Iceland is an amazing place, and quite a difficult place to shoot nudes due to the large number of tourists, and the limited number of months where the temperatures are suitable for working with a nude model. Even during those “warmer” months the weather can be quite extreme compared to in the UK.
I was extremely fortunate to visit there earlier this year with the very talented and creative Rebecca Tun, as well as my fellow photographer friend Marie Otero. We we’re very lucky with the weather, and because we had lots of plan B’s and plan C’s the trip was massively productive and exceeded my expectations in many ways.
I’ll be posting images from the shoot for quite some time, so here’s a short selection of some that I have edited so far.
The first is from near the Vestrahorn mountain with a nice bit of mist over it. I think the yellow material provides a pop of colour against the moody background, and the material shows how windy it was.
When a model gets dirty lying in sand or similar I often ask themselves to clean themselves up regularly, but in this case I felt the black sand on Rebecca worked quite well.
The next set are not too far from the Vestrahorn, and show Rebecca’s creative posing with an oversized chair that somebody has anchored to some rocks near the ring road. One of Marie’s props also came into it’s own. Again the moody background helps the images.
Iceland is well known for it’s waterfalls, and incredibly we shot at 11 different waterfalls – I said that it was a productive shoot! Rebecca was a star, as it was incredibly cold and wet, so we shot as quickly as possible in short bursts. The fact that there is a cave next to the waterfall gave directional lighting, which is quite rare with a waterfall.
Another waterfall, and while I like to think I am quite good at seeing images and potential posing rocks for models, it’s up to the model to decide whether they think they can safely pose there. In this case Rebecca felt that sitting poses would be safe, and I love the images we produced there. The sound must have been incredible from where Rebecca was posing.
And the final image matches my liking of quirky images with Rebecca’s creative posing!!!
Many thanks to Rebecca for what was an amazing shoot, where we produced so many superb images that I feel really capture the spirit of Iceland, Rebecca is such an outstanding location model. I look forward to editing images for Part 2, Part 3, Part 4…….