Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The non-glamour nudes!

I see a lot of work out there with very attractive women/models. I see a lot of great work being done and creative concepts. Many with talented make up artists and stylists. Many using Photoshop to create dazzling efx, backgrounds and dynamic looks. I see a lot of the typical..."booty" stuff as well. Some gorgeous women with lovely...ASSets and such being shot in bikinis, thongs, towels, etc. Usually bent over cars, standing on a brick wall or seductively posed on a couch, bed or random studio wall. Problem is, after some time, you can only look at those images for so long before you realize that they're all pretty much the same. Even if the model is different and the post processing fx or styling in the shoot is a bit different. We tend to look at the woman's body and size her up without actually getting a sense of the purity and essence of the female form in it's truly romantic state. They're usually all about the "booty" and no matter how fine the woman is or how seductively posed she is, the shots lack...the "beauty!" This shoot for the Pirelli Calendar with Mario Sorrenti as photographer captures the loveliness and divine beauty of women without having to do anything extreme. The nudity doesn't overwhelm the images to the point where all you see is...ass, breasts or whatever. You see the entire image as gorgeous. The natural setting in Corsica of course helps. I haven't shot (officially, since becoming a professional) any nude women or bikini, booty type of stuff. I would welcome the opportunity if the right model(s) come my way and only if I can be sure enough of myself to create images that will last beyond the first saliva inducing glance of the model and her...ASSets. I have had opportunities to shoot some lovely, luscious models in those SMOOTH MAGAZINE, EYE CANDY type settings. I haven't done so yet. It wouldn't be a hard job to shoot a bootylicious model in studio, or lying on a bed, chaise lounge or standing in a shower pressed up against a wall. But I simply wouldn't see the point. I'd love to shoot something sexy that forces the viewer of the image to not only see the obvious in the image, but to take the whole composition and admire it in it's entirety.

You can view the behind the scenes video of the calendar shoot below:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Top 10 Sexiest women of all time! All time?

Well, it's that time of year again when many publications, organizations and assorted media outlets put out their "top 10" lists. (No, nothing like David Letterman's lists.) In fact, some of these lists go well beyond top ten. There are top fifty as well as top 100. The more familiar lists include albums, artists, books and movies. People magazine, being one of the more notable magazines has made it their annual ritual to name the "fifty sexiest" or "most beautiful" people in the world. Recently, I responded to a friend's Facebook post which stated: "I don't want to be sexy, I want to be beautiful." To which my response was: "Trick is to be both. Beautiful is a result of good dna and good energy from within. how you handle that beauty and is a state of being." She, and a bunch of others agreed. Well, getting back to the lists, this morning, I happened to hear that Men's Health magazine published their "Top 10 Sexiest Women of All Time" list. That's ALL TIME! Now, for the most part, I could care less. But seeing as how they were taking the time to make this "Sexiest of ALL TIME" I just HAD to know who made the list and whether or not I would agree. (even if the ranking was different than my own.)
The news only showed the top 5 as follows:

5. Madonna
4. Britney Spears
3. Marilyn Monroe
2. Raquel Welch
1. Jennifer Aniston

Really? I mean...wait.....REALLY? Now, I've got nothing against Jennifer Aniston but, sexiest of ALL TIME? Men's Health backed up their ridiculous ranking by suggesting Jennifer's sense of humor and down to earth persona make Well, I'll admit, those can be sexy qualities in a woman. Me personally, I find intelligence to be extremely sexy. However, I've met some very intelligent women who just weren' My point here is that while Jennifer is an attractive woman and has some qualities that some men may find sexy, she's far from actually being truly, overall SEXY! In fact, she's probably the furthest thing from most people's mind when they think of sexy. In my book, when you say sexy, especially sexiest...of ALL TIME.... you're talking about those women who have smoking great looks, usually accompanied by great bodies and that...special...WOW, IT factor that just has both men and women mesmerized. Add to the looks, a way of talking that just ignites forest fires and can simultaneously melt icebergs. A style that just captivates. A sensual way of moving which begs you to follow their every gesture. And, of course, an inner confidence and strength that fortifies their physical appearance and feminine beauty.
Sexy doesn't always mean the most beautiful. But it certainly doesn't even come close to our...Friend.....Jennifer. But hey, beauty/ in the eye of the beholder yeah?

"Sexy is as sexy does!" Each person's version of sexy is definitely going to be different.

Here's my list: (In no order.... really)

  1. Rihanna
  2. Raquel Welch
  3. Pam Grier
  4. Monica Belluci
  5. Salma Hayek
  6. Naomi Campbell
  7. Lisa Nicole Carson (hey, remember, this is MY list!)
  8. Kim Kardashian (just forget the fact that you hate her for not really being talented or not.)
  9. Naomi Campbell
  10. Dorothy Dandridge

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fathers to sons: Tradition passed down.

As the father of a four year old boy, I look forward to all of the wisdom, advice, corny jokes and general knowledge I’ll need to pass along to my son.

