Forums > Model Colloquy > Nude models, what do you call your 'parts?'

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3592

Columbus, Ohio, US

Since a bunch of photographers really do seem to be frightened (for whatever reason, I'm still not completely done speculating on that one), to call a nipple nipple, or some are just unsure of what's approporiate.

All comfort level talk aside, girls, what do you call your own bits for the ladies and gents behind the gear?

Dec 08 12 09:07 am Link

Photographer

Ken D Photography

Posts: 676

Marietta, Ohio, US

This should prove interesting. smile

Dec 08 12 10:03 am Link

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3592

Columbus, Ohio, US

As self-appointed chairwoman of the tbtc (Ittt Bitty Titty Committee), I will go first:

for me acceptable terms are as follows:

boobs
breasts
tits (only if you have a cookie!)
butt
gina
vajayjay
crotch
pussy (more cookies)
behind
nethers
lady bits/parts/stuff
stuff
nips
nipples



lol

Dec 08 12 10:11 am Link

Model

Porcelinna

Posts: 447

Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile

Breast, butt, nipples, private area...lol

Dec 08 12 10:11 am Link

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3592

Columbus, Ohio, US

heyyyy welcome.

Thanks.

Dec 08 12 10:13 am Link

Photographer

ForeverFotos

Posts: 6644

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

When doing a nude shoot, it's usually wise for the photographer and model to sit down for a few minutes before actually shooting and discuss this issue. Some people like to use a chart, and to number the body parts for ease of communication. It could go something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLeBWcARXYo

Dec 08 12 10:20 am Link

Model

Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

Americans ^^.

Why so difficult?
Breasts, nipples & crotch; plain simple.

I also like Brunesci's "lady garden" lol

Oh, yes: please do not refer to my womanly stuff by a word you would use for a 4y.o. (like "peepee" or something).

Dec 08 12 10:23 am Link

Model

Lorayne York

Posts: 2120

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

I call my boobs: Tits/tiny mounds.
I call my crotch: Va-Gi-Na... making sure to make it the longest word possible.
I call the inside of my Vagina: the pink shit... for example "make sure my pink shit doesnt show"
and i call my nipples: Nips.

but... i kinda dont care about being politically correct.. i tend to be gassy on shoots and i fart a lot in the nude.. or belch.. but it makes me less bloated. soo yay!

Dec 08 12 10:24 am Link

Photographer

OmnyRa

Posts: 1029

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

It's about easily offended people, and shyness on the part of the model, and not wanting to sound to technical or offensive.  I sometimes flat out ask what to call them so I don't come across as inappropriate.  A shy model hearing "p*ssy" which sounds a little x-rated and maybe only heard from their lover can really cause them to clam up. (no pun intended, but decided to leave it.  I don't think that's a good one to use by the way. ;^) ) Vagina sounds too clinical, and "Crotch" sounds like a less nasty version of "snatch".

Dec 08 12 10:35 am Link

Photographer

ArtisticGlamour

Posts: 3846

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Eurocat wrote:
As self-appointed chairwoman of the tbtc (Ittt Bitty Titty Committee), I will go first:

for me acceptable terms are as follows:

boobs
breasts
tits (only if you have a cookie!)
butt
gina
vajayjay
crotch
pussy (more cookies)
behind
nethers
lady bits/parts/stuff
stuff
nips
nipples



lol

Eurocat, thank you!

This has been the main reason I have been dragging my feet to do my first nude shoot. I am comfortable behind the camera, but wasn't sure how comfortable I was going to be "directing" what I wanted without being (possibly) offensive with terminology...and speaking in pure "medical" terminology would seem to make the shoot's chemistry rather "clinical" and lose some of the edge.

You are a "gem" among models! Awesome.

Dec 08 12 10:45 am Link

Photographer

Bravoscape

Posts: 259

Frederick, Maryland, US

Constanza wrote:
Breast, butt, nipples, private area...lol

This. Or open palm, moving in a large circular motion in the round about area...standing a few feet away of course.

Dec 08 12 10:46 am Link

Photographer

ArtisticGlamour

Posts: 3846

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Lorayne York wrote:
but... i kinda dont care about being politically correct.. i tend to be gassy on shoots and i fart a lot in the nude.. or belch.. but it makes me less bloated. soo yay!

LOL! Is that the TRUE definition of an "edgy" shoot? lol Or does it depend on the look you have on your face at the same time? LOL! Clenched teeth, furrowed brow, etc.

Dec 08 12 10:49 am Link

Photographer

photodorset

Posts: 845

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Don't forget 'front bottom'

I also met a model who called her labia her 'party bits'.

