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(NSFW) Why You Donít Have to Convince a Model to Pose Nude

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Posted 11-30-2010 at 09:12 PM by eleganteye

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Iím often asked how I convince so many women to pose nude. The answer is: ďI donít.Ē There is no need to. The women I photograph are willing to pose nude before they even know I exist. The first nude shoot I did was a total surprise to me. The model just took her clothes off and stepped in front of my camera, ready to model. She just assumed I wanted to photograph her nude.

The fact is, plenty of women want to pose nude for photographers, so you donít have to convince them to. Not only have a photographed plenty of nude models, but theyíve shared with me their reasons for choosing who they pose for.

Nudes by the numbers

Letís take the following for exampleÖ
  • Number of very attractive young women who enjoy being photographed 99%
  • Number of the above women who would be interested in posing nude at least once in their life: 90%
  • Number of the above women who would pose for something they considered truly embarrassing: 2%
The numbers are wild estimates, so donít get hung up on how I arrived at them, just realize the point they illustrate.

The estimate that would surprise most readers is the second one. That among women who are young, very attractive, and enjoy being photographed, that 9 out of 10 would be interested in posing nude one or more times in their life. In my experience this is accurate. the key phrase is that they would do it at least once; so what about the rest of their life, the times that are not that once. Consider that women who model are being approached many times to pose nude, and they say yes at least once, and no the rest of the time.



You may ask ďWhat are the reasons they say yes to posing nude?Ē But youíd be asking the wrong question. The question you want to know the answer to is ďwhat are the reasons they say no to posing nude?Ē Remember I said almost no woman would pose nude for something embarrassing. Thatís an absurd example, because it is overly obvious, but it makes the point. You need to learn to avoid the obstacles that some photographers put in their own path.

Almost all women who model for me say the number one positive aspect was that they felt comfortable. They donít mean that the temperature was good, or that they were sitting in a soft chair. What they mean is that they were confident that they would look great in the photos and would be happy with them afterwards.

The main reason a woman wonít pose nude is that she doesnít feel attractive. Either sheís never felt attractive because of a self esteem issue, or she doesnít feel attractive because of some other temporary reason. These reasons can come and go quickly, or they can last a long time.

Sometimes external factors, such as what others may think of them, come into play. This could be judgment from religion or family, or the envy of friends, for example. Worrying about the opinions and judgment of others is based on self-confidence and feeling attractive. Many models are confident to not care that others may be judgmental or envious of them. Sometimes it means finding out that their family or friends are going to be supportive, or sometimes it means just choosing to follow the beat of their own drum. This transition is usually a one-time event; once a model comes into her own and decides to pose nude, she has come to terms with outside opinions. So finding a model with experience posing nude is often easier than finding a model who has never posed nude before.

The next most powerful reason not to pose nude is that the model doesnít believe the photographer can bring out the best in her. This one has a great deal of relevance. There are all sorts of photographers with varying skills. However, this one has less basis in fact as you might think. Even a mediocre photographer can capture the beauty of an extremely attractive woman. So self esteem comes back in, the more beautiful and confident a woman is, the less she relies on a photographerís skill for comfort.



Many Women, Many Styles of Nude Photography

Sometimes a woman doesnít know sheís ready to pose nude until she sees a fantastic image and is inspired to pose for a similar photo. Sometimes the image she sees is mine; sometimes it may be yours. In that case itís likely sheíll seek out the specific photographer in hopes of getting the results she wants. Maybe itís a sexy image, maybe itís not sexy at all, maybe itís very artistic, or maybe itís downright shocking. Different women donít always agree on how they want to be photographed. One woman may say yes to posing for sexy pin-ups and no to posing for modest artistic nudes. The point is your model sees herself in the image and thatís why she says yes. However, if the model doesnít think you can create the image, or wonít listen closely enough to her to understand what she wants, then she wonít pose for you.

Having a varied portfolio can really help in this department. Stack the deck in your favor by showing a variety of your favorite nude styles in your portfolio. Remember that youíre showcasing what you want to do, and recruit models that are amenable to it, not trying to convince anyone.

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