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Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

Hi Everyone,

I tried to search this in the forum search and had no luck...

I am a fine art model, so I do lots of nude shoots. I know that my tan lines dont matter when I pose for classes... but what about photoshoots?

I'm not interested in using tanning beds because it won't come out even the way I would need it too and because I get extrememly tan fast... I dont even have to try. Thus, if I use tanning beds to cover tan lines, Ill just get darker and darker and not evenly.

Does anyone know about mystic tans or what I should do???

Thanks smile
Briana

Apr 06 10 09:13 am Link

Model

JamieKay

Posts: 221

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

tan naked.

Apr 06 10 09:17 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

I dont have anywhere to do it, and i live by the beach so i am there all the time, i will be in a bikini from now until october!!!

Apr 06 10 09:18 am Link

Photographer

CLT

Posts: 12979

Winchester, Virginia, US

I don't shoot models with tan lines, and I know I'm not the only one. I really don't know a solution except for stay away from UV at all cost.

Apr 06 10 09:20 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

CLT... thats too bad, it is not possible for me to stay away from the sun! I live a mile from the beach.

Has anyone tried mystic tans?????????????

Apr 06 10 09:22 am Link

Photographer

Paul Bryson Photography

Posts: 48035

Hollywood, Florida, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
what I should do???

Thanks smile
Briana

Use Bullfrog SPF 50 on the darker areas so the lighter areas can catch up.

Apr 06 10 09:23 am Link

Photographer

Telephoto Studio

Posts: 1436

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
I dont have anywhere to do it, and i live by the beach so i am there all the time, i will be in a bikini from now until october!!!

Buy one of those tan-through suits, or stay out of the sun. 

Tan lines are something to be avoided if you want to do modeling and offer a wide range of looks.  The cost of post-production editing for tan lines is enough to make a client hire someone with no tan or an all-over tan over someone who has tan lines.

Apr 06 10 09:23 am Link

Photographer

Keyhole Imagery

Posts: 736

Woodstock, Georgia, US

Paul Bryson Photography wrote:

Use Bullfrog SPF 50 on the darker areas so the lighter areas can catch up.

+1... you have to either speed up or slow down one area or the other.

personally, I dig tanlines on nude models... but then again, I think girls with braces are sexy. *lol*

-J.D.

Apr 06 10 09:25 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

This sux! makes me wish I was white! or black!

Apr 06 10 09:27 am Link

Model

Paper Doll Nudes

Posts: 205

Chicago, Illinois, US

From my experience, most fine art photographers do not want tan lines, unless a specific project calls for it.  The only thing I can suggest is stay out of the sun, unless you are able to tan in the nude.  In the instances that I could not avoid tan lines, I have been able to take care of the problem (if the tan lines were light, and this works best on naturally olive and slightly darker skin tones!), with a Neutrogena self-tanner (this one is AWESOME, and you will not have streaks, pumpkin look, or orange hands), and I was able to even everything up.  Staying out of the sun, when you can't be naked, is your best bet, though wink

Apr 06 10 09:29 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

I'll search those bathing suits... because sun block at any spf isn't going to work, I've tried that.

I litterally tan in 15minutes of being in the sun, its so sensitive. By the time summer is over, I am 20 shades darker without even trying. It use to be a blessing, now it is a downfall!

Apr 06 10 09:29 am Link

Model

Paper Doll Nudes

Posts: 205

Chicago, Illinois, US

BTW, Mystic Tans = YUCK....unless you like the Jersey Shore oompa loompa look wink

Apr 06 10 09:30 am Link

Photographer

Keyhole Imagery

Posts: 736

Woodstock, Georgia, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
I'll search those bathing suits... because sun block at any spf isn't going to work, I've tried that.

I litterally tan in 15minutes of being in the sun, its so sensitive. By the time summer is over, I am 20 shades darker without even trying. It use to be a blessing, now it is a downfall!

from what I've heard... the 'tan through' suits aren't very effective. - although, in your situation... it would definitely be worth a try.

-J.D.

Apr 06 10 09:32 am Link

Photographer

RTE Photography

Posts: 1041

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, California, US

Get the smallest suit you can legally wear and then move the ties and the solid bits around to get as much sun as possible. Past that, I remember from years ago using same kind of make-up to tone the white bits. I don't mind some tan lines, but when the model has a dark tan overall with pure white bits, I do find that extremely distracting. As one other person said, use a extreme sunblock on the already tanned skin and work on getting as much sun as possible on the rest. Also, if you can get to a semi-secluded beach during week days before school lets out, you may be able to do some discreet nude sunbathing.
Best of luck,

Tommy

Apr 06 10 09:32 am Link

Photographer

Keyhole Imagery

Posts: 736

Woodstock, Georgia, US

Paper Doll Nudes wrote:
BTW, Mystic Tans = YUCK....unless you like the Jersey Shore oompa loompa look wink

+1

I remember when Hugh Heffner was rocking the orange look.

Apr 06 10 09:32 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

basically, what I'm saying is.... If I go out in a bathing suit for less than an hour, I have stark lines already. I get soooo tan so fast that I always try to reduce it every summer and in the end it still is never enough. It's practically uncontrollable.

I wear hats and bandeau tops and brazillian bottons to help. But sunblock won 't do anything for me, I dont even burn.

Apr 06 10 09:33 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

I don't get orange ever, no matter what the product is.

Apr 06 10 09:33 am Link

Photographer

Vincent Arthur

Posts: 899

Red Bank, New Jersey, US

Black's Beach

Apr 06 10 09:35 am Link

Photographer

John Milton

Posts: 910

Dallas, Texas, US

No lines, no mystic (orange) tans please.

Apr 06 10 09:36 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

Is blacks still nude?

