Forums > General Industry > armpits yes or no

Photographer

Airhead Imagery

Posts: 92

Portland, Oregon, US

Sure, hairy is fine for the euro look...just no braids please

Jan 18 13 12:24 pm Link

Photographer

Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1681

Houston, Texas, US

Top Gun Digital wrote:

Armpits are fine as long as they're clean.

I have the opposite issue. I hate shaved armpits on my models But so many of them do it nowadays. I think a guy should look like a guy. And until recently men did not commonly shave their armpits.

Jan 18 13 12:28 pm Link

Photographer

Zap Industries

Posts: 45

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

Brooklyn Bridge Images wrote:

How many of the 3 billion plus women on this planet have you met ?

Worldwide I'm sure the percentages go up. But here in SI, NYC, I don't know any who don't shave their arm pits or legs. I'm sure in the more liberal areas it's more common though, which is fine.

Jan 18 13 12:29 pm Link

Photographer

Scott Wallis Photo

Posts: 22

Charleston, South Carolina, US

Armpit beards on women no - on men who have no chest hair yes - women who have chest hair yes! On female Sasquatch yes, because I wouldn't want to be the one to tell it to shave those things before the shoot!

Jan 18 13 12:44 pm Link

Model

BeatnikDiva

Posts: 14837

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Zap Industries wrote:
I can't believe that in 2013 this should even be an option. Seriously, why would any female not shave her arms of legs? I never met one yet.

What, you can't believe that not everyone is alike?  Wow.  There are plenty of women who don't shave anything.  And you probably have met someone who doesn't shave...you just might not realize it.


I realized that I have a couple of shots: both 18+

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/13497129
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/23610668

Jan 18 13 01:01 pm Link

Photographer

Julian W I L D E

Posts: 1829

Portland, Oregon, US

Armpits can be very sexy.  But like anything... you've got to be careful  ;-)

Jan 18 13 01:08 pm Link

Photographer

salvatori.

Posts: 4049

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US

Body hair on chicks is cool no matter where it is.

Jan 18 13 01:10 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Shaved armpits are fine. With all the constraints on poses here, we're seriously running out of acceptable poses if they're not. However, a close-up with stubble or deodorant clumps isn't going to be on anyone's favorites list. Wait, is deodorant clumpage a fetish?

I have less of a problem with armpits than I do images that display the model's 7-11 feet.

Jan 18 13 01:14 pm Link

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Photographer

Rays Fine Art

Posts: 6662

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Depends on the pits and the pose.  (Unless the pose is really the pits.)

Jan 18 13 01:15 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

Sure, clean and shaven..no clumps or bumps.

Jan 18 13 01:16 pm Link

Photographer

Park Avenue Pin-ups

Posts: 536

Waverly, New York, US

Zap Industries wrote:

I can't believe that in 2013 this should even be an option. Seriously, why would any female not shave her arms of legs? I never met one yet.

Really it's 2013 why would any male not shave his balls?

Jan 18 13 02:10 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12926

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Park Avenue Pin-ups wrote:

Really it's 2013 why would any male not shave his balls?

Some don't??? tongue

Jan 18 13 02:17 pm Link

Photographer

Park Avenue Pin-ups

Posts: 536

Waverly, New York, US

AJScalzitti wrote:
Some don't??? tongue

Exactly my point...since my dog is male I've shaved his too.

Sorry for the threadjack

Jan 18 13 02:19 pm Link

Photographer

Zap Industries

Posts: 45

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

DivaEroticus wrote:

What, you can't believe that not everyone is alike?  Wow.  There are plenty of women who don't shave anything.  And you probably have met someone who doesn't shave...you just might not realize it.

Maybe, but usually they are older, neo hippies, or extremely liberal. I never said women with leg and armpit hair didn't exist. If you sample enough people, you will find anything, no matter how extreme, odd, or rare. But I do go to the beach very often, an seeing 1,000's of females every year, I have never seem leg hair or arm pit hair.

Then again, location is everything. I go to the Jersey Shore. Probably the grooming capital of the world. smile

Jan 18 13 03:14 pm Link

Photographer

Zap Industries

Posts: 45

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

Park Avenue Pin-ups wrote:

Really it's 2013 why would any male not shave his balls?

I thought we all did.

Jan 18 13 03:15 pm Link

Artist/Painter

sdgillis

Posts: 2459

Portland, Oregon, US

Zap Industries wrote:

I can't believe that in 2013 this should even be an option. Seriously, why would any female not shave her arms of legs? I never met one yet.

never been to Ithica I take it.

