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Model Kelly Knox is not just a pretty face

At first glance of many of her photos….

the beautiful Kelly Knox, a model based out of the UK, seems like just another stunning blonde bombshell. But, if you take a closer look, you’ll find that there is one big difference. Kelly has no left forearm!

She was born with this condition and as a child refused a prosthesis. Since that time on, she has never wore won.

In 2008, she won the BBC series “Britain’s Missing Top Model” and has been dominating the fashion scene ever since.

As a photographer who personally believes that models do not have to fit any specific cookie-cutter mold, and that beauty comes in many forms, I think she is an inspiration for both disabled and able-bodied people everywhere.

Kelly Knox

 

beautiful disabled model Kelly Knox

Creating photo drama with a single light source

First off, I’d like to appologize to the readers of this blog for the delay since my last post. Thanks for being cool about it. And just for that, I figured I’d give you guys a real doozie for this one.

Here goes.

Anyone who works with studio photography knows that as a general rule, the setup includes multiple light sources. This is for a number of different reasons which include reducing shadows, evening out the exposure and thing along those lines. However, at times, the use of a single light – mono lighting, can produce some really awesome artistic effects.

One thing it can do is add a sense of drama to your shot.

Check out the image below as an example of a single light setup I used for a photo shoot last week.

mono lit model

In this case, I used a light on the left side and as it stretches across the model it fades into a darker shade. This accentuates the points closest while sort of leaving an element of mystery about the elements hidden in the dark distance.

Give it a try for yourself some time. You just might love the results.

Angry chick songs that this male blogger actually likes

In the world of music, there are no shortage of “angry chick” songs in which a woman rocks out some level of either rage of discontent regarding relationships with men. While many of these may annoy those of us with a with a “Y” chromosome, there are some occasions on which the song is so catchy or the rage comes across as so attractive that it’s hard not to like the song.

With that being said, here are a few such songs that I really do enjoy:

99 Times

By Kate Voegele

Crush, Crush, Crush

By Paramore

Everything Back But You

By  Avril Lavigne 

I knew You Were Trouble

By Taylor Swift 

Do you like “angry chick” music? What are some of your favorite songs that fit this vibe?

Summer’s here! Let’s celebrate with summer themed music

Once again the beautiful, fun, exciting season of summer is here (at least in my region of the world). It’s always a wonderful feeling when you can get outside and feel the warmth of the season’s sun painting itself upon your skin. The long days, cool and refreshing drinks and the freedom to wear a little less material all make for a great time.

With all this in mind, I decided to post a list of a few songs that really bring out that summer vibe.

I hope you enjoy them and feel free to add your thoughts and comments on videos that say “summer” to you.

California Girls – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg

Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne

Fallin For You – Colbie Caillat

Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow

Pontoon – Little Big Town

In Too Deep – Sum 41

Natural light is the best light (for photography)

In a photography studio setup

you can use as much or as little light as you want, adjust the angles of the light and how harsh or diffused it may be and all sort of other factors. However, with all the little things you can do to manipulate the outcome of artificial and studio lighting, in my personal opinion, there is nothing like the amazing asset that is natural light.

While there is a big difference to the approach a photographer might use working with natural light rather than a unit powered by batteries or a wall outlet, and some may say utilizing light from nature may be more difficult, I really don’t think any artificial setup can compare to the glow and cast from nature itself. This is especially true of what is commonly referred to as the “golden hour,” a brief time period twice a day of about an hour or so around the times of sunrise and sunset.

I urge all photographers to get outside and work outdoors or shoot with window light as much as possible. Once you get used to it and take the chance to experiment, I’m pretty sure you might just get hooked. Here are a few samples of my own natural light work, one with a stunning landscape and several with model photography shot near windows or outside.

garden gate in North Carolina

model with window light

model shot with light from window

model profile in summer evening

Recent photo shoot with alternative pin-up model

When I shoot with models…

I love to work with all sorts of looks. One of which, if you’re even a casual reader of this blog you probably know, is alternative models. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, that commonly includes women featuring body art and subculture styles.

Another really cool style is the classic pin up look that came out of support for U.S. troops during the wars and battles of the mid-20th century.

So, why not combine both for an amazing model photo session?

The photos below are from a recent shoot with the stunning Brittany Jordan. They were taken at my studio location in Pittsburgh and I hope you enjoy them.

