this image under this section.
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Overall Favorite from the Photo Shoot
When I looked through the image catalog, I found myself loving the image below because of the emotion captured on Ryan’s face. I am not sure what I had said to make Ryan smile or laugh, but I liked that I was able to put a smile on his face and capture a natural emotion. Additionally, I like how Ryan is not looking at the camera, which adds to the unguarded moment feel. Because of that unscripted mirth, it was definitely easy to select this image as my overall favorite image from the photo shoot.
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Overall, I liked working with Ryan throughout the second photo shoot. I am happy with how the images turned out, especially since they have a different feel to them as opposed to the images from the first photo shoot. Recently, Ryan reached out to me and indicated that he would be up for another shoot. I am definitely planning on scheduling a third shoot with him fairly soon.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to check out the blog entry and the images from my second photo shoot with Ryan. I definitely appreciate it that you guys are taking the time to scope out my work!
If you are interested in setting up a shoot here in Austin, Texas, please email me at [email protected]!
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 [email protected]. Either way, I’m hoping the trip will be amazing!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [email protected]!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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