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Shoot Styles - Work Preferences

By Russ Freeman, written 1359830625.

This isn't exhaustive and may still leave a lot open to interpretation so please do confirm exactly what you are expecting and is expected of you prior to arranging a shoot.

Also see our Glossary of terms for more information.

Adult

This can be anything from posing suggestively nude or in a state of undress through to interactions with others in the shoot. This predominantly means it will be explicit and sexual in nature, mostly pornographic, and can include open leg. Always confirm what is expected!

Alternative

Typically this means something a bit gothic, lots of tattoos, just something out of the orindary really.

Beauty

Mainly referring to highly polished headshots. Mostly there will be a stylist and make-up artist present too

Body Paint

Mostly you will be nude or semi nude and someone, preferably a makeup-artist, will apply bodypaint in some way. You'll then be photographed.

Bondage

Tied up somehow in various states of believability preferably using an experienced rigger. Always best to confirm who will be doing it and what is expected of you.

Commercial

Shots for sale in publications and on the web. Think magazine adverts.

Erotic

Posing suggestively, not necessarily explicit but quite likely. Again, confirm what is required.

Fashion

Fashion mostly isn't nude but can have some nudity. Mostly there will be a stylist and make-up artist present too.

Fetish

Fetishes vary greatly and one persons fetish is another persons odd behaviour. Always confirm beforehand what is expected of you.

Fitness

It's all running around in lycra, looking fit and toned.

Glamour

Posing suggestively, hopefully in glamorous surroundings, can be nude, topless, lingerie, and clothed. Best to confirm what is expected beforehand.

Landscape

Just beautiful pictures of the landscape.

Lifestyle

Portraying real life situations, bright lights and happy smiling shots usually used for magazine advertising.

Lingerie

Pants and bra, stockings, suspenders, corsets etc. Can be artful or glamorous.

Nude

Can be anything from full nude to partial or concealed. If you only shoot implied nude - that is you are in fact wearing clothes but you look nude then don't choose this option.

Pinup

Cheeky, fun shots aiming to be stuck on the inside of lockers everywhere.

Portrait

Images that captures the expression, personality, and mood of the subject.

Promotional

Typically posing with products of some kind so a company can use them in their own brochures.

Sheer

Shooting in anything sheer or semi-transparent. Ideally you'll be okay shooting nude or topless.

Swimwear

Posing in your swimmers.

Topless

Typically this will mean with nipples showing. It's best to confirm before agreeing to a shoot.

Wedding

Shooting as though it's a wedding. Photographers may use models to pose as the bride to promote themselves on their websites.

Need to change the shoot styles listed on your account?

You can do this by going to Manage your account and clicking Work PreferencesUn-tick the shoot styles you do not need (or select the ones you do need) and then click Update your work preferences at the bottom of the page to save your preferences. 

The Adult option is only available to those who also choose any of the following shoot styles:

  • Fetish
  • Erotic
  • Promotional
  • Bondage

This is to make sure that there is no confusion for those selecting I shoot adult levels with I am an adult. If someone chooses any of the above shoot styles then we know they are more than likely to intend selecting the shoot style Adult.

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