You have captured a most beautiful spirit with these two images. Her spirit and your magic work well together. Yes, your magic is hard at work here. Your magnificent technical skills are one fine attribute but your personality is what brings out those lovely spirits. That combination makes you the photographic master that you are. Do you have any idea how long one stares at this photograph before they even realize the model subject is not au natural ...and no one cares! But don't give up on nudity. Capturing nudes well is no easy task, ...at least for those who are not qualified like yourself. Always nice to see genius at work.
Too many people with cameras who just want to see someone get naked.
it's amazing what a tilt of the head can do for the emotion of the picture. latter picture (perhaps because of the swiping claws) looks very predatory in a feline way, while the former picture feels like she is opening a window and seeing the light of day for the first time in years. I could almost imagine that they aren't even the same person, but instead sisters with very different temperaments.
I know the photos are just of your friend but they are very real and you captured her in moments of what seem to be pure expression very deftly. I feel like if either of you were less talented it simply wouldn't work and so I salute you both for your talent.