The New Nude (NSFW)

Since our return from Ontario & Newfoundland in June, this summer has been really busy.  The summer in Vancouver is always amazing, you can feel the energy in the air when everyone in the lower mainland becomes a sun worshiper. With everything that Vancouver has to offer in the summer I can honestly say that there was absolutely nothing I would have rather been doing last weekend.

“The New Nude” is a class I always look forward to instructing.  I really enjoy getting the chance to share my experiences and images from the past 20 years of shooting nudes.  It also gives me the opportunity to meet new photographers as well as getting a chance to produce some killer images.  This round of the class really surpassed my expectations.  The group of photographers and models were outstanding.  Everyone was respectful and open while working together and because of this, created some of the best images I’ve ever seen come out of these workshops.

The location was a key detail in our success. I was lucky enough to be able to open up my home as a classroom and shooting environment for the weekend. (With two little girls you can imagine how often nude workshops happen at our place these days! It was nice to have them out enjoying the day with Nan and Pop.)  And it was great to have Taryn and her fresh baked goodies around too!!

Our upstairs neighbors were away for the weekend so between the two suites we had plenty of space to work comfortably. I think we were all surprised by just how much we had to work with. I hadn’t had a chance to shoot nudes in our new place before so this was a great chance for me to see the space in a new way.   It was a pleasant surprise to be able to see and realize all the shooting possibilities that my new living space offered. After all the workshops we’ve done in all sorts of different locations it’s pretty amazing to look back on the images from this weekend and know they were produced in my home.

We were also really lucky to have such a diverse range of models with us. They took the mood from fine art nude, to fashion nude, to erotic nude.  The students were able to shoot and discuss the different genres of nude photography while learning subtle nuances to poses and angles that make for a better image.

Here are a few of my samples from the weekend.  All of the photos were made with beautiful natural light.  This did mean, that at times the ISO was pushed a bit high, however most of my shooting was done in Monochrome, therefore the noise is more acceptable.

Here are a few samples from the workshops participants.
(click image for full size and credits)

I put out a little tweet a few days before the workshop in hopes of getting another registration or two.  I gave away one signed 13×19″ print to the 6th registrant.  The winner was Hugh.  Here’a a photo of Hugh and his new print.  If you’d like to keep on top of all my twitter print contests, follow me on Twitter.  Thanks Hugh for being part of the workshop, and I hope my print finds a nice home on your wall.

Finally, if you are reading this from Vancouver Island or the area of Nanaimo, your in luck!!  I’ll be giving a lecture and a few workshops in Nanaimo in October.  Back in July I was assisting Joe McNally & Drew Gurian on their One Light Two Light Kelby tour when Neil Gaudet came up during a break and started chatting with me.  Neil has since invited to speak at the Vancouver Island Smug.  We also decided that it would be great to offer a New Nude workshop in Nanaimo at the same time.  I will be making a post with all the upcoming dates and registration links, however, for a sneak peek check out Vivid Photography Workshops on Facebook.

To finish off the post, here’s a little BTS photo courtesy of my wife.  I’m giving a little lesson on getting better butt for photos! lol

Thanks for taking the time to read the post, please keep your eyes open for future workshops.

 

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