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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Nudes, Bar Mitzvahs, and WTF.

Q: I’M A NEWBIE TO THE PHOTO INDUSTRY AND I’VE JUST REDESIGNED MY WEB SITE TO INCLUDE SOME OF MY NUDE WORK. I WANT TO GO INTO COMMERCIAL AND EDITORIAL WORK BUT, AT THIS POINT, I FEEL THAT I SHOULD TAKE ANY JOB THAT COMES MY WAY. I’M PROUD OF MY NUDE WORK AND THINK IT’S IN GOOD TASTE, BUT I AM CONCERNED THAT IT MIGHT TURN AWAY CLIENTS LOOKING FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS, WEDDINGS, OR BAR MITZVAH PHOTOS. SHOULD I KEEP THE PHOTOS ON THE SITE OR DITCH THEM?

A: If you’re going after editorial and commercial work then I think you can have a gallery of personal nudes—as long as they’re done really well. If it’s just more naked folks lying on rocks then you may want to reconsider. You know, because the world doesn’t have enough ...

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