Unlike most people who come into their craft later in life, the Los Angeles-based Robert Neil knew what he wanted to do the second he opened one of his father’s Penthouse magazines at the age of 13.
“Seeing the beauty of these women touched my creative soul,” he told us. “For the next few years, all I could think about was how I would shoot a beautiful woman if I got the chance. Then, when I was 18, I got that chance.”
“My girlfriend allowed me to use my creative ideas I had been storing for years with her, and I took full advantage,” he said. “I had an old Pentax film camera and a few rolls of film. We spent hours working together that first shoot. I never felt so alive.”
“Here I was doing what I had dreamed about for the past five years,” Neil told us. “Soon after this first shoot, I purchased some darkroom equipment so I could develop and print my own work. That was many years ago, long before digital cameras and photo editing software. As the years went on I progressed to better lighting and locations. I was no longer chained to a small bedroom and camera flash. I could take my passion outside where the colors and locations are more vibrant.”
“Today, I enjoy a diverse love of nude photography,” he said. “From fine art nudes in black and white to a colorful close up, the idea is to show the female form in all its beauty. From the studio to an exciting outdoor location, I can’t wait for my next shoot. There is always one more idea I want to shoot. My eyes are always looking for new ways to capture the beauty that is all around me.”