Ed Weston and his grandson Kim Weston are two of my favorite photographers and a huge inspiration. So when Michelle Magdalena (a talented fine art photographer) put together a workshop at the Weston Estate, I jumped right in! Even better, it was over the course of a few days on my birthday weekend. I had the absolute best time – I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than doing something creative that I love and am passionate about and spend time with fellow artists, muses, great people, and a photography icon. I mean, I was walking around in my boots at the Weston estate, Wildcat, shooting nudes, where Ed Weston shot his famous nudes and where Kim shoots now – wow, it was surreal and one of the ultimate experiences of my lifetime, truly.
It was my first time photographing nudes, and inspired by Kim’s instruction, I challenged myself to shoot in new ways: underexposing, using props, and posing models…. as well as challenging myself in post: pushing contrast and no retouching!… glorious no retouching!!… to leave the female form in it’s perfectly imperfect beautiful state. Here’s a peek at the first of the series… lots more to come :)
There are more images from other photographers who were at the workshop on this blog, here.
Let me know what you think of my first attempt… I love reading your comments!