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I posted this in the Glamour Nudes group first, and then realized it would fit here maybe a little better. There is a competition that some of you might like to enter: http://www.tzipac.com/the-eros-award-2012-call-for-entries I'm sure there are others, but I have never even considered doin...
As far as the nudes, I suggest you look at Andreas Bitesnitch's work. On Form was the book I am thinking of that might help. There are male nude specialists though. Maybe try Model Mayhem. Here is a list there called Outstanding Male Form that should help you (you will need to join to see some of the nudes):
Most of all, I say try to have fun with it. Be experimenta
I occasionally run a male nudes class (http://www.pavilionphotographicstudio.co.uk/classes/male-nude-photography-a-studio-workshop/), but we're hardly on your doorstep.
I'll be honest - it's a difficult class for me to sell enough places to make it viable, so I'm not likely to schedule it again for at least another 6 months.
Male nudes are a challenging subject - especially the posing. Are your friends fit and athletic? Having someone who knows how to pose makes it easier to get
If you do want/feel as if you want to explore this subject, great, you are already halfway there with having two readymade subjects. That is the trick I think would be to treat them as subjects
rather than two people of the opposite sex, and relax, enjoy.