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Disclaimer: This post is shameless self-promotion of my third book. See the end of this post for details.
Can you introduce yourself?
Hey y’all it’s Sara. I’m 21. I have been modeling for two years, just about. Yeah it’s fun. It’s easy. It’s exciting.
What inspired you to start?
Well yeah, my mom was in Playboy [magazine] and ever since I heard about that, or she told me about it, it’s kind of been a goal of mine. I was 18. Well actually I saw the Playboy ad. I was like Oh my God, mom, nice job! It’s the biggest sex symbol magazine known to man.
How many shoots have you done?
I’ve done a[t] least a hundred nude shoots. And I’ve shot with probably about the same photographers. I’ve shot with several more than once. I’ve attended lots of workshops. Like lighting workshops, posing workshops, all kinds of things. Workshops are really hectic sometimes. It just depends on where you go. It depends on how many photographers there are, how many models there are, the ratio between them. How much space there is. How many setups and rooms there are. It’s really hard if the dressing room’s really small. But other than that, it’s a good time. You get a lot of experience. You learn how to be directed. And you try to figure out which way works best for you.
I remember the last one I went to. I think there were 29 photographers and seven models. It was pretty crazy.
What makes for a good shoot?
You have to be confident on how you look naked. Otherwise it shows in your pictures. If you’re going to be afraid of one little wrinkle or one little, you know, line or crease, you just have to get over it. You have to kind of just man up and be comfortable with yourself. As soon as you’re confident it looks better on camera.
After all those shoots, do you still ever get nervous?
Sometimes I get butterflies, yeah. But I think that’s just, you know the brink of almost there. Almost ready.
Sara appears in my upcoming book: Up to My Eyeballs in Nude Women, Techniques to Recruit Models, Direct Shoots, and Build Working Relationships.
I wrote this book after working with hundreds of models. After each shoot I often talk to them about modeling and am always interested in ways that photographers can improve their relations with models. I’ve also begun video recording the interviews. Additional model interview videos and other bonus material
are in a reader’s section accessible through a link and password mentioned at the end of the book.