A Guide For Being Shot(photographed)

So, you decided to take one for the team. You’ve been hunkered down for long enough, so now is the moment to be a hero. After it’s over, all your friends will celebrate your glory and valor… Well, at least until they post a super Kawaii (cute) selfie.

There are probably an endless amount of questions before a photoshoot. Seasoned models and everyday people always wonder what to expect or how to prepare. So, be ready to ask questions. That’s a great way to communicate what will happen and what to expect. I’ll just have to add to this blog post as subjects come up. Hopefully this blog post will give some general information for photographers and those being shot.

While photography captures what you look like on the outside, I’m hoping to bring out who you are on the inside. You are so much more than what’s on the surface.

Stop putting yourself down. You are amazing, rock it.

Hair and makeup

This will depend on the shoot. Many models have their make-up dialed in as an art, others not so much. Also, at least have clean combed hair. If you need to hire someone for hair and/or make-up, you will need to plan ahead. A photographer may have a list of people to hire for the day, I might know a few or find one if schedules work out. You could go to your own salon, they usually have someone who can do make-up, get your hair did, and then show up for the shoot.

  • Hair/Make-up could happen at your salon
  • do it yourself
  • or a hair/make-up artist could have been arranged as well.
  • Be prepared to do touch ups too

Oh, it costs a MUA money to restock their supply even on a trade shoot, so be prepared to cover the kit cost and/or tip. Hair, make-up, stylist, and space rentals have to be paid whether you show up or cancel a shoot.

Grooming may have to happen. Be ready for the shoot as you see fit. There already are too many social ideals floating about what to shave or shape. Just do what you normally do for areas such as legs, arms, armpits, and genital areas, I need to mention the face. Eyebrows, mustaches, beards, nose hair, and peach fuzz will show up in fine detail, just so you know. A little history here, modern lenses have become better at sharpness showing every detail but don’t be too alarmed, in the past photographers would do a lot to make sure photos were not necessarily in focus in order to hide flaws, today we can make suggestions and spend time editing.


Well this is optional. Oh, I don’t mean going sans clothing as an option. Wait that actually is an option. Any way, you’ll want to figure out what you will need to wear, while there are endless options to consider and also how many changes you will need to make. Layers are great for removing and adding items and accessories. Be sure to try on pieces before a shoot, sizes may vary when ordering online.

Depending on the photoshoot, you may want to start in one outfit and then switch to your favorite. It takes a moment to warm up to the shoot, so why not take advantage of that by starting out with something you are comfortable in, then switch to that new or favorite outfit.

It may be obvious, but pulling clothes over your head may mess up your hair. So plan accordingly, wear it before doing your hair, use button ups, be sewn in, use body paint, or what ever.

If you are using a stylist, be sure to plan ahead for that and be prepared to pay for that time. A stylist may have to pull items from a designer or store, that’s a rental fee whether you use an item or not.

Have a wildcard look ready. It’s that idea or sexy outfit that you want to try out. It could be just a trendy idea that you can have fun with, like a floating in mid air photo or using long fabrics. I’ve got lace, scarves, and a few bags of clothes that are handy as a wildcard or a backup. Anyway, time to go shopping…

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Infinity Dress: look on YouTube or just search, there are so many ways to tie this style of dress.

Body suits are so handy for changing looks.

There’s a section on underpinnings and the model section has some helpful hints too.

A pro tip I learned from a recreation class, if you need a few games plan way more. Should work for fashion clothing, if you want to shoot 3-4 looks then have 10 ideas ready.


It’s always a good idea to have a location to shoot at, maybe indoors or even outdoors. The possibilities are endless. We’ve got a Nashville based website called Avvay.com that is like an Airbnb for artists. So that’s a big help to find a spot. Of course there are shared co-op spaces and studios to rent out.

If you have a cool location, suggest it. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous. Also, keep in mind your photo goals so that it works together.

Some locations are going to cost money, definitely be prepared for that. Hair, make-up, stylist, and space rentals have to be paid whether you show up or cancel a shoot.

Definitely get permission. Know the rules and actually follow them, some places you can show up with just a camera and even a person to shoot but need a permit if you use equipment like a reflector or tripod.


Mom always said to wear clean underwear, or something like that… There are so many options, everything from thongs to lingerie to leggings that can be worn during a shoot. If you don’t wear any, that’s ok too. But you may want to warn a photographer or you can just surprise them, either way is fine. Besides, the look on the editor’s face will be priceless.

Bras, bralettes, bandeaus, sticky bras, and sport bras are common. Each has their own benefit. The braless trend has been going on for a while too. You can wear tight or loose clothes to express as much as you want. I spent part of a shoot holding a bralette that got tossed my way, so there are plenty of options.

