Here is another edit from the session I had with Nixlot Dameus a few weeks back. It is extremely hard to look at this image and realize this young man is just that… A young man of only 17 years. He emigrated to the USA from Haiti. Nixlot resides in Philadelphia where he is well underway to carving out a name for himself in the powerlifting record books. He is a bodybuilder and a powerlifter and holds JR Mr. Atlas titles, he has also represented the USA at competitions in other countries. It was amazing to start off 2016 with photographing this talented athlete.
Tomorrow August 18th will complete the summer photo shoots at Eastern States Penitentiary in Philadelphia. As I have posted in the past these shoots are really a lot of fun because it presents a challenge. Like always there is the challenge of light or the lack of. And again this month it looks as if heat & humidity will be the arch nemesis. June’s shoot was a real sweat box of a time while July wasn’t quite as bad, but tomorrow is going to be… well let’s just say I’ll have a Gatorade IV hooked to my arm. Flying solo with no lighting assistant it will be just me and Miss Martin. Melina Martin will be my model and I am really looking forward to our time together. While Junes’ focus fell on straight beauty in a vintage dress and then July found me capturing images of the amazing tattooed Bree Arkham, August will have me photographing pure ebony beauty at its best.
So let’s see what happens… something always happens… good or bad something always happens.
Eyes are the path to the depths of our soul. All our passions, love, kindness and fears reside, as does our demons, perverted thoughts and our desires… Good and bad.
Meet Melina Martin Philly based model/actress. I think we’ll see a lot more from Melina in the future. Her test shoot went very well. She has lots of confidence, eager to learn and a warm easy-going personality. We enjoyed the warm spring afternoon as it was perfect for an outdoor shoot. Not too hot, not too cold and no bugs lol. I intended to shoot around Lambertville and do a “street walk” style shoot. This style shoot will really test the model if she is new because she will be right out where people can see her. Crazy I know, but it can really produce some nice images with a “Street Photography” style to them. I don’t do this with just any model, but when they are studying acting as Melina is, most can handle it. I use my classic line “are you nervous” (they always say yes) then I say “so act like you’re a model doing a model shoot.” And really it most times makes them laugh, it also makes them think “this photographer is an asshole” but I always win them over with humor.
However on this day I did not get to use my classic line. I went to scout the town in the morning and I found the town had been overrun with white legs… everywhere. There were white leg cyclists, white leg joggers, white leg walkers and because the weather was nice and being a somewhat touristy town… essentially the town was crowded. Crowded to the point I was uncomfortable and this was two hours before Melina was due to arrive from Philadelphia. So I said nix nix and we went two miles north to the next river town of Stockton. What a beautiful little town, named after one of our forefathers Richard Stockton I love this place… plus I grew up just outside of Stockton so I guess I’m biased to say the least. But I really did want to shoot in Lambertville because it has a lot of character… and it has a lot of characters wandering the streets lol.
So we captured our images at the old Prallsville Mill at the north end of Stockton. A few fishermen and fisher boys and a few dog walkers, not too many people around. Some music broke out at one point when a band started up and we just headed to a private out-of-the-way area by the old quarry house and finished in the old quarry house/office after Melina had noticed the door was unlocked. So in the end we had a great shoot with good weather and nobody to bother us. Now off to the edits.
Thanks so much and have a great day.