A Wink and a Smile

Frequently the sexiest image is the one that leaves the viewer wanting more. Implied nude photographs do just that and can be an interesting and creative way to flex your artistic muscles in professional nude photography.

The burlesque show has been resurging in popularity recently. It used to be that you could only see them on antique film reels and or in old movies. Now, these cheeky peep shows are playing center stage at huge venues. Why? Because we as a society still love the tease and allure of a wink and a suggestion.

That is overall draw of implied nude photography is.

Implied nude photography gives the model and photographer a set of restrictions to work within but through communication and innovation you will be surprised at how sexy a photograph can be, without showing everything.

Here I will give you some simple insider tips and pointers that will help you understand this niche of “nude” photography.

Understanding the Phrase

The definition of implied nude really only needs to be understands between two people…you and your model.

It is not uncommon to encounter differing opinions on exactly what implied nude means. One school of thought believes that implied nude photographs can include nipples. Another school of thought thinks that the model must have clothes on but appear to be nude. These slight variances can go on and on but in the end it really doesn’t matter.

An overall general consensus of implied nudity means that the model is not showing nipples or genitalia through the use of lighting effects, posture and posing, props, or cropping and editing. It is different than a girl standing in front of the camera wearing her bikini. That is not implied nudity. The crux of implied nudity is giving the viewer the impression the model is nude without showing them that she is.

Making sure that you and your model are on the same page when it comes to defining implied nudity is vital. Since it can be interpreted in more than one fashion, unlike straight up nude photography, you want to be sure and communicate beforehand with a model what you are looking for.

Sexy Pose - Implied Nude Photography - Jenni Czech

Why not Naked?

If you are in nude photography, it could be difficult to find the benefits in doing implied nudes. If you are successful shooting girls with all their clothes off, why on earth would you put them back on? Who doesn’t want to look at a beautiful nude woman? However, nude images are not marketed as easily as implied nude.

Think about how often you see the image of a woman who is almost naked rather than totally nude? Quite frequently I am sure. This is your number one reason in shooting implied nudes. Even if you shoot nudes, think about all the covers of magazines that have implied nudes on them? These are the photographs that bring in serious money.

Having a wide ranging portfolio that shows your varied skillsets is important for your professional career. Additionally, shooting implied nudes give you a chance to work in new and creative ways, such as implementing interesting cropping and lighting techniques. Lastly, it is in high demand. Models need implied nude photographs for their books just as much as photographers need to showcase them.

Further every nude model needs a couple of implied nude shots for her portfolio in social media and alike. Your model will be happy – even during a nude shoot – to pose in a more demure manner.

It is an easy win win situation.

Here you get an idea about the work during an implied nude shoot (This is NOT my work).
The well known Indian model and actress even covered her nipples to be on the safe side. Watch out carefully:


The Model

Now that you understand why implied nudes are so important, it is time to figure how to shoot them. If you are skilled at shooting nudes it will not be a far stretch but there are some very important differences.

Often times models that are looking to do implied nudes, will in fact NOT shoot nude work at all. This can be for moral reasons or perhaps they are newer to the business and are just getting their feet wet. Regardless of her motivations, you as the photograph need to be receptive and professional while working. Some models will want to keep their panties on, or some will want to have you turn your back while they set up their pose…there are a million different levels of comfort for each model and it’s your job to understand her needs.

The model/photographer relationship isn’t really rocket science but it is one of the harder aspects of shooting implied nudes. Simply communicating and being understanding is the secret to getting great shots. If she feels good she will give you good work.

Posing - Implied Nude Photography - Jenni Gregg

Are you Missing Out?

If you already shoot nude models and have yet to shoot implied nudes, you seriously are neglecting a vast area of the market. Working in many different niches allows you as a photographer to broaden your skill sets and open up new creative methods that once may have been untapped. In order to be successful you do not only need to consider pushing the envelope further. You have to consider what the market desires and what you want to offer to it.

Realizing the potential to create sexy images that are evocative and tempting while still keeping your model mostly covered is empowering. Showing clients that you are an imaginative and confidant photographer that can work within any boundaries will make you highly desired. Open your mind and think outside the box 🙂

For a throughout look into shooting implied nudes and getting some ideas please take a peek at:

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Implied Nude Poses with Jenni Czech Vol.1

Implied Nude Poses Vol. 1 - feat. Jenni Czech

Implied nude is suggesting nudity but exposes nothing. A sexy overview on a few sensual and provocative poses. Quick reference access, no text.
Bonus: all poses formated as single JPGs for your mobile devices.

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IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD | The product will be delivered to your email address in digital form.
*Country-specific VAT taxes may apply
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