Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light
03/09/2017
Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light

I use Cucoloris to enhance the drama, draw the eye and expose an emotion in my boudoir photography.  With a little practice and a trained eye, you can go a little cucoloris too. As a photographer of the female form, I love the way shadow and light add drama to an image.I often use Cucoloris techniques as a tool to entice and distract the eye and stirring up emotion in my images.   There are conflicting origin stories about the use of Cucoloris 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. Here's how I love to use Cucoloris in my work: ​​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 ...

Beauty Sleep and Weight Loss
03/09/2017
Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light

Do you want to know how to harness the powerful connection between sleep and weight loss? Read on for information, tips and tools to loose while you snooze. Sleep is my number one, super charging, taking care of myself habit that, to be honest, is just not something I'm willing to do without.​​Especially now that I know how Sleep and Weight Loss are connected.You and I know that you feel and look better when you’re well rested. What you might not know is that sleep and weight loss are connected. Do you want to know how getting enough sleep impacts your body's ability to loose weight on a chemical and hormonal level?  Strap on your science geek hat and get ready to learn how to get and keep that sexy body and playful perspective through the magic of a good night’s sleep.  Sleep and Weight Loss:  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 . ​How Hormones influence sleep and weight loss:​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 ...

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day - Special Report
02/17/2017
Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day - Special Report ...​Featuring SexybyT.com Images  My good friend and colleague the amazing Dr. Kamakshi Zeidler, for whom I did the BRA Day photos in October, published an article about advances in breast reconstruction surgery in the Huffington Post. And guess who’s images are featured!Here's an excerpt from the article: 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 ...

You never forget your first - Boudoir Photoshoot
02/10/2017
Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light

Do you remember a time before digital photography when the pros still shot real film?I do, because that was when I had my very first boudoir photo session and I’ve been hooked on the experience since then.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. What I didn’t expect that it would be a Manless studio. Yes! Not a ... man in sight.  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. ...

Hot n Steamy Hair
02/10/2017
Cucoloris - The Sultry Art of Shadow and Light

 Let me introduce you to one of the key players on my Sensual Journalism team - Christopher Tolentino. If you've done a photoshoot with me, you've probably had the pleasure of his hands in your hair and make-up brush on your cheek.    Christopher is the creative genius at Steampunk Beauty Bar located on site at our San Jose Studio.   I thought it would be both helpful and fun to share some Photo Ready Style tips straight from the Steampunk Beauty Bar. Get ready for your close-up -T     Are you having a Hot and Steamy Holiday?Here is San Jose, the winter damp and fog that make the grass green and tall pines grow will Frizz your hair even on a sunny day. Whether you have naturally curly hair like me, or just want to keep up a style you've worked hard on, Laid-Back, by IGK, is my new MUST HAVE product this season.       I Love-love-love this product! It adds frizz control your hair by blocking out humidity while protecting the moister in your hair to keep down static. That mean’s no frizz or fly-aways!Oh and wait until you smell it!We have it here in studio -so stop by to getLaid-Back with us! Stay Beautiful!Christopher