Monday, August 30, 2010

Classic Alma

This weekend I got to share some moments with Alma. She is the twin of Beatrice, who I have photographed twice before. Although they both may have similar qualities in their body structure and say similar things, their personalities are very different. Alma is an old classy beauty while Beatrice has a sexy edge. I've realized photographing them both separately, they can go back and forth with these characteristics, but one has more than the other. It has been amazing, and I hope in the future I can photograph both of them together. Like Beatrice, I had many to choose from to be my favorites, but here are my favorite five:




I have never photographed in a plowed field, and I enjoyed it with the muted earthy tones.







Thanks, Alma, for sharing a part of your afternoon with me! Keep it classy. :)

Always,
Des'ola

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Excalibur Bodybuilding & Fitness Show

So this will be a little bit different than my usual [only a little bit ;)]. I had the great opportunity to go to Charleston with my friend, Gaia, to the Excalibur Bodybuilding & Fitness Show. I had never been to one of these in my life, and it was an experience. I was exposed to a culture I was unfamiliar with, and it was wonderful. Seeing all of these people coming together to see others show the determination and work they put into their bodies was an art. I found a new respect with seeing these body builders. For the months and months they worked, day after day, hour upon hour, they have the stage for less than a minute to show what they've done. That is powerful. Another beauty was shown to me that night, and I was lucky to capture them in their art and glory.


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I had to post this. This was a part of the body builder's show, and it was great to see how with some, you can't take them too seriously. It is nice to know they've also got the determination to get a laugh from the audience. Success, my friend.












This woman had amazing poses in her show.


She was probably someone's grandmother and is in better shape than I am! Phenomenal.


Gaia and I were going for the woman in the middle. Her name was Wanda.





The following images are of James Wilson.







This was one of my favorite images of the night.






James with his family. Congrats!


Another one of my favorites from the night.











Always,
Des'ola

Friday, August 20, 2010

Zarah Preg

I have known of Zarah for quite a while through friends. It wasn't until yesterday (Friday) I got to meet her and it was great. She has quite the quirky aura, and I love it. It was fun to learn about her soon-to-be-new-addition in her life, Niko Cash. What I loved was his first name was from the camera, Nikon (even better since I use Nikon!). It was a great time to photograph her, regardless of the rain, and I hope to photograph her again before Niko comes into the world... which is in a short 6 weeks! Here are my favorite shots:


Classic Zarah












The photo on the left was a test shot, but I didn't realize the water droplet I captured.



Thanks Zarah!

Always,
Des'ola

With Beatrice

Earlier this year I photographed Beatrice and I had the great opportunity to photograph her again. She wanted some edgy photos, and that's what we did! She was inspired by my dark self portraits, and it was great being challenged because most of my work which is dark and film noir are photographs of myself, not others. However, I haven't done any recent because I usually do those self portraits due to how my mood is. I have many favorites from this shoot, but here are a good set of five:




I was thrilled after I post-processed this image.


I haven't done this type of makeup in quite a while, not even on me. It was fun to be able to be free and design with makeup again.




I love Beatrice's hand in this image.

Thanks, Beatrice! This shoot was a journey in itself, and I am glad I got to share it with you.

Always,
Des'ola

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

With Inspiring Gaia

I haven't had an inspiring shoot in a while, and suddenly in two days I had one of my great friends, Gaia (tattoo artist at Mr. Shorty's Tattoo Emporium), to be my lovely muse and we went around and I photographed her in various locations. The first day, I raced with the sunset light, and we even had a guy in a work truck attempt to pull over & put his truck in park and watch while I photographed. He was shooed away, most definitely. Below are my favorites from the shoot:










The next day, we wanted to see if the sunflower field we wanted to photograph at had perked up, but unfortunately everything looked glum, and I wasn't feeling a pull to photograph there, so we drove. We decided to drive on i26 in SC and then off of an exit, she discovered this old home beside a church. I smiled when she found this because when my eyes met this house and we walked around it, I felt creativity in my veins. Unfortunately, the house was locked, but we still got some lovely shots around it. Below are some of my favorites (there were so many):


This is what the house looked like. The right part of the house is not shown due to a tree (obviously).


The broom was already in this image. Nice natural prop!


This was one of Mama's favorites because she loved Gaia's stance.


Capturing Gaia's laugh and pouty lips.


This could easily be one of my favorite photos I've done this year. I love the colors, the lingering body language she has, and the dimension of the photograph inviting you.

Afterwards, we drove around 10 miles more and we found a cotton field in its fresh blooming glory. I have photographed on this very land before when it was a dying and brown corn field. At first, I did not like the light for the location, but these images surprised me.






This image is difficult to say which I like better ...black and white or in color, but I chose black and white to show for this blog.


While testing my light settings, this was a test shot and I thought it, among with others, were going to not be used, and this image just pierced me, awaiting to be post processed. I plan on printing this.


Due to the unknown age of the general audience this blog has, I censored this image and I hope it does not hinder the power of the photograph.

Thank you, Gaia, for being in my life. You give inspiration to my photography and life.

Always,

Des'ola