It’s been a while since I’ve updated this site, but as I just won another First Place for this year’s Nudes in November, I thought I should start paying attention again. The featured image to this post—which my wife gave the name of “Pinnacle”—is that winner, by the way. [Read more…]
In addition to the more traditional styles of artistic nudes, and the occasional boudoir photography session, one of my favorite forms of photography is what I call “fantasy nudes.” These are typically composites, and as you might guess from the name, often contain fantastical elements, or ideas, including sometimes science-fiction themes. In fact, truth be told, I think it is, hands down, my favorite type of photography. It brings out the creative side of me in every step of the process. The featured image is one such photo.
Today, I’m going to write about a recently-done image for which I just won a first-place ribbon in the Geek Artistique show at the Sorensen Studio in Fresno.
One of the drawbacks of living and shooting the kind of photography I do in an area like Fresno is that it’s not a prime location for finding professional-quality models.
Don’t get me wrong, there are more than a few decent models around here. And more than a few who are willing to put in the work to promote themselves, make it to shoots, and to behave professionally.
But I won’t be the first—or last—photographer who shoots nudes in the Fresno area to tell you that these types of models are vastly outnumbered by the Wannabes and the Never-Will-Bes who nevertheless seem to believe that they’re the next Jasmine Tookes, or Kate Moss, or Kendall Jenner, and a slice of solid gold. And that, by the way, while showing not a lick of ability, and completely devoid of anything that would provide an objective reason for their overblown self-evaluation.
Normally, when I encounter these types, I just shrug, and move on. Life is too short to spend too much time thinking about this type of “model.”
But the one from today took it to a special level, and so I thought I’d write about her. She’s not just the type where one should shrug, and move on, but probably the type where other photographers might want a warning. [Read more…]
Or, as we used to call them, “self-portrait.”
I haven’t done a self-portrait in a very long time. In fact, even longer than before my last blog posts—haha, or LOL, or whatever the new parlance is.
Not much to say about this, but I felt like posting it. Shot in my studio.
If you like what I did with myself, imagine what I can do with someone as good-looking as you! Call today for an appointment.
Well, it looks like I’m going to be reducing my use of Facebook.
Well, tonight will mark my third ArtHop™ exhibit this year.
As you can imagine, this has meant a lot of work – but also a lot of fun! After my exhibit at Peeves Public House last month, I was contacted by new models, and so there will be about 10 or so new pieces from me on display tonight at The Vault in the Security Pacific Building on the Fulton Mall. That’s 1060 Fulton Mall, to be exact.
Where to start…where to start…
As usual, life keeps getting in the way of trying to keep my blog up-to-date with all the latest news. Sometimes I think I need an amanuensis to help. They could just ask me questions, and write the blogs for me.
I’ve wanted to get something posted for a while now. In fact, I have a draft titled “Why I Photograph Nudes” that I’ve been working on off, and on, for more than a week. I was planning to post something about the upcoming ArtHop™ after that.
If I don’t do a quickie post about this now, I won’t get one out at all. [Read more…]
This year’s Nudes in November, a part of the ArtHop™ experience at the Sorensen Studio in Fresno, California, was my third time participating in that juried exhibition. In fact, the 2013 Nudes in November was the first time I had entered a juried competition.
It therefore also constitutes my third Nudes in November win, and my eighth win across all juried competitions. (The only time I’ve ever entered a juried exhibition where I did not win anything at all was in Chris Sorensen’s birthday show a couple months ago, where (so far as I know) there were no awards other than “Best of Show,” which went, as expected, to a sculptor.) [Read more…]
Some folk may know that my “day job” is running my own private law practice on the Sixth Floor of downtown’s glorious Patterson Building. It’s during my “off” time that I work on my art (sometimes in a rented studio space on the second floor).
Increasingly, the lines blur. As my photography gains a little more local recognition, I end up having more discussions about photography with people I know because of my law office. It helps that I display the safer pieces of my work in my law office.
