How to Take a Thirst Trap Without Seeming TOO Thirsty

Master the subtle art so you don't look like a tool.

shirtless male making selfies at the park gym
MixmikeGetty Images

You've just completed a full-body HITT work out from home. You're a little sweaty, and you got a nice pump. You're thinking that now is the ideal time to take a thirst trap. You're right, but you need to proceed with caution. Otherwise, you may come off looking a little too thirsty.

But first, what is a thirst trap?

In case you stumbled on this article without any idea of what the term “thirst trap” means, allow me to explain. A thirst trap is a photo you post on social media in order to get attention and feel validated. Often, you're not wearing a ton of clothes in said photo, and you post it when you're horny and looking for a casual partner. You throw that thirst trap in your Instagram story and wait to see who—seemingly out of nowhere, but actually because they saw your sexy pic—messages you to ~see how you've been~.

While the goal of a thirst trap is to get someone's (or screw it, anyone’s attention), some folks are concerned about coming off as too thirsty—in other words, too desperate for validation or sex. I am not among them, as I come off as hella thirsty on Instagram. I cast out a wide web with my thirst traps, maximizing my chances of catching someone. That said, most people don’t want to appear as brazenly thirsty as I do. And trust me, I definitely turn some folks off by being so unabashedly sexual.

Since my thirst trap aesthetic isn't for everyone, I spoke to two fashion photographers, Henry Wu and Jeffry Goritz, to get their expertise. The key is making your thirst traps artsy, they say. Once you do that, you’re in the clear—in other words, you no longer look like a self-absorbed schmuck trying to sleep with whomever comments first on your photo (i.e., me).

The difference between a regular thirst trap and an artsy thirst trap is really the story and preparation behind each, Wu explains. "A regular thirst trap will only get you so far and it can become very overdone and boring." (Wow, come for me.) "I’m here to talk about creating a post that is so provocative and sensual that it’ll lead people to want more," he says.

This content is imported from {embed-name}. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Here are 5 tips for taking an artsy thirst trap that isn't too thirsty:

1. Find your light source

“Look around your house for windows and natural light, because light and shadows are your best friends,” Wu explains. If you're seeking a dramatic look, a sunny day (preferably around noon) will create the most contrast. For a softer and moodier look, Wu suggests gloomy day lighting (think early morning or golden hour) to get the best results.

2. Gather the tools you need

When Wu says "tools," he’s talking sexy underwear, lingerie, or nothing at all—whatever will keep your viewer’s heart pumping.

But you can use more formal props, too, Goritz says. Examples include fruits to cover your nether regions, or a very purposefully placed (though it looks careless) towel to cover the peen and upper thigh. Screw it, you can even use a lollypop. Is that played out? I thought so, but as I stare at the Playboy calendar above my desk, which has June playmate Miki Hamano with a bright red lollipop pressed against her lips, I can say with certainty that lollipops still indeed have the intended effect.

3. Find the right location to tell a story

There are some standard spots you can use, like your bedroom or bathroom. (Think a classic tub shot with bubbles covering your nether regions.) “Be creative with your set design,” says Wu. “Putting unnatural things together can have amazing results too, such as arranging some flowers in your bed or putting up some sheer curtains in your living room as a backdrop.” Note that less can be more.

You can also take these artistic thirst traps to the park, beach, or a remote location “to give your photo an edge into fantasy,” Goritz adds.

4. Find the right angle

“If you look at masterpiece sculptures like Venus de Milo or David by Michelangelo, then you will know what I mean when I say find your ‘S-curve,’” Wu says. “Standing still is not that artsy, unless you are seducing robots.” Using an S-shape pose will make you look more relaxed and sexy—you're basically working the lines through your spine, shoulders, and hips to accentuate your whole body, Wu explains. “And if you are lying down (on your stomach or back), always bend one knee and extend one leg.”

Goritz adds that shooting from below, at odd angles, as well as up-close shots, can entice viewers—they end wanting to examine the images more closely to figure out what they're actually looking at.

david, by michelangelo
LeemageGetty Images

5. Give ‘em the feels.

Expressing emotion is crucial for a good thirst trap because you want viewers to imagine, fantasize, and feel exactly what you feel, explains Wu. “With every shot, change it up a bit: smile and don’t smile, be sensual or distraught. Also consider a few shots where you are looking away from the camera — looking up or down, closing your eyes, and breathing through your mouth.” You want the person who looks at your thirst trap to think to themselves, “Okay, they are feeling it.” What, exactly? It doesn’t matter. Just it.

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below