My First NUDE Modelling Shoot
How to Photograph a First Timer Nude
Photographing someone nude, who has never modeled nude before, presents a special challenge. For the first timer, there are some tips and techniques that can mean the difference between a lighthearted success and a nervous and fruitless session. With a model who has never posed fully nude before, it takes a special approach.
Talk a bit before the shoot, but don’t overdo it.Do the shoot as soon as she’s comfortable; don’t delay unnecessarily. Don’t make a big deal of it. Greet the model warmly with a handshake and chat a bit.
Go slowly, but not too slowly.Start off photographing the model wearing an outfit.
Have her remove one item at a time, even just a zipper or button; and do anywhere from a couple to a dozen shots.Don’t do more than a dozen shots without progressing, unless you feel your model is becoming ill at ease. Props or accessories can help the model feel more comfortable and focus her attention.
Don’t progress to nudity as quickly as you would with an experienced model.
Try non-frontal angles of view.Side or back shots can be mixed in to help the model warm up.
Do not be hesitant or reserved.Simply instruct the model as to how you want her to pose, including her outfit.
The first full-frontal nude will typically occur within twenty minutes of starting to shoot.Of course it’s not necessary for your style to include frontal nudity.
Keep moving onward.It’s important to keep things moving so the model doesn’t have a chance to feel nervous about why you may be pausing. Keep shooting in a steady (but not rushed) fashion.
As soon as each pose is captured, direct a new one.By the time you shoot a model’s first nude, you may have captured over a hundred frames of her in a fifteen or twenty minute warm up, shooting an average of every 10 to 15 seconds.
Fire the flashes two or three seconds apart for a few frames and then switch to the next pose.By keeping a steady pace, it puts the model into a great mind set to keep working. This helps with all models, but especially first timers.
- If you’re working with an untested model, you take some risk. Inexperienced models have more to learn than just easing into their first session posing nude. The mechanics of posing require some subtle refinements and control. Blinking, whether due to light sensitivity or another factor, can spoil a good percentage of shots. The ability to transition from pose to pose and fall into a fluid rhythm with the photographer can be learned quickly by some, but others may never fully grasp it. It is frustrating to have a model repeatedly change poses an instant before you’re ready to take a shot. Having some patience helps.
Video: Introduction to Finding and Recruiting Nude Models | Part 3: Photographing First-Time Models
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