July 03, 2016

Cheesecake -- Happiness is a happy model!

Bettie Page is a legendary cheescake model who remains popular despite the fact that she did her modeling more than 50 years ago. She was good looking and had a nice figure but there have been many models before and since who did, too. What made Page stand out was the fact that she seemed to be completely comfortable doing what she was doing. She looked like she was having fun.

Too many models look bored, or look intimidated, or look outright terrified, and I gather that some men find that sexy. Not me; it just makes me uncomfortable. I want the model to look like she is enjoying herself, like she's happy to be there, happy to be doing the things she's doing, in the (lack of) clothing she is (not) wearing. I like looking at women but I don't want it to be something that they hate.

Of course, when it's fan art we don't have to worry about that, I suppose. They're just drawings. But that's still how I feel about it. So today's search term is "happy".

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Of course, it's even better if they are happy and they're stark naked.


Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Cheesecake at 07:14 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 That was what I always liked about stars like Kitten Natividad or Ashley Juggs. (Aside from the obvious!) They always looked like they aware of how silly what they were doing really was, and just had fun with it.
I've never understood the Japanese fondness for women who look like they'd rather be anywhere else.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at July 04, 2016 02:32 AM (l55xw)

2 In my experience, it's not a stylistic choice to make them look "bored, intimidated, or terrified" (except in certain genres...), it's a combination of inept attempts at "sultry" (which, IMHO, few models can pull off at all before age 30), a lack of interaction between model and photographer, and editors who don't evaluate the picture as a whole

In the one-and-only group shoot I attended, the model actually thanked me in the middle of the shoot for giving her feedback and compliments. The rest of the group were just silently taking pictures, and relying on her to come up with poses and looks. Most of them had shot her before, but never built up any kind of rapport. Which pretty much sums up why I'd never do another group shoot.


-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 04, 2016 07:52 AM (ZlYZd)

3 I remember reading an interview with a photographer in the 80's who said that he used to have Cheech&Chong albums playing during his photoshoots because it made the models smile and laugh.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 04, 2016 08:02 AM (+rSRq)

4 For all the blame that cameraman gets in J's testimonial, you can find a Japanese AV model who projects a warm and happy exterior. Akane Sakura was one. It is quite infrequent, but I don't think a different staff attended to different actresses, so it can be done.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 05, 2016 09:13 AM (XOPVE)

5 There's a lot of "happy sexy" cheesecake and nudes shot in Japan; it's just hit-or-miss, with the same photoshoot often mixing amazing smiles and glassy-eyed stares. AV DVD cover photos and promo shoots are often downright amazing. To name a personal favorite, Nana Ogura is a smiley cutie who lights up for the camera, but I have no interest in her porn films; they could never deliver what her photos promise.

There's a New York photographer who did a lot of work for Playboy in the Nineties, and some models loved working with him and seeing the results. Others thought he was a creepy perv and hated the way their pictures turned out; they'd rather fly to Atlanta on their own dime to work with Playboy's other major East Coast photographer than let this guy point a camera at them. You can usually guess which camp a model fell into based on a single picture.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at July 05, 2016 11:44 AM (ZlYZd)

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