How to Take Nude Photos – Sexting Tips

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Taking nude selfies is an act of erotic expression, and sharing them with a trustworthy partner can deepen your intimacy (plus make for tantalizing foreplay). Sadly, the joys of this pastime are often eclipsed by anxiety over photos being stolen or shared without consent. Considering the pervasive mixed messages about our bodies and sexuality, it’s no wonder that sexting has become such a fraught topic.

Ever since writing an advice book about sexting, I’ve been fascinated by the politics of this most modern of subjects. Taking a naked picture of yourself and sharing it is part of consensual adult sex; distributing such pictures without the subject’s consent or looking at them without their permission is abuse. As long as everyone involved enthusiastically consented at every step of the way, taking and sharing nude photos is one of the hottest things you can do. Read on for my expert tips at getting even more sextual pleasure out of nudes.

1. Don’t pressure yourself to get it right the first time — play around with your environment and take as many photos as you like.

Just as I’ll always advise you to prioritize your solo sex life (masturbation is part of healthy sexuality), a solo sext life is the key to great nudes. Take some time alone to find the angles that make you feel and look incredible. When you’re taking pictures with no immediate plans to share them, there’s less pressure to get it right the first (or hundredth) time. You’ll alleviate your nerves and your sense of silliness. You can also moderate some of the intensity of sharing pictures with a partner (or potential partner) by first sending them to friends (or « frexting »). Encourage one another’s beauty and confidence.

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Use your computer, use a digital camera, use your phone. Play around with different angles: shooting from above tends to make you look more like a model in a photoshoot, while shooting from below can reveal overlooked erotic shapes in your anatomy. You can hold the camera out, snapping with the touch screen or the side button, depending on the device. You can use the timer, propping it against a stack of books or on an affordable tripod, placing it on the bed and hovering over it, or putting a selfie stick to much better use than any tourist.

Get creative with the mirrors at your place, standing, twisting, and bending. Sometimes a selfie in a mirror across the room adds a certain mystery. Take a picture with a Polaroid and snap a digital photo of that for analog intrigue. If you can take advantage of natural light from a window, do it. Remember to face your light source to avoid backlit photos. If you’re traveling, experiment with the unusual setting of a hotel room. If you’re in a public restroom or changing room, you can pull your skirt up or your shirt down to capture your semi-exhibitionist side (while still safely behind closed doors).

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