This was Alice's second shoot for Arvod.com. "Where are all the lights?" She was surprised. When we shot her first, we had photographed her with flash. But his time we wanted to shoot by available light. It's a question of mood. Shooting without all the paraphenalia of flash photography can allow for a more intimate feel to the results. Also the technical limitations created by not having an abundance of light, and the difficulty of working with what little there is, can lead to interesting results.Before the invention of digital imaging it was a totally different thing to shoot indoors by available light. Often it was impossible to shoot a live subject or hand-hold the camera. And shooting on film meant you had to expose within a very limited dynamic range, and with no control over the colour temperature, which could be all over the place indoors. But digital cameras have changed everything. With absolutely no craft skills at all anyone can take a picture almost anywhere with a high probability that straight out of the camera the result will be acceptably good. Coupled with computer based photo-editing software the results can be adjusted, tweaked and manipulated to compensate for any dificiency of the lighting or camera setting. There are even computer programmes capable of automatically altering the models features to make a plain woman beautiful or changing the way the light falls on her face.Of course we don't use anything like that at Arvod. We just find beautiful women to photograph. And Alice is already so astonishingly beautiful that it simply would not be possible to improve on her appearance. In any case, beauty is not simply 'skin-deep' as the popular saying has it. Any person's appearance is a reflection of their character and mood. Even if it is possible to alter a person's appearance toward some anodyne notion of perfection, it would be absurd if every model resembled such a template rather than themselves. And if you removed the idiosyncrasies of variety of expression you would end up with a very bland imitation of portraiture.In these pictures of Alice we hope that her vivacity and vitality shines out. That you will see the mixture of reserve and delight at showing off her nakedness. As she responds to photographer's requests to do this or move that, she laughs and smiles turned-on by being photographed revealing so much of herself. Beyond responding to the camera, she is also responding to the unseen viewer of the resulting images. She's excited by the thought of you seeing her.
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