I have managed to find myself in a variety of shooting situations, and many times I find myself unhappy with the results because the content takes on a tone I don't enjoy.
It should be no secret that one of my favorite things to shoot is beautiful women. I want to capture the beauty of a woman. I want people to want to look at one of my images and feel like they are looking at something beautiful. I am trying to refine that style for myself.
I do not shy away from erotic imagery, but it isn't satisfying for me in my work to just achieve 'sexy'. That's too easy. I want the image to be beautiful first, and if it evokes something sexual too for the viewer, that's good for them. It just isn't the goal.
Going forward, I am going to be aiming for this in my work. I want to find the beauty in the image whether the subject is fully clothed, nude or lying in a puddle of mud (I have an idea for a shoot, you'll see). I want this in my work. I want to bring beauty into the world.
I have been thinking about this for a while now, and I wanted to provide an example of what I am talking about from one of my shoots. It is a picture of Titania Lyn, a Playboy cover model. It is a nude image, but what I like about it is that it isn't the first thing I see. I see her. Her face, those eyes, the placement of her hand, and her curves. I just find her beautiful in this shot.
I have other examples. There is a shot of Doll Del Fuego that is one of my favorite images that I ever took, and a number of examples of Rebecca Mataya where we find that sweet spot. I am going to do more as I get set up here in Colorado.
My work is going to change, for the better.