by Molly Moore
Molly and Exposing 40 sitting in bathtub in woods

I love taking my outdoor self portraits. Not just the taking of the image but the whole process, from setting off on a walk, to finding the location, taking the images, getting back home to see what I got and finally (if they are good enough) editing and posting them. It is a complete process to me and no single part of it outweighs another but I will admit that the actually getting out with my camera, and getting my clothes off in the process is something that I adore doing. It is exhilarating, fun and makes me feel very calm and focused. As a general rule it is also a solitary activity which also warms my introverted heart but now and then @domsigns comes with, especially if I have found a location where I need either a look out or help with something but now and then I get the opportunity to photograph someone else. One such opportunity arose during the summer when Exposing 40 asked me if I would be interested in taking her on one of my walks and photographing her. To say I jumped at the offer would be an understatement.

On a beautifully sunny day in July I collected Exposing 40 from the train station and after a brief pause to drop some of her stuff off at my house we set off on one of my favourite routes which goes through a local woodland that in all the time I have been walking through it I have never seen another human being. There is something wonderful about finally meeting up with someone who you have communicated with on-line and this was no exception. We chatted happily while wandering along enjoying the beautiful weather.

The plans for the pictures had very much been left down to me. The only brief I had was ‘take my picture, outdoors, your choice and I am more than happy to get naked’. In my mind I had a few possible ideas but nothing set in stone, but as we rounded the bend through the woods all the ideas I had in my head were gone because when someone dumps an old bath in your beautiful woodland it is your duty to use it.

Molly and Exposing 40 sitting in old bathtub in the woods nakedOnce we had thoroughly explored the bath (and there are some more images but hopefully Exposing 40 will post some of them too) we walked on and talked, oh did we talk, until we finally reached another woodland area about a mile away. When Exposing 40 said she was comfortable getting naked outdoors she meant it too and it was a real delight to point out the spot I wanted her to lay in and then watch her strip off and lay there perfectly happy in the dappled sunlight as I worked away around her. I love all the resulting images but after a lot of consideration I have picked this one as my favourite from that location. I love how the light is falling across her face and this image just seems to show off wonderfully how relaxed and beautiful she looked laying there.

Woman laying on fallen tree truck nakedAt this point we decided to head for home as we had already walked a fairly long way and been out for a good couple of hours but just as we were coming to the edge of the woods one last opportunity for something caught my eye and I am so glad it did and the result series of images are my favourite ones from the whole day.

Shadow of leaves on womans naked backWe ended that day with a lovely bottle of wine and a meal cooked for us by @domsigns. Sometimes you take pictures of someone else and sometimes you are lucky enough to make a real friendship as a result. I hope that Exposing 40 will let me loose on her with the camera at some point in the future as she was a truly wonderful model to work with, we had a lot of laughs and oh my did we do some talking and if her reaction to the images is anything to go by I am fairly sure she was delighted with the results of her excursion to Hertfordshire

I am not sure meeting up with a fellow sex blogger can be classed as a chance encounter, although without the internet and us both blogging this is yet another wonderful friendship that I probably would have never experienced, but finding a bath in the woods while you are with that person definitely counts as a chance encounter and a very wonderful one in my opinion.

Molly and Exposing 40 sitting in bathtub in woodsBeing a self-portrait artist means that taking my image is a time-consuming activity, where as shooting other people allows me a freedom to explore and play in a very different way resulting in being able to get many more different images in a similar amount of time. If it was me alone I would probably only manage one or two images. Also, I can experiment with changing angles, focus, lens and light much quicker when shooting someone else. It is essentially a very different experience from shooting myself but one that I am increasingly enjoying and want to do more of. So, if you are in the UK and interested in having your picture taken, preferably out and about in the wilds of the countryside then let me know. I can’t promise you a bath tub but I can promise you an experience with a difference.

Exposing 40 in black and white laying in the woods

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Tabitha Rayne October 28, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Just amazing, ladies!
So wonderful x x

Dawn October 28, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Some amazing shots, well done both of you!

Marie Rebelle October 28, 2015 - 5:24 pm

I would say this fits perfectly with the prompt! Internet has made the world so much smaller and we meet people we might never have met otherwise. It looks like the two of you had a lot of fun. The photos are so good!

Rebel xox

Melina Greenport October 28, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Molly, this is beautiful. So beautiful!

Forestter Hunter October 28, 2015 - 7:45 pm

Your photographs are stunning. I spend so much time in the forest and appreciate the setting for your lovely photography.

Cammies on the Floor October 28, 2015 - 8:18 pm

All beautiful pics.

Exposing40 October 29, 2015 - 11:27 am

This is such a fabulous record of a really memorable and happy day. I love the post and I love the photos you have chosen…I too love those ones from the day, especially the way the shadows fall across my back. I would be delighted to whip all my clothes off for you again whenever you like…I’d love to do a seaside/beach shoot with you one day! xxx

Allan Winrow October 30, 2015 - 8:22 am

Lovely pictures, and a reminder of my time at college when I did the same with and for other students. Still enjoy naked self-portraits and always willing to model even if the years have taken their toll!

Bella November 1, 2015 - 4:29 am

Just gorgeous !! Thank you for sharing 💐

K.C. Cave November 1, 2015 - 6:50 pm

Such a great idea–and another wonderful excuse to go in the woods and get nude! Alas, the days are getting shorter and cooler. But I’ll be doing this next summer, too! Thanks for the post.

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