There are several photographers whose work I respect. They all have the skills to produce excellent images. For blog entries in this series about photographers I respect, I will introduce each one of them. In many cases, I know them only through their work. In other cases, I personally know the photographer.
The first photographer I will mention is Monica Motor. She is a photographer in Poland. What I like most about her photos is the clear mastery of lighting that she shows. She uses lighting to show shape. She also uses it to hide flaws, although I doubt that any of the models in her photos have may flaws. Look at her portfolio of women, and in particular, look at their noses. The light always shows the model’s nose perfectly.
I would be interested in seeing what she can do with a more diverse collection of models, especially models who are older and/or larger. Given her control of lighting, I suspect that she could do a fine job with them.
One criticism I have of the photos is that several of the models have rounded shoulders. Since good posture is sexy, I think that the women in her photos would be even more attractive if they had good posture.
Here is what happens before, during, and after a sexy or boudoir photo shoot. By reading this blog entry, you can know what to expect when you book yours.
Before the boudoir photo shoot
Several things occur before your photo session. Hopefully, you have had a good night’s sleep and plenty of liquids so you are well-hydrated. We will have sent you any paperwork you need, and you will have signed the contract. All of the batteries will have a fresh charge, and everything will have been tested to ensure it is working properly. If you are coming to one of our locations, before you arrive, my photo assistant and I will be setting up the lighting equipment, prepare props, etc.
At the beginning of the boudoir photo shoot
I will take test photos to test the lighting and ensure that the color balance of your photos will be correct. If we are working at your location, I will do these tests before we start taking photos. If we are working at one of my locations, I will have a basic lighting test done before you arrive.
When we first meet, after introductions, my assistant or I will offer you tea, coffee, or anything else that helps you feel more comfortable. We discuss the photo session, what type of photos you want, and how you intend on using them. We look at wardrobes, props and choose them for the first photos. We set up and start any music you want (from your music player). We assist you with makeup and hair preparations. If you ordered one of our better packages, you will have your hair and makeup professionally done.
Comfort and safety
Throughout the whole time, your comfort and safety are paramount. We will make sure that you are warm enough. We strive to also make sure that you are mentally comfortable. When I am photographing a woman, I always have a female photo assistant. Besides helping with lighting, poses, and props, she has your comfort as a primary responsibility.
Taking the sexy and boudoir photos
When we start taking photos, I will describe poses, sometimes even being silly and demonstrating them. We will move from pose to pose.
Frequently, I will show you the resulting photo, showing you how beautiful you look. For a given wardrobe, we will take 20–40 minutes of photos, meaning we normally go through three to six outfit changes. After one outfit, we take a break. While you change clothes, touch up your hair and makeup, we will make any changes needed to the lighting and props so they are ready for you. We then go back to work taking more photos. From a normal photo session, we will get 20–30 good photos per hour, so a two-hour session produces least 40 photos.
After the boudoir photo shoot
The photo session is all about you and showing how beautiful and sexy you are. As we do the photos, you should be feeling really energized, happy, sexy, and beautiful. A boudoir session is all about the experience and how good you feel. It is a great ego boost. It just happens that you also get great photos to preserve your beauty and sexiness.
At the end of the photo session, you will change back into your street clothes. While you are doing this, we will be packing up the lighting equipment, props, and all of the other gear. When all of us are done with these tasks, we will deal with any final paperwork and discuss the next steps. In most cases, this means talking about photo editing and when you can expect your photos and/or any other products you have purchased. Normally, you will get digital photos within two weeks. Photo products are often ready within this timeframe, but it depends on what you have ordered. You leave feeling sexy and beautiful.
It is quite possible that a parent (my mother, in my case) spent a lot of time as you were growing up to get you to have good posture, and avoid slouching. Well, your mom or dad was right. Besides any other health benefits of good posture, you look more confident, more slender, and sexier when you have good posture. Let’s look more into posture and sexiness.
Examples of poor and good posture
Compare these two photos of beautiful AzariaZia:
In the first photo, her shoulders are rounded forward and her spine is not straight. This means that she does not have a lumbar curve. This curve adds to sexiness when it is visible. Even when it is not visible, the effects of having a good curve in the lower part of the spine show up in much of the rest of the body, and it’s all good. You can see the curve showing up in the second photo.
Having her shoulders and spine rounded in the first photo means that her chest is concave. For a woman, this hides the breasts and makes them look like they are sagging. For a man, a broad chest is sexy, not a caved-in one. Again, this is fixed in the second photo.
Another person promoting posture for sexiness is Geoff Girvitz, a gym owner and fitness blogger notes “Posture is a significant indicator of youth, vitality and mental state.” (in The First Sexy Posture Article). This article has specific advice on how to improve your posture for improved sexiness. And, there are some sexy photos to back it up. You need to undo the effects of spending a lot of time sitting at a desk, so go read it (as soon as you are done here :-).
What you want in a photo is to have a chest that is open, both vertically as well as horizontally. Many of us in the US are unaware of our posture, and hours of sitting at a desk rarely helps. On the other hand, yoga, many (all?) types of dance, and other activities that require that you be mindful of your body help improve your posture. When I was doing at least 30 minutes of yoga a day, a photographer friend commented that my posture was the best he had seen.
When I am photographing someone, I work to be aware of the subject’s posture. This was the case for these two photos—I noticed the problem and she immediately corrected it in the next photo. When I was processing the photos, the difference between the two photos was so striking that I knew it had to be a blog post.
Remembering the definition of “sexy”, sexy photos cause arousal and imply the (fantasy) that sex is possible or maybe even imminent. This means that, most times, the subject needs to have a connection with the viewer. The easiest way for this is for the subject to be looking into the camera, so there is eye contact with the viewer. For example, here is a photo of the lovely Nikkii:
However, the arousal can also come without eye contact, if the rest of the photo sets a mood or scene where sex might be occurring soon. For example, in this photo of Chelsea Christian, she is pulling on her top in a way that will expose more skin.