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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

How do people feel about larger girls doing nude shoots?? I am considering do some nude shoots and I wanted to know if it would be something that would give me a good port??

I am thinking about letting my husband take some great photos to put up until I get a photographer. Is that a bad idea??

Dec 06 12 01:15 am Link

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Matty272

Posts: 218

Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom

If I've learned anything from these fora over the time I've been reading them, it's that if you don't show it, it won't sell (marketing).

If your hubby can produce some nice images of you for this, get him to shoot them. If you think you'd be better to get them from someone else, scour the local photographers for someone who shoots larger women nude in a style you like and arrange a shoot with that photographer.

Dec 06 12 02:30 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

don't just let your husband take pictures of you, unless you are absolutely sure the images will turn out nice.

I don't think there's a problem with bigger women doing nudes. if you check out my portfolio, you'll see I've done it myself, and I'm quite pleased with the results.

Just go for it and start contacting photographers in your area that shoot nudes.

Instead of your husband taking nude pictures of you, it might be a better idea to have him take "polaroids" of you. Stand against a wall, in underwear, stand up straight and have your hubbie take pictures of you from  the front and side. no special poses or anything. And don't post those pictures online, but have them ready if a photographer asks if you have pictures that show your body.

Dec 06 12 02:43 am Link

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Barely StL

Posts: 915

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

It's possible to shoot good artistic nudes with a plus-size model. I've done it in my past life (when I lived in Oklahoma), but not since I started shooting again - although I will soon. There will be some combinations of pose, point of view and lighting that will work very well with your body type - and others that won't.

Dec 06 12 02:52 am Link

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Cherrystone

Posts: 36706

Columbus, Ohio, US

Maybe not bad, but not the greatest either. Depends on what level of quality they might be.

If possible, find the best photographer in your area who would be willing to help you with this.

No nude images are better than lousy ones IMHO.

There are many good shooters who will gladly shoot nudes with larger models.

Dec 06 12 02:54 am Link

Model

Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Thanks everyone for your input.

Dec 06 12 03:36 am Link

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Eros Fine Art Photo

Posts: 2600

Torrance, California, US

My honest opinion?  If the image is shot poorly (i.e. bad lighting, cheesy posing, poor location, etc), then being overweight makes it look just that much worse and sometimes even pitiful. It comes across, to me at least, as if the model is trying to be as sexy as a Playboy model, but failing miserably at it.  I see them in portfolios sometimes and wonder how the model could possibly think the shots are good, or wonder if she's simply desperate to get attention. 

It's possible the intent of the model was to create something artistic and pleasing to look at, but the plan failed as it was executed because neither the model nor the photographer have a good grasp on the aesthetics of good composition, lighting, etc.

On the other hand, if it's shot well than overweight models can create some very profound images.  Take a look at work from Spencer Tunick...

http://www.modelmayhem.com/151862

He shoots ordinary people around the world without any concern at all about their height, weight, age, etc.  His older black and white was just great and very thought provoking. 

Some models you might want to look at as well are Stella Dean (http://www.modelmayhem.com/664556) and London Andrews (http://www.modelmayhem.com/36768).  Both are wonderful people and very respected models.

Dec 06 12 03:55 am Link

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Farenell Photography

Posts: 18128

Albany, New York, US

Misty Matthews wrote:
How do people feel about larger girls doing nude shoots?? I am considering do some nude shoots and I wanted to know if it would be something that would give me a good port??

No quams about it whatsoever.

(Personally, I wish there more large bodied people willing to pose for art nudes. By & large [no pun intended], they seem to have the most self-confidence about how they look.)

Misty Matthews wrote:
I am thinking about letting my husband take some great photos to put up until I get a photographer. Is that a bad idea??

What about contacting a photographer w/ whom you've already worked w/?

Dec 06 12 04:46 am Link

Photographer

dcsmooth

Posts: 1190

Detroit, Michigan, US

Bigger models posing for nudes can be absolutely awesome!  Think classic art, like Rubens.  I have worked with a number of larger models and would not hesitate to work with others on an ongoing basis.

As far as whether or not your husband should take nude photos of you, all depends upon his skill and the settings. As others have commented, you would probably be far better off hiring or trading with a local photographer to get some quality images.

Generally people without a lot of experience can do much better photos outdoors than indoors, if you are really serious about trying nude poses with your husband to see what you can do.

Dec 06 12 05:49 am Link

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Jhono Bashian

Posts: 2432

Cleveland, Ohio, US

I love ladies with dangerous curves. Go for it!

Dec 06 12 06:05 am Link

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Harold Rose

Posts: 2925

Calhoun, Georgia, US

Misty Matthews wrote:
How do people feel about larger girls doing nude shoots?? I am considering do some nude shoots and I wanted to know if it would be something that would give me a good port??

I am thinking about letting my husband take some great photos to put up until I get a photographer. Is that a bad idea??

This requires a experienced  real professional..  I do it on a limited basis, 
I have a shot comming up that will use a heavy model..  It is a barroom painting  for over the   Bar..    I will call it  Rubinistic, since I cannot think of another name for it...    This type of pose lets the  body take on a very natural position..   And still be full.     Would like to work with you...

