* Click * goes the shutter. * Click * * Click * * Click *

I occasionally check the preview screen on the dSLR.

* Click * * Click *

"Now slide the shirt up a little," I say.

"Like this?"

"Yeah, but lean forward a little and stick your ass out."

We both laugh.

* Click * * Click * * Click *

We are not taking family photos. The curtains are drawn, our door is closed, and our child sleeps peacefully at the other end of the house. We are having a blast.

* Click * * Click *

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Over the first five years of our marriage, we would occasionally put my amateur photography hobby to use in livening up our private time together. A few pinup shots here or there, and often several months or more would pass before the camera would come out again. We had always been a sex positive couple, and it was just one more thing we would try to keep things interesting.

Then we discovered Reddit.

For the unfamiliar, Reddit is a linking and commenting site that in many ways represents what everything2 might have become if it had taken a different course several years ago. It is populated by sub-Reddits (think forums) dedicated to specific topics. One of the (seemingly endless) memes on the site is that if you can think of it, a sub-Reddit exists for it. Most of these are text based, as the only images that appear on the site are thumbnails. So one could visit "/r/books" to discuss all things bibliophilic.

However, some sub-Reddits are dedicated to image links. For instance, the sub-Reddit "/r/wallpapers" might only contain links to high-resolution images hosted on other sites that people use as desktop wallpapers. At some point, inspired by the preponderance of camera phones and youthful vanity, someone created a sub-Reddit called "/r/gonewild". Anyone who has ever seen late-night commercials can probably make an educated guess at what types of photos can be found there. To say that it became popular would be like saying Butterfinger Mcflurry generated mild discussion on e2. Gonewild (often abbreviated on Reddit as GW) is huge. Its popularity has spawned innumerable sub-Reddits, each catering to self-made home photos in specific themes. Are you a true shutterbug? Then probably ArtGW would interest you. Like Star Wars or Dr. Who, except with more nudity? You should try GWNerdy.

Last winter, while playing with my wife's phone, I included gonewild in her Reddit app as a default sub-Reddit as a joke. Much to my surprise, the following day she walked into my office and declared that she wanted to be posted on GW. My wife is very attractive, but incredibly shy. She is so shy, in fact, that she refuses to wear shorts in public. Knowing this, I was definitely stunned at her desire to appear naked on the Internet.

Posting revealing photos on the Internet is an entire discussion in itself, but we put something together that did not show her face and followed a more 1950s pinup style. Watching her read messages and responses to the pictures, I realized that this was a way for her to feel better about her body without wearing a bikini to the public pool. Despite me telling her on a daily basis how nice she looked, deep-seated reservations about her body still lingered from her formative years.

Over the following months we would often think of a fun idea for an album to post on one of the GW sub-Reddits. During holidays we would do themed shots for the banner that appears at the top of the website. It became our secret, and as friends would discuss seeing something on Reddit we could share a knowing smile together while the others talked.

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* Click * * Click *

The clothes are completely off now. We are laughing, and occasionally I will lean over and show her one that came out particularly well.

"Why don't you put the camera down?"

And of course I do....

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