Monday, June 18, 2012

How to Photograph Naked Boys Singing on a Non-Nude Beach: Part I

How to Photograph Naked Boys Singing on a Non-Nude Beach: Part I



How do you shoot naked people? (with the camera, I mean) How do you shoot naked people in non-nude public places?

The answer is... you have fun while at it. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do just that on a public Jersey beach, during a cover photo shoot for a publication. The assignment: to photograph the cast of Naked Boys Singing.

The short story: it was a delightful experience. The long story will take a few paragraphs (and an additional post) to tell. But first...

Naked Boys Singing on Jersey Beach. Copyright 2012 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Letting Go: Naked Boys Singing on the Beach. Photo by Alina Oswald
Like with any photo shoot, this one also needed some prep time, which included:
* Writing down a list of potential poses for Naked Boys Singing cast members
* Studying cast portraits and individual portraits/headshots of the cast members
* Familiarizing myself with the show and its cast members over the years
* And, very important, printing out a map (and setting my GPS for) the photo shoot location. [I ended up getting lost, twice, (I always do, while driving in Jersey), but made it to my destination in the end.]

Once I arrived, we discussed best (and also possible) poses and much more. It was nice that, during the shoot, the directors offered new ideas, as did the cast members, and also yours truly. It was an... organic shoot, in that sense.

While we couldn't stay too long, I had to focus to finish the photo-shoot in half the time I usually take. But it had to be done and I had one shot at it. So, I had to be as creative as possible.

While I cannot share all the images from the photo-shoot, for now I can offer a sneak peak into the Naked Boys Singing beach photo-shoot. More images to come.

I'd like to thank the cast and the directors for making this a fun and exciting experience. Stay tune for updates and/or go see Naked Boys Singing performing live on stage. Now, that would be an unforgettable experience.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS