I have been intrigued with the human body and how it reacts to light since I began my photographic career. Because it is infinitely flexible and, more importantly, because no two bodies look or react alike, the image possibilities when working with a nude model are endless.
Photographing the nude is also, arguably, the most difficult subject. In addition to lighting, posing and composition issues, there are also a number of psychological issues that must be dealt with if one is to produce beautiful images. For example, while someone may agree to be photographed au naturel, it doesn't mean they're comfortable. I will tell a "new" model that she will experience five minutes of sheer terror (a deliberate overstatement) and then all will be well. In truth, and if your motivations are in the right place, it takes about 30 seconds for a willing model to become acclimated to you and the environment. Obviously, trust in you is paramount to a successful shoot.