I have been giving this some thought for a long time. Probably why this thought has taken so damn long because the thought was floating around in the back of my head behind the “books I want to read in the next thirty years” and “if I am in Japan where am I going” thoughts. That is pretty far back in my skull. Then the prompt, not to be confused with frompt, from Mrs. Fever brought the idea to the fore where the thought has remained. Each time I read that prompt post I come to the conclusion that I was onto something. The end result; the books I have on my shelf, the positive feedback that I have gotten from everyone who has seen the books, heard the idea, and the photos that I have posted here say that I was onto something.
What would I do differently?
The first thing will be the people. Originally I only photographed women. Wasn’t even a thought to photograph anyone else. This time around I want to photograph a variety of people-women, men, couples, different ethnicities, and so on. Of course this will make things more difficult. Finding people willing to take part is hard enough given that I am not looking for professionals which means convincing them. Which means I will be hearing, “What will my boyfriend or girlfriend or job or whatever think?” a lot. My answer to that from now on is, “Sorry to have bothered you.” and walk away. That kind of thinking burned me the first time around and that kind of thinking while understandable on some level irks me.
I still want everyone who does take part to have input. I found that giving each person control over what types of props and scenes were photographed empowered them. Got them to take part, got them excited about sitting in front of a camera under hot lights, and got them through me saying “Stop eyeballing the camera.” Unlike the first Naked in Life, I think I will come up with some general themes to help guide the process and make the book, e-book, or whatever look more cohesive than the Naked in Life. The women from the first book borrowed each others ideas from time to time and had their own idea so what I ended up doing was grouping the book by person instead of theme or season like I had originally envisioned.
There will be more locations, Naked in Life was primarily done in our bedroom due to the bed and the lighting. There was one photo shoot at another person’s house and talk of doing an outdoor shoot, but that never came to fruition. This time around I want to photograph the people where they feel most comfortable. Get them in their element as much as possible…unless they have another idea.
I definitely want to incorporate the blog into the process. At the moment, beyond using the blog as a journal of sorts I am not sure how else to incorporate the two yet. Something that I really want to do is one, maybe two maximum, photo shoots per person, couple, or group. That will give the book more variety for one thing. Reduce worker fatigue for another. Also reduce the amount of planning that anyone other than me would have to make. There were times because the first book only had three women that making plans for photo shoots bordered on the ridiculous or absurd.
As always I am hoping for volunteers, open-minded people who are looking to have a good time, express themselves, and take part in the whole concept. I know I got lucky last time. This time around I will have the contracts, but I am not sure about compensation. I know compensation does grease the wheels, but I don’t want people solely motivated by money. After all there is no guarantee of anything other than photos will happen and I will make a book out of them.
Lastly, on my in a related fashion is doing a bondage version of Naked in Life, but I expect that would be more difficult than a regular version.