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19 May 2009 02:51
Ianspics
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Hi everyone just looking for a bit of advice please,
                                                                   Iam hoping to do some outdoor nude shoots in the summer (when ever that happens). So I was looking for locations for nude shoots in the North West round Merseyside - Lancashire - Cheshire and Wales that would be suitable for that type of project, also what is the law regarding outdoor nude shoots dont fancy the old bill on me case.

Cheers Ianemoticon


19 May 2009 03:20
gantar
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Don't know of any in the NW  but there are plenty in the SW  ands its warmer, though sometimes wetter too.

The law?  Choose a naturist beach 'clothes optional ' signs usually present.  Should have no bother there, except genuine naturists afraid of being caught on your camera.  Avoid annoying or upsetting others, don't point your camera in their direction.

Open moorland is great, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Woodbury, also secluded beaches, but keep an eye out for people on the cliff tops with binoculars!

Only if you cause offence to others might you be reported to the police, so get ready to cover up if you hear or see others out dog walking or rambling around.
In practice if you have a confident model and carry on photographing I've found the majority of the great British public feel a bit embarrased and avoid you or walk round another way with a few furtive glances just to make sure they have really seen a naked beauty in their favourite woods.
If a couple, the man usually gets frog marched in the opposite direction by his partner!  If a single male or couple of males approach get ready to pack up and walk, avoid confrontation and always maintain a professional approach to model and others who may not have yours or your models appreciation of the naked figure as a work of art, or beauty to be appreciated.

Research your site beforehand, I spend many happy hours alone looking for secluded glades in forests, but have my favourite places with good and close car access and a variety of woods, meadows, rocks, water and old barns.
   All you need is the good weather and RELIABLE models!   My biggest problem I'm afraid.  No shortage of locations.
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19 May 2009 04:30
Lifescapes
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In my experience the vast majority of people are far more accepting of nudity in the great outdoors, particularly if you are shooting near water.  That said, preparation seems to be the key to making this a success.  Research your locations thoroughly beforehand.  Check access so you can see where anyone might be coming from.  Check where the sun is so that you can get the angles right.

Your nearest nudist beach will probably be near Barmouth - it's a cracking beach though.

Brief your model beforehand and make she/he's comfortable with the arrangement.

Being naked out of doors is not an offence and in the unlikely event of you being spotted and even unlikelier reported, all you can be charged with is 'breach of the peace' type offences.

And going against the grain of popular opinion on here, this is one situation where (IMHO) chaperones can come in to their own.  Carry stuff, keeping lookout, etc.

Having said all that, my shoot last week, where in half a dozen visits I've only seen a handful of people was suddenly the most popular corner of the Lakes.  Ah well.
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19 May 2009 05:58
Gazz
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Sand dunes at Formby are great, and quite quiet during school term, but even then you can quite easily attract an audience!



Now all you've got to do is catch a model and wait for a sunny day!  Good luck.


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19 May 2009 06:03
Lifescapes
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… ahh the sand dunes. Takes me back.  I remember getting the car bogged down one evening many years ago when I was there with a lady friend … happy days.
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19 May 2009 10:25
whicker
Photographer


Don't  use a location where someone can accidently stumble upon your shoot- always make sure you can see the directions walkers are coming from well in advance, so you can take a break when someone is passing. If someone stumbles upon a nude shoot it could be very embarassing, possibly upsetting or worrying for them, and that is where a potential issue could be. 

I was once with my mum and a five year old, walking the dog along the canal, on the branch that leads out of Glasson Dock,  and we literally almost stumbled on a naked man sunbathing next to the towpath as we passed under a bridge.

Not a problem in this case, but some people, espeically with children, might not wish to be exposed to nudity. Just be respectful.
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19 May 2009 12:15
Sdeve
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I encountered another aspect of location shoots quite recently. We were in an industrial complex, out of business hours, in what seemed to be a fairly secluded location, when I became aware of a watcher. This individual must have approached with care (on reflection, he may have seen us walking from the car, obviously intent on a shoot from the kit I was carrying) and was stood watching us (or at least the model, I hope) while fondling himself through his trousers.

As soon as I spotted him, we  packed up and moved off. Unfortunately, the car was the other side of him. He immediately walked off at speed, while pronouncing repeatedly in a loud and quite venomous tone that what we were doing was disgusting and that he had called the police. He continued in this frame of mind until we got to the car, where with a final volley of indignation he walked off, but not before making a great show of taking a picture of my car with his mobile. We then drove off to give him time to cool down. We returned to the location after a short while to await the arrival of the police, in case he had been less than honest, so we could give our side. Needless to say, they didn't arrive, and I've heard nothing since.

It did rather spoil the day, but I got a couple of images out of it that I'm rather pleased with.


20 May 2009 02:29
Ianspics
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Hi guys,
          Thanks for the replies to my post. It seems you have had the same problems as me, people interrupting. I have used formby beach and forest before, usually around mid morning during Mon to Fri less people around at that time. I will try the idea of the nudist beaches during the week when its quieter.

Cheers Ian emoticon


20 May 2009 02:45
mgphotomedia
Photographer


Quote from Sdeve
I encountered another aspect of location shoots quite recently. We were in an industrial complex, out of business hours



I wouldn't recommend industrial complexes unless you know them very well. Loads of CCTV and 24hr security.

Most likely your 'voyeur' spotted you both from the comfort of his security box, surrounded by banks of CCTV screens, but decided he wanted to get up close and 'personal'.


20 May 2009 10:24
whicker
Photographer


Quote from Ianspics
Hi guys,
          Thanks for the replies to my post. It seems you have had the same problems as me, people interrupting. 



Sounds an odd choice of phrase- but don't forget that people have a "right" to interrupt. If you using a public area, then people have the right to be there too.

Some users of public space (not photographers, I should add) seem to get very moody and self rightous when others cross "their" space. Fishermen for example, tend to get angry at families walking past where they are fishing.


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