IN January we continued our guest photographer workshop series with French writer and photographer Jehanne de Champvallon!
Our "Writers as Photographers" workshop "Songs of Innocence" explored William Blake and his writings and ideas about the themes of innocence, beauty, fear, power and corruption, as applied to the photographic vision of French author and photographer Jehanne de Champvallon, who led the workshop.
Jehanne's approach is that each photograph, or series of photographs should tell a story, just as she would do as a writer. The workshop participants learned how the craft of being a writer and photography can complement each other.
During the workshop, Jehanne discussed how she begins with a story as a writer, and then as photographer, proceeds to tell the story in an image or series of images, including using the art nude as a form of expression. Photographers will had the opportunity to photography the story and model under Jehanne's direction, so that they can experience and experiment with this novel approach to photography.
The themes she will explored were selected from William Blake's work as follows:
I) SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND SONGS OF EXPERIENCE - Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul… as exemplified by the two poems The Lamb (innocence) and The Tyger (beautiful and fearsome). Jehanne worked with our model to portray these contrasting states of nature; as both Virgin Mary and femme fatale..
II) THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER.. the nature of innocent and corruption and the tension between them… as illustrated with the model.
III) The ABSURDITY OF LIFE and the absence of God in Blake's work
Jehanne demonstrated the process with Chikara Moth, the model she selected for this workshop.
The Photographer as Voyeur
Helmut Newton once said “Every photographer is a voyeur, if he says he’s not, he’s a liar.”
Well, we were in luck because we had Zoe West visiting the Cattail Studio from New York, and she agreed to be our model for a workshop exploring "The Photographer as Voyeur." If you’ve seen Zoe's portfolio, you know that she not only is a model, but also brings a tremendous range of expression and feeling to her work with photographers.
The 3 hour workshop/shoot explored the Photographer as Voyeur theme, with Zoe in various natural and studio light settings. The Cattail Studio location with it’s living/dining room with fireplace, bedroom and master bath are a great setting for this workshop!
After the workshop, there were 1 on 1 sessions available with Zoe with some great results!
Storyville Masquerade Workshop
President's Day Weekend Event at Cattail Studio!
Several times a year we do an art nude photography "Special Event" featuring a location, props and of course great models!
Mardi Gras Masks, Beads and Capes
3 Models / 3 Scenes
A Smoke Machine and colored gels
Our own special "Muse Juice" on the stove and a fire in the fireplace...
With a Mardi Gras, Carnival Masquerade Ball theme, we will have 3 great models (Chikara, Melissa and Natalya) rotating through different areas of the studio staged and with lighting as a Burlesque Dance Hall, a Fetish Room and an Courtesan's Boudoir. Each group of 3 photographers will rotate through each set, with each model. All designed to get great images and have a memorable photo shoot!
The last of our Writer's as Photographers Art Nude Workshop Series. If you are a photographer seeking inspiration, or a writer who wants to tell a story with photographs, this is the last of these workshops that will be offered...
Join us for our third and last workshop with French writer and photographer Jehanne de Champvallon! Jehanne will be leaving and returning France in the next few months...
The workshop "Dark Sisters - Double Exposure" will explore the literary genres of gothic, supernatural and science fiction, as interpreted by Jehanne, who will lead the workshop with two outstanding models.
During the workshop, Jehanne will discuss how she begins with a story as a writer, and then as photographer, proceeds to tell the story in an image or series of images, including using the implied art nude as a form of expression. Photographers will have the opportunity to photography the story and model under Jehanne's direction, so that they can experience and experiment with this novel approach to photography.
Holly and Pegan, who are models and friends, will take the roles and characters Jehanne develops for them, and be the subjects of the series of photographs in the genre of gothic, supernatural and science fiction.
You can see Holly's portfolio at: https://www.instagram.com/hollywood.lifestyle/
Pegan's portflio is at: https://www.instagram.com/princesspegan/
The models will also be available for 1 on 1 shoot's after the workshop.
The location for the workshop will be the Wyoming Farm Studio in Clinton, Maryland, an historic property with a 1850's farmhouse containing many antiques and suitable locations for this workshop!
You can see images shot on location at: https://carriagehousestudio.smugmug.com/Wyoming-Farm/
Lighting the Nude
Our three hour workshop is an introduction to glamour, boudoir and fine art/figurative photography for those who are interested in learning the basics of lighting and posing the nude, and want to increase their command of lighting to work independently with a live model and lighting set ups.
You will also see examples of the work of great photographers who have contributed to this genre, such as Edward Weston, Ruth Bernard, Robert Farber, Helmut Newton, and Gary Breckheimer.
Our model for the workshop will be Johanna, a fine art model from Spain with a very diverse and creative portfolio.
During the workshop we will cover the following topics:
A. Basic lighting set ups for studio photography for:
- artistic nudes and bodyscapes
B. Using studio lighting equipment including:
- camera settings for synchronization
- use of umbrellas, soft boxes, snoot, grids, cookies,reflectors.
- sources and quality of light
C. Posing the Model
- key guidelines for directing model; shoulders, hips, hands, legs, feet, and face
- the difference in poses for glamour, boudoir and fine art nude photography
- posing guide prepared in collaboration with our top models
By the end of the workshop you will be comfortable lighting and working with fine art nude models in the studio!
The New Erotic Photography
"The New Erotic Photography..." is the title of a book edited by Dian Hanson and fetish photographer Eric Kroll (Taschen) that presents the erotic work of 50 contemporary photographers.
This is not Playboy glamour that gets boring very quickly, or Hustler that is just sleazy… The essence of the “new erotic photography” is fresh and unique, it's sexy and suggestive, but classy, artistic and tasteful. Today as photographers we are increasingly called upon to produce images that are the "new erotic photography."
This three hour workshop (7 pm to 10 pm) is an introduction into how to capture new erotic art images for the art collector, photo enthusiast or voyeur. We will cover how to plan for, set up and carry out your work, including the basics of lighting and posing the erotic art nude. You will also see examples of the work of great photographers who have contributed to this genre, such as Ralph Gibson, Eric Kroll, Jan Saudek, Terry Richardson, Petter Hegre, Richard Kern, and Bob Carlos Clarke.
Our model for the workshop will be Johanna an artistic, uninhibited European model, who is excited about working with you to build her erotic art photography portfolio. You can see examples of her work at:
The workshop will be conducted in our boudoir studio, and is limited to 6 photographers.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
A. Posing the Model for Erotic Art Photography
- We will show a series of poses that go to, but do not cross the line :)
- Use of props to increase the erotic nature of the image.
B. Basic lighting set ups for erotic art photography for:
- hard, high contrast images
- soft light with wrap around effects
- bounce light for high key effects
C. You will learn how to use studio lighting equipment:
- sources and quality of light
- use of umbrellas, soft boxes, snoot, grids, cookies and reflectors.
By the end of the workshop you will have a set of basic images of "new erotic photography" for your portfolio!