She was in Virginia Beach for a weekend and wanted new images for her businesses and her herself.
Kristin and I have a history. I’m not exaggerating when I say that she was instrumental in making who I am today as a portrait photographer. You can read about that here. She was in town recently and wanted new images done for a variety of reasons. That included, for the first time with me, boudoir images.
The catch was that they only time she was available was Sunday morning before 8am and it had to be done at her oceanfront hotel room.
“Doing a boudoir session should be something you choose to do for yourself.” – Shawna.
Every boudoir photography site I’ve seen always starts out with the premise that you should do a boudoir session “for that special someone.” Well, you know what? I’m going to buck against that. You know what I think? I think the most important reason why a woman should consider doing a boudoir session is to do it for themselves.
You DO matter, you ARE worth it, and you ABSOLUTELY deserve it. Empower yourself.
Christina was the make-up artist for another boudoir client. She liked what she saw so much she decided to have her own session.
Christina and I have known of each other for a bit. We were friends on Facebook as she is a make-up artist and local model but we never met face to face.
We started chatting more seriously when she was hired to do a client’s make-up for a boudoir session. We compared notes and shared ideas to make sure the client shined for her session. Needless to say that shoot went off without a hitch and the images were stunning thanks, in part, to Christina.
Our conversations shifted after that. She voiced a desire to have her own session which I was all for. She has a classic Hollywood look and she could pull off fun one moment and switch to smoldering immediately after that. I’ve always said that the formula for a successful session is 5% looks and 95% attitude/spirit. She has an abundance of both.
Stay in this business long enough you’ll find yourself coming back to the starting point.
When I was first dipping my toes into the world of fine art photography over 14 years ago I developed a style that was dramatic, contrasty, and dark. Someone compared my work of the human form to the stylings of Edward Weston. I took that will a large grain of satisfaction.
Over the intervening years I tried my hand at a lot of different styles and genres. When I first started to do boudoir five years ago I defaulted back to the world of dark and contrasty images with an air of mystery. Heavily influenced by Film Noir, in fact. When trying something new it makes sense to go to something you know to ease the transition, I figured. It was one thing I knew so I could spend more energy developing new poses, compositions, et cetera.
Then about two years ago I started working on a new look. Luminous, light, ethereal lighting to envelope the subject. Make them angelic, even. I was very proud of this and it was welcomed by the community.
But the dark side is never, ever far from the surface. It’s in my blood. It sings to me in ways others cant. It’s a siren’s song that pulls at me to come back with open arms. A craving, if I am to be totally open about such things.
“I’d love to do a session with you but I’m not as pretty as the models on your site.”
I’ve heard that comment more than a few times and it has been on my mind a lot of late. It has gotten to the point of radically shifting the way I work and given birth to a new campaign. Lets talk.
First of all let me just state that 85% of the woman on this site are not professional models. They are regular women, with jobs, and a lot have families of their own. They have never been in front of a professional photographer’s camera. They don’t know what to expect when they initially reach out to me.
Can you go through the images on this site and point out the occasional professional model? Can you find the moms of one, two or more children? Do the grandmas on this page leap out to you?
Even better. Can you point out the ones that have concerns about their current body style/shape? The ones that wish they were 10, 15, 20+ pounds lighter? The ones that are worried about their stretch marks showing? That wished these were bigger and that was smaller? The ones that lament the fact that they were 5’1 and not 5’10? Too many freckles? Scars? Wrinkles around their eyes and mouth? A Romanesque nose that stood out when they were in profile? A crooked, lopsided smile? Ears that stick out? The ones who were decades past their 18th birthday?
No? Well, that was a bit of a trick question because they all had one or more of those concerns. Every single person that I’ve worked with in my 25-plus years as a photographer have had concerns about their appearance. Every. Single. One. Let that sink in for a moment.
The person that walks out of one my sessions is never the same one that walked in.
Recently Breanna was talking to a friend about doing a boudoir session for her husband who was on his way back from deployment. This friend had her own session with me a little while ago and suggested she should get ahold of me. After we exchanged a few messages and a Skype session, she decided to go for it.
Breanna had never done a session like this before and was understandably a little nervous. She was, like 95% of the women here, not a model. She had no experience in front of a professional photographer’s camera. She had no idea how to pose, what to do with her hands, where to look, what outfit showed her off, what expression was expected, et cetera.
The conclusion to my first Super Session, a client’s protection, and a call to action for you.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so yet, I’d read Part I of this entry first.
So here we are, Constant Viewer. The conclusion of my first Super Session with the amazing Miss A.
Of course Miss A. isn’t her real name nor is it even close to any part of her real name. She wanted to do the session and had no problem with me showing some of the images as long as I met some of her conditions starting with some identification protection as she is in, shall we say, a sensitive job. Another condition was stated in the earlier post – some images were too revealing and she wanted to keep those for herself.