Forums > Model Colloquy > Models, are you comfortable with being naked?

Model

Dixeia

Posts: 58

Rochester, New York, US

Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

Nov 29 12 07:56 pm Link

Model

NicoleNudes

Posts: 3960

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Yes I am. Took me a long time to get there, but I am.

But I'm not you.
Only you can be comfortable doing whatever YOU want to do. Don't let other people tell you what you can and can't do when it comes to your comfort levels and what you want to shoot.

Nov 29 12 08:04 pm Link

Model

MelissaAnn

Posts: 3956

Seattle, Washington, US

Many models are comfortable doing nudes, but that shouldn't affect how *you* feel about it.  Don't do anything you're not comfortable with.

Nov 29 12 08:08 pm Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Do what you want and ONLY what you want.

There are plenty of other models willing to shoot nudes so there's no need for you to do it if you don't feel comfortable with it.

Having said that, if you are considering giving it a try, then my advice would be to use an alias and do your first nude shoot with a photographer whose work you like and who YOU contact, rather than the other way around.

Here also is an excellent post by Madame Bink, one of the best known and most successful art nude models in the UK. She's been modelling (mostly nude) for 5 years and has never had a serious problem with a photographer because she uses her head and takes reasonable precautions, including checking references, before working with somebody for the first time.

Starting Modelling: Staying Safe - by Madame Bink



Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Nov 29 12 08:13 pm Link

Photographer

dgold

Posts: 10280

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, US

-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
Do what you want and ONLY what you want.

There are plenty of other models willing to shoot nudes so there's no need for you to do it if you don't feel comfortable with it.

Having said that, if you are considering giving it a try, then my advice would be to use an alias and do your first nude shoot with a photographer whose work you like and who YOU contact, rather than the other way around.

Here also is an excellent post by Madame Bink, one of the best known and most successful art nude models in the UK. She's been modelling (mostly nude) for 5 years and has never had a serious problem with a photographer because she uses her head and takes reasonable precautions, including checking references, before working with somebody for the first time.

Starting Modelling: Staying Safe - by Madame Bink



Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

WORD...
Just my $2 bill.

Nov 29 12 08:18 pm Link

Model

Dixeia

Posts: 58

Rochester, New York, US

Oh, I see. Thank you very much!!!

Nov 29 12 08:21 pm Link

Photographer

DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

As a photographer, I'd rather not shoot a model who is not really comfortable being nude. It shows in the final image. Any photographer who pushes you to do nudes [b]probably/b] cares more about seeing you naked than about creating beautiful images.

Do what you're comfy with.

Nov 29 12 08:44 pm Link

Photographer

BTHPhoto

Posts: 6839

Fairbanks, Alaska, US

I understand why someone would ask you to pose nude, but if you say you're not interested, just say "no thanks" and that should be the end of it.  There are thousands of other models who are willing to pose nude and who can fill the slots you turn down.

Nov 29 12 08:54 pm Link

Photographer

In Its Own Way

Posts: 165

Fort Wayne, Indiana, US

DavidCoward Photography wrote:
As a photographer, I'd rather not shoot a model who is not really comfortable being nude. It shows in the final image. Any photographer who pushes you to do nudes [b]probably/b] cares more about seeing you naked than about creating beautiful images.

Do what you're comfy with.

+1

Nov 29 12 09:07 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11896

Olivet, Michigan, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

Don't show "too much skin."  Whatever that means for you.  The issue isn't nudity or not, it's making sure you only do what you're comfortable with.

Nov 29 12 09:09 pm Link

Model

B E A R

Posts: 474

Riverside, California, US

I loved doing nudes and I love my body. It was so much fun and I'm probably a lot better at nudes haha but it's just my personal choice not to do them, not a discussion of being comfortable, because I really am smile

Nov 29 12 09:11 pm Link

Model

Laura UnBound

Posts: 27502

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You could direct them to this list of hundreds of nude models who are more than happy to model nude. http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=380825

Nov 29 12 09:15 pm Link

Model

- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

I, actually, used to be very timid and private about my body when I was younger (like my 21 years makes me all that old and wise). That quickly changed for a variety of reasons. Honestly, I've always enjoyed nude art - being the art (history in particular) junky that I am. I found it more of a natural thing when I started modeling nude. It's not hard to strip, physically. But, there's a mental space your head is in when you take any sort of action. My head space was uncomfortable and comfortable both. Being naked? No problem. Caring what anyone else may possibly think? That was my issue. It no longer is and, therefore, I know I am able to grow and advance - and I have. But, like everyone else has said, don't do it for someone else. My advice is don't do it if you're going to have even the smallest thought creep into your head and make you doubt yourself. If you decide to try it, go for it. When/If you figure out you don't like it or aren't a nude model, you'll stop and that will be the end of it. You're allowed to say okay, turn around, and decide against something. Keep that in mind as you pursue anything in life. You ultimately call the shots.