There are also pasties (cutlets and nipple covers) and sticky strapless bra’s. These are handy for covering up for whatever reason or situation, one being to prevent rubbing or even to prevent unwarranted remarks on the Gram, other than that free the nipple. So no excuses for the adults since these things are sold at Walmart and Target, have a set handy. If not, you may end up looking for tape or band-aids out of the first aid kit, I now have some nipple covers in my bag because of that. Speaking of tape, double sided tape especially fashion tape is very handy. Ironically one day I may end up using a sticky petal as a band-aid.

Camisoles, tanks, bralettes, chemise, sports bra, and tube tops are handy go to pieces for many. Even if you are braless, camis and tanks can help for quick changes for outerwear, button up shirts, and so much more.

Panties come in so many varieties. At least have a pair handy just in case. Of course I have a story about a surprise during editing, let’s just say denim shorts can be shifty.

Don’t forget leggings, shorts, and bodysuits are great for many reasons especially for changing clothes quickly. Leggings might be the new hosiery, of course that’s useful too. A body suit can be used to make all kinds of outfit combinations and as a bonus tip it can give the illusion that your top magically stays tucked into your jeans. When it’s cold, it’s leggings that save the day.

Bikinis and swimwear might be an alternative to use when changing outfits often. That may be more of a model tip depending on your comfort level and the choice of fashion.

Calvin Klein underwear trends from time to time, it’s probably used as a status symbol. Seems everyone is advertising that they bought CK or maybe there was a big sale. Nothing is getting between you and you’re Calvins, so show them off. These photos pop up often, something is happening there, well maybe.

Brands now have to be inclusive and empowering. Sizes have been an issue for many women since marketing usually portrays certain body types and sizes as the ideal. As for empowerment, you want to feel confident, wear what you want when you want. Comfort and functionality, just saying…

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Bonus: Corsets, at one time those were used like medieval torture devices to shape bodies. How about wearing one comfortably and using photo editing tools to accent the curves, most advertisements are highly edited to unrealistic expectations, but editing can be respectful of your body while helping so you are not physically being harmed. Also corsets can be styled over a variety of clothes such as tanks, bodysuits, oxford shirts, t-shirts, and more along with adding a jacket or just sleeves to complete the outfit. You don’t even have to wear one, corsets can be used as props during a shoot: just hold it against your body, have it somewhere in frame, use your imagination for many more ideas.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s London Outfit Combined Lace and Cut-Outs I’m surprised they have haven’t noticed this trend among music artists. Sheer lace stylings have been used as tops for a while among many genres of music.


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It’s a lot of hard work. You’ve got make-up to do, hair to fix, clothes to wear, and the one thing no one can do for you is practicing poses to get ready for a shoot. Have ready a variety of poses and expressions. Your eyes and face expressions are what makes a photo worth showing off. When selecting photos, the eyes and facial expressions are the number one priority.

I do want your input. You are so much of this and your opinion is important. Also, it would be wise to find out if the shoot is for the photographer’s plan, for the model’s plan, for the client’s plan, or any combination. I do try to plan a shoot so the model gets useful photos.

Don’t listen to the fashion industry standards some one may try to tell you to be especially measurements, be yourself. You are not just a hanger for clothes. A fashion model helps sell a product or lifestyle, you are a vital part of the process. Fashion runway just wants you to be emotionless and do the planned moves for the event. Fashion photography should have attention on your eyes and facial expressions.

If you are starting out modeling then practice poses, practice more, and find your light. Someone may have said you should go into modeling, your posing skills will keep you in modeling. I’ll know instantly how experienced you are but don’t worry so much, I’ll just have to spend more time setting up the parameters. Often I’ll give a few directions and let the model interpret from there, keep in mind that there are photographers who direct every little detail. Experienced models will adapt quickly and find their light which is very important.

One secret to modeling is that models will pose and after the shutter click will then make slight adjustments to get ready for the next shot, and yes mirrorless cameras have a beep or noise that can be turned on to help the model. That will go on for a while so a model can flow. It takes lots of concentration to keep doing that, so I’ll pause as often as needed to let you relax. I’ll also show you shots so you can see what you have been doing. That helps both of us understand what is being photographed. Of course it’s easy to tell if your poses and expressions are working, I’ll keep making photos trying to get the shot. If something isn’t working then we’ll move on.

Ask questions and answer questions. Communication is key to know what is happening and how to relate to the shoot. There already are endless variables to a photoshoots, questions help with the details.

