I’ve been taking nudes for years now, but while today’s sexy snaps are of a high calibre, I started off with not knowing how to take them. Body posing, lighting and direction were all aspects I never even considered when I first snapped my very first bare self-portrait. I believe my first nude was a “Well, here’s my tits.” moment. I like to think I’ve evolved since those fond baby slut days; my raunchy photos are part of my brand (and income) at this point. My nude taking advice is has been my most requested secret.
Whether your nude pics are for yourself, a partner or for selling/sharing on social media, I believe that we can all put a little more effort into elevating our suggestive photo sets. All nudes are great, but great nudes are better. Here’s how you can take high-quality images and prints!
Setting the Mood
Prepare to prepare for the nude taking! Here’s how to tell a story, and make your pics pop through minor planning and appreciation for the details!
I take all my photos with the selfie-mode on my phone so that I’m able to see what I look like as I take the photo. I take a variety of types of selfies, from handheld or with my remote capture. My phone has capture technology so I can snap pics by saying “Smile” or holding up a palm to the camera. If your phone can’t do this, you can always get a Bluetooth remote, or use your camera’s timer. When going hands-free (putting my phone in my rig, or propping it up), I take all my photos in landscape (unless I’m taking them for Snapchat & IG stories).
If you’re shooting in a common space or room, try to clean it up too! I always regret seeing a pile of clothes in the corner in a stellar shot. There’s always post editing, but usually its just easier to give a tidy beforehand. This goes for things like wall fixtures too, you can always stand in front of them to keep them out of view.
There’s a couple different types of nude-taking moods one can be in. Sometimes I plan my nude shoots, sometimes I hastily pull off my clothes in order to get a pic in a pinch, other times I’m forcing myself to take some as an act of boosting my self-confidence. No matter how and why you’re taking nudes, you have the ability to tell a story to your viewer(s). I find that if I’m feeling lost with taking pics, it’s helpful if I decide on a direction and mood for the content I’m making. Are you feeling naughty or innocent? Playful or romantic? Dommy or submissive? Check in with yourself to find your emotional mood. If you can’t decide, you can look to your sexting convo or reason for taking your nudes, for nude mood pairing. If you’re not in the mood for taking nudes, but still need or want to take them, then decide on a mood you want to embody. When I’m feeling depressed but need to take pics, it’s always easier for me to act like a character. Your emotional mood can influence other parts to making your shoot great (your outfit, props, poses, and lighting) so it’s a great place to start in your nude taking process.
Outfits & Makeup
As a high femme, choosing my outfit and makeup are the biggest steps in getting into my nude-taking groove. I know that’s not everyone jam, but you should wear what makes you feel most comfy and sexy! Slip on an article of clothing (or lack thereof) that matches the theme you’re trying to achieve. The right outfit can get you into character in a snap, and accentuate your bod. It doesn’t need to be a traditional sexy outfit either; sometimes jeans and nothing on top can be hotter than your go-to after-hours apparel. Clothing also offers another provocative activity to do while clicking the shutter: a digital striptease. Peeling off your clothing is a great thing to start off with if you don’t have any posing ideas.
With makeup, I try to match my lip or eyeshadow to my outfit, and I love sultry long lashes to add a flirtatious flutter to my face. And say it’s a day when I haven’t painted my mug? I opt for headless nudes, go with a bare face, or add a cute Snapchat filter.
Don’t forget shoes, socks, collars and other cute af accessories to complete your lewk.
Your bedroom or location of choice may not be a stylish professional photo booth, but don’t be afraid to play with props. It can be a dildo, a crop, or even something non-sexual like food, book or even sunglasses. Even the simplest of objects can add to the story you’re trying to create. You can use these to help with posing too (which I’ll cover more in-depth in the second part of my guide).
Lighting is going to be THE most important factor in taking your nudes. It can change everything.
If you are just using environment-based lighting (ie the house lights or light from a window), play, watch how the light changes as you move about your space in the front camera. When I take my photos, I try out a few different positionings within the room to see where it captures well. Even with selfies I take, I spin in a circle to see where the light hits the best. Depending on what your light source is, and the time of day, sometimes taking a photo parallel to your light source can be a good idea, so play around. If you’re taking pics in a place that you frequent (your house, your partner’s house) then make a mental note on where you find the best lighting!
If you have a light set up, play around with the positioning of the light source as well as your own positioning! I found out that I get the best lighting in my room if my big ring light is turned against the wall, so it reflects against the white paint. It can be too harsh on higher settings if I have it facing me, which results in blown out pictures (not a good look). If your environment-based lights aren’t working for you (it’s at night and your overhead lights are dull), then you can grab some house lamps in place of portable lighting to test this out!
Adding colour to your lighting is also an option if you have colourful lights on hand. I have an LED light strip behind my bed that helps with sultry lighting when I’m taking photos in my bed, and I recently got a smart LED colour-changing light for as my main room light. Colour lights are great if I’m taking pics at night and want to create a mood.
Don’t be afraid to take test shots and play around with lighting! You can easily delete the pics after. Sometimes I can take over 30 mins setting up lighting for my pics, so take your time!
I like to take non-phone nudes from time-to-time to mix up my mediums and get my creative juices flowing. Finding new ways to take nudes always come from experimenting, so here are some fun new ways to snap those sexy pics!
Go to a Photo Booth
Photo booths are nostalgic pieces of time that can be incredibly fun to revisit for naughtier purposes. Slip away from friends at the mall, or at a party, slide the curtain closed, and snap some lewd and nude pics. What’s great about photo booths is that they provide a series of pics, so you can do a strip tease, or tell a story behind the curtain. Using a photo booth to take nudes tests my improv skills and allows for a bit of safe exhibitionist fun.
Try a Polaroid Camera
There’s a certain quality of analogue that can’t be captured with digital devices! I love using my polaroid Instax Mini to take prints for partners and fans; they’re high quality and one of a kind, plus make a sexy gift. With these cameras I suggest extending your arm as far as it can go, as Instax cameras tend to have a shorter focal length, to get that perfect shot.
Taking pics in your room can get old and keep you in a certain routine, especially if you take them frequently. Switch it up, and take some while you’re out and about! As I mentioned before, not all your nudes don’t need to be nudes, so taking boob pics or suggestive face pics while you’re out can leave a lot to the imagination. If you get a safe moment in public, you can pull down your top or bottoms to quickly expose yourself to your camera. The speed it requires to do so will make you need to think on your feet; sometimes the best pics come from not-so-planned photos. You can also sneak away to an empty room or bathroom if you’re out. My bar bathroom nudes have always been a hit.
Looking for posing and angle tips? I’ll be coming out with Part 2 very soon!
Here’s a list of supplies I currently use, though not all the time, to take good photos. These are absolutely not necessary (I’ve been taking bomb butt pics before I got a selfie light), but are ways you can up for your game if you have the funds and want to do so!
- Picture taking device
- Samsung S9+
- Alternative: any camera, or even a laptop if you have a webcam or a photobooth program.
- Tripod with phone holder
- Selfie stick
- Alternative: securely propped up against something
- Natural lighting (the most important one)
- Small selfie light
- Neewer 18-Inch LED Ring Light
- LED Light Strips
- Smart LED Bulb – colour changing
- Alternatives: house lighting, lamps
- Bluetooth Remote
- Camera with motion capture & audio capture (my phone takes photos when I say “Smile’ or ‘Cheese’ and when I put a palm up to the screen).
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