I’ve seen and been asked to critique different photographers’ work, we do that for each other when in our social or professional circles. It’s always a shame to see a photograph so well lit, and composed, yet it’s missing energy or the angle / expression is lacking. Communication during boudoir or nude photoshoots is crucial to the result. Doing any kind of portrait work, there needs to be some direction and communication between the photographer and the subject. When venturing into model photography or nude and boudoir photography, it’s essential to have communication, not too little, not too much. The experience of the photographer teaches the balance.
It’s especially important to talk to the models (or any subject) with boudoir or nude photography because they feel more vulnerable and it takes experience for even nude models to develop confidence and lead the shoot, as they sometimes have to do with student photographers. The key, especially when working with clients who are not used to doing this, I play music, keep the mood fun, easy going, and positive….I don’t go overboard on compliments and never comment directly on any of their physical attributes. I just encourage them to move or turn a certain way, instill certain moods in them, tell them when they’re doing good. Keeping it positive and positive reinforcement when an angle needs to be changed helps. I also from time to time explain what I’m envisioning as I am shooting, so they have an idea what to expect in the final product. It does wonders for their confidence to be given enough direction in a positive fun way. But it’s creepy to be totally silent, say too much, or compliment the subjects. It’s rewarding when they enjoy their session and love the photos.