Nude Photography Shoots: How To Deal With Model’s Boyfriends

By Michael Charles X

This article centers around the question of whether to allow a model to bring her boyfriend or spouse with her to the shoot. Over the years, Ive spoken to many models about this issue and theyve told me that most photographers feel very uncomfortable with a boyfriend or spouse present. Many photographers request that the model not bring anyone with her; sometimes going so far as to cancel the shoot if the model doesnt comply.

One concern that these photographers may have is that they feel the model will not be as comfortable and open during a shoot if her boyfriend or spouse is present. Additionally, they may assume that the boyfriend or spouse isnt particularly pleased with the shoot happening in the first place and, consequently, fear some sort of confrontation.

Another possible concern may be that they themselves will feel more nervous with an additional person watching them work. Lastly, Im sure some simply dont want another guy around during the shoot because it eliminates the possibility of any extracurricular activity occurring between them and the model.

In contrast, I always allow a model to bring with her anyone she wants. My reason for this is quite simple: I want the shoot to go as well as possible. My first priority is getting the best pictures I can from every model I work with. This is far more likely to occur if the model is very comfortable during the shoot. If bringing someone with her enables her to be more comfortable, so be it. I discuss this topic in more detail in my ebook, Money Shots: The Insiders Guide to the World of Nude & Erotic Photography (available for purchase and immediate download at http://www.moneyshotsbook.com).

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The most important thing you can do in this situation is to act professionally (dont let my repetition of this advice diminish its value). If a model brings someone with her to the shoot, its very important to set a tone from the moment they walk in the door that lets them know that you are calm, confident, and in charge. They should immediately get the feeling that you know what youre doing. Remember, the guy is fully aware of what type of shoot its going to be (at least he should be).

Initially, it may feel a bit odd to say something to a model such as, Spread your legs a little wider while her boyfriend is looking on. Trust me, youll get used to it; and so will he.

Before I start shooting, I ask the guy if he wants to watch the shoot or just hang out in the dressing room. More often than not, he will choose to stay in the room. Usually, his reason will be that he doesnt want to get in the way. The room has a comfortable sofa, a great view of Los Angeles, and a variety of magazines and books to look through. I make sure that he has something to drink; let him know that he can make calls if he likes; and tell him that his friend, girlfriend, or spouse will be back when its time to make a wardrobe change.

The reason I chose to cover this topic in depth is because this situation makes many photographers nervous. Fortunately, youll quickly discover that very few models ask to bring anyone with them to a shoot.

The vast majority of women youll work with will be quite comfortable showing up by themselves. Im happy to say that Ive never had a single problem caused by a boyfriend or spouse being present at a shoot. In fact, a number of guys Ive met in this way have become friends.

About the Author: Michael Charles is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of “Money Shots: The Insider’s Guide to the World of Nude & Erotic Photography” (this book is available for purchase and immediate download at

moneyshotsbook.com

). For over a decade, Michael has shot exclusively in the world of nude, erotic, and adult-oriented photography. His work has been featured in hundreds of national and international publications and appears on a wide variety of prominent websites. For a complete course on the techniques, styles, moneymaking secrets, and amazing fringe benefits of nude and erotic photography, visit

moneyshotsbook.com

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The Dangers Of Asbestos Contaminated Popcorn Ceilings}

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Popcorn ceilings were very popular in the 1950’s all the way through the early part of the 1980’s. It was a trendy fashion with interior design during this time and many people opted to have popcorn ceiling installed throughout their homes. Besides the fact that they were popular at the time, they also absorbed noise well and could hide ceiling imperfections. However, keeping the ceiling clean was a major drawback because it did not have a smooth surface.

Popcorn Ceilings and Asbestos

Many popcorn ceilings were installed using asbestos fibers. Asbestos was actually considered a very good building material because of its flame resistant properties.

The greatest danger of asbestos exposure occurs when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed. For this reason, those homes and apartment buildings that had the asbestos popcorn ceilings installed may need to face a removal process; however the tenants cannot live in the home during this removal process.

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Unsuspecting Homeowners

It was unknown for many years that the presence of asbestos can cause individuals many health problems after exposure, including mesothelioma cancer and breathing conditions. As the popcorn ceiling trend ended, many homeowners opted to remove the popcorn ceilings. Because they were unaware of the harmful effects of asbestos, most homeowners who removed the popcorn ceiling wore no protective covering during the process. As a result the asbestos dust released during removal circulated within the home and was present for everyone in the household to inhale.

Many people who had no idea that their popcorn ceilings were made with asbestos or knew about the dangers associated with this material, filed lawsuits because they had been exposed to a potentially hazardous substance while replacing their ceilings.

Does Your Popcorn Ceiling Contain Asbestos?

If your popcorn ceiling was installed between the 1950’s and the 1980’s, it may contain asbestos. The only way to know is to have a certified specialist come into your home and test the ceiling for the presence of asbestos.

If your popcorn ceiling does contain asbestos, you can choose to have it removed, but should not attempt this process yourself because, as it is removed, the asbestos is disturbed and becomes toxic. Normally, professionals will completely seal off one room and remove all the asbestos-contaminated ceilings before moving on to the next room in order to control the disturbed asbestos. It is a lengthy process to have asbestos removed, but well worth the investment to have it done properly by a professional.

Final Thoughts

If you have replaced your own popcorn ceiling and have no way of knowing whether it contained asbestos, you should be checked regularly for the various conditions associated with exposure to asbestos. The effects of asbestos exposure may not become a health concern for you until years after initially inhaling the asbestos.

If you removed a popcorn ceiling that was installed between the 1950’s and 1980’s, you may want to contact a law firm to learn more about your options because you may have exposed yourself and your family to deadly toxins.

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. To find out for sure, contact an asbestos lawyer.

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