There may be more paperwork than just a photo release. Some projects need a NDA too, hopefully it’s just about being time sensitive until the release date, like keeping the project off of social media until it’s ready. I have to keep details quiet about set life when I’m hired for a movie or TV show until it’s released, mostly that’s so the story isn’t spoiled. If the NDA is to cover up bad behavior, then you need to run away, get out quick. If you are doing the shoot for your own sites like Patreon, OnlyFans, Zenfolio, Smugmug, self printing, etc., you will need the photographer to sign a print release.

If you have been hired for a shoot, you may have to ask if you will get photos and what you are allowed to do with them. Tearsheets are sometimes available on projects. A TFP (Time For Photos) shoot is all about photos for all involved, and make sure you get them. I do TFP a few times a year, so don’t count on that when you need photos for your portfolio. The Phomo App Payment Policy This is a fun chart for who pays who between photographers and models, oh, a side note, there are a lot who think more highly of themselves than they should.

Speaking of TFP, this can be a great way to build a portfolio both for the model and the photographer. Take time to go over ideas and concepts. It can be an opportunity to try something new, develop skills, or even make connections.

Be on time and do your best not to cancel. Cancelling means you may not ever be booked again by who ever booked you. It’s better to not book a shoot than cancel.

You’ll probably need headshots on a regular basis, especially if you are starting out. Definitely plan to invest in a set. You can pay or even your agent will pay for tests for your book. If your agent pays, keep in mind that you will be paying that back out of future projects. On a TFP shoot it’s not a problem to ask to get some headshots, you do want to get photos you can use even if the project doesn’t work out. You will want to see what you are doing and maybe use those photos for learning. Even if you’ve been hired for a shoot, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Oh, there is this thing, “a model call”, that is a sales tactic that photographers use as a promotion to get more clients, to create a frenzy for quick sales. It’s usually just a discounted session with options to buy prints and digital files. This is different from a photographer needing a model.

Normally I’ll show you the photos during the shoot. That’s so we can see how the shoot is progressing and maybe catch something that can be improved. Just expect that some of those may be out of focus and not make the final cut.

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#notamodel (Ok, it’s a little sarcasm about modeling) Keep in mind that you can have your own ideas and do the projects you want to do. Peter Coulson Live Stream Q&A Lots of good advice and business insights.

This is how I feel it looks when I’m suggesting outfits to model. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Clip – Boulan Bathor Couturier (2017) Hopefully you find that humorous.

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I try to get ideas out of models and many times it doesn’t work out right, I just want to see what captures your attention or if you have ideas you are excited about. When you are excited about a concept and want to put in the effort, that makes a great photo. I’ll send examples or even a shot of my notes, I’ve found that it’s hard for models to do the same.

why photographing Instagram influencers won’t make you popular This goes for musicians and who ever else too, your fans are not necessarily my clientele or target audience.

We all know that many get countless DM’s of dick picks and creepy comments daily. Well, I don’t like such crude actions, hopefully you don’t either, and will send those back to their mothers. It’s easy to check out likes and comments to see how you interact with followers, and see what followers are actually saying, and what is the emphasis your posts target. It gives me anxiety just thinking about getting such rude and crass actions on my own posts. If they are going to be like that then they don’t deserve to see your body, just saying, but ultimately it’s your decision on what you allow to be seen.

Keep in mind: Sharing photos to your own posts may be ok, sharing to a third party without permission from the photographer is not ok for many reasons. Also your followers or whoever shares your photos without permission from the photographer may be subject to copyright infringement…

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While I do try to keep things light with humor, there are things a model should be aware of. We’ve got to do better. So here’s a few links to ponder.

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Myths About Becoming a Professional Model

The Dark Side of Modeling

For a little comedy relief… Nikki Glaser is tired of being a women – Conan on TBS Ok, that might be a little too real, but it’s true for many.

5 Reasons Why Being A Model Sucks! From Natalie Taylor’s YouTube channel. And here’s the story she mentions, the photoshoot I regret. -Modeling Horror Story

What NOT To Say At A Boudoir Photo Shoot I posted this in another section too, but it’s still applicable for models in general. And it calls me out on saying perfect a lot.

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Teen models, powerful men and private dinners: when Trump hosted Look of the Year [Kate Dillon, now a businesswoman living in Seattle, remembers the contest as one that “exploited women’s assets, women’s bodies. A lot of these girls were desperate. They thought modelling was about attracting men, which it isn’t.”]

