NEW! Boudior Photography Services

Over the years, I have had a fair number of women approach me to pose for my work - but only under the condition that their images would be kept private - essentially, for their own personal use. This created something of a problem for me as all of these prospective models would have been fantastic to work with in expanding my portfolio. However, my emphasis with the work has always been to make sure it was seen, that it was out there in the public eye, for better or worse. For a large majority of my time working with nudes, the work has been exhibited by one or more galleries, sometimes in long-term exhibitions. How could I justify taking the time and cost to shoot a model, edit the pictures, but then not put the work out there?

 

 

For a long time, I knew the answer to this was to add Boudoir Photography to my working repertoire. The thing is, I always saw a lot of the Boudoir work being done as, if I'm honest, not very good. Cheesy even. We've all seen the images: models wrapped in caution tape to mimic a bikini; or the model in an ill fitted bra and panty, in a garage or tool shed, orange from a failed spray-on tan; or the model in gaudy, fluorescent lingerie, overly made up, and sprawled in a not so flatteringly manner on a bed of wrinkled sheets scattered with rose petals. I suppose those images have their place in the world. But for me, that's not my style and not what I want for my work.

Perhaps it's been a long time coming. After consulting with trusted friends, many of whom are models and photographers, I've decided to create and offer my own style of Boudoir Photography. Artistic, erotic, and sensual is what I'm after in my work, images that reflect the natural beauty and sensuality of the woman in the frame. Simple and elegant, as sexy and erotic or coy and reserved as she wants them to be. And, they're all hers and hers alone.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment here or drop me a line and let me know you've found me. And of course, please visit my Boudoir Photography page for more information! I hope to hear from you soon!

Welcome to 2018

Welcome to my blog and Happy 2018!

My name is Bill Ballard and I am a photographer based in Savannah, GA and Green Cove Springs, FL. My wife and I are sailors and live aboard our 34' sailboat full time. Currently, we are 'Hurricane Irma' refugees and in Savannah while repairs are being made to our boat. (We were in Marathon, FL, in the Florida Keys, when Irma came through.) Prior to moving aboard our boat, Savannah was our home for over 15 years. I have been photographing the nude female figure for 20 years or so. My work has been featured in many gallery exhibitions, and in various group and solo shows. In addition to nudes, I also enjoy street and documentary photography, as well as landscape and travel photography. My photographic background includes professional fashion, portrait, and event photography. Weddings? I shot two, and that was two too many.

Christa, at West Hall Street, 2011

I'll also share images here which are not in the web galleries. As you can see, the emphasis of my work is artistic nude and erotic photography of the female figure and form. If nude and erotic photography, artistic or otherwise, is not your cup of tea kindly seek your offenses elsewhere. Your comments and input on the work are welcomed, with two caveats: first and foremost, keep your comments civil. I welcome constructive and informative criticism and discussions of my work. Criticism or rude comments are not welcome when or if they are directed at the model. Second, please do not share any of my photographs without asking and receiving my written permission to do do. Thank you.

On my old blog, I generally kept the posts photography oriented, and plan to do the same here. I'm also something of a 'camera-geek-nerd' so consider yourself forewarned. The work you see on my site is a mix of film and digital, shot over the last two decades. For most of that time, I shot with SLR film and DSLR bodies, as well as a variety of medium-format film cameras. In 2015, I transitioned to the Fujifilm X system of mirrorless fixed-lens cameras, specifically the Fuji X100 and the new Fuji X100F. It is an awesome system. You can read more about these amazing cameras here. New work will be added as it is created and I will share images here, some of which have not been shown before.

As you've likely noticed, I much prefer monochromatic images - black and white - over color. For image editing I use Adobe Light Room and Photo Shop on a 15" MacBook Pro laptop. I am also starting to play around with the MacPhun Creative Kit suite of plug-ins. The suite includes plug-ins for black and white processing, alternative processing simulations, and others. I'll share my thoughts on these plug-ins later, but they look promising, particularly their noise-reduction plug-in, NoiseLess.

Begininning with 2018, I am offering Boudoir Photography services for those who want to model, but want their pictures kept private. Please see my Boudoir page for more information. Also, find and follow me on Instagram.

Please say hello and let me know you're here! Drop me a line either by leaving a comment or via the contact form on the site. I'd love to know how you found my site, and your thoughts on my photography. If you like my photography, please consider showing your support by clicking here. I hope you'll check back frequently.

More posts to follow. Thanks again for stopping by.