Forums > Model Colloquy > First time Nude Male Model advice?

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I am going to have my first nude shoot coming up soon and it will be  with a female model, we will both be completely nude and working in very intimate situations. I want to make sure i work professionally and appropriately. I was just looking for a little bit of advice about the process and hear about some other models' experiences.

Apr 13 11 08:33 am Link

Photographer

Deirdre Holmes

Posts: 1268

San Pedro, California, US

Just don't say anything like 'nice tits' and you'll be fine...  If you're uncomfortable in any way, don't do it.
(sorry, I'm not a model.  But I just did my first nude shoot as a photographer.  The most important thing, imo, is that everyone is comfortable.)

Apr 13 11 08:36 am Link

Photographer

Chris Vinnit

Posts: 1479

Tampa, Florida, US

Think about baseball.

If that doesn't work, mix 1 part water with 2 parts vodka and spray liberally on your man parts.  It's an old home recipe for curbing unwanted sexual reactions.

Apr 13 11 08:45 am Link

Body Painter

Extreme Body Art

Posts: 4932

West Jordan, Utah, US

J_Ambry wrote:
I am going to have my first nude shoot coming up soon and it will be  with a female model, we will both be completely nude and working in very intimate situations. I want to make sure i work professionally and appropriately. I was just looking for a little bit of advice about the process and hear about some other models' experiences.

It's not as bad as it seems.

Keep your mind on the work and think about what the photographer is saying and you will do just fine.

But if you doubt yourself, don't do it... it's more important to know your limitations then than to go into something you are not ready for and then get a bad reputation because you jumped in too soon.

... Side note.

I'm a little shy when it comes to "Junior" and so when I'm naked in front of a bunch of people.. I never get erect.. just the way I am..

Apr 13 11 07:15 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

yea see i have no problem being nude, thats why i was a little worried that i'd be too comfortable on a shoot and experience the unwanted reaction. i'm not worried so much about what to say because i know how to be respectful and professional, i just dont want to get erect accidentally and have the other model mistake me for a creep

Apr 14 11 01:11 am Link

Photographer

Danny DD

Posts: 347

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

I think it would not be bad to meet beforehand with her if you haven't done so yet.  Personally I only do mixed duo shoot if either I know both models myself or if the models know each other already.  Many interested male 'models' apply for duoshoots all the time, but some of them are not interested in modeling at all if you know what I mean.  And ofcourse that may turn out negative for the ones that are serious about it.  A man will be a man, and I guess any woman will acknowledge that.  And if you really don't want anything embarrassing to rise up, just think of complicated things like three hippopotami riding on tricycles in an eight-form while juggling pancakes, the one on the pink tricycle wears a yellow hat, the one on the yellow a green hat, the one on the green a pink hat.  Stuff like that smile

Apr 14 11 01:53 am Link

Model

duluth67

Posts: 363

Richmond, Virginia, US

After much worry, my shoots went well. If you want some specific tips, I can send you a PM when I get home from work this afternoon.

Apr 14 11 02:07 am Link

Photographer

Self Replica

Posts: 678

Chicago, Illinois, US

I have A LOT of experience with this(nude modeling), so when I saw the thread title I was going to pop in here and suggest a warm room.

But per your fear of a "unwanted reaction", perhaps a cold room might be more appropriate?

All I can say is that when a naked man and a naked woman come together with the honest intention of simply creating(photos/art/etc/) it is important that boundaries are discussed beforehand, and the understanding is made that there may be a "reaction". It is hard to fight nature, and it is important to be professional about it.
Remember, sex scenes are filmed in many movies that do not actually involve sex.

Apr 14 11 06:33 am Link

Photographer

Kent Art Photography

Posts: 3095

Ashford, England, United Kingdom

There is something you could do (maybe two or three times) before the shoot which would make it less likely for your "problem" to rear its ugly head.

