|20th May 2013||#1|
Join Date: July 2005
Kelsey Olson by Sunset
Not for nothing is California known as the land of the setting sun, so it seems only fitting that a creative photographer would take advantage of the Left Coast's famous sunsets and shoot a model in the dying light of day.
Aaron Fagerstrom (www.imagerake.com) is known to readers of this forum as the creative genius behind several of IGIGI's popular campaigns, including stunning videos of Kailee O'Sullivan. This current shoot find gorgeous plus-size model Kelsey Olson (size 16/18) before Mr. Fagersrom's lens, and the results are simply spectacular.
Pride of place goes to the following image, one of the most captivating that Miss Olson has ever shot. Her golden hair cascades about her face in romantic waves, thanks to one of the most gorgeous hairstyles she has ever worn. Those princess-like tresses shine with a radiance as bright as the sun itself, so dazzling is Kelsey's beauty. Her facial features appear exquisitely round, her eyes crystalline blue. Her expression is irresistibly needy and vulnerable, giving her an almost childlike softness, which contrasts richly with the voluptuous womanliness that her deep decolletage exposes. Her bare arms appear softly rounded. No studio setting could ever achieve the splendour that this outdoor location, situating Kelsey in natural light, conveys.
Of the entire series, the next picture takes best advantage of the gorgeous shooting location, demonstrating why studio sessions can never rival outdoor photography. Miss Olson has ever been the golden girl of plus-size modelling, and with the low-lying sun bathing the entire world in an aureate hue, this image underscores that aspect of Kelsey's identity. The juxtaposition of the golden sand and the blue waves complements the pairing of Kelsey's blonde hair with her blue eyes. Her skirt flutters in the breeze in a captivating manner, making it almost possible to feel the wind in one's face as one views this masterpiece. The rocks in the background give the image an epic sweep, as does the model's romantic, faraway gaze.
Imagine the lovely natural hues of the above photograph colouring the following image. Miss Olson stands by the seashore, her tresses whipped into blonde wisps by the ocean breeze. One can hardly tell where the tresses end and the brambles begin, so much so that one perceives a natural halo veritably encircling the model's head. Kelsey gazes at the viewer with captivating innocence, free of any hint of guile, just a sweet, soft neediness that no man can resist. Her bare arms appear softly rounded. The cliffs rising above, in the background add drama and scope.
Scarcely less captivating is the next photograph, with the model adopting a unique pose that we have not seen before, an unaffected look that mixes end-of-the-day exhaustion with a passivity that is highly alluring. Her tresses appear thick and luxuriant, romantically wavy yet with a personable touch of wildness. Her angelic facial features look full and rounded, exhibiting the comfortably fed appearance of a size-16/18 goddess, while her blue eyes are so delicate that they soothe the soul. Kelsey also has the prettiest mouth of any plus-size model, with lips that are not overly full--so much prettier than the collagen-bloated horrors that some models exhibit.
Kelsey's Bohemian ensemble appears effortlessly put together, yet has a dressed-down stylishness of its own. Her pose is quite graceful, given the enclosed space, with a leg-over-leg stance that is gracefully feminine.
A closer look reveals why these images turned out so exceptionally well: their aspect ratios have not been distorted, ergo Kelsey's facial features look as round and full as they appear in real life. Far too many plus-size fashion labels visually distort their images by narrowing the aspect ratios, thus compressing not only models' figures but their faces as well, created unsightly, oval-shaped facial features, in contrast to the gorgeous roundness of Miss Olson's true countenance. "Face of an angel" is an understatement, for any angel would consider herself blessed indeed if she possessed features as round and lovely as Kelsey's.
In a pose reminiscent of the legendary Lillian Russell (who would often photograph in profile to show off the sensual fullness of her plump arms), Kelsey stands at an angle and gently closes her arm, exhibiting the natural fleshiness of her soft limbs. Her magnificent tresses sweep back from her face in a dramatic manner, as if the wind were caressing them. Her expression is filled with undisguised longing and desire.
Sunglasses photos: pro or con? Hard to say, especially in the case of models such as Kelsey, for any goddess with Nordic blue eyes as captivating as hers should always show them off. However, dark glasses do endow an image with personality, as the following photographs show. The model wisely avoids aggressive expressions, which, with the sunglasses, would be overkill; instead, she maintains her signature soft, vulnerable look. The woods in the background appear dark and mysterious, even in this daytime picture.
A profile shot finds Kelsey plunging her hand into her tresses in a casually bewitching manner.
A close-up, on the other hand, catches the model with an affectingly troubled look on her face, a wounded gaze that immediately involves the viewer and generates a desire to protect this fragile princess and to soothe her hurt. Could she even be crying behind those protective lenses? The stray wisp of blonde hair over the forehead is a splendid touch.
Kelsey's beauty is utterly startling in the following photograph, those Teutonic blue eyes open wild and wide, mesmerizing the viewer, haunting his dreams and giving him no rest, for but one look into these sapphire pools and one's heart is lost forever. The model appears so open and available in this image, so directly engaged with her captivated admirer, nothing held back, her soul laid bare, her mouth passionately parted. The setting sun seems to tinge her tresses with flame, as if her passionate nature were externalized into a halo of fiery radiance. Some models look better when their facial features are viewed from an angle, but Miss Olson's countenance is loveliest when it is seen head on, so that the roundness of her face is fully visible.
With her back to the Pacific Ocean, the waves lapping at the shore as if they had delivered the model to the coast (just as Venus was borne of the sea), Kelsey allows the sun to bathe her in a gentle light as she plunges her hand into her hair, leans back her head and exudes a look of the softest, dreamiest sensuality. It is like a dream-vision, this photograph, with the model's tresses wafting in the breeze, and her eyes lidded in a languorous, come-hither gaze.
The last, red rays of the setting sun give Kelsey's fair skin a rosy glow in this imposing image, framed by the clear, blue California sky, broken only by the wake of a jetliner at high altitude. The model herself seems to belong in the blue empyrean, a creature more of the heavens than of the earth, for even her urban attire cannot diminish her celestial qualities. Her voluminous tresses radiate a warm, red-tinted glow, as her fair skin reflects back the dying sunlight.
In the final image, the sun has altogether set, leaving Kelsey illuminated only by the subtle crimson dabs of twilight. The model gazes off into the distance with a look of expectation, as the evening closes around her.
Bravo to Mr. Fagerstrom for an extraordinary series of test images with Kelsey, an outdoor shoot that takes full advantage of the distinctive charm of the California coast, and presents Miss Olson's beauty in a highly attractive manner.
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