Photographer gets NAKED and then snaps pictures of his models’ in nude series

An award-winning photojournalist decided to get naked before snapping pictures of his models in an effort to switch who the vulnerable person was during the shoot.

Trevor Christensen, who is based in Los Angeles, California, created his series entitled Nude Portraits with the goal to make his subjects more uncomfortable by making himself vulnerable through nudity. 

‘My thinking was that I’m a person who is comfortable taking photos, helping a subject feel comfortable having their photo be taken,’ Trevor told Bored Panda

Interesting: Photojournalist Trevor Christensen, who is based in Los Angeles, California, took a new (and more naked) approach to photography 

Interesting: Photojournalist Trevor Christensen, who is based in Los Angeles, California, took a new (and more naked) approach to photography 

Interesting: Photojournalist Trevor Christensen, who is based in Los Angeles, California, took a new (and more naked) approach to photography 

Different: To test what it was like to shoot vulnerable, Trevor decided to stripe down naked before photographing his subjects 

Different: To test what it was like to shoot vulnerable, Trevor decided to stripe down naked before photographing his subjects 

Different: To test what it was like to shoot vulnerable, Trevor decided to stripe down naked before photographing his subjects 

Shocked: He entitled the series Nude Portraits and it was a big experiment for him 

Shocked: He entitled the series Nude Portraits and it was a big experiment for him 

Shocked: He entitled the series Nude Portraits and it was a big experiment for him 

Laughing: The subjects were shot in a variety of places and were informed about the nudity element before agreeing to the series 

Laughing: The subjects were shot in a variety of places and were informed about the nudity element before agreeing to the series 

Laughing: The subjects were shot in a variety of places and were informed about the nudity element before agreeing to the series 

Switch: Trevor wanted to see if he could notice a change in the subjects by making himself uncomfortable while shooting them 

Switch: Trevor wanted to see if he could notice a change in the subjects by making himself uncomfortable while shooting them 

Switch: Trevor wanted to see if he could notice a change in the subjects by making himself uncomfortable while shooting them 

He continued: ‘What if I became a photographer who was uncomfortable taking photos, who was photographing a subject who was similarly uncomfortable?’ 

By undressing before standing behind the camera, he hoped the photography experiment would show if it would make the subject comfortable enough to more show their true selves.

While explaining the project on his website, Trevor wrote the photo series is about ‘leveling the playing field in an unorthodox way’ for the subjects. 

‘Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease — where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability,’ he wrote. 

The Utah native is an accomplished photographer who has previously worked for news outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune, USA Today, the BBC and The Washington Post. 

But standing behind the camera nude was a big (and terrifying) experiment for Trevor. 

Invested: The Utah native is an accomplished photographer who has previously worked for news outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today 

Invested: The Utah native is an accomplished photographer who has previously worked for news outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today 

Invested: The Utah native is an accomplished photographer who has previously worked for news outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today 

Serious: The portrait sessions would last around 40 minutes with Trevor nude the entire time

Serious: The portrait sessions would last around 40 minutes with Trevor nude the entire time

Serious: The portrait sessions would last around 40 minutes with Trevor nude the entire time

Important: Every subject was informed about the nudity prior to the photo shoot 

Important: Every subject was informed about the nudity prior to the photo shoot 

Important: Every subject was informed about the nudity prior to the photo shoot 

Intimate: 'Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease — where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability,' Trevor wrote on his website 

Intimate: 'Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease — where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability,' Trevor wrote on his website 

Intimate: ‘Instead of focusing on bringing the subject to a place of ease — where I am, this project brings me to a place of vulnerability,’ Trevor wrote on his website 

Despite the photographer being naked during the portraits, he says that the sessions run similar to what anyone would expect might expect from a photoshoot. 

Trevor will strip down and then proceed to shoot his subjects in a variety of poses for around 40 minutes. 

As Trevor got more comfortable with shooting nude, he realized how his behavior can help relax the subjects of the photographs so they appear more confident and natural.

‘What I realized is that when you’re taking a persons photo, they’re looking to you to know how to feel,’ Trevor told Bored Panda

‘So as you become more confident and collected, they’ll be the same way. They’re feeding off your energy.’

Comfortable: Trevor said the first sessions where hard to get used to, but it got better the more people he shot while nude 

Comfortable: Trevor said the first sessions where hard to get used to, but it got better the more people he shot while nude 

Comfortable: Trevor said the first sessions where hard to get used to, but it got better the more people he shot while nude 

Relaxed: As the shoot went on, Trevor said the subjects would barely notice he was still nude

Relaxed: As the shoot went on, Trevor said the subjects would barely notice he was still nude

Relaxed: As the shoot went on, Trevor said the subjects would barely notice he was still nude

Poised: The Nude Portraits is an ongoing project for Trevor, who is originally from Utah

Poised: The Nude Portraits is an ongoing project for Trevor, who is originally from Utah

Poised: The Nude Portraits is an ongoing project for Trevor, who is originally from Utah

Lounging: Although some of his subjects gave a reaction towards him being nude while shooting, Trevor also found them to stop noticing it during the session

Lounging: Although some of his subjects gave a reaction towards him being nude while shooting, Trevor also found them to stop noticing it during the session

Lounging: Although some of his subjects gave a reaction towards him being nude while shooting, Trevor also found them to stop noticing it during the session

Big smile: Some of the portraits took place in a studio while others were in the subject's home

Big smile: Some of the portraits took place in a studio while others were in the subject's home

Big smile: Some of the portraits took place in a studio while others were in the subject’s home

Bold: Trevor said that stripping down for his subjects was an 'unorthodox way' to level the playing field while photographing them 

Bold: Trevor said that stripping down for his subjects was an 'unorthodox way' to level the playing field while photographing them 

Bold: Trevor said that stripping down for his subjects was an ‘unorthodox way’ to level the playing field while photographing them 

Although some of his subjects gave a reaction towards him being nude while shooting, Trevor also found them to stop noticing it during the session. 

But he always notifies them about the nudity before they agree to the session so they will never feel unsafe or violated while getting photographed.

‘Nude Portraits explores what happens when subjects are confronted by male nudity in a context devoid of eroticism,’ Trevor wrote. 

Since unveiling the project, Trevor said he has received a number of compliments for his exploration of nudity and vulnerability during the portrait sessions.

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