But, actually, it's a fear that, in my experience, is unfounded.  You will be thinking more about the shoot and what the photographer wants rather than what your little man wants!

Apr 14 11 06:41 am Link

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Photographer

American Glamour

Posts: 38154

Reno, Nevada, US

J_Ambry wrote:
yea see i have no problem being nude, thats why i was a little worried that i'd be too comfortable on a shoot and experience the unwanted reaction. i'm not worried so much about what to say because i know how to be respectful and professional, i just dont want to get erect accidentally and have the other model mistake me for a creep

I wouldnt worry, just be yourself and it will all be fine.

Apr 14 11 07:43 am Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Thank you for the information guys, i think my worries are put to rest. I have been very mindful of the fact that there were probably "male models" out there who were trying to meet female models but have no intention of actually shooting. For me it was a business decision, i figured the best way for a struggling male model to get noticed is to pose with female models,  she may be the focal point more often but at least i'm still there doing the best i can with my work

Apr 14 11 10:03 am Link

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The Pierced One

Posts: 13

North Cape May, New Jersey, US

Try to keep the shots even. Almost all my work is nude erotica with nude females( see my page). Some shots, she is the main focus , i am the accessory, other shots are he other way around and some are even.
As far as professionalism,,,no crude comments but it's ok if you get excited, Afterall, the idea of good erotica is to capture the steamy heat and the sexual chemistry between the 2 people, otherwise, it's just 2 naked people standing together.

Apr 14 11 02:05 pm Link

Model

The Pierced One

Posts: 13

North Cape May, New Jersey, US

And as far as getting aroused...If the other model was standing and grinding on my nekked self and didnt get aroused, i would probably be offended...lol

Apr 14 11 02:08 pm Link

Photographer

Paul Bryson Photography

Posts: 48035

Hollywood, Florida, US

Chris Vinnit wrote:
Think about baseball.

If that doesn't work, mix 1 part water with 2 parts vodka and spray liberally on your man parts.  It's an old home recipe for curbing unwanted sexual reactions.

That won't work if the photographer loves vodka...he might try to "drink" it. tongue

For the OP: Just relax and be comfortable. Easier said than done at first, but experience will make it easier. Keep in mind it's probably not the photographer's first nudes, so he'll likely be much more comfortable than you; and may even speak freely about your dangling dick or her bouncy boobs. Just go with the flow and enjoy the experience. Personally, I love posing nude (I also model p/t)...it's a freedom that you can't get with clothes on...oh and you don't have to worry about lint and stray threads. big_smile

Apr 14 11 03:25 pm Link

Model

JR Artistic

Posts: 756

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

haha I did an artistic shoot with my boyfriend a couple times and we were both so focused on what the photographer was saying that I barely even noticed him unless we were doing shots face to face. Just another prop tongue

No but really, You'll be too distracted to be aroused. promise.

Apr 14 11 04:22 pm Link

Photographer

Wysiwyg Photography

Posts: 6326

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

J_Ambry wrote:
yea see i have no problem being nude, thats why i was a little worried that i'd be too comfortable on a shoot and experience the unwanted reaction. i'm not worried so much about what to say because i know how to be respectful and professional, i just dont want to get erect accidentally and have the other model mistake me for a creep

Here is the thing...

Some models don't care... and know it will happen sometimes...

And some will think of it as an insult if it doesn't happen (this is a rarity though)

and some will just think you area creep and a robot and can control it no matter what the scenario.

It's just better to be safe than sorry...
I will be honest, I was worried about "hard ons" for a while concentrating really hard to make sure it didn't happen and such..

But it turned out I didn't need to "concentrate" as I was too busy trying to get the shot.. trying to get the lighting right and worrying about the shot than "OMG! she's naked".

If you just worry about the shot and trying to help the photographer get the shot.. blood has to flow somewhere and when you are thinking with your brain (and not your penis) no erection will happen.

