I shot a number of fine art nudes in Tucson. These photographs were the primary ones that I planned for the trip. Shooting nudes with K. yields the shots most worthy of framing or gallery presentation. One shot in particular required a great deal of preparation.
On a trip to Seattle, I searched through hundreds of potential outfits at a professional costuming store. It was there I found the Goddess costume that became the crux of the trip.
The Goddess outfit still qualifies as nude, because it is worn behind the body, giving it golden wings with jeweled attachments. It evokes memories of Cleopatra, so I also constructed a prop for the outfit. I ordered the African skull (it’s a replica, no animal killed) and the hickory walking stick and assembled them. A piece of turquoise is mounted on the center of the skull which matches the jewels in the costume.
Actually, I stopped at a trading post in Gallup, NM famous for its turquoise. I bought K. a nice set of turquoise earrings, and temporarily used one of them for the skull. Therefore, upon completion of the project, I gave her the piece and attached a lesser stone for the skull in my studio.
Other nudes were simply taken in appropriate locations. With saguaros. In the pool. In among big rocks.