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Model training Pt 1

Model training Pt 2 This is to help bring out your self confidence when being photographed. There’s one take away point if you don’t learn anything else from this: when posing, be sexy for women. What’s the difference between Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton? One’s sexy for men and the other is sexy for women. It’s aesthetic over being objectified. Be sexy for women, the rest will follow. I was trying to think of another set of current examples, maybe Dua Lipa and Zendaya, of course analogies break down because both have great style and dress like they want to, anyone can look to them for style to bring into a photoshoot. Maybe more like Cosmo versus men’s magazines, one’s for women and the others just use what ever to get attention. Wait, there’s Taylor Swift, you can be like her, alternatively Taylor Momsen is another Taylor choice. Anyway, to help with your own confidence there’s a difference to take notice of between being sexy for women versus feeding into being objectified. Women being supportive of each other goes a long ways in boosting self confidence. So be supportive.

Model training Pt 3

From A Model’s Point Of View

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Dear Influencers, it’s ok to hire a photographer. You may be tempted to offer exposure, aka your influence, in trade for photoshoots, that doesn’t pay the bills. When choosing a photographer keep in mind that while photographing trends can be done easy enough, photographers don’t always stay on top of trends and usually are working on their own creations of art. Also consider the content and platform usage as it affects body image and other safety factors. Instagram has had internal documents that show it is toxic for body image namely among teens. Be aware that often editing and tricks with poses change the look of a person to make them more appealing, thus the vicious cycle of wanting your own body to look like them even if it’s just to get likes or attention. Build each other up, support one another.

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Guidance Counselors – SNL Guidance Counselors and a former student say just model. This sketch comedy has Selena Gomez.

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It’s your time to show off to your fans via social media, merch, or even an album cover. Musicians already are familiar with contracts. Hiring a photographer won’t be that much different. You will need to know your numbers, a photographer will be doing that research too. There will be lots of questions. Of course we’ll have to make sure to keep the project off line until it’s ready to be released.

Musicians sometimes get their fans or friends to do them a solid with photos. Why would I mention that? Photographers do go to shows to network with bands, managers, event planners, label insiders, writers, producers, venue staff, magazines, TV, YouTubers, PR people, social media, and any one else working in the music industry. When one of my friends performs, she has lots of music industry personnel in the audience, so it’s best to go to her shows. I’ve meet so many people. Working for exposure has long past.

For a photoshoot, you will need a clear vision of what you need. You may have a limited budget, but you need to be working with a photographer to make that vision a reality. There will be expenses to consider such as location, fashion stylists, set decorating, and more.

Crop tops are common for many women performers and have been for many years so those are the go to items to have. Also, trending among musicians are lacey lingerie looking tops and jeans/shorts/leggings, plus various really low cut v-cut tops/dresses. So if you want an edgy look you might want to have a few ideas handy to clarify what you mean to keep with your brand.


You’re going to need headshots starting out. This is going to be an investment to land roles. It really does help. I apply to roles too, and have to have recent photos to show.

For submissions, you will need the basic headshots, a portrait and full body. A 2/3 photo is handy, you can crop those later if needed.

I do like to take a cinematic approach to composing, which can be used for even corporate headshots or even editorials. It’s a little more interesting than the plain backdrop photos that have to be made too.

You can be in character and target your projects with relatable headshots. You can bring emotion, style, and branding into the photoshoot. Ideally we’ll do a variety of looks in the photoshoot. Having a variety is handy for future projects and promotions, hopefully you will have a long career, so that you are not always calling up your parents for awkward photos for the set dec to use. Also what if you do some low budget films that many do just to get noticed, having different looks might just help land a better project.

Whether we are on a stage or in front of a Red cinema camera, we have trained to present our character to an audience with words, movement, emotions, and timing. A photo is just a still from one of those moments. It is not hard to adapt to stills for actors, you just need to be aware to help make the shoot go smoothly. I may need you to repeat actions so I can get a proper still. Models have a knack to wait until a shutter clicks and then moves slightly for the next shot.

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Spend time researching and even talking to actors who have been dealing with creepy stuff and stalker types. Some are more open than others about the risks of being in the public eye, especially things beyond the normal weirdness fans can do. Also, stay away from drugs for what ever the slightest reason, we lost a lot of people too soon. Alcohol often does not help facial expressions. If you feel that you need to drink or take something just to do a photoshoot with me then I’m doing something wrong.

There’s more than enough things wrong in the movie/TV industry, how about doing something better. Don’t give in to social media pressures. Don’t listen to the toxic comments and pressures put on you.

Check out the streaming series Luckiest Girl Alive. The actors did an interview discussing the pressures and expectations put on them. ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ Stars Chiara Aurelia & Mila Kunis On Growing Up As Child Actors


Rule number one… Don’t objectify any one…

Rule number two… Always practice rule number one…

If you are the one being photographed then you are the one that gets to decide if you want to do this. Don’t let anyone talk you into it.

