On top of the World, watching the sun go down over some beautiful Corsican scenery, the scene further enhanced with the beauty of a young woman posing next to a giant rock, and capturing it on camera so that the experience can be replayed again later and shared with others through images. It really doesn’t get any better than that, it’s experiences like this that make me so passionate about my photography :)
I’ve been taking pictures of models for a few years now, but I still get the same buzz when I go into artist-mode, and people who know me would be surprised at how my arthritis seems to just disappear as I hike up mountains to get to locations and clamber over rocks to get into the ideal shooting position. I do seem to go into another zone, and I think fellow passionate creatives will understand this.
One of my current favourite location types is rocks. I love the the wide variety of colours, textures and shapes, as well as how a model can interact with them. They stand for permanence, and the smoothness of the models skin contrasts so well with the rugged shapes and rough textures.
This was a simple shot to take, with great light, beautiful surroundings and Lulu making a superb pose, it would have been difficult to take a bad shot, and it’s the one I describe in the opening paragraph of this post. What you can’t see is the 3 hours or research to find this particular location, then the nearly 1 hour steep uphill hike to it in 28 degrees heat! It was a special moment up there as the sun went down with Lulu, and there’s loads more to come from this great location.
Another lovely shaped rock in Corsica. Over many thousands of years the inside has been hollowed out to make interesting shapes, which handily gave Lulu a hand hold.
I did a blog post previously with Lulu on this dolmen in Ireland with a red parachute dress, but we did lots of nudes as well. She did loads of great poses, but I thought this one was extra special.
England has a number of sites with interesting rocks as well, you can maybe tell that this is God’s Own Country, and again a wonderful pose with Lulu mimicking the shape of the large rock behind her.
And more images from our trip to Iceland, this time lying on rocks covered in a soft moss. We’re going back again this year, I was really pleased with the images from the last trip, even though I had uncharacteristically not really prepared beforehand. This time I’m well prepared and we’ll be visiting a lot more locations, I can’t wait to see what we can produce.
And this is a new edit from an image taken on one of my very first shoots with Lulu in Ireland in 2014. For various reasons I thought I was coming to the end of my model photography, and then along she came and most definitely rekindled my interest, which is stronger now than it has ever been. So quite appropriately we have ‘my rock’ looking like a rock.
Many thanks to Lulu for being such a great model, friend and inspiration, and for all the hard work, discomfort and creativity she puts in to produce all of our images. Many more adventures to come.