Part 1 Pre-Shoot Communication For models (and photographers)
Working with experienced and inexperienced models is fun but there are a lot of pitfalls. Here’s how to avoid them. The key to a successful shoot is communication. So what do we photographers say? What do models want to know?
Between glamour and the more
formal naked figure lies a wide expanse of the erotic, the documentary and the
personal. Personality, whether it is the model’s genuine personality or make believe
conjured from the photographer’s and model’s creative collaboration is largely
created in the viewers mind by setting, clothes and props. In creating images of
the erotic photographers tend to swing between hard and soft styles. Whether
poised and flawless in a hard-edged setting or soft an innocent lying in a meadow
both create an inhuman woman. A creation in which the photographer, model and
viewer are all compliant.
My photographs are published on book covers, calendars and in magazines. There’s a lot to think about when shooting commercial nudes. Here is a small portfolio of my most popular glamour nudes and a few tips.
Photographing location nudes is always challenging (and fun) but does need a certain amount of planning. Ideally you will be working with a model that you are familiar with and in a location that you have visited regularly. That way you’ll be prepared for the idiosyncrasies of both. Some models that I work with are downright blasé about public nudity and would happily walk naked through the centre of town. I am continually looking over my shoulder for the blue flashing lights. Others can be embarrassed by a bloke and his dog appearing when they are fully dressed, but both need to feel relaxed.