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Model is Jessica F. She's a stripper from a club up in Pittsburgh and was explaining to me that she couldn't do any "really cool poses" because my studio doesn't have a pole. She was clowning around and mimed how she'd fall on her face if she tried, and I fired a quick snap-shot while she was in mid-movement. Her friend Laura, who was just out of the frame, caught her as she stumbled. Normally, my images are carefully constructed, but when an accident like this happens, well, I'll take it.

Technicalz:
B/w conversion in photoshop, dust speck removal, and tattoo removal. Lit with a pair of softboxes, lined up left of scene, with one firing horizontally and the other high up, angled downward.

mjr.
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:iconmelgama:
MelGama Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful pose! Do you have this one as stock? :giggle: :smooch:
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mjranum Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Nope. Sorry!
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k-fer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
featured :heart: [link]
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Always an honor...
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:iconcustomcookie:
CustomCookie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
beautiful
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:iconmelgama:
MelGama Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featuring my best friends! :love:
[link]
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
I'm honored. There are some gorgeous images in that collection. :)
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:iconmelgama:
MelGama Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You´re special :smooch:
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FischerPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, +fav

THe desciption made me like it even more, and the hand gesture ("guns!") makes the pose really unique and awesome!
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Humbertt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Her hands are exquisite, expressive...more than a bit of the artist and artistry there.

I hope she viewed this photo and reconsidered her apology for her lack of "coolness" when posing.

Serendipity is often miraculous. I've always put great stock in the old adage: "I'd rather be lucky than good."

But you're good, too. Nice job.
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Thanks - and, yeah, she liked it. :D
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:iconhumbertt:
Humbertt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
You're welcome. :)
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:iconmiycko:
miycko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this is a beautiful photograph :love: could use it for a painting?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
My rules are here: [link]
(short form: yes)
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:iconmiycko:
miycko Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D i have read through the both stock rules & would like to thank you for making your work available to artists, the way you have. I'm doing a time-lapse video of the painting process & was wondering if it would be alright with you if i posted it on sites like youtube or conceptart.org?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
That'd be fine. Again, just credit me where appropriate.
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:iconmiycko:
miycko Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I Hope i'm not being too much of a bother :D Anyways I've finished the painting.

you can see find it here [link] if you're interested in seeing it and the video of painting process is here [link]

thank you again
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
bien!
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MeinHerzBrennt13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
I really adore the shape of her body here and the way the light hits it.
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:iconflash-13:
Flash-13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
That is just Crazy Lucky you got that one! wonderful and perfect too!
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:iconjjones67009:
jjones67009 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
May I use this photo as a basis for a mermaid in a traditional painting?
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Please be my guest!
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:iconjjones67009:
jjones67009 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you darling!
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:iconredtulips:
redtulips Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
i cant stop looking at this.

she is wonderful.
you are wonderful.
this is wonderful.
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Thank you. :)
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:iconlukylady123:
LukyLady123 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
What a way to capture the moment. Very graceful as are all your shots...
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:iconmareth:
Mareth Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008  Student General Artist
Who needs poles? XP
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lillacmess Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very graceful...accidents are beautiful!
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are most of your models strippers and such? That's brilliant! I was wondering why they all had SUCH beautiful bodies. I'm so envious... and yet inspired.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007
Only a few are strippers - strippers are really a pain in the ass to work with. Most of them are professional art models that I hire from websites like modelmayhem.com
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah, ok.

They are soo beautiful. I love your lighting techniques.

Why are they so difficult to work with?
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mjranum Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
Well, strippers are used to making $20 for a lapdance, and the really attractive ones can bring home $3,000 a night or more depending on how hard they work it. Stripping isn't easy work (not by a long shot) but neither is modelling for a photographer - and photography leaves behind evidence that "you used to get naked for a living." So a lot of strippers see modelling for photographers as not paying enough.

Sometimes I've asked strippers to pose and gotten a fairly warm response. But I've also had "Sure, well, I make $2,000 a night so you'd have to pay me at least that.." Yeah, right.

I have (I think) cracked the stripper code, though. I went to a strip club a few months ago with a photographer buddy and we were drinking and doing a portfolio review. So the girls kept coming by and looking over our shoulders at these art nudes we were carrying around and going "WOW! I'd LOVE something like that, how much do you charge?" LOL! My buddy (I was in his town so it was pointless to hand out my card) did get a few shoots out of it, and one of the girls was super thrilled because she apparently had a bunch of 8x10s of her picture made and would sell customers autographed 8x10s of my buddy's photo. Me: I just got drunk and had lots of nice lap-dances.
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shit man, that's hilarious.

Girls and their Ohh-Look-Perrty-Photos syndrome.

How much do regular models charge? I know the ones that go to art schools and pose for the figure drawing classes charge over $50 an hour, but I don't know about photography models, especially ones that pretty.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
The art models like you'll get at a drawing class are around $50/hr. Really gorgeous models like the ones you see in my portfolio run about $100/hr. I've paid as high as $150/hr for one, once (and she was worth it).
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depresedescapist Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an awful lot of money.

Do you sell your work for a living? I couldn't afford a model at that price, however deserving. ;_;

For now I'll just paint from photos and my head.
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mjranum Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
I make my living doing computer stuff. So the photography is what I do for fun.

I figure I used to know a guy who owned an $80,000 boat that mostly just sat in the water slowly turning green. Models are a lot prettier and much more fun, and a real deal compared to a boat. :)
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christopherL Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007   Traditional Artist
That's cool.
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:icondehoot:
Dehoot Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Such a beautiful pose! It's a "natural accident". Great! :D
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Smeggers Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Beautiful, i love the lighting, and the arch of her body. fabulous accident ;o
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Smeggers Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Beautiful, i love the lighting, and the arch of her body. fabulous accident ;o
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imxanxillusion Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
amazing work, i had to stop by and comment.

Magnificently executed. I like the classic and elegant feel of it.

Tastefully done
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deralbi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hi,

this elegant beauty was inspirational for my
work.
pleas take a look of this deviaton.
hope you like it.
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:iconmjranum:
mjranum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
That's so cool! It's always neat to see how someone re-interprets your work. Amazing! Thank you!
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deralbi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Professional General Artist
sorry,

forgot the deviant-link:)
[link]
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ys-eye Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006
:wow: Absolutely breathtaking! :clap: In my humble opinion... this is a true masterpiece and definitely my favourite of yours so far :nod: I loved reading about how you were able to capture this moment... it's astounding, but don't sell your self short... it's not merely luck... you set up the lighting (which is perfect by the way), you created the atmosphere which made it possible for the model to be free and spontaneous enough for you to actually capture this moment in time... so congrats to you and Jessica and Laura...for making it happen and thank you so much for sharing :thumbsup: :+favlove:
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grettir Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006   Digital Artist
Splendid capture of moment and good luck! :P
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hilus-anendorf Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
Pure aestetics!, congratulations.
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:iconpsyinside:
psyinside Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
quite nice shots,your models mustt like you...made them look very cool...not fat...the silver ones are kick ass...
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kevjohn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
Yet another reason to lament the lack of strip clubs at my current location. Being in this P.O.S. town is hampering my artistic endeavors. :P

Uhh, on a side note... this is a fantastic photograph, as are every other one in your DA gallery.
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nikosalpha Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006  Professional Photographer
wow.. art!!
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