Apr 14 11 05:25 pm Link

Photographer

Terrell Gates

Posts: 1042

Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

J_Ambry wrote:
yea see i have no problem being nude, thats why i was a little worried that i'd be too comfortable on a shoot and experience the unwanted reaction. i'm not worried so much about what to say because i know how to be respectful and professional, i just dont want to get erect accidentally and have the other model mistake me for a creep

Don't sweat it ... Keep your mind on your mission... Have a look at my extraordinary models Wynston and Rosie... Study them and see how beautifully they work together...

You'll be fine...

Apr 14 11 05:35 pm Link

Photographer

Isaiah Brink

Posts: 2121

Charlotte, North Carolina, US

Wow suprising good thread here. it's probabbly been covers like a trillion times BUT I don't care, thanks for starting it. And let's just say I'll never be a male model, and me being a nude model is past scary! Good luck on your shoot!

Apr 15 11 01:04 pm Link

Photographer

Lumiere Poetique

Posts: 121

Acadia Valley, Alberta, Canada

Having posed with a few female models, and being a photographer, I hope that the photographer takes a few moments to discuss the theme just prior to shooting and perhaps shows some reference images and talks with both you and your female partner about how much body contact may happen to get an ok from both of you about those parameters.

The intentions are artistic, at least from what I gather here in your post.  And with a a good collaboration this will likely become a wonderful experience for you and I hope that it yields wonderful art for all involved.

Apr 15 11 02:16 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Well as luck would have it i have the good fortune of working with a friend of mine. I ended up getting 3-4 shoots booked over a 2 day period with a friend of mine as my female counterpart. She would more than understand should anything unintentional Happen. So basically i get a few consequence free trial runs.

Apr 15 11 03:04 pm Link

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Miss Bonnie Rose

Posts: 132

Chico, California, US

when i was 19 i knew nothing about the whole nude modeling industry and took my clothes off the first shoot i did...

i wish someone would have told me play mate of the yr are girls who have never shot nudes before...

this sucks because I would have held off on nude shoots for the chance to be something bigger...

Apr 16 11 05:27 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

theres not really an equivalent of Playmate of the year for men, nothing as high status, at least not to my knowledge. and female nude models are in higher demand thus giving them more to gain or lose (depending on how they look at it) by deciding to shoot nude. i am an exhibitionist at heart, one of the many reasons i have tattoos all over my body. I think i am good looking and i believe i have good artistic vision that i would like to share with others. i'm not in the business to try and leverage my body for more work, im here to make the art that i want to make. modeling is a passion project for me, its not my full time job.

Apr 16 11 08:30 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

that being said i do respect your opinion and point of view

Apr 16 11 08:32 pm Link

Model

Sandra Vixen

Posts: 1122

Los Angeles, California, US

You can always bring your mom just in case.

Apr 17 11 11:32 pm Link

Photographer

Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

J_Ambry wrote:
yea see i have no problem being nude, thats why i was a little worried that i'd be too comfortable on a shoot and experience the unwanted reaction. i'm not worried so much about what to say because i know how to be respectful and professional, i just dont want to get erect accidentally and have the other model mistake me for a creep

take care of that beforehand.

if you feel any ... stirring.  excuse yourself...

Apr 17 11 11:33 pm Link

Model

Miss Bonnie Rose

Posts: 132

Chico, California, US

J_Ambry wrote:
I am going to have my first nude shoot coming up soon and it will be  with a female model, we will both be completely nude and working in very intimate situations. I want to make sure i work professionally and appropriately. I was just looking for a little bit of advice about the process and hear about some other models' experiences.

Well hold on a minute. Before you go on and just shoot nude for anybody have you considered those castings that require models that have never shot nude before? I came accross a few that were willing to pay thousands of dollars to girls with no history of ever shooting nudes.

Wouldnt it be nice to make 3 grand instead of a few hundred your first nude shoot?

Apr 18 11 02:59 am Link

Model

Miss Bonnie Rose

Posts: 132

Chico, California, US

J_Ambry wrote:
theres not really an equivalent of Playmate of the year for men, nothing as high status, at least not to my knowledge. and female nude models are in higher demand thus giving them more to gain or lose (depending on how they look at it) by deciding to shoot nude. i am an exhibitionist at heart, one of the many reasons i have tattoos all over my body. I think i am good looking and i believe i have good artistic vision that i would like to share with others. i'm not in the business to try and leverage my body for more work, im here to make the art that i want to make. modeling is a passion project for me, its not my full time job.

haha i know i wanted to share that with everyone out there reading this, this is public right?

Apr 18 11 03:01 am Link

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Sultan Blackwell In LA

Posts: 1000

Venice, California, US

Pretend you're gay for the day,

and think of Paul Bryson,

imagine yourself giving Paul a nude massage during the shoot,

if you still have a boner after all that,

then you owe Paul, dinner and a movie smile

Apr 18 11 03:18 am Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Miss Bonnie Rose wrote:
Well hold on a minute. Before you go on and just shoot nude for anybody have you considered those castings that require models that have never shot nude before? I came accross a few that were willing to pay thousands of dollars to girls with no history of ever shooting nudes.

Wouldnt it be nice to make 3 grand instead of a few hundred your first nude shoot?

if you have any idea where a guy can get that kind of opportunity i'm all ears

Apr 18 11 08:30 am Link

Model

SoFlaMfigure

Posts: 26

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

J_Ambry wrote:
if you have any idea where a guy can get that kind of opportunity i'm all ears

That sounds like a completely different kind of opportunity than your stated goals.

As to being "creepy", that comes from your behavior, not your involuntary reactions. You should do fine.

Apr 18 11 09:39 am Link

Photographer

Damon Banner

Posts: 85307

Hayward, California, US

J_Ambry wrote:

if you have any idea where a guy can get that kind of opportunity i'm all ears

It's a unicorn. 

Enjoy your shoot, don't worry too much about things "popping up" and they probably won't.

Apr 18 11 10:29 am Link

Model

E_V_A

Posts: 1722

Redondo Beach, California, US

Damon Banner wrote:
It's a unicorn. 

Enjoy your shoot, don't worry too much about things "popping up" and they probably won't.

+1 lol

Don't think that the rule will change because of one exception.

Apr 18 11 11:17 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11921

Olivet, Michigan, US

Deirdre Holmes wrote:
Just don't say anything like 'nice tits' and you'll be fine...  If you're uncomfortable in any way, don't do it.
(sorry, I'm not a model.  But I just did my first nude shoot as a photographer.  The most important thing, imo, is that everyone is comfortable.)

Now that would be a twist.  A nude male model saying "nice tits" to the (presumably clothed) female photographer . . . .

Apr 18 11 12:17 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

i'm not worried about anything anymore. like I said my first 3 shoots will be with a female model I am friends with and very comfortable with, and even if i should have any involuntary reactions she would be fine with it. now i'm just excited to do the shoots.

Apr 18 11 12:58 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

i want to thank everybody for their advice and tips, my first shoot went great without any problems and it was a ton of fun. i have a few of the photos posted on my page already

Apr 25 11 11:37 pm Link

Model

Andy Virus

Posts: 2230

Richmond, Virginia, US

I did two photoshoots with the same female model in March.  The only thing is I am dating her so its different than just working with someone random.  One of the shoots we did was an erotica shoot and we were extremely intimate.  I was nervous about it, but once we started shooting and everything, it didn't really phase me.  I enjoyed it very much and had a lot of fun.  Just be confident and have fun with it and use what you know.  You will gain a lot more experience after doing this shoot, guarantee it.

Apr 25 11 11:47 pm Link

Model

J_Ambry

Posts: 17

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I think having a pre existing friendship with the model was exactly what i needed to ease into it and i think now i have all the confidence i need to work with strangers

Apr 26 11 04:18 pm Link