The conclusion to my first Super Session, a client’s protection, and a call to action for you.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, I’d read Part I of this entry first.
So here we are, Constant Viewer. The conclusion of my first Super Session with the amazing Miss A.
Of course Miss A. isn’t her real name nor is it even close to any part of her real name. She wanted to do the session and had no problem with me showing some of the images as long as I met some of her conditions starting with some identification protection as she is in, shall we say, a sensitive job. Another condition was stated in the earlier post – some images were too revealing and she wanted to keep those for herself.
Now, as you know from reading previous entries, the people in these images are in full control of everything we do including what we shoot, where we shoot, when we shoot, how far we go, et cetera. This control extends to the resulting images. Before the session starts the subject and I discuss what the fate of the resulting images will be. We again review that discussion after the final images are done just to be sure we are still on the same page.
Most do these sessions for themselves or someone especial so those images will never, ever see the light of the internet. Ever. No matter what. There’s absolutely no wiggle room here. I’m perfectly fine with that and have no problem agreeing to that condition right in the beginning.
Others might say ok but don’t want their real name attached to it to protect their identity. The last thing most people want to happen is for someone to punch their name into a search engine and have these images pop up. By not attaching their real name to these images, it protects against that from happening. I go as far as to not even mention what city and/or state they live in. I can just use their first name only, make up a false name to go with the images, or use initials like I did here. The viewer will never know which one I used.
We also discuss what level of exposure they are comfortable doing. Some want to stay clothed which is perfectly fine. Some may want to go more daring. Others want to go further. The whole point is that sensual can happen at any level of dress. No, you do not have to do nude. Just because others have does not mean I expect you to do the same. You are in control so what we shoot, at any level of dress, is totally up to you.
Another way I can protect someone is to do the entire session and avoid capturing their face or identifying body scars/unique tattoos, et cetera, in the images. This is called form work. The person becomes abstract art. I delay the posting of the images to give the subject distance from any other images that may already be posted. Trust me, only the subject and I will know who’s in the images.
Actually, there’s been instances where someone says they love the images I’ve posted of them and I’ve had to tell them that those images are actually from someone else. it’s not that hard to do, especially if there’s no clothes involved and I’m doing abstract landscapes.
Then there are the ones that just don’t care. Even those I’d just use their first name only.
The point of all this is to say that there are several levels of protection for those that wish to use it. I want people to be as at ease about the whole thing as possible. Being able to relax, let go of the fear, and have fun is the key to a successful sensual session. Knowing I’m doing everything I can to protect them helps us get to that goal.
So, my friends, here’s my call to action for this post. I want you, mom of 1, 2, 3 or more kids. I want you, recent weight loss achiever. I want you, pregnant mom-to-be. I want you, grandma. I want you, tattooed walking object of art person. I want you, person with curves for days. I want you recent graduate. I want you, recent recipient of a raise or promotion. I want you, gym rat with a hard body.
I especially want to work with you, cancer survivor. That goes the same for you, those wounded serving our country or those that have survived a traumatic accident. You are beautiful.
I want women from every ethnicity, weight, fitness level, shape, and age to contact me today for a sensual session. Let’s show the world that you are beautiful. Show them that you are fearless and confident.
It’s time to stop shaming people because some faceless population says they’re too fat or too skinny. I say embrace who you are right now. Why should we strive for some unachievable societal view of what “desirable” is? Screw that. You’re perfect now and no one can do you better than you. Be the inspiration for others to embrace themselves. Lead the way. Be the beacon.
You are beautiful. You are worth it. There is no guarantee of a tomorrow. Let’s do it now.
I will let Miss A. wrap up this entry.
“Working with Mark was incredible! I’ve never done any sort of modeling before and I was completely nervousness going into it not knowing exactly what to expect. Mark had worked with a few of my friends before but him and I had never even met! So of course the idea of rolling around in sand at times being completely nude made me slightly uncomfortable. But, after the quick warmup shots and when the sun started coming up, all my anxiety quickly disappeared. Mark made me comfortable and we were having a blast laughing and joking.
After the boudoir/sensual session I’ve never felt more comfortable with my body in my life. It’s been a few weeks now since the session and looking at the photos Mark has sent me still gives me such a high and in times where I’m feeling a bit down gives me confidence in my everyday life. I never thought a photo could do that and I owe mark a lot for showing me how great my body really is! Love you Mark!!”
Love you too, Miss A.