Latex is not as hard as you think it is going to be, you just have to be aware of shiny throughout the shoot. I would recommend something like baby oil as the lube to get the latex costume on the model that way the latex won’t degrade. From some sources they say to use armor all, but I have been told that it degrades the latex, and I got this from a professional fetish photographer. Something to be aware of, your model is going to show every curve they have if the latex is done right. Latex should not be baggy; it should be skin tight to make sure you get all the curves that the model has.
Another thing to remember is that latex is see through under the right lighting conditions, so you want to make sure your model understands that just in case they are new to doing a latex photo shoot.
You want to make sure your model is comfortable
There are three ways of lighting this bad boy:
- Natural lighting without any flashes – make sure you have enough daylight to make it awesome, but this also cuts down on the shiny reflections if you use a flash like the example below:
- Natural lighting with spot flashes, you can use the spot flashes for the background to reduce the shiny off the latex, or you can use a reflector to highlight the face of the model. There will be some bleed through shiny that you will want to use Light Room, Aperture, or other photo manipulation software of your choice to reduce the highlights, like the example below:
- Using only strobes to make the thing work, you will get a lot of shiny you will want to balance out using Light Room, Aperture, or other photo manipulation software of your choice. See the example below:
You want to create a look and feel depending on your choice of lighting and mood. There are a lot of ways of bringing out Goth, heavy metal/punk, or domination in how you light the area. Latex naturally tends to be more fetish in its look and feel, how you light and pose will give the look and feel for what you are going for with your photo shoot. While some latex tends to look more like domination, some latex shoots tend to lend themselves to more of a glamor feel rather than the full domination look. Latex is constricting, your models will not have the normal range of motions that they would have it they were in the typical glamor shot, or doing full on nudes. Your model will become uncomfortable fairly quickly if you have them doing moves that constrict or reduce blood flow to their arms and legs. Touch bases with your latex model on a regular basis to see if they are doing, and break frequently so that they have a chance to move around a bit and get blood flowing through their body again.