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.
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.
Disclaimer: This blog post contains nude photos that show my erect penis and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
There was a time, being the nudist that I am, where I would freely share in my Snapchat Stories photos and/or videos of my nude-self and of my nudist lifestyle. This, of course, was before Snapchat changed their community guidelines in order to make their platform advertiser-friendly, which essentially restricted nudity. Now, I like to say that advertisers ruin everything, but I also do understand that in order to make money and stay afloat, Snapchat had no choice.
Naturally, I do chat with friends on Snapchat, or send to them normal Snaps that do not contain any nudity. To be clear, I’ve never sent to anybody an unsolicited nude pic, or what is commonly known as a ”dick pic”. Although I have received plenty from men who were most likely ignorant of the fact that I am heterosexual, or who may have thought that a picture of their penis alone constitutes some type of photographic masterpiece.
And as a heterosexual male, of course, I would have preferred to receive this type of content from women. But as the lyrics go to the Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, well, precisely that: ”you can’t always get what you want (…) LOL!
Now, when I would share anything on Snapchat that involved nudity, it would be to my Snapchat Story, for my friends and followers to view if they chose to do so. In other words, if they consented. Because one has to explicitly choose to consume a Snapchat Story, and they have the option to leave it and stop viewing it at any time. Furthermore, I would also add a disclaimer at the beginning of each Story stating that viewer discretion is advised.
For those of you reading this who have never used Snapchat, a Snapchat Story is a collection of ephemeral photos or videos not longer than 10 seconds that are viewable to your followers for a period of 24 hours before they disappear forever.
For me, and pretty much all nudists, there is nothing inherently sexual about simple human nudity. And this is precisely the attitude I conveyed when sharing my nude-self and my nudist lifestyle in my Snapchat Stories. In other words, my penis was always flaccid in any photo or video that I posted. Because as a nudist living a nudist lifestyle, that is usually the state of affairs. As in, nudists simply don’t spend the day wandering around with a full-blown erection, if that were even possible.
In fact, for any male considering giving nudism a first-time try at a nudist resort or beach, the most asked question usually revolves around the possibility of getting an erection while naked in front of everybody. And the answers to that question, depending on who it’s coming from, is that erections rarely happen when naked in front of others, that erections are normal and healthy, that one can simply cover themselves with a towel, or if on the beach, that one can lie down on their stomach to hide it until it goes away. In my view, these answers are all correct.
From personal experience, the only time that I got an erection while naked in public was on the beach in Spain. I was skinny dipping in the comfortably warm summer water and when I began to exit the water, a young woman on the beach placed herself directly before my line of exit, watching attentively and with interest as the sight of my penis was slowly revealed into full view the further I made my way from deep to shallow water.
Adding to this was the warmth of the summer sun hitting my wet body, and voilà, it was the perfect recipe for my first-time experience of getting an erection while naked in public. In this case, I quickly made my way to my beach towel and laid down on my stomach to hide it until it subsided.
On the other hand, I’ve never had an erection while naked in public at the many events I’ve attended such as the World Naked Bike Ride, Strip Karaoke, the Toronto Pride Parade, and the nude 2012 protest in Montreal against the increase of University tuition fees. [You can read more about that naked protest here].
In fact, whenever I’m naked in public I seem to experience some type of psychological phenomenon that causes my penis to shrink a little. And that is precisely why I have a love-hate relationship with my penis. At home when I’m all alone, he likes to ”hang” just fine. But once in public he all of a sudden suffers from a mild case of shyness and decides that he would have preferred to have been born a turtle instead. LOL!
Alright. Now back to Snapchat. Almost every time that I would post nude content to my Story, somebody would ask me if the next time I could show my erect penis, or send to them directly a Snap of it. I would always answer that sharing my erection was a line that I would never cross and that my erect penis was intimately reserved for my girlfriend and I (even if I’ve been single for ages, LOL).
I would also add in my reply to them, that as a nudist, being naked was in no way sexual and that sharing a Snap of my erect penis would indeed sexualize my otherwise simple nudity.
Then one day, most likely out of sheer boredom, I decided to see what would happen if I tried to apply a Snapchat face filter to my erect penis using the Snapchat camera. Funnily, Snapchat detected my penis head as being a face and applied the Dog Filter to both it and to my actual real face.
I thought this was quite funny and decided that maybe it was worth sharing after all. After some hesitation, I finally took the risk and did it. I posted it to my Snapchat Story, and finally crossed that line I had always said I would never cross. I have to admit though, it was extremely liberating. I think that this is due in part to the fact that I am not entirely satisfied with the look, shape or size of my erect penis, as is the case for many men. We all want better, although, in the end, our penises are perfectly normal and pretty much similar to others. Again, the fact that I was able to share this part of me, despite my perceived shortcomings, was extremely liberating.
Here is the original Snap with the Dog Face Filter applied to both my face and to my penis:
Not only was it extremely liberating because I finally had the confidence and courage to share myself this way, without any fear or body shame, but it was also extremely liberating because of the many positive comments from my Snapchat followers that would ensue.
This led me to produce and share more of this style of content, albeit not using the Dog Filter, but instead applying more often than not the Playgirl logo to these photos.
Producing and sharing this content led me to believe that if I had had the same confidence to share myself this way when I was younger and in my prime, that just maybe I could have been a model for Playgirl magazine. It’s too late for that now. But, it’s never too late to live the dream by posting my old ”Playgirl Style” Snaps on this blog, right?
As one of my Snapchat followers said at the time, sharing this type of content is ”great for #erectionpositivity”. And I think that he summed it up pretty well with that hashtag, as indeed, having and sharing your erection, despite how taboo it may be, is indeed a positive feat. At least for me, it is.
Simply put, an erect penis is nothing to be ashamed of if displayed in an appropriate context. And those who answer the oft-asked question by those wanting to give nudism a try for the very first time—that an erection is part of the natural, normal, functioning of the male human body—are in my view 100% entirely correct.
That is why I decided to share some of my old ”Playgirl” style Snaps in this blog post, and to talk about my experience sharing such a personal and intimate part of me. An experience that has once again, in the end, been very liberating.
Now, thinking back to my erection experience while naked on that beautiful beach in Spain, I can’t help but think that maybe I should have accepted the natural state of affairs and not ran to lie stomach first on my beach towel in an attempt to hide what is otherwise a natural part of the human body. Or maybe I did the right thing by staying polite and reserved? What do you think? Would you have done the same as me?