i will do lots of things, i will try the cold, if you want your photos to look terrible, sure. I am game for pretty much anything though. I think we have discussed this (not the cold, but putting ourselves in different scenarios before. Im game for whatever. Please dont ask me to eat shit, ok? or roll around in it. I prefer nothing with snakes or maggots either. Other than that im pretty good.
If it's paid, we're getting killer shots, I don't have to worry about getting sick (i.e. I'm not traveling), if I really like the photographer, there's an assistant on hand to help hand me a coat between shots, and a few other variables. Not necessarily all of those have to be in place, but at least some of them.
If it is colder than -5 Celsius (23F) I call off the shoot.
I don't allow boots in my shots tho... But I have cozy down filled slippers for the mode to wear in between shots
I find anything colder is a waste of time. Don't have time to work on poses and expressions. Shoots can't last more than 45 mins. Models become uncomfortable pretty quick and it tends to show in their faces and bodies.
Unfortunately, I think it would not be a good idea for me. I have shot nude in an unheated level of a building next to a broken open window in February here in Detroit. Not sure what the temperature was, but I started shivering uncontrollably and I could not form facial expressions (thankfully I was mostly supposed to be looking away). I lose body heat like crazy and I am already cold all the time. Something about my body surface area to mass ratio, I think.
i've shot the northern lights at -50f give or take and couldn't feel my face. hated it. tried a shoot a few winters ago with a model at -20ish and super winds coming off the ocean and it was a total waste of time, i was freezing, the poor model was blue and getting wind burn...everything bad. i wouldn't do it again.
I have done it for very short times, maybe 30 seconds at a time. Any longer than that, no way. I would only do it for the right setting and concept though, it would have to be something really great that I really wanted to do.
The boots she is wearing really do help to fend off some of the cold.
I have posed totally nude in a freezing river in Alaska back in September, glacier water.....and after about 5 minutes of standing in the water my feet were completely numb and I was shaking. I have also posed nude in about 30 degrees in the desert outside of Vegas, teeth shattering. Once you get cold it is difficult to keep a relaxed pose.
An assistant that can hand you a coat or something to bundle up in real quick is very handy at shoots that are done in cold weather.
Would I do it? YES.
Heck, I'm not even fond of shooting football in 10F weather (I've covered Bears games in that weather, and it isn't really much fun)... and when I shoot football, I'm bundled up in multiple layers and good gloves.
I have concern for my models... The only way I'd put a model thru that would be during a day without wind (no windchill) and the rental of several forced air heaters (like you see on the sidelines of football games) that I 'd position out of the shot.. But pumping that heat on the model.
I am not opposed to the idea, but I am booked nearly every day of most months, and this is how I make my living.
I cannot get sick.
I have posed nude in the snow on a few occasions, but, during times when I had ample cushion in between gigs. Even if you don't get sick (not something I'm really prone to), after working in that type of temperature, your body can feel weird for several days, or more than a week. Weird tingles, aches, movement issues.
I can't afford not to be tip-top shape, right now.