Masks aren't really an option for either myself or the model! I've tried and it just fogs the viewfinder! To be clear, I am rarely (if ever) within 6 feet of the model. The studio is cleaned regularly and when it's warm, we can shoot outside to be extra safe if need be.
Yes, this is a real thing! I can't say I'm an expert at it but willing to work with you at a greatly reduced fee if you'd like to give it a shot.
It's hard for me to tell you what to wear. I suggest googling boudoir photos and see what you like and use that as a cue. On the other hand, there is more studio wardrobe (always clean) than you could ever try on so I actually have clients show up without any outfits.
I am a big fan of starting with an outfit you'd wear out for a date or night out. Doesn't matter if it's sexy or not. It's a great ice-breaker and gives you some nice photos you can share with family and friends.
Definitely Google boudoir photos and seeing what you like. This will help you get a sense for what you'd like. Sometimes it's a t-shirt and undies, other times it's stocking and garters. And I do ask you to share with me shots you really like so I can work on a plan for the shoot.
Don't worry about it!! I will coach you the entire time on how to position your body, what to do with your hands, eyes, etc. Everyone is always surprised at how well they actually 'posed'! A few simple tips here and there and you're golden. One of the more entertaining parts of a shoot is watching me show you the pose; not only will you laugh, you'll be surprised how good I am!
For some reason, some people equate boudoir with nudity. Great boudoir photographs don't have to show any nudity. Or, they can show a lot of it. It's entirely up to you, the model/client. As your photographer, I have no preference either way. Remember this - it's not the parts showing that make a shot beautiful; the shot can be beautiful no matter what.
If you're unsure what you want to show, I suggest walking before you run. If the mood strikes you during the shoot to be a little daring, go with it. If you want me to offer suggestions along the way, I'm happy to do so.
But again - this is YOUR shoot! All I care about is your comfort in the session and your happiness with the shots.
ALSO - rest assured, if you choose to shoot nude, know that I won't see any more than the camera sees. When you are getting into a pose or between poses, I'll have my back to you and you'll have a robe to wear.
Standard boudoir emphasizes the mystique of what might be there while leaving something to the imagination, even when we shoot nudes. Implied nudes, lingerie, shadows and lighting all play a part in making the shot suggestive.
Erotic boudoir uses all the same tools and is largely the same shoot except it leaves less to the imagination. Whereas standard boudoir leaves you wondering, erotic boudoir is a bit more revealing while still being tasteful.
Put simply, a standard shot might imply you're touching yourself but the viewer never knows. In an erotic shot, you actually are touching yourself (possibly obscured by underwear or something but there's little doubt what's going on). One is more sensual, the other is more sexual. It's really just a matter of your comfort and what you're trying to achieve with your shoot.
Some shoots are 100% standard. Some are mixed. Some are erotic. Point is, it's your money, your shoot. Make it what YOU want it to be! To be clear though, I'm NOT a Penthouse-type photographer so if you are looking for crotch shots I'm probably not the right person for you.
Boudoir shoots should be fun! You'll arrive 30 minutes before we start shooting and we'll talk about what you want to shoot and we'll make a plan; what to wear, where we shoot, etc.
We will go through a 'look book' to finalize ideas, etc. You can do this while getting makeup if you've opted for that.
You have your own dressing room and bathroom that is completely closed off for your privacy. A professional photographer will never touch you (although I have moved a hair out of a face before).
Music is always playing. Sometimes there's a fan going. Some clients have wine/drinks, some don't. Clients are usually surprised how quickly they are at ease and actually enjoying the session.
Everyone has areas they like more than others. We all have insecurities (or tattoos we regret)! And boudoir photography is a vulnerable thing! Typically, we can pretty easily work around these issues. The right pose, outfit or light can make a huge difference. EVERY client featured in my portfolio has one (or more) things they'd rather not emphasize. Yet they are all still beautiful photos.
I do use Photoshop to touch up bumps, bruises, scars (if desired) spider bites (true story) and even remove that tattoo with your ex's name! However, we want this shoot to be you. I'm not a big fan of volumizing shots or reducing things. The most rewarding thing is seeing your finished photos and you being in disbelief that it's really you - because you look so great!
Unlike many boudoir photographers, I can only use images you authorize me to share. Once your finalized/edited photos are delivered to you, all other images of you will be deleted (unless you specifically request otherwise). Yes, I want shots for my portfolio! But I want you to be comfortable that these photos belong to you above all.
Boudoir photography is personal. It shouldn't be shot in some random building. I prefer shoots at your residence or mine. Hotel rooms just feel strange to me?
90% of the photos in my portfolio have been shot in my house (located in Indy near Broad Ripple). My house is far nicer than any studio I could ever rent and provides far greater flexibility in settings. Many professional models choose to shoot with me because of the options my house offers. I will provide you with pictures of my house so you can help imagine the pictures you like. Also - GREEN. Notice a few shots in my portfolio and how the green background really makes a shot pop. You can't get that in a studio!
Yes! You are welcome to bring a friend. And sometimes that friend can really help loosen a boudoir shoot up with funny stories about the model or nicknames! For the most part though, I ask that your friend hang out separately from where we're shooting as I move around quite a bit and nobody wants that friend in the background of a great shot!
After repeated inquiries, I guess this is now a real thing?! Maybe I'm slow? Either way, yes, I have shot with models for their OF account. These shots are still tasteful but usually more revealing. More often than not, we arrange a split on the proceeds of the images. That way, if I do a good job taking the pictures and you do a good job of marketing them, we both make some money. Happy to discuss.
Couples photography is a ton of fun. And it can make for an easier shoot because you're in your element with your significant other. There are a ton of options for settings and themes so be creative!
1) Men and women see things differently. What might look silly to you may not to me. What men and women find 'sexy' are often two different things.
2) Many clients are getting portraits for their significant other and a man's opinion and perspective can make a big difference. If I needed a gift for my girlfriend, I would probably ask a woman for advice.
3) It's a more normal dynamic for a woman to show her sexy side in front of a man. Any photographer is a stranger. For most of my clients, being in front of a man is more comfortable than a woman. I'm not there to judge, just to make you look gorgeous.
4) Most publications like Playboy, Maxim and Sport Illustrated are shot by male photographers so this is nothing unusual.
5) A good photographer (male or female) is far more focused on the shot; the light, the pose, the feel, etc. and NOT that parts in front of us. That being said, you should absolutely find a photographer that makes you feel comfortable, sexy and has a style you love.