M is for Marla
by , 08-09-2008 at 01:14 AM (19835 Views)
This past Father's Day weekend (June 14-15, 2008), I hired four local models to work at
Camp Far West: two on Saturday, two on Sunday. I previously covered the New Year's
Day gathering of V-drives and jetboats at the lake, but it had been too cold to do any
swimsuit photography. This time, I planned to do a lot of it.
But the best laid plans of mice and men often go straight to hell.
First of all, only one of the models, Marla Gutierrez, showed up on Saturday. This
meant she had to do the work of two girls. Unfortunately, neither of the two bitches, I
mean models, whom I had hired showed up on Sunday — no phone call, no text, no
excuse, no apologies. Rassin', frassin'....
Still, thank God that Marla didn't flake. I had found her to be very friendly in our initial
email correspondence. Here were the photos she shared with me when she first made
On the day of the shoot, Marla showed up on time, which in my experience is practically unheard of in the world
of modeling. A Mexican gal, Marla was just as friendly in person as she was online, but there was definitely
something unusual about her: she didn't seem to have any recollection about any of the things we had
talked about via email! Time and time again, she appeared to be totally clueless regarding various topics
we had only recently discussed online. I was starting to wonder if maybe this woman was suffering from some
kind of serious memory deficiency. Finally, she admitted that it had been her boyfriend I was talking to for the
past month! In a way, I felt duped, but I was glad she told me...I was beginning to have serious doubts about
her mental faculties.
Here are some of my more flattering photos of Marla. I know there are many guys on the boards who prefer
natural to enhanced, but the argument could be made that enhanced is preferable to nothing at all.
Obviously, this was my first time shooting Marla, but we worked well together. She took direction extremely well, and was eager to try any pose I threw at her. One thing that surprised me was the large tattoo on her stomach. I don't mind small tats, as they are easy enough to erase in Photoshop. But this one was fairly large, not in an ideal position, and not the most appealing I've ever seen. It would be difficult to get rid of in every single photo I used, but I think most people would agree she looks better without it. What do you think?
From a distance, that tattoo just looks like a huge, ugly birthmark. I guess it was supposed to be a depiction of the sun, but it reminded me a bit of Sinistar, a character from a video game I played back in the late 1970s....
After shooting with a couple of different swimsuits, Marla suggested she change into a pink and yellow striped suit with matching leggings. Although our #1 model Cherie later said she didn't care for the stockings, I thought they looked pretty hot, and every guy I have shown the photos to reacted quite favorably to them. Obviously, I'd love to know your opinion.
One of the sexiest female poses ever is the "plumber's crack," which I frequently
see in magazines like Maxim and my personal Bible, Smooth Girl.
I think — I hope — we will see this more and more in publications. I'm doing
my part to popularize it, even if the model I'm shooting doesn't necessarily
look phenomenal from that particular angle.
Inevitably at these shoots, the bikini top comes off, and the boobies are hidden
to achieve an effect known in the business as "implied nudity." As far as I am
concerned, this is the next-breast thing to actual nudity. Marla seemed more
than happy to oblige.
Look for Marla in the upcoming print issue of PB. It was great working with her...and
I hope you'll join me in actively praying for very horrible things to happen to those
lying liars who stood me up on Sunday!
Let me know what you think of Marla by adding a comment to this blog below.