Beautiful Innocence – a photography book review and giveaway – NSFW – updated

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Jacob Hefner sent me a copy of his “Beautiful Innocence” book – a book of Canon EOS 5D Mark II photos of beautiful women (in various stages of wearing their birthday suits) – photos that are un-touched and straight out of the camera. Something that is a rarity these days!

The giveaway of the book is now live – please enter at bottom of post

Beautiful Innocence

Beautiful Innocence is the result of this journey to find, and photograph, innocence. No make-up, no hair stylists, and definitely no retouching of photographs. One camera, one fixed length lens, one photograph at a time. Only natural girls, in natural settings, with the help of available light. Real, raw and with imperfect perfection.

Innocent beauty and honest photography. The beauty of the picture and the intimacy of the moment. Relaxed and comfortable. That's what this book is about.

A journey that would unknowingly span four countries, two continents, 28,175 photographs only to end 186 days later 90 minutes outside of Cape Town with a girl named Lisa-Marie and a cheetah named Rocket.




Review

At first, at least for me, it was difficult to view this book – simply because the photos aren't perfect and aren't retouched. We're so used to seeing everything Photoshopped into pure perfection that it is strange to see a photo book with images that are untouched.

Beautiful, but untouched.

As a photographer, I'm just not used to that – tho I see them un-retouched all the time, my first inclination is to enhance them.

After a while tho, if you relax your mind's need for Photoshop, they become quite amazing. The young ladies seem like the girl next door without makeup and fancy lighting. That makes them all the more attractive to me. Tho some of them could certainly gain a few pounds HA! In fact, if I were to find a negative, it might be that there aren't any fuller figured young ladies here… we're not all this thin after all and there's beauty in us all.

Overall, a very ambitious book and quite nice. Would you put it on your coffee table? It depends on your guests I guess. My family wouldn't enjoy it, but I'm sure many people would.

Beautiful Innocence is available on Amazon both as a hardcover book and a kindle book – so you can enjoy it both ways if you want.

Sample

Giveaway – win the book!

My video instructions on how to enter:

Giveaway notes

You have two choices to register – enter by connecting with facebook or by entering your name and email. This is the only step you need to do to qualify. Make sure to enter your email correctly if you chose that option, that's how we'll contact you if you win. If we can't contact you within 3 days of the contest ending, we'll pick another winner!

Just follow the steps in the box (you'll be walked thru each step) and you'll earn more entries!

Earn additional entries by sharing the link given at the end of the process. Continue to spread the word for the duration of the giveaway, on social networking sites, forums, facebook, twitter, and your blog because you’ll receive five entries for every person who clicks on the links you’ve shared.

The “punchtab.com url” or “bit.ly link” shown is unique to you. Save it for the span of the giveaway and use it whenever you want to increase your chances. This is how you get your friends to help you win! Post the link often!

You can come back to this page and as long as you haven't cleared your cookies you should see the number of entries you've earned. If it doesn't come up automatically, re-enter your name and email address.

(cover photo credit: snap from the book cover)

Comments

  1. That child — who is probably underage — looks about as innocent as Lady Macbeth.

    I’m not kidding when I say I find it disgusting, devoid of any artistic value, of interest only to those who want to have sex with underage girls.

    1. Good thing that’s your opinion and no one else has to think that way.

  2. Every photo has its own audience be it adulterated or not (by post editing).

    I guess we should simply enjoy what is beautiful…
    And to each his own.

  3. How about if an Aussie like me wins a book, or anyone else outside ConUSA, we cover the shipping costs within 3 days, rather than be so US centric and ignore the 95% of the rest of the world Mitch??

    Just a way to keep all your readers involved in any promotion at no cost to you!

    Damian

    1. Author

      I have done it that way before, I just didn’t think that people would want to spend that much on a book to ship overseas.

  4. I think publishing untouched photos is the way still photography should be done.

  5. I think there should be more unretouched images. There is so much blatantly, bad retouching published! Better subject, better technical skills such as lighting should be encouraged.

  6. I think there should be more unretouched images. There is so much blatantly, bad retouching published! Better subject, better technical skills such as lighting should be encouraged.

  7. I prefer to shot and use unretouched photos, but reality makes that impossible sometimes.

  8. I think publishing untouch photos can show just how much “getting it right in the camera” counts. I try to never have to “fix it in photoshop” later.

  9. I think publishing untouched photos is beautiful in this case. Natural beauty always triumphs over “perfection”.

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