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Photographer

CS Art photography

Posts: 717

Ocala, Florida, US

Well ,you can shoot sexy and not trashy, she doesnt have to be nude.   maybe she wants some nice hot photos for her man friend...or your dad.  ( not that she has both)  My mom was a  show diver and swimmer, so when i needed a model  for an underwater practice she did it . actually did did better than the actual model under water smile

Mar 31 10 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

HBP II

Posts: 496

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Dude, it's going to be weird and awkward. It'll probably scar you for life.

At least I would be.

Mar 31 10 03:50 pm Link

Model

Rebecca Evans

Posts: 812

Reno, Nevada, US

DanaColePix wrote:
guess Im alone here as the only person who would do the shoot and not feel weird about it...lol

tee hee cool

Hmm.  Reverse situation, but as a model, I'm actually more comfortable having my mom (a photographer) shoot me in risque looks than any other photog.

I see the work as creativity and business, I guess, and don't particularly get a major sexual high from it, so I'm actually more willing to have her shoot me than anyone else.  smile  I know she understands me well enough to work with me well.

I've photographed beauty and art shots for her too.

Mar 31 10 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

BillSparksPhotography

Posts: 375

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I think, as others have pointed out, this is more about your personal comfort level with the work than anything else.

If having your mother posing naked for you will create tension and discomfort for you than that will show up in the final product and it may be very difficult to produce something that comes across as fun and sexy.

Mar 31 10 03:56 pm Link

Photographer

Z_Photo

Posts: 6955

Huntsville, Alabama, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

In your situation I'd do it.  I'll fly out and do it for you.

Mar 31 10 03:58 pm Link

Model

Sophie Nova

Posts: 2105

Los Angeles, California, US

I've done sexy pictures WITH my mum, but I suppose that's a little different smile

Mar 31 10 04:01 pm Link

Photographer

ArtGlo

Posts: 506

Peru, Illinois, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

awkward to say the least!  i did boudoir (non nude) of my sister once and was not real comfortable  for me.

Mar 31 10 04:02 pm Link

Photographer

C s p i n e

Posts: 3944

Portland, Oregon, US

Spend much time in this business and you'll see stuff so gross you'd let a homeless man piss in your eyes just to wash the image out. So.... shooting your mom in a 'sexy' way may prepare you for what lies ahead.

Mar 31 10 04:02 pm Link

Photographer

Travis Richardson

Posts: 107

MACK, Colorado, US

Personnally I think the awkwardness is a good reason to do it. It would be good practice for a future moment when it might be a paying job on the line if you can get over it and shoot that way with your mother yoy should truly be able to shoot anyone. And if this is a bold move for your mother that might end up being a good boost to her 49 year old self esteem it would be a nice gift from you to her well being.. Plus once you both relax it could make for a fun if different mother daughter experience.

But hey that's just my thoughts. good luck either way and props to your mother for such confidence, it's a wonderful thing to have at any age.

Mar 31 10 04:07 pm Link

Photographer

tgz photos

Posts: 323

New York, New York, US

Get some one else to do it. You don't want to start having those type of dream. So weird. Even to think about doing it is weird. So one needs help

Z

Mar 31 10 04:09 pm Link

Photographer

terrysphotocountry

Posts: 4144

Rochester, New York, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

I see that you are a female photographer. I say go for it!  smile  If you were a guy? I would have to say heck no! sad

Mar 31 10 04:11 pm Link

Photographer

Travis Richardson

Posts: 107

MACK, Colorado, US

Personnally I think the awkwardness is a good reason to do it. It would be good practice for a future moment when it might be a paying job on the line if you can get over it and shoot that way with your mother yoy should truly be able to shoot anyone. And if this is a bold move for your mother that might end up being a good boost to her 49 year old self esteem it would be a nice gift from you to her well being.. Plus once you both relax it could make for a fun if different mother daughter experience.

But hey that's just my thoughts. good luck either way and props to your mother for such confidence, it's a wonderful thing to have at any age.

Mar 31 10 04:16 pm Link

Photographer

fayleo

Posts: 12

Big Bear Lake, California, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

Mar 31 10 04:17 pm Link

Photographer

M W Photography

Posts: 350

Dallas, Texas, US

Sophie Nova wrote:
I've done sexy pictures WITH my mum, but I suppose that's a little different smile

Suddenly I don't care about your mom ... I'm thinking about shooting Sophie and her mom ...

