My First Boudoir Photography Session

A few years ago a friend of mine slept over, don’t get hung up on the details thats not what’s important here -__-. I got up before she woke up to get some things done and figured may as well open the windows, let some fresh air and light in. After that I was heading out the room to the kitchen to get some water (morning ritual glass of water). Just before I left the room I looked back to see if me moving around woke her; Then I saw her laying there, the window light cascading off her back the first instinct I had was to get my camera, this so beautiful I thought.

I ran to get my Canon Rebel XT at the time and mounted the nifty 50 as the light was just barely there as well as my room was a mess so I wanted the shallow depth of field to crush the clutter. As I went to take the first frame the etiquette of the situation bothered me, I didn’t have permission and I probably wouldn’t be able to share it with the community. After a few seconds of mental deliberation I took about 3 frames. I then Gently woke her up, explained the situation and asked permission. She was all for it and luckily she didn’t move either. I made a few more frames tweaking the exposure a bit till I got what I wanted.

shutter 1/25, aperture f1.8, Canon Rebel XT 50mm 1.8, window lighting

shutter 1/25, aperture f1.8, Canon Rebel XT 50mm 1.8, window lighting

I worked on it the same morning finished it and invited her over to view the final image. She was blown away, I shared the photo to Flickr and it racked up about 68 comments, 41 favourites, a bunch of awards and group invitations. A few weeks later I made an 8 x 10 print for her got it matted and framed as her birthday gift and as a thank you for the opportunity to photograph you kinda deal.

At the time I had no idea what kind of photography this was. It included a person so i figure still just people or portrait photography. After all I was just an amateur toying around with digital photography. Someone through the comments said something along the lines of

Excellent Boudoir Photography

Googled the term and realized what I’d stumbled into / onto which ever way you wanna put it. Eventually I did a second photoshoot with the same model which didn’t go as perfect because lets face it the initial image didn’t take much finessing it was just a perfect moment that I happened to notice and was smart enough to photograph. It took the help of the community for me to take it to a good final image did quite a few revisions before it got there. I eventually  wanted to get serious so I enlisted the help of a friend for some practice sessions to build up a portfolio of sorts for boudoir photography.

 

Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/5.6 Canon Rebel XT 34mm

Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/5.6 Canon Rebel XT at 34mm

Now with just those a few boudoir photography images on my flickr timeline at the time I got a few requests from friends and random women locally to do boudoir photoshoots of them for their significant others or them selves. Each having their own reason. one of my favourite ones was, I wanna remember how hot I was at 23 when I’m 60. With those two Images I eventually did a bunch of Boudoir photography work some of which could never be shared because the client wished for it to remain private which was fine by me as they were paying clients. They’d show their friends and then eventually their friends would want a session as well, apparently not many people were offering the service of boudoir photography sessions professionally in Jamaica because I was just an amateur working out of home. I’d like to think I’ve grown in the niche market of Boudoir Photography over the years as it has led to better looking boudoir imagery that I’ve shared here on occasions and even Boudoir Photography images I’ve done with my iphone

shutter: 1/160 aperture: f/5.6 Nikon D300s Nikkor 18-200mm at 18mm

shutter: 1/160 aperture: f/5.6 Nikon D300s Nikkor 18-200mm at 18mm

shutter: 1/125, Aperture: 3.5 | Canon Rebel XT, Canon 18 - 55mm. On Camera Speedlight (430 ex)

shutter: 1/125, Aperture: 3.5 | Canon Rebel XT, Canon 18 – 55mm. On Camera Speedlight (430 ex)

Shutter: 1/160 Aperture: f/2.8 Nikon D300s Nikkor 18-200mm at 70mm

Shutter: 1/160 Aperture: f/2.8 Nikon D300s Nikkor 18-200mm at 70mm

An Out take from Christina’s Boudoir photo shoot, I liked it but there were a few issues why it didn’t get included in the final set.

shutter: 1/160 aperture: f/2.8 Nikon D300s Nikkor 70-200mm at 70mm

shutter: 1/160 aperture: f/2.8 Nikon D300s Nikkor 70-200mm at 70mm

This is another favourite from the Boudoir Photography Session with shari.

In recent times I’ve completely ignored this area of photography, Not enough time, My studio environment got shifted from the original setup. Weddings and Photojournalism started to be the major “bread and butter” as Tessanne Chin would say so as a result Boudoir Photography took a back seat. I think its time I revisit the area and produce some Art.

Author: Taylor

Award winning photojournalist specializing in lifestyle oriented assignments but not limited to that field. My other area of interest is sports and environmental portraiture I've photographed many fashion editorials for the Jamaica Gleaner's Flair Magazine among other photojournalism assignments for the gleaners daily publications ranging from sports, special features, food, lifestyle and Hard News. My inspirations come from photographers such as Joe McNally, Chase Jarvis, David Hobby, Annie Leibovitz, Jerry Ghionis, Joe Buissink among others. The long and short of it all though is I love taking photos and Making things look beautiful..

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  1. Great work Gladstone!

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  2. You #stumbled for all the right reasons. Making them all, in the most natural and classical sense, see how beautiful they are. #awesomeness

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  3. Comment please contact me. I have a project.

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    • Marie I’m so sorry. The spam filter caught your comment. Is it too late?

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      • These pictures are amazing… would you ever take a protogé

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