Aerial Black and White

Eriana is a dancer who splits her time between the US and Europe. We met over Christmas and arranged a photo shoot just a couple days before she returned to the States.

This was an incredibly fun shoot and a lucky one: it had been cloudy and cold all week, but on this day, the sun came out and the temperatures were reasonable for late December in Madrid (I wouldn’t have wanted to try this shoot in New York). 

Red BW Web

This set was far more complex, both in the shooting and the editing, than anything I’ve done before, and a great learning experience. Luckily, Eriana was game for most everything and a versatile model (quite important when you have someone literally hanging upside down on a bridge).

Aerial BW 2 Web

Every new shoot is a chance to learn more, and boy did I learn a lot. As I’ve discussed previously, I’m shooting with very limited equipment (just a camera), and lack a lot of the tools (light bounce, varied lenses, etc.) that a professional might use. That means getting creative with the light I do have, and learning new editing techniques in Photoshop.

I’m far from a pro, but I’m learning bit by bit.

Crosshatch BW 2 Web

I’m posting all of my black and white photos from the shoot here, but if you would like to see the full color set (and all my sets), you can click on 1000 Words in the top menu or go directly to Eriana Aerial.

Click on the images to see them full size.

And a couple tinted experiments:

Thanks for taking a look and let me know what you think in the comments. And if there are any models (or aspiring models) in or near Madrid who would like a free shoot, click on my contact page to get in touch.




3 thoughts on “Aerial Black and White

  1. Hey Joseph…great shots!
    Had a random question for you about the TESL(???) course you took in NYC…can you recommend the one you took and if you are able to put it to use it in Spain right now? I’m looking to do the same in Europe soon and wanted some input…thanks so much and hope your relocation is going well

    • Hi SfmS, I took a TEFL course while I was in NYC, but it was online through the International TEFL Academy ( which is based in Chicago (they actually have physical classes there). Having a TEFL certification is useful in that it looks good to potential tutors, and I think a lot of academies and such (if you go the legit route) like it, as well. If you go with ITA, let me know, because I think if you put me as a reference we both get a $50 rebate. Good luck with your own journeys.

      • Hey J…thanks for the info and insight, been considering this for a while so good to get some actual feedback for it. I will def give you as a reference if I go that way and keep ya posted.
        Thanks for the well wishes and give Spain my best 🙂

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