I shot my very first frame for my Stripped Down series in 2008. I had a general idea of what I was wanting to do with the series. And it was a learning experience for me. High key lighting was a foreign and new concept for me. How do I keep the light from spilling all over the model and not soften the edges? Or the light bouncing back in to the lens? Basically, how in the hell can I shoot this and not fuck it up was the question bouncing around in my head.
This is from one of my first shoot for the series before it turned in to a series. I had “failed” at some previous shoots in regards to exposure, light bouncing back in to my lens and softening the image and edges. So I backed the lighting down on the background and started shooting. Somehow I managed to not get the exposure correct for the backdrop and the following images of Embry are the result. We also shot a set for Suicide Girls the night before. We talked off and on for about a week working the images down to a set and then POOF!, she dropped off the radar as she was traveling the country. 8 years later, I still haven’t been able to track her down and show her the final set for SG that is still ready for submission….