Much of Model Mila Avani’s work is art nude.
Her settings are often in remote nature.
There is a feeling of beauty and freedom, of courage and honesty to her work which serves to both uplift and inspire viewers.
A quote attributed to Michelangelo and shared by Mila …
“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”
… this for me is a personification in words of the nude form as beauty.
There are models who today are courageous enough to embody this spirit of pride in God’s work with the body. I’m not saying Mila is religious, I do not know.
I do say that Mila is one of these courageous models whose work is both beautiful and inspiring.
Through her art nude modeling, Mila personifies beauty in form.
Mila provides via her art as Model, form from which talented photographers capture and create captivating images of incredible nude beauty, unusually in nature settings.
Today, Mila has graciously consented to share her thoughts and a bit of back story on her portfolio with us today.
“Fine art modeling involves making uncomfortable positions look comfortable, having boundless energy through long days of posing, cheerfully getting up at 4 AM, risking arrest for indecent exposure, and generally getting cold, wet, dirty, and scraped up day after day without complaint.
Photographers should remember that during most shoots longer than two hours the model will need time for food, rest, and warm-up breaks, and be sensitive to these needs.
As a paid model, there’s always the fear that your creativity will fail you or the photographer will not be happy with your work.
It’s not usually an easy job, but it’s worth it!
I’ve been a part-time art model almost constantly since 2005, mostly throughout Michigan but with occasional travel to other parts of the Midwest or to rock climbing destinations.
I started modeling when my now-husband, who is an amateur photographer, asked me to pose (nude) for him by a waterfall when we were dating.
I thought, ‘Ok. Why the hell not?’
About a year later I was looking for a job in the Classifieds section and saw an ad that said, ‘Seeking model for outdoor figure studies, $30/hour.’
I thought, ‘Oh, that’s nude modeling. I can do that.’
Enter Edward Holland, art photographer extraordinaire. In the past five years, he and I have worked together countless times. I like to joke that Edward has seen me nude more than any other 10 people combined.
Initially, I worked with Edward for two years before meeting another photographer at an art show, who told me about ModelMayhem (MM).
I joined MM and started getting work through the site. This process has continued mostly unchanged to this day …. Although I’ve learned the hard way about some red flags to watch for … !
People who know me often joke that ‘Mila hates clothes.’ This is actually sort of true.
Artistic modeling is a way for me to express humanity’s connection with nature, and the beauty and versatility of the human body when it is allowed to be free of clothing.
When modeling, I aspire to create photographs which move people, which make the viewer aware that life is more than the sum of all its parts.
While shooting, I think entirely about posing – the current pose, the next pose, and the 5 poses after that.
This enables me to work all the aspects of a concept and then move quickly into another one, making the best use of the photographer’s time.
I tend to focus a lot on details like hand and foot position and what my hair is doing, because these things can make or break a photo.
If I have one defining feature, I think it’s my sense of humor.
My sense of humor always keeps buzzing around throughout all my posing session – it’s impossible to turn it off; and, I love to joke around and laugh during shoots.
Nowadays, most of my work seems to find me, either through ModelMayhem or word of mouth.
The tricky part is weeding out the pervs from the real artists (apologies to the pervs…not).
If I’m planning to travel to an area, I search ModelMayhem for photographers in that area and contact the ones with nice, artistic portfolios and, almost more importantly, profile essays that suggest a respectful personality and presence of basic communication skills.
I’m picky. It saves me grief in the long run.
For me, my creative process is generally very fluid, and ideally involves input from the photographer.
The most productive shoots are ones where I look at what I have to work with, usually some sort of natural environment, think about what might look compelling, and begin posing. The photographer then begins his work and gives me a stream of comments on what looks good, what doesn’t look good, what I could change to make the image better, or ideas for other poses.
I find that this sort of collaboration can result in some really extraordinary work. It’s difficult for me to do my best work if the photographer doesn’t give me any feedback – oftentimes I’ll see a finished photo and think ‘Damn, this is really good…but if only I had moved my ________ two inches to the _______, it would have been freaking awesome.’ I usually don’t do a lot of planning before a shoot, because the best photos seem to just ‘happen.’ Take Fallen Angel, for example ((c) Edward Holland): we walked up the stream, I saw the falls, and immediately thought ‘Upside down.’ I got into position with no small difficulty, but it was worth it.
To get ready for a shoot, I eat a good meal that will give me lots of energy, then I throw my stuff in a backpack and go. No magic Zen or anything, sorry.
Must have beauty products regimen? – Um, a comb. That’s about it.
I really like the natural look and it works with my style of art.
My modeling work is paid.
I have only done rare TF shoots over the years.
This can be a delicate subject with photographers, some of whom feel that a model asking to be paid must feel her work is more valuable than the photographer’s.
This isn’t at all the case for me.
As much as I enjoy it, modeling is a job for me –sadly, photos aren’t edible and they don’t pay the mortgage.
Fortunately I’ve met many wonderful photographers willing to negotiate an agreement in which both of us feel we receive a fair deal.
I always bring all of my creativity and energy to each shoot, and have often been told ‘I never thought I would pay a model; but, it was worth it!’
Thus over the years I’ve built a reputation as a good model worth paying, with excellent references.
Getting paid work is a matter of experience, modeling ability, communication and negotiation skills, respect for photographers, and the ability to place a reasonable, competitive value on one’s work.”
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