Learning the fine art of boudoir portraiture

Photographers need to learn and grow. I try to attend several seminars each year. The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) offers local seminars twice a year, called “Super Monday”, often produced by local photographers. I often either attend or instruct these sessions. They are a great opportunity to meet with other photographers and learn new techniques.

This May, my friends Stephanie Cunningham and Dana Nordlund jointly presented a Super Monday at Steph’s studio in Ripley NY. Their program was entitled “Bombshell Boudoir” and featured some great models, great clothing and amazing hair and makeup. I have little experience with the style called boudoir, meaning a women’s bedroom. These photographs are often suggestive, but not outright naughty. In addition, we worked on pinup photos as well, which are generally more fun and “G” rated than boudoir.

We used some the newest Wescott constant lights, from florescent to the newest (unreleased) LED lights. They are great for WYSIWYG studio lights!

Here are a few samples of the session. There are dozens more on my Facebook business page!

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Special thanks to our models who worked tirelessly for the whole day, and our clothing, hair and makeup contributors.

The Many Faces of Lindsey

As I was waiting for a catalog to upload tonight, I experimented with a few different creative edits on an image that I chose from a recent dance photography session. I like this image because it features our model’s face, but there is some visual interest from her hand.

I tried a couple of different black and white conversions (I have dozens that I use), a softened and saturated color rendition, and finally a colored pencil sketch. Then I layered these four into a 2×2 matrix and added the thin border and some identification.

It is interesting to see where your eyes are drawn in each of these images. Even though they are the same starting photograph, the black and white images tend to draw your attention to Lindsey’s eyes, while the color image features her hair and skin. The pencil sketch draws out small details. Click on the image to see it in much more detail.

I offer a lot of creative edits. Many dance customers will ask for at least one creative print to stand out from their traditional color prints.