We’d signed up on some lifestyle websites. We’d come up with a username, wrote essays, and answered questions. The only thing that remained, for our profile to be complete, was pictures.
As there was a serious dearth of sexy lingerie/undergarments at our house, we decided that a shopping trip was in order. Off we went to Lover’s Lane, but we didn’t have a great deal of luck there. I wear a 36F bra, which means that most generically sized lingerie will not fit me. In order to be big enough for my boobs, it winds up being much too big for the rest of me. And if it fits elsewhere, I’m almost inevitably popping out all over the place up top. After that, we visited Frederick’s of Hollywood, which proved to be an excellent choice. They actually do carry my size in the store (unlike, for example, Victoria’s Secret), and we left with a nice assortment of goodies: a couple bras, several thongs/panties, and a corset set.
Because we have a roommate, and didn’t want to be cavorting all around the house in our underwear, we took our pictures in the bedroom. We covered the bed with a neutral-colored blanket, and tried to move things so that no background clutter would be visible in the photos. Browsing through other people’s photos beforehand was very helpful; we’d noticed that some people didn’t pay any attention to their backgrounds and wound up doing sexy poses in front of a big basket of dirty laundry or some such. Learn from the internet and check your background.
Jack wanted to be photographer first, so we selected an outfit for me to start with. Prior to beginning our photography session, we’d enjoyed a bottle of wine. That helped, but it was definitely still strange and awkward. I hate posing for the camera even in normal situations, and I very rarely like pictures of myself, so I was struggling to just let go and not worry about it. I went through several outfit permutations, and Jack took lots of pictures. Then it was his turn to be on the other side of the camera, and I took my turn directing him to try some various poses and snapping photos. We’d noticed, as we looked through other people’s profiles, that many couples only included pictures of the female half in their albums, which was something I found a bit frustrating. We wanted to be sure that we were both represented on our profile, even if unequally (and there did wind up being a lot more of me than of Jack).
When we were finished, we transferred all the photos to the computer to look at them. (Thank goodness for digital cameras!) We had nearly two hundred photos, and as we looked through them, we began by immediately deleting any that either of us didn’t like. There were plenty of stupid faces and unflattering poses that we culled from the album. Then we went back for a second culling, and continued until we had things narrowed down to about thirty pictures that we were pretty happy with. I took those and did some quick cropping and red-eye reduction in Photoshop. We wound up with about half of the photos showing our faces, and half without.
Like many people, we wanted our publicly viewable pictures to be anonymous. I have a tattoo, which I also cropped out of any pictures where it was visible. I realized later that I’d even gone to the trouble of cropping it out of a face picture, which was clearly unnecessary, but so it goes. The final step, of course, was to upload our photos to the internet. Both sites we belong to have a series of albums, with increasing levels of privacy, for posting pictures. There is a public album (viewable by anyone on the site), an album only visible to people who are certified as real, and a private album (visible only to those whom we give permission).
We weren’t yet verified as real people on Lifestyle Lounge, so we only had the option of uploading public photos. I selected a handful of our favorite faceless pics, and put them up. On Kasidie, because we were certified as real, I was able to upload to all three albums. I used the same selection of photos for the public album, put the rest of the faceless pictures in the certified album, and used the private album for the pictures with our faces in them.
Photo by Liquene