Leaving something to the imagination, in my opinion, is key.
One of the things I try to avoid during these sessions is to show everything in these images. I mean this in two ways.
The first, more obvious way is that I don’t believe in showing everything a woman has to offer. Once that is seen, then the interest in the subject dwindles perilously. That’s the main problem I have with Playboy and it’s ilk. After the third image, you’ve seen it all and the following images aren’t as interesting so you kinda flip through them with significantly less enthusiasm.
Yes, I shoot nudes, if that is what the client wants. Yes, they can be full monty in front of me – again, if they want. But even then, given the choice, I will choose to compose the image accordingly. I like leaving an air of mystery, a yearning to see more, and the tantalizing aspect of thinking you’re seeing something or about to see something but you’re not.
A side note. Oftentimes the best headshots come that point in the session when the person is wearing the least amount of clothes. If any. Go figure.
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter” is, I believe, how Mr. Keats put it.
Now the other way is that I mean to say that I don’t think every image of someone needs to include everything between their toenails and topmost hair. If that is your pursuit then you will miss thousands of subtle, magical, sensual moments. Getting in close, moving around, changing perspective allows me to find these ethereal, smaller moments in the larger whole and tease them out.
Now, when these two worlds collide…well that’s where real magic occurs. Like it does here with images from my most recent session with Mrs. R. We spent a quiet afternoon just exploring possibilities. It was a dance between light, form and photography. Of course the case is easily made that she simply doesn’t have a bad angle. I would really have to work hard to take a bad photo of her. She’s amazing in every aspect of the term.
The proverbial icing on the cake came when I realized all of the images looked best in black and white. Oh, how I love me some exquisite black and white images. I simply could not ask for a better session or resulting images.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do. I also hope that it inspires you to explore your sensual side by contacting me today for your own personalized, stylized session – whether it be on the Light side, the Dark side or a combination of both.
Mark Knopp is a Virginia Beach-based boudoir/sensual photographer covering the Hampton roads community. Contact him today at firstname.lastname@example.org for your photographic needs.