Sexy!


posted on 13th of april, 2007

Youth and sex have forever been used to promote and sell products and services. And sexy pixs are especially important to the calendar sector that isn't dominated by kittens (the more feline type) and gardens. I'm not an expert on what is sexy; that is gender specific and tied to sexual orientation, age, culture and personality. But I can give you some tips on how to make pictures that will have sex appeal AND still useful for some mainstream buyers.
Golden heels girl in bikini #2
Bosom with bra
This article is illustrated exclusively with images that can be downloaded with the Dreamstime content filter on. To be certain that the filter does not block your images, don't submit photos that are overly sexual in nature. Nudes will escape censoring by the filter if the more personal parts are in shadow or covered by the angle of the shot or position.
Nude woman relaxing on the floor eyes closed
Both of the images above will satisfy image needs for some health care uses, concepts of beauty and femininity and won't be blocked by the content filter. Which is why they probably aren't considered as "sexy" as the ones below where the model is not nude at all but still gets past the filter.
Feminine pink shorts and hand
Dreamstime doesn't accept anything that is pornographic.
Pay attention to details. When casting for models to pose as sex symbols, don't look only at the body and face. Check out the model's hands and feet. Nice manicure and pedicure? If not, back to the salon. Hands that look like claws? Hide them. If she's not barefoot, are her shoes fashionable and not worn?
Sexy punk-rock girl
Feet with madonna lily
A mistake I've seen a few times: model has been running around the shooting area for several hours and no one has noticed that the soles of her/his feet are now very dirty. Save yourself some difficult tricks in post and keep your eye on the soles.
Woman
Attraction business lady
Hair in both male and female models needs to be clean and not stringy. No skin blemishes that can't be easily removed in post production. We have been hearing from clients for many years that they want models that look "real". It may seem obvious to ask that models with dirty hair, bad skin and not so nice looking faces be avoided but they are just too real.
Demand for images of nude and sensual men is much more limited than it is for woman. Major uses: men's health issues, personal trainer web sites and workout equipment. Sexy photos of men fall into two categories: the muscle men and the rest.
Muscular athletic body builder chest
I'm more into brain than brawn but below are my picks for sexy he-man shots. (Can't help humming the Randy Newman song: You Can Keep Your Hat on, Baby)
Nacked man in the cap - pointing
No one forgets makeup for women but it gets overlooked when it comes to shooting hero shots of men. You can end up with terrific bodies topped by faces as greasy as an omelet pan.
Lips
Love desire
Seduction is a state of mind and portraits can be just as erotic as full body shots. And it doesn't always have to be the standard garter belts and fish nets stockings. Two of the most erotic images I recall had to do with feathers.
Apple-Pear
Nudity and eroticism are found in the work of some of the world's top photographers. Helmut Newton said about his work "There are two dirty words in photography: one is 'art' and the other is 'good taste'. He didn't say that to me but he did quote a $32,000 day rate to me for a Japanese company that wanted to hire him years ago. I met with him and my Japanese agent at Hollywood 's Chateau Marmont Hotel to make arrangements for him to work for the client. (The client went elsewhere as the fee was too high for them).
Look up a few of the masters of 20th century erotic and nude photography: Newton, Edward Weston, Ralph Gibson, Sam Haskins, Herb Ritts and Ruth Bernhard among others.
TIPS
To avoid being blocked by the content filter, no full frontal nudity or overly sexual positions.
Don't over look the details of the model's hands and feet; hair and skin.
Revealing less rather than more can often result in images that have a greater emotional impact.
Study the masters
Comments (34)

Posted by Lensara on April 25, 2007
Ive actually just taken loads of self portrait pics in this genre to give it a try and thanks for all the info it was really good fun
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
(((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))
thanks Denise..
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 16, 2007
i'm sorry my mom and dad had gone through this soooo many times. remember "it" comes from the inside......
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
That was a great laugh Denise.. you made me laugh.... after coming back from the doctor and again, having to deal with skin cancer.. this time on my shoulder, and maybe (another spot on my cheek, which is about an inch that will be taken out if it is.. ughhhhh) Now I don't feel sexy.. ughhhhh....
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 16, 2007
alice mine is the same way, disheveled, sleep deprived,dirty work clothes...whatever, he still sees me as the most beautiful and desirable woman on the planet. if i could feel half as beautiful as he thinks i am, i would be too obnoxious to deal with haha
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That is why one of the tips at the end of the blog is: • "Revealing less rather than more can often result in images that have a greater emotional impact".

