I get asked a lot of questions about my modelling, specifically nude modelling. Most of the work I do is clothed (even if it may be minimal). But I do have a huge passion for fine art nude photography and I shoot with carefully selected and trusted photographers to produce some really beautiful and interesting art. I’ve compiled a short (okay, not that short) list of some questions I am frequently asked here so you can all get an idea of what it’s like to get paid to be nude!
“What made you want to try nude modelling?”
I’m an educated, employed, respectable young woman, why would I want to get my gear off and let people take photos of me?
Well, I had no desire to when I first started out, I remember one of my first shoots we did an “implied” shot where all you could see were my bare legs and shoulders peeping out of the sheets on set and I was that shy I still had my lingerie underneath and just pulled my bra straps down, I didn’t want anyone to see me that close to naked! Even though more of me is seen at the beach – go figure! But as I progressed with my modelling, I was contacted many times by different photographers wanting to shoot art nudes. I finally decided to give it a go with a photographer I knew well and really trusted and I instantly fell in love with it as an art form. I have a whole new appreciation for the female form portrayed in a bare, artistic way – women are awesome! Look at the amazing things we can do with our bodies! We are all so different and unique, yet all the same. I find so much beauty in nudity.
“Wait, so you get paid to take your clothes off?”
Well, technically I get paid to just be nude. It’s really cost effective for me because I don’t have to purchase any garments for shoots! Also, fine art nude generally pays quite well as not all models will do it and it is a highly respected art form in the photography and modelling world, professionals really do respect the craft.
“Isn’t it weird standing there nude in front of people?”
The first time I did it – yes! You literally have nowhere to hide, no way to create any illusions as to how your body appears, it’s just ALLLL out there. But I think this is what I eventually found so empowering. Half way through my first fully nude shoot I came to the realisation that “hey, my body is awesome just the way it is and I feel so badass right now”. I began very self-conscious with posing but that soon subsided, I think nude modelling is the single most amazing thing you can do for your self-confidence and I recommend every woman do it at least once in their lifetime. You don’t have to share your images like I do, or model for art. Get some personal boudoir shots done for your own private gallery to celebrate your body, or better yet – gift them to your partner! I guarantee it’ll be a VERY well received gift!
Some of my personal favourites for boudoir and nude photography include:
All of whom which I have shot with multiple times myself and would recommend a million times over!
“Don’t you get cold!?”
YES! I have learned to endure A LOT of discomfort since embarking on my modelling career. Lots of shoots for swimwear and art/implied nude are done during winter. For swimwear they’re usually done in winter due to photos being needed for advertising and because there are much less people on the beach so it’s easier to get shots without attracting a crowd or getting passers-by in the background. For nude outdoor shoots, winter is good as there usually aren’t any people out exploring so less chance of getting caught for public nudity! Also, standing still in poses that aren’t necessarily comfortable in the freezing cold, stark naked, all whilst trying to look relaxed and graceful is actually a lot harder than you would think, I always put in 100% to my shoots which produces great results but I do end up quite exhausted after a day of shooting.
“What do your parents think?”
My parents are both super supportive and love what I do, why wouldn’t they? It’s annoying that there’s still a taboo and stigma surrounding nudity - we were all born naked, we all shower naked, we’re all naked under our clothes! We are all beautiful naked and I believe we should celebrate our diversity and the beauty of the naked body. I grew up in a really open household, we were never ashamed of our bodies and my mum talked openly with both myself and my brothers about the changes in our bodies growing up – we were encouraged to celebrate ourselves and the amazing things our bodies can do for us. Both my parents back my decisions 100% , I have a 19 year old brother who thinks it’s great too (although there’s some pictures he’d rather not see!) and is so respectful of my work. I have even shown a lot of my shoots to my grandfather who couldn’t be prouder. I don’t fully understand why some people have an issue with something that does not hurt or concern them in anyway, but as long as I’ve got my family behind me that’s really all I need!
"Doesn’t your partner get jealous?”
Okay so firstly, if you need your boyfriend to “let” you do things, you need to “let” that boy go! I started nude modelling when I was single, it was a part of my life way before any boyfriend was. I stay true to myself and I do what I think is right, regardless of a “boys” opinion, it’s my life and I won’t be held back selfishly by someone else.
It’s just a bonus for me now that I have a wonderful, supportive and encouraging partner who is proud of me and all that I achieve, but that said, if he wasn’t all of those things – he wouldn’t be my boyfriend – ain’t nobody got time for that! And no, he doesn’t get jealous, most likely due to the fact that he’s secure enough within his relationship and his own masculinity not to feel threatened by my audience. It also helps that he is in the entertainment industry as well, my boyfriend is an incredible singer/songwriter and musician, he gets A LOT of female attention, but I don’t get jealous either. It’s his job, I know he wants me. He’s talented and cute as hell – why wouldn’t girls love him! I take it as a compliment, as does he with my modelling – we’re a team, we support each other!
You can check my man out at kylecartner.com
“Isn’t it weird knowing some old guy has a heap of nude photos of you?”
Okay, let me set the record straight - yes, majority of professional photographers are male and older. However, I have worked with just as many awesome young female photographers as I have old male ones and they are both just as equally talented, respectful and dedicated to their craft. I’m really particular about who I work with, you’ve got to be in this industry. My advice to all budding models is ask the photographer if your mum or friend can accompany you and be present throughout the duration of the shoot – if they say no, DO NOT SHOOT WITH THEM! It isn’t worth the risk. I fully trust everyone I’ve worked with and I feel honoured they have wanted to use me to express their creativity and produce such wonderful artwork. So no, it’s not weird that people have nude photos of me - it’s pretty damn awesome!
“What’s it like walking down the street knowing strangers have probably seen you nude?”
Ummm, BADASS! It’s liberating! Being nude is awesome, bodies are awesome! I am not embarrassed or ashamed in the slightest, I’m proud.
“What about potential employers?”
This question has always baffled me – what about them? I guess if I was a school teacher or something it might be an issue, but I’m studying to be a medical scientist and I struggle to see how my personal creative choices reflect on my academic ability. Almost two years ago when I decided to branch out into nude modelling I actually ran it past my boss at the time – he was completely cool with it and told me to go for it! It helps being surrounded by awesome supportive co-workers too. I go to work after a recent shoot and show my co-workers the photos, they’re a great bunch!
“Why don’t you just do clothed modelling?”
I do! I do all kinds of modelling, I have just taken a real shine to art nude modelling, it has been the single best thing I’ve done for my own perception of my body image. Through this journey I have learned to love and accept my body in a way I never knew possible before I started this all.
“How come you don’t just keep it a secret?”
I used to! But now I’m proud and love educating people and giving them another perspective on their existing, often pre-conditioned, close-minded views of fine art nude photography. It is not a sense of validation for me, it is a form of self-love and worship whilst creating beautiful art that honours the female form in all its powerful, awe-inspiring, queenly glory.
And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… VOLO Magazine!
My awesome photo set shot by the incredible Phil Ingram has been set to feature in the prestigious VOLO Magazine for some time. If you don’t know much about VOLO, basically it is a BIG deal. It is the worlds’ #1 fine art nude magazine. This means I now have international recognition as a model, and for my first time being internationally published, being in a magazine as huge as VOLO is a massive achievement. Phil and I will be working on some awesome stuff real soon – so stay tuned for that! I am so honoured to be featured in a magazine full of works by so many amazing photographers of so many stunning babes!
In the meantime, if you want to see some exclusive photos if me doin’ my thang on pages 190-205 you can purchase the 50th Golden Jubilee “Art on Skin” issue of VOLO magazine from the link below: