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Dr. George R. Harker/ Maui, Hawaii

Capturing the nude wedding on a nude beach for national television in Hawaii takes a little forethought if you don't want to get hassled. Here are a few tips from Dr. Leisure on how to go about taking photographs on a nude beach with minimal hassle.

While the tips are developed around a television crew shooting on location in Hawaii there are some tips that would apply to most any photographic situation involving a nude beach.

In Hawaii one has to start with getting a permit to take pictures on Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) property. Said property includes all the beaches in or on the islands of Hawaii so if you are going to shoot on the beach you need a permit.

The necessary permit is obtained from the Motion Picture Control board. It would not be prudent to call up and say that you are going to film a nude wedding. The mentality of those working for the Board is such that they believe such activity is immoral, illegal and against the natural order of things. (Dr. Leisure found this out the hard way when asking about obtaining  permits for a British TV Crew that wanted to interview him on Little Beach. It was explained to Dr. Leisure that under no circumstances would a permit be issued to film nudity.)

The best approach is don't tell and you won't be asked. It is sort of like the don't ask and I won't have to tell thing done by the U.S. Military, only backwards. Does anyone see the paradox? If you are backwards upfront you will not have any problems.

Tip (1) Have a permit to photograph beach activities on Hawaiian beaches from the board.

Tip (2) It is extremely helpful if the camera crew and the rest of the production crew is nude while on the beach whether they are shooting or not.

Tip (3) Place the equipment at the more remote location on the beach out of the traffic pattern,

Tip (4) When shooting be sure and point the camera and direct all attention to the "model or models" being photographed and not suggest that you are filming the entire beach.

Tip (5) Consult with those that might possibly be in the perimeter of the shoot. Seek their permission and have them sign a model release. If they do not wish to be involved assure them that they will not be so involved.

Tip (6) Be polite and open with people that come up and are curious about what you are doing. Most are just curious and not really concerned about the legality or technicalities of the filming.

I usually like to make suggestions from a positive perspective. Nevertheless there are a few things more easily expressed as don'ts. For example:

Tip (7)  Don't shoot from the tree line down onto the beach, especially near the entrance. This is were all the gawkers work from and the tourist trying to get a bit of video for the folks back home. Seen in this context the film crew does not come over well at all.

Tip (8) Don't crowd the sunset. By this I mean get those sunset pictures and fold up the equipment and get off the beach. It can get dark in a hurry and walking out of Little Beach in the dark is not an easy feat.

Tip (9) Put suntan lotion on those white parts if it is the first time you tried to be a naked film crew member without some previous exposure. Otherwise sitting through the film showing may be uncomfortable!

Anyway the above constitutes some tips based on Dr. Leisure's experience with working with a production crew filming a nude wedding where he was officiating. The crew incorporated the suggestions made above and had a very pleasant experience. I don't know the particulars as to when the show will air. I doubt if you will miss it since I expect any show featuring nude beaches around the world will attract attention.

--Writer Dr. George R. Harker can be reached by email at drleisure1@aol.com.

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To cite this article in a footnote, Dr.Leisure recommends the following format:

George R. Harker, "How to Photograph a Nude Wedding for National TV in Hawaii," Dr.Leisure Online Edition, http://www.DrLeisure.com/nudephotowed.html, October 1, 2000

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