The Life Of A Swimsuit Photographer

There are enviable men, and then there’s Yu Tsai: the globetrotting photographer with an eye for women of superlative beauty.  

Needless to say, he’s shot for Esquire (see: our heart-stopping Irina Shayk and Kelly Brook covers). Tsai is also the go-to man for Beach Bunny – our favourite angel-less bikini purveyors of the moment.

“I won’t fool myself – it’s not really ‘work’ is it?” Tsai admits. “It’s more like play time.”

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But what is life like, gallivanting through exotic pockets of the world and photographing the lithe, gorgeous models du jour? Surely it has its drawbacks?

“It is as it appears in print,” says Tsai.

Seriously? C’mon, surely models can be difficult to work with?

“Beach Bunny girls are strong, sexy and most importantly, unapologetic,” says Tsai. “Working with them is a fantasy that meets reality. Like a perfect wine to go with a perfect meal…your reader can decide if she is the wine or the meal.”

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Oof. Let’s hold up, though: being a world-beating swimsuit photographer isn’t (entirely) a jaunt.

When an exceptional lifestyle is at stake, exceptional competitors come to play – and Tsai has beasted his way to the top of the photographer pack.

The key to doing a beautiful women justice on film? Simple.

“Never let their beauty overwhelm you,” says Tsai. “You need to be confident.”

Sounds like solid advice for flirting with a model, too. Well, if an average guy stands a chance.

“My advice for an average guy? Never think of yourself as just average,” says Tsai, “…then you will never be that average guy trying to ask out a model.”