I talked to a friend last week, who is one of Atlanta’s best photographers, and does a lot of fine art and boudoir photography himself. I was telling him about the relaunch of this site, and just what’s been going on and where we are both at. I told him I feel like I have an advantage over the increasing number of boudoir studios in Nashville, because my particular style is different, I care less about the furnishings and props and more about the female form and lighting, mood etc. which I am known for. But also I’m at a disadvantage because many women like the furnishings etc. My studio is basic and I do not have much in the way of props and furniture. I certainly have the option of going further with furnishing the studio….but like I told my friend, I don’t really care much about that, because that’s not what makes my work.
I’m certainly not saying other boudoir studios are wrong for their approach….and I’m not saying the women who want that boutique studio are wrong either. I would get tired of the furnishings after using them on a few shoots. I like to bring something new to every shoot. Most boudoir studios don’t do nude like I do here, so that helps me employ my twist to the style of the lingerie and boudoir shoots I get. One thing my friend said, you don’t need that furniture. If the viewer is more concerned with the furniture in the photos, the capture of the women wasn’t executed well. There has to be a focal subject. Which I completely agree with. In those cases I have used clients’ homes that are set up that way, and it adds a personal touch to their photos….and also I have used nice hotels for this purpose, for those clients who prefer a bedroom setting over outdoor or studio, or their home. It works very well. And I have the option of using a different hotel and different room every time. My goal has always been, while shooting nude photography or any intimate style, to not make the location recognizable. This way it’s about the sensuality of the subject, the mystique of shadows, light, and form. Props and furniture can be handy for that look….but being too worried about that can put our focus in the wrong place. My 2 cents, worth what you paid 🙂
It’s a great day in Farrell Gallery land, as the revamped Farrell Gallery site relaunched! We kept some of the existing design elements in place, but the main differences are the following –
-The entire site is now in WordPress, which means better customization and SEO tools for me, and added functionality for the user. Including a more mobile friendly photo gallery, where the user can thumb through without looking for that annoying next button. This also makes it easier for desktop viewers. Oh, I decided to move the personal art photos to the Jay Farrell Photography Pinterest page and leave this site for human subjects only, as my clients would seek me out for
-New header with more artistic appeal, that better fits the site and represents the artistic services I offer. Nude and boudoir photography is a very personal service, hoping the simplified and intimate approach resonates better with visitors. I feel this and the basic description of the services offered better defines the site.
-Blog better matches the rest of the site, and remember you can subscribe to this blog for free. There are regular articles about artistic nude photography, boudoir, updates from recent shoots, model and photography discussion, as well as some deep spiritual enlightenment even starting as random topics. Hope you enjoy and I welcome your feedback!
-Coming soon……customer testimonials on sidebar.
Yes! I am excited to announce some upcoming changes to the Farrell Gallery site! It will look pretty much the same, but the header is being redesigned to better look the part of an intimate photographic artist. It will be all WordPress for easier SEO changes for me to make, and I can reach more audience…and of course save them from bad boudoir photography 🙂 The menu buttons will be easier to find, especially on mobile devices, I am committed to creating a good user experience for desktop and mobile visitors. Navigating through photographs will be easier with a next arrow or flick with the fingers on tablets and smart phones. The current gallery program has a next button that isn’t super easy to find for mobile users, so this will allow visitors to enjoy their stay longer, and enjoy some nice artistic nude photography and boudoir / implied nude photography!
I’m considering eliminating my personal collection of travel photos or art or stock photos….and keep that on Pinterest and social media. That way I stick with what people hire me for, and it’s more on point. Stay tuned, will announce when the new changes are live 🙂 Also, I am working on studio sample albums from boudoir or nude shoots, with model or client approval of course. Great way to discreetly tell the story and showcase the intimacy of the photos.