If you are thinking about making your own erotic photos, one of the many considerations you will have is where to photograph. You do not need to rent space or pay for a location if you are just starting and experimenting with erotic photography. You might use your own home, a friend’s or the model’s home, or maybe you prefer a quiet, private, secluded and free outdoor location.
For Torrid Art, I usually shoot in medium to large houses. I usually photograph each model in a different house, or location. In the early days of Torrid Art, I re-used houses more than I do now.
I like houses that are roomy and interesting. I need space to set up lights. I like some galleries to have large, spaceous backgrounds, while others have small, cramped backgrounds. I can get small backgrounds in any house, but I need a big house for a big background. I don’t like houses that have all white interior walls. I like nice furniture that looks fairly new, not worn and stained. Though old, worn, run-down and stained furniture might work well for some kinds of photography, I don’t normally use it for Torrid Art.
I’ve been quite fortunate over the last few years. I’ve been using one location agency and they have been very good to me. Here in Los Angeles, there is so much photography and filming going on, both adult and mainstream, that there are many location agencies - companies that rent houses and other buildings by the day for those uses (most are mainstream only). The agency I use usually has what I want, but it depends on the timing. Sometimes after I have a model booked, there just aren’t any houses available for that day that I like. In those cases, I select from what’s available.
It’s true that the “girl next door” might not live in a big, affluent house with new furniture. :-) A model may look fantastic in that setting and photograph very well there. I might like working in mansions, with their space and options for gallery settings. But it also might be a little boring when every model is in a large, affluent house.
I have photographed in small locations before and been pleased with the results, but it’s been a long time. I think the last really small location I used was an apartment with Sasha. That was over four years ago. And there have been some “medium” houses, like the house for Leanna. But lately I have been wanting to photograph a model in a smaller, more modest house or apartment. Working in tight spaces is challenging, but perhaps a small, modest location would add some nice variety to Torrid Art.
Well, I finally decided to give it a try. Next week I have a photo session scheduled with a lovely model named Callie Cobra. And I’ve scheduled a nice, small house for her photo session. Most of the smaller houses available to me, maybe all of them, are not nice looking. They tend to look run-down and cluttered, and the furniture usually looks cheap and heavily worn. Again, that might work fine for some kinds of photography, and some kinds of erotic photography, but I don’t like that look for Torrid Art. The house I have for Callie is not like that at all. It looks nice - simple, modest and small, but very nice.
Photographing Callie in this house is somewhat of an experiment. I hope to get some very erotic photos for you of a very attractive model, and some nice variety for Torrid Art. If the experiment works, well, maybe I will try it again!