The great artists painted and sculpted nudes. Fine art nudes is a time honored tradition. If it’s something you want to try or perhaps do many times, there is no shame after turning 18, or better yet 30+ so your life experience means you’ll be more comfortable with yourself. It’s perfectly normal to have a go at it. Besides, there is so much more to you than the outside.

There are so many reasons why you may want to give a nude/implied shoot a go. Believe it or not, I get the most inquiries from church ladies and even from those in the CCM/Gospel music industry. In reality it may seem risque to some while others will think the results are innocent. I’m not exactly sure of the reasons other than they just want to. I’ve seen scripture tattoos being shown off as much as any other tattoo. Speaking of tattoos, some want to show off their tattoos that may other wise be covered up. Also, there are cancer survivors who get pre and post mastectomy shoots, going flat is trending and also showing the steps of reconstruction even incorporating drainage bags. Nipple tattoos are becoming more and more common, you can have a shoot to show off the artist’s work. Maybe after a divorce is time to have a nude/implied shoot, or after having kids, or just because you want to freak out your grandkids a century from now just like in the movie Titanic. Just have a nude shoot for yourself.

18 days post breast reconstruction surgery Jen has been amazing and has been sharing her own journey.

It’s been trendy for hikers to top a hill or mountain and pose topless while someone gets a photo of their back while they’re facing the view. It’s a fun innocent implied nude. While no one may be out there for that view, you may be wanting to do something similar at your own photoshoot, so you may need to plan ahead for that. Shirts and bralettes get tossed my way, so it’s comical as I figure out how to hold them and shoot at the same time. Having a reflector, a robe, or something to cover up with readily available helps save those awkward moments before you can get something back on.

A location will help you to be comfortable. Don’t be afraid to mention ideas you may have. I already get nervous shooting in public areas for regular shoots so I’ll avoid having an audience, even models don’t like an audience on small shoots. The person you bring along can be a look out or have a quick coverup handy just in case.

Remove anything tight that leaves a mark in the skin like bras and elastic waist bands a good 30 minutes ahead of time. The skin needs time to relax.

Grooming may have to happen. Be ready for the shoot as you see fit. There already are too many social ideals floating about what to shave or shape. Just do what you normally do at least a few days ahead of time, the day before might be too soon. As for models, if you’ve shaved in sample photos even if it’s just legs and armpits then please shave for the shoot, unless you’re discussing this ahead of time.

Models and photographers will discuss what will happen before a shoot. You can set your limits. Both parties will know what is expected. I actually don’t expect you to ever to be nude. I’m not going to try to convince you to take clothes off. In fact, unless you bring it up it won’t even cross my mind as an option, so remind me or surprise me. Like if I ask if you brought anything to wear and you say “nothing”, I’ll probably offer a bunch of items to wear before realizing what you meant, and that’s even after writing this.

From a fine-art nude perspective, these will not be sexy, hot, or whatever, just don’t use those words to describe what is happening. I’m sorry to bring up those terms. If the photos we make are for sexual objectification, then we did something wrong. Even an escort that came with the model using those terms will find the shoot being shut down.

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Being nude does not mean you are wanting sex or suggestive remarks. We’ll even have to be cautious with sarcasm and being ironic during a shoot, it’s easy to get carried away trying to keep the humor up even when we need to laugh and I hope there will be plenty of laughs. It’s not as glamorous as you think it would be during a shoot, it can be more technical while trying to make the photo. Give the person whether a model or not time to settle into position, turn away when possible, even check your camera to allow them a moment away from an audience.

Inspiration can be found in the arts both classic and modern.

It’s normal for a model to be nude during a shoot but cover up for breaks. Also on implied shoots a model may cover up just for the photos and be nude the rest of the time. What ever your comfort level is, just be yourself.

We can fake a nude shoot to get the results you want without actually being nude, there are lots of ways to fake a nude shoot. To be clear you will know what the possible end results will be before setting this up, there will be no surprises. If you are scared, then that will show up in your face, so a few clever tricks and strategically placed clothes or fabrics can help you feel comfortable and confident. Tape, pasties, and sticky bras are handy for covering up. String bikini and g-string strings can be removed in editing, that is if it’s what you are going for, removing them without permission is just creepy. It’s easy to shift a top to the side so it’s less noticable. One clever trick is to move the knot on a bikini top to the side away from the camera so it’s not visible and editing is easier, or wear a sticky bra to save a lot of trouble. The idea is that you can be comfortable during the shoot, and have results you want without the risk of actually being nude. After one shoot, while editing bra marks on her skin I thought it would have been easier to remove the thin string of a bikini top, but a sticky bra would have saved us a lot of trouble. Oh, let’s not forget nipple covers, sticky cutlets, tape, pasties decorated or not, and even sticky bra’s can help with your comfort level. During one shoot in the middle of a creek she was wearing tape and covering herself with her arms, well, something touched her leg and during the confusion I got out of focus photos of her screaming and flailing arms no longer covering herself, I’m still laughing about that. While this type of shoot can be fun, there is planning ahead of time and it can be technical to set up so sorting and editing goes smoothly.

