My Nude Year: Day 75 of 365

I wanted to change prospective for this evenings shoot. I grabbed a latter while Shannon got an old sheet to use as a floor drop. We set the lighting up so that she would have very soft lighting from the side but over-exposed the photo so there wouldn’t be a need for any fill light on her face. It would have been very easy to put a reflector opposite the light source as a fill but we would not have achieved the effect I wanted to capture.

For the pose I wanted something that looks very simple but compositionally it actually is a little tricky. For those of you that know a little about composition you may quickly jump to the conclusion that this photo is a simple diagonal method example, if you fit into that group gotcha. This is actually a Rule of Thirds example. For the image to be a true diagonal method photo you would need something else present in the image to support the diagonal. This secondary subject, simple as an outstretched arm, does not exist in the photo taken tonight. If you look at the image again you will notice that Shannon’s face is located on the right third of the photo and her eyes really draw you in. After that there is nothing to really follow in the photo. Of course you eye explores the rest of her figure but with the flattened features of Shannon’s body due to the pose nothing really pulls you in with exception to the nearly blown out left side of her torso. One more thing that may jump out at you is the partially hidden chest of Shannon. This element of the photo is located near the intersection of two Rule of Third lines, which would put it on a Golden Section. This took a little trail and error while posing tonight. We ended up trying a few different arm positions before we found one that really worked for the overall composition.

If you would like to learn more about composition please follow my "The Art of Nude" blog. I will be starting a new series on four elements of composition next week. New post will be up every other Monday with a VLOG in between weeks.

Thanks for your continued support,

JW Purdy


My Nude Year: Day 68 of 365

For the first time since we started the project, I did not have to move the coat rack in order to get a shot. Many of the photos we complete are taken in the foyer of our home. In the last half of this foyer is a coat rack with a large mirrored back on it. Most nights I have to push this out of the way before I start setting up our lighting. Tonight however we wanted to play with the reflection in the mirror as a creative way to use negative space.

We started out with the light source to Shannon’s right side but the reflection in the mirror was to dark and the light was too flat in general. I moved the light to the opposite side and the photo became much more dramatic. I have placed Shannon on the left third of the photo, using the Rule of Thirds, and allowed her reflection to fall in the negative space on the right third of the photo. I framed the photo so that the vase on the left side would give you some background interest as well as echo Shannon’s large bottom.

Tomorrow I will be headed to the Rodeo for the first time this year. I can’t wait and the concert afterward should be very good as well.

Until then,

JW Purdy


My Nude Year: Day 66 of 365

Shannon had to work at the rodeo today after we attended a friends wedding shower. She was so tired after getting home that she fell asleep on the floor while stretching out. I had to wake her for tonight’s photo. I chose a very organic pose for us to complete. The concept perfectly fit Shannon’s mode of being completely and totally exhausted. We used two different locations however I liked this one best. I can’t wait until it gets warm enough to start working outdoors. I am anxiously waiting exploring our surroundings to find good locations for some nude photos. I did find some potential sites just down the road from our house. I can’t wait to try them out.

Thanks for reading,

JW Purdy


My Nude Year: Day 64 of 365

Shannon and I are both very tired tonight. I guess with the weather changing every day it seems to be running us down a little. It is also rodeo season and we have busy schedules and don’t get much sleep on the weekends for the month of March. I really dread time change this weekend. It will be nice to have an extra hour before the sun goes down but getting adjusted to the new time is always a bear.

For tonight’s photo we wanted to play with a minimalistic view. I cropped Shannon at the chin as well as just below the knees. We place a red flower in her hands to draw your eye into the photo. Once your eye takes in the flower the lines of Shannon’s arms and breasts lead you into her figure.

The kickstarter campaign has really slowed down this week and we are starting to get nervous about the final out come. I hope it is just a cooling off period and we will be back on track soon. I hope you all have a great Friday and we will see you tomorrow.

JW Purdy


My Nude Year: JW Purdy's forward

Thank you for your interest in my second photo of the day project. I have within the past few months completed my first successful photo of the day, or 365 project, and I’m excited about the prospect of a new challenge. My last, POD project for short, was much more difficult than you might think. It was actually my third attempt at the idea and I was so happy when it was over. I wasn’t happy that I didn’t have to shoot everyday, just happy to have made it a full year without missing a day. As we all know life gets busy and we tend to put stuff on the back burner and tell ourselves we will complete it later when we have a little more time. This is what happened to me on my first two attempts. I let my work get the best of me and just didn’t put in the effort I should have.

When you start a long-term photo project the first few weeks can seem very easy. Then something goes wrong and you find yourself pressed for time or just not in the mood to do it. It takes some real dedication to snap a photo every single day with purpose. I will admit that not every photo I took during my first POD was a good image. Some nights I would be lying in bed trying to get to sleep as quickly as possible to make the most of the four hours I had and would suddenly remember I hadn’t taken my photo yet. I would push myself back up out of bed, grab my camera and find something to shoot. My composition and subject matter suffered from this last minute push for completion. Shooting did become a way of life by the end. For the last few months I found it much easier to find something I wanted to capture. I still found it hard to compose the image like I wanted due to time limits imposed by work but I got it recorded in camera which is all that mattered.

For this project I want to put a little more thought into the day's image and capture something well planned out and composed. Therefore I have chosen my wife as the subject. Shannon is not just my wife but is my muse, my assistant and a retired figure study model. Shannon is very creative and loves adventure. When I told her about my plan for 2015 she jumped on board without question. Shannon and I will choose one pose to capture each day and do our best to create our vision. This March will be our eighth anniversary of shooting together and it has really brought us more happiness than we ever imagined. I hope that over the course of the next year we will learn more about each other as well as have a real opportunity to share something truly creative with all of you. We sincerely hope you all enjoy our little adventure.