No, I personally wouldn't shoot my mom but it wouldn't be because of her age. And I know more than one woman 49 and older that look incredible.

Mar 31 10 04:30 pm Link

Photographer

M W Photography

Posts: 350

Dallas, Texas, US

terrysphotocountry wrote:

I see that you are a female photographer. I say go for it!  smile  If you were a guy? I would have to say heck no! sad

So you would do nudes of your dad ???

Mar 31 10 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

DaG

Posts: 2784

Los Angeles, California, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

Her request is completely normal ... in Kentucky.

Mar 31 10 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

Terry Moody Photography

Posts: 308

Gastonia, North Carolina, US

She trust you. Don't let her down. We would never know she was your mom. It's kinda like the first time a boys dad takes him to a strip club. Youll laugh a lot and have fun to.

Mar 31 10 04:41 pm Link

Photographer

Rebel Photo

Posts: 11446

Florence, South Carolina, US

When I was 20, my Mom was 40 and looked 28. I have always been proud of her. Even today, she's often mistaken as my wife (I'm 53) If she had wanted sexy photos, I'd rather shoot it than some other photographer.

Mar 31 10 04:48 pm Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10553

Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

there is a simple solution and its called Craiglist.  you find someone else with the same problem and swap. You take pics of THEIR MOM. and they do yours.
then you go for a drink and trade "Your mom" jokes.

seriously.  would you feel uncomfortable shoot sexy pics of a stranger?

Mar 31 10 04:49 pm Link

Photographer

Eclectic

Posts: 281

Toledo, Ohio, US

My mom is too old and out of shape for that. I have seen nude pictures of my mother from when she was young though. They were beautiful.

I would take artistic nude images of female family members. (provided they had a decent figure) *shrug* It's for the art.

Mar 31 10 04:51 pm Link

Photographer

Athena Photo

Posts: 66

Pomona, California, US

I've shot my female cousin nude.  No big deal.

Mar 31 10 04:52 pm Link

Photographer

Digital Hands

Posts: 928

Milton, Ontario, Canada

Terry Moody Photography wrote:
She trust you. Don't let her down. We would never know she was your mom. It's kinda like the first time a boys dad takes him to a strip club. Youll laugh a lot and have fun to.

I'd say I agree with this one.
She trust you and she is more comfortable to be in front of you and your lens.

Do it..  do it..    do it.

Mar 31 10 04:59 pm Link

Photographer

Lee K

Posts: 2411

Palatine, Illinois, US

I would never do that.  Just me.

Mar 31 10 05:02 pm Link

Photographer

Mariusz Sikorski

Posts: 164

Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

The oddest in my case was getting some shots of my cousin (who used to kick my ass when we were younger) breast feeding her new baby as well as some implied topless shots of the baby being held. Not really odd by a long shot and pretty standard fare for baby picture and i didn't really sweat it but thats really the closest i came.

Telling my cousin she'd have to take her top off felt a little wrong though.

Mar 31 10 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

AaronPawlak

Posts: 2708

New York, New York, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
My mom wants me to take sexy pictures of her...

Yuck.

Mar 31 10 05:03 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Spezialy

Posts: 2

Los Angeles, California, US

I body painted and shot my girlfriend's dad. He wanted her to document the process using both mine and his camera. we got it done but it was difficult for her, at the end of the day everyone was fine and nothing changed in the relationship of father daughter. Breaking the comfort zone for some is simply coming to terms with humanity and that our parents and heroes are just people with hopes, dreams, fears, and desires, that transcend our illusions of them. I hope you don't let taboo get in the way of your art or another's desire to express them self.

Mar 31 10 05:15 pm Link

Photographer

Lucas Chapman

Posts: 6129

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

Take the pictures...  then send me the link to your website  smile

Mar 31 10 05:20 pm Link

Photographer

Jay Lee Studios

Posts: 1238

San Diego, California, US

LOL charge her your normal rates. You don't want to see her naked I am sure she will not want to pay....but if she really wants them done I am sure someone here on MM will shoot her at a reasonable rate so you wont have to do it.

