Stefan Hudson Photography
Stefan Hudson Photography
What inspired you to pick up a camera?
As a tv/video director/producer for a lot of years I directed numerous people with multiple cameras. It was a challenge sometimes directing others in order to get the 1 shot or 2 shot or long shot composition I was looking for before I had to cut to the next camera. I was also a lighting tech and program editor of the stations flagship shows. Lighting has always held great appeal and something I enjoyed.
What appealed to me about the DSLR world was that you where on your own to either succeed or fail in the shot. There were no 15 person crews to rely on. Just you and the camera. The still camera is an extension of all that I had done in the tv/video world, only the pictures didn't move.
In the beginning I couldn't decide what type of subjects to shoot, so I tried it all. Landscapes,flowers, insects, birds. cars, motorcycles and anything that happened to get in the way. I was on my own and free of the talking heads at last.. and I was on a rampage. I would however, never keep any photos I took as I found out that the inanimate objects that I was shooting held no real lasting appeal for me. Nice picture but so what, in my mind at least. Sometimes I think it would have been a lot easier if landscapes in natural light had appealed to me.
One day after upgrading to a better camera I asked my wife to pose for some shots so I could try the new camera out. One rainy Saturday night to my amazement, she suggested we try some lingerie shots as she'd just gone shopping and being the quintessential voyeur type I said sure, lets do it. A few hours and a couple of 100 watt bulbs was all it took to get me hooked. Needless to say, I enjoyed it so much that I bought a lighting kit ,backdrops and another lens the very next day and then decided to teach myself photoshop. How hard could it be..right? I'm still learning and a long way from perfecting my work at this point, but I'm having a blast shooting and directing gorgeous scantily clad women.
What particular challenges do you face with erotic photography as opposed to other genres?
Because I don't shoot beach shots or professional bikini models in natural light, it's always a challenge to make the studio image interesting and appealing in some way. I use a lot of amateur models so it's sometimes difficult to explain an emotion or a look. Using plain backdrops like I do, really emphasizes the model. She's on her own basically. Much as I'd love to, there are no real props or a backdrop of an abandoned factory or a dilapidated crumbling insane asylum to shoot in where I am. In a lot of my situations the model has to supply the depth and feel through emotion and camera contact. It's then up to the photographer to take that image and create something more with it. Composition, lighting and especially editing are a real challenge with a single model on a white or black background. How do you make the 2 dimensional image live. It's like a Frankenstein monster that has to be animated. Also, because we deal with a lot of exposed skin it's easy to go overboard trying to balance the naturalness to the created fantasy. Skin is the toughest part..trying to make it not look like wax. I have countless attempts in the scrap heap because of that. Hours and hours spent on an image only to throw it out because you've gone too far. One day I'll get skin textures like Barry Druxman does. One day I'll start using a tripod.
Do you prefer to shoot with film or digital?
Digital. I'm not a purest. I like tech.
How did you become interested in fetish/BDSM?
I have always been somewhat of a voyeur. I'll qualify that by saying that I don't skulk around the neighborhood peeking into windows, but a stocking top glimpse on a great pair of legs will set me off. I remember the racy (then at least) TRUE DETECTIVE covers voluptuous women in precarious situations always made my heart race when I was a kid. I sometimes like the CHEAP MOTEL pulp fiction motif. On the other hand, I also love mature confidant sexy well dressed women stepping out of a Bentley with 2 Italian Mastiffs' flanking her. Ah, there's that stocking top thing again. I found that with a camera in my hand I get to participate in my own fantasies, if that makes sense.
Right now and probably because of where I live I'm asked to do a lot of studio tattooed retro pin up work as that's popular here with the amateur models.
Do you enjoy fetishism/BDSM play in your personal life, and if so what are you into?
Of course. My wife shops for unusual wardrobe items and loves to play dress up. My batteries are always fully charged.
Do you think pinup and fetish are becoming part of the mainstream culture?
Not so much overtly here on the Canadian west coast as it is in Berlin or Budapest. We do have our fetish balls and conventions. There is still much snickering and tittering outside of the hardcore audience.
Are there any other creative mediums you work in?
I still do some corporate video production. I like to weld and create large pieces of metal art. Unusual garden art like large Jules Vern rocket ships, metal gates etc.
What kind of music do you like?
Being on- air in Radio for a bunch of years on a number of major market stations ( another long story), my musical taste is hugely broad. Having to play the top 100 over and over to the point of insanity, I search out non mainstream and eclectic artists and music in all genres.
What do you like to do for fun?
Along with the welding art I build custom motorcycles for a hobby. I have room to do one a year then sell it to buy the next project for the winter. Unfortunately my little shop is too small to shoot models and motorcycles in otherwise there would be a lot more of that.
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