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Breasts, Bottoms and a Chihuahua

Where do I start, a topless check cashing service in Del Rey Beach, Florida. I asked the young lady if she minded, not at all she said and hung a salted Pretzel off her nipple. The biker at the Harley Davidson photo in Milwaukee, I spotted the Chihuahua and I asked for a picture, he said sure and instructed the two girls to “Show him your Tits”, they obliged without a question, I knew I was onto something then, at the same festival other bikers put a sign outside the ladies toilets which got excellent results. Peggy Trentrini was a Los Angeles model who dated Sylvester Stallone, whilst married to his first wife would fly around the country on private jets to meet him. When I met her for the shoot she was clothed and asked me “Shall I take my clothes off?” I was a bit surprised but did not miss a beat, “Sure.”  Anna Nicole Smith was another surprise, she obliged in showing me her bottom and I saw a lot more. At the Burlesque Festival on the edge of the Mojave Desert I did not even ask when I saw the photographer working away, it was art all the way! 1988 was 10 years in the USA and I had made a transition from news to features and along the way adapting my equipment and photo style. Single hand held flash guns when used where controlled wirelessly so they could be moved away from the camera. California light was sensational, mix a large softbox with the ambience and great pictures could be obtained with the minimum of fuss. When dealing with celebrities, famous and rich people, you must respect their time, using multiple head and complex lighting sets up take time, better to be mobile, use one big head and utilize the ambience, also it helps to include natural surroundings to give a context of America or the person.

Topless Check cashing  Florida 1988 Nikon F4  Ektachrome
Topless Check cashing Florida 1988 Nikon F4 Ektachrome
Harley Davidson Festival 1988 Nikon F4  Ektachrome
Harley Davidson Festival 1988 Nikon F4 Ektachrome

Harley Davidson Festival 1988 Nikon F4  Ektachrome
Harley Davidson Festival 1988 Nikon F4 Ektachrome

G Gordon Liddy Dallas 1982 Olympus OM 1
G Gordon Liddy Dallas 1982 Olympus OM 1

Peggy Trentrini Hollywood 1994 Nikon F4  Velvia
Peggy Trentrini Hollywood 1994 Nikon F4 Velvia

Anna Nicole Smith Hollywood  1998 Nikon F4  Velvia
Anna Nicole Smith Hollywood 1998 Nikon F4 Velvia

Burlesque Festival Mojave Desert  2002 Fuji S 2 Digital
Burlesque Festival Mojave Desert 2002 Fuji S 2 Digital