boudoir

The term “boudoir” may also be ascribed to a genre of photography. Boudoir photography is not generally a new concept and numerous examples including images of Clara Bow, Mae West and Jean Harlow photographed in a boudoir style from the 1920s through the 1940s. Typically shot in a photographer’s studio or luxury hotel suites, it has become fashionable to create a set of sensual or sexually suggestive images of women (and occasionally men and couples) in “boudoir style”. The most common manifestation of contemporary boudoir photography is to take variations of candid and posed photographs of the subject partly clothed or in lingerie. Nudity is more often implied than explicit. Commercially the genre is often (though not exclusively) derived from a market for brides to surprise their future husbands by gifting the images on or before their wedding day. Other motivations or inspiration for boudoir photography shoots include anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, weight loss regimes, other form of body change or alteration (such as breast augmentation or reduction) and for servicemen and women overseas.

Here’s to the New Year! | SLR Writers Share Their 2015 Highlights & 2016 Goals

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in boudoir, canon, Fashion, Featured, Photography Tips, portrait, Portraiture

Here’s to the New Year! | SLR Writers Share Their 2015 Highlights & 2016 Goals

It’s that time of year again! Most people spend time reflecting on what has past, looking forward to the New Year, and making plans to make the changes they promised themselves would be made last year. The writers at SLR Lounge are no different, and we wanted to share some highlights from 2015, as well as our goals for 2016. If you want to keep up with your favorite SLR Lounge writer, be sure to subscribe to him/her on the Author’s Page here. The SLR Writing Team Without further ado, let’s get started with some responses from the pillars of our writing community! Anthony Thurston Beyond spending most of the year providing our great gear-related content, 2015 was a year of changes for Anthony, who decided to specialize in boudoir photography after years of ‘doing it all’. Looking ahead to 2016, Anthony hopes to continue to grow his new boudoir business in his new home in the Portland, Oregon area where he and his family moved to a few weeks ago. Hanssie This year, our Managing Editor, Hanssie jumped the Canon ship and purchased a Fuji system after reviewing the X-T1 Silver Graphite Edition in this article. Though we writers keep her pretty busy here, she still finds time to photograph the occasional wedding and portrait session. In 2016, she will be focusing on continuing her personal project – writing about life after divorce on her personal blog – and stepping outside of her comfort zone by looking for opportunities to speak at events/conferences. Jay Cassario Photo by Jay Cassario (Twisted Oaks Studio) Jay’s year was mediocre at best. The main highlight (besides completing a business merger to create a killer wedding photography studio) was being selected by Leica to check out their new gear and provide feedback and insights prior to product launch. I mean, whatever, right? Obviously kidding, that’s incredible! His goal for 2016 is to continue to grow Twisted Oaks Studio in terms of business, team (looking to end 2016 with 5 associate photographers on staff), and vision. I’m looking forward to the lessons, articles, and inspiration we can expect from Jay in the coming year! Kishore Sawh Without divulging too much, Kish will be working with a media company in the Caribbean in 2016, and shooting more fashion and portraiture. His major focus, however, is to rid himself of his own inner critic, or as he likes to call it, his inner “Nickie Ferrante,” – Carey Grant’s character in ‘An Affair To Remember’, a highly talented artist too critical of himself with his craft and thus not realizing his potential. Of the situation his grandmother describes his plight succinctly in her conversation with his love interest, “The artist in him would create. The critic would destroy. As a result, he has done nothing since. What a pity.” Many photographers can identify with this. Kish shares,...

