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Photographer

ArceeR

Posts: 100

Westland, Michigan, US

legally photograph a 21 year old naked? (the 16 y/o will be clothed)

Jul 03 08 07:38 pm Link

Photographer

Jeff Wayne

Posts: 2764

Los Angeles, California, US

legal advice should be directed at a lawyer that is familiar with the local laws

Jul 03 08 07:40 pm Link

Photographer

Demeter Photography

Posts: 550

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Check your state law.

Jul 03 08 07:40 pm Link

Photographer

S W I N S K E Y

Posts: 24319

Saint Petersburg, Florida, US

i am sure you'll get lots of answers, but very little in the way of law...

personally, i cant imagine why it would be illegal...

Jul 03 08 07:41 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38964

Portland, Oregon, US

My guess is that there is nothing illegal on the part of the photog, but NO, it probably would NOT be legal for the model in most jurisdictions.

It would probably be considered to be the model exposing themself to a minor (according to the law) and there are probably statutes against it, even in private.

I could be wrong, but with all the other laws floating around, I would think it would be very risky... for the model.

The photog probably would not have anything happen to him/her.

Jul 03 08 07:45 pm Link

Photographer

dcsmooth

Posts: 1221

Detroit, Michigan, US

Likely that if anything came of it, the model would be in more trouble for contributing to delinquency of a minor than the photographer would for taking the photos of the unclothed adult.

As the photographer, do your parents know about and approve of the situation?

Jul 03 08 07:45 pm Link

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Kevin_Connery

Posts: 3307

Fullerton, California, US

ArceeR wrote:
legally photograph a 21 year old naked? (the 16 y/o will be clothed)

It depends on a variety of circumstances, from the kind of images to the locale, with many other potential factors.

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Jul 03 08 07:58 pm Link

Photographer

EL PIC

Posts: 2835

Austin, Indiana, US

LMAO !
LOVE the non commite comments above.
At 16 I modeled and photographed naked.
Its like what thousands  ... make that millions do on myspace etc.

EL

Jul 03 08 07:58 pm Link

Photographer

Sophistocles

Posts: 21320

Seattle, Washington, US

I know of no state in the United States where the scenario you describe (and no more, and no less than the scenario you describe) is illegal.

Mind you, this is not legal advice and I worded my answer very carefully.

Jul 03 08 08:00 pm Link

Model

FutureExGirlfriend111

Posts: 707

Ellsworth, Illinois, US

I wouldn't think it would be legal.

Jul 03 08 08:02 pm Link

Photographer

A-M-P

Posts: 18211

Orlando, Florida, US

I'm going to guess you are not the 16 yr. old Photographer  since I already see many pictures in your port of naked models smile

Jul 03 08 08:07 pm Link

Photographer

Laura Ann Photography

Posts: 17921

Peoria, Arizona, US

You already have nudes in your port, so I assume you are either the 21 year old or are asking about someone else.

What you need to do is look into your state law, because I promise you, the answers on here will be varied and won't be of much help to you.

Jul 03 08 08:08 pm Link

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Laura Ann Photography

Posts: 17921

Peoria, Arizona, US

KillerShotz Photography wrote:
I'm going to guess you are not the 16 yr. old Photographer  since I already see many pictures in your port of naked models smile

We were thinking the same thing.  lol

Jul 03 08 08:08 pm Link

Photographer

504 Photography

Posts: 361

Glendale, California, US

ArceeR wrote:
legally photograph a 21 year old naked? (the 16 y/o will be clothed)

All the "legal" answers aside..  ask yourself this..

Is it NECESSARY to shoot this model nude?  Will your life and career end if you don't?

If the answer is no, then don't open that can of worms.

And, since it sounds to me like you have already decided what to do.. and if thats the case, why even bother to come post this?  This is a pointless thread thats been covered many times..

Use your common sense instead of trying to see how much you can get away with before being caught.

Jul 03 08 08:10 pm Link

Photographer

Shon D.- Femme

Posts: 24433

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

504 Photography wrote:

All the "legal" answers aside..  ask yourself this..

