I recently ran a boudoir marathon in conjunction with my dear friend Chantal Drummond of Beautiful Boudoir, held at my studio in Joburg. These events are normally extremely busy, filled with lots of laughter, fun, beautiful lingerie and stunning photos – and this marathon was just that.
The first sexy lady that we photographed was Miss J…she is not only a talented make-up artist and beautician but also a mummy of 2 – can you believe this stunning lady has had children…certainly doesn’t look like it! Miss J was also such fun and we laughed so much…was a fab shoot!
The very talented Make-up By Shandre did her beautiful and sultry make-up. A big thank you to Shandre for joining us for this marathon…we couldn’t have done it without you and I know you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Another thanks has to go to Miss J for allowing us to use her stunning images!
I met Miss P about a year or so ago and have always wanted to do a boudoir shoot with her (as I just love her tats) so when she agreed, I was over the moon! And if I do say so myself, the pics are smoking hot! She looks amazing!
Miss P was such fun to work with and shoot. She is so easy going and filled with great ideas and concepts. The first two images below are of her braving the outside garden area in her very sexy lingerie. Even though the sun was a little harsh, we got some wonderful pics.
Her stunning make-up was done by Shandre - so a big thank you as it looked awesome!
Just a selection of images of the sassy and sexy Miss C…she is stunning, isn’t she!
She was such a pleasure to work with and lots of fun to photograph. She was up for anything and has such an easy-going and fun-loving personality. This lady really has a beautiful and expressive face…Wow and the smouldering hot looks she gives…can just imagine what they must do to her fiancé (Congrads to Miss C on her recent engagement…wishing you all the best…think u may need a bridal shoot ;)) Thanks Miss C, you are fab and hope we can work together again soon!
Another big thank you to Candida from Decadently U Lingerie for the sponsorship of this beautiful and sexy lingerie. If you are looking for any lingerie or just something sexy, give me a shout for Candida’s details (her website is still under construction).
A final thank you to Shandre for her fab make-up…Miss C’s eye were stunning! If anyone is looking for a talented MUA…get hold of Shandre!
If you want to see some more images of Miss C, visit my colleague and friend Chantal Drummond‘s blog.
I am excited and flattered to have been asked to write posts for ‘The Boudoir Forum‘, which is an international boudoir blog and forum which offers inspiration, tips and techniques to aspiring and professional boudoir photographers.
I have written and had my very first one published, it is about planning a boudoir party, which is something that myself and Chantal Drummond embarked on recently…It was such fun and totally exhausting I must add we wouldn’t have survived and managed without the help of Shandre our fab MUA.
For those of you that are interested…here is the link to the blog on The Boudoir Forum :
If you are a photographer that only works with natural light then you can and will run into some difficulties. For example, a lack of light on a rainy day. I personally prefer natural, as it is much easier and quicker to work with but I am just as happy with studio lights.
Lately, in Joburg we have been having a lot of miserable rainy weather, which is not ideal if you want to use natural light like I did last week-end. I was lucky enough to wake-up to some sunshine on the Saturday morning. However, there were still a lot of clouds so it was really frustrating because as I was about to take the shot the light changed. You do not want to show the client that you are frustrated as it will make them uncomfortable, which is the last thing you want!
The only solution was to change my setting as quickly as possible because I had a client waiting on me and her shoot was only one hour. While I was changing my setting, I chatting to her about how great she looked in that corset and how amazing the colour was on her. She wasn’t posing the entire time but as soon as I was almost ready again, I asked her to please move her arm back to her hip and then hold it for a second and *snap* I had it. Phew!
The one thing you need to watch out for in these light conditions is the possible change in skin tone as the colour of the light changes when the clouds come out. Therefore, I was on the wrong white balance (which can be fixed in CS but I like to get it right in-camera), so I quickly changed my white balance (tip : just remember to change it back when the sun is out again).
I also know that, if I crank up the ISO on my camera, my shots will be over exposed even if the light meter is telling me they are not…this is something I am aware of and I compensate for immediately by dropping an f-stop. These are the kind of things that go through my mind in a split second to ensure that I get that ‘perfect shot‘.
Later during the day, I experienced the opposite, we wanted to shoot outside but the sun was so bright there were hot spots and harsh shadows on the client’s face. To solve the problem, we got the MUA to hold the reflector – black side down over the client to cover most of her so that she was all in ‘shade’…MUA’s are so useful, they don’t just do make-up This worked really well and we ended up with some great shots. Sometimes it is about thinking outside the box.
To sum up, the most important thing to remember when you find yourself in these tricky situations… and you will…is to take a deep breath and think what can I do, how can I improvise. As photographers we are problem solvers…how can you solve the problem you are facing? ‘Wherever there is a problem there is a solution, you just need to find it‘.
Here are a few pics that were taken out in the bright African sun :
As you can see some of the background is blown out and there are a few hot spots on her legs (which do not bother me) but her face and most of her body is perfectly exposed.
I decided that it was time to put my boudoir skills to the test and see if I was able to photograph a number of ladies in a day. I contacted a very good friend of mine Chantal from Chantal Drummond Photography and ran idea by her, she loved it and wanted in on the action.
So, we set out and found a beautiful location : The Wesley boutique hotel in Bryanston, a talented make-up artist : Shandre and some gorgeous ladies. We also organised to have some of the lingerie sponsored by Dedicatedly You, which added some variety to the outfits.
Thanks to all those involved for making it such a successful, fun and fantastic day!
Here is a sneak peak of the photo’s from the day :