A boudoir shoot is a photography session in which the subject is scantily attired, as in the bedroom. As you can see, in this instance, I did not use a bed as a prop, but still captured a number of implied nudes. Implied nudity shots show the person missing all or most of their clothing, but covered up. As my buddy Miles comments, it is best to leave something to the imagination. This lovely model, Destiny Sparhawk, has long hair that provides the Lady Godiva property which lets us take shots that would be fully revealing with a person with shorter hair.
A boudoir session should capture the beauty of the human form, but also a mood. Whether tender or playful or seductive, the person in the photo is communicating through expression and pose. For a blog, I needed to shoot a professional model, since most people don’t choose to share these photos with the general public. Destiny has been modeling since age 14. She tells stories of Gucci gigs, Hollywood, and Kardashians at parties. I did not send out the fact check squad, but clearly she was experienced, professional and comfortable. She is over 18 now, and a student at a local college. Thanks to her, you can get some idea of what I could provide you should you wish to have a boudoir shoot done here. I don’t require a young perfect body to make the shoot work. If you think that this sort of shoot is what you want, we can accomplish much with a few accessories or the right camera angles and lighting.
I got a laugh because the only shot she did not want to show was one with “rolls” which in her case was minor, natural creases and shadows caused by a curved position. I took out the “rolls” in Photoshop, so if you want maximum retouching we can offer it. The picture of her before that retouch looked fine to me. I have not had to endure the body critique that models have to undergo on a regular basis. I think if people look like people, they are fine. The beauty is that each person is unique.
The process of a boudoir shoot needs to take into consideration the comfort that the subject has for nudity. Some people frequent nude hot springs or beaches, and have few inhibitions. Others may not want to reveal everything. In our shoot, we used scarves, fabric, robes and so on to allow her to get into position, and the ever simple “look the other way” technique. This can help keep the shoot professional and image oriented so the subject can focus on the expression or mood he or she wishes to convey in a pose. If a pose is too revealing, you don’t have to use it. You should choose the level of exposure. Being comfortable is essential to capturing expressions without that look of misery one sees all too often in photos.
Once processing is complete I send the images from a boudoir shoot to the subject in the same manner as any other shoot. I use a file transfer system that can send large files or if you prefer you may bring a flash drive to get the files mailed to you.
So if a boudoir shoot is on your wish list, I suggest finding attractive lingerie and simply taking that brave step forward.