I met with a really awesome lady, mid to late thirties, about doing an artistic implied nude and lingerie photo session, and discussed how the process works, ideas, etc. Interesting timing I write this article, after the last one about my Photoshop point of view. She’s a single mom and didn’t date for 2 years after leaving an unfavorable marriage….now she is with someone new who appreciates her and treats her well, and loves her son. Good for her! So she wants to do these photos to surprise him and to have them. 😀
She talked about her healing and intellectual / spiritual growth process during that time in between,and got acclimated to single parenthood…which she embraced and accepted the responsibility, but at times she thought to herself “Um, a little help here please?” I think that is something we can all relate to, married or single, kids or no kids. Sometimes life throws challenges at us that we just have to persevere and conquer. Her concern, although in good physical shape, was just needing “a little help” in Photoshop in a couple areas, without looking fake or unnatural. I told her, help has arrived, I got you covered. 😀 I’m excited about our appointment, as well as what the future holds for her and her family….she deserves the best, and has earned it.
When it comes to fine art photography, glamour photography, and boudoir photography, there are many different retouching styles used by the different photographers. This is my opinion, but here it is…..I often see boudoir and glamour photographers go crazy on skin smoothing / airbrush plugins, and over whitening teeth and eyes….and going hog wild fixing anything that resembles texture or anything real on a lady. To me that ruins the photo. Others may disagree. Here’s my take on it, and my personal approach to Photoshop.
Skin should have it’s natural texture. Photoshop is a great tool, but traces of your work shouldn’t be left. You know you screwed the pooch if people look at a photo subject and comment about how “Photoshopped” it is. My clients who hire me for my style of artistic nude or boudoir like my approach of giving them a little help, whether some skin blemish or stretch mark repairs, clean up under eyes, bikini area, a little tummy tuck in liquify etc. But I leave skin texture and you can’t tell repairs have been made. There are people out there that know much more than I do about Photoshop. But I am good at what I do know, and am very conscious about not leaving a trace. I’ve never had a client who wants to look fake, or not look like herself. My 2 cents, worth what you paid 🙂
I moved into this garage studio in late 2005 and never set it up the way I wanted to, was in a rush to get the move over with, and just get back to work. Finally the bug bit me, empty it out….deep clean, paint the wooden paneling on the walls (dark gray to prevent flat light reflecting) and add contrast….and front and back walls white. I cleaned the floor with muriatic acid and water and coated it with epoxy coating. Next month a friend is helping me build an infinity wall to save setup time and use less seamless paper for backgrounds. With the exception of a few details, lots of progress has been made, all for less than $200.00 of materials 😀 It will be nicer and more organized to work in and create an even more comfortable experience for my clients.
It’s not my goal to make it fancy, it is what it is….a garage studio, LOL. But it’s very functional and comfortable….that extra cosmetic enhancement makes a difference especially for women clients coming to my studio for artistic nude / boudoir photography. Next week I have my first client since this week’s renovation. Thanks for your support, I’m always striving to be an interactive business and your choice artistic photographer of the female form 🙂
So far, here is what we have….tape removal and touch ups have been done since.
I had an inquiry earlier in the week, and it’s a good question. Of course I can accommodate clients who want sexy or intimate photos of themselves, just not nude…. for a gift for their spouse or significant other, or just a keepsake! Which isn’t uncommon, women having sexy / boudoir, or even implied nude or nude photography of themselves can celebrate them achieving a fitness or weight loss goal, getting back in shape after having a child, or just because! Just because a good portion of what is on my site is nude, no one has to go that route, there are options for everyone based on their comfort level. There is lingerie and implied nude posted on the site as an example. Also bodyscapes can divert the attention away from the “private areas” yet have that intimate feel. I’m an artist and a service provider, a client’s needs and comfort are my biggest concerns.
Of course a sexy dress in public or private setting, or lingerie is an option. Implied nude is a popular option. This means the subject is nude, but “naughty bits” are covered with a wall, a garment or sheet of some sort. It’s the job of an experienced intimate or boudoir photographer to pose the client and generate the mood so it doesn’t look awkward or contrived, but looks sexy, confident, and natural, even if deep down the lady is a smidgen nervous….I try to put them at ease and make their experience comfortable and fun, and they leave feeling beautiful, and respected. Here is an example of a fully dressed but very sexy image….in public at that 🙂 If you want anything special, don’t hesitate to ask. I always go to restaurants and ask them to add or leave stuff off. Customer is king here too.
And here is a version of implied nude