How To Take Sexy Selfies (As Explained By Naked Barbie)

Photo: Casey Mullins
barbie explaining how to take good nudes

As a professional photographer, I'm disappointed with the state of the selfie, the "sexy selfie" in particular.

Taking good nudes can be a beautiful way to connect with someone you love (including yourself). But with the sheer amount of "leaked" celebrity photos on the Internet, I find it infuriating that we're raising the next generation to believe terribly composed iPhone photos are sexy just because you're naked. Nope. Not even a little.

For goodness sake, the nude photo used to be an art form, but lately it seems we seem to have forgotten how truly sexy the human body can be in all its subtlety.

Lest I sound shame-y, I, too, have been guilty of the full face, full-on boob shot. And guess what? My husband never complained — and your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/sex partner probably won't either. But after becoming more involved in boudoir and portrait photography, I've discovered that there are many exciting ways (in lots of sexy poses) you can increase and enhance the mystery of your nude pictures without simply flashing your boobs. And guess what? They're super-easy.

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To kick your sexting pics up a notch without getting too obscene, follow the tips below — illustrated with a little help from our pal, naked Barbie. Your sexy selfies won't just stand out, they'll practically moan with excitement.

How To Take Good Nudes

1. If you take a nude selfie, assume everyone will see it.

If your phone (or your lover's phone) ever goes missing, you'll want as little damning evidence on there as possible.

If you send naked photos with both your face and nipples in plain view, you could very well end up in a a Google search, a gross meme, terribly embarrassed, or all of the above. Same goes for identifying jewelry or tattoos. Proceed with caution.

2. Take sexy pictures that show your face or your body, but not both.

Go ahead and send a sexy pout with a suggestive bare shoulder, but if you're sending your bare butt or boobs, leave any identifying parts of your face out. Besides, it's a lot of work to get a photo where your face and butt look good (at least it is for me).

Remember that a little mystery is sexy. Shadows on a collarbone can be infinitely more seductive than a straight-on tit shot.

Plus, if you can't be easily identified in your nude selfies, you have that much less to worry about after a messy breakup (see above).

3. Do not send crotch shots unless they are specifically requested.

Let's be honest, you don't want your vagina randomly hanging out there in the world. Even if your face is as gorgeous as Megan Fox's, if your other "lips" are showing, they're all the viewer is going to be able to focus on.

Same goes for your penis, fellas. Why must you insist on sending us junk shots? We'd much rather see a flexed bicep or that little dip at your hipbone. Also, it's really strange when you leave your underwear bunched up around your knees. Is that a fetish I'm unaware of? To me, that just looks lazy and weird.

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4. Double-check your background before you start taking pics.

If a racy selfie of my daughter that she'd taken in a filthy bedroom ever hit the Internet, I'd be more furious about her negligent attention to detail than I would be about the photo itself. I don't care how hot you are — if you're a slob, it's gross.

Is there trash on the floor behind you? A pile of dirty laundry in the background? White spots on the mirror?

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Pay attention to what's in your photo, because while you may be focused on your fierce face and excellent rack, the person receiving your sexy pics can see the toilet, dirty clothes, or trashcan in the background — and trust me, none of that is pretty.

5. Good lighting is key when taking sexy selfies.

If you find yourself somewhere with excellent lighting, take advantage of it. Capture a few shots to send later on rather than using the crappy fluorescent lighting in your bathroom at 10 p.m. when you're in the mood to send your lover a little something, something.

Is taking photos and saving them for later so you can use the best lighting possible cheating? Perhaps. But unless your beloved asked you what you're wearing rightthissecond, sexting them a hot shot in which you are glowing in the morning sun will keep your mate happy until they can see you again.

Bonus lighting tips:

One of the best places to find good lighting is in hotel rooms during the day. White walls + white sheets = you will practically glow.

Also, standing in front of a window is always better than standing in front of a lamp, although bright, direct sunlight can be a bit harsh. Try turning your phone's camera on yourself and then walk around in front of different windows until you find a spot where you are evenly lit and your eyes sparkle.

6. When striking sexy poses, tuck it in and hold it up (without making it look obvious).

Every girl knows the elbows under the boobs trick to make her cleavage pop (and if you didn't, you do now). Most of us also know the right angles to make us look curvy where it matters and a little smaller where it doesn't.

Here's the catch: no one should be able to tell that you're pushing stuff in or holding stuff up, it ruins the illusion.

Even if you're terribly uncomfortable, no one will ever know you almost popped your hip out of joint to get the perfect curve as long as the photo looks good.

7. Duckface is out, gasping is in.

Newsflash: The entire world is over duckface. No one can see that pose anymore without rolling their eyes.

So what do you do with your mouth when you're trying to take a sexy selfie?

Right before snapping your photo, quickly gasp the way you would during some good, old-fashioned lovemaking. Part your lips ever so slightly and as you inhale, heave those bosoms and think about how damn sexy you are.

Works like a charm!

All photos courtesy of the author.

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Casey Mullins is a professional photographer and writer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Follow her on Instagram for more.