Probably the first thing to deal with is some of your fears. Some can be easily addressed by choosing only reputable photographers to work with. I recommend trusting your instinct and having a good look at the work that they do. Trustworthy photographers have large and varied selection of stunning images from a broad range of models. The photographs of the photographer must speak to you in a positive way, because they will most likely be transforming you into similar shots. If they are planning something different they will undoubtedly communicate this with you. On some shoots you will be forwarded a style guide or a modelling brief that outlines what will be expected of you. If your still uncomfortable with your photographer you can usually bring a chaperon. Though this isn't common practice, particularly with professional photographers whom some of even frown on the idea. They frown on it because the person can change your behaviour and hence your look while you are in the shoot. Therefore make sure they are someone with whom your comfortable with. Someone who makes you nervous just isn't going to work. They will need to go into a quiet silent mode, and sit back in the corner and just be an observer. If they think they can help by telling you or the photographer what to do they are better left at home.
Another fear might be about how you will look in the images. This again comes down to the quality, skill and the creativity of the photographer. It is their job to bring the best out of you and the image. You can't see what you look like from their angle, and they will guide you in the pose to find the magical image where you will look fantastic. Personally I will get the model to start posing, and ask the model to keep changing poses until something starts to work for me, when I find it, then I start working on the details of the pose. I might get you to shift your weight from on foot to the other, to move your hands, to pose your hands, change the angle of your head, stretch out some creases in your body, and direct your eyes and mouth. It all adds up to creating that magical image.
Best not to have a huge meal just before a shoot, a bloated stomach just isn't a good look.
The least obvious thing to consider is what to wear. Clothing worn before a shoot is very important. Your skin marks with dents and colour changes with tight clothing. It takes a couple of hours for the skin to recover. So have a shower before you leave home and put on loose clothing. A light over the head dress, and slip on shoes would be a good choice for women, while men find loose tracksuit pants and a t-shirt work well. Underwear needs to be loose if worn at all. There is a list of things that you definitely don't want to ware, and they are things that are tight, such as a bra, tight underwear, socks, or a belt. It is so much harder for the photographer to photoshop out these lines in your body than you probably think.
Getting a fake tan for the shoot is definitely out too. As is getting a haircut just prior to the shoot.
1. Get a good nights sleep
3. Get a manicure and pedicure shortly before hand
4. Come early
5. Bring your own music you like
6. Show up to have fun
7. Bring any photographs of poses you would like to create (as long as this has been negotiated with the photographer prior to the shoot)
8. Leave the rest to the photographer once your there
9. Listen to the photographers directions
10. Do your make up at home and come ready to shoot
1. No new haircuts right before the shoot
2. No fake tans immediately before the shoot
3. No Botox or collagen injections a week before the shoot
4. No tight clothing - socks, undies, bras etc
5. Small meals right before shoot
6. No negative self talk allowed once on set
- A gown or sarong
- Sunscreen & insect repent
- Make up
- Warm clothes
- Proof of age
- Positive attitude
- Photographs of poses and images you love (not required)
- Toys & fashion items you love (not required)
- Heals, scarves and jewellery if you like
- Any items that you feel make you unique
On arriving to the shoot the first thing you should do is change into a robe, to let the clothing marks you do have fade. Time is the best answer, though I have found a quick hot shower can help too. A robe is a great thing to bring with you. Despite many photographers working with naked figures all the time, both parties will probably find it more comfortable if you put your robe on before, in between and after each photographic session. Now you can check your make up.
Consider your hair, it might be good to be able to change your hair during the shoot, from out to tied up. Bring your hair brush, and other styling equipment such as straighteners or curlers. You will probably want to touch your self up just before the shoot. If it is your one and only shoot then I do recommend booking in for a full make over at your favourite salon just before the shoot. It will make you feel wonderful about yourself, which will have a very positive effect on the results. Most professional photographers will offer this service for an additional fee.
This now brings the discussion to make up. I usually tell my models and sitters to use a light natural make up, avoiding too many colours or flourishes. You will want something that is timeless. If it is only a current trend your beautiful image will be come dated as the next new style comes in. For inspiration look at some of the old b/w film stills. A quick google image search of someone like .... Will produce some fantastic results from which
you can model your make up on. Lipstick colour is important. If your unsure ask your photographer, or you might just prefer to go with your favorite.
So now before you leave home you are probably gathering quite a collection of things to bring. You might like to add to that a pair of slip on slippers, so that your feet can remain clean between sittings.
If your shoot is outdoors in an area with the possibility of the general public wandering into the shoot, I would recommend bringing a sarong. If you were to wander up on us, you would never know it was around my neck during the shoot, because it is now on the model and everything looks legitimately normal. Just another photographer with a pretty person out doing some fashion snaps. On one shoot, we walked into a stunning location about one kilometre into the bush to one of my favourite locations to discover we were right in the middle of a rogan, and for the next hour we were surrounded by competitors running past. They eventually slowed, and we were able to continue the shoot, but the sarong was used many times on that day .
One of my professional male models turns up with his Len's kit. It is in a garbage bag inside his sports bag or pack. In there he carries quite a few little things specifically for shooting nudes in the landscape. These include; towel, thongs, sarong, dust pan brush (for cleaning places to pose on), comb, water bottle and sugary snacks. I also think he probably has his medications in there too which you should carry if your going further than a hundred meters from the vehicle.
On some shoots you will be required to complete a model release, on others you may not have too. A model release is important when the image is going to be used for commercial purposes. If it is for fine art it may not be required, but many photographers will ask for them regardless. Before signing the model release make sure you read and understand what rights you are signing away. There should be something for you when you sign a model release, a payment of prints or retouched web-sized images. Best to agree to how many and what the payment is exactly prior to the shoot and signing. Agreement as to whether you will approve of all images prior to use, or that images you don't like being removed and not used is also worth considering. It is rather unfortunate but some photographers will not consider your feelings when publishing images.
Lastly consider how you would like your images labelled. Do you want your name, your fetlife name, a model name, or anonymous or nothing used in association with your image. It is a good idea to write this clearly on the model release.
So, spend some time planning and preparing for your shoot. Considering what your doing before hand, what to ware and what to bring will only lead to you looking more fantastic in your images.
"A fantastic read mate. well done!
If I would add one point it would be for the model to remember that a nude photoshoot is a permanent commitment to the images created in the shoot.
For them to be completely invested in doing the shoot and understand the images created from the set will be around for a long time. They cant simply ask for the images to be removed once they decide their new lover isn't comfortable with them or they move on to a new career.
As photographers this is a challenge we encounter every so often and potentially it can strip a huge chunk of work from our portfolios in a single action!
Read the model release very carefully and know that you are agreeing to being a part of the photographer's investment in their art, time and vision. If they are working towards a published form or an exhibition and a model suddenly asks to be removed for whatever reason it is simply poor etiquette on their part.
I would also touch on the term 'flake'. Rescheduling a shoot is one thing and something I am more than happy to accommodate but no shows and last minute cancellations are just not good form. This week I dealt with a model that rescheduled twice for the same shoot and was 'confirmed' for the shoot yesterday and just didn't show. Three strikes? You bet. I am not about to offer them a part in any larger visions I have because they are just not reliable.
ok end of rant... as you were...
oh and one more point... If you are doing a nude shoot don't ask for fucking facebook pics!"