Nude Portraits: Photographer Gets Naked, Shoots Models Reactions (20+ Pics)

For Trevor Christensen his job as a portrait photographer is to make his subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera – so he decided to get naked. Yes, in his series titled Nude Portraits, the award-winning photojournalist changed the dynamic of a traditional shoot by photographing people completely unclothed.

“My thinking was that I’m a person who is comfortable taking photos, helping a subject feel comfortable having their photo be taken. What if I became a photographer who was uncomfortable taking photos, who was photographing a subject who was similarly uncomfortable?” Christensen told Bored Panda, stating that he wanted to explore how his fear would change his ability to make a portrait. In short Nude Portraits was a big experiment for the photographer.

For this artist, taking the road less traveled has always been his way. Christensen took his first photo class freshman year of high school and it quickly became a serious part of his life. The Utah native dropped out to pursue his passion and his talent led him to be published in outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune, USA Today, the BBC and The Washington Post.

Despite being a highly experienced photographer, he admits that the first naked shoots were terrifying. “Even with people I knew, it was stressful and strange to carry on a conversation and direct a portrait shoot while I was nude. I did about 50 shoots for the series and never really enjoyed them,” said Christensen. As time went on he noticed a shift in the experience:

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“As I got used to the process I wasn’t as intimidated by the experience as I was in the beginning. I also noticed subjects didn’t seem to react as strongly to my nudity either. What I realized is that when you’re taking a persons photo, they’re looking to you to know how to feel. So as you become more confident and collected, they’ll be the same way. They’re feeding off your energy.”

Christensen has received mostly positive reactions to the series, saying it has spurred conversations on bodies, how we process nudity and vulnerability. In addition to his personal projects, the now Los Angeles resident teaches online photography classes as well.

Scroll down below to see the photos from this experimental shoot!

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Hillary, 24, friend, student

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experienced photographer

Olivia, 28, acquaintance, opera masters student; Makenzie, 28, acquaintance, opera masters student Chole; 11 months old, acquaintance, cat

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Fictionist

Jordan, 24, friend, quality assurance

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Hillary

Austin, 27, girlfriend at the time, middle school teacher, photographed at her home in Provo, Utah

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middle school teacher

Members of the band Fictionist

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Salt Lake City

Susie, 22, photographed in her bedroom at her Koreatown, LA apartment

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the salt lake tribune

Madelyne, 25, elementary school friend, executive assistant

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Utah

Victoria and her younger sister Hannah, shot in Provo, Utah

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Victoria

Kari, 26, works in IT, former stripper. Photographed at her apartment that she and her boyfriend share in Salt Lake City

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web-developer

Rae, 42, web developer, photographed in her bedroom in Santa Monica, California

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Anchor Chris Miller didn’t realize what he was getting into when he called to interview me for ‘Nude Portraits’. Here’s my favorite from our impromptu session, shot at their main studio in Salt Lake City

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experienced photographer

Jay, 27, drummer, photographed at his home

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Fictionist

Kendall, 44, contacted me through my website, subject of a documentary that explores what it means to be LGBT and Mormon, Photographed at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Hillary

Jason, 24, friend, roofer

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middle school teacher

Sitwat, 30, wedding photographer in Karachi, Pakistan. Shot in California

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Salt Lake City

Madelyne, 25, elementary school friend, executive assistant

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the salt lake tribune

Brianna, 26, aspiring model, contacted me through my website, photographed at her parent’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Utah

Karla, photographed in New Mexico.

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Victoria

Grace, 21, #byu student, photographed in October at her apartment

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web-developer

Karen, 20, cam model. Photographed at her home in Salt Lake City

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Torrie, 30, producer/director

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experienced photographer

Bruce, 26, graduate student, friend since 2nd grade. Shot at my home in Orem, Utah.

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Fictionist

Hannah, 21, waitress, photographed for #NudePortraits in Provo, Utah.

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Hillary

Jamie, florist, photographed in Salt Lake City

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middle school teacher

Kendall, 44, documentary producer. Photographed at his house in Salt Lake

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Salt Lake City

Ed at his home in LA.

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the salt lake tribune

Christian, 43, works in communications, photographed at his apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2015

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Utah

Lizzy, 31, software specialist, photographed for #NudePortraits late at night at her home in Springville, Utah.

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Victoria

Chris and Natalie, 28 and 27, photographed at Natalie’s studio in Los Angeles, California

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web-developer

Karin, 20, acquaintance, porn & cam model

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Ashley-Jayne, 22, student and receptionist

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experienced photographer

Court Mann

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Fictionist

Silvia, 19, sophomore at Portland State

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Hillary

Alex, 25, designer at Adobe, shot at the mansion where her boyfriend lives in Provo, Utah.

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middle school teacher

Chris & Natalie, 28 and 27, photographed at Natalie’s studio in Los Angeles, California.

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