I love boudoir! I really do. As a self-taught photographer I have spent a lot of time working on my skill in this area. It is a little special section of photography where you have to go beyond being able to take a good picture to make a woman feel the way you want to portray her. You have the ability to capture a woman’s beauty and sexuality and portray it with elegance.
Most of the boudoir shoots I do are personal shoots and not paid models, it takes time to learn how to pose and place all types of women. In my personal opinion the most important thing is working towards and end look that does not appear cheap, or trashy. I am so guilty with some of my first boudoir shoots looking exactly that. I want to hide in shame.
So with that being said, I will share photos of some recent shoots of those who graciously said I could share a few of their photos. I will always criticise my own work but I have come so far and will also share three tips that have made a massive change in my final product. These were shot in Victoria, British Columbia. It’s a beautiful location with indoor and outdoor areas to shoot. The pool was my favourite! A beautiful location, beautiful girls beautiful makeup and beautiful images.
The biggest tip I can give you: LOCATION.
I am all for paying clients being able to choose a location. Now I check the location ideas and suggest strongly to find a nice hotel or some-where beautiful or luxurious if their home is going to let down my work. That may sound harsh. But I don’t mean their homes aren’t nice. But not everyone’s home is the perfect setting for a boudoir shoot. I know not all people have the budget for that… so I try not to let anyone down and rent a room for a day and fill the entire day with shorter sessions at a reduced price usually. I receive a lot of hugs for this… and often tears when some of my beautiful ladies see the result. That is what it’s all about for me with boudoir. Seeing the look on someone’s face when they realise how gorgeous they are.
The second tip: HAIR and MAKEUP.
If your client wants to opt out of paying for a MUA or Hairstylist to come… I always throw out the beauty counter ideas… Go buy a lipstick or something to make you feel beautiful for the shoot and have one of the lovely ladies at MAC (or your favourite) to doll you up: it’s free with purchase. Having bad makeup can really bring down the class of any shoot, and you will spend your precious time retouching it trying to salvage the massacre.
The third and last tip for now: Posing.
There should be a difference between Boudoir and soft porn. I get that some people want it. And if that is your brand…. Awesome. Time and place sort of thing. But if you want to share your work and put out images that makes other ladies want to have their photo taken by you its going to be the classy ones. Keep it light and dreamy, a tease.
- Canon 6d
- Canon 50mm 1.2
- Shots mostly shot at F1.6-2.0 in natural light
- Camera Raw
- Skin retouching done with spot healing brush and burning and dodging on curve layers all other editing on curves layer one with a gradient
I am a 25 year old self taught photographer from Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful places in the world! I love Boudoir, Fashion, Weddings and the odd family shoot. It’s been fun learning as I go and creating images people enjoy. There is nothing better than having a passion that brings joy and provokes thought.
Links to my work.
Thank you for checking this out, I hope you enjoy the photos – Becca Carroll