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Photographer

Beyond Boudoir

Posts: 317

Portland, Oregon, US

I have the urge to create some artistic nude images with women holding musical instruments.  I just did a google image search to see what has already been done, or perhaps over-done.  No luck.

Are there any photos here on MM that show nude women holding musical instruments?

Any advice on what to avoid?  Cliches, etc...

Thanks!!

Dr. Mike

Jul 31 10 07:12 pm Link

Model

MissSybarite

Posts: 11863

Los Angeles, California, US

Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
I have the urge to create some artistic nude images with women holding musical instruments.  I just did a google image search to see what has already been done, or perhaps over-done.  No luck.

Are there any photos here on MM that show nude women holding musical instruments?

Any advice on what to avoid?  Cliches, etc...

Thanks!!


Dr. Mike

try finding a model who is also a musician first...

Jul 31 10 07:16 pm Link

Model

-Kim K-

Posts: 790

Portland, Oregon, US

Oooh this sounds fun! I will definitely be checking back in this thread. I'm guessing naked girls with guitars is pretty overdone, maybe something different. I think a flute might not cover enough, maybe a cello? Then again, here's a question, what kind of instruments do you have access to?

Jul 31 10 07:17 pm Link

Photographer

isuckatphotography

Posts: 2834

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

try asktiava  or askjolene  , just dont get side-tracked.

Jul 31 10 07:17 pm Link

Hair Stylist

DoomBunny

Posts: 487

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

I wanna see a naked woman with a banjo.

Jul 31 10 07:18 pm Link

Photographer

isuckatphotography

Posts: 2834

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Jul 31 10 07:18 pm Link

Hair Stylist

DoomBunny

Posts: 487

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

isuckatphotography wrote:
http://www.easycelebritys.com/l/lindsay … han_08.jpg    from asktiava

"You don't have permission to access /l/lindsay_lohan_87/pics/lindsay_lohan_08.jpg on this server."

Jul 31 10 07:19 pm Link

Photographer

StromePhoto

Posts: 865

Kalamazoo, Michigan, US

There are many around here that will say that women posing with guitars is a tired cliche.  Don't let that get to you, and just make it your own.  Good luck!

Jul 31 10 07:20 pm Link

Photographer

isuckatphotography

Posts: 2834

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Jul 31 10 07:20 pm Link

Photographer

isuckatphotography

Posts: 2834

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Jul 31 10 07:20 pm Link

Photographer

BlackArts - Jenna Black

Posts: 4100

Riverside, California, US

I've seen it, and I don't love it. It can be done well, but a concept that simple comes off flat without some oomph.

Jul 31 10 07:21 pm Link

Model

MissSybarite

Posts: 11863

Los Angeles, California, US

-Kim K- wrote:
Oooh this sounds fun! I will definitely be checking back in this thread. I'm guessing naked girls with guitars is pretty overdone, maybe something different. I think a flute might not cover enough, maybe a cello? Then again, here's a question, what kind of instruments do you have access to?

on another I saw beautiful images of a nude playing a flute...

Jul 31 10 07:23 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3943

Lansing, Michigan, US

Well there are some overdone shots.

Like a model with a cello and her form echoing the cello's shape. Same sort of thing has been overdone with a guitar, both electric and acoustic, and somewhat with a violin so I'd avoid the string section.

Now a model with a piccolo or a tuba, you pretty much have an open field. Likewise a bassoon, or trumpet.

Cymbals... (Be careful with cymbals... there are things that could get pinched. LOL)

Think horn section...

Piano... been done. Triangle or glockenspiel... go for it!

Jul 31 10 07:24 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Jenn Whitten-Hancock wrote:
I wanna see a naked woman with a banjo.

Umm...  Come to West Virginia on a Saturday night?    wink

Jul 31 10 07:26 pm Link

Hair Stylist

DoomBunny

Posts: 487

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Glen Berry wrote:

Umm...  Come to West Virginia on a Saturday night?    wink

Lol!

