I often use Cucoloris techniques as a tool to entice and distract the eye and stirring up emotion in my images.
The artistic lighting technique was used heavily in black and white films during the 1930's and 40's. There are even references to Cucoloris being used at the Globe theater in London by Shakespeare himself. Cucoloris techniques have become popular again in many Steven Spielberg films. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark, the villains faces lit by the treasures of the Ark just before they… well, you get the picture.
In my photography work, I often construct a Cucoloris from wood, screen, lace or even a window shade to create shadows and patterns across my subject. This image was made by cutting shapes into a whiteboard to create the spectral lighting pattern on the Lady in Red.
The pattern of shadow and light is strategically placed to guide the eye and create a feeling of seduction. Notice how the light falls across her voluptuous breast and thigh to draw attention to the sheerness of her red dress, while the light from the camera flash illuminates her face and her tempting look. Stunning and Hot!
You have no control over where the light falls. I recently tried it with a family portrait I was taking outside. Yes – I take family portraits as well. It was a disaster. I thought I had skimmed the light from their faces and took the shot. Later, while culling the images, I discovered that I missed one single beam of light. It shined down directly on the Dad's already prominent nose, making it look like a hook. Photo Shop to the rescue!
Try just playing with catching cuculoris with your lens whenever you're out and about.
When you get used to finding the fine edge where the light and shadow meet you'll be ready to catch images of your own.
Hope you enjoyed this How to Go Cocoloris Lesson
Until Next Time
There are a number of major studies that show the connection between sleeping and appetite. And much like everything else in your body, both sleep and appetite are controlled by your hormones. Specifically, it’s all about the balance and timing of leptin and ghrelin into your bloodstream .
Ghrelin is the hormone that’s produced in the stomach and released when you are hungry. It increases your appetite and tells your brain you need to eat. Leptin is produced in your fat cells and when released, tells your brain that you’re full. At which point your appetite decreases and your satiation, or fullness increases.
Stanford scientists studied 1000 volunteers to learn how these two hormones work to connect sleep and weight loss. By comparing the amount of hours volunteers reported sleeping with their ghrelin, leptin, and body fat percentage levels the connection of sleep and weight loss became clear. The data showed that in people that slept less than 8 hours a night, their hormones were unbalanced. In fact, the less than 8 hours a night group had increased levels of ghrelin (which makes you hungry), decreased levels of leptin (which gives the fullness), and higher body fat percentages than the people that slept 8 hours or more. Now you know why they call it beauty sleep.
A recent New York Times article, “’Going Flat’ After Breast Cancer,” highlighted a growing number of women who, after beating the disease, are deciding to opt out of breast reconstructive surgery and remain breast-less after undergoing mastectomies. The nascent movement dubbed going flat “challenges long-held assumptions about femininity and what it means to recover after breast cancer,” according to the Times.
The fact is that the number of reconstruction procedures increased almost 5 percent last year to more than 106,300, and since 2000, the numbers are up a remarkable 35 percent, according to a recent report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Moreover, the Times piece grossly undersells the benefits of reconstruction and fails to address the incredible advances in surgery and abundance of options that are available to women today. See the Full Article and Images Here:
Live Life - Love Your Body - Express Your Wild Feminine Self
Capture it all in Photos
It was 1989 and I had just gotten two new special additions, wink-wink, to my super fit physique. I felt sexy in my new body and I loved the way it felt to show it off. My fiancé at the time was pretty excited about the new additions too. I decided that I wanted to capture this feeling with photos; sensual, sexy, playful photos. Back then there wasn’t really a name for this type of photography yet. Now I call it Sensual Photography, aka: Boudoir.
I spent the week before the shoot, prepping, primping, and cutting out the “crap” food”. Which is exactly what you want to do before a photo shoot. When the day came, I was a little nervous but, ready for anything as I stepped into the oldest photo studio in San Francisco, Dore’ Studio.
Audrey, the owner of Dore’, ran a women’s only studio because she wanted her clients to feel comfortable showing off their naughty sides. Of course, I was surprised to find out there were no men allowed. I came to the shoot resolved to flirt and have fun, no matter who saw me in my frilly panties. Audrey's crew of fun, playful, frisky women made it a lot easier and more fun than I expected. And that was all I needed to get a few really sexy images. Looking back at them now, they are a bit 'Glamour shot-esque'. But, it was 1989! Now we call it retro.
I walked out of that experience with a beautifully bound book of my photos to gift to my man.
NO, he is not my husband and YES I got the book back. ( note to self - think about who you plan to give these photos to.)
I’m not ashamed to say, it worked some serious magic. Of course, he was excited and I was hooked on the feeling of sexual confidence that a sensual photoshoot seems to ignite.
Over the years, I’ve done a few more boudoir photo shoots. However, you never forget your first. Mine and my discovery of digital cameras inspired me to take the leap into my passion for sensual personal photography.
Now I have my own woman friendly studio in a grand Victorian house in San Jose, CA. I've gathered an amazing crew of engaging, artistic, sensually sensitive professionals who are waiting to primp and prep and pump you up for your own sultry money shot.
Check out the Gallery of my work, sign up for your private session and get your sexy on today.