Boudoir Photography Session in New York City
New York City, NY - I was asked by a friend to shoot some sensual photos of her, boudoir style, as a present for her boyfriend, back in 2012. I prefer on-location photography rather than using a studio because I like to work with what is present in an already familiar environment -- it's where clients feel the most comfortable. Sometimes, I am not always able to scout out the location, prior to a shoot so I am often times presented with multiple challenges immediately,
For this location, the challenges were that I had a very limited time window, a very small apartment / bedroom to shoot in, walls that were not a neutral color, and a very shy subject. Given the constraints, I opted to keep the shooting close and tight and used a black blanket for the backdrop on the bed. After arranging the Speedlites around the bed, and making sure I didn't knock any over as I lay down for different angles, I made sure to keep talking with her and showing her some shots as we progressed to keep her involved in the shoot. Thankfully, as shy as she was, she took direction very well, and the occasional distraction of viewing photos as they were taken helped to keep her relaxed enough to let her natural sensuality come out.
Pro Photography Tip - It's the worst thing in the world to just mechanically photograph while giving very little to no feedback to the model during the shoot. Have a conversation with your model, and keep the atmosphere lighthearted.
Overall, I am pleased with the results. Boudoir photography is all about the model, and making her (or him!) feel comfortable in her own skin -- in a sense, it's pampering the model and helping them to feel beautiful and then capturing those moments of beauty.
It's a wonderful challenge!