'Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.'
Whenever I search for images for a religious based holiday, I'm always a little surprised how few actually feature the theme of religion. I understand there are many who don't believe religion should be connected to imagery of the nude male form, but to me, the nexus is a natural and beautiful one. Read the story, and see more of this series of images on PAGE 2 HERE:
It has become a holiday tradition at FH to feature the work of Lights On Studiophotographer Tom Nakielski. This is especially true at Easter! Over the last few years, Tom's has brought together models and Barnyard animals for some fun and joyous Easter themed shoots. Model Hansel Wellington with Chester the bunny in 2018, (HERE:) and last year, Benjamin, along with four adorable baby chicks. (HERE:)
Tom seems to be almost a barnyard animal whisperer, well, except maybe with the turkey, that Tom found for last years 'almost' Thanksgiving shoot... Some of you may know that Tom, the photographer not the turkey, has been out of commission the last few months. An accident left his arm and hand in a cast, making it impossible to shoot. I wasn't however going to let an Easter pass without spotlighting his work.
'The kids loved the chicks They do however poop a lot... (the chicks not the kids). It is impossible to keep their pen (a cardboard box) clean. Just as soon as I would change the water, they would walk through it and dirty it up.'
Given the last two years included four chicks and bunny, I asked Tom if he might have any 'behind the scenes' shots with the animals acting up. Given they're strategically placed on and over a model's naked body, I wondered if there might have been any... .well, incidents. Chicks jumping off backsides, bunnies nibbling on carrot shaped body parts...
'The bunny was very well behaved although I thought he would jump off the table a few times, but I made sure he didn't take a leap of faith or anything! '
'Benjamin was a very cooperative model. He had no qualms about the chicks on his butt and enjoyed the experience working with them. He didn't say how it felt to have them on his butt, but it took a lot of tries to get the chicks to stay in place. They kept jumping out of the basket and it was very hard to get them posed nicely on his butt. Wish I would have tried a few more times to get them in a better position, but I didn't want to spend too much time placing chickens on Benjamin's butt LOL'
Unfortunately Tom shared the bunny and chicks were exceptional models, with almost perfect poses. Tom did send along a few extra shots from the shoots, which I mixed in with a few of my favorites from the previous posts. Although chicks seem perfectly perched, there is a shot of the bunny on Hansel's butt that looks like he picked up the scent of something unfamiliar...
When I was growing up, money was tight. We always had enough, but just barely enough. If I or my siblings ever thought there might be a little extra, holidays always swung us quickly back to reality. Halloween meant my mom reminding us that we couldn't afford to buy a costume. She would sew us something. Christmas meant reminders that we each would receive one main gift. There was of course also usually socks and underwear and a book or candy from our great aunt.
For Easter, there were never any new clothes or toys. Even growing up in the eighties, many parents went overboard at Easter. I remember looking out the window on Easter morning and seeing neighborhood kids wizz by on their bright shiny new bikes. For us, Easter meant we be receiving the same two things. A handful of those gross, overly-sugary, marshmallow eggs, and the big gift. That consisted of one piece of chocolate, usually in the form of a bunny or a large golden egg.
When I saw the large golden egg featured in this series of images, I was immediately taken back to early Easters, and my love of our 'big gift', the large chocolate golden egg. I wasn't one to scarf down my candy, I savored it, sometimes hoarding it for months in my bedroom closet.
I enjoyed looking at the shiny gold wrapper, smelling the chocolate, and then finally breaking into it, and eating slowly. I eat that golden chocolate egg over weeks, sometimes even months. The impact of getting just one piece of chocolate suck with me. Even today, if I buy a bag of mini Kit Kat bars over Halloween, there are usually still some left by the time Christmas roles around, sometimes, even in to the new year.
For this shoot, the lucky receiver of the shiny golden egg is Jacob. Some of you may remember being introduced to Jacob last summer, in a stunning series of images hot out in a beautiful open field. (HERE:) It was Jacob's initiation that led to this shoot, and the previous shoot with Jim from Studio1x. Jacob originally reached out to Jim after one of his friends tagged him in a post Jim had made looking for models. They kept in touch after that initial shoot and Jacob reached out earlier this year about getting together to create again. Jim thought Jacob would be perfect for the Easter shoot he was planning.
'Easter is the one time of year it's safe to put all your eggs in one basket.'
'Jacob had to work late the night before so he only had a couple of hours of sleep. He is so prompt, he showed up an hour early cause he didn’t want to be late. He rested while I worked with the model before him.'
'This extra time gave us time to get caught up before we started, I find myself building strong friendships with many of my models. The studio I had rented was beautiful and was very happy with the results from our shoot. Jacob once again did a fantastic job and his recent hard work in the gym really showed!'