I look forward to it but dread it at the same time. I often struggle with feeling as if I have to be “Super Dad” just to be sure that I know everything and can actually answer many of the inevitable questions he’s sure to come to me with. You know the questions kids come up with these days: “What does OPEC stand for?” , “Who invented the internet?” , “What’s the distance between the earth and the sun?.” “Why is Paris Hilton famous?” (Thank god for Google!) I’ll also have to bone up on all of my sports knowledge and athletic skills just to keep up! All of that and of course, the basic, practical stuff that all men learn and will serve them well throughout their adult lives like, how to tie a tie, how to have a suit properly tailored, how to properly order a bottle of wine in a restaurant, how to always be a gentleman with the ladies and of course, how to shave. Of all the things we’ll teach our sons, shaving will be the one daily ritual that will perhaps serve to be one of the most important for the rest of their adult lives.

So why not get it right! ? Far too many men have abandoned the traditional means of shaving for the more, “fast food” approach of shaving. A plastic, multi blade, battery operated gizmo and a can of high pressurized…crap which gets spread across the face with…fingers? Umm, no!

Not sure when the art of shaving became, less than art and men abandoned the traditional means, but it’s time for the classic “wet shave” to make its way back to the everyday ritual.


First things first: Ditch the random cans of pressurized shaving creams and gels. It’s all crap for lack of a better word and simply not able to lubricate your skin properly for a smooth shave. Go with a traditional shave soap or cream. May seem a little more pricey than the can stuff, but it lasts much longer and will provide your face with the ultimate in luxury feel and smoothness when putting blade to skin. Check out some of the old school, English shave shops like Taylor of Old Bond Street ( or Geo F. Trumper They each have an amazing line of products and you’d be hard pressed to find anything better.

Second: Lose your fingers! Invest in a decent, pure badger hair shave brush. This is probably the most important part. You simply can’t prepare your face for a good shave by slathering on shave cream with your finger tips. A shave brush helps to lift the hair on your face and exfoliate the skin. Both critical to the shave process. A good badger hair brush will run between $30 to $100 and can get even pricier. Badger hair is best for retaining moisture and will be significantly more effective than a cheaper, boars hair brush.

Third: Toss the Gillete “Mach 25”, “Fusion”, 6 to 8 blade having… whatever razor and buy yourself a classic DE (double edge) safety razor. You can look online to find a decent one. I’m currently using a Merkur Heavy Duty razor. (check Amazon) Right away you’ll notice the weight and substantial feel of this razor in your hand. You’ll sense that this is a man’s razor and never return to the plastic. Using a DE razor will take some time and practice to get used to. You don’t need to press down on your strokes. The blade simply glides smoothly over your face and the weight of the razor does most of the work for you. Keep in mind also, that in the long run, you'll be saving money not having to buy the disposable blades and you'll be doing your part to save the environment by not having to throw out the plastic.


Now that you’ve got the equipment, time to get to the shave! Like many things we’ll one day teach our son’s, shaving should be one of those things that’s done slow and steady for maximum effect. Preparation is essentially the key here. A good shave requires the facial pores to be opened, so it’s usually best to shave when you first come out of a hot shower. If not, be sure to soak your face with a really hot wash rag/towel. Once your pores are open and ready, time to brush on some shave soap. Put about a nickel sized amount of soap into your shave mug. (any mug or soap bowl will do really.) Dip the shave brush into hot water then mix the soap up to a nice froth. Use the brush to then lather up the soap all over your face using a circular motion. Take your time! A good minute or two of just brushing on the lather will really prep the skin and hairs. Once you’re lathered up, time to get your shave on. I won’t get into “how to use a razor” here. From this point, it’s really pretty basic. Go with the direction of your hair growth. Use nice, smooth, easy, short strokes and rinse the blade each time. Remember, using a safety razor doesn’t require pressing hard against your face. Let the razor do the work and most important, again…TAKE YOUR TIME! I prefer to go over everything once, then re-lather up and pass the blade a second time, sometimes even three times. When done with the shave, rinse with cold water then finish off with a good, alcohol free after shave to soothe your skin. Trumper’s Coral Skin Food is a great choice: You can also use it as a pre-shave.

Once you get into this routine and ditch the “on the fly” “hurry up and rush” shave, you’ll start to appreciate it and will even consider shaving a relaxing experience. I tend to shave at night, after a nice shower. I find my shave time to be a luxury and a peaceful, soothing way to end my day. The effort you put into your shave will be well worth it later and your face will more than appreciate it as time goes on. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to razor bumps, this method will undoubtedly serve you well.

The classic shaving accessories and the method are simply unbeatable. Not to mention, there's a sense of elegance, sophistication and style that goes with it all. In the end, the joy of passing this knowledge down to your son(s) one day will be much appreciated by them and truly gratifying for yourself.

For more information on classic shaving, shaving products and more, check out some of the following links: