Fine Art Nude in Nature (NFSW, of course)

note: This is a blog post about fine art nude photography.  While there is no pornography or erotic image on this page, you may not want to load it up at work.  Also, to see all my work with this model on flickr, you’ll have to sign in so they can verify that you’re old enough to see the photographs

To keep my front page from being NSFW, I’m going to use a MORE tag to make you jump to see the photos themselves. See you after the jump.

It’s been four years since I first worked with a nude model for a fine art nude shoot. It was one of the neatest things I’ve ever done, photography-wise. Ever since then I’ve only had one more major thing on my nude photography bucket list – a fine art nude in nature. This is, of course, much tougher to do because people in this country are so squeamish about nudes. So the location for the shoot needs to be carefully selected. When Paulo’s Meetup group (same one I used before) said they’d be doing a nature photo shoot, I jumped at the chance since I was done with my graduate degree. Here’s where we went:

Nude in Nature
Nude in Nature

So, as usual, the workshop was about learning techniques and ideas for when working solo with a model. We started out in the wooded section and did four main areas: walking in the forest, a fallen tree, the roots of a fallen tree, and the model covered in leaves.

Deciduous Gallery

Silhouette Gallery

We ended up discovering these shots be accident when one of the photographers happened to hold the diffuser in just the right way. It reminds me of the end of the opening credits to Archer.

Lakeside Gallery

The end of our photoshoot took us to a lake where we shot from the shore. This was like the cherry on top as it essentially combined a beach-like shoot with the reeds found at the shore.

I learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work with a nude model (both generally) and in nature. I’d certainly appreciate the opportunity to work at it again. I’d love to hear in the comments what worked or didn’t work for you within these images!

Author: Eric Mesa

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