I am lucky to have such an organic relationship with clients, and enjoy so much diversity. I get a lot of clients from out of town or out of state to work with me, which I find fascinating. Some prefer that discreet feeling of not knowing anyone here and that their experience feels more secure. Others looked for the specific style that I have when it comes to artistic nude photography or non traditional boudoir that they couldn’t find locally. Most of my clients are working professionals and well off. I think they enjoy dealing with me for the fun and non corporate experience. They’re busy and I value their time, they value mine, it’s a great pairing.
We often talk about life as we get started on the shoot and in between looks. I think they think it’s neat that I’m different from them and value my craft, living simply and my dogs over large homes with lots of things. So I feel like that diversity causes us to inspire one another. Intimate photoshoots are a personal service, and one where a feeling of discretion is needed. It would be a shame to not take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the people I’m working with, for that I feel privileged. The day we stop thinking and questioning our thought processes we stop truly living. May that never happen in this life. 🙂
One of the most frequently asked questions I get when emailed or called by a prospective client are, How long are intimate photoshoots? My standard boudoir / nude photo session is about an hour and a half. It may not sound like a long time for a photoshoot, but it’s been the perfect formula for just the right amount of time. Whether in my studio, the client’s home, boutique hotel, or on location, it gives us time to take advantage of different settings and body angles, body positions and the most dynamic lighting. I will explain some things about my process so that you can see how I work and how this works for a basic session.
This is physically demanding for most, especially when they’re not professional models. I heard about a lady in an online discussion about a boudoir photoshoot that lasted over 6 hours and the photographer shot close to 1000 images. I was thinking, holy shit, what could the need for that possibly be? No doubt that came from overshooting the same look until moving onto the next. I’m not a rapid fire shooter. I take time to carefully select body angles and have lighting and mood figured out to compliment each subject. I’d rather have this be a fun and rewarding experience than an exhausting one. And we don’t need 100 photos in an album.
I’ve had clients come from out of state, some have even returned if they wanted to do a different shoot, and they find that balance worked well. In cases of a spread out area, or many specific outfits or looks, more time would be needed. But this covers the majority.
In last article showcasing a recent intimate couples’ photoshoot, I promised I’d share sample photos of their album, they consented, so here it is 🙂 I always offer albums to clients as a great way to present the photos from their personal intimate photoshoot. Print has so much depth in comparison to digital files, and there is no format or other obsolescence. Plus it’s an elegant and artistic, yet discreet way to preserve and display the photos. Whether for an individual boudoir or artistic nude photoshoot, or in this case, a couples’ photoshoot, it’s a great heirloom for a lifetime. I’ve heard regret from older people that they never had the courage to do a shoot like this when they were younger, or didn’t know a skillful or trustworthy enough artist. This is where I am happy to provide this service.
This particular album is 8″x8″ with an espresso brown leather cover. Other cover options available such as different color leather, hard cover, photographic (not recommended for intimate albums), linen, etc. I shot a few of the album in my studio.
Here are samples of the pages with open book, so you can see the design elements and how it all flows together. Also that the album is lay flat and there is no gutter in the center which causes puff up. It’s a seamless bind, where the very subtle crease in the middle doesn’t interrupt the design if a photo overlaps from page to page. This is why the 2 pages seen are called spreads. The paper finish is a beautiful semi lustre, you have to see in person to truly appreciate it.
Here is a close up of the open album so you can truly see the lay flat flush mount design.
Also a closeup to get an idea of how substantial the nice thick pages are! Please ask for any further details, I hope you enjoyed this little product tour from Farrell Gallery 🙂
I’m very excited to finally have a great intimate couples shoot to show off! I mostly do female form artistic nudes, or implied nude / boudoir sessions, as both parties of the couple being confident enough to do an intimate shoot are few and far between. These clients were visiting from out of town and came to Nashville to see a concert, so time would be limited for us to coordinate our schedules. I’m so thankful we were able to make it happen because they are so well connected and fun to work with. She has been wanting to do this shoot for a while, it just took him time to get comfortable with the idea. I was just glad they found me, because with my unique style of capturing my subjects, they felt a connection to my work and that helped establish comfort. Once they arrived, we talked for a few moments, and I got an idea of what inspired them, and so it began in the studio! We broke the ice with a silhouette. As an FYI, I made sure the couple was ok with me using these photos before doing so, I always ensure a fun and discreet experience.
It didn’t take them long to get comfortable on their own, so throughout the photoshoot, I followed the lines of the bodies, and began to follow their lead while I work with body position, hand position, dramatic lighting with contrast and shadow play, as well as most interesting composition.
They even braved it for outdoors, even though fairly private setting. The pool water was a tad brisk, they rocked it still! I’m happy to hear that they enjoyed their intimate session so much that they are thinking of doing another one! I also put together an album for them. Photos of that album are coming next article. I hope you’ve enjoyed this lovely couples intimate photoshoot.