Test Shoot with Krystal for Bahamas Trip

Krystal nude test shoot

Audition shoot with new model, Krystal D R in Orlando. I’ve managed to create a few good photos in difficult circumstances. On my side were: a very attractive subject, more-than-adequate equipment, and four years of art school. On the down side: a ceiling too-low for my 7-foot reflector and a location that looks more like pin-up or boudoir than an art shoot. I still managed to still cut off her finger tips in this shot.

I’ve been down here interviewing a few applicants for a shoot in The Bahamas that will take place in 2015. More to come later!

Get Ready for Your Shoot

If you've never worked with me:

  • Make sure I know about tattoos, so I can have makeup ready.
  • Remove body hair in advance to minimize razor/wax burn.
  • I love eyeliner, grey or brown eyeshadow, and mascara (or false eyelashes).
  • Fingernails and toenails light, not bright: pale pink, beige, French, buff, etc. are all great. No red, black, or dark nails!
  • Lips: neutrals/pinks not red.

If you've never done nudes:

  • Minimize tan lines; all over tan (not dark) is best. No sunburns! Use sunscreen, including shoulders and neckline.
  • Don't wear anything tight the day of. No socks or jeans! This avoids elastic lines. You can bring lingerie for the warm-up shoot, just don't wear it until we're ready to use it.

If you've never modeled before:

  • Get restful sleep two nights before. You may be a too excited the night before to rest well.
  • Stay active, but don’t do any marathon workouts the day before. Stay hydrated.
  • Pack your stuff. See my post Model’s Survival Kit for ideas.
  • Avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol. Eat sensibly.
  • Don't experiment with new hair or skin treatments.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID that shows your date of birth (Driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) Bring a second form of ID (Other photo ID, birth certificate, student ID, etc.)
  • Navigation: Get in touch if you're lost, don't be embarrassed, just ask.
  • Please let me know ASAP if you're going to be late or can't make it, please don't be a no-show without saying.
  • Phone: Keep to a minimum as we work. If you need to, ask to take a break.

What to bring

  • Bring your makeup to the shoot in case of touchup.
  • Bring a few pretty outfits for warmup. Something you might wear to a wedding or party usually works well.
  • Bring a robe, sweater, or other coverup in case you get cold on breaks or if we're working outside.
  • Bring some items that can be worn as a focal point of an otherwise nude photo: a scarf, hat, gloves, shoes, even an open shirt worn on it's own.