Apr 06 10 09:37 am Link

Photographer

sig vengeant

Posts: 612

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Paper Doll Nudes wrote:
From my experience, most fine art photographers do not want tan lines, unless a specific project calls for it.

+1

I don't necessarily mind tan lines, but I don't shoot fine art either..

Apr 06 10 09:38 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

ok, well maybe there is nothing for me and I'll just have to suck it up. Maybe I'll just get a waitressing job for the summer haha, seriously though.

Apr 06 10 09:38 am Link

Photographer

Shizam1

Posts: 2997

Cumming, Georgia, US

I wouldn't want to shoot a model with obvious tan lines.  I've seen some mild ones that aren't too distracting.

Apr 06 10 09:41 am Link

Photographer

sacre bleu

Posts: 611

Orlando, Florida, US

With a tan through suit AND sunscreen you should be able to minimize the lines. A tanning bed would really even things out.

Apr 06 10 09:42 am Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8493

Los Angeles, California, US

Tan lines are a retouchers nightmare . . . .

make up your mind . . . either be a nude model or a sun worshipper

Apr 06 10 09:42 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

I'm not a sun worshiper, all my family has the same problem. It's my pacific islander skin! like I said, 15 minutes in the sun and I'm instantly darker. I dont layoout ever. I do however like to swim in the ocean.

I will try to these suggestions and get back to yall on it.

Apr 06 10 09:48 am Link

Photographer

Telephoto Studio

Posts: 1436

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
Is blacks still nude?

I believe it always has been a nude beach.  One way to check would be to go visit the place. 

Otherwise, PM me and I can give you more info on other sites.

Apr 06 10 09:49 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

Telephoto Studio wrote:

I believe it always has been a nude beach.  One way to check would be to go visit the place. 

Otherwise, PM me and I can give you more info on other sites.

Thanks!

Apr 06 10 09:49 am Link

Model

Paper Doll Nudes

Posts: 205

Chicago, Illinois, US

Afterglow Imagery wrote:
With a tan through suit AND sunscreen you should be able to minimize the lines. A tanning bed would really even things out.

Tanning beds DO NOT even out tan lines, especially if the already tanned areas are much darker than the non-tanned areas!

Apr 06 10 09:53 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

Paper Doll Nudes wrote:

Tanning beds DO NOT even out tan lines, especially if the already tanned areas are much darker than the non-tanned areas!

Thats true!!!

Apr 06 10 09:55 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

Can anyone recommend a good site to find these tan through bikinis?

Apr 06 10 09:56 am Link

Model

Paper Doll Nudes

Posts: 205

Chicago, Illinois, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good site to find these tan through bikinis?

I got one from Victoria's Secret...I ordered it through the website, since they have more of their swimwear there....however, I have to say that I was not overly impressed with it.  I actually wore it during a shoot, and within 20 minutes, I noticed that I was already getting lines from the strings and wierd lines where the seams were.

Apr 06 10 10:01 am Link

Photographer

TheJunction

Posts: 276

Alvin, Texas, US

Apr 06 10 10:02 am Link

Photographer

Rob Domaschuk

Posts: 5715

Naperville, Illinois, US

Paper Doll Nudes wrote:
BTW, Mystic Tans = YUCK....unless you like the Jersey Shore oompa loompa look wink

[Suddenly has an idea for a shoot]

Apr 06 10 10:03 am Link

Model

bri leigh petite

Posts: 33

Oceanside, California, US

What is the problem with the mystic tans? is it that u become orange or that it shows up funny on camera?

Apr 06 10 10:03 am Link

Photographer

Roy Lett

Posts: 852

Tallahassee, Florida, US

re:tan lines...living in Florida I had tons of nudes with tan lines. Other than personal satisfaction I can't really use the images even to exhibit because when I have in the past (earlier version of me) people would say, "great shots-I thought models were either supposed to be tanned or untanned?"
Try to figure something that can help you and others get through the tan-line dilemma; I seem to remember a few years ago there was bathing attire that advertised the suits let 80% of the UV through- which I suppose then you are faced with another dilemma- how much UV should I punish myself with today?
Good Luck with it...

Apr 06 10 10:05 am Link

Model

Teh Kitten

Posts: 161

Warner Robins, Georgia, US

bri leigh petite wrote:
What is the problem with the mystic tans? is it that u become orange or that it shows up funny on camera?

ive had problems with mystic ..i cant tan in a bed or lay out b/c i dont really tan i go from white to bright red..then i peel back to white.. ive tried ten minutes a day laying out to get a little sun and nothing! decided to try mystic...and if you sweat...which i live in Georgia, in the summer if you go outside..your gonna sweat..i had white arm pits.....ew... and behind my knees went white..it was just horrible experience for me.. lol

Apr 06 10 10:11 am Link

Model

E_R_E_K_A

Posts: 2531

Kihei, Hawaii, US

I have tons of nude pics in my port with tan lines. Not to say it's ok, I'm not the one editing them. Some people care, some don't.

I moved to Europe after living in Hawaii for the last 3 years. Now I'm all pale and white. I hate it, and I don't do tanning beds.

Tanning beds make people look orange, and the only time it's ok to be orange....is if you're an Oompa Loompa.

Apr 06 10 10:11 am Link

Model

E_R_E_K_A

Posts: 2531

Kihei, Hawaii, US

Paper Doll Nudes wrote:
BTW, Mystic Tans = YUCK....unless you like the Jersey Shore oompa loompa look wink

You beat me to my oopma loompa saying!

TAN LINES: implied lingerie borat

Apr 06 10 10:14 am Link

Photographer

ward

Posts: 6135

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

i think tan lines are sexy in pics.

Apr 06 10 10:15 am Link