You Are the Canvas
Since this is a permanent record of yourself and -- possibly -- your lover, look your best for the sometimes-unforgiving camera. That might mean some primping and preening beforehand. Men, shave your face, trim your junk and remove any other body hair that invites comparison to the missing link. Girls, you already know what you're doing. Wax and shave as you see fit (get your Brazilian the day before to avoid same-day red welts). If you have any skin blemishes or zits, you might use cover-up to conceal them. If you're feeling sassy, consider rubbing on body glitter. Get creative! Finally, be sure to remove your clothes and don a loose robe at least 30 minutes before shooting to avoid nasty underwear, bra or sock lines across your flesh.
Leave No Negative Perceptions
Digital, people. Digital! If you don't have a digital camera, borrow one. If One Hour Photo taught us anything, it's that you don't want the creep at your local photo place seeing your bits and pieces. And believe me, they will make copies and show all their friends if they find some nudies. I actually received somebody else's sex pics in my developed roll of film once -- I think the dirty developer was trying to pick me up in his own weird way. If you aren't experienced in photography, use your camera's general setting. It sets aperture and shutter speed for you so you can concentrate on adjusting positions rather than settings. And unless you want a blurry effect, use a tripod.
Don't I Know You From Somewhere?
The Internet is riddled with sites offering photos of ex-girlfriends and boyfriends showing their stuff. Going digital and printing at home is a good first step to keeping you from becoming the next web-sation, but a little common sense also helps. Keep others from hacking into your computer and finding your photos by using software like Couple Box (couplebox.com), a privacy software specifically designed to safeguard erotic photos. It creates a separate storage area on your hard drive with 256-bit encryption to protect them from horny, prying eyes.
Who Gets the Kids?
Your current fling may be fantastic at fellatio, but that doesn't necessarily make them trustworthy. If you're going to take nude photos with a lover, best to take some precautions in terms of image ownership. Although there really is nothing to stop your partner from leaking them after a breakup, co-signing an agreement about privacy will act as a strong deterrent. Don't get paparazzi with people you don't trust 100 per cent.