Warning: Glamour Shoot Troubles Ahead!

There are two things you can count on when it comes to photo shoots: 1) No two are alike; and 2) At some point, something’s going to go wrong.

Nearly every shoot will present you with an unexpected situation that you’ll have to deal with in order to make the shoot work. That’s just way it is.

No matter how much time you devote to coming up with a pre-shoot plan, there are simply too many variables involved for things to come off perfectly and without a hitch.

The hard truth is just about every shoot you do will present you with some sort of situation that you couldn’t have possibly anticipated. And if you’re going to make the shoot work, you’ll have to find a way to deal with this unexpected situation. That’s the nature of the beast.

Sometimes the problem will be a significant one (such as your entire lighting system breaking down). Sometimes the problem will be smaller (having to take time recharging a battery, for example).

But whether the unexpected circumstance is big or small, you’ll need to temporarily stop being a photographer and become a “problem-solver” instead.

And here’s another factor to keep in mind: When you’re shooting glamour or nude images, the potential problems are multiplied.

Let’s face it, if your goal is to capture an image of a tranquil lake at sunrise, you don’t have a great deal to worry about. You need to bring the necessary equipment. You have to compose the shot in the way you feel works best. And, most difficult of all, you have to wake up early enough to arrive at the lake before sunrise (this is the reason I don’t take too many pictures of tranquil lakes).

It’s true that you may run into unforeseen circumstances even with this type of shoot. For example, the weather may not be what you were hoping for, or you may find yourself chased up a tree by a grizzly bear.

However, even the grizzly bear problem pales in comparison to the multitude of unexpected situations that can arise when working with live models (especially nude or nearly nude ones).

Trust me, working with models opens up a seemingly endless array of potential problems.

Here are just a few of them: personality clashes, late arriving models, makeup and wardrobe issues, posing problems, and various versions of model meltdowns.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But here’s the good part:

The inevitable difficulties you encounter during shoots shouldn’t be viewed as negatives. On the contrary, every problem that arises during a shoot presents you with an opportunity to learn something new. And learning something new is always a positive.

The ability to solve unexpected occurrences that happen during shoots is an important talent for every photographer to possess.

And since every glamour and nude shoot is completely unique and takes on a life of it’s own, you’ll have the opportunity to learn something new on every shoot you do.

The bottom line:

Every problem you run into will have a solution. If you allow yourself to embrace the challenge of finding that solution, your abilities will greatly improve.

And best of all, when you face a similar situation in the future, you’ll be far more capable of dealing with it quickly and efficiently.


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How To Take Candid and Playful Nude Photos

What’s your first thought when you see this picture?

For me, it’s the “realness” of it. I’m struck by the authenticity of the shot. I think you’ll agree that a piece of the model’s true personality seems to come through in this image.

Shooting candid shots is certainly not difficult. Walk down any busy street and you can take 50 candid shots within a single block.

However, shooting candid nude shots is a far more difficult task. But on the rare occasion when you’re able to capture a model in a truly unguarded moment, the result is often quite charming.

Taking casual nude images is difficult because a nude photo shoot tends to have a certain structure to it; and a great deal of that structure usually involves some degree of posing by the model.

In other words, whether you’re shooting glamour, nude, or erotic images, most likely you’ll be directing your model into poses of some type.

Since I didn’t take this picture, I have no way of knowing what lead up to this particular image. For all I know, the authenticity I see when I view this shot might all be a ruse. Still, as ruses go, you’ve got to admit this would be a pretty good one.

But in this particular case, I don’t think it’s a ruse. I believe the picture represents an authentic sliver of time that occurred between the photographer and the model.

And though I don’t know the details of this specific shot, I can share with you the circumstances that have enabled me to capture similar shots during my own career.

For myself, shots like these tend to occur soon after finishing a specific set of images. Many of my sets consist of about 150 shots; with each shot featuring a different pose (requiring quite a bit of effort and concentration on the part of the model).

When I eventually tell the model, “Okay, we’re done,” she’ll inevitably fall into a comfortable body position and allow herself to relax, both physically and mentally. At this point, we may talk for a few moments before moving to the next set.

If you’ve developed a good rapport with your model over the course of the shoot, she’ll likely feel comfortable simply being herself while also being completely nude.

It’s during these “in-between” times that casual and candid shots like the one seen here are most likely to be captured.


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