150: Nino Batista- Photographing Models

Apr 26, 2022

Today, our hostess Luci Dumas sits down with Ron “Nino” Batista, a photographer, writer, musician, and overall creative wizard whose work is regularly seen in lifestyle publications the world over. He is regarded as the premier model photographer, retoucher, and artist development educator based in the United States.

Listen in as Nino offers his impressive approach to model photography and definition of beauty. He begins by explaining why women are typically more aesthetically pleasing to photograph than men, and the evolution of boudoir photography over the past three decades. He also gives some tips on how to break into commercial portraiture and finding your niche in the space.

150: Nino Batista- Photographing Models

Regarding the difference between photography depicting the objectification of its subject and that of pure fine art, Nino does a deep dive into the importance of intent and execution on the part of the photographer. In fact, he makes the case that the artist is just as important as the art, and this is why it is important to work on your personal brand as a photographer.

The internet has given every creative a platform, and everyone who desires it is able to carve out a little space online for their unique brand of art. Nino suggests that, instead of complaining that social media has led to over-saturation, budding photographers should instead focus on expressing themselves and their art authentically. In a sea of people, those who embrace honesty and transparency rise above the noise.

In his own words: “Sincerity wins. Whatever your approach to your art is, if you’re sincere, it will show.”

Key Topics:

  • Why women are more aesthetically pleasing to photograph than men (5:57)
  • Commercial versus general portraiture (14:32)
  • How to break into commercial portraiture (20:00)
  • Defining “color grading” (25:49)
  • “Boudoir” versus “fine art” posing (29:46)
  • Gaining clarity on your strengths as a photographer (33:14)
  • Everybody has a platform now, thanks to the internet (43:10)
  • Nino’s parting words of advice (52:14)
  • Luci’s wrap-up (59:16)


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Welcome to The Profitable Photographer Podcast with Luci Dumas!

Why I think you’ll want to tune in every week!

In the photography business as a wedding and children’s portrait specialist, for four decades, I’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge, connections, and inspiration that I’m eager to share with you. Friends encouraged me to have a show, saying that I have a unique voice as a woman in this industry for so many years.  So I said yes to photographers like you who want to achieve success, profitability, and inspiration.

1- Amazing guests. I have incredible network of wonderful photographers and teachers that I have the privilege of knowing personally, or discovering through my continuing involvement in our industry. And as a teacher at heart, I am always excited to share my own thoughts and new information I discover.

2-Selling is my Superpower. I am a huge advocate for “In Person Sales” for portrait and wedding photographers, so you will here frequent discussions about how to sell multiple wall portraits and albums to every clients.

3- Actionable steps. Through engaging and fun conversation, we dive deep into their (and my) knowledge and insights to bring you actionable steps you can implement in your own photography business. It’s like having a chat with a trusted friend who genuinely cares about your growth and success.

4- Fun Conversations. My style is to have a fun and warm interview with my guests and pull out gems you will enjoy and learn from.

5- Personal Growth. I am a big believer in positive thinking, power of attraction, and a success mindset that helps us in every aspect of out lives. I love to share my perspective and tools to enhance your inner journey to success.

My mission is to uplift and support photographers like you.

So, join me on The Profitable Photographer, and let’s embark on a journey of success, profitability, and inspiration together. It’s time to turn your photography passion into a thriving and fulfilling business.



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