Because I use a different approach to boudoir photography, and style of figure work / nude photography as it’s more simplistic and classical, I don’t have huge studio overhead with the furnishings etc. I’m not super expensive, but because of my skill in capturing the female form, equipment, etc. I can’t price myself with the people on Thumbtack or Groupon. So, you see $100.00 or even $200.00 boudoir photography and wonder, why not try budget boudoir photography? I would have to assume those people at a low price point are new at it, and want to gain experience, and are starting off cheap. But I don’t think it’s a good idea, and you do get what you pay for.
The conversations I’ve had with newer photographers, you don’t learn at the customer’s expense with wedding photography, or boudoir / any intimate photography. The best way to learn the body and intimate photography is to assist experienced photographers and work with experienced models. They will pilot the photoshoot, and they can learn from that as far as flattering body angles. It also takes time and experience in order to learn how to relax subjects, bring out confidence in them, make them comfortable, etc.
In my opinion, it takes field experience and education before being a worthy candidate for being hired by private clients for any intimate work. The average female client coming to a boudoir photographer relies on the photographer for their creativity and knowledge of the body, most flattering angles for each unique body type. As well as the psychological aspect of the shoot, creating energy and emotion, and establishing a comfort level. Those are some reasons why it’s best to hire a skilled photographer. I’d be suspicious of those cheap deals.
Every photographer has a different style and inspiration that flavors their work, whether a wedding photographer, or boudoir / intimate photographer. I’m a fine art nude and more edgy style non traditional boudoir. So why not traditional boudoir? There are a bunch of boudoir studios in Nashville and most other major cities in a more traditional sense. They do what they do, and many clients love it. A good studio of that sort is very good at styling and set design. That’s not my bag at all. Because of that, it doesn’t make sense for me to work under the same design.
For me, it’s more about the light and curves of the subject, using textures, and mood to make a photograph. It still has that intimate private feel, but more mood and shadowing, where the location can still add to the photograph, but less emphasis is on the location, and more on the female form. In it’s somewhat vulnerable, sexy, and confident state. Set design doesn’t inspire me, so it’s best I do what I do well and offer something unique for customers who want something different with more edge. There’s enough to go around for everyone. In this life, we do best doing what inspires us.
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.
Green Acres is the place to be. We continued on to some outdoor locations far back enough from the open road, to do some green acres implied nudes, new term lol. This gal is a true country girl. She is beautiful as the day is long, but also isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, is loyal to people she cares about, and doesn’t tolerate a lot of nonsense. She values her quiet living, a strange car pulling up should have a good reason 🙂 We first headed to a creek while the water was still high after recent rains. How awesome was it that we found a dock?
Next we sought out an open field area, as the sun was setting. Although it was hazy, the sun was peeking through the clouds, just enough to provide some nice backlighting which I happen to love. She is one with nature, a free spirit, and comfortable in her own skin. That is what defines beauty. I love exploring, whether abandoned buildings, in the country, or industrial settings. Picking your location on the fly helps the creative senses and gives me something to work on with the subject, so our inputs on the photoshoot are more equal.
I have known this lovely gal for a couple years and have done a couple photoshoots with her, but this would be her first intimate photoshoot. We did very little planning, and did most everything playing by ear. We started in her home, in the bedroom, and by a window. We did not rely on fancy furnishings. I take the minimalist approach to my fine art and boudoir photography, where it’s about the features of the woman and not the surroundings. Beauty in her facial features and body, every curve and detail kissed with light, as the main attraction. This intimate photoshoot was just that 🙂
The common misconception that you need a 5 star hotel room or fancy parlor room to photograph the female form is a shame to me. It’s great when that, or better yet an abandoned building with lots of texture is available. Sometimes it’s about the soul and body you capture, right where you are. To me, this hones me as a photographer of the female form, if the viewers see them and their beauty, and do not think about the location.
Bringing that confident, sexy and elegant mood to the bedroom. No doubt her and her significant other will enjoy the photos, and the best part, she had a fun and comfortable experience! I hope you’ve enjoyed this casual boudoir series, some outdoor intimates coming next!