Dec 06 12 06:15 am Link

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L Cowles Photography

Posts: 833

Corona, California, US

I do think you need to present yourself in the best way possible with imgages from photographers that know what they are doing.

I suggest you to a casting call in your area saying you are willing to do TF with a photographer that does nudes and will work with a big girl.  You can then look at their ports and see which one is doing the type of images you might want.

Shoot good artistic nudes is not as simple as just taking off your cloths and doing a few poses.

Dec 06 12 06:15 am Link

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Gabby57

Posts: 424

Coppell, Texas, US

Check out Lenard Nimoy (Mr. Spock)'s; The Full Body Project for some inspiration.

Dec 06 12 06:24 am Link

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D-Light

Posts: 618

Newcastle, Limerick, Ireland

Unless your husband can produce professional quality images, get a pro to do them. Otherwise, go for it and enjoy.

Dec 06 12 07:58 am Link

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Loli Scotch

Posts: 78

Austin, Texas, US

I LOVE larger women in nudes.  I think all the curves are perfect for the fine art medium.  Find someone who does wonderful lighting and maybe some landscaping photography, and I'm sure you can rock it.  ;D

My suggestion is to get a large full-length mirror that you can practice posing with.  You can take note of the features you like most about your body and want accentuated before even going to the shoot, and also which parts aren't your best.  It's very handy. 

Good luck, and have fun!

Dec 06 12 10:49 am Link

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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Farenell Photography wrote:

Misty Matthews wrote:
How do people feel about larger girls doing nude shoots?? I am considering do some nude shoots and I wanted to know if it would be something that would give me a good port??

No quams about it whatsoever.

(Personally, I wish there more large bodied people willing to pose for art nudes. By & large [no pun intended], they seem to have the most self-confidence about how they look.)


What about contacting a photographer w/ whom you've already worked w/?

I have not worked with a professional photographer just yet.

Dec 06 12 12:42 pm Link

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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Harold Rose wrote:

This requires a experienced  real professional..  I do it on a limited basis, 
I have a shot comming up that will use a heavy model..  It is a barroom painting  for over the   Bar..    I will call it  Rubinistic, since I cannot think of another name for it...    This type of pose lets the  body take on a very natural position..   And still be full.     Would like to work with you...

Would be great to work with you also. But I don't travel due to lack of funds.

Dec 06 12 12:43 pm Link

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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Thanks everyone. I am getting great feedback and appreciate it very much.

Dec 06 12 12:45 pm Link

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Sabine Luise

Posts: 890

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Dec 06 12 04:06 pm Link

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Dekilah

Posts: 4890

Detroit, Michigan, US

If you can get a photographer to do TF, great, go for it. If not, and you cannot afford to pay someone right now, search online for some full figured women photos that you like. Then see if you can get your husband to shoot something similar to those. My ex-bf (we were together at the time) shot my first photos that helped me be seen. Just try to find a nice bare wall, maybe near a window for some lovely lighting that is not complex.

Yes, we all want the best photos possible, but not all of us have the means to start out with those. I would be more than happy to share some links with you that have helped me a lot with my self portraits and would give you some tips on lighting and such.

I also recommend looking at this lovely lady for some full figured awesomeness:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/310528/viewall
She definitely inspired my self portraitist venture and does some awesome work!

Dec 06 12 04:26 pm Link

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Jordan L Duncan

Posts: 207

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Small Fruit Pits wrote:
If possible, find the best photographer in your area who would be willing to help you with this.

No nude images are better than lousy ones IMHO.

There are many good shooters who will gladly shoot nudes with larger models.

Definitely this. A good photographer will know how to help you pose to show off your curves to the greatest advantage. I have a friend who shoots boudior style for non-models, just women who want to give their significant others a gift. She shoots plus size women all the time and some of her images look better than the ones I've seen on here.

That being said, don't feel like you need to do nudes unless you really want to. Lots of successful models do not do full nudity, although many will do implied. You can enhance your portfolio without taking your clothes off. Until you are really comfortable in front of the camera with your clothes on, you won't be comfortable completely nude. If you feel ready, then go for it. But if you aren't 100% sure, then wait a while and then think about some more later.

I wish you all the best!

Dec 06 12 05:41 pm Link

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Dotti May

Posts: 6

Spokane, Washington, US

I have been shooting nude since I started modelling and I'm a size 16, 200 pounds. I think its more about the quality of the image rather than the size of the model. Just be confident, comfortable, and have a good high resolution photo with good lighting and the turnout should be great. smile

Dec 06 12 05:50 pm Link

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Barely StL

Posts: 915

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

EmiliA wrote:
I have been shooting nude since I started modelling and I'm a size 16, 200 pounds. I think its more about the quality of the image rather than the size of the model. Just be confident, comfortable, and have a good high resolution photo with good lighting and the turnout should be great. smile

Exactly the point I was trying to make.

