It’s About Trust.
“I don’t do nudes with anyone else now but you.” What made this statement powerful to me was that it was coming from an accomplished model not from a commissioned client.
Lara started modelling with me about 15 years ago. She has joined me as a feature model at workshops in the Bahamas, throughout England, Ireland and Spain. She has been published in my photography books and fine art images. Lara has been highly sought after for other photographer’s projects right from the start, so you can see what I mean.
The images of her here are from a session just two days ago. We had to juggle schedules a bit to make it happen, as always it was an incredible shoot. In many ways she is a muse for me, we do have amazing chemistry.
Have chemistry. That is the first ingredient to having trust. It’s critical. If you don’t click, don’t feel like the other partner in this photo shoot meshes with who you are, what you want to express, then chemistry, and thus trust, just cannot happen.
I had a woman of means come in a while back. In her travels across the US she had been looking for a photographer to create a wall collection of nude images for her homes. She explained her findings had been either very talented photographers that spooked her, or a real teddy bear photographer that didn’t have the talent she was looking for. We wound up creating 30 wall images for her 3 homes and 4 large albums. She flew back the following weekend with more ideas to get photographed.
So a sense of safety along with a belief in the photographer’s talent is enough to create your vision, even if it’s only vague.
Sara told me in this new digital age that now more than ever she wanted integrity. She wanted to know that nothing could happen to her images without her deciding it. That of course is why our model releases to use the images for contests or displays are not built into the invoices, as is the common practice among photographers.
For Wilhelmina, being the casual extrovert, going nude or in the barely there boudoir outfits was not a big deal. She wanted to bare her soul, expose all the nuance of her personality, express that which was deeply reflective of who she was. For this, she explained, she had to be very comfortable and connected to the person behind the camera.
I learned early on that it is the convergence of all these elements that creates the trust that resonances with the woman in front of the camera; that allows her to be comfortably sitting there nude.
Yes, it really is all about trust.