I apologize for the delay in blog posts, I was in Europe and am now playing catch up. But this Backwoods nude series should make up for my tardiness. This particular freelance model worked with me for portfolio development, and with the direction of a friend who lives in the country knew just the place to do it. The first stop was a long time abandoned shack / cabin that you can’t even see from the road, which required some minor hiking to get to it! This particular model is a joy to work with not only because of her natural and unique beauty, but she also works the other side of the lens! She is very passionate about what goes into artistic nude and boudoir photography, as well as chasing light as any photographer should. So I enjoy her enthusiasm and participation here! These are photographed with a Fuji XT-1 mirrorless body and Fujifilm 23mm 1.4 prime lens.
Part of my plan when doing any fine art / nude photography is bringing the lighting, mood of the subject, and location all together. Though this subject has a radiant smile and vibrant eyes, I decided to go with a more forlorn and moody vibe to fit the location. As if to say, someone clearly has forgotten about this beautiful cabin, and perhaps she identifies with that in a more human and emotional sense. Perhaps not. But the texture and distressed state of the structure is a great contrast to the soft beauty of her body and hair, etc. Any fine art photography there can be plenty left up to the viewer. This next spot was at my friend’s land, it was hazy and muggy, not much sun, but we squeezed out as much as was there. I switched to the 56 mm 1.2 for shallow depth of field and to encourage even the slightest of brush light from the hiding sun.
You could classify the above two works as implied nude but by using a graceful organic way to do so. I love how the soft glow of the almost non existent sunlight hits her face, hair, and arms. The unique composition of the bottom image to me emphasizes the thought of that golden first morning light hitting the body from the window, and how it gently kisses the back and butt. Almost reminiscent of morning desire so to speak. It’s nice to have a subject who truly appreciates the visions that go into creative works. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.
Welcome to the lovely artistic nude series from the abandoned mill part 2! By this point we were just maybe 10-15 minutes from losing all our daylight, so these were all done in a short time frame. I generally don’t drag out my photoshoots, boudoir and other intimate and nude photoshoots are an hour or two tops. It’s better to carefully capture the subject’s best angles, and best motions. While carefully composing the images. So working with these time constraints only inspires and challenges me. Honestly even if we spent another hour there shooting, I don’t think we’d have gained anything. Private clients for boudoir and other intimate work generally appreciate that. Some of the body positioning can be hard work especially if they aren’t used to it. Plus everyone’s time is valuable. So, here is what we got. 🙂
I loved the fluid motion of her body, almost like a ballerina. Months from now, the construction project behind the other side of the fence will be done, and too inhabited to do such a photoshoot out in the open there. Plus the mill will likely be gone soon 🙁 Hopefully can squeeze another shoot in before then. I hope you’ve enjoyed this artistic nude shoot with Chelsea, some studio work to come soon.
I recently hosted a traveling model, Chelsea Hannah, who visited Nashville on her photoshoot tour. It was already a long day for her, after doing other nude photoshoots in Nashville, and I had just done an out of State engagement photo session. But we decided to go for it, and so glad we did. So, we ventured out to this abandoned mill along the railroad tracks. The building will likely soon be razed due to urban development by reason it had vacated and relocated. It was less than an hour before dark, so we thought we would get a quick but productive intimate photoshoot in and perhaps later do some artistic nudes with shadowing in the studio. And so it went. All captured with the Fuji XT-1 and lenses of choice were the Fuji 23mm 1.4 and the Fuji 56mm 1.2, traveled light.
I love the perspective of the tall weeds in the foreground. Perspectives and textures I think always ad to tasteful nude photography if carefully done.
Something liberating about outdoor nudes, especially in distressed and endangered locations that we know will soon be gone. They live on through the photos. I loved using the perspectives of the fences, debris, texture of the building, and the fluid movements of the model. I hope you’ve enjoyed these abandoned mill artistic nudes! More to come soon!