Is it NECESSARY to shoot this model nude?  Will your life and career end if you don't?

If the answer is no, then don't open that can of worms.

And, since it sounds to me like you have already decided what to do.. and if thats the case, why even bother to come post this?  This is a pointless thread thats been covered many times..

Use your common sense instead of trying to see how much you can get away with before being caught.

Or he can just figure out if it's illegal or not. And if it's legal, then he can just take the photos instead of running scared and stifling his creativity in the name of nothing.

Jul 03 08 08:28 pm Link

Photographer

Alluring Exposures

Posts: 11360

Mesa, Arizona, US

If you don't want to ask a lawyer then take the safe route and remember what happens to adults who expose their privates to someone underage... they go to jail and get branded sexual predators!

ArceeR wrote:
legally photograph a 21 year old naked? (the 16 y/o will be clothed)

Jul 03 08 08:32 pm Link

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Madcrow Photographics

Posts: 7802

Boston, Massachusetts, US

504 Photography wrote:
Is it NECESSARY to shoot this model nude?

He's a sixteen year old boy. The answer to "is nudity necessary" is always going to be yes.

Jul 03 08 08:35 pm Link

Photographer

Becks

Posts: 31802

Rochester, New York, US

I'm a seventeen year old photographer with a nude 21 year old in my portfolio.

*shrug*

Jul 03 08 08:36 pm Link

Photographer

Chasing Shadows

Posts: 302

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The 21 year old could be charged

Jul 03 08 08:37 pm Link

Photographer

Jim Ewing

Posts: 4546

Fullerton, California, US

I did way back when...

Jul 03 08 08:38 pm Link

Photographer

Madcrow Photographics

Posts: 7802

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Photos By Becks wrote:
I'm a seventeen year old photographer with a nude 21 year old in my portfolio.

*shrug*

But you're a girl... The OP is a guy. Wanting to take pictures of b00bies.

Jul 03 08 08:39 pm Link

Photographer

c_d_s

Posts: 7771

Lubbock, Texas, US

Madcrow Photographics wrote:

He's a sixteen year old boy. The answer to "is nudity necessary" is always going to be yes.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.

Jul 03 08 08:40 pm Link

Photographer

Rich Davis

Posts: 3136

Gulf Breeze, Florida, US

If you can do that in Westland, look out, Livonia will be trying to move in.

Jul 03 08 08:45 pm Link

Photographer

Visual Echoes

Posts: 920

Niagara Falls, New York, US

I'm pretty sure people frown on adults exposing themselves to minors. Techinically, it could very well be against the law.

Jul 03 08 08:54 pm Link

Photographer

Christopher Wooley

Posts: 211

Spokane, Washington, US

I can't see why it would be illegal as long as it is "art" and not "pornography". Those are the technical terms you will probably find yourself facing.

It isn't illegal for a child to be part of a nudist colony. It isn't illegal for a child to enter an art gallery where nudes are present. Why would it be illegal for a minor to create such art?

I don't know the laws. I just have opinions. If it were me, I'd do it. Worst case situation - the 16 year olds spends 2 years in jail . . . .

Jul 03 08 08:59 pm Link

Photographer

Shon D.- Femme

Posts: 24433

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

Sarah Crane Photography wrote:
I'm pretty sure people frown on adults exposing themselves to minors. Techinically, it could very well be against the law.

For any action, you can find people who frown upon it.

I just had a ham sandwich. PETA frowns upon that.

Jul 03 08 08:59 pm Link

Photographer

Karl Blessing

Posts: 30854

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Here's a scenario, it may not be illegal for the 16 year old to shoot a nude 21 year old, but it may be illegal depending on how the courts interpret it for a nude 21 to be 'exposing' themselves to a minor.

Though I think they have to prove lewd and lavicious intent

Yea some bright minded minors will often accompany a college class to creative figure study without a problem.

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Jul 03 08 09:21 pm Link

Model

Sarah LaVelle

Posts: 507

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US

Yes, unless you state has some specific law against it you should be fine.