So true!!!!!!
My husband thinks I am sexy when he sees me first thing in the morning, still in my pjs and working at the computer with my mug of coffee.. '-)
Just one of the many things why I married him!
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 16, 2007
Does sexy have to have nudity? Does Sexy have to have female bodies half clothed or male bodies half clothed? from Ladykassie and



I've seen images of sand dunes that were sexy. . . its been said the brain is the most prominent sex organ in the body. . .its really more about the sensual nature of an image than it is about large exposed areas of skin. from Lightart

i agree with you both as this is something i eluded to somewhere in all my "talking" about this. :)


ellen i will email soon. when i went back to look through i found many common threads.

this seems to be an issue with a handful of photographers, who intentionally or due to a misunderstanding of our wonderful english language have included both teen and adult in their shots of this nature.

many were simply keyword spamming including the exact same words on every shot, most of which didn't apply to the photo anyway.

if i might i would like to suggest,...(More)
Posted by Ellenboughn on April 16, 2007
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That is why one of the tips at the end of the blog is: • "Revealing less rather than more can often result in images that have a greater emotional impact".
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
So true LightArt..

Also.. I think my dog is sexy..  Image not available or id is incorrect. 
Posted by Starblue on April 16, 2007
Hello to all - not long time ago I have read an interview where a Czech actress has told that much more "sexy" is when the body is discovered in way that one must imagine the rest. Indeed, when you started to talk about this topic and Ladzkassie asked if sexy have to have nudity, I have recall an image seen on exbition. It has been close up of female neck and breast. She was dressed in old type dress like from middle age pub, so her breast was pushed up and near the breast was a cross. And it was illuminated with warm orange light... it was really sexy in my opiniom and artistic in the same moment.
Have a excellent day!
Starblue
Posted by Ladykassie on April 16, 2007
Does sexy have to have nudity? Does Sexy have to have female bodies half clothed or male bodies half clothed?

Posted by Stuartkey on April 16, 2007
Maybe it was inadequate clothing making an inappropriate photo? :)

Posted by Avion49 on April 16, 2007

PS: user banned for posting inadequate photo

Inadequate? or Inappropriate? Either way, I'm glad to see that action was promptly taken.

Sandy
Posted by Achilles on April 16, 2007
We realized that this theme will spark discussions and this is one of the main reasons it was posted, because this is why the blog is here. We delayed its post a while because of the Easter holiday.

Now, on topic, this is supposed to be a site for specialists. The terms clearly say that:
Children

Children (persons under the age of 18) are not eligible to use this site unsupervised and we ask that children do not register for an account or submit any personal information to us. By using this site unsupervised, and/or registering for an account, you warrant that you are 18 years of age or older.


This means that all of us (including me) have to be careful when we browse the site with our kids near us. The content filter works, but its sensitivity is set to "adults" not to minors.

So, this is a theme that is to be discussed between professionals of the stock industry. This come with the positive and negative criticism about where the advertising...(More)
Posted by Riskyphoto on April 15, 2007
I never have posted anything until this post. I guess this just strikes a cord with me having four children one of which is a 14 year old daughter. Being around her friends etc. has made me realize that advertising is playing a big role in how the kids dress and what they feel is "o.k. and acceptable". I believe that each one of the photographers whether teens or adults should really think about what they shoot and how will it affect our society as a whole.

"LightArt, remember that the only reason we realized we were naked is because of sin other than that no-one would even be having this conversation"


I think many companies are taking strides to change these images and projections....Like Dove soap ads, they advertise natural beauty. Not that there is not a need for nudity still. If people want porn they do not have to come to a stock site for it, there are tons of it for free on the internet. They want tasteful and that is what this blog is about, they come to...(More)
Posted by Ellenboughn on April 15, 2007
Please do not open the URL in the message just above this. It would not get past our filter and is completely inappropriate to this venue. I'll get it removed as soon as I can.
Posted by Artchick on April 15, 2007
Great post, but I disagree with the statement that images of nude and sensual men are in less demand that those of women. There's a great market for these models and photographs in the publishing world! Artists need sensually posed, handsome, adult males for use in covers for ebooks, website banners, promotional flyers, etc.

I hope more photographers start using males as subjects in their shoots, especially models who represent a diverse range of ethnicities.
Posted by Jwblinn on April 14, 2007
Boy, has this thread lost it's way.

I was so glad to see Ellen's blog on the subject of 'sexy'. I shoot lots of pretty and young models, most clothed and some not. And probably my most commonly used keyword is 'sexy'.

I do not shoot porn and I have never seen anything approaching porn on this site or any other stock site with which I'm familiar. In fact I see far more suggestive and demeaning and exploitative images of women and young-looking girls in mainstream magazines than anywhere in the microstock world -- and mainly, ironically enough, in fashion advertising aimed at women, magazines like 'W' and 'Glamour' and 'Vogue'.

I also don't shoot models under the age of 21 in alluring or revealing or prurient poses and NEVER have used the keywords 'teen' or 'teenager'. My point is simply that this kneejerk leap from 'sexy' to 'porn' is irrelevant and specious within this context. So let's skip the porn talk and get down to business.

Ellen's blog...(More)
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 14, 2007
maybe we are chasing the rabbit , while driving the car...i feel too lazy to run after it today hahah
Posted by Littlemacproductions on April 14, 2007
but i think we have ********ed off course a bit.

