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10/17/2008 01:37:44 PM · #1
I'm meeting a friend of mine in about 2 hours to do some boudoir photos as a gift for her hubby. I'm using a studio. Any suggestions???

She understands that this is experimental for me and we have been exchanging ideas for several weeks. She's in her 40's, but I think she'll be a good model. Her daughter is coming along to help hair and clothing adjustments, etc. She's in good shape, but wants some things a bit more subtle. She worked at Victoria's Secret for quite awhile and has some very fun things to choose from. She even went out and purchased some good colors of just material for draping and that sort of thing.

I've been doing a lot of reading up and looking at images, trying to figure out how lighting was done etc. and I'm taking a lot of images with me that she sent and that I liked.

Any other suggestions are welcome and here's hoping all the effort isn't wasted!
10/17/2008 04:38:05 PM · #2
Not that I have any actual experience at this, but I'd think you'd want indirect but bright lighting from at least two sides to minimize any harsh shadows.

I think I'd aim for normal "portrait" type exposures -- you can always tone-down a well-exposed photo to give it a better "mood" or to hide unwanted detail, while it's harder to bring out desirable detail from an underexposed image.

Sorry I didn't see this before now -- good luck!
10/17/2008 04:50:04 PM · #3
Well ... what do you have in the studio? ... Do you have a bed? ... Do you have a chaise longe? ... most boudouir (excuse my spelling) have the woman prone.

Mind you ... a woman with a leg over an arm chair covered in fabric is very sensual.

At any rate ... closer is better! IMO ... more PERSONAL ... Bust shots are more dynamic IMO ...

... Flowers are a good accent.

PP can include a layer of gaussian blur (again spelling forgiveness requested) to give a dream-like quality to the photo which is very common in these types of images.

Just my opinion from very little information given by you ...

me

10/17/2008 07:37:46 PM · #4
Focus on the boobs.
10/17/2008 07:46:26 PM · #5
[url=http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=586533 ]wow.. You got to read this story !!![/url]

Message edited by author 2008-10-17 19:47:25.
10/17/2008 11:43:07 PM · #6
It was fun. For an inexperienced 40something model and an inexperienced studio photographer, I think we did pretty well. I will be able to share a few after I work on them just a bit.
10/18/2008 04:59:11 PM · #7
I would like to get some feedback, but not comfortable posting them here. I have them in a password protected gallery and would like to have a few people take a look and give some opinions - especially some women over 40.

Anyone willing to take a look and see what you think? I do have permission from my friend. Thanks.
10/18/2008 05:25:43 PM · #8
Sure ... send me an email with the details via Greetmir@yahoo.com and I will let you know what this 57 year old male thinks ...
10/18/2008 09:37:28 PM · #9
glenda & I would be happy to preview them. (ironic timing, as we just got an email for more boudoir sessions, too).

photos@rossimagery.com
10/18/2008 09:45:00 PM · #10
Why aren't you interested in feedback from men over 40 as ones such as them would be the target for said photos with I suspect a decidedly different perspective on them than a woman. I am not one of those myself but you might want to solicit some feedback from them as well.
10/18/2008 10:23:57 PM · #11
Sorry I am just now seeing this post. First thing I would recommend on this is not to forget angles, alot of people get to focused on the linear plan prone shots but when composing the shot think of moving around the subject to see if you have a better shot from another angle, including using a ladder to shoot at a doward angle.
Also you can do alot of fun things with lighting and shadows like using shadows to hide things and add that wow factor :)
10/18/2008 10:42:42 PM · #12
Originally posted by jhomrighaus:

Why aren't you interested in feedback from men over 40 as ones such as them would be the target for said photos with I suspect a decidedly different perspective on them than a woman. I am not one of those myself but you might want to solicit some feedback from them as well.


If I am familiar with the member, a male's perspective would be welcome. This is my friend and I want to protect her images as much as I can while still receiving some feedback. I honestly feel that I could trust most people here, but I want to be extra careful. While I do understand that there is a risk whenever anything is put on the Internet, I'd like to make the risk an educated one.

As for male vs. female perspective - in all honesty, the client was the woman. The goal was to make HER happy with the shots we took of her. We are our own worst critics when it comes to body image, which is what these shots are about. It's not that I don't value the male opinion - I do and am open to comments from members I know somewhat who have history here and who I perhaps have spoken with or met.

I do not intend to offend anyone and I apologize if I have. I am more concerned, however, with my friend's trust in me above all. Thanks! :)
10/19/2008 10:03:51 AM · #13
Originally posted by jpochard:

Originally posted by jhomrighaus:

Why aren't you interested in feedback from men over 40 as ones such as them would be the target for said photos with I suspect a decidedly different perspective on them than a woman. I am not one of those myself but you might want to solicit some feedback from them as well.


