Needed: editorial photos of all body types, sizes, races, and abilities.
Here are 3 very basic guidelines for the kinds of shots I need:
- Use natural lighting, if possible. Position yourself or your subject in front of a window or even outside if you can. When shooting outside, overcast days offer the best lighting.
- Take photos with straight-on angles, not selfie angles. For this, you’ll likely need to use a timer or enlist someone else to take your photos. A lot of us fats have learned little tricks to make ourselves look “more attractive” in our selfies, since this is usually focused on making ourselves look smaller.
- Look at stock photos of requested and suggested poses. These are essentially the kinds of photos I’m looking for — just with models who aren’t all slender white folks. Generally, I'd like shots to look editorial and intentional.
Interested? Let's talk!
Why am I asking?
In the coming couple of years, I’m planning on being more intentional in depicting bodies in my work. I have a few series in the planning stages, tackling topics like relationships to food, our own bodies, and the bodies of others.
As a fat chick, of course I want the majority of the bodies I draw to be fat bodies. We deserve representation that isn’t shaming or fetishizing. I also want to be sure that I’m not only drawing white able bodies.
While I do have a few resources for reference models, I’d like to build my own cache. And I thought I’d ask you wonderful folks to help me with that.
What will you get in return?
Unfortunately, I live below the poverty line, which means that financial compensation is outside of my ability to provide. It is okay if this is a deal-breaker. Your time and resources are valuable.
If you still want to submit reference photos, I can offer the following:
- You give final approval of artwork. I won’t publish any artwork that uses or depicts your body in a way you’re not happy with.
- Explicit citation in the artwork itself. This isn’t necessary if you don’t want it to be, but I’ll be adding a small line of text to each piece (if requested) that reads, “Model: [model name, or social media handle].”
- Up to 10 physical copies of each product you’re featured in. These could be prints (5x7in, 8.5x11in, 11x14in, or 11x17in), die-cut stickers (no wider or taller than 3.25in), or 2.25in round buttons.