Every professional photographer who’s ever shot a model in the nude remembers their very first experience. It’s practically the equivalent of your first kiss. It’s a feeling you can never forget. Your hands shake with nervous excitement and anticipation as you try to calm your nerves. Once you experience this, it stays with you for a lifetime.
As a former fashion model and ‘consumer brand’ art director (read: corporate art slut), photography had always been on the periphery of my life and one of my greatest passions. Finally, at age 29, I decided once and for all to make photography my career. I was living in New York City at the time and asked a friend who was a successful commercial photographer/cinematographer to give me some pointers. She quickly taught me the fundamentals of lighting, the ‘zone system’ and how cameras work. She also led me through books by the Masters like Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and gave me one very valuable piece of advice:
“Shoot what you love!”