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Old 12-05-2005, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I ended my No Models dry spell on Sunday with a session with one of my favorite "regulars", Ashley Law. She's a 25 year old smooth skinned curvy natural beauty. She's a creative sort who brings her own spark and vision to a shoot. We truly collaborate when we work together.

The one thing I keep trying to pull from her is more of her personality. She's a bubbly person, but when we shoot I get what I have pegged the "Ashley pout" - cute, but trite after 25-50 frames.

I was battling it on Sunday. Great figure, flawless skin, but the pout or open mouth. It is as if she is trying to be "model-like" instead of being Ashley.

For her first time ever, Ashley posed nude (cheesecake cute - she requested that I not post them, however), and that's when her personality came through. It was amazing. Her face lit up - she hit different expressions, from coy to flirty to sexy to happy -- the faces I've been trying to get from her for all of her clothed shoots.

She was more natural when she was nude - less artifice. I asked her afterwards if she was at all nervous posing nude for the first time. She said, "Not at all." It showed in the pictures.

I wish I could show 'em to you. But I am a man of my word.

Here's one I can show...
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Ed,

I have a few thoughts on this topic. I could be way off base, but I'll share them anyway. First, she wasn't nervous because she knows you and trusts you. You've proven your trust to her and have just proven once again that you can be trusted by not posting them.

My main thought on this though, is when a model takes off her clothes, she is free...uninhibited, and maybe even feels a little power. It's all her at this moment. She can express herself freely. Every once in a while, Take off your clothes and walk through the house, walk out your back door, feels kinda good...lol I would do it, but my kids would be in therapy throughout the rest of their life. My kids used to strip down and run around the yard and play half the day naked. They loved it. Granted we have no neighbors for miles. My mom used to stop by and visit and was a little concerned that they were nekkid half the time, and I said...."Let em enjoy it while they can!"

Just a thought.

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Old 12-05-2005, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I almost forgot, I really like this shot, she is very pretty and definitely someone to work with as much as possible!

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Old 12-05-2005, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've seen the same sort of thing many times. As some know, most of the ladies I work with are not models, but everyday, civilian models who are posing for the first time. Many of my shoots are mixed, some clothed and lingerie shots for them and nude for my use. I used to do the clothed shots first, with the logic that they would become accustomed to the lights and posing before going sans knockers. I saw the same reaction you described on a pretty regular basis. So often in fact, that I now do the nude portion of the shoot first.

I've often discussed this with the ladies after their shoots had ended and almost all used words like "it was liberating", I felt beautiful and "I felt free". One lady commented to her husband, "That was the most fun I've ever had with my clothes off". I don't pretend to understand it, but it's real. There seems to be some strange inverse relationship between wearing no clothes and self consciousness.

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Old 12-05-2005, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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sometimes, when they drop their clothes, many other inhibitions are shed with them. go figure. i like the treatment on the image, btw.
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Old 12-05-2005, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ed,

I've observed that too with some models. Maybe not posing nude, but the less they have on, swim suit or lingerie, the more of their personality comes out. It was amazing the difference with them.
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yeah and ya know, after reading this, maybe i'm the most self consciousmodel in the world, or that what she is wearing in the pic is my 'uniform' @ my job (shot gurl GCS), but i'm definately not at my most comfortable with out the clothing unless it's work i do for a designer that i just HATE. the whole no motivation thing i guess. BUT i'm confident in front of the camera either way, but from experience. maybe there's a camera in her bedroom at home! YEA! etiher way, it's a cool pic, and i agree with jimmy, a really cool treatment.
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I've no doubt that it depends on the individual. In my post below, my 'sample' was far from random, they were ladies who initiated contact with me and who had made the decision to pose nude. While far from universal, my comments were based on a sample which is large enough to base some conclusions. On the other hand, a highly experienced nude model who I had known personally for 7 or 8 years, admitted to having been quite 'nervous' during our first session.

For us guys, you women will always be a mystery!
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we're a mystery even unto ourselves!
*that's why man invented the camera.
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