From time to time I receive messages from photography students who as part of their studies are required to complete a number of assignments to get a greater understanding of the industry. Boudoir photography isn’t widely represented in Australia and I am happy to provide some insight as I am learning more about it myself.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
How long have you been in the Boudoir business?
I don’t specialise only in boudoir. My transition to boudoir photography has been gradual, although when I first picked up the camera I started with women portraits. That was back in 2010. More recently, I’ve been specialising in boudoir photography since the end of 2014.
What inspires you?
Multidimensional nature of humans. Natural light and shadows. Human connections. Honesty. Beauty of the mandane, of the things we take for granted. I want to show the beauty that is right in front of us that we fail to see on a daily basis.
What are the most important things to remember when shooting a female subject?
I want it to look effortless. So making a female subject feel comfortable and relaxed is very important to me.
What advice could you give someone who is venturing into this profession?
Like with any photography genre, practice practice practice. Try out new scenarios, interesting locations, unusual light. Challenge yourself!
What’s one positive aspect of Boudoir photography?
It’s no secret that women are far more superior to men 🙂 and we’ve been carrying to much on our shoulders for years and years… I love giving these women this extraordinary experience of feeling amazing in their own skin, showing them their untold beauty, making them love their features they may have discarded before… hopefully, men would appreciate it as well 🙂
I have noticed a soft innocence to your boudoir portfolio, how do you achieve such genuine expressions and natural posing with your models?
Thank you 🙂 I always approach my subjects, whether it is boudoir or any other photography session, the way i’d have loved to be approached. Every client is different and I take time to learn a little bit more about each one of them. Connecting with them on a personal level is very important to me. If I want them to bear themselves (pun intended) then I need to be open and honest with themselves as well.
What are some of the reasons people come into your studio to have boudoir photos taken?
First of all, I always shoot on location. But some of the reasons people come to me for the boudoir photography sessions is because I can “capture the essence in the most beautiful and natural way” and “have the eye and talent” for what clients envision their photographs to look like.
I’ve noticed you do other areas of photography, what is your favourite genre?
For a while I’ve been trying to figure this out, but I love them all for different reasons. At the end of the day, if a photograph makes me feel something, then it doesn’t really matter what genre it is. I am always emotionally invested in my work, so whether it is family photography, editorial photography, boudoir photography, or anything else, I give it my all.
What is your best lens for boudoir photography and why?
It doesn’t matter which genre I am shooting, but my favourite lenses are 35mm, 50mm and 85mm.
What risks have you faced in this industry?
I’ve been quite lucky, but I am also quite cautious. However, some of the risks can include meeting up with a client for the first time when you’ve never met them before. But in that sense this is no different from any other genre. Basic precaution measures apply.
What advice would you give to a male photographer wanting to shoot boudoir photography?
To be honest, I think being a female I have quite an advantage. I’ve been told many times that as a woman I see and photograph things differently compared to male photographers. If I was to give advice to a male photographer, I’d suggest building a reputation and staying professional. As a male, I imagine there could be some challenges when working with female subjects so building that trust is essential.
Did you have a mentor or any other influences to help you on your path?
No, I didn’t have a mentor. All of the work I’ve done has been guided by my own personal interest, self learning and research.
I hope this is somewhat helpful. If there are any questions that have not been covered here, please don’t hesitate to send me a message below.
+61 431 694 268
+61 431 694 268
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