Before I moved to Arizona, I went tanning just so Id have a little tolerance to the insane sun down there. I used one of the stickers to see how much I tanned, and even my tan was more pale than anyone I knew.
I'm a redhead who cannot tan one bit! I'm extremely pale so I use a light spray tan before shoots because I think I look healthier. Then I always wonder if the photographer would have preferred if my skin was pale as I have heard that's part of the appeal of redheads is the alabaster skin lol. I just never know how to ask "do you want me to be pale or tan?" haha
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Plenty of Afro-Carribeans with red hair, thanks to the Scots and the Vikings.
I've seen it all. Black people with white hair. Albino people with red hair. Persians and Arabs with blue eyes. Venezeluans with electric green eyes. Aliens, all... I've seen it.
I like working with models who have fair skin. You can do a lot "right out of the box" (not "out of the box" as in thinking outside the box) since their skin tone contrasts with--pretty much everything.
I like freckled models too, and I've found if you play with editing so their freckles are more pronounced, quite often their skin tone goes from pale to rather tan looking, depending on how many layers/color channels/etc you mess with.
As a former red head, now a mix of white and silver, my experience is that as I got older I was able to get a faint tan. Maybe it's all my freckles joining up and fooling me. I used to work outdoors and spend a lot of my free time out as well.
When I was younger I had lots of freckles and went red in the sun, then back to pale very quickly. As one of five red haired children in the family I'm the only one who get a colour of any kind, other than red.
Skin damage is a major danger for red heads, so I'd imagine most will avoid the sun or use high factor sun protection.
I've known a few red heads who tanned but with a lot of effort and care. More often, however, it was sprayed on.