Who among us, even if we've never picked up a camera, hasn't wondered what it would be like to create a nude photo that we could claim as our own? But not just any nude; a stunningly beautiful woman. But such a woman wouldn't pose for just anyone, would she? This book is written for the serious beginner, the curious non-photographer, and even the moderately experienced photographer who needs a better grasp of recruiting and working with nude models. Understanding this book does not require comprehension of photographic technique. Many photographers spend countless hours seeking advice on how to find quality nude models and how to direct them in the studio. Too many photographers make initial contact with a model, only to be frustrated when she never follows through by booking a shoot. This guide addresses finding models and building a long-term working relationship. The author’s assumption is that those who read this book are doing so largely because they want to photograph more suitable models more often. Recruiting and interacting with models is not as difficult as it may seem. Working with nudes can be easy. It is a common misconception that those of us who recruit women for nude modeling possess some kind of secret power. On the contrary, the more quickly you can dismiss notions of mysticism, the sooner you can get down to business. Photographing nudes entails more than just photographic technique; this guide is about the interpersonal and psychological elements that play a larger role here than in any other kind of people photography. Some photographers fail, simply because they’re ignorant of the etiquette of working with models. With luck, it will help you avoid making missteps that many photographers commonly repeat. The author has photographed several hundreds of nude models, each of whom has come to him through one of the techniques described in this book. Since his experience is chiefly with female models, he writes from that perspective. This guide will tell you how to create a portfolio that will attract models and how avoid some common pitfalls and misconceptions about the proper way to display your images on the web. It will give you some simple tips on finding models without wasting your money on needless efforts. Most guides assume you’ve already found a willing model. This guide is for those who are having trouble finding the special models that will take your work to the next level. It also does not assume that you automatically know how to bring up the subject of nude shoots or etiquette for the studio. You will learn how to start a shoot, direct the model, and how to close the shoot. This includes handling payment and the model release. Not just any model release works for nude photos. The purpose of this guide is to fill those gaps with precise, in-depth advice. This guide focuses only on recruiting and working with models. Discussions of cameras and lights are absent; there are plenty of other books for that. Instead, this one is specifically about creating and maintaining a sound working relationship between photographer and model within the context of creating beautiful figure work. Some treatments of this subject are through rose-colored sunglasses, avoiding controversial topics altogether. Glossing over some of the more awkward aspects of working with models, such as difficult personalities, leaves the reader confused and unprepared. This book gives you the clear, unfiltered story by addressing contentious aspects and advising you of potential pitfalls. Things usually go smoothly, but that is not by chance. Sometimes you need to know how to prevent problems before they occur. There are plenty of models out there waiting for you to photograph them. This book will help you find them, work with them in the studio, and build a solid professional relationship.
A. K. Nicholas is an American photographer with a passion for collaborating with models and sharing knowledge. His vision is colored by being raised abroad and traveling to dozens of countries, including museum visits and other cultural experiences. In the Middle East, he observed how women's bodies were hidden from public view; in most of Europe, there was little prudishness. In his youth, he put in his dues clerking and staffing the darkroom of a camera store. His background includes an art degree, a long stint as a freelance artist, and a career as a professional photographer. His first camera was hand-made from an oatmeal box for a middle-school project. His first nude shoot was a complete surprise to him when a classmate in college assumed that his invitation to model meant for her to be nude. In the decades since then, he has photographed hundreds of nude models for publication in books, articles, as framed prints, product advertisements, stock agencies, and gallery exhibits. His exhibit work consists mainly of photomontage, sometimes printed life-sized. These days, when he picks up a camera, it is to fulfill a personal calling and not the agenda of a client. He is happiest when working on creative projects and devotes as much time as possible to new ideas. His second favorite thing is helping others further their artistic endeavors. He writes to help you learn from his experience, including how to avoid some common mistakes and to encourage your creativity.