If you want to be a bit crude you could ask the model to 'flash the gash'

Dec 08 12 10:52 am Link

Photographer

Pocket Watch

Posts: 51

Dallas, Texas, US

Eurocat wrote:
boobs
breasts
tits (only if you have a cookie!)
butt
gina
vajayjay
crotch
pussy (more cookies)
behind
nethers
lady bits/parts/stuff
stuff
nips
nipples

I'll remember this for tomorrow. Thanks. smile

Dec 08 12 10:59 am Link

Model

Nadia

Posts: 402

Houston, Texas, US

Lorayne York wrote:
I call my boobs: Tits/tiny mounds.
I call my crotch: Va-Gi-Na... making sure to make it the longest word possible.
I call the inside of my Vagina: the pink shit... for example "make sure my pink shit doesnt show"
and i call my nipples: Nips.

but... i kinda dont care about being politically correct.. i tend to be gassy on shoots and i fart a lot in the nude.. or belch.. but it makes me less bloated. soo yay!

i love this

Dec 08 12 11:16 am Link

Model

Caroline Alexander

Posts: 24

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

To be honest as long as its not vulgar or cheesy its fine with me, having nicknames takes the edge off things smile

Dec 08 12 11:19 am Link

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3592

Columbus, Ohio, US

OmnyRa wrote:
*snip
  A shy model hearing "p*ssy" which sounds a little x-rated and maybe only heard from their lover can really cause them to clam up. (no pun intended, but decided to leave it.  I don't think that's a good one to use by the way. ;^) ) Vagina sounds too clinical, and "Crotch" sounds like a less nasty version of "snatch".

Yeah, when the day comes I let people call my stuff 'snatch' and 'cooter' and let them get away with it, that, ladies and jellyspoons, will be the day Satan will have to skate to work.

The 'pussy' thing makes total sense though, good observation!

Dec 08 12 11:32 am Link

Model

Amadea T

Posts: 3592

Columbus, Ohio, US

Lost Photo wrote:

I'll remember this for tomorrow. Thanks. smile

I assume you are talking about the cookie part?

Dec 08 12 11:33 am Link

Photographer

Alan H Bruce

Posts: 421

San Diego, California, US

'southern ladyparts'...?

smile

Dec 08 12 11:39 am Link

Photographer

Vector One Photography

Posts: 2778

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Axioma wrote:
Americans ^^.

Why so difficult?
Breasts, nipples & crotch; plain simple.

I know, I blame religion and the education system.

Dec 08 12 11:42 am Link

Photographer

Bravoscape

Posts: 259

Frederick, Maryland, US

Lorayne York wrote:
I call my boobs: Tits/tiny mounds.
I call my crotch: Va-Gi-Na... making sure to make it the longest word possible.
I call the inside of my Vagina: the pink shit... for example "make sure my pink shit doesnt show"
and i call my nipples: Nips.

but... i kinda dont care about being politically correct.. i tend to be gassy on shoots and i fart a lot in the nude.. or belch.. but it makes me less bloated. soo yay!

You...are my favorite person. This is hilarious.

Dec 08 12 11:43 am Link

Photographer

Innovative Imagery

Posts: 2815

Los Angeles, California, US

Caroline Alexander wrote:
To be honest as long as its not vulgar or cheesy its fine with me, having nicknames takes the edge off things smile

What would be "vulgar or cheesy" to you or what would not be?

Dec 08 12 11:46 am Link

Photographer

Cherrystone

Posts: 36719

Columbus, Ohio, US

Innovative Imagery wrote:

What would be "vulgar or cheesy" to you or what would not be?

Head cheese?

Dec 08 12 11:51 am Link

Photographer

R A V E N D R I V E

Posts: 15867

New York, New York, US

I say lady bits

mainly because synonyms are fun

Dec 08 12 11:55 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Axioma wrote:
I also like Brunesci's "lady garden" lol

Um, I'm a guy so I don't have a Lady Garden big_smile






Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Dec 08 12 11:56 am Link

Model

Axioma

Posts: 6793

Gent, East Flanders, Belgium

-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:

Um, I'm a guy so I don't have a Lady Garden big_smile






Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Lies! Only a specimen who owns the glorious phenomenon could come up with a correct term for the awesomeness ^^.

Dec 08 12 12:01 pm Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33593

Los Angeles, California, US

Like Ansel Adams I use the Zone System, and I number the various parts Zone I through Zone X.

Dec 08 12 12:04 pm Link

Artist/Painter

aquarelle

Posts: 1915

Chicago, Illinois, US

D. P.

Dec 08 12 01:00 pm Link

Artist/Painter

aquarelle

Posts: 1915

Chicago, Illinois, US

Although I call it the vulva, I'm surprised at the number of models who never use that word.  Then you might ask why I'm calling it anything, but that's something else again.

