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My Delicious Pilgrimage to St. George Spirits

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My Delicious Pilgrimage to St. George Spirits – Now In the Magic of Technicolor (Film)!

FINALLY GUYS. FINALLY. My dreams have come true, and I have finally had the time to voyage to the shining beacon of artesian inebriation that is St. George Spirits.

Basically, it was all I could have hoped for and more. We were blessed with a wonderful enthusiastic and knowledgeable Spirit Guide and I got to wander around the hangar and perv all over all of the deliciousness that is their unparalleled product. I remember the first time I found myself on the distillery’s website (probably maybe after ingesting a significant amount of their pear eau de vie) and they introduced themselves as “distillation fetishists” and I was like YES. I must drink all of their beverages!

At any given time, at least 80% of my liquor supply (basically everything except my tequila and various miscellany booze from my Dad) is created at this magical place. So to be IN the belly of the beast, surrounded by barrels and stills and cases upon cases of various elixirs – and a thirteen foot shark – was basically a religious experience. And of course, to properly document my expedition, I brought the Polaroid camera along with several packs of film. I denied beautiful ladies the artistic experience of instantly(ish) gratifying Fuji 100c goodness in favor of snapping photos of shimmering, voluptuous vessels of iridescent elegance… This is how much real estate this place monopolizes in my heart of hearts.

Plus, there was a tasting at the end. And I was gifted some delicious bottles of goodness by the incomparable master distillers Lance and Dave… which I’ve probably already imbibed too much of. But I love distilled pears and apple brandy aged in Syrah casks. I can’t help myself.

So, without further ado, I present my favorite Polaroids from my adventure! Fingers crossed I can go back soon.

xo

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I Don’t Always Shoot Weddings…

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A Super Secret SF Wedding!

I don’t always do wedding photography, but when I do I tend to have a pretty lovely time. This wedding was especially fun because it was SUPER SECRET, so I won’t be naming any names until all the news goes public!

I was lucky enough to book this wedding with an absolutely wonderful couple from the Bay Area who had recently relocated to the midwest; but rather than getting hitched at their new location they opted to venture back to San Francisco to have a little ceremony at the City Hall building. If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend it – the architecture is nothing short of amazing; full of gigantic marble columns, confusing hallways and beautiful huge windows – and when we were there in December for the ceremony there was a huge christmas tree decorated with hundreds of paper cranes that only added to the majestic feel of the place.

The Bride and Groom were fantastic individuals, and I feel so honored to have been part of their special day. I love being able to see people in such genuine, open love with each other, and playing voyeur to the connections between other people is one of my favorite perks of being a photographer.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from our time together!

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Happy Birthday Serena!

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Do you like cake? I like cake. Serena likes cake, too.

But realistically, this is a LOT of cake. I totally understand if you guys can’t handle the full seven minutes of this, but as it marks my pretty-much-inaugural delving into the magical world of video, I thought I might put it up here for you to peek at.

For Serena’s birthday, we decided that we didn’t want to be selfish and keep her cake all to ourselves, but rather share it with all of her fans in video and photo format! The cake was actually really delicious, but I did manage to come home from this shoot smelling like frosting and wearing a tiara that I’d forgotten I was wearing. I love working with Serena because she’s (really really cute and) always super gung-ho to try any kind of concept I’ve been kicking around, and she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty – whether we are spelunking around in the wilderness or rolling in cake… So I’m especially glad I can share our adventures with you!

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I Finally Got to Take Marli’s Picture.

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I finally got to take pictures of my BFF Marli and it was AWESOME. Yes.

So here’s a little bit of background for you guys so we’re all on the same page… I’ve known Marli for forever (well, like 10-12 years forever which is totally a long time). We grew up together, went through middle school together, and even though we weren’t always close she was always one of my favorite people – and is even more so these days.

While Marli has photographed me on a couple occasions (which is impressive, seeing how I’m a bit of an elusive creature when it comes to being in front of the camera), I have never really had the winning combination of nerve and good timing to get her in front of my camera – until now, that is.

