Recently, while doing my habitual self-nude photography, I discovered how much I like to play around with the lighting in order to achieve different results.
And I must say that I am quite impressed with what can be done, photographically speaking, when toying around with the lighting. This includes using different setups with the professional photo lighting that I own, all the way to using simple daylight coming through a window (a.k.a window light)
So, here are three of my new ”Playgirl style” nude portraits that I shot using different lighting techniques and setups. The big question is, however, which photo and lighting do you prefer?
In the photo above, I used a three-point lighting setup. This means a key light, a fill light, and a backlight. In fact, the catch-light visible in my eyes is coming from the key light to the right of me. As you can see, I’m wearing only a dress shirt and a yellow tie after a hard day of work, because yes, the pants always come off first the instant I get home. This photo is bright and the details are quite visible, particularly on my erect penis and scrotum.
I’m not the biggest fan of the position of my head, particularly with the folds it creates on my neck. This, of course, is not helped by the camera looking up from a lower angle. Then again, I take solace in the fact that my head is not necessarily the focal point in this photo if you get what I mean? LOL!
In the second photo (above), I used one simple LED light through a large softbox. This, to me, makes the photo dark and mysterious. Do you agree?
In fact, it is this photo that made me realize how artistic and creative one can make their photos when playing around with different lighting setups.
Finally, in the third photo, I am posing naked from the waist down, on my bed, using simple window light. And yes, I promise that I woke up like that! LOL!
Again, I am curious to know, which one of the three photos and lighting do you prefer?
Now, I should mention, that while I do intend to eventually get back to my roots of blogging about my nudist activities and lifestyle, for the time being I am enjoying producing and sharing these naked ”Playgirl style” photos from my ongoing nude photoshoots.
And while sharing photos that put my erect penis on display may deviate somewhat from my past blog posts about simple non-sexual nudity, I must say that doing so has given me a certain confidence in myself that I was previously lacking. There are times when I have turned down opportunities with the opposite sex simply because I was afraid that the woman in question would judge my penis, or not like the size and shape of it. I think this may be something that other men have also experienced, most likely relating to what is called “penis size anxiety”. On that note, this is probably a subject that I should blog about in the near future.
Meanwhile, life is fragile and precious, and tomorrow is never guaranteed. And that is why I’m happy to be a “Playgirl” while I still can.
Happy Friday the 13th!
It’s always fun to try different things when it comes to artistic nude photography. And that is exactly what I did in the case of these two photos.
Blindfolded, hands tied behind my back, and naked from the waist down with my erect penis on display for all to see. For certain people that would be a nightmare. For others, not so much.
Both of these photos are very similar and almost exactly the same. But, there are some slight differences, such as the camera angle, the position of my head and the look of my penis.
Which of the two photos do you prefer? And why? Feel free to leave a comment below or to vote in the poll (or both, LOL!):
A few days before writing this blog post I had posted a video to my Instagram Story showing the set design for my next potential photo shoot. The set design was very simple, with a few strings of LED lights on the wall and a stack of empty wooden wine cases on the floor.
I also added to this Instagram Story video the Instagram Poll Sticker in order to ask whether I should use this opportunity to do a nude ‘Playgirl’ style photo shoot. And I was quite pleased when eighty percent of those who voted in my Instagram Poll answered in the affirmative, that yes indeed, I should.
Although it can be a lot of hard work (no pun intended), it is a lot of fun for me to do a nude ‘Playgirl’ style photo shoot. I get to be naked, I get to be creative, and I get to share myself without any body-shame.
It also goes without saying that having many of my Instagram followers vote to push me in the direction of doing such a photo shoot is highly motivating. Going forward, it encourages me to continue to create similar content. It’s just too bad, however, that I can’t share it on Instagram so that those who voted in the poll can see the results for themselves.
And so ”lights, camera, and action” it was. Off came the clothes (figuratively speaking), with a different pose here and there, and multiple shutter releases on the camera until I felt the job was done.
The thing you should know, however, is that I’m not always satisfied with the photos that I take. And when that is the case, I usually don’t share them.
You may be wondering what it is that makes me disapprove of my own nude photos? And you may also be wondering why I would be hesitant to share them when I have so often affirmed my lack of any body-shame?
The truth is, since I am naked for all to see, it is subjectively imperative that I look reasonably decent. This means not being in an awkward position or having an awkward face. It also means, for example, not having objects or set decor interfering with the focal point, which is my body, and to a certain extent, my penis. In other words, nothing should be strikingly sticking out from behind my head or any other body part.
But more importantly, at least for me, is that my penis looks as good as possible (if it’s even possible for a penis to look good in the first place? LOL!)