Bec Time Square In this video Bec is clothed and with a little strategic posing you could question if she was wearing clothes.

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Know your photographer. Check out their portfolio, that will help you while finding a photographer. You’ll get a feel for their style and what to expect. I’ll say this again, being covered up you will give better faces.

Ok, now for the not so fun matters. There are lots of GWAC’s (guy/girl with a camera) out there who just wants you to get naked on camera, GNOC. Traveling nude models have to be careful of bad behavior. Apparently there are photographers who solicit sex from escorts/sex workers who side gig as models, so the lines get tragically blurred inappropriately with models who are not an “escort”. Exploitation is unscrupulous.

What scares me is that there are those who will remove clothing in editing or worse, swap heads or bodies without asking you first.

From a model being objectified: Art Modeling and Intent We need to keep working on ending objectification.

Knowing Your Limits (And Sticking to Them)

Julianne Hough’s Year Of Magical Thinking There are several articles in Women’s Health naked issue including one about just being naked at home after the shoot. Julianne Hough Says She Walked Around Naked For A Week After Her Women’s Health Photo Shoot Take note that this is her experience, and may not be your reality.

Sydney Sweeney and Christina Ricci on Playing ‘Crazy’ Characters and Reclaiming Nude Scenes They give some wonderful insight. One of the take aways is how Christina Ricci handled awkwardness on set by just being nude even talking to crew to make it normal, which probably couldn’t be done today, she took command of her own situation. Times really have changed for the better even over Ricci’s career. The point is that even on shoot day you get to say no and you are able say what you are comfortable with.

Unfortunately the internet is full of those who can’t handle any nudity (or even the clothed) without objectifying someone, and the comments and direct messages can be horrible. You are not an object. Toxic masculinity is a scourge upon society. Along with that are harassers/trolls/intimidators/extortionists who just threatened you for whatever reason, even with no basis in reasoning or reality. Report, block, file police reports, and more.

Does the naked body belong on Facebook? It’s complicated


Just about every woman has taken nudes of herself at some point, and occasionally some of those are sent to someone. We should be shaming/prosecuting the leakers who make those public, they are the ones violating the privacy and consent of the intended purpose. There are laws that need improving too.

How to Send Nudes with Ruby Rare! An informative video from Hannah Witton’s sex education channel. They are sex educators and have some wonderful insights. This is definitely in a relationship context, this may also answer some questions about when and how.

Lindbergh Tent Lighting In this lesson, the photographer mentions getting the best photos if the woman is not naked. This has to do with comfort so she doesn’t have to worry and can focus on having an amazing face.

Oh, please study poses… Classic art and fine art poses, know how your body moves and creates shape. Basically, if it bends, bend it. Figure models take time to hone their craft for posing.

Bec Time Square In this video Bec is clothed and with a little strategic posing you could question if she was wearing clothes.

Steven Spielberg Reveals His Reaction to Drew’s Playboy Spread Years After ET Made Her Famous Before selfies and social media, you would often hear of a good clean cut celebrity wanting to shed that identity as a right of passage to adulthood. Be careful, hopefully avoiding the sexist misogynistic approach that such sources often cater to.

Unauthorized video of Jesse Williams onstage prompts outrage


This is about you being you… Shamelessly feminine…

Boudoir is a growing part of photography, a personal photoshoot as opposed to lingerie modeling or even attracting the male gaze for more likes/clicks or for commercial exploitation. Boudoir is going to be about your confidence, sensuality, and femininity. You can be provocative and elegant. An everyday ordinary person gets made up or even shows up ready for the shoot. Someone new to boudoir may have a lot of questions. Discussing beforehand what needs to happen saves a lot of trouble.

This one genre can have a vast range of outfits used, there is no limit to your imagination. It may be a stretch for some to pose in a significant other’s article of clothing or even lingerie while some will be comfortable nude. You get to explore your own self and even be daring to try something you normally don’t do. Just don’t confuse this with a lingerie shoot, that’s what pro models are doing when they are shooting in underpinnings. Of course you may want to be in lingerie, just holding a sheet, wearing sports attire, in a bikini, sans clothes, without a top, without bottoms, in a suit, being emotional, at a private hiking spot, DIY fashion, and so much more.

