Long exposure cemetery shoot!

I took a fun field trip to Kentucky to see a friend and do a photoshoot with her that we had talked about for a while. This would be my first model photoshoot with my Fuji XT 1 mirrorless. She knew where there was a very old cemetery on a private drive, off a winding country road. Headstones dating back to the late 1700’s! I had mentioned doing some long exposure photography there with her, and make the concept to imply that she is a ghost that haunts the cemetery.

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I got there and saw some of the very old tombstones, and trees, and thought about what life was like when those people were around, and if anyone living today knows who each of them are, as well as any spirits floating around the cemetery. I used a 30 second exposure and had her do very abrupt and controlled motions, in certain areas of the frame for best composition. I used a flashlight I waved back and forth to light the area in spots. That’s called painting with light, while the shutter is open. This ghost could be saying, vandals will be dealt with, if you come here, leave it like you found it. Which is standard etiquette for me anytime I shoot on location or at abandoned buildings. I hope you enjoy this long exposure cemetery shoot.

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Natural light and mystique

One of the things going through my mind when doing boudoir photos or nude photography is to create a mood and an element of fantasy. Most of these intimate photo sessions are to be presented to a spouse or significant other in form of prints or a boudoir album….most people are busy, and even as married couples, they can get into a routine and miss certain beauty, during simple yet magical moments. The results from a artistic nude or boudoir photography session can be a reminder to recognize these moments when they happen, and make time to enjoy it 🙂

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This last artistic nude photoshoot was done in the clients’ home, beautiful bedroom to help create that intimate, yet familiar mood. I used natural window lit to get a nice balance of highlights and shadows, and create that dramatic feel. The ones I can show on this site do not show her entire face, for professional reasons, but there was a nice balance of full body and face, as well as bodyscape. The bodyscapes and partial face create that mystique and interesting shapes that make great art. In pure and simple form. To remind the recipient of how their lover opens the blinds in the morning, and the sun hits her body and lights her hair….and how the light gently caresses her nude butt walking across the bedroom. Those special moments will be recognized more, after being presented with the gift of intimate boudoir photography.

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Mens’ vs. womens’ nudes and boudoir

I received an inquiry about doing some artistic male nudes, wanting them for a present for his wife. I’m definitely not opposed to doing so. Contrary to popular belief of those not involved in an artistic field….doing nude photography isn’t about the artist’s sexuality, since it’s hands off and you gain a shady reputation if you cross the line or make a subject uncomfortable. I’m secure enough in my sexuality however to not be freaked out by a nude male. I had to think about my response however. I do plenty of male and female headshots, whether for modeling, business, or acting, etc. Male models and musicians too. Nudes are a different animal.

I had to be honest with him. My training and experience are with capturing the female form. Lighting and composition, etc. are different. With males, you can get away with harder lighting, which I am proficient in. But I don’t have much experience with the male form. The little male nude work I have done looks a little feminine, you accentuate different features and the angles, moods, etc. are different. Especially when posed by himself….with a couple I can rock that!! I had to tell him I’m willing to do it, but don’t feel like my skill set is up to par as it is with capturing the female form with nude or boudoir photography. And left it up to him. Honesty pays.

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What to look for in boudoir photographer

With boudoir photographers, there are lots of choices….some have boutique studios and do great work….some, their studio is their saving grace, because they obviously don’t know a damn thing about capturing the female form, or photography itself, LOL. Also, there are those with no studio or basic studios, of different skill sets. I think either way, it’s important to hire a good boudoir or artistic nude photographer, for the most flattering angles and overall comfortable experience, as well as best self esteem preservation.

I think the most common mistakes made when hiring an intimate photographer are worrying too much about their gender, and their studio props. It’s funny how some get so inundated with that, they don’t even see if their work sucks ass. My particular style is simplistic but very detailed with my lighting and composition. If the client wants a certain setting, we use their home or a boutique hotel…problem solved.

Red flags in their work are :

-Unflattering angles. Whether a female shooter or not….what’s this going to do to your self esteem? Do it right if you’re going to do it.

– Overdoing the retouch process. Do you really want to look like a china doll? Gross.

-Dated hair and makeup transformations that don’t look like the real them, eww.

You get the idea. It’s best to keep an open mind and carefully view their work and have a conversation with your prospective artist. Then you can gauge comfort and vision for your personal photoshoot, and feel like a beauty queen when you see the results 🙂

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