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Some time ago I discovered this awesome fitness model who is a real grand prize! Michelle Miller (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=118250) is an occupational therapist from the DC area. She's also a superb fitness competitor who ranks high and recently won a 1st place on the Masters Figure Competition. During the competition season you will find her participating in the APC body building circuit. And when she's not competing, or working as a therapist, or modeling, you will find her at the gym. In general, she works out real hard and sticks to a strict diet which allows her to be the best she can be.
when I first took at look at her I immediately discovered the beauty within her. Aside from being extremely beautiful as a woman, she has the most wonderful personality. She is very easy going and will work hard to "get the shot". She has a great personality, she's funny and extremely driven.
When I first met her I realized quickly that I would want to get a bit away from the standard "fitness" images and create some new material by way of alluring images that would show some playfulness and natural sexiness. Needless to say, she nailed it.
Below a few samples from some of our work which has been a mix of styles including boudoir and fitness photos.
The fit body of a beautiful woman has to be shot with emphasis on proper lighting. Contrast is key to help show her beautiful curves.
More of Michelle (the perfect body look and form):
A testament to hard work and the contribution from great natural looks:
Eating healthy and working out pays off so much (Michelle is the proof).
Basic Lighting setup here helps emphasize Michelle's natural body outline:
Check more of Michelle at http://www.kalospix.com/swimsuit
Be on the lookout for some more posts about Michelle. I hope I will soon be posting some real neat "composite" images we worked on together some time ago.
Not too long ago I went to Martha's Vineyard for the day to shoot with a great model from the area. A native of Martha's Vineyard, Maggie came out to meet me at the Ferry and we had a blast scouting locations until we found some nice spots that were unique and were able to get some neat frames. The following are some sample shots of that day.
In some nice forests in Vineyard Haven, where the light just peaked through the densely distributed trees.
Beautiful elusive light ... nice captures
Then we came across this beautiful Methodist Church on the way up-island and we met this awesome pastor that let us use the second floor area which had a large window exposed to the sunsetting light, which was wonderful for our pictures.. we were after some Vogue Italia style shots.
It was perfect for this kind of photos. The only challenge was the depth of the room which didn't allow for much else than a wide angled shot or a tight composition.. which worked to our advantage on these pics.
A great combination of beauty and modeling talent.. (Thanks Maggie)
Awesome job Maggie!
Keep an eye for more work with her. We'll be publishing some great stuff in the future. You can see Maggie modeling for different local clothing stores and actively participating in Fashion Show Runways around New England.
As the New England summer comes to a close, the last summer outdoor shoots leave you with a good flavor and a feeling of ocean and warmth. Here are some talented models that contributed to create the magic.
This is Amanda from Cape Cod.
More of Amanda...
Introducing Maggie from the Vineyard.
and more of Maggie..
What does a portrait photographer shoot when he's not shooting people? Well, in my case I may be shooting landscapes and other more artistic subjects. It's my time to play and try new techniques.
Shooting landscapes demands a different eye than when shooting portraits. You have to be able to capture more of a panoramic view of what typically is a static target. The lens choices seem lean more towards the standard or wider than the long lenses normally used to get emotion and close ups that one seeks in portraits.
Landscapes tend to be more artistic and colorful or contrasty depending on the photographer's shooting and post processing style.
This is an example of a nice, colorful landscape that depicts some sandy dunes in the central part of Chile by the ocean.
Another example is this one that shows a scene in CA at a surfing beach.
And here are some pics of the peers in Huntington Beach, CA.
And some more peer shots:
And some more..
Sometimes all you need is to breath the scene in first and after selecting the lens and getting it composed, shoot it!
Keeping it real!