If you guys haven’t noticed I did a MAJOR facelift to Wonderland Boudoir. I thought my website was good but I had been toying with the idea of updating it for awhile. After a long conversation and a virtual reality check from Denise Birdsong( from Modern Love Photography) I took off one full weekend to updated my boudoir site.
One of the suggestions that Denise had for me was to use one solid image as my anchor image. As soon as she said that I knew what image… or in my case images… that would be.
Recently my client Tia drove all the way down from Arkansas to shoot with me for her 21st birthday. I felt so honored that she allowed me to take these beautiful photos for her.
There is a reason why Tia’s photos came out so incredibly amazing. Tia communicated exactly what she wanted from her photos, already had her wardrobe ready, listened with intention, and kept an open mind.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY FOR SUCCESSFUL BOUDOIR
The most important element in ANY relationship is communication. Tia and I communicated so much that it was easy to gauge exactly want she wanted.
She hit me up on the Gram (translation: Tia sent me a direct message on the social media platform Instagram) inquiring about a session. She was turning 21 and wanted to do a shoot to celebrate herself and all her accomplishments to this point in her life.
Tia already had a clear idea of what she wanted to accomplish from her session. She wanted single, strong, and sexy. She backed up this concept with inspirational photos as her example. She would find and screenshot photos from other models or photographers on Instagram. There would be some mornings where I would wake up and find a whole slew of inspirational photos that she had gathered the night before.
I love when clients send too much information rather than not enough. I never want a client to feel as though they are “bugging” me when they send reference photos. That doesn’t bother me. If anything I encourage it. It shows you're dedicated and excited about your upcoming boudoir session.
Since Tia was able to explain what she wanted out of her boudoir session through photos and conversation we were able to produce beautiful imagery the reflected exactly what she wanted.
PERFECT OUTFITS FOR YOU BOUDOIR LOCATION
What you wear to your session should not only reflect your personality and body shape but the location of where the session will take place. People tend to forget look over the fact that location plays an important role in planning for your outfit. What you wear should compliment that location.
Currently, Calvin Klien is all the rage again. We are seeing CK underwear everywhere. Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, and Twigs has been rocking this retro brand. Even Urban Outfitters now carries the line. Calvin Klein represents minimalistic sexiness. Something Generation Yr’s love. I mean we did grow up with CK.
Since CK represents minimalistic strength I knew the focus would be on her and to use the room as a backdrop for negative space. The CK brand is strong enough not to need an extra fancy bedroom set. The focus would be her and her Calvin Kleins.
Since the focus was just going to be leveraged on style and posing I knew I had to shoot very simplistic and strong. Sometimes the most effective element of art is simplicity.
HOW TO POSE FOR A BOUDOIR SESSION
Having strong and effective poses is critical when producing amazing boudoir photos. When you look at your photos 20,30,50 years from now you will want your pictures to bring you to back the beautiful emotional state you were in when you first saw them. Part of that is creating strong and evocative posing.
Practice Makes Perfect
Tia is not a professional model and nor are most women who take part in a boudoir session so it’s up to the photographer to help pull out the best poses. However, it would be really beneficial to you as the client to study magazines and movies prior to your session. While I am not a huge selfie person I do suggest that you guys practice your “modeling face” by taking selfies and learning what your face actually does (not what you think it does) when you’re taking a photo.
Listen with Intention
Listening to your photographer about how to achieve level 10 posing will help create epic photos that you want to buy. Hearing is something we do all day, but listening is not something we all practice on a daily basis. Tia rocked this season because she listened with intention. She didn’t think about what she going to do while I was coaching her poses. She listened and then went into the pose.
Keep an Open Mind
Keeping an open minded during your boudoir session will help you create beautiful photos with your photographer. While Tia knew exactly what she wanted from her session she did keep an open mind up when I suggested a mild variation on any idea. Your photographer is accomplished and well versed. Typically when they suggest something it’s because they see something you may not because they do this quite often.
When you and your boudoir photographer work as a team you will create beautiful images that you will cherish for a lifetime. In order to create these beautiful images, you need to have open and constant communication. Also, your apparel and lingerie should match your location, you must practice strong posing, and you have to keep an open mind.
If you’re interested in having a boudoir session or just want to learn more about boudoir please contact me using the form below. I typically reply back to all to inquiries within a 24-hour timeframe.
In the comment section below please let me know which photograph of Tia’s is your favorite.