Form & Function
This girl was an attractive non-model that I met in San Diego and photographed solely because I liked the muscle tone to her legs. She was a grade school teacher and a competitive runner who I met at my gym and invited back to my place hoping to do nudes, but not counting on it because I sensed it would be her first time naked in front of the camera. We did two shoots. The first time was in the evening the day after we’d met and it went well although she was having a hard time loosening up. I was able to get her nude but she was laughing and tense in an excited I-can’t-believe-I’m-doing-this-now sort of way.
As we finished she suggested we shoot early in the morning after she ran because her body would have less water weight to it, or some reason like that. So we made plans to shoot the next day. I overslept and woke up to her calling my cell phone saying that she was knocking on my door but no one was answering. Jumping out of bed, I let her in, apologizing and saying sorry I was an asshole.
This time she knew exactly what we were doing and quickly undressed, asking me if I wanted any oil on her skin. I said yes and my heartbeat picked up a bit. Her body looked like a finely tuned machine. I needed photos of it.
This picture is exactly what I’d wanted. When I told her this her smile was a real thing of beauty. I had been looking to do this shot for a few weeks before I met her and just needed the right subject. It took a while to get because the model had to be gently coaxed into this position but this is it as far as gesture and lighting goes.
I was admiring her body as she stripped down for this second shoot and, noticeably less shy this time, she asked, "Do you want me to take off the ankle chain?"
“No, leave it on," I smiled. "It looks great."