Nov 29 12 09:48 pm Link

Model

Kitty LaRose

Posts: 12717

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I've gotten to the point where taking my clothes off isn't worth it unless the photographer in question isn't going to make me regret my decision. Am I comfortable doing it? Yes. Am I picky? Very.

smile

Nov 29 12 10:24 pm Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

MelissaAnn  wrote:
Don't do anything you're not comfortable with.

art is not necessarily about comfort. skin or not.

Nov 29 12 10:37 pm Link

Photographer

Top Level Studio

Posts: 3253

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

DavidCoward Photography wrote:
As a photographer, I'd rather not shoot a model who is not really comfortable being nude. It shows in the final image. Any photographer who pushes you to do nudes [b]probably/b] cares more about seeing you naked than about creating beautiful images.

Do what you're comfy with.

I agree.  If the model feels awkward, you don't get nudes, you get nakeds.

Also, if the model is uncomfortable in this session, she won't look forward to the next session, even with another photographer.  Models need to be treated with respect, so they continue to enjoy modelling.

Nov 29 12 11:37 pm Link

Photographer

Top Level Studio

Posts: 3253

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

nyk fury wrote:
art is not necessarily about comfort. skin or not.

Not to sound trite, but some llamas are comfortable with discomfort.  If that's what your art calls for, those are the llamas you want to work with.

The OP likely doesn't fall into that category.

Nov 29 12 11:39 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28476

Dearborn, Michigan, US

The models that I have worked with were very comfortable being nude.

Nov 29 12 11:54 pm Link

Photographer

Kent Art Photography

Posts: 3010

Ashford, England, United Kingdom

How are you with getting changed in the corner of the studio for quickness?  How are you with clothing adjustments on set?

Nov 30 12 12:50 am Link

Photographer

E H

Posts: 676

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

DavidCoward Photography wrote:
As a photographer, I'd rather not shoot a model who is not really comfortable being nude. It shows in the final image. Any photographer who pushes you to do nudes [b]probably/b] cares more about seeing you naked than about creating beautiful images.

Do what you're comfy with.

^^^^^^ this 100% Agreed......
    I would only add to tell this photographer(or any other doing the same thing), "You are no longer needed or required,,, have a nice day..." smile

Nov 30 12 12:53 am Link

Model

Jojo West

Posts: 972

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

My first photo shoot was a nude/implied shoot. I'm the type of person that jumps into the deep end and then swims to the shallow end. I started with the thing that made me the most uncomfortable and nervous. Way I see it, if I can shoot nudes, anything else is a piece of cake.

If you're not comfortable with it, then don't do it. Kindly decline the request, if they don't respect that, don't work with them.

Nov 30 12 06:20 am Link

Model

MatureModelMM

Posts: 1338

Detroit, Michigan, US

It sounds like you are already aware that you would not be comfortable with nudity, so just don't go there.  You have to be comfortable with everything you do.  It's great that you realize this is not for you.  As others have said, it will show in the pictures if you are not comfortable with what you are doing.

I started out modelling in the nude for artists and photographers when I was 35 and have always been really comfortable with being nude in front of them. Sometimes it is just one and many times it has been a large group of 15 or 20 artists in a gallery or classroom setting. The people I model for have always been very respectful of my choice to model nude, as well as the types of poses I will and will not do, and that is important to me.

Not everyone feels the same way though, so each person has to go with their own feelings.

Nov 30 12 06:26 am Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3427

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

Hello,
If you do not want to show too much skin the do not do it. It will depend on the shoot, the concept, the photographer and your intention.

If someone is trying to talk you into it after a shoot has begun and you have any doubt at all I suggest you decline and if they persist then end the shoot.

I have done art shoots and the intent was nudity, only once did I switch to an implied after a shoot started and it was after the photographer asked how I'd feel about it in a particular shot because of our location. The way he asked, and the concept he brought up sounded perfectly okay to me, so I did. Where we were was totally dark and we could barely see each other but, he was shooting HDSLR at that part of the shoot. This one. http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/30077942

I suggest that you must be comfortable with everything involved in it and I wouldn't necessarily do your first nude at the urging of someone else, last minute.
Jen
p.s. most importantly, "trust your gut"

Nov 30 12 06:38 am Link

Model

Carolina Goddess

Posts: 146

Augusta, Georgia, US

I am usually comfortable. It is a personal choice. YOU have to make that decision and never let anyone talk you into something you are not comfortable with. YOUR body Your choice. If you never do nudes then that doesn't devalue your art. If you do nudes it doesn't devalue your character.

Nov 30 12 06:49 am Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11896

Olivet, Michigan, US

Kitty LaRose wrote:
I've gotten to the point where taking my clothes off isn't worth it unless the photographer in question isn't going to make me regret my decision. Am I comfortable doing it? Yes. Am I picky? Very.

smile

Ideally, that "point" would be from the very beginning.

I try to not do any shoots where I'm going to regret the decision.  Ideally, I don't do any where the model does.

Nov 30 12 08:12 am Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

After reading your bio...your impressive bio I might add...modeling is not something you're looking to pursue as a career. It seems to be more of a hobby to overcome being camera shy and gain self esteem. Kudos for that by the way.

So there's really no reason to feel pressured to pursue ANY path, nude or otherwise. Of course many photographers will ask. You're an attractive female. But even the photographers who would like to photograph you nude would not want you to agree because you felt coerced or pressured.

Have fun and shoot the content you want.

Nov 30 12 08:24 am Link

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Damianne

Posts: 15978

Austin, Texas, US

Yeah, always have been. Don't feel any different naked than I do clothed, really. Only thing that can make it uncomfortable is someone else's reaction.

Nov 30 12 08:28 am Link

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immateria

Posts: 15446

Brooklyn, New York, US

nyk fury wrote:

art is not necessarily about comfort. skin or not.

Physical discomfort, sure.

Psychological discomfort, not so much. And nudity is a hugely psychological issue.

Anyway, I personally thing of it as: what is so wrong with my body that I have to cover it up. I'm comfortable in my own skin, so I have no problem showing it.

Nov 30 12 08:28 am Link

Photographer

DMesser Photography

Posts: 1288

Oceanside, California, US

Artistic nudes are beautiful, and you have a great figure and would work well with them.  But, comfort with nudes isn't everything.  You have to think about your work life.  If you intend to work in private industry, even artistic nudes can get in the way of that.  You have to be sure of it since they will be on the net forever.  Then, you can decide if you will be comfortable doint these beautiful types of shots.  Don

Nov 30 12 08:36 am Link

Photographer

KonstantKarma

Posts: 2513

Hickory, North Carolina, US

I doubt very few people are super-comfortable llamaing nude for the first time.

Should you ever decide to, you'll realize "hey, I have a great body, and it's nothing to be ashamed of!"

That's what happened to me.

I assume because you ask, you have that feeling in the back of your mind, but don't know how you'd feel about it once started. If that's the case, and you know you'll be uncomfortable at first, try being uncomfortable with someone you trust who you know won't take advantage of the situation. A photographer you like, your significant other, or someone like that.

Nov 30 12 08:46 am Link

Model

BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14772

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

I'm comfortable enough in my own skin to pose nude...from the first time I dropped my robe.  But that's me.  I grew up around art and artists and art history.

Nov 30 12 09:40 am Link

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- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

Jojo West wrote:

My first photo shoot was a nude/implied shoot. I'm the type of person that jumps into the deep end and then swims to the shallow end. I started with the thing that made me the most uncomfortable and nervous. Way I see it, if I can shoot nudes, anything else is a piece of cake.

If you're not comfortable with it, then don't do it. Kindly decline the request, if they don't respect that, don't work with them.

Same here. My first shoot was a nude/implied one as well. smile

Nov 30 12 09:43 am Link

Photographer

ChanStudio - OtherSide

Posts: 5346

Alpharetta, Georgia, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

Think deep and think twice and only do what you feel comfortable with. smile

Nov 30 12 10:14 am Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 2807

Muncie, Indiana, US

My first shoot was a fully nude one. The photographer was a friend from way back. I was comfortable but nervous. I think those are two completely different things and they can coexist.

Nov 30 12 10:56 am Link

Photographer

Bravoscape

Posts: 259

Frederick, Maryland, US

As previously stated, if you are asked - answer honestly. If you aren't comfortable - don't do it.

Nov 30 12 11:18 am Link

Model

Kelleth

Posts: 2531

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comfort level is different for everyone. Don't do anything you don't feel comfortable doing.

What I'll shoot depends on the photographer's talent and professionalism.

Nov 30 12 11:38 am Link

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La Chiquilla

Posts: 13

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

Yes I am.. But only if it feels right with the photographer.. But then, I'm a nudist at heart so I'm happy when I run around naked... just feels free... personal choice..

Nov 30 12 11:53 am Link

Model

Wynd Mulysa

Posts: 8619

Berkeley, California, US

Dixeia wrote:
Lots of photographers asked me doing nude, be topless, or wearing lingerie.. My profile picture you saw is the farthest I can go.

I wonder if many of you are comfortable to do it?

I'm trying not to show too much skin.

i shot nudes on my second photo shoot.  yes, i am comfortable with being nude.  though that photographer was paying me anyway, i knew that i'd have to get used to being nude for the camera if i wanted to make money.  i have now done hundreds, if not thousands, of nude shoots.  it's very comfortable for me.

if you are trying to make a living modeling, you may need to do nude work.  [i'm not saying you should if you don't want to.  i would instead suggest trying to make a living some other way.]  if you are not looking for paid work, and you aren't comfortable with nudes, then don't do them.  find someone else to work with.

Nov 30 12 12:12 pm Link

Photographer

255 West

Posts: 6468

New York, New York, US

I wonder what you ladies think about the models who say they would never, never, never do nudes ... except for cash.

Nov 30 12 02:36 pm Link

Model

Kitty LaRose

Posts: 12717

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Art of the nude wrote:
Ideally, that "point" would be from the very beginning.

I try to not do any shoots where I'm going to regret the decision.  Ideally, I don't do any where the model does.

Indeed. smile But I let myself get pushed around in the beginning, like many others, haha. Oh well. Lesson learned.

Nov 30 12 04:19 pm Link