Jul 31 10 07:27 pm Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10559

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

I think you should go back to Google. There are millions of images of nude women playing cello, violin (on angle so the nipples dont even show) saxophone, etc.

and a few famous female classical guitarists like Fiona Boyd have posed nude with their instrument.

here's just one on the first page of a google search.

http://couples-for-massage.com/temp/nudecellist.jpg (18+ obv)

Jul 31 10 07:27 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

The Effective Image wrote:
Piano... been done. Triangle or glockenspiel... go for it!

Hey, I have a glockenspiel...   big_smile

Jul 31 10 07:28 pm Link

Photographer

David Birdsong

Posts: 1788

Pontiac, Michigan, US

Jenn Whitten-Hancock wrote:
I wanna see a naked woman with a banjo.

Did that 3 years ago.. Pic is no longer online

Jul 31 10 07:28 pm Link

Hair Stylist

DoomBunny

Posts: 487

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

David Birdsong  wrote:

Did that 3 years ago.. Pic is no longer online

sad

Jul 31 10 07:29 pm Link

Model

MissSybarite

Posts: 11863

Los Angeles, California, US

Miss Anthrope 1007 wrote:

try finding a model who is also a musician first...

and she may trade for images she wants smile

Jul 31 10 07:32 pm Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10559

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

you might also find inspiration from art like this:
http://www.scholarsresource.com/images/ … f2282b.jpg

Jul 31 10 07:33 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Teel

Posts: 486

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
I have the urge to create some artistic nude images with women holding musical instruments.  I just did a google image search to see what has already been done, or perhaps over-done.  No luck.

Are there any photos here on MM that show nude women holding musical instruments?

Any advice on what to avoid?  Cliches, etc...

Thanks!!

Dr. Mike

Musical instrument - sorry its not a woman though!

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/18491054

Jul 31 10 07:35 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3943

Lansing, Michigan, US

David Birdsong  wrote:

Did that 3 years ago.. Pic is no longer online

If there's no pics around... who is to say it's been overdone? Or there are no innovative ways to do it? Or that it was done with both a 4 string and a 5 string banjo? There ARE differences, ya know. (Sorry, David... I used to fool around with a 5 string. Meanest instrument I've ever picked up!)

Jul 31 10 07:35 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Dr. Mike, this should help you get started:   smile

Music
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/168885

Music is the way of life
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/226534

''Music'' 2 my eyez
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/149947

Jul 31 10 07:36 pm Link

Photographer

L2Photography net

Posts: 2539

University City, Missouri, US

Not nude but sexy and yes she does play.
L2
http://modelmayhm-1.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/090519/20/4a137dcc95f6c.jpg

Jul 31 10 08:27 pm Link

Photographer

Beyond Boudoir

Posts: 317

Portland, Oregon, US

Glen Berry wrote:
Dr. Mike, this should help you get started:   smile

Music
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/168885

Music is the way of life
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/226534

''Music'' 2 my eyez
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/149947

Glen, I think you may have collected the planet's entire  stock of portraits with guitars!   Maybe I should choose a different instrument.  Actually I was thinking of something made of old tarnished brass, like a trumpet or french horn.  You can rent them pretty easily.

Dr. Mike

Jul 31 10 08:30 pm Link

Photographer

The Effective Image

Posts: 3943

Lansing, Michigan, US

Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
Glen, I think you may have collected the planet's entire  stock of portraits with guitars!   Maybe I should choose a different instrument.  Actually I was thinking of something made of old tarnished brass, like a trumpet or french horn.  You can rent them pretty easily.

Dr. Mike

Warned you about strings...

Check out a big toy store for 'instruments'. I have a plastic trumpet and violin that were made as kids toys. From 10 feet away, you can't tell that they are not the 'real deal.' I found mine in thrift stores for about a buck each... such a deal.

Jul 31 10 08:36 pm Link

Photographer

Andrew Koenig

Posts: 317

Gillette, New Jersey, US

Two comments: one serious, one flippant:

1) Musicians can tell more easily than you might think whether a model actually knows how to play the instruments she is holding.  Seemingly insignificant details of hand and body position make a huge difference to someone who knows the instrument.