Read More »

Here’s to the New Year! | SLR Writers Share Their 2015 Highlights & 2016 Goals

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in boudoir, canon, Fashion, Featured, Photography Tips, portrait, Portraiture

Here’s to the New Year! | SLR Writers Share Their 2015 Highlights & 2016 Goals

It’s that time of year again! Most people spend time reflecting on what has past, looking forward to the New Year, and making plans to make the changes they promised themselves would be made last year. The writers at SLR Lounge are no different, and we wanted to share some highlights from 2015, as well as our goals for 2016. If you want to keep up with your favorite SLR Lounge writer, be sure to subscribe to him/her on the Author’s Page here. The SLR Writing Team Without further ado, let’s get started with some responses from the pillars of our writing community! Anthony Thurston Beyond spending most of the year providing our great gear-related content, 2015 was a year of changes for Anthony, who decided to specialize in boudoir photography after years of ‘doing it all’. Looking ahead to 2016, Anthony hopes to continue to grow his new boudoir business in his new home in the Portland, Oregon area where he and his family moved to a few weeks ago. Hanssie This year, our Managing Editor, Hanssie jumped the Canon ship and purchased a Fuji system after reviewing the X-T1 Silver Graphite Edition in this article. Though we writers keep her pretty busy here, she still finds time to photograph the occasional wedding and portrait session. In 2016, she will be focusing on continuing her personal project – writing about life after divorce on her personal blog – and stepping outside of her comfort zone by looking for opportunities to speak at events/conferences. Jay Cassario Photo by Jay Cassario (Twisted Oaks Studio) Jay’s year was mediocre at best. The main highlight (besides completing a business merger to create a killer wedding photography studio) was being selected by Leica to check out their new gear and provide feedback and insights prior to product launch. I mean, whatever, right? Obviously kidding, that’s incredible! His goal for 2016 is to continue to grow Twisted Oaks Studio in terms of business, team (looking to end 2016 with 5 associate photographers on staff), and vision. I’m looking forward to the lessons, articles, and inspiration we can expect from Jay in the coming year! Kishore Sawh Without divulging too much, Kish will be working with a media company in the Caribbean in 2016, and shooting more fashion and portraiture. His major focus, however, is to rid himself of his own inner critic, or as he likes to call it, his inner “Nickie Ferrante,” – Carey Grant’s character in ‘An Affair To Remember’, a highly talented artist too critical of himself with his craft and thus not realizing his potential. Of the situation his grandmother describes his plight succinctly in her conversation with his love interest, “The artist in him would create. The critic would destroy. As a result, he has done nothing since. What a pity.” Many photographers can identify with this. Kish shares,...

Read More »

10 Ways to Continue Booking Photography Jobs All Winter Long

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in boudoir, Fashion, Featured, Food, Photography Tips, photoshop, portrait, Portraiture

10 Ways to Continue Booking Photography Jobs All Winter Long

Welcome to Time Out with Tanya, where I’ve put my fast paced graphic design career on hold in favor of adventures in motherhood. I’m capturing every moment on camera, and you can come along if you’d like. Sign up for my weekly email here so you’ll never miss a Time Out. I live in Spokane, Washington, which is practically in Canada, so during the winter season, we are buried in snow and freezing our patooties off. As a photographer who primarily shoots on-location, this can pose a problem. Booking photography jobs during the warmer months is tough enough, how does one stay busy during the freezing cold, snowy, dirty, muddy season? Many photographers in my area who specialize in weddings, family portraits or high school senior portraits (which are primarily shot during the spring, summer and fall), have a winter specialty or strategy for keeping busy during the cold weather months. Here are a few ways to continue booking photography jobs all winter long. Maybe one (or more of them) will work for you. 1. Shoot in the Snow Image by Heidi Pratt of Glimpse Photography A beautiful white blanket of snow can be a photographer’s dream backdrop. Many people are even creating snow backgrounds in Photoshop these days when they have no snow, so consider yourself lucky if you have a winter wonderland to play in. The trick is finding a willing model or two to brave the cold. Image by Clara Wilson of Smoke and Mirrors Photography I asked my friend Clara Wilson for her tips for shooting in snow. She lives on a large property out in the middle of nowhere north of Spokane where the snowy winters are just gorgeous. Here’s what she had to say: “When I shoot outside in the winter I tell clients/friends (because I do a lot of conceptual non-client work) to bring a warm bathrobe or coat to wear in between shot set-ups. I always have a toasty fire going inside the house to take breaks and warm up, also always have hot chocolate waiting! When location shooting in the winter, always, ALWAYS bring emergency gear. Water, flashlights, matches, blankets, etc. and always tell your friends and family which direction you are heading in case the need to send a search party.” Check out more tips for photographing in the cold in my article How to Totally Rock Your Portrait Sessions All Winter Long. 2. Tween Sessions If you have a studio space, you can focus on booking photography jobs within a specific niche, like tweens (kids age 10-12). This age can be photographed any time and the winter is a good time to focus on them so they won’t take time away from your busy wedding and high school senior clients in the warmer months. Find out how to market specifically for this niche by listening to a free...

Read More »

All dPS eBooks – $10 Today Only

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in boudoir, Featured, macro, Photography Tips, portrait, Portraiture

All dPS eBooks – $10 Today Only

It’s day 11 in our 12 deals of Christmas and today is huge – you can get any of our eBooks not already featured in our previous days for $10 USD (that’s between 50-80% off). We’ve also got a bonus deal today from our friend Ed Verosky who is offering 6 of his eBooks for $25! There’s lots to choose from so you’re best to head to our 12 Deals of Christmas page here to make your selection. $10 dPS eBooks The $10 eBooks on offer are: Going Pro Kit: our guide to making money from your photography (80% off) The Essential Guide to Black and White Photography Transcending Travel: A Guide to Captivating Travel Photography Click! Kids Photography: How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids Photo Nuts and Bolts: Know Your Camera and Take Better Photos Photo Nuts and Shots: Tools and Techniques for Creative Photography Photo Nuts and Post: Transform your Photos with the Power of Post Processing Photo Nuts and Gear: Don’t spend a dime on gear until you read this eBook Photo Magic: Special Effects Photography Made Easy Captivating Color: Discover how to use Color effectively in your Photography The Art of Self Portraiture: Explore your Creative Spirit Printable Posing Guides: Printable Posing Sets Buy one or create your own little bundle of learning for 2016 at our 12 Deals of Christmas page. 2 Great Bundles – $25 Each (Save 77%) Today we’ve got a couple of great bundles for you too. Ed Verosky eBook Bundle! Ed Verosky has put together a very special bundle deal for you – it includes his 6 best selling eBooks for just $25: 15 Photo Projects That Will Boost Your Creativity – If you’re in a creative rut or just need some inspiration you’ll love this eBook! Introduction to Close-up & Macro Photography – This guide gives you everything you need to get started with close-up & macro photography! Boudoir Photography – the quick-start guide for professional photographers. Advice for the Aspiring Portrait Photographer – This concise guide will help you build your portfolio, find great models and portrait subjects, and really delivers on helping you become a true portrait ‘artist.’ Successful Photo Shoots – Go behind-the-scenes with Ed Verosky as he talks you through every challenge, every thought, through hundreds of images, down to the final edits. DSLR: The Basics – fundamental concepts of photography & using a DSLR to it’s full potential. ‘Photo Nuts’ eBook Pack The complete collection of Photo Nuts eBooks from Neil Creek for just $25 USD: Photo Nuts and Bolts – Know your camera and take better photos Photo Nuts and Shots – Tools and Techniques for Creative Photography Photo Nuts and Post – Transform Your Photos with the Power of Post Processing Photo Nuts and Gear – Don’t spend a dime on Gear Until You Read this eBook These bundles and...

Read More »

Tips for Photographing Women to Help Them be Relaxed and Comfortable

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in boudoir, Featured, Photography Tips, photoshop, portrait