Since my penis is exposed for all to see (no that’s not a photography pun), I have certain subjective preferences as to its overall look. For example, if my penis appears to be smaller than it already is because of the camera distance or angle, then I will not approve the photo to be shared. Or if there are too many wrinkles on my testicles then I will definitely not approve the photo to be shared.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that it is perfectly normal and natural for testicles to have wrinkles. It was even clear for me to see this when I viewed some old Playgirl magazines for ideas and inspiration towards my own photo shoots. In fact, the grand majority of photos in Playgirl magazine show models with wrinkles on their balls, and this, ranging from a small amount to an extreme amount. Because again, wrinkled balls are entirely natural and normal.
Nonetheless, I do my best to take photos where the appearance of wrinkled testicles is minimized. And if there are too many wrinkles, or if my testicles are hanging down to my knees, sort of speak, then I will definitely not approve the photo to be shared.
Now, what do you think? Am I being too difficult on myself?
Having no body shame means that I shouldn’t care how small my penis looks, or how wrinkled my testicles appear. This is true. But, it is also true that when sharing myself without clothes, I simply want to feel that I look my best. And this is precisely what I strive to do.
With that being said, I must admit that I was not entirely satisfied with the results from this particular photo shoot. Yet, I decided to share them regardless, in a private Snapchat Story, while at the same time asking for feedback and comments.
My argument being that if the feedback and comments were overwhelmingly positive, that maybe going forward, I wouldn’t be so quick to discard potentially good photos simply because I think that my penis looks too small, or that my testicles look too wrinkled.
Now, considering that I am sharing this latest nude ‘Playgirl’ series here on my blog, I imagine that you will be able to deduce that the comments and feedback that I received on Snapchat were overwhelmingly positive.
And so now it’s your turn, if you so desire, to leave your verdict in the comment section below in regards to this series of my latest nude ‘Playgirl’ photos.
Now that I look back, I realize that if I had the same confidence at twenty years of age that I have today, I would have surely chosen a career path that involved being naked as often as possible.
Maybe I would have chosen to be a male stripper, or even a porn star? Actually, my penis has probably always been too small for that, whether I was twenty or the age I am today. But that is nor here, nor there.
The funny thing is that at twenty years of age I was in top shape, yet I was too shy or too much of a prude to even take my shirt off at the beach. And this, despite the fact that I had a flat stomach.
Nowadays, I’m sporting a little bit of what is commonly called a beer belly (albeit a very small one), and yet I have no problem being completely naked at the beach. Life is weird that way. Almost as if the concept of good timing was entirely off. But I guess it’s a question of having had the time to mature, to find yourself, to gain confidence in yourself, and to overcome the body shame that is so often ingrained into us very early in life.
Today several things are true: I love to be naked, I am always naked when I am at home, and I am no longer shy about being naked in front of others.
I also adore being in situations of CFNM (Clothed Female Naked Male). For me it is a question of reversing the roles, or reversing the vulnerability. What do I mean by that? For all too long we have become accustomed to seeing female nudity in cinema and mass media. In fact, unless you watch a show like Game of Thrones, full frontal male nudity is a rarity in those domains. And being the only naked person when everybody else is clothed, especially in a male-female dynamic, can definitely bring on a certain sense of vulnerability.
Simply put, those clothed women can judge you and even rate your ”private parts” when you are naked before them. Whereas you cannot do the same. This is a vulnerability that I love to experience.
When you are at a nudist beach, everybody is equal because everybody is naked. There is no judging. In fact, the nude beach helps one realize that they are normal, that they are just like everybody else. At least this has been the case for me.
But when you are the only naked person it is an entirely different thing. And that is why I think that I witness so many positive reactions from so many women when I am naked at the Toronto Pride Festival or other public events. I am vulnerable, yet they adore my confidence to share myself unclothed and to allow myself to be exposed naked for all to see. And as I mentioned a paragraph above, they get to view something that is all to often uncommon in cinema and mass-media: full frontal male nudity.
So, while it may be too late to become a male stripper or a porn star, I was thinking that maybe as a sideline I could offer my services as a Bottomless Waiter (also known as a Butler in the Buff or a Bartender without Pants). This of course would be for women-only parties, such as bachelorettes and the like.
Now, considering how much I love being naked, how I no longer have any body-shame, and how much I love to experience any dose of CFNM that I can, I would most likely do it without charging a single dime.
How about you? Is this something you’d feel comfortable doing? And if given the opportunity, would you hire me to volunteer my services as a Bottomless Waiter at your party?
One thing is sure though , I still do wish that I had the same confidence at twenty years of age that I have today. I really would have chosen a different career path. One that involves being naked. And who knows? Just maybe by now I’d be a very experienced and a world-renowned Bottomless Waiter. LOL!