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I was so so pleased when Marli told me she was ready to model for me. I was beyond excited since I’d been wanting to photograph her for years, so I thought I’d show you guys some of my favorite photos from our shoot in my house.

Enjoy!

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Travel Schedule

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Travel Schedule 

In order to streamline any questions regarding dates I have available and where I will be when, here you can see my tentative schedule for each month!

On any days that aren’t blocked off, it should be assumed that I’ll be working out of Chico, CA… Feel free to email me at inquire@isabeldresler.com to ask me about scheduling or book me while I’m in your area!

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My First Interview Courtesy of Slixa’s After Dark Blog!

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Lovely peeps! I forgot to share that I had a fantastic interview a few months back with the wonderful Tizzy Wall about my work as a Provider photographer and the deals that I am offering to the Sex Worker community. The original article can be found here on Slixa’s Undercover Blog, but I am going to go ahead and post the full interview here as well for your viewing pleasure!

I am so so flattered and honored to photograph these beautiful individuals and even more flattered that people want to ask me questions about it! So without further ado, enjoy!

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 Interview: Provider Photographer Isabel Dresler

Finding a good photographer is absolutely vital to a provider’s business, and sometimes it can be incredibly tough. In nearly every city, there are at least a dozen so-called photographers who are actually just creepy dudes with a camera and a black sheet hung on their garage wall looking to perv on unsuspecting models. Finding a photographer who is not only a professional, but knows what providers really need for their business can be nearly impossible. That is, until you find Isabel Dresler.

A few weeks ago, I hired Isabel to shoot some new work photos for me, and now I cannot believe I hadn’t found her before. Working with Isabel was an absolute treat, and she provided some of the best photos I have ever had taken of me. Her body-positive attitude combined with her proactive, creative approach to working with models and photographic skill makes her the ultimate provider photographer (oh, and she offers some killer discounts too). She was generous enough to answer some questions about her perspective on her work and some tips on how to get your best photos.  Enjoy!

How did you get involved in photography? What kind of training do you have?

I started dabbling in photography when I was probably seven or eight – I used to take my stuffed animals into the park and set up little photo shoots with my disposable camera. From there I started taking photos of bugs and pretty flowers, which I sold on awesome cardstock greeting cards, and then I got my first job working in a portrait studio in the mall for minimum wage. A few years ago I began working as a commercial/product photographer and have been ever since, while also doing scientific photography – mostly insects and arachnids – and my first solo show was actually giant prints of adorable bugs. And, of course, I began photographing people… without clothes on… and yeah. Now I’m here.

How did you get involved in shooting entertainers?

I had dabbled in erotic art/boudoir/fetish photography for a little while, and then in 2010 I submitted some work to an erotic art show (which is a big deal, since my town is kinda small) and people liked it so much that I thought I might as well start trying to do more. I discovered early photographing people in intimate situations that I really enjoy building a relationship and creating a connection with my subject that makes them feel beautiful and unique and special. As I began being more active in the fetish community I met several entertainers and performers and politely asked them if I could take pretty naked pictures of them… And for some reason they said yes, and liked it, and told all their friends!

What other kind of work do you do?

Other work… hmm. I tried being a “sandwich artist” for a couple months, but that didn’t turn out so great. I also did a lot of work for my local watershed as a chemical and geography monitor, as well as benthic macroinvertebrate taxonomy, which I like to say because it’s a total panty dropper. Basically, I sorted tiny water bugs for several hours a day and did population studies. It was rad. Now all I do is photography, photography and photography. It’s not a bad way to live.

How do you plan your shoots?

I love planning my sessions with my models, rather than on my own. Because so many of my clients tend to work creating experiences for others, it’s really important for me to create an experience and a photoshoot catered to my subject, rather than for myself. I’m pretty easily pleased, and I love seeing what other people want to create.

You’ve shot with some pretty big name entertainers! Do you ever get nervous before a shoot? Have you ever been starstruck with any of your clients?

