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The Other Side of the Lens: An Interview with Traveling Nude Model Crystal Rose {NSFW}

By Anthony Thurston on March 22nd 2013

As a photographer it is easy to think photoshoots are all about us. Sometimes though it is great to hear from the people on the other side of the lens and get their perspective on things. Today I have a great little interview for you with Crystal Rose, an independent traveling model who specializes in art nudes.

In the interview I talk with Crystal about everything from how she got into modeling to her favorite skincare/beauty tip. It was great talking to her and I look forward to following her career more in the future. You can check out the full interview below.

 The Interview

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Tell us a little about yourself, and how people can contact you about shoots?
I travel and pose in the nude. I’m a freelance art model that travels the USA for work. During the spring and summer time I’m often on the move. I can be contacted about bookings at [email protected]

What inspired you to become a model and how did you get started?
I sort of just fell into. I didn’t plan to be an art model but I fell in love with it the first time. The question that I get asked the most is “weren’t you afraid to nude in front of strangers?” The answer is no, it came very naturally.

What sort of modeling do you do? I’m a “nude” model. My favorite genre is art nudes.

Have you always wanted to be a model or did you have other career aspirations in the past? I think everyone at one point while growing up wanted to be a model. What I wanted to be growing up changed weekly!

What career achievement are you most proud of?
Being a part of Eye of Ra’s “Body Language” project at Artomatic 2012 in DC
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What do you believe has been the key to your success as a model?
Being comfortable with my body, being open to new ideas. I’m not afraid to try something odd or silly in order to capture something great. Also I would say a big part of my success is having the confidence to travel alone. I would get far less work if I were to stay in one place. Luckily traveling is my favorite part.

What do you look for in photographers that you would do trade with?
I start by looking at the quality of their portfolio but for the photographers that I continue to trade with time after time it’s all about the chemistry. I believe that when you click with someone you can produce amazing work.

How do you decide where to travel for work?
I put out a casting call for the areas that I think I would get the most work. I have the best luck with the DC and Baltimore area.

What are you favorite places to do shoots? (Studios, Beaches, Forests, Parks, etc) I really enjoy doing shoots on beaches, I flew down to San Francisco for the day to do a beach shoot and enjoyed it.

When you are not doing shoots/booking work, what can people expect to find you doing?
I like to stay active so you can usually find me hiking or riding my horses on different trails throughout Oregon. On rainy days I cater to my creative side by writing poetry and playing piano.

What is your favorite skincare/beauty tip? Drink plenty of water.

What other endeavors/goals would you like to pursue in the next 5 years?
I would like to continue the path that I’m on. It’s more of a lifestyle now than about setting goals to reach. I just go with the flow and great things seem to happen along the way.

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I would just like to thank Crystal for taking the time to answer these questions about herself and what she does. I think that there is much that we as photographers can learn from talking and interacting with models and so I encourage you to seek out their insights.

If you are a model or know a model that would be interested in being interviewed please get in contact with me and we can see if it would be a good fit.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting.

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