This recently lead to an opportunity for a number of firsts. My first shoot involving only males. My first shoot involving only clothed people (although one of the besuited men at the studio was Shoeless Jerry Not-Jackson).
And my first corporate shoot.
Notice for main blog page: the following article contains nude images. [Read more…]
One of the things I really enjoy is taking an image that’s missing something, or has too much of something, or has been damaged in some way, and either repairing, or, where possible, making a better photo out of it. [Read more…]
Until recently, I haven’t really had much access to a decent studio. However, as of about four months ago, I started renting a space in which to shoot the occasional portrait (and artistic nudes, about which more in another post). [Read more…]
Living in Fresno, California – and before that Hanford, California – for most of my life, I can’t miss the importance of agriculture. The closest I ever came to direct exposure to the farm life was picking, and turning, grapes as a teenager. (When I lived in Tennessee as a child, I think I got one day’s lovely experience picking cotton. My fingers still hurt just thinking about it.) [Read more…]
One of my favorite types of photography is the Landscape. For me, shooting landscapes is a time of quiet concentration. [Read more…]
Some people – perhaps at the current time “many,” since I have so few readers, and most of those are people who know me – know that I make my living primarily as a criminal defense lawyer. That job is a difficult one. It may surprise you to know that lawyers are not well-liked generally in our society (until we need them), and criminal defense lawyers are in many respects the lowliest of the bunch. We, after all, are not seen for what we really are – protectors of your rights, and of the vitality of the United States Constitution – but are rather mostly seen as just a step removed from our over-vilified clients.
With rare exceptions, we’re thought of as the criminals who put criminals back on the streets.
The sad thing about this – aside from the fact that by protecting our clients, we are actually protecting us all – is that even our clients much of the time do not really like us. Even those who know we’re doing our best can be frustrated when they realize that we are not going to be able to achieve their goals. Those who don’t believe we are doing our best are even worse. Many of the people I defend are actually pretty nice people who just got caught up in something they never intended to be involved in (because we have too many laws; too many things are illegal which should not be; and prosecutors overcharge even when someone has committed a crime). But, inevitably, some of them are not, at heart, nice people. After all, we don’t just get to defend innocent people wrongly charged with crimes.
Not if we’re going to keep our offices open.
So it happened that after 25 years of pretty much never taking an actual vacation, I found myself seriously in need of escape.
I’m not going to go into the whys and wherefores; this post is about what I did: how I escaped, and where I went. [Read more…]
My photography website has always been So Shoot Me!®. Well, not always. For some years before that, it was So Shoot Me!™. (The current website was originally built in May of 2009.)
Notice the difference in the names? In both cases, the name is trademarked. But in the first case, there’s a ® at the end, because it’s a federally-registered trademark. Cost me a bit of money to have that done.
Now I’m finding that it’s costing me bundle after bundle to protect my mark – way more than most people might think, and so far more than I make off selling my photography itself. (My images have sold for as much as $1500-$2,200 per print. Still, the trademark protection costs are too high.)
And so, I’m finding myself at a crossroads in my thinking. To be frank, it’s part of the reason I haven’t been blogging for some time: I hate continuing to put effort into something when I’m not sure of the direction I want to take it.
I think I’ve made a decision. Now that the new “dot photography” domains are available, I’m exploring a switch to RickHorowitz.Photography, although I admit to not being completely comfortable with it. Or maybe “not very happy” is the right way to put it. [Read more…]
I have been remiss about blogging lately. A bit too busy with my law practice – which, at the moment, is how I fund my life – so unless and until I sell more prints on a regular basis, that’s just how it goes.
Anyway, some of you may know that last year, I won First Place in Photography during ArtHop™ at the Sorensen Studio’s “Nudes in November” 2013 show.
Since then, I have won other awards, as well. The latest of these – bringing me full circle for the year – is another win for “Nudes in November” 2014 show, which I present above, as the featured image of this post. [Read more…]