I get nervous and starstruck before pretty much any shoot – I mean, beautiful wonderful amazing unique people are getting naked and vulnerable for me! That’s a huge deal. I still get nervous before shooting people I’ve shot loads of time – Serena Blair is one of my best friends, but even after all the sessions we’ve had I still get butterflies every time. However, the one time I did get particularly “starstruck” was the first time I photographed James Darling. He is fantastic, and so gorgeous, and just the epitome of charm. But yeah, any time I get to meet someone new and learn such awesome things about them and cultivate the relationship that I do is just so intense and fantastic and I love every minute of it. I’m pretty good at pretending I’m super chill and not nervous though, so that’s good.

Then again I guess everyone knows about my butterflies now though, soooo yeah.

What I really love about your photography is how effortlessly you make everyone look fantastic, and after modeling for you, I know that a lot of it has to do with how you make the model feel at ease. Was that a skill that came naturally to you, or did you hone it over time? What do you feel is your best tool for creating that dynamic with your models?

I don’t think it really involved a lot of honing (heh heh, “honing”), at least none that I did consciously… I think I get away with a lot of stuff because I’m a girl (PATRIARCHY FOR THE WIN), i.e. telling ladies their breasts look epic fantastic or whatever, and joking about stuff to make them comfortable. I’m pretty snarky, but for some reason people put up with it and even go so far to enjoy it. But when it comes down to brass tacks, it’s not about getting lucky by only photographing attractive people. For me, everyone has something about them that is beautiful both physically and mentally and when I’m photographing someone, that beauty is all I see – and I try to harness that beauty and convey it in my photographs so that they can see it, too. It makes me feel good, and it makes everyone else feel good, too. That’s what really counts.

After working with lots of different people, do you have any tips for entertainers on getting the best photos? What’s the most common mistake you see models making?

It’s easy for me to figure out what features or angles I want to highlight in a shoot, but sometimes it’s not as easy for my subject – it’s important to love all of yourself, but it’s also important to figure out which styles, angles and lighting works best for you so that we can both create the best images that really highlight your best features. Also, don’t be nervous. You’re going to do great.

Seeing how a picture is worth a thousand words, you can learn more about Isabel in pictorial form at her website, or follow her more risque adventures over on her blog. For the most intrepid 140 character updates, you can follow her on Twitter @IsabelDresler.

If you are an entertainer interested in working with Isabel, consider her Performer/Entertainer Package, which lists at $700 (four sessions at $175/ea.).  Rather than pay $300 for a single session, entertainers and performers now have the option of signing up for the Seduction Package, which provides four discounted Seduction sessions over the course of twelve months for the investment of $700, or $175 per shoot, which can be paid all at once or in installments if necessary.  She also offers a smaller Performer/Entertainer package of $400 for two shoots.  You can see her other packages and single shoot prices here.  Contact her through her website for more details.

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Adventures With Coffee, Muscles, and Waffles.

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Despite having done quite a few of them now, I still always end up being pleasantly surprised when I am contacted to do a photo session – and Mike’s email was nothing but genuinely lovely. He actually had discovered my work while perusing google one day and found himself on one of my older blogs, and began investigating all of my work across the far-flung corners of the internet until he decided that I was the one he would like to pay to document the physical changes his body had gone through after four years of rigorous fitness training and dieting.

His request wasn’t an unusual one, however it was one of my first experiences photographing a cis-male in an intimate (read: in nothing but skivvies and a smile) setting… Despite my apprehension however, I agreed to a consultation to feel him out and make sure he wasn’t an axe murderer.

Much to my surprise (although I had a feeling it wouldn’t be terrible), Mike was a charming, attractive, and intelligent individual, and I was instantly put at ease by his smile and genuine demeanor. I agreed to do the session, and his excitement to work with me was palpable – always a good sign for a photographer.

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On the day of the shoot I was greeted with chocolate chip cookies with fleur de sel and a fresh hot mocha with coffee beans he had roasted himself, and after satiating my sweet tooth we began the shoot. While I don’t often find myself in the presence of bodybuilders and fitness buffs, I have always been fascinated with anatomy and aesthetics and Mike provided a compelling example of both. The first half of the shoot was spent indoors with artificial lighting doing form studies (which I suppose is the best way to describe rather objectifying images of intense musculature), which was surprisingly fun – especially with me being the still-life fetishist I am and Mike being so skilled at standing still in stressed poses for extended periods of time. As the shoot progressed I could feel him getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera, and less concerned about the fact that he was essentially traipsing around in his undergarments in front of a member of the opposite sex, who was holding a camera and bossing him around, nonetheless. I think it was a pretty good exercise for the both of us. (fitness pun, zing!)

