In Charge (sometimes)

You don’t have to be submissive to be sexy.


Bria, 2015
Bria, 2015


(I very nearly entitled this post, “Crawl.”)

And you don’t even have to stick to one end of the spectrum, as it happens.

My very good friend and versatile, talented model Bria Nicole came by today for a shoot. My friend Beverly had given me this cool body necklace thing for models and clients, and Bria jumped right on the opportunity to show it off for me. It’s a cool piece, and our plan was “Paint Me Like One Of Your French Girls”.

Things do not always go according to plan.

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Bria’s husband’s birthday is, too. She’s often spoken about how supportive and wonderful he is regarding her modeling career, and she needed something a little special, a little different, done.

Bria got a little Fifty Shades on me today.

Happy birthday, Bria’s husband!


All tied up, and nowhere to go.



To repeat the disclaimer, this is a project about re-discovery. It’s about remembering who I am, what I’m about, what I love and what I do not. Fair warning, this project will be posted here rather than at my SFW site because there will be nudity from time to time. Some of it will be of me, some not, some artistic and pretty to look at, some just raw.

I don’t intend to think of something every day and then shoot it, though I may do that sometimes, too. But sometimes I will just shoot, and then find something about myself in the frames and post about that thing, whatever it is.

All my #365SelfDiscovery posts will be filed here.


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Louis Shackleton is an intimate portraiture artist and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC. After 3 years of traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat, he's now settled in Seattle, Washington.

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