For almost 11 years, I’ve been doing a great deal of my work with art models. The above image was made at the first session, and was exhibited several times. Much of this involves me hiring these people, mostly women, to make images I want, in my own vision. Although the majority of these sessions are my concepts, as you see in the pages on this site, I am always willing to try things they suggest, especially since many of them are more experienced posing than I am photographing. Through this I developed my style of running a studio or location, generally easy going and fun. I also have cultivated a reputation as someone who is reliable and professional.
I was recently contacted by a model who I had photographed twice. She had posed for a drawing session during which a non-model woman, an artist and dancer, spoke to her about having some nude photographs made and if she could recommend a photographer. The model recommended me! I felt honored, but a bit nervous about being hired to photograph someone the way she wanted, using my skills. We found a date of mutual availability, deciding to use the studio where I am a member.
As I suggested she brought some variety of wardrobe for images in addition to the posing nude. As often with someone new, it took a few minutes to get into a rhythm. We made quite a variety of photographs, silhouettes, clothed, lingerie, as well as some nude. As a dancer and yoga instructor, she was able to move into poses which we fine tuned by looking at the camera LCD screen. In the end she commented that I made the process, and being photographed in this way, comfortable, which to me was a humbling compliment. She even commented that she might send some friends my way. It was also interesting for me to not be fully in control of the photographs we made. I enjoyed the process and result as much as she did.
Maybe I need to do more sessions like this.