There’s always fun options to try out too to help you feel confident. A base layer like a crop top, cami, bikini, or even a bodysuit can be worn and over top can be a cage bra, body straps, body stockings, various sheer attire, or even corsets. You can mix and match items you normally don’t think about. An oxford shirt with a corset over that is an option, it’s commonly seen among fashion models, with a sassy look or a playful smile could be just enough for you to make this look your own.

If your significant other likes a particular body part of yours, spend time in the shoot exploring the possibilities. For example, if your SO likes your derriere, be sure to emphasize that.

This can be the chance to show off your tattoos. I’ve seen scripture tattoos shown off just as much as anything else.

This type of shoot is where you can have serious fun. Discussing it ahead of time will help with expectations. This shoot is for you, you may want to do it for a significant other, but ultimately you find that it’s for you.

There are classes to consider taking: burlesque, pole dancing, belly dancing, and other dances. It’s a good idea to practice what you are interested in.

Keep in mind that being sexy is a state of mind, not your clothes. A smile and your hands in your hair can be just enough. You can show confidence even while pretending to be shy. Sensuality can be expressed in many ways

Finding Healing in Front of the Camera

Clothing ideas: a pair of jeans can be used with a bodysuit, corset, crop top, Cami, tank, bra, bralette, no-bra, sticky bra, sport bras, gym shorts, leggings, a significant other’s shirt, an oxford shirt, a team jersey, overalls, rompers, hoserie, body stockings, stockings, diy crop tops, black tape, leather jacket, a blazer, and more can be used. Cut the bottom off a t-shirt bag, a thank you bag can get you a thank you. You can use a sheet to cover up with or don’t cover up. As you can see you don’t even have to buy lingerie.

A blazer with matching shorts and heels is a luxury styling that is classic and trendy, what is under or not under the blazer is up to you.

Bonus: If you need a little inspiration, turn to fashion. Many musicians are bringing lace tops into the norm. Performers wearing a lace top is popular right now, you could just use that as inspiration for a subtle look to start out with. You can use a music video you find inspiring and try the actions for your shoot.

What NOT To Say at a Boudoir Photo Shoot

These Intimate, Sexy Photographs Show Scars and More — a Powerful Message About Femininity and Beauty

How to Take Your Own Boudoir Portraits

Ramona Tours -SNL Ok, this is definitely for comedic affect to help get across the point that if you are having marriage/couple problems then you’ll still have the same problems after the initial distraction of a boudoir shoot wears off, we’ll stay optimistic that it will help. That’s why we say you need to do this for yourself.

Why Victoria’s Secret is ditching its ‘Angels’ The trends are changing and loyalty to this brand is slipping away even if they are still leading in sales. Woman should be dressing for themselves rather than men, wear what makes you feel special and confident.

Billie Eilish Is Calling the Shots Billie Eilish recently came out as a woman, who knew right, and the interwebs broke. Ok, I’m trying to be humorous with that. She dressed up in layers of lingerie and even actual dresses, a fashion shoot, and lost a 100k of followers because of it. I have often heard from boudoir photographers that sometimes upon reveal of a boudoir shoot that a significant other wouldn’t be accepting of this sort of look, as in “that can’t be you” or don’t like it. Often that’s on them for not being open to changes or just not making the connection that you could style that way, the best advice is to give them time and space to process. Billie is just being Billie, brave and confident while living in a world of fame we can’t fathom.

Fashion Inspired Boudoir Styling | Self Portrait Yuliya looks to fashion for inspiration, even editorial elements to tell a story. Also this may help for self confidence if you’re nervous or not sure what to expect. Boudoir takes on different meanings and expectations, a shoot like this is another approach to try if you don’t want to feel like a lingerie model. She says clients are more likely to show off their shoots to others. Along those lines is to pay attention some stylings for ideas. A blazer paired with matching shorts, heels, earrings, and glossy lips can give a luxury glamorous look especially if you’re wearing nothing under the blazer. Just look to fashion for inspiration, you can make a boudoir shoot about fashion you want to try out.

Athletes: Climbers, Skaters, etc.

I’m there to capture a moment in time you have been working hard to achieve.

Generally a photoshoot is going to be straight forward. There are so many possibilities. You can work on a theme, get headshots, body shots, body scapes, and make photos according to your personal branding. A photoshoot can range from Instagram daily styles to full commercial art.

This is the time to show off gains, skills, personality, and so much more.