Brittany Jordan alt pin up model

This one makes use of a cool, classic vibe with the retro bar stool and the black and white coloration.

Brittany Jordan spot color pin up photo

This one uses a spot color effect on her vibrant hair mixed with a classic pin up pose to have an almost Andy Warhol like quality.

Brittany Jordan sexy teacher

Moving away from the pin up look for this one, it has sort of a sexy / naughty teacher theme if you will.

Brittany Jordan sexy chest shot

The spot color effect with a pose that accentuates the models chest makes for a fun, flirty photograph.

Brittany Jordan hot model sexy pink top and fedora

Last but not least, this one lends a little edge to the model’s look with the cigarette and the black fedora.

 

Harlem Shakes from around the globe

If you haven’t heard of the Harlem Shake, you soon will. It’s a craze that’s taking over the Internet as the latest viral dance sensation. For a lighter hearted post, I decided to include some samples below for you enternatinment.

Disclaimer – Not all videos may be suitable for younger viewers.

Video Contest – $100 cash prize!

The Alternative Modeling community at Twistedangels.net is seeking your videos to feature on our website! If you’re an aspiring film maker or just love to goof around with your video camera or cell phone, this contest could be for you.

We’ll accept videos from virtually any type of recording device including video-only cameras, still cameras that shoot video, cell phones, webcams and more, so long as the quality is reasonable.

All entries must be submitted by March 31, 2013. A winner will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts by no later than April 8, 2012. And he or she will be have the option to be paid via Paypal or by mailed money order.

While the grand prize winner will take hone the cash, there will be one First Place winner who will get a HP Photo Printer with 4×6 photo paper and carrying case, a second place winner who will earn one year of free access to our website and a third place winner who will be able to select up to 5 hard copies of full-resolution 8×10 photos from our website featuring the model of your choice.*

See rules below:

video contest

Videos must be original content (you can use songs from any artist in them though) and cannot be published anywhere else on the Internet without our expressed written permission.

Videos should be centered around themes focused on goth, emo, or punk subcultures or body art and body modification.

Videos may not exceed 100 MB in file size, the smaller the better as that submitting larger files can be difficult.

In terms of subject matter, pretty much anything is acceptable from the silly and playful to the intense and sexy. ** If you aren’t sure, just ask.

There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

All people featured in the video must be at least 18 years of age.

To submit your video:

Upload your video to a private file sharing tool like Yousendit, Dropsend, Transferbigfiles or Google Drive (share the download like only with us).

Visit our “Contact Us” page at TA leaving any relevant information about your video (title, cast, location…) in the message box along with the other required information. You may leave the download link in the “Website” box, message area or send it to twistedangelsnet@gmail.com .

 *This prize applies specifically to models shot by our staff photographer, not those submitted by other artists.

 **Artistic nudity is acceptable but graphic pornography is not. And the videos cannot contain any illegal or discriminatory activity.

Deviant (A peom)

Considering Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to post on of my pieces from my second of two poetry books “Shadows and Shade” that I think fits the theme fairly well. It also goes along with my photography interest in working with alternative models and the tattooed, pierced and Gothic style they often feature.

Enjoy!

goth drawing

Deviant

You’re a deviant

But that’s OK

Your tattoos and piercings

Drive me insane

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You’re deeply twisted

But I don’t care

I love the purple and red streaks

In your savage black hair

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You’re erratic

But it’s just fine

And your insidious nature

Leaves me wanting you for mine

Wall Calendar

It’s finally here!!!

As you may know by now, in my photography work I love the chance to work with alternative models. While that genre of modeling does cover a lot of area, I’m specifically referring to those who feature tattoos and piercings, vibrant colored hair and perhaps something of a goth, emo or punk style.

That being the case, a site I work with called Twisted Angels just published it’s 2013 wall calendar. I’m so excited by the results considering it’s the first time the site’s calendar has featured more than 13 photos. The count is actually 25, the cover, one main shot for each month and one small one too.

Anyway, if you’re so inclined to check out a preview, you can do so below.

Please keep in mind that some of these photos would fall into the NSFW category and you may not want them to be readily accessible by children. Nudity can be and often is artistic and beautiful but is also often hard to explain to your boss of an inquisitive young child.

Calendar preview form store standard version)

Video preview of deluxe version from the site itself

sexy alt modeling calendar

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