Fine Art Nude with Lindsay Adler

When you study Art and Design you need to understand visual structure through the study of drawing, modeling of form, value structure, perspective principles, color and design theory. One of my first classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco was Depiction of Human Figure. We had models that posed for us for 6 hours a day for several weeks, we explored all aspects of design by looking at the human body. You would think this would help in photographing a nude. Mmmh, think again. For some reason, when you find yourself with a camera in your hands in a fast paced environment with the task of directing and making on the spot decision, everything changes. You are not creating a composition with a pencil and eraser through the course of weeks, you are directing a real person in real time, in multiple poses, while making tens of technical decisions on exposure, depth of field, shutter speed, flash output, modifiers..and let's not forget having to help the models convey a certain mood, not to mention having to focus on your communication skills. It was a brain  activity overload, a strenuous physical effort (we were out in the sun for 8 hours) and an incredible communication challenge. I L.O.V.E.D. it!!! Lindsay Adler was amazing, such great energy and strong personality. The models were exceptional and we had a super talented make up artist. It all happened @weesespiecesstudio in the desert in Little Rock, CA. @lindsayadler_photo  - MakeUp: @beautybyvanessarene Models: ChristineAdams @idiivil - Kristy Jessica @pure_rebel - Janicia Jolie @gottaluvtitz


This photo session happened a few days before the official start of Spring. After a long, wet winter I was hoping to catch some warm sunset light during golden hour..It had rained on and off all day long, we got lucky we had some sun at the end of the day, still it was partially cloudy and windy, not to mention it was quite chilly. We made it work anyways..

I had Jastine pose for me in a few of my favorite places around town, next to Steiner's, at the Barracks and near a vineyard in Gehricke Rd. We ended up shooting the last few captures almost in pitch darkness. She was great and I am glad I got to work with her.

I used the Impact 34" beauty dish for my monolight and Magmod modifiers for my speedlights. Most of the images were taken using my Canon 70-200 f2.8L but I also enjoyed using my 100macro f/2.8L (that I find very pleasant for portraiture) and my 50mm f/1.2L.


I wanted a Fall Photo Shoot and I couldn't have asked for a better one. It was windy and getting ready for a storm, Becky and I spent a few hours taking these pictures, we were in downtown Sonoma, at the Barracks and at the Blue Wing Inn, two locations that I have always found fascinating. We endured frozen hands (I am being dramatic considering it's Sonoma) but I took advantage of a beautiful light shining through the clouds.