Age? Just a Number…

I hear lots and lots of moaning about aging, being too old to look hot, why bother…

Well, guess what?  It’s never too late.  I’ve done several shoots with women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70+ and they were so much fun to do.  Why?  How much they ended up ENJOYING it…it actually brought out a very youthful energy in them as they relaxed into it.  A little sparkle and mischievous smile and we’re in business.  I kind of loved having to tell a friends mom to show more leg.

Unfortunately, I can’t share most of that here since they were private shoots and I have to respect people’s privacy.  I will show you Jennifer, a model not in her teens or 20’s (bet you can’t guess exactly), showing how to work it…

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Belted Nude

This must be the week of abysmal lighting conditions, so here’s another!  Sometimes those harsh lamp shots can work out, with a LOT of futzing with contrast levels.  Why all the bad lighting?  Well, sometimes the opportunity to shoot strikes when I don’t have my good lights nearby.  Not going to let that stop me 🙂

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Brittany in Central Park Part 2

This shoot was very mellow and relaxed…just wandering the park looking for interesting backgrounds, done in about and hour and a half.  When Brittany showed me this peach outfit, I was excited to shoot her against grays and greens.  Interesting how some of these don’t look like they were taken in NYC…little more of a fairy tale vibe.  When we got the bridge, we encountered some tourists with two little girls.  They were quite mesmerized with meeting a real ballerina!  Brittany was so sweet to them and they all got on their toes while the parents snapped a picture.

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I do have a few prints from this shoot (and many others) available here: www.elizabethzusev.etsy.com and more will be added shortly!

Ballet and Audrey

My mission this past Monday: get out the camera and celebrate the end of winter with the lush green of Central Park.  Brittany and I got up early to take advantage of the soft gray, slightly foggy sky.  FYI: cloudy is better for outdoor shoots when you’re just bringing a camera with no extra lighting gear!  It’s funny, normally the gray weather doesn’t put me in the best of moods, but when I have a project like this, I’m all too happy to run around in the mist.

I’m going to show you these in more than one post.  This is the first look we did…inspired by the movie “Funny Face” with Audrey Hepburn.  I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a child (a good thing in my opinion), but I did get to watch a lot of musicals…my mother got me hooked at a young age.  “Funny Face” is one of my favorites…of course it is, it has a photographer in it 😉

Side note:  I learned that dancers go through their pointe shoes in 2 weeks, sometimes even 2 days!

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10 Years…

May 2005 was my turning point for photography…it went from being a fun creative outlet to, wow, I want to do this for the rest of my life.  I’m marking this as my 10th anniversary for photography even though I technically started earlier.  These two shoots were instrumental in that turning point.

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Revisiting Vulnerability

Going to get a little more personal here today.  I shot this self portrait last week since I haven’t done that in years.  I’m definitely more comfortable behind the camera, which meant it was time to confront those nervous feelings.  I’m going to be completely honest here…the range of thoughts and emotions that went through me during that 30 minutes varied widely.  Some thoughts congratulated my willingness to do this, while other thoughts were more negative towards my body type.  Some thoughts raised me up, while others tried to knock me down.  It was like I was split halfway, one part subject, one part photographer.  I allowed the photographer side to take over, eased into it more, and forgot about the negatives (ugh…photographer pun not intended).  My role as the photographer is to make the subject feel good (while geeking out over gear) so I did just that.  This was done with a timer, so there was a lot of hopping back and forth to reset the camera and look at the shots to see what I needed to adjust.  Shoulders back.  Leg a little to the left.  All that fun stuff I usually use to direct others.  By the end, I was having fun!    

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Yes, I’m aware of my body type.  And I don’t hate it anymore.  Yes, I’m aware that dropping weight will make me healthier…I’m working on it and already feeling better.  It’s been a struggle and I take full responsibility for it all.  That’s not the point of this though.  The point was to confront some things and I did.  I don’t know what I’ll look like in a year or even three months.  But this is me now.  And I accept that.  To all those that have wanted to try this and hesitated:  don’t worry.  You’re fucking fabulous 😉