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Boudoir Photography, a surprising look behind the curtain

What is boudoir photography?

Boudoir photography is a sexy new trend that's especially popular as a wedding day gift from a bride to her partner. Boudoir photos are usually taken wearing either just a little, or well, nothing at all.

“There are few things as sexy and badass as a women- thin, thick, small or tall - who loves her body and is daring enough to show a little skin”




Here are 5 tips in taking the perfect Boudoir photos.


1. Choose a location that both you & your model feel comfortable.


This kind of photo shoot is not just for a perfect petite bride-to-be, many women of all sizes would love to experience it. So often you find yourself photographing someone who might not be 100% comfortable in their own skin, this is why location is so important. So whether it's in the comfort of their own bedroom, a hotel room or even somewhere a bit more public like at the swimming pool, as long as she is comfortable… you will feel at ease photographing her.


2. Take a BEFORE & AFTER photo


Take a “before” photo where the client is properly lit against a simple background before makeup and hair styling is applied. Make sure that it is not an intentionally unflattering photo. You don’t want to offend your client or make her dislike her everyday self. You just want a starting point to compare against.
Take a great “after” photo right after hair, makeup and wardrobe are complete. This image is the “Facebook safe” image that can be used as a profile photo AND shows the results of the transformation.



3. Start with the clothes on.


Warm up time is essential for some clients, so I like to start most of my shoots with all the clothes on. Get that glamour and “Facebook safe” image first. Peel the clothes off and photograph as you go along. In fact, the process of peeling can be sensual and should be captured.



4. Break It Down Into Bite Sized Chunks


Organize your thoughts. Slow yourself down. Try a piece-meal approach. Instead of stepping back and photographing the girl from head to toe, do your warm up by zooming in and photographing body parts. Focus on areas that are sensual and beautiful like the neck, shoulder, legs. This approach does a few things, it allows the client to relax and get used to posing in front of the camera and it gives the photographer time to get creative. It also makes for a great collage of photos in the album. Take a few shots that way, then step back and gradually expand the view to maybe the torso and work your way into a full body shot view.




5. Come to RapidStudio’s Boudoir evening with Chantal Drummond from Femme Fatale Boudoir


Join us on the 18th June for our Boudoir photography talk, where Chantal Drummond of Femme Fatale Boudoir will be giving away some tips & tricks in creating the perfect shoot.
What better way to learn than to watch a professional shoot a model, and show you all the ins & outs, you will also have a chance to shoot a  few of your own sultry photographs. More info to follow on our Events and Facebook page.


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