Tears & Fishnets: How To Create Sexy, Documentary Style Images

When it comes to erotic photography, there are a million and one styles that can be used. The image seen here is just one of them. I like the feel of this picture. It’s a sexy, documentary style photo that will definitely leave an impression on any viewer. When viewing this shot, it’s almost inevitable that a viewer will come up with his or her own speculation about what may be occurring (or has just occurred).

For example, my personal narrative involves a young French girl from the country who ran away to Paris, got caught up in prostitution, and is now having a breakdown in an extremely brightly lit alcove on the Champs-Élysées. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you further details.


In spite of the tears and overall sad vibe of this image, it’s still a sexy and glamorous shot in it’s own way (torn fishnet stockings have a way of doing that). Certainly, this picture is staged (the bright reflection of the light on the wall gives away the fact that artificial lighting was used).

However, I find images like this to be interesting. More than anything, they remind me of still pictures taken during the process of making of a film.

If this style of photography appeals to you, an important thing to remember is to resist the urge to overly direct your model. Instead, encourage her to get lost in a role; in much the same way a film director would advise an actress.

There are two additional things to learn from this picture. First, lighting for nude and erotic photography can be a tricky business. So be careful not to reveal your lighting setup as easily as this image does. Second, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with a combination of fishnet stockings and smeared mascara.

What do you think about this kind of documentary-style imagery? Leave a comment and let us know.

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