Ka-bam!
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 14, 2007
regardless of the fact that it should or shouldn't be discussed in an open commercial setting. i believe ellen said she didn't think it needed to be discussed, whether that means in this thread or on DT , doesn't matter to me. the topic of the thread was not about religion or freedom of said religion. so i think we should steer away from chasing that rabbit. the debate over appropriate model shots was a subject appropriate detour, but i think we have ********ed off course a bit.
Posted by Thyrymn on April 14, 2007

I respect your beliefs but frankly religious prostelizing has no place on a commercial site.

Unfortuately, you are wrong. It is a myth of modern western culture that religion and talking about religion in a commerical setting "has no place." Many people have made much money with overt prostelizing. For example, Ben Franklin (no religious zealot by any means) made his fortune publishing the sermons of George Whitfield.

Posted by Denisebeverly on April 14, 2007
ellen i will , but it will be later today or perhaps tomorrow. my son is home today and tomorrow all day, and runs by my computer a lot. for instance 4 times while i have been typing this...i will enjoy it while i can...he still likes me :) i will go back and scan through first chance i get.
Posted by Ellenboughn on April 14, 2007
Hello Denise: I will take a look at the keywords. But please remember 18 is the age of consent and considered adulthood in most states and countries. And 18 and 19 are considered "teens" and their images should be keyworded as such so nude and teen are rightfully together in those images. If you would like to send some image numbers for me to look at that you think are wrong, please send to support to forward to me. But I won't get into a discussion of how religious beliefs should effect photography nor censorship. Nor should we here. But I'm glad for the lively discussion. Thanks to you all.
Posted by Sonyae on April 14, 2007
I never have posted anything until this post. I guess this just strikes a cord with me having four children one of which is a 14 year old daughter. Being around her friends etc. has made me realize that advertising is playing a big role in how the kids dress and what they feel is "o.k. and acceptable". I believe that each one of the photographers whether teens or adults should really think about what they shoot and how will it affect our society as a whole.

"LightArt, remember that the only reason we realized we were naked is because of sin other than that no-one would even be having this conversation"
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 14, 2007
good morning ellen. thanks for taking the time to post back and i am glad you don't feel hijacked.

you have covered most everything i commented on ,to quote your post "(Certainly child pornography is illegal but not nude pictures of children under all circumstances)" - no i do not think babies in the bathtub, , with bubbles :) ,are pornographic.
we will have to agree to disagree on the teen issue, i haven't changed my thinking on this matter at all. i won't even say it is based on the fact that i am a Christian,though i am. I simply think teens are too young for this type of imagery or portrayal.

however the one thing you did not address was the keywording.
there is no reason at all that teen or teenager belongs in 99 percent of these shots as a keyword. it is not a correct use of the keywording system,period.
Posted by Riskyphoto on April 14, 2007
I think it beautiful how photography can take an expression and make it more beautiful. Some may not like nudity and that is their personal belief. But for the rest who are not ashamed of it nor offended by it is just another form of expression. The human body is nothing to be ashamed of.
Posted by Ellenboughn on April 14, 2007
I agree completely with almost everything that has been said here on a personal level. I abhor the use of children (and that means up past the age of 18) in exploitative images especially in advertising. This is one of the reasons I always recommend that a photographer request a driver's license or passport to verify age. And this is for all images not just nude ones.

I also don't like the exploitation of women that some advertising slips into nor the idea that the only "pretty" women (or men) are young and slim. However, neither is illegal. (Certainly child pornography is illegal but not nude pictures of children under all circumstances)

The United States Supreme Count hasn't been able to decide what is pornography and what is not. Just like many other social issues, this one is both culturally and nationally determined. I tend to take the same road the US Supreme Court did: is what is shown generally accepted in the community?

The answer here is yes. You...(More)
Posted by Sonyae on April 14, 2007
i agree with everything that you have posted denisebeverly, and will go a little further to say that we will all stand before the most awsome high judge and will have to give an account for our actions. Whoa to that person on that day who is taking such pictures!!
Posted by Denisebeverly on April 14, 2007
i understood what ellen was saying and about that i only pointed out that "romantic" might be nice. the word sexy is thrown in our face so much. there is something intense and magnetic about the "look" the model has in the next to last picture ( beside the fishnet stocking shot) there is no nudity shown and yet it is deeply seductive and sensual. the mysterious nature of it makes it even more so. she doesn't have to show every inch of skin in order to be "sexy".

she doesn't have to push her backside or breasts in the camera to be sexy. it comes from within. to be honest when i see shots of bottoms pushed up and out in some unnatural position, i think of my cats and how they rare up their backside when you are petting them near the base of their tails. no offense to the photographers or models, its just what i think of when i see on of those shots. :o

everything from cars to televisions are considered "sexy" these days. it has lost its punch, its a tag line...(More)

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