Mar 31 10 05:23 pm Link

Photographer

Coolarrow

Posts: 830

San Antonio, Texas, US

i remember  the first time I drove alone. Boy that was scary but exciting.

Mar 31 10 05:25 pm Link

Photographer

TCB_Photography

Posts: 1

Southaven, Mississippi, US

I couldn't do that. To far for me to even think about. I guess you should think about if you would be comfortable with that and having no regrets.. I would be very uncomfortable to shoot my mom and I will not take photos I am not comfortable with. well hopes this helps and no bad feelings intended

Mar 31 10 05:25 pm Link

Photographer

Charger Photography

Posts: 1720

San Antonio, Texas, US

I took lingerie pictures of my Mom..
It was when I got my first camera at the age of 8, she was getting ready for work I walked in the room and asked her if I could take her pictures, she laughed and said yes.. I snapped 4. still have the negatives but I haven't touch them in 31 years.

Mar 31 10 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Oliver Anderson

Posts: 633

San Rafael, California, US

Your Mother is 49 and in good shape for her age so she wants photos that she's proud of...since she's in great shape for her age...This I totally get!

You taking the sexy images...I'm in the Ewwwww group.  Even though I'm sure she's proud of your work and means it as a total compliment and she's saying she's comfortable with you.Fantastic but actually doing the shoot Ewwww

What I'd do is have another photographer friend trade with you as a favor....you may find you owe them  BIG time.lol

Mar 31 10 05:34 pm Link

Photographer

G D Peters Photography

Posts: 3215

North Platte, Nebraska, US

I couldn't do it.  I have two stepdaughters who are models, and I couldn't do full nudes of them, maybe not even implied's or lingerie.  They would be terribly uncomfortable, and so would I.  Someone else would have to do the honors.

Mar 31 10 05:43 pm Link

Photographer

DOBA Photography

Posts: 1039

Joliet, Illinois, US

I'm male....and couldn't do it.  It's my mother.  I would find her a photographer to do the pics.....maybe the other photographer's mother was asking him for pics as well....there's the trade...lol

Mar 31 10 05:51 pm Link

Photographer

GNapp Studios

Posts: 6209

Somerville, New Jersey, US

Depends how much she is paying.

Mar 31 10 05:52 pm Link

Photographer

Accidental Plateau

Posts: 7715

Brooklyn, New York, US

Sophie Nova wrote:
I've done sexy pictures WITH my mum, but I suppose that's a little different smile

You know the rules, pics or it never happened....

wink

Mar 31 10 05:56 pm Link

Photographer

monroc

Posts: 5

My mom was on an "implied nude" for a magazine I used to shoot for... That means all my friends saw her, people I worked with... Basically everyone I know... And the pictures would be in the Photo Editors office... Really, save yourself the pain... (I did not take the pics! I would never) Oh I'm hurting again! NASTY!

Mar 31 10 06:19 pm Link

Photographer

RAI Photography CA

Posts: 16

Wilmington, Delaware, US

So did you end up going for it and doing the shoot, or did you refer her to someone else? smile

Mar 31 10 06:48 pm Link

Photographer

Charger Photography

Posts: 1720

San Antonio, Texas, US

LEMONY CA wrote:
She offered to let me take pics of her for my new website and then, aware of the fact I take a good number of nudes, she was like "Let's take SEXY ones!" She's 49. And she's my mother.

Lolwtf?

Is that horribly awkward or what? Have YOU guys ever taken pics like...that of your family members? neutral

Get your sister to pose with her and do a g/g concept. LOL smile

Mar 31 10 06:52 pm Link

Photographer

RedrumCollaboration

Posts: 1114

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

DanaColePix wrote:
guess Im alone here as the only person who would do the shoot and not feel weird about it...lol

tee hee cool

No way... my mom is smokin hot and so is my partners!
Infact, I have taken pictures of Justin's mom in a bikini on the beach before... she let me pose her... it was cute. She's 55. A hot 55 though, I swear!

If either wanted super sexy pictures... I'd take them! It's the human body... no matter who's it is! How dare we take away the sensual part of a woman just cause we were in their belly at one point!

And we will all be OLD someday... our "sexy" isn't going to vanish at 40 guys and gals!

Mar 31 10 06:59 pm Link