Photo courtesy of Me In My Place
We've put together a few tips and tricks to help you look your best, whether you want to send a few jpegs to an out-of-town lover, or you're creating your own personal photo book as a holiday gift (Note: not an appropriate gift for a coworker or relative).
- Decide on a look. What do you want your picture to communicate? Coyness? Domination? Adventure? There are a million options that depend on your preference and what you think your recipient will enjoy. Take inspiration from other photos, from vintage pin-ups to classic Helmut Newton or edgy Araki. Our favorite narrative set – Sam Haskins' Cowboy Kate. For a more home-spun feel, take a look at Me In My Place.
- Set the scene. Sprawled across an unmade bed or straddling a chair. Leaning over the kitchen counter, or diving into a pool. Chose locations and positions in which you feel comfortable.
- Get yourself in the mood. Put on your favorite playlist, relax with a glass of wine and think about your audience and what you think gets them going. If you want to have a little fun with your favorite Jimmyjane vibrator before (or during) the photo shoot, that rosy-cheeked, satiated look can come across nicely in the pictures.
- Costumes and props. Are you going for full-on artsy nude or seductive lingerie? Would a bowler (the hat, not the guy with a heavy ball) help communicate your message? Use a few key objects, but keep it minimal so as not to clutter the scene. Remember, you're the center of attention here.
- Lighting. A few soft lamps, indirect light or a soft filter (like a white sheet– avoid fire-risks, though!) shielding a bright light are a safe place to start. Skip the flash and overhead lighting, unless you're going for the Juergen Teller look – which is tough to master.
- Taking the photo. Most cameras have an auto-timer. Set up a tripod (the ones from our friends at Joby are super-handy) or find a nice view propping the camera on a stable surface. You can also try a webcam and a picture-taking program like Photobooth.
- Angles. Play with the position of the camera and your body. Try the camera high, then low (the view from above is usually more flattering). Maybe you want to take a shot from behind, or show a slim peek of your naked body through a crack in the door. Capture your reflection in a mirror, or your silhouette on the wall.
- Posing. Try a wide range of poses to find the one that is most comfortable for you. Don't be afraid to take test shots first (the beauty of a digital camera). Warm yourself up by posing in non-sexual positions first – dancing, lounging, reading.
- Tease. Remember that a little bit of skin goes a long way. Spike your demure side with a bit of exhibitionism. Play with obscuring your body to leave something to the imagination, then maybe give in a bit over the sequence of the photos.
- Review. Before ending your photo session, check the photos full size on your monitor. This may inspire new shots, more shots or simply tell you you're ready to wrap.
- Curate. Narrow down the shots to just a handful of favorites. You can always shoot more later once the first round is properly appreciated.