Exotic and beautiful, with a very strong personality and ideas of her own, this beautiful young lady posed for my camera at a friends bike shop.
She has been modeling for quite a while and I had planned to have this photo shoot for a few weeks, she bar tends at a local bar and I exposed her my scope of work and what was the idea for this photo shoot, she was on board with the idea and now we have a great professional relationship, I really enjoy working with Nani.
Going into the details of the photoshoot, we had two bikes and a bunch of different areas at the shop to shoot, to me the most important part is my subject and most of the time use ND Filters when working with strobes to make sure I get a shallow depth of field on the pictures.
This shot had two lights, one ABR-800 in front and a strobe in the back with no grid, totally open bulb to create that dramatic light, my trigger didn’t work so I had to put both strobes as slaves and activate them with a speed-lite in the camera aiming to the sealing, managed to do the job and love the outcome of the pictures
She works with several other photographers and feels really comfortable in her own skin, the tattoos accentuate her personality and her look is bold and gracious.
Nude photography is a genre most photographers dabble in every now and again. To me, nude photography is a natural extension of portraiture.
If you’re going to spend so much time on trying to capture the ‘essence’ of who somebody is, in some cases shedding any barriers between the model and the camera (such as clothes) is the next logical step.
One thing that can be a challenge, is to translate portraiture techniques into nudes.
For right or wrong, there are still a few social taboos around nudity – and even in relation to photographing nudes – and I often receive e-mails from people who want to give it a right good go, but can’t quite figure out how to get started.
Find the right angles, don’t be crude, see beyond the skin, make sure you are capturing the essence of the model not her sexuality.
Make her feel comfortable and communicate appropriately, most of the biggest errors in photography specially with nude models could have been resolved with proper communication, remember the model is at disadvantage and as much professional as she can be, she has to feel comfortable and secure in order to give the best of her in the shots.