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Artistic Nude Flow Posing: Exploration with Art Nude Model Hanna

Artistic Nude Flow Posing: Exploration with Art Nude Model Hanna

Etude No. 3: Hanna in Studio

In 2016, I invited Canadian Art Nude Model Hanna for a few days to Prague for a joint collaboration on several projects. Hanna and I previously worked together in Berlin about a year ago, shooting the highly acclaimed tutorial series “Mastering B&W Nudes Today”. So I basically knew how Hanna “ticks”, how she acts in front of my lens, and what a wonderfully calm personality she has.

Collab: Model Posing Education

This time, the scheduled core production was the livestream project LIVE 2 – The World Of Posing, a concept dissecting the differences between glamour posing and art nude postures. The show starred two different models: Playmate Coxy Dominika, leading the glam inspired segments, and Hanna, performing the artistic sets.

LIVE 2 was all about crafting exemplary but unique posing aspects. Especially when it comes to artistic postures, one has a whole lot of different strategies and concepts to choose from, even in a plain photo studio: statuesque/sculptural poses, figurative interpretations, freeflow segments, and more.

Freeflow: Testing Emotions

Based on the former project, I could assess how Hanna handles the interpretation of performing directions given, namely in a highly precise manner with her very own creative spin. So I was confident that once we would decide about some concept(s), there would not occur any uncertainties or misinterpretations in the execution of what I was looking for. Yet the actual trouble was that – regarding the artistic segments – I myself had no clue what I was looking for and in which direction I wanted the approach to be leading. So I had to make ad hoc decisions about how to grab the bull by the horns and here is what I have come up with:

Two days before the actual global broadcast I invited Hanna over to the studio, asking her to perform several passes of a flow posing interpretation for me, always acting based on the same musical piece; the one that is used in the video above.

My strategical setup was simple yet ambitious in finding goals:

  1. Letting Hanna run emotionally free within the “crash barriers” of a classical piano music piece that intentionally created a certain mood by default.
  2. Repeating the exercise several times, capturing every single round on video.
  3. Jumping in with my camera for the last 2 rounds and snapping along. This was not about getting the perfect conceptual framing or the “right” pose, no. It was all about feeling the emotions that were created and expressed, about tracking down inspiration. Kind of a “creative exploration along the idea of motion creates emotion”.
  4. In conclusion: For both of us, it was about following our intuition, freely expressing emotions, trusting our senses, and then finding the mutual love, meaning the joint cornerstones which we used to concoct the final, precise, educational concepts for the live show.

Results---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-Hostettler

Results---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-HostettlerResults---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-Hostettler

Results---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-Hostettler

Results---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-HostettlerResults---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-Hostettler
Results---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-HostettlerResults---Flow-Posing---Artistic-Nude-Photography---Model-Hanna-and-Dan-Hostettler

Trust Your Heart!

This might sound like a simplified motherhood statement or a clichéd phrase from a Hallmark RomCom: Trust your heart (first)! Or at least your guts/intuition (in case you want to leave your heart out of it).
Don’t do that on a set when broadcasting to a few hundred people worldwide, of course. At that point you need to be 100% certain about what you are doing and your team needs to know what you are going for in order to be able to contribute their creative pieces of work. The same goes for any shoot where just you and the model are in place: you need to know what you are doing.

But…: In the phase of your creative exploration, you have to listen to your heart/intuition and follow your guts’ advice – despite of all difficulties that might arise.

By doing so, it is possible to create beautiful work-in-progress series like the one produced with Hanna back in 2016. Your heart is able to create your very own, unique statement. Listen to it. Always.

– Behind The Scenes –

– Simple Lighting Design & Gear Settings –

Lighting Setup - Freeflow Posing Hanna

Lighting

  • Key Light: Softbox 80x120cm / 2.6x4′
  • Fill-In/Side: Stripbox 40x180cm / 1.3x6′
  • Ratio Key<>Fill: 4:1

Camera Settings

  • Focal length used: 50-85mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/80
  • ISO: 200

Tutorial “Posing with Hanna & Coxy Dominika”

LIVE Replay: ‘The World Of Posing’ – Starting Out, Glamour & Art Nude

12 Films. 128 Min Runtime. FullHD
Starring Czech Playmate Coxy Dominika & Canadian Art Nude Sensation Hanna.
From Posing Basics to Coaching Systems to Genres: always sexy. Different genres, different posing styles, different model types. All techniques and examples guarantee you immediate, meaningful and portfolio-proof imagery and the settings with Coxy Dominika and Hanna will let you replicate and adapt not only your ideas but also your shots right away.


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Dan Hostettler

A traveler at heart, inspired by women, working along Swiss precision. Dan is a mediapreneur, photographer, author of several books and founder + Editor in Chief of SexyWomenPhotography.com.

Being a successful photographer for more than 15 years Dan got internationally published and featured on/in GQ Online, The India Times, FashionONE TV, FotoTV, GoodLight Mag, amongst many others. Dan is currently residing and working in Prague, CZ.

Dan will talk about his projects, provide insights in shootings & concepts, produce webinars, create Academy content, explain styles, emphasize the importance of working with models and any other exciting topic he discovers along the way.

5 Comments

  1. Joe Rooney

    Most people don’t realize just how important music is to setting a mood when engaged in a creative undertaking. But it definitely affects how a model moves on set, and, I’d also argue, it subtly affects our framing choices as we take the photos. I’m not sure that I could quantify that in any way, but I always have believed that model and photographer feed off of each other’s energy on set, and a key to that is the music.

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    • Dan Hostettler

      Music most definitely influences a whole lot on the set/shoot. The classical calm piano piece used above was chosen to set a rather “flowy” mood. Like you I am also very sure that the “spirit/esprit” of the music influences (in my case heavily) the composition. This happens less intentionally than based on my feelings but it most likely affects me. Having a pumping, driven music piece let me compose more “aggressively” – meaning harder cropped framing, subject more to the frame edges etc – while a soft mood let me search for curves and harmony.

      Next week I am starting a new private project called “Private Affairs”, going back to shoot on B&W film with my trusty Hasselblad in front of self-made (painted) backdrops. This project is laid out to be shot over a long time period using identical lighting design but different women – and different music during the different shoots/days. So I am very curious how this will affect the results…

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