For Trevor Christensen his job as a portrait photographer is to make his subjects feel comfortable when taking a picture - so he decided to get naked. Yes, in his series titled Nude Portraits, the award-winning photojournalist changed the dynamic of a traditional shoot by photographing people completely unclothed.

"My thinking was that I’m a person who is comfortable taking photos, helping a subject feel comfortable posing for pictures. What if I became a photographer who was uncomfortable taking photos, who was photographing a subject who was similarly uncomfortable?" Christensen told Bored Panda, stating that he wanted to explore how his fear would change his ability to make a photographic portrait. In short, Nude Portraits was a big experiment for the photographer.

For this portrait photographer, taking the road less traveled has always been his way. Christensen took his first photo class freshman year of high school, and it quickly became a serious part of his life. The Utah native dropped out to pursue his passion, and his talent led him to be published in outlets such as The Salt Lake Tribune, USA Today, the BBC and The Washington Post.

Despite being a highly experienced in people photography, he admits that the first naked shoots were terrifying. "Even with people I knew, it was stressful and strange to carry on a conversation and direct a portrait shoot while I was nude. I did about 50 shoots for the series and never really enjoyed them," said Christensen. As time went on, he noticed a shift in the experience:

"As I got used to the process, I wasn’t as intimidated by the experience as I was in the beginning. I also noticed from subjects facial expressions that they didn’t seem to react as strongly to my nudity either. What I realized is that when you’re taking a persons photo, they’re looking to you to know how to feel. So as you become more confident and collected, they’ll be the same way. They’re feeding off your energy."

Christensen has received mostly positive reactions to the series, saying it has spurred conversations on bodies, how we process nudity and vulnerability. In addition to his personal projects, the now Los Angeles resident teaches online photography classes as well.

Scroll down below to see the photos from this experimental shoot!

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Members Of The Band Fictionist

Members of the band Fictionist

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Gabby M
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2 years ago

DUDE! Seriously?!

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Olivia, Makenzie and Chole (cat)

Olivia, 28, acquaintance, opera masters student; Makenzie, 28, acquaintance, opera masters student Chole; 11 months old, acquaintance, cat

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Dara
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2 years ago

Of course the cat is judging you hahaha

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Jordan, 24

Jordan, 24, friend, quality assurance

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Samantha Bing
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2 years ago

His job is to assess the quality of the product HA

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Hillary, 24

Hillary, 24, friend, student

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Ashlyn Krell
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2 years ago

This kitchen makes me think of the Matrix - Oracle scene.

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Madelyne, 25

Madelyne, 25, elementary school friend, executive assistant

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Person2638
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2 years ago

That would honestly be my reaction lol

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Susie, 22, photographed in her bedroom at her Koreatown, LA apartment

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THATone
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2 years ago

Good job of not catching yourself in the mirror! Lol

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Jay, 27, drummer, photographed at his home

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Amazon QT
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2 years ago

Great reaction.

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Austin, 27

Austin, 27, girlfriend at the time, middle school teacher, photographed at her home in Provo, Utah

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

not impressed LOL :D XD

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Kari, 26

Kari, 26, works in IT, former stripper. Photographed at her apartment that she and her boyfriend share in Salt Lake City

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

That's a lot of dishes.

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Victoria And Her Younger Sister Hannah

Victoria and her younger sister Hannah, shot in Provo, Utah

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Elena Adams
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2 years ago

Victoria looks kinda uncomfortable, but Hannah is posing and all haha

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Anchor Chris Miller

Anchor Chris Miller didn't realize what he was getting into when he called to interview me for 'Nude Portraits'. Here's my favorite from our impromptu session, shot at their main studio in Salt Lake City

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Magpie
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2 years ago

We can see that both model and photographer are getting comfortable.

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Jason, 24

Jason, 24, friend, roofer

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Whawhawhatsis
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2 years ago

The men all seem to laugh! The women have all kinds of reactions, but the laughter seems pretty universal amongst the men. I guess it makes them extra-uncomfortable. I approve!

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Rae, 42, web developer, photographed in her bedroom in Santa Monica, California

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KT Trondsen
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2 years ago

She looks like she approves of whay she sees haha

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Kendall, 44

Kendall, 44, contacted me through my website, subject of a documentary that explores what it means to be LGBT and Mormon, Photographed at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah

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MrsGreen
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2 years ago

I think he looks deeply sad.

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Madelyne, 25

Madelyne, 25, elementary school friend, executive assistant

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Samantha Bing
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2 years ago

She's peaking!

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Sitwat, 30, wedding photographer in Karachi, Pakistan. Shot in California

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Coffee & Cake
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2 years ago

I wish I could upvote this portrait 20 times. :)

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Karla, photographed in New Mexico.

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C
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2 years ago

She looks like she's being held hostage

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Karen, 20

Karen, 20, cam model. Photographed at her home in Salt Lake City

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

She is so staring at the goods!

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Grace, 21

Grace, 21, #byu student, photographed in October at her apartment

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Kath Leen
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2 years ago

i can see any moment now something is gonna pop out of the space below the bed...

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Bruce, 26, graduate student, friend since 2nd grade. Shot at my home in Orem, Utah.

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Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

He looks like he's had enough of his friend's nudity

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Brianna, 26

Brianna, 26, aspiring model, contacted me through my website, photographed at her parent’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

Her parents let some random guy be naked in their yard? Much more relaxed than my parents haha

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Hannah, 21, waitress, photographed for #NudePortraits in Provo, Utah.

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tarebear
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2 years ago

It seems like some of the people who look un phased by the photographer are just good models/ trying to be good models and not show a reaction....is that how photography works?? I used to watch ANTM and they were never allowed to react to anything around them

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Torrie, 30

Torrie, 30, producer/director

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

He really, really wants to laugh!

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Jamie, florist, photographed in Salt Lake City

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Heather Johnson
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2 years ago

She's beautiful

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Ed at his home in LA.

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Sabrina Huber
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2 years ago

Ed is either about to kill you... or seduce you... I'm torn.

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Lizzy, 31, software specialist, photographed for #NudePortraits late at night at her home in Springville, Utah.

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diane a
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2 years ago

love the dresser

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Kendall, 44, documentary producer. Photographed at his house in Salt Lake

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Nelson Sturdivant
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2 years ago

He's trying to unsee what he just saw...

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Chris and Natalie, 28 and 27

Chris and Natalie, 28 and 27, photographed at Natalie’s studio in Los Angeles, California

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

Oh my! Is he standing above them with it all dangling in their face??

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Christian, 43

Christian, 43, works in communications, photographed at his apartment in Salt Lake City, Utah. 2015

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

I like his hat.

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Ashley-Jayne, 22

Ashley-Jayne, 22, student and receptionist

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Amy Hansen
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2 years ago

I find her gaze captivating

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Karin, 20

Karin, 20, acquaintance, porn & cam model

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

This guy seems to know a lot of adult industry people.

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Silvia, 19, sophomore at Portland State

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

She wont even look at the camera LOL. Cute dress though.

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Court Mann

Court Mann

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birdhouse
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2 years ago

He has a Kramer painting!

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Alex, 25, designer at Adobe, shot at the mansion where her boyfriend lives in Provo, Utah.

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Miss Cris
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2 years ago

Her boyfriend looks like a weird shark

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Chris & Natalie, 28 and 27, photographed at Natalie's studio in Los Angeles, California.

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Whawhawhatsis
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2 years ago

What a beautiful red wall!

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