Posing nude

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    Nov 03, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    Recently a photographer friend asked me to pose nude for a US publication he's working on. I've seen his work and it's very tasteful, but I'm still on the fence about having thousands of people see me buck naked. Would you pose nude if someone asked?
  • Timbales

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    Nov 03, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    No, I wouldn't.

    If I had a body I was proud of, maybe - but I wouldn't show my junk.
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    Nov 03, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
    No, because I'm still hoping to run for President of the United States one day, or maybe return to teaching (that second part is true).

    Seriously, doing nude photo work is a decision you can't reverse in today's world, that may come back to haunt you later. Once you cross that line there's no coming back.

    But, if you think this may constitute your sole 15 minutes of fame, with nothing more of notoriety and public scrutiny ahead of you in your life, then have fun doing it. The shame issue wouldn't enter in to it for me (well, yeah, my body right now would shame me, for different reasons), as I'm not the least bit shy, formerly a member of a gay nudist club, still frequent a nude beach here.

    Just make sure this guy is legit, without a private agenda (unless he's really hot and it suits your own purposes). Read the model release/contract carefully, and get a clear understanding of the who, what, where, when, especially the location, theme, and others who may be present behind or in front of the camera lens with you.
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    Nov 03, 2009 3:04 PM GMT
    I've known the guy for years, he's even done photos of me and my ex when we were still together. The photos are for a book of nudes from all 50 states. He also is a respected professor at a University.
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    Nov 03, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    Well, a friend of mine needed nude photos for a project a few months ago, so she took some of me. It was very nice actually, it turned out very tasteful icon_smile.gif
    If you're sure it's not a scam, maybe you should do it... you'll feel 5 times sexier after that : )))
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    Nov 03, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    Yes, I would and I have, and I'd probably do it again.

    If you're comfortable with the photographer and you want to do it, do it. It's paranoia to think that a little limited-run coffee-table book is going to garner you enough notoriety to jeopardize your future career, unless your future career puts you in a position of extreme public exposure and scrutiny (but even then...well...just don't run for any political office under the repubican ticket, as the disgraced repub gig is getting kinda clich├ęd).
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    Nov 03, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    I've done it many times for a myriad of photographers that represented bodies of work from black and white art books, calendars, fetish photography and private photography projects.

    It's really cool actually, as long as you're comfortable with the photographer and are comfortable posing, I'd say do it. If you aren't getting paid at least ask for prints. I've asked for one 8X10 per roll of film (or one for every 30 exposures) as well as a set of 4x6's of the shoot or digital on a CD.

    It's a great way to have a history of your body and changes, I've been doing it since I was 18. Every year I sit for at least one photographer doing some sort of project, one day I'd like to make an album of it for my kids. assuming my biological clock doesn't get unplugged.
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    Nov 03, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Yes yes yes yes!

    As an artist of course i would and i highly encourage you to do it too - ASSUMING they know what they're doing and it IS artsy/tasteful.
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    Nov 03, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Not a big deal. I know several people who posed nude back in college and now have important positions.

    Oh yeah, and at least half of the farm owners in my town (including *shudder* my Dad) posed nude for calendar to benefit the elementary school.
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    Nov 03, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    There's a big difference between posing nude and porn..So as long as you're comfortable with your body go for it. After all that's the way you were when you arrived in the world, all very naturalicon_smile.gif
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    Nov 03, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Tristan72 saidI've known the guy for years, he's even done photos of me and my ex when we were still together. The photos are for a book of nudes from all 50 states. He also is a respected professor at a University.

    Sounds legit, and barring the other concerns I stated, go for it.
  • xysx

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    Nov 03, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    I absolutely would. A good photographer means you don't have to have the perfect body, just the right charisma. It's up to the photographer to make the shot their own. Art comes in all forms.
  • victor8

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    Nov 03, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    depends on the photo shoot and the theme...i've been asked to do daddy/boy porn....but passes...not because i don't like em young...but don't need that part of my life public!
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    Nov 03, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    i say go for it. i've modeled nude for several photographers and enjoy it. it's very flattering when a photographer likes your look and considers you to be a part of their work. i fail to understand why people are so ashamed, embarrased or afraid of nudity. No matter what you look like, i think the human body is absolutely amazing.
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    Nov 03, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    if I had the body and it were tasteful sure... i like nude stills that are done tastefully. I think its beautiful and I consider it more art than porn.
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    Nov 03, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    i'd say go for it. i haven't done nude photography, but i have modeled nude for an art class and it's the same deal. it's all about the aesthetic and the nature and beauty of the human body. if it's done right it won't be sexual and it will be tasteful and beautiful. it will be art
  • ickymuffin

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    Nov 03, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Sound legit, I would just read the model release closely. Just make sure that what he is telling you the photos are being used for is their only use. Sometimes photographers will sell the rights to a collection, then they guy you trust no longer has control of your images usage.
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    Nov 03, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
    I have modeled nude more than clothed. But I don't do porn or "erotic" work. My only rule... is no erection in the photo. That's when I think it crosses that boundary from artistic to pornographic. Go for it.
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    Nov 03, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    Depends on what you do for a living...and where;

    http://www.advocate.com/article.aspx?id=101485

    Here's an article about a teacher that just got fired because some of his students found the pix online.

    If you're planning on a political or other high-profile job, not the best idea..however...if you live somewhere which is more accepting of such things, more likely it won't be a problem if the photos are "discovered"

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    Nov 03, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    No, I'd like to be a professional fighter, I also enjoy working at the fire dept with my brother.
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    Nov 03, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    I've done it a number of times. I taught public school for a while, when the issue did come up I asked the superintendent what possible negative impact what I had done five years ago in college for an art class would have on my ability to teach. HE went for morality, I went for seperation of church and state, he said it was in poor taste, I pointed out that it had been in the school paper, ulitmately I won out. I still left the job and I'd do it again icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 03, 2009 10:56 PM GMT

    One of the most liberating things I've ever done.


    The images on my profile were taken by a famous sculptor/photographer friend of mine. Some day when I'm too old to even get out of a chair it will be great to reach in a drawer, pull my photos out show, them off and say "See, I was pretty hot once".

    Do it!
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    Nov 03, 2009 10:58 PM GMT
    IHG84 saidNo, I'd like to be a professional fighter, I also enjoy working at the fire dept with my brother.


    So firefighters are not suppose to pose nude? Ut oh LOL.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 03, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    I think its each individuals choice.

    I've been encouraged to do both (nude and non). For me nude isn't an option based on my career and my own personal comfort level, but
    you may be very different. Just consider all carefully. If you choose to do so, enjoy it, just balance out the potential negatives.
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    Nov 03, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    If it is something tasteful and artistic I personally see nothing wrong with posing nude. In college I posed nude for art classes and artists and have posed for photographers a few times. Always discuss what they want to do and your limitations first. Giving the human body it's rightful place of dignity and honor by using it as inspiration for art to me is one of the best things you can do.

    The American stigma on nudity is something I'd think we could get beyond. Nudity and sex are not the same thing and especially in the form of art.

    Go for it!