I take pictures of bigger ladies regularly. I prefer looking at them to skinny girls but that's from a completely non-sexual point of view. If I was a 50 year old man and I had some money in my pocket to pay a model to spend time with me naked for 3 hours my opinion might be a lot different.
So it would be fair to say that you think the majority of photographers book models because they look at them from a sexual viewpoint?
I prefer slimmer models, not because I want to have sex with them - I mentioned on the first page my reasons why I have the preference I do so I can understand entirely why male photographers would have the same preference as me when it comes to shooting models. There is a difference between photographically what you find attractive and what you sexually find attractive. Some prefer slim models and others prefer larger models, nobody is wrong..
There's an image by Gary Breckheimer that features a nude BBW that I've always fancied using as inspiration for a shoot. However all the suitably sized models I've approached initially gush with enthusiasm but then bottle out. I think they're all too body-conscious - at least the ones I've spoken to are.
I love seeing art nude images and I don't mind if the model is slim or plus size. If it's a beautfiul image, should it matter what size the model is?
As someone said above, slim models and plus size models create different shadows when doing this genre. It's all down the personal taste really.
I done my first nude shoot earlier this year and although I was nervous and worried about what the images would look like, I soon lost the nerves, enjoyed myself and actually loved the images I received. (I would show some here but I don't know how).
I consider myself plus-sized because of my crazy hips and thighs. And I do a lot of art nude work.
I get a lot of good reactions particularly from art classes who like that I resemble the artists' models of the Renaissance. It helps that I can bend interestingly.
Life classes love older and bigger ladies but find it hard to get them. In art-nude photography I think slim or medium is best but as in most cases it's not what you've got more than what you do with it. I've seen some shockingly boring slim art-nude photos so size doesn't always matter.
its my personal preference to see slimmer girls in art nude but I am sure there are some lovely larger ladies who look great in this genre, it's not for me though.Its a shame as I miss it but most art nudes seem to be a size 6,8 or small ten and my hips and bum are never going to shrink down to that size again!
My image example is in a flash slideshow so is not likely to show here, but it is of a large lady gardener in her shed. She looks superb by any standards. http://www.dontwelookgoodwithoutclothes.com/Naked/in-my-garden.html I tried to copy and paste a jpeg, but that didn't work. Is there a way to post an image other than through a website link? Ian
The popularity of stick thin models is a relatively recent phenomenon. Up until the 60's a size 12 model was pretty much the norm, Marylin Monroe was a size 14 and she did alright. One can only hope that the modern trend for underweight models will pass, as to me a proportionately built size 12-14 is pretty much perfect - as can be seen by JadedRed in an earlier post.