Tips for Photographing Women to Help Them be Relaxed and Comfortable

Some people are naturally relaxed for a camera, but most feel at least a little intimidated. This depends largely on past experiences. Women especially tend to be more self-conscious, which can cause forced smiles and tense expressions. As a portrait photographer, there are many things you can do when photographing women, to help your client relax so you capture her true essence and personality. Be prepared ahead of time One of the most important things is to arrive prepared: if you are uncomfortable, this will transfer to your client. Know your equipment! If you’re a beginning photographer, save learning studio lighting or off-camera flash for unimportant shoots. Ask family and good friends to model while you learn. When you are doing a live shoot, don’t try something new or unfamiliar. If you are working outside your own comfort zone, you can easily throw your client into discomfort. When you exhibit confidence, you will instill a sense of confidence in your client or subject. This builds a natural trust. She will automatically relax, at least a little, from this alone. Arrange to spend some time with your model before her session. Depending on the type and duration of the session, this consultation could be either a very brief chat immediately before the photo shoot, or you could schedule a half-hour meeting a week or more in advance. The reason to have a consultation is to learn several things. First of all, learn something personal about her as you chat with her. This will be valuable during the session. Secondly, you will find out what she expects from the session, and whether or not you can deliver. Finally, you might discover that you are not the right photographer for her. Some people simply don’t mesh. If this is the case, it is acceptable to politely decline a job and perhaps refer her to someone else. There are many reasons one would choose to decline a job, although it doesn’t happen often. It is far better to decline ahead of time, than to end up in the middle of a session that goes badly for both of you. If you’re doing a location shoot versus one in a permanent studio, make sure to have a gear list of everything you need to take with you. Check it ahead of time. Make sure you have extra batteries for your camera, as well as any lighting equipment. Take extra memory cards, an extra camera body if you have one, and every possible lens you think you might need. It is also important to arrive at the location well in advance to have time to set up, check things out, and even find cool shots like this one: During the session Breathe! You have done everything right. You’re both prepared for a successful shoot. First explain your routine: that you frequently check your LCD, histogram,...

Read More »

Black Friday Photography Deals [Special Edition Deal Dash 2015]

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in boudoir, canon, Featured, landscape, lightroom, nikon, Photography Tips, sony

Black Friday Photography Deals [Special Edition Deal Dash 2015]

Welcome to a special edition of our Deal Dash where we have found some of the best Black Friday deals in the photography community. From gear to education to contract templates to lens rentals and more, we’ve got some great deals to jump start your holiday shopping and save you some major dough! SLR Lounge To kick things off, we are offering our biggest sale yet! Right now, you can take 30% off EVERYTHING in the SLR Lounge store. Pick from some of the oldies but goodies like: Newborn Photography Workshop<a class="colorbox" href="http://Natural Light Couples Workshop DVDFine Art Boudoir As well as some of our newest and most popular workshops:Lightroom Presets 2015Lighting 101Lighting 201Photography 101 Use the code: blackfriday30 at checkout. CreativeLive With over 1000+ classes offered on CreativeLive, you’re sure to find a few tutorials that you need to round out your education in all areas of your life and business. Our favorite is, of course, Pye’s Working With Flash class from Photo Week 2015, but a personal favorite of mine is Lewis Howes’ Launching an Online Business. Get them both and a lot more for 25% off here. Black Friday PromotionOffer: 25% off all online classes through Sunday!Valid: 11/25/15 – 11/29/15Click Here: Black Friday Sale – 25% off all online classes through Sunday! LawTog The problem most creatives encounter once they realize that they need contracts is knowing what contracts they need, what it should contain and whether or not the verbiage is legal and binding. That last part is probably the most challenging since you can find a lot of forums with information on the other two. This is why we love The Law Tog. If you’re looking for contracts, tax guides, and other business tools specifically for photographers created by a photographer who also is a lawyer (so she knows what she’s talking about), be sure to head over to The Law Tog for all your contract needs. For Black Friday, you can save 30% with the code bf30 (excludes workshops). Fstoppers To receive $30 off use code “BF30” for the following: Fstoppers Intro to Lightroom: The Ultimate Crash Course To receive $50 off use code “BF50” for the following: Photographing The World: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi Dylan Patrick’s The Cinematic Headshot Peter Hurley: Two Tutorial Set To receive $75 off use code “BF75” for the following: Peter Hurley: Illuminating The Face Mike Kelley: Where Art Meets Architecture To receive $100 off use code “BF100” for the following: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot B&H Specials It wouldn’t be a true deal dash post if we didn’t focus on some actual gear deals. So here are some of the top Black Friday savings that we could find over on B&H. But before we highlight some individual deals, make sure to check out their...

Read More »