The most difficult aspect of making a themed shoot is getting the message clear and easy to understand; sometimes you don’t need an important message or a complex idea. Let’s see how is possible to shoot great glamour pictures with naked models.
You have to plan a photo shoot. You have to have an idea and a message. The idea is glamour. The model doesn’t know much about glamour photography, or, worse, doesn’t know anything about posing. In these conditions, the photographer has 100% of responsibility about the final result.
So let’s see how to manage this kind of situation while trying to create some great pictures: first of all you should try to create a bond with the model. It’s an enormous part of the story, because if he/she has to be naked, he/she has to trust you a lot. It’s a sort of delicate situation, in which your model relies a lot on you, so you have to be both professional and a great caretaker about the situation. Just try to put yourself in his/her position and guess how it feels like.
In order to have a correct environment, it’s better to choose an isolated location. This is a smart choice, in order not to have problems with police (according to your country laws) and problems with people who are always curious in these kinds of situations. Obviously having people watching your model is not the best way to have a relaxed model, who should pose just thinking about the poses and about the pictures.
Other tips and tricks may include:
- Always try to figure out with the model what parts of the body should be shown in the pictures, just to clarify all the details, BEFORE the photo shoot.
- Ask help from an assistant: the assistant should take care of the technical part, like changing the rolls, storing them, keeping them in order, numbering them, changing cameras, changing lens, etc. This is important, because the photographer should take care of the model really carefully, without losing the attention.
- If the climate is cold, bring with you something to let the model feel comfortable during the breaks.
- Improvise. This is the best tip! If the model agrees, try to find your own inspiration and let your ideas become reality.
Alessandro Panelli is a Medicine and Surgery student, an ambulance volunteer, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy).
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