The past few months the studio has been BANANAS! NUTS! CRAY-CRAY! Like one meal some days and 3-4 hours of sleep most nights for weeks at a time...so crazy, but so so good! I've met and shot so many incredible women. The downside when you're so busy is you don't really get to take a hard look at your work and figure out what new things you've learned. So to combat that, here are my favorite ten boudoir images from this year (so far!) Plus, this gives all of you guys a chance to see how gorgeous my clients are!
Full Disclosure: I am in LOVE with all of these images. There may or may not be excessive use of emoticons, exclamation points, use of the word "love" and bold type. You've been warned. :-)
10.) This gorgeous bride was such a joy to shoot! So many of my clients are brides and I adore this image! The traditional way to pose "bridal boudoir" is to use a veil. As an alternative, I LOVE the little veil panties this client found that matched her garter. I thought this was an amazing alternative for those brides who may not be wearing a veil at all for their wedding.
9.) This stunning woman was SO SO SO incredible to work with. On really intriguing aspect I love in boudoir is this feeling of motion. This client was such a trooper as I asked her to take her hubby's jersey off over and over again. I love the way you can see she is actively taking the jersey off, instead of just holding the shirt open. Not to mention, we were both laughing so hard the entire time because across the street there was an entire construction crew on their lunch break. They of course couldn't see her, but it was fun to know that this was going on right under their noses. :-)
8.) Man, oh man! How beautiful! It's so intriguing when you can weave a little story into boudoir images. I love that you don't know why this woman is undressing, who she's undressing for, or what's going to happen next. I love that you can see that the bra is mid-swing and I love that she's barely holding onto it-clearly about to drop it on the floor. Boudoir photography shouldn't just be a sexy image. Boudoir images should make you want to know more about the woman in the picture.
7.) I LOVE this pose. I love that she seems to be gasping for breath. I love that there is tension in her legs, but not as much in her hands. I love that you can't see her eyes. And I love that we decided to give her a lipstick change right before we moved on to this outfit and pose because the pop of red is heavenly!!
6.) If there was one thing I'd want to exist in all of my boudoir images it's for the woman in the image to seem unposed. Particularly because each and every one of these clients would tell you just how posed they truly were when we were shooting. My ultimate goal is to capture an image of a confident, sexy woman. Not an image of a woman who seems like she was told to pose "sexily." This picture is the ideal balance of a stunning woman in a natural pose. She is not aware of the viewer. The viewer just happens to be allowed a glimpse at her beauty. It is that additional veil of mystery that makes any boudoir image more successful than a more overt form of posing.
5.) GAH! A woman's smile is truly the most gorgeous, sexy part of her body. A woman who is acknowledging her own beauty while smiling is even more beautiful. At some point, all of my clients absolutely get the giggles as they attempt to follow my crazy directions to "inhale with an open mouth on 3!" or "sit on your hoo-ha" or "wiggle your butt to your shoulders". I say RIDICULOUS things in every session, that have all involved lol-ing for real. But I also always tell them to give into the giggles. Laugh and laugh and laugh. I will continue to pose them through that laugh and those always end up being some of my favorite images.
4.) O. M. G. I love this. I love the way she's looking at me like she knows something I don't know. (Which was probably that it looked like I was going to topple off that ladder any second.) I love her body position. I love the swoop of her hair. I love the way this looks like art. I would totally frame this and hang it in my house. I just think it's beautiful.
3.) Wowza. This image is HAWT. So often my client's want really sexy images, but they are terrified that they'll have to go fully nude or spread eagle to get it. Not the case at all. To me, the hottest images don't give it all away. She was in a corset for this picture and I told her to squeeze her shoulders together and arch her back while breathing through her mouth. I love the texture of her skin. I love exactly where the light is hitting her body. I love how the lines across her body draw your eye and accentuate her curves. This woman is boldly beautiful.
2.) This was something completely new (for me) that I tried. It was such a blast figuring out how to light her for this pose. I got to pull out my gels and play around. I think this is the first spread eagle pose I've ever done, now that I think about it. But it works beautifully in silhouette. I love how you can still make out the bows that were on the backs of her stockings and a little bit of detail on her face. And I love that we went with the color red cause, let's be honest and throw it back to my cheerleading days. That girl is R-E-D RED H-O-T HOT!
1.) GAH. This is my favorite favorite. And this gorgeous woman was so patient with me as I tried different ways of shooting her between the sheets. We also laughed a ton as I was squatting at the end of the bed with my camera under the sheet calling out poses, fanning the sheet at the same time and attempting to focus and compose my shot. It was so much fun! I seriously could've kept shooting her forever. The thing about this image that is so striking to me is how intimate it is. I love that her tattoo is barely in the frame. I love that it's between sheets, which is one of those places only your significant other gets to see you. And I LOVE the way she is looking at the camera. She is absolute perfection.
Thanks for reading this weeks blog! Just a heads up to those of you interested in a boudoir session: I'll be raising my sitting fee at the end of August. My image and product prices will stay the same, but the new sitting fee will go into effect for all sessions beginning in September. Don't want to pull that out of the blue, so this is your heads up, buttercup! :-)