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After the first half of the session we crammed into my car and drove up to one of my favorite spots along Highway 70 for some grittier, dirtier, metal-encased manly man photos. This part of the shoot was a bit more of my idea, and definitely a bit more up my alley as far as what I prefer to do when photographing people; and the shoot location was a mecca of beautiful, even-toned natural light. Despite being a bit of a neat-freak, Mike was definitely a trooper when it came to tromping around in the dirt and rust of the terrain and repeatedly buttoning and unbuttoning his fancy dress shirts and flexing his plethora of muscle-parts, which made my job pretty much the easiest thing ever.

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As is common in the majority of my photo shoots, I teetered on the edge of finding myself in an internal battle to ensure that I’m not being overly objectifying with my subjects (lovely peeps I’ve worked with previously, if I ever made you feel like a light fixture or start posing you like you have interlocking joints I am seriously sorry – it’s not entirely my fault, I’m a product of my environment), but the rapport I was quickly establishing with Mike ensured that I was really able to capture his personality and quirks and the way his eyes lit up when he smiled, which was very much a good thing. By the end of the shoot, we were both sweaty and dusty and thirsty but very very pleased with our results.

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There were also some post-shoot waffles involved, which was both delicious and entertaining, as Mike hadn’t eaten any carbs in a heinously long time and treated the greasy-spoon diner waffles like they were legitimately the best thing in the entire universe. I’m pretty sure his enthusiasm made my waffles taste a bit more gourmet.

All in all, I felt very fortunate to be able to work with someone as engaging, pleasant and interesting as Mike. His outlook in terms of self-improvement and his ability to set and meet goals for himself and not for others is exceptional, inspiring, and a trait I won’t soon forget. I look forward to the privilege of documenting his progress and physique again in the future!

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Polaroid Updates: The Summer So Far.

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It has certainly been an eventful summer! So far I have two trips to Oakland/San Francisco, a trip to Davis, and numerous hikes and mini-adventures under my galavanting belt. I have, however, been so caught up in the magic of traipsing the beautiful northstate that I haven’t really been keeping my Polaroid scanning up to date.

I’m seriously wracked with guilty feelings. Seriously. 

So, without further ado, here are some highlights of my summertime (so far, at least) presented in the instant gratification form of Polaroids.

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I had the best time ever time photographing my wonderful friend Megan and her horse, Star.

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I spent most of my first trip to the Bay Area photographing beautiful women, including my friends Coral and Siouxsie. They were definitely worth the drive!

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Siouxsie and I also had a super fun time shooting a Patriotic Pin-Up set for the 4th of July. She’s seriously a babe.

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Mike and I had our first shoot ever earlier this month! As you can see, he was a pretty incredible model.

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…And, of course, Sparkplug the WonderMutt and I went on some epic nature outings to some beautiful places.

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My most recent adventure took me back to San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of working with Andre and Ava! They are both such gorgeous and fantastic strong women, and we had an awesome time! Look for more photos of them up here on the site soon.

 

Now that we’re up to speed, I can’t wait to get back out there and shoot some more fun stuff to pleasure your eyes with!

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Finally!

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Guys! And gals! And peeps! My site is finally done!

…Or at least, done enough that I’m not overly embarrassed to show it off. I’m super stoked to have been able to merge all avenues of my photography – Scientific, Commercial, and Boudoir/Erotic/Fetish – into one big, happy place! It’s taken a lot of time, a lot of work and a little frustration but things are slowly beginning to come together in an almost functioning fashion… Much like my life.

To everyone who’s helped me with the designing, troubleshooting, and creating the images that I’m honored to be able to display in my portfolio, THANK YOU. So much. I wouldn’t be anywhere without you.

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