2) Accordions are particularly hazardous to topless women.

Jul 31 10 08:39 pm Link

Photographer

Photography by Paul

Posts: 466

Theodore, Alabama, US

2) Accordions are particularly hazardous to topless women.

That hurts!!

Jul 31 10 08:48 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
Glen, I think you may have collected the planet's entire  stock of portraits with guitars!   Maybe I should choose a different instrument.  Actually I was thinking of something made of old tarnished brass, like a trumpet or french horn.  You can rent them pretty easily.

Dr. Mike

Oh, ok. How about something with a little sax appealsmile
http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/272341


By the way, none of these lists are mine. I just looked them up, to try to be of some assistance.  smile

Jul 31 10 09:05 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Andrew Koenig wrote:
Accordions are particularly hazardous to topless women.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49H0IfoILwQ

I just couldn't resist.  smile

Jul 31 10 09:07 pm Link

Photographer

Lifestyle_Images

Posts: 3998

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Jul 31 10 09:11 pm Link

Photographer

Glen Berry

Posts: 2788

Huntington, West Virginia, US

Somewhat close to the end, I did spot a wooden flute photo in this list:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/70638

Stringed instruments are definitely represented in abundance. I would stay away from stringed instruments, unless I were doing a wide range of musical instrument photos, and simply wanted to add a stringed instrument shot to a collection of images that also contained many other instruments. Likewise, it might also work well if there are several instruments in the same photo. For example, I don't think anyone on Mayhem has photographed a nude symphony orchestra yet.   smile

Jul 31 10 09:17 pm Link

Hair Stylist

DoomBunny

Posts: 487

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Glen Berry wrote:
Somewhat close to the end, I did spot a wooden flute photo in this list:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/70638

Stringed instruments are definitely represented in abundance. I would stay away from stringed instruments, unless I were doing a wide range of musical instrument photos, and simply wanted to add a stringed instrument shot to a collection of images that also contained many other instruments. Likewise, it might also work well if there are several instruments in the same photo. For example, I don't think anyone on Mayhem has photographed a nude symphony orchestra yet.   smile

But someone needs to... For sure.

Jul 31 10 09:18 pm Link

Photographer

BareLight

Posts: 509

Kansas City, Kansas, US

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Jul 31 10 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

TKM_Photography LLC

Posts: 221

Logan, Utah, US

There really are more of these images than you might think. Here are a few more to look over for some ideas.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/23162

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/27238

http://www.modelmayhem.com/list/79992

Jul 31 10 09:33 pm Link

Photographer

RLA Photo

Posts: 222

Lake Elsinore, California, US

Marco Glaviano; "Glaviano Nudes" late 80's B/W of I believe Joan Severance with a Sax.

Jul 31 10 09:34 pm Link

Photographer

FotoMark

Posts: 2978

Oxnard, California, US

Images by Dr. Mike wrote:
I have the urge to create some artistic nude images with women holding musical instruments.  I just did a google image search to see what has already been done, or perhaps over-done.  No luck.

Are there any photos here on MM that show nude women holding musical instruments?

Any advice on what to avoid?  Cliches, etc...

Thanks!!

Dr. Mike

Here is one of my friend Jess, I didn't shoot this one
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/3979037

Jul 31 10 09:50 pm Link

Photographer

TDSImages

Posts: 859

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Here is one from a set that I did last month...

http://modelmayhm-3.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/100628/21/4c297083e97c2.jpg

Jul 31 10 09:55 pm Link

Photographer

Abbitt Photography

Posts: 11733

Oakland Acres, Iowa, US

I think the nude girl with guitar is way over done.  I saw one absolutely amazing image on her that was a nude (implied nude) woman with a bass. I wish I had the link.

I think setting the right mood/tone is very important.  A slight variation in mood can be the difference between tacky and very appealing on a basic level.

I look forward to seeing your results.

Jul 31 10 09:58 pm Link