Jul 03 08 09:25 pm Link

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Photographer

GPS Studio Services

Posts: 37296

San Francisco, California, US

Karl Blessing wrote:
Here's a scenario, it may not be illegal for the 16 year old to shoot a nude 21 year old, but it may be illegal depending on how the courts interpret it for a nude 21 to be 'exposing' themselves to a minor.

Though I think they have to prove lewd and lavicious intent

Yea some bright minded minors will often accompany a college class to creative figure study without a problem.

Right answer.  It would depend on what you were shooting, state law and some other factors.  I am not a lawyer so you need to talk to a lawyer in the state the young pervert lives in, but my sense is that the bigger risk would be for the model than the photographer.  I can see situations where there could be a claim of "lewd conduct with a minor" or some other similar situations.

But then again, I am not a lawyer.

Jul 03 08 10:08 pm Link

Photographer

Chuck StJohn

Posts: 661

Birmingham, Alabama, US

Doug Swinskey wrote:
i am sure you'll get lots of answers, but very little in the way of law...

personally, i cant imagine why it would be illegal...

May not be illegal...could possibly be stupid though :-)

Jul 03 08 10:09 pm Link

Photographer

HoneyDripp Photography

Posts: 1266

Paramus, New Jersey, US

contact a lawyer.
too many different opinions here.

why do you want to do this?  or is someone paying you to do this?
curious how this is coming about

Jul 03 08 10:12 pm Link

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Madcrow Photographics

Posts: 7802

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Chuck StJohn wrote:

May not be illegal...could possibly be stupid though :-)

Indeed. Any attractive young female willing to get naked in front of the raging ball of hormones that is a 16 year old boy has probably not thought through the possible ramifications of said action.

Jul 03 08 10:41 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 28468

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Very strange question!!!

Jul 03 08 11:19 pm Link

Photographer

DarioImpiniPhotography

Posts: 8735

Everett, Washington, US

I dont know, but I sure as hell wish I took photography seriously when I was 16.  Rock on bro.

Jul 03 08 11:21 pm Link

Photographer

biwa

Posts: 2593

Pinole, California, US

Doug Swinskey wrote:
i am sure you'll get lots of answers, but very little in the way of law...

personally, i cant imagine why it would be illegal...

Can a 16 y.o buy a copy of Playboy?  Not in my state , so I would think that would play into this somehow.

Jul 04 08 12:28 am Link

Photographer

In Search Of Venus

Posts: 80

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US

Go and find out what the age of consent is in your state. 16 is probably most common. If you're old enough to touch her private parts, they could hardly have a problem with you just looking.

Jul 04 08 04:57 pm Link

Photographer

Ricardo Mejia

Posts: 411

Denver, Colorado, US

biwa wrote:

Can a 16 y.o buy a copy of Playboy?  Not in my state , so I would think that would play into this somehow.

You beat me to the punch! wink

Jul 04 08 05:00 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Christopher Willingham

Posts: 21859

Long Beach, California, US

when i was in high school there was a summer program for High School Art students at Otis Parsons - we did a lot of figure drawings from nude models...  Seriously folks - the nude is one of the staples of Art..  Some of the things I have read in this thread really reveal who doesn't know anything about Art and photography...

Jul 04 08 05:01 pm Link

Artist/Painter

Christopher Willingham

Posts: 21859

Long Beach, California, US

biwa wrote:
Can a 16 y.o buy a copy of Playboy?  Not in my state , so I would think that would play into this somehow.

Can a sixteen year old go to a museum in your state and view paintings, sculptures, and photographs of nudes by the masters in your state?

Jul 04 08 05:04 pm Link

Photographer

Kitty Wood Photography

Posts: 810

Grimsby, England, United Kingdom

I started shooting nudes just before my 19th birthday, the only under 18 year old photographers (all girls) I know don't shoot any nude/fetish/glamour just in case and are waiting till they are 18.  I wouldn't want the model to get in trouble for exposure or something ridiculous.

Jul 04 08 05:04 pm Link