Not many people would probably think it but apparently taking nude pictures boost self esteem, at least according to Zoe Wilder, who tells her own story below. I suppose the premise behind it, is that you get comfortable seeing yourself naked, which in turn alleviates the shyness from the issue.
Nude pictures boost self esteem
Zoe Wilder tells of her own experience
Stretch, pose, dance around your room without your clothes on. I grew up dancing in a studio and so I really like to look at how my body moves in a mirror. By using my reflection to stretch and isolate body movements, I have a better idea of how I operate, what needs more attention. Plus, I get used to seeing myself naked. I find that this helps melt away any shame. In fact, it’s an opportunity to praise my form. The curves. The shape. The angles. The way the sun hits my flesh in the morning light. The way the shadows dance alongside me in the evening.
I took this idea a step further by introducing a camera. You’ve probably heard before, “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you.” Looking in the mirror my whole life, I had seen myself through my own eyes. It wasn’t until I started seeing myself through the eye of the camera lens that this exercise made a tremendous impact. Finally, I could see myself through another point of view.
I started out modeling nude for a close, trusted friend on a whim. It was such a valuable experience, I decided to incorporate nudity into many performance and fine art projects over the years. I’ve worked with some really amazing artists both in the studio and on stage. Self portraits are fun, too. All you need is a point and shoot. I like to use the timer so I can get my whole body in the frame. A camera phone works, too. Take it a step further and incorporate body paint. Feeling adventurous? Go on location to your fire escape, rooftop, or backyard.
I will spend hours poring over photos from a shoot, picking out my favorites and studying what works, admiring some images while laughing at others. At first this process was a little nerve wracking. The critical voice would creep into my thoughts, causing some discomfort. However, over time, I got used to looking at myself in different poses, making different expressions. I learned to look at an unflattering photo of myself without attaching my worth to it. I delight in finding the photos that capture my spirit and movement. I feel sexier, healthier, and happier as a result. Not to mention, this has become an extension of my artistic expression. read the whole article