RAW Beauty

This is an image I have been trying to capture for years - a concept I had boiling in my head that I never had the chance (or the right woman) to execute it with.  That is, until last Friday.

You may recognize this beautiful woman from a few weeks back when I was taking the Leica ME on a dry-run. She is one of my best friends and my favorite musician of all time - Holly Brewer. I am currently doing the cover work (and so on) for the self titled debut album of her new band, The Folks Below. Though, you will need to wait for the release of the album to see any of that!

RAW Beauty - Taken with Leica / Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH
RAW Beauty - Taken with Leica / Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH

While we were green screening some work, I asked if I could do this shot with her for my portfolio. I have been trying to get this shot for so many years, but either the model wasn't willing - or the ones that were just were not right for the shot. The concept was simple: "Shooting with RAW Energy" - and what better says that than a naked woman with my Rolleiflex? I wanted true raw energy from the shot - someone that was connected with the earth in more ways than one. And Holly just emanates that personality. Anyhow, when I nervously asked her about the shot, she said "no problem!" and she needed no direction at all.

This was done in 100% natural light by her fireplace in her cozy home. The Leica was on my Manfrotto tripod with a 1/25 second exposure at f/2 on the Summilux-M 1.4/50 ASPH lens. Post process was several layers in Photoshop to dodge and burn the shadows and crop out the naughty bits at the bottom.  The style of edit was based off Joel Grimes and Calvin Hollywood, once again.  Also, did a little Calvanizing to the colors to give my more or less singnature look to the skin tones.

Have to say, I am very happy with the results of this one.