For the professional athlete, it’s sponsorship that makes things a little tricky. You and your photographer may need to review the contracts. Make sure you don’t submit anything you don’t have permission to use. Also the use of brand hashtags needs to be discussed prior to the shoot and before posting photos. You can ruin a business relationship between photographer and the company very quickly if you are attempting to advertise for them.

Normally you can make your own photos with whatever camera you have to make posts and blogs to show off your sponsors. It’s when you get another person involved that things get complicated, you own your own rights to your photo but not someone else’s photo. A family member, a friend, or a fan may be thrilled to give you permission to use a photo. You’ll still need a print release/permission from a photographer no matter who they are.

Laughing is a technique that helps tighten abs for more definition, and it’s more fun than just contracting.

Another pro tip, use olive oil hairspray for shine, it’s not slippery and gooey like oil which can still be an option… Since the photographer isn’t touching the model or client then they are on their own to apply oil, the olive oil hairspray is a great alternative since application can be done at a distance without touching.

Every Model Has Stories I have things in this blog post that might relate since some view athletes as objects.

Photographers do need to find out more about the athlete and even their sport to help capture their story, their humanity, and to be seen as a person. Lighting, location, and props are just a few additional considerations.

When Will We Finally Stop Commenting on Women Athlete’s Bodies?

Movie Stills/Production Stills

Normally I’ll have access to get a wide variety of stills on and off set. That may be stills from directly behind the cameras or even photos that include behind the scenes views of production. Of course talent which includes background actors will want to be photographed, and there will be times to be discreet to allow personal prep time. I may have to meet with producers or even marketing for any specific shots that may be needed.

Dates and times are also important, a call sheet is handy on long production days. Even though I don’t have to have an assistant, having a contact person for occasional questions helps a lot.

Introverted Photographers:

Dear Introverted Photographers….

Mental Health:

We’ve got to do better on addressing mental health. Art is a great way to express what is happening. The newest generation is more open to talk about mental health even while going through situations, older generations don’t want to mention it or acknowledge problems.


Posing Individuals Full Length

Essential Female Poses

Boudoir Photography: Flow Posing Jen is great, she has some important insights especially don’t touch the model. I’ve learned to demonstrate poses.

EXPRESS: Befriending the Enemy: The Effects of Observing Brand-to-Brand Praise on Consumer Evaluations and Choices This may be directed towards marketers and influencers, but there is the point to lift each other up rather than tear down. I can’t do all photography needs and will go ahead and say you are welcome to search for someone else, sometimes I even know someone. In the old Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, the Santa sent customers to businesses that had the product they were looking for. While fiction, sales associates do help their own store by actually helping a customer, and the research in this article actually backs that up.

Photo Shoot: Modern Female Pose

She asked best friends to pose for her. The result is a moving study of sisterhood

Fashion Inspired Boudoir Styling | Self Portrait Yuliya looks to fashion for inspiration.

6 Ways to Empower Women through Photography

General Guidelines

  • Your privacy is respected, your projects are met with discretion.
  • Your ideas are welcome. It’s better to have more ideas than needed going into a shoot. In fact, your ideas are a big part of the photoshoot and are more than welcome to say no to my ideas.
  • I’m going to photograph women as strong and independent, no one is perfect, you don’t have be defined by what you think others think of you, don’t compare yourself to others. Your confidence is showing…
  • Bring someone along, I’ll put them to work.
  • Bring snacks and water just in case if you have specific/special dietary needs. I have thought I packed water bottles, but didn’t. And I’ve brought beef jerky while shooting a vegan, oops.
  • Try on clothes before the shoot, sizes may vary when ordering online. We’ll get creative with safety pins and clips.
  • Be your amazing self. Don’t worry about what others are doing.


  • Have you ever done a photoshoot? With a friend who has a camera or even an actual professional?
  • Who are you? Who do we know in common?
  • Can we meet for a consultation? Talk about life, food, music, and for you to show off photos you like
  • What are you wanting to get out of the photo session?
  • Which genre of photoshoot are you thinking to do?
  • What theme do you have in mind?
  • What story are you wanting to tell?
  • What are your examples of inspiration? A dress, a fabric, photos, models, music, movies/TV, and more?
  • What makes you feel empowered? How do you empower others?
  • How are you wanting to display the photos? Private, social media, print, online magazine, behind a pay wall, etc.
  • Will you be doing your own hair and makeup, going to your regular salon beforehand? Blow outs are a good option.
  • For the day of the shoot, would you want to hire your own hair stylist and/or makeup artist to be on location?
  • Will you have a friend/significant other present that can also help during the shoot?
  • If you wanted to be on the cover of a magazine, which would it be? And why. Visualizing may help with fashion flare and styling.

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