Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing, Client Shoots and What I Think About It All

boudoir photography

For some reason I always have mixed feelings about Boudoir Photography.

On the one hand, I absolutely love these shoots. I love sensual, sexy images that I produce with my clients and models. I love seeing beautiful women (I’m very straight and married, just in case you start wondering here) wearing their most beautiful lingerie, sexy outfits and shoes. There’s something absolutely magical about these photo shoots.

On the other hand, when I introduce myself as a pro photographer, no matter who I am talking to, I always deliberately avoid mentioning that I do Boudoir Photography. I don’t know why. It’s not like it’s something bad, but it’s just… You know, Beauty & Fashion Photography – legit! Boudoir & Glamour Photography – meh!… I don’t know why, and I can’t explain that.

But regardless of what I think about it, I still get client requests and I still love shooting it. Not very often, but sometimes a couple of times a month. And because I do other types of photography in between Boudoir shoots, I always feel like I may have lost my touch, so I need to prepare and pre-visualize my upcoming shoot the night before and also in the morning right before I head in.

I also always bring my inspiration & reference shots on my iPad or iPhone to the shoot, so we can look through them together with the client and pick the poses or themes right on the spot. I do always discuss what we’re shooting with my clients prior to the shoot, but everything can change at any moment if we find a cool idea, an awesome prop or just decide to wing it right at the shoot.

I always use my Pinterest board “Sensual – Boudoir Photography” (feel free to use it too if you like, I keep adding pictures to it) to get inspired and help my clients come up with ideas, but I purchased Kathy Honeybourne’s (Toronto, Canada) Boudoir Lighting and Posing Guides in 2012 and I was blown away how much it helped me to get into the right mind set and execute a better shoot EVERY TIME!

Highly recommended!

Boudoir Lighting Guide – PDF with 66 pages with lighting diagrams, techniques, ideas, common mistakes, etc. GREAT STUFF!

Posing Guide 1 – hundreds of pages with poses and tips on how to pose your client/model and take the best boudoir shots. This guide consists of JPEG files, so you can upload them to your iPhone or iPad (that’s what I did) and take with you to your shoots.

Posing Guide 2 – more of the great stuff! Over a hundred poses in JPEGs and an additional PDF on flattering poses, dealing with problem areas, creating curves when needed, creating a variety of looks with minimal changes to client’s pose (you will shoot more material for the client quicker – value your time!), and a whole lot of quality tips on top of that!

And then of course I use my favorite RADLAB plugin recipes for adding beautiful colors in post-production – this is a must have color-grading tool for photographers, I absolutely love and support it.

Here are some of my client boudoir shoots for which I prepared with Kathy’s pose guides and applied my RadLab recipes:

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Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

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Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

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Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

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Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

 

Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

 

Boudoir photography posing & lighting guides

 

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

 

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

 

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

 

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

 

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

 

Boudoir Photography, Lighting, Posing

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

boudoir photography, boudoir lighting guide, boudoir posing quide

 

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Amazing educational and inspirational sources for any photographer specializing in Boudoir photography or even just mainly shoots for female clients:

 Boudoir lighting tutorials Boudoir posing tutorials Boudoir posing tutorials

 

 

 

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  • http://rachelstephensphotography.com Rachel

    Boudoir photography is and always will be the red-headed stepchild of professional photography. Gorgeous images!!!!!

    • http://omahaimageproductions.com Julia Kuzmenko

      Lol, great analogy, love it, Rachel!
      And thank you!

  • http://sherrijessee@me.com Sherri Jessee

    Dear Julia,
    Your work is always brilliantly beautiful!

    • http://omahaimageproductions.com Julia Kuzmenko

      Thank you Sherri!!!

  • Michael Zahra

    The book looks great, but $149 for 66 page pdf :(

    • https://www.facebook.com/JuliaKuzmenkoPhotography Julia Kuzmenko

      Michael, I totally understand your point, but I also understand the author VERY much. The amount of time, effort and money (models, lighting, studio rent) she’s put into this wonderful guide is totally worth it.

      I’ve already had a similar conversation on my older blog, and here’s what I and a few other people said:

      Boudoir Photography is a business, and clients pay big money for such shoots. I believe buying educational materials that are easy to handle and take with you to any shoot is an investment, that my clients would definitely appreciate because the quality of the product I offer them improves as I get better. You don’t have to buy it, I am simply sharing what I am using for my shoots with professional and amateur photographers who might be on the same page with me regarding their education.
      As for the author’s pricing, judging by the amount of images and info in her eBooks, she must have spent many many months to put them together to help other photographers learn from her experience. She’d be absolutely crazy to sell them for less.

      Here’s what a fellow photographer Cherisse said and I agree with her 100% too:

      Cherisse | December 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm:
      I think people get confused with the pricing of professional resources vs. mass produced entertainment. Any professional journal or white paper, etc.. that is produced for the purpose of industry education (not advertising) is going to be priced significantly. There is a lot of materials and hours that go into the developing the resources and relatively speaking the purchasing audience is much smaller. It also limits those folks who like to download inexpensive material, copy it and repackage as their own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pokesh Arthur Sitdikov

    Юля, красивые фотки!