Although NKB has always been an inclusive and intersectional brand, I only recently had the opportunity to shoot a male boudoir session with a wonderful man named Morgan, who just happens to be transgender. As a person who has both a trans brother and a trans nephew, I was excited to be a part of Morgan's journey... not to mention to photograph this guy with the most AMAZING blue eyes!
Before we get into the session and interview with Morgan, he has given me permission to share little bits about his journey here, via his own social media posts.
And now, without further ado, let me get to Morgan's interview and the super-HOT photos from his session!
Q: Tell me a little about yourself!
A: I am a 37 year old Transgender man. That is the least important thing about me though. The most important thing to know about me is that I am a father to an almost 4 year old boy who looks up to me. That being said I try to be the best man I can be. Sometimes it is hard when society judges people who are transgender. I am here to educate and bring light to a subject that needs to desperately be normalized.
Q: What was your reason for wanting a boudoir shoot? Was it for yourself? A loved one? Both? Please explain.
A: I wanted to do a boudoir shoot to see myself through someone else's lens (pun intended.) I see my scars on a daily basis from the surgeries I have gone through and although I am ok with them I wanted to see what others saw outside looking in. I also wanted to feel sexy :)
Q: What were your expectations for your photo shoot experience and images? Were those expectations met?
A: I was nervous... so nervous lol. I felt warm and welcomed though once I met Natalie. I did't know what to expect to be honest. I never thought I would be getting naked but it was all so tastefully done and I didn't feel like a piece of meat. I wouldn't mind if others looked at me though as a piece of meat HAHA. I felt like family by the time I left. Natalie and I got to know one other in a short period of time and that made all the difference.
Q: What fears or concerns did you have going into your session? Were those fears/concerns eased by your photographer? Did those fears/concerns come to pass?
A: I was just nervous. I was nervous that being trans I would be looked at differently. That was not the case at all.
Q: As a transgender man, I believe you have a valuable perspective to offer on gender roles, stereotypes, and the differences in how the genders experience of the world. You spent much of your life being treated by the world as a woman, and now you have the benefit of seeing how the world treats you as a man. How do you feel life is different from an external perspective, and do you feel the boudoir experience would have been different if you were still living as a woman? (If so, how?)
A: The moment I was finally seen as a man things def changed. I will never say there is not Male white privilege or even white privilege for that matter. People in sales speak to me differently as they would a female counterpart, my car insurance dropped the moment I changed the "f" to an "m." I think gender roles for sure need to die out bc it should not matter for most everything we all do in life.
I think in boudoir it would have def been different bc of obvious reasons. I don't think I would have been treated differently by you but the poses and amount of nudity would have probably varied.
Q: On a scale from 1-10, how would you rate your confidence in your body and appearance BEFORE your boudoir session?
A: 8. I've always been a confident person and I cannot wait to see the final product because throughout the shoot when I was being shown different photos I felt amazing about them!
Q: On a scale from 1-10, how would you rate your confidence in your body and appearance AFTER your boudoir session?
Q: Would you do it again? And if so, would you choose the same photographer? Why or why not?
A: Hell yea I would!!!!
Q: Would you recommend this experience to a friend? Why or why not?
A: Hell yea I would. It is a great experience for anyone to do.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Morgan as much as I did! Comment or question? Drop it below!