The Rose Without a Thorn.

Catherine Howard (one of King Henry VIII’s wives) has been referred to as “the rose without a thorn.” Always beautiful, always proper. Women call themselves today to be that rose in society, and to hide the thorns. Be flawless.

Roses and thorns though are part of the same plant. The rose stays on the plant for only a few days, the thorn is there forever – and some say it’s there to protect the plant from being eaten by animals – so the thorns then make the rose possible.

People tend to see the beauty of the rose and pretend the thorn is not present, but on a cactus the only thing that you can see is thorns but in fact many bloom quite beautifully.

In either case – the thorns are what makes the plants that carry the beauty, survive.

Best of…

Much of what I do in my photo studio is what’s commonly called boudoir, but frequently those clients will request something more artistic, based on what they’ve seen on this website. These are a collection of images that my clients and myself worked together to create for Valentine’s Day. Many of my clients are creating something that will be a gift for a significant other, but more and more are creating something to have, just for themselves.

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These images appear here due to the gracious permission of the clients who helped me create them.

Dunes of Sand

“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.”
― Rachel Carson
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The gentle curve of the breast and hip combined with the fabric seemed to remind me very much of rolling sand dunes.

The Sculpture in Dance

Grace visited my studio a couple of Sundays ago, and I asked her to be en pointe – which apparently was something she hadn’t done in about 4 years. It was clear from the moment she entered the studio that her talent is a force to be reckoned with. Some of the images that follow are pure dance technique (as approved by Grace) and some are just captures of her being a – work of art.

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Scarred, Stretched, and Jiggling

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The model’s own words, “You’d be hard pressed to find even an inch of my body that isn’t scarred, stretched, or jiggling. But I AM BEAUTIFUL and no one can convince me otherwise. My body is all mine and it’s been through the wringer and now it’s more a work of art than its ever been.”

From the Time They are Little

From the time they are little – girls and then women are told what they need to put ON to be beautiful. What kind of clothes to wear (Oh don’t you look good in that), what kind of makeup (That color lipstick suits you). It’s really not about ‘fashion’ or ‘society’ per se. It’s not about conforming to a beauty standard, whether it be realistic or not. It’s that we have grown to think something needs to be added at all. Something is required to enhance.

IMG_7582wI’m here to (literally) strip all of that away. Women are beautiful on their own.

The Beauty of Pregnancy

As often as I get a chance to, I use my camera to celebrate the beauty of pregnancy.

There’s something special about creating these images, even when the model elects to pose in a more modest manner, as is certainly her right to do. I speak with many women who seem ashamed of they way they look when they’re pregnant, when in fact they should be PROUD. Ladies I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the mirror that you look at; the one you see yourself in daily – is lying to you. You are far more beautiful than what it shows to you.

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I’m happy to say my camera and I have been a part of this woman’s life for several years. I photographed her wedding, both of her pregnancies, and her and her children several other times as well. I consider her a close friend.

 

The one who makes this possible

I frequently get the question, “Do you ever make photos of your wife?”

And the answer is yes, but clearly, I have been not been doing it enough.

She is the one who supports me in this endeavor, what with me working 65-70 hours a week doing the radio show, the photo business, and this project now as well. She has told me not to worry, but I do – about the time I spend away. “I’ll let you know,” she says, and once or twice she has – that I need to be home. More though – she worries about me, and that I’m keeping the photo studio in presentable shape – that my props, drapes and curtain materials are cleaned properly.

This image of my wife is from a few years back:

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And we did a shoot this weekend.