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Woman on the Cliff - revisited

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 19 April 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

We return for another visit with Jesse - the model (and friend) who graced my blog on Thursday and Friday. As I read the comments that were left for 'Cliff Hanger' on Friday - the need for me to expand on my words became obvious...

Jesse is an accomplished healing-arts and acupressure therapist. She started posing for me back in 2003 - and had never worked with a photographer before! Her natural talent just dazzled me. She displayed a presence in front of the lens could not have been more natural, graceful, and self-assured. I might suggest a vision I had for a setting - but I rarely needed to pose her. She instinctively knew how to employ the light and setting and would start striking poses as I clicked and re-positioned the tripod. It was like dancing with a partner that could anticipate your every move.

I write this in the past-tense because she retired from modeling two years ago - wishing to spend more time with her daughter and focusing more on music. Since first meeting her - Jesse has lived in Mexico, Europe, Ireland, and Minnesota. She was here briefly in December - before heading off to northern California on her way to San Diego. (this is not a misprint)

I have no idea where she is just now.

Finally - on this cliff series - I didn't suggest that Jesse do the pose we saw on Friday. She took one look at the rock face - and the next thing I knew - she was up on the face and contorted into that position - bracing herself as she knew darn well I wasn't ready to shoot yet! If that made you nervous - you should see her working a skateboard or riding a horse bareback - nude. We logged many miles and managed a lot of work. I am so grateful for the images we produced together. I miss her and wish her very well...
Two more favorite images - from different venues - tomorrow and Tuesday.

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Ram from Bangalore, India

Brilliant capture..... Well composed.

19 Apr 2009 6:57am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

A beautiful photograph and incredible color tones - her hair matches so perfectly with the rocks and the coastline with the waves is perfect! Great work Stephen!

19 Apr 2009 6:59am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

Bill from Los Altos, United States

A great pose. For me, this ties the blue of the cool bracelets into the water colors - and the contrast for the red tinted hair to the blue is a special bonus.

19 Apr 2009 7:25am

@Bill: Thanks Bill - it was beautiful light that morning - really bringing this together.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Thanks very much. Stephen, for all you tell about Jesse. She looks like a ver special person gifted with various graces, and I think that you catched something of in the two photos you showed. It's a pity she's retired from modelling, but I think she is clever: it's best soon than late.
I think also that if she reads what you have written she will be very grateful also: there are beautiful words.
I like very much this pose in the context. And I like her body very much, but the strength in his face and expression is the best.

19 Apr 2009 7:57am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks, Francisco - you are very kind. I'll be sure that Jesse sees what you have written.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is breathtakingly beautiful. Great work by both of you!

19 Apr 2009 7:58am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

fantastic shot, she must be an amazing person

19 Apr 2009 9:34am

sorter from tehran, Iran

so interesting with good colors

19 Apr 2009 10:33am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful shot...a goddess in your frame of the power of nature.

19 Apr 2009 1:35pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Well done. I really love the way you placed her in nature and still managed to have her be the star of the shot.

19 Apr 2009 2:30pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

i am delighted with this photo. Beauty .. beaty.... beauty is all around it :))) FASCINATING !!!!!

19 Apr 2009 3:20pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Love this shot! She is incredibly beautiful! The colours and textures work so nicely together! Stunning composition. Bravo!

19 Apr 2009 5:38pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Jesse seems like a special person, and a joy to photograph, as you've made quite evident. How nice that she could instinctively pose giving you the opportunities to take these fabulous shots!!

19 Apr 2009 6:55pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

What a gorgeous model. I loved the "cliff hanger" shot, as well as this one. What a shame you've lost touch. Final word -- I hope she's eating! She could use a little meat on her bones! Or maybe I'm just jealous. ;)

19 Apr 2009 11:29pm

@Lesley: Believe me Lesley, she eats. But you can't slow her energy. And who would want to.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

She appears here to be a sort of "Lady Atlas" with the weight of the world balanced with ease, and so gracefully, on her two upstretched hands. No sweat.

20 Apr 2009 1:07am

willow from Chelsea, United States

Beautiful. She looks like she belongs there. Working with her sounds incredible, too - I've never worked with a model before. I like your comparison to a dance partner.

20 Apr 2009 1:19am

@willow: I love working with models and found this dance analogy works. The first shoot is usually a bit awkward and after that you begin finding one another's vision and the magic begins.

Liang from San Francisco, United States

this is a beautiful pose you designed here for the model. nicely shot with a cool angle!

20 Apr 2009 1:38am

peter from new york, United States

another beautiful shot of your beautiful friend stephen!

20 Apr 2009 1:50am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Jesse has a natural beauty air about her. You have captured it perfectly, Stephen. That is a skill that is hard to develop. A truly beautiful and appealing photograph.

20 Apr 2009 2:15am

grant from kansas city, United States

another excellent image

20 Apr 2009 2:28am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great shot, very nice pose

20 Apr 2009 5:25am

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

She has a very beautiful profile. Very nicely done.

20 Apr 2009 10:53pm

Amr Tahtawi from Cairo, Egypt

She's really dancing my friend...she touches my heart through your smart and beautiful shot.
well done and keep it up, you delight me.

21 Apr 2009 8:16pm

@Amr Tahtawi: Bless you, Amr - thank you for the kind words.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

lovely framing w/ the water and rocks... very nice indeed!! :)

21 Apr 2009 10:08pm

Stef67 from in my head, France

tres belle compostion ^^

3 May 2009 12:26pm

Marina Pesic from Braunschweig, Germany

beautiful, beautiful photo...amazing composition, she looks so a Siren...

8 May 2009 10:15pm

philippe from dijon, France

Rien à rajouter.... superbe, bravo.

19 Sep 2009 8:05pm

Joan from Jakarta, Indonesia

nice lady, nice pic.... WOW

20 Sep 2009 11:26am

lare from Finland

Lucky guy you...she here like an Afrodite..stunning posing and so is your composing in all of these pictures and overall...I do not have competens enugh to criticise these, not necessary are a pro and that's it. Tnahks for sharing these pictures and have a nice year...

8 Feb 2010 12:09pm