If I am familiar with the member, a male's perspective would be welcome. This is my friend and I want to protect her images as much as I can while still receiving some feedback. I honestly feel that I could trust most people here, but I want to be extra careful. While I do understand that there is a risk whenever anything is put on the Internet, I'd like to make the risk an educated one.

As for male vs. female perspective - in all honesty, the client was the woman. The goal was to make HER happy with the shots we took of her. We are our own worst critics when it comes to body image, which is what these shots are about. It's not that I don't value the male opinion - I do and am open to comments from members I know somewhat who have history here and who I perhaps have spoken with or met.

I do not intend to offend anyone and I apologize if I have. I am more concerned, however, with my friend's trust in me above all. Thanks! :)


Perhaps I was unclear when I stated that I was not one of them I was intending to indicate that I was not interested in assisting you, and was supporting your points above, I was mearly indicating that you should consider gathering input from a male perspective into the photos you took. I find that the view my wife takes on whether she looks attractive at a particular point in time is very different from my own, I think for you, you will gain a lot of value from having the perspective of someone who will be looking at them as they are intended, that is as a man looking at pictures of a beautiful woman. I absolutely am not the person to do this for you but there are others you know here who you should solicit to aid you in evaluating the impact of your work.
10/19/2008 02:13:30 PM · #14
Originally posted by jpochard:

Originally posted by jhomrighaus:

Why aren't you interested in feedback from men over 40 as ones such as them would be the target for said photos with I suspect a decidedly different perspective on them than a woman. I am not one of those myself but you might want to solicit some feedback from them as well.


If I am familiar with the member, a male's perspective would be welcome. This is my friend and I want to protect her images as much as I can while still receiving some feedback. I honestly feel that I could trust most people here, but I want to be extra careful. While I do understand that there is a risk whenever anything is put on the Internet, I'd like to make the risk an educated one.

As for male vs. female perspective - in all honesty, the client was the woman. The goal was to make HER happy with the shots we took of her. We are our own worst critics when it comes to body image, which is what these shots are about. It's not that I don't value the male opinion - I do and am open to comments from members I know somewhat who have history here and who I perhaps have spoken with or met.

I do not intend to offend anyone and I apologize if I have. I am more concerned, however, with my friend's trust in me above all. Thanks! :)


JP, if you want a womans view on the whole thing you can drop me an email.
10/19/2008 03:32:25 PM · #15
Originally posted by JulietNN:



JP, if you want a womans view on the whole thing you can drop me an email.


Thanks!

Judy
10/19/2008 03:41:43 PM · #16
sorry for beeing stupid, but what's boudoir photo's? some kind of nude?
anyways if you don't mind i'd like to take a look and give you my 0.02c.
10/19/2008 03:52:15 PM · #17
Originally posted by Mephisto:

sorry for beeing stupid, but what's boudoir photo's? some kind of nude?
anyways if you don't mind i'd like to take a look and give you my 0.02c.


Yep..nudes and lingerie shots, usually a little more artsy and tasteful and less "in your face" nude. Of course, it's all relative. A "Boudoir" is usually a ladies bedroom with a dressing area etc. My "boudoir" was actually a studio :)

Sent you pm.
10/19/2008 04:02:47 PM · #18
I like your decision to limit access. Respect.
10/19/2008 04:30:54 PM · #19
Originally posted by jpochard:

Originally posted by Mephisto:

sorry for beeing stupid, but what's boudoir photo's? some kind of nude?
anyways if you don't mind i'd like to take a look and give you my 0.02c.


Yep..nudes and lingerie shots, usually a little more artsy and tasteful and less "in your face" nude. Of course, it's all relative. A "Boudoir" is usually a ladies bedroom with a dressing area etc. My "boudoir" was actually a studio :)

Sent you pm.


ok thanks, so boudoir photogarphy can be considered "artistic nude photography" no?
had a look and left some comments.
10/19/2008 08:18:39 PM · #20
nevermind

Message edited by author 2008-10-19 20:23:42.
10/19/2008 09:08:43 PM · #21
Originally posted by rossbilly:

nevermind


??
10/19/2008 09:32:58 PM · #22
sent you a pm, billy.
10/19/2008 10:21:16 PM · #23
thank you Judy - we're looking now

for the record, you've done quite well for your first boudoir! (more details in pm)
10/19/2008 10:31:13 PM · #24
Check out some magazines from the local store, you know the ones I am talking about.

Get some ideas in there.
02/05/2012 03:52:48 AM · #25
hello, I love boudoir photography.

Message edited by author 2012-02-05 03:53:28.
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