So apparently, I can write the blog posts but actually getting around to posting them is another thing. Ah well, one step at a time, eh?
This post is another shoot from my time in The Netherlands, last March (March 2018). I travelled from Den Haag to Zwolle to spend the weekend with a lovely couple who go by the name Sybarite. I spent two full days with these guys and had a blast as we worked together through a variety of sets to create some amazing images.
I have to mention briefly that I was fed some absolutely amazing food in the time that I was staying there, too. Being catered for as a vegan in a household that isn’t vegan is something I’m very grateful for. I’m always wiling to just feed myself when I’m staying with someone as it seems easier, so when people go out of their way to accommodate my ethical food choices when it’s not part of their routine, it’s lovely. But anyway, this post isn’t about what I ate!!
Sybarite have many different themes that they work on with different models that cover an array of styles and levels. Before we started shooting, we sat and discussed the themes and chose the ones we were going to work on together. Some of them didn’t appeal to me and some of them were above my modelling levels, but there were plenty of the themes that I was happy to model and actually quite excited about doing!
All of the work I did over the weekend with Sybarite was nude, but you’ll be able to see just how varied the resulting images are and the many styles we worked on over the two days. I often say to people that nude work gives you so many more possibilities than simply ‘this is a shot of a nude woman’. It’s an incredibly versatile way of working and I hope that this post helps to show that!
For this post, I’ve chosen my favourite image from each set to share with you… Except for two of the sets (which funnily enough were the first and last sets I did with these guys). They were my favourite and I couldn’t reduce it to just one from each of the sets because I liked too many of them, so I chose my top three from each of those ones 🙂
This was the first set we did and you can tell why it’s one of my favourites, as you will with the last set too. Classical, and very Misuzu! This idea came to us spontaneously as I was talking about my recent trip to Greece where Greeks kept thinking I was Greek… Sybarite had the column and the material to give that goddess vibe and we just went for it and nailed it in just a few minutes.
Okay, so this image is not exactly my usual style as I’m never overly into the bondage type of shots, but there’s more of a story here which is why I like it… What I mean is, that it’s not just bondage for the sake of it. It’s expressive and even though it’s a bit (very) dark, it works to get a feeling across but while staying classy with the posing.
The Netherlands is a beautiful country, as depicted in this lovely landscape shot. I will tell you though, whatever plant that straw stuff used to be, it really hurts your feet when you’re walking barefoot (and there’s a shot of me sitting down in the same location and my god did that one hurt 😛 ) The Netherlands is very flat. I’d heard that before, but you don’t realise just how flat until you’re there. It’s crazy.
This is part of a series about witches and magic. Right up my street! The ethereal and spooky look in this image was achieved through the use of smoke bombs and off camera flash. I was asked to try and rub dirt over myself for these shots, but it just wouldn’t stick to me because it was too dry and just kept falling off. I was gutted because I was looking forward to getting all muddy and grubby! Especially as it was the last set we shot on the first day.
This image is from the first set we did on the second day. It’s a sort of sci-fi theme, where I’m supposed to look like I’ve been beamed down from a space ship or something. Like in the opening of the Mr Bean TV series. In fact, the photographer had a lot of fun when we got back to the house later that day by making a video using the opening of that TV show, but instead of Mr Bean getting beamed down, it’s this picture of me… I’m not even kidding! The grass was cold and wet, but it was worth it to get this image!
I got to keep my shoes on for this bit, which was just as well because it was more dangerously spiky than the other landscape shot. And wet as well. But look, it’s flat here too!
And last, but by no means least… More classical Misuzu-style shots. This bridge was incredibly beautiful and set in a wonderful location. The scene looks Autumnal but it was actually taken in March, the start of spring. I’m glad this location looked the way it did because I feel like I’m very suited to that autumn vibe. Maybe it’s just because it’s my favourite season, or maybe it’s that my skin tone complements the hues of autumn… But anyway, we came across this bridge by accident and obviously had to stop and shoot here. It suits my classical posing style perfectly and you can see why they’re my favourites!
And that’s that. Thanks Sybarite for having me and looking after me while I was with you, and for taking these wonderful shots. I had so much fun!
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