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Some Models Are Just Better Naturally Nude

Though Some Are Not

I can tell by the title of this post, I better tread lightly, but “as a photographer,” just because a girl is willing to take her clothes off, doesn’t make her a great nude model. However, there is photographic beauty in every person, nude for the camera or not, just some female subjects project “photographic nudity” better than others and the end goal in my photography isn’t a nekkid chick in front of my camera, but a fine-art masterpiece.  That is one reason I’m picky about who I photograph nude and it’s not uncommon for me to “not” photograph someone nude, even if they are willing to take their clothes off for my camera.

Editorial Nude Model, Nashville Photo Workshop

"Kels" is one of our newest nude models for upcoming Moab and Virgin islands photography workshops.

In fact, as photographers, we should never make nudity a priority in any photo shoot. Sure, who doesn’t like a pretty, sexy, nude girl in front of their camera? However, that doesn’t make it a “must” for every photo shoot and even if a model has qualities about her that make her perfect for a nude photography shoot, that doesn’t mean she’s the “right model” for every location.

As an example, a busty, curvy, blue-eyed blonde, the stereo-typical Playboy type, might be great for “glamour nudes,” or “cheesecake nudes,” but not for fine-art nudes in the Moab area of Utah. Moab is filled with beautiful landscape opportunities for outdoor nudes and the idea is to have a model that can “balance” with the beauty of the Moab environment but not take away from it—as mother Earth’s beauty is just as important as nature’s beauty of a living being.  It’s this critical balance that provides a true contrast between natural things and nature itself in a photograph. However, that doesn’t mean the model for a place like Moab has less beauty qualities either, it just means she’s better “cut” for landscapes and not man-made objects.

On the other hand, if I’m looking for a nude model for a Playboy style shoot, say featuring a muscle car, then I might go for a more “curvy” model type verses a less curvy model. Like using the right tool for the right outcome when it comes to photographic equipment, it’s the same with models, the right model for the right setting or intended result, especially when working in the editorial nude photography genre.
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  1. Kel’s is gorgeous. Lovely images.

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Rolando Gomez Philosophy on Nude Photography
Editorial Nudes is not a website where you’ll find pornography, nor is this a website where models are underage, this is a website that showcases another genre of my art, though I want to clarify, nudity should never be a requirement for photography. Nudity is not for everyone, but for those that can appreciate the beauty of the human form and can handle it with maturity and common sense. I hope you’ll enjoy how I view nudity through my camera lens, often in a more editorial format. Read more about my philosophy on nude photography here.

Photographer Helmut Newton Had It Right On Nude Photography
While many famous photographers are known for other genres of photography, such as fashion, commercial, landscape and photojournalism photography, almost all have shot a nude photograph at some point in their careers. Whether it was fashion nude, editorial nude, Playboy nude, fine-art nude, implied nude, or some form of nude photography, some photographer captured a nude photo somewhere.

Then there were those like Helumut Newton, who were catapult into more fame for their nude photography than their commercial or fashion magazine photography. It’s been said that Simon de Pury, the head of the New York/London auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, while having a discussion with Helmut Newton about the then upcoming inaugural show for his Zurich gallery, asked Newton, “…What else do you have?” Newton replied, “My landscapes, but nobody wants to see those.”

Newton was correct and soon “Sex and Landscapes” was conceived for that inaugural show in 2001. While undoubtedly the late Newton has help put the “PC” in nude photography over the years, it’s not that nude photography is so bad in our private conscious, it’s the difficulty of the use of the word in our vocabulary and the use of nude images in our visual arts—like a fear, our own society is the guilty culprit and it’s time for us to “grow up” and accept the beauty nude photography brings, especially when captured correctly.

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