I decided to try and find out what the most popular shooting genre was for models by posting the question in the Model Mayhem model forum. The results were interesting to say the least. You can find the whole thread here.
Like I said in a previous post on model photography genres. It isn’t easy to classify.
Given what ended up in second and third place, I think it tells you something about Model Mayhem forums, which have an emphasis on Mayhem.
To quote my final post in the thread…..
Genre is a bitch to categorize apparently. There were 31 genres and I did condense a couple and I refused to count “something over the top” as a genre.
All of these had 1 vote, Vintage lingerie (which I’ll put in pinup), Creatives (huh?), Erotica, Shibari (which I’m moving into bondage after looking it up), latex (which I’ll give to fetish), Lifestyle, Porn smile, Extreme Alt Nude, Maternity, Theatrical, Hot Couples. Oh and high fashion nude.
With 2 votes, Alternative, Themed/Fantasy, Gore/Horror, Steampunk, Fitness (actually 1.5 because one person combined it with swimsuit), Editorial, Stock (what is stock?), underwater.
High Fashion 7
Fine Art Nude 6
Avante Garde 4
So Pinup and High Fashion tied. But since this was such a fuzzy data set its hard to say. There were some genre’s in Maria’s list that would be pinup, she voted too much. And HF was voted for 3 times by the same person and I only counted it once.
Stock, could probably be C/C/L, but I didn’t count it that way.
Also if you put Themed/Fantasy/Horror/Gore/Steampunk together you’d get 6 votes, which would give it 2nd place.
I was betting on pinup at the start and while it wasn’t as prevalent as I expected, it did finish at the top.
All of this just goes to show there is no good way to classify genre.
Update: Late vote changed totals a little and pushed Goth into first place.