One dictionary definition of “nude” is “A naked human figure, typically as the subject of a painting, sculpture, or photograph,” while the definition of naked is “of a person or part of the body without clothes.”

Maybe that’s why one of the first questions in our FAQ is also the one most asked by prospective clients: I’m a modest person and don’t want to pose nude; do I have to? No, you can be as nude—or not—as you want to be.

As an art form, nude photography is a stylized depiction of the nude body with the line and form of the human figure as the primary objective. Many people consider an art nude photograph to be a study of the human body, rather than of the person themselves. I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment.

The secret of any portrait, especially an intimate portrait, is for the person being photographed should be as comfortable as possible. If you’re comfortable the portraits will look better and you’ll be happier with the results.

Everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to being fully or partially undressed and what may be too revealing for one person is different for another, so ultimately the decision about what to wear (or not) is your choice. In the case of this client is was nude, except for her stockings, but that was her choice—not the photographer’s.

In fact one of the most cited reason for clients wanting this kind of intimate portrait is, “I’m in the best shape of my life, I’ve worked so hard to look this way and I want a record for posterity of how I look when…” If that describes you, click Contact to make and appointment for your unique intimate portrait.

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