Muse Collaboration: Suicide Girls Style Shoot with Alice Crowe

April 27, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

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Alice Crowe, my favorite model, and I decided to try a "Suicide Girls" style shoot. Suicide Girls pretty much invented the "alt-model" genre, and it has been a goal of mine to get a set published there. (Foreshadowing: There's more on this to come in the future.)

Suicide Girls has a pretty distinctive look: Soft even lighting, razor-thin depth of field, and a progression of shots that has a theme of some sort.

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I rented a neat location through Peerspace.com for the shoot based on some really amazing photographs of the location's interior. Unfortunately, I realized as soon as I got there that there were several neat shooting spots, but each of them had a different type of lighting. The best lighting in the location was in the stairwell: it was north-facing light into a dark interior, which leant itself to chiaroscuro. The best looking furniture, etc. was lit by a mixture of natural light and dim tungsten bulbs. Ah so.

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I classify this as a Good Problem to have: I had two distinct looks with gorgeous lighting, but no way to put them together for a unified-theme set of 30 or 40 photos. So, they weren't suitable for a Suicide Girls set. So it goes. They are, however, wonderful photographs on their own. I just need to present them as two separate sets so that the lighting differences aren't so obvious.

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In any event, I've been so frustrated lately with wet plate (blog entry forthcoming) that it was really fun to just "Push the Easy Button" and use my digital rig: A Fujifilm X-T5 with Fujinon 50mm f/1.0 and 35mm f/2.0 lenses. This is a great setup for my photography, although I am really starting to lust after the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8 zoom. I spend a lot of my time scooting around on my knees and butt, fighting with my tripod, and tripping over furniture on shoots. Having a zoom lens would make life a lot easier ... but it'd be hard to go from f/1.0 and f/2.0 to f/2.8, especially on my X-T5's crop sensor.

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I've always wanted to have a Muse: A real creative partner who would bring her own inspiration and ideas to our collaborations. 

I've shot Alice Crowe three times now. I'm having so much fun collaborating with her -- together we're working on a shoot concept that I'm really excited about. She's a really cool person with great taste in music, too. This is all to say that I'm having more fun with my art now than I have in years. I've found my Muse, and I'm delighted.

Don't get me wrong: I'm still stoked to have good relationships with Morgan Wilders and Lorna Lynne, and I'm still planning on booking other freelance traveling models as they pass through the Sacramento area. But there's something pretty special about having a trust relationship with a Muse!

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(This is an example of an image that was only possible to make because of trust between photographer and model.)

 


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