Jan 18 13 03:16 pm Link

Artist/Painter

sdgillis

Posts: 2459

Portland, Oregon, US

Acanthus Tattoos wrote:
visible in photos - what say you?

has no difference, a good shot is a good shot, arm pit stubble and deodorant flecks aren't always photoshopped out.  llama

Jan 18 13 03:18 pm Link

Photographer

Lawrence Guy

Posts: 17703

Spring Valley, California, US

I think armpits are sexy, so yes.

Jan 18 13 03:21 pm Link

Photographer

GoldRoseMedia

Posts: 2939

NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, US

I say no. More often than not, when armpits are visible in my photos I feel it detracts from the image.

Jan 18 13 03:29 pm Link

Photographer

Park Avenue Pin-ups

Posts: 536

Waverly, New York, US

sdgillis wrote:

never been to Ithica I take it.

Good point and it's Ithaca

Jan 18 13 04:58 pm Link

Photographer

925 image

Posts: 284

Martinez, California, US

L Raye wrote:
Armpits are part of the body, so why not?

18+

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/12 … 88b0dd.jpg

love it

Jan 18 13 05:06 pm Link

Photographer

Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7319

New York, New York, US

I'm fine with it...just shave it! I mean really? No one wants to see a hairy bush! I know for myself..no thanks..mow the lawn please! Male and female..get a damn razor you cheap bastard!

Jan 18 13 05:13 pm Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3652

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:
Absolutely not.

Armpits are gross and have no place in model photography.

Really? Wow, I'd never heard of this.

However, I did work with a lady who absolutely could not stand to see peoples toes and despised sandals. She said, "if people have to wear sandals why don't they at least put socks on to cover their toes.

This armpit issue is equally as baffling to me.

"gross?" Not to everyone, that is a personal issue I think...

How funny!!

However, pointing elbows to the camera is another rule I violate all the time! Yet, I'm kinda angular, so, what can ya do?

Wow,

Marin Photography wrote:
I'm fine with it...just shave it! I mean really? No one wants to see a hairy bush! I know for myself..no thanks..mow the lawn please! Male and female..get a damn razor you cheap bastard!

This too? Gah. I really thought the entire wax and rip issue was a mainstream American white thing. Sure, who doesn't want to keep things trim but, to get so ocd on body hair...hmmm, I also thought it was a generational thing too, (especially for the under 35 set.
Jen
p.s. do you really want to send grammy to the waxer? come on!

Jan 18 13 06:06 pm Link

Photographer

Art of the nude

Posts: 11940

Olivet, Michigan, US

Zap Industries wrote:
Maybe, but usually they are older, neo hippies, or extremely liberal. I never said women with leg and armpit hair didn't exist. If you sample enough people, you will find anything, no matter how extreme, odd, or rare. But I do go to the beach very often, an seeing 1,000's of females every year, I have never seem leg hair or arm pit hair.

Then again, location is everything. I go to the Jersey Shore. Probably the grooming capital of the world. smile

The very first nude shoot I did, she had full pubic and armpit hair.  Legs shaved though.

Jan 18 13 07:30 pm Link

Model

V Laroche

Posts: 2746

Khowmeyn, Markazī, Iran

indefinite anomaly wrote:
We all live in our own little microcosms of reality. I know people who mostly *don't* shave.

Ditto... shaving's for old fuddy-duddies.

Jan 18 13 09:09 pm Link

Model

V Laroche

Posts: 2746

Khowmeyn, Markazī, Iran

Stanley L Moore wrote:

I have the opposite issue. I hate shaved armpits on my models But so many of them do it nowadays. I think a guy should look like a guy. And until recently men did not commonly shave their armpits.

Until recently, women didn't either.

Jan 18 13 09:10 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Jurca

Posts: 104

Portland, Oregon, US

Maybe its because I live in Oregon, but  I know for a fact that SOME ladies look awesome with armpit hair. Its too bad you haven't met them!

Deodorant is a huge no no, but other than that, arm pits are just fine. Stubble is not great...so either shave or don't, whatever your look is....

Honestly it completely depends on what the shot is to be used for

Jan 18 13 10:22 pm Link

Photographer

Star

Posts: 17966

Los Angeles, California, US

depends, sometimes girls can have vagina armpits (they look like a shaved vagina) when the arm is down and then I say no. Put some sleeves on!

Jan 18 13 10:24 pm Link

Photographer

G D Peters Photography

Posts: 3445

North Platte, Nebraska, US

I generally avoid showing the armpits, though I do have a few examples of where I did show them in images.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/13703315
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/12979584

Jan 18 13 10:58 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3409

Tempe, Arizona, US

:-)

Jan 18 13 11:38 pm Link

Photographer

Faces2Die4 Photography

Posts: 426

Houston, Texas, US

I prefer legpits.   wink

Jan 19 13 06:27 am Link