Elaine not her real name was 18 when she posed for her last lingerie-clad photo shoot. It was a routine affair, and it was already her fifth time working with this particular photographer. Having started modelling roughly a year earlier, the then-Institute of Technical Education electronics student found it an easy way to earn pocket money and save for her studies. That shoot in was different, though, as the result was she joined the ranks of models in Singapore with nude photographs leaked online.
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On this Thursday evening, all eyes are on Shirley. As she nonchalantly fixes her gaze on some imagined point at the far end of this air-conditioned room, nine complete strangers are silently but intensely scrutinising her from top to bottom. Shirley relaxes, picks up a white top and casually covers herself. Before shuffling to an adjacent room to stretch her back, she takes a peek at a couple of nude sketches propped up on easels. Photo: Gaya Chandramohan. For two hours, professional and amateur artists hone their skills, translating a model-in-the-flesh into figures on paper or canvas. Sketching in real life. I was lucky that I Googled it online and found photographers who wanted models, so I gave it a try.
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She calls herself Lucille and says she is a year-old model from Britain who is here on holiday. He calls himself Dave and says he is a Singaporean photographer friend helping to expand her work portfolio. They were at Tanjong Beach on Sentosa yesterday morning,taking nude shots. We picked a more isolated part of the beach," Dave, 30, said. As we waited, more and more people came to the beach," he told The New Paper. Time was not on their side so the two decided to carry on with the shoot with Lucille totally naked, save for a fishing net draped over her body. There were about a dozen beach users at the part of the beach where the duo were, but they did not appear to be bothered by the nude photo shoot.
With my experience in doing portrait shoot as a photographer, I have worked with various types of people. I do all kinds of shoots as long as they are tasteful. As some of my shoots are sensual, sometimes I do have friends of both genders asking me about the shoots out of curiosity. I do get questions like "do you get to see zaogeng wardrobe malfunction? Every "straight" guy will be interested in getting "free show" but as a professional photographer , controlling the mind and showing respect to model is crucial. There is a saying "one should not shit at where he eats" and therefore a professional photographer should not tarnish his reputation in photography.