I thought it was hilarious when I read a model refer to her "undercarriage."

Dec 08 12 01:03 pm Link

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Photographer

Rays Fine Art

Posts: 6324

New York, New York, US

I agree that's a silly bit of pseudo political correctness.  When neccesary, I use terms like breasts, nipples, butt, vulva or rarely labia.  Since I don't shoot gynecological illustrations, I never have occasion to say vagina. 

The last time I asked a model what she called her privates, she answered "Homer".  That cured me.

Dec 08 12 01:26 pm Link

Photographer

Charger Photography

Posts: 1720

San Antonio, Texas, US

Really ???? If you shoot nudes obviously you are an adult... It depends from model to model.. while some are comfortable with me saying.. "okay" spread it open and lets shoot some pink" others are not and have to say " Please now put your lips apart"
Why this threads... ?  SMFH

Dec 08 12 01:33 pm Link

Model

Lorayne York

Posts: 2120

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

ArtisticGlamour wrote:

LOL! Is that the TRUE definition of an "edgy" shoot? lol Or does it depend on the look you have on your face at the same time? LOL! Clenched teeth, furrowed brow, etc.

i keep it classy wink but i do know there are some interesting outtakes.

Nadezhda Repina wrote:
i love this

It's true.
im sure if you asked any of the photographers i've worked with.. they will tell you.

Bravoscape wrote:
You...are my favorite person. This is hilarious.

awh thanks smile perhaps that is why i dont do runway..... you can't let one escape.

Dec 08 12 04:13 pm Link

Photographer

Natural Means

Posts: 596

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Some words might not translate across cultures very well ('fany' means the front bit not the back bit here nearly the same level as 'snatch' on crudity scale).

Also had an experienced English nude model think 'beaver' was a hugely funny way to describe it.

Dec 08 12 04:49 pm Link

Model

_Rei_

Posts: 124

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

I refer to my various parts differently depending on the company I happen to be in at the time (for example, things get pretty un-repeatable if I'm hanging out with my friends). So, I don't have standard labels for my bits. Except perhaps for the generic term "bits".

I actually don't mind what labels photographers use in order to direct, so long as it's a term I'm familiar with, so I don't get confused and start wondering what a "monchichi" is and how I'm suppose to move it to the left. Say boobs, breasts, nipples, ladyparts, ladygarden, punani, snatch, butt, ass, whatever - just try not to stammer too much when you do.

The only rule I have is that if you're going to tell me I have great tits, I'd prefer you have a British accent. It just sounds better that way.

Dec 08 12 05:16 pm Link

Photographer

Glenn Hall - Fine Art

Posts: 452

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

...your Hairy Beaver needs to smile....

Dec 08 12 06:49 pm Link

Model

- Aina -

Posts: 747

Redlands, California, US

Eurocat wrote:
As self-appointed chairwoman of the tbtc (Ittt Bitty Titty Committee), I will go first:

for me acceptable terms are as follows:

boobs
breasts
tits (only if you have a cookie!)
butt
gina
vajayjay
crotch
pussy (more cookies)
behind
nethers
lady bits/parts/stuff
stuff
nips
nipples



lol

This is pretty much it. Haha. I hearby appoint myself a member of the IBTC

Dec 08 12 06:51 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Tegan Lynn MUA

Posts: 511

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

(sorry, posting from my MUA profile)

I honestly don't care what you call it, although I personally just hate the term pussy, I dunno why, just do.

I dunno what's so bad about the proper terms. I just really dislike it when people use the term vagina incorrectly. Vagina is just the inside part. The outer bits are called the vulva. I'd be afraid if someone wanted a picture of my vagina... kinda need a speculum for that...

Dec 08 12 07:01 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Eurocat wrote:
As self-appointed chairwoman of the tbtc (Ittt Bitty Titty Committee), I will go first:

for me acceptable terms are as follows:

boobs
breasts
tits (only if you have a cookie!)
butt
gina
vajayjay
crotch
pussy (more cookies)
behind
nethers
lady bits/parts/stuff
stuff
nips
nipples



lol

Breasts, nipples, labia.  And, on a couple of occasions, vagina was actually relevant, but that's not typical.  big_smile

Dec 08 12 07:15 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11892

Olivet, Michigan, US

Caroline Alexander wrote:
To be honest as long as its not vulgar or cheesy its fine with me, having nicknames takes the edge off things smile

I don't like nicknames for various reasons, but the most important one is that different people use the same word for different things.  For that matter, "vagina" is used to mean all sorts of different things.

Dec 08 12 07:19 pm Link

Photographer

Photos 4 The Memories

Posts: 1287

Kewaskum, Wisconsin, US

This post is useless without pictures!

Dec 08 12 07:35 pm Link