Shooting quality nude photos is a learned skill set. Quality nude posing is a learned skill set.

Generally photography is best when at least one of the parties has developed the skills. (Not that you ever stop learning.) That's more true in this situation than in most.

Dec 06 12 06:24 pm Link

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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Dekilah wrote:
If you can get a photographer to do TF, great, go for it. If not, and you cannot afford to pay someone right now, search online for some full figured women photos that you like. Then see if you can get your husband to shoot something similar to those. My ex-bf (we were together at the time) shot my first photos that helped me be seen. Just try to find a nice bare wall, maybe near a window for some lovely lighting that is not complex.

Yes, we all want the best photos possible, but not all of us have the means to start out with those. I would be more than happy to share some links with you that have helped me a lot with my self portraits and would give you some tips on lighting and such.

I also recommend looking at this lovely lady for some full figured awesomeness:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/310528/viewall
She definitely inspired my self portraitist venture and does some awesome work!

Absolutely, I would love to see the links you have to share.

Dec 06 12 06:44 pm Link

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Nyctiphaes

Posts: 159

Athens, Attikí, Greece

I never care about the quality of the images a model has in her book, rather what I thinks I can make with her, how I can make her look. Thats why you see models in agencies, fresh starters who are able to build their books in no time, even though unexperienced, or having just polaroids to show. Photographers look at them, like their looks and see what they ll be able to achievee with them.

In your case, I think taht having 1-2 photos nude to show is way better than no photos at all. People will be able to see how your body would be transformed when they ll shoot you. If there is nothing online, how will they know?

That said, it d never be bad to have your husband take photos with light coming from the window as pointed and having rich shadows.

Have fun!

Dec 06 12 08:29 pm Link

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-Ellie-

Posts: 276

Bozeman, Montana, US

My friend Tiberiana is an awesome plus-sized nude model.  Before she moved out of state, she was a painter friend's favorite subject and modeled a bunch for our college.   
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24326186 +18
There is definitely a market for full-figured nude models, you just have to find the right people to work with.
Good luck!

Dec 06 12 08:49 pm Link

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The F-Stop

Posts: 1510

New York, New York, US

There are plenty of plus women doing it... done right, very tastefuly.. it is very beautiful.

Besides did you ever see any skiny women in old master's paintings or on chruch ceilings?.. ummm that says something for ya right there.

have fun.

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Dec 07 12 01:03 pm Link

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Schlake

Posts: 2598

Socorro, New Mexico, US

I like all girls, except the smokers, so I don't see any difference between the big ones and the small ones, unless maybe I was rugby player flying over South America, then I'd want the fat girl to be a vegan too.

When it comes to big girl photography, my inspiration is Saudek.  He's Czechoslovakian, and amazing.  His pictures are very distinct, seldom flattering, and always beautiful.

http://www.saudek.com/

EDIT: Though, looking at his online gallery, I think you might need to find one of his Taschen anthologies to really see his work.

Dec 07 12 01:08 pm Link

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Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

Misty Matthews wrote:
How do people feel about larger girls doing nude shoots?? I am considering do some nude shoots and I wanted to know if it would be something that would give me a good port??

I am thinking about letting my husband take some great photos to put up until I get a photographer. Is that a bad idea??

There definitely isn't a problem with larger women doing nudes. I have some nude and implied shots in my port. If you think your hubby would get nice shots...go for it.

Do a nice implied shot in angles that flatter your body, that's definitely important if you're of the "curvier" shape. Accent your best features. If the pics your hubby takes aren't so great, just look through casting calls, there are always photogs looking for llamas willing to do nudes. smile

Dec 07 12 01:51 pm Link

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Misty Matthews

Posts: 286

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Thanks so much. This thread has really gave me some great advice.

Dec 07 12 02:41 pm Link

Model

christiecreepydolls

Posts: 321

Los Angeles, California, US

Try posting an availability notice asking for TF in your area.

Dec 07 12 10:54 pm Link

Photographer

Christy Yarbrough

Posts: 42

Huntsville, Alabama, US

I would agree with most other posters smile You def. want someone that knows what they are doing. Don't just let you hubby take some shots. You need a professional photographer.  They will have the know how to give you a tasteful and artistic shot.

Being a BBM you want to consider everything.  Lighting and pose will say a lot in your shots. Also angle--  not ever angel it going to be flattering on a BBM (but there are angles that will give you the best look.  Post a casting call for your area and find you a professional. If you are sincere about having a great portfolio then it will be worth your time and maybe even a little money to get the right shots.

It is wonderful to have a great artistic nude shot, but having a bad one can hurt you.

Best of luck smile

Dec 07 12 11:13 pm Link

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christiecreepydolls

Posts: 321

Los Angeles, California, US

Try to avoid shots that look like 90's glamour shots with misty lighting and over editing and props like boas and cheap heels. I have seem some bad amater plus size nudes that look like someone husband took them in a bad way (on other sites not here). The girls had potential to do some killer shots but it was lost in bad glam. (Just my 2 cents)

Dec 07 12 11:29 pm Link