Fashion and Boudoir Photography Collide in Charlotte North Carolina
Jul 31, 2018 | By: Fusion Photography
I have always wondered how to classify my boudoir photography. It's not typical, by any means. Most boudoir photography looks the same to me. Scantily clad women in pre-conceived static poses rolling around in a bed. Then there is the more seductive sensual and sexual photography that involves all sorts of salacious poses and most of the time very little or no clothes at all on. I fit into neither of photography categories. My boudoir photography is more fashion and lifestyle experiential based. It involves movement, concepts, and reality with a flair for sexuality obviously, but more in line with what you might actually be doing in the privacy of your home with your lover. It involves nature, city, barns, cars, props, and yes the bedroom.
I started photographing boudoir a few years ago, accidentally when I bride asked me if I would take a few photos of her in her bridal lingerie before her wedding. I did not even know this was a genre of photography. Looking back, it's amazing to me how my boudoir photography has evolved.
I like to interview my clients and learn more about them, their likes and dislikes and the purpose of the session. Is it a gift for someone special? Or is this just an empowering experience for themselves? I help plan out the entire wardrobe - or at least all the options I think we might go through. Each session takes on a life of its own, depending on the client, the wardrobe, and the theme.
If you dig deep enough and ask the right questions, you learn everyone has a fantasy they would like to live out. Or at least a photographic fantasy. Every session, I attempt to pull that out and then recreate it from my own artistic vision. Sometimes, they involve exotic locations. Sometimes they involve an alley in the city. It's my job to create this experience so that each client receives a unique experience customized to their preferences.
As I have grown as a photographer, I have learned to take on new structures and pose development. Utilizing more sensual poses and movements borrowing from photography greats such as Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, and Annie Leibovitz to name a few. Peter Lindbergh takes his inspiration from cinematic and dramatic flair and his imagery can be found gracing some of the best fashion magazines in the world. I love how he uses light, shadows and dramatic impact to affect the mood of his photos.
I love playing with light. Creating complementary shadows that can change the entire effect of an image.
Good shadows add to the scene or photo as a whole without detracting from the intended subject. Good shadows add dynamic, direction, impact and even mood. Most of the time, good shadows are a result from a strong directional light source from any side lighting.