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Boudoir Photo Sessions – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Boudoir Photo Sessions – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Boudoir Photography in Niagara Falls

Boudoir def.: A boudoir (/buːˈdwɑːr/; French: [bu.dwaʁ]) is a woman's private sitting room or salon in a furnished residence, usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman's private bedroom. The term derives from the French verb bouder (to sulk or pout)

Here a few boudoir photos that I’ve going back about 20+ years.

Trying to post a bit of a variety of photos.

Some are done in a studio setting and some at the client’s home.  And one, here, is obviously taken outdoors. 

In majority of instances hair and makeup were done by the clients themselves.  Sometimes with a little help from a friend.  These are not ‘makeover’ type sessions. 

Have a look through these and some of the other blog posts.  There are more images at the main website as well:  Photo-Photo

And then, give me a call or email me.  And we’ll chat. Ideally, I like to meet first with someone if we are going to work together.
Make sure we like each other. 

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Photographing Nudes

Photographing Nudes

Photographing the Nude

One the last few years I’ve come across a lot of superbly photographed nudes through Instagram, Pinterest, 500px and some other venues.
There are some really great photographers out there. 

Growing up and as I started creating with photography, if I wanted to find decent inspiration, I had to look in bookstores and magazines.
There were many, good and bad, but two fantastic artists come to mind that had wonderfully artistic eye

Robert Farber


Steve Hanks

Robert Farber was and still is amazing.
I have a book of his from 1991 (I purchased around that time) subtitled ’20 years of Farber Nudes’ or something like that.
So, he has been doing this for a while.
Real art, not just naked bodies.  Definitely someone to emulate.

Steve Hanks, who passed away in 2015, was a renowned watercolour artist.
I poured over his early nudes and have in the past tried to emulate some of his work.
He painted a lot of other material besides nudes, all of it otherworldly. 

The majority, well, all of the women that I’ve photographed nude have been friends or acquaintances.
At great embarrassment to other friends and relatives,
I used to ask just about everyone I met, the ladies, if they would be willing to pose for some nude art.
I got a lot of ‘no thank you’ but persevered. 

The photos I’m showing here, I’m adding a couple of edits, three of each using Lightroom and Photoshop. 

I was never interested in just shooting a naked body, I was as much interested in what shadows could hide and make mysterious as to what was in the light. 

I know many photographers have very exact ideas of what they want as a product when shooting nudes.
Not so much me.
I often will take an idea from a painting or another artist to start.
But from there I will bend the light and form into different patterns.
A lot of what I shoot doesn’t always work.
But as they say, Babe Ruth swung out more than anyone else.
And that is likely why he got more home runs than anyone. 

Working with Models

The most important thing I have found working with models is being respectful.
Make sure they are comfortable with whatever you are asking them to do.
Tell them what you are doing and why, with lights etc.  Even if it is ‘Let’s try this…”. 

Reassure and validate your model. Be calm.  Be as confident as you can.
Serve your model tea, water or wine.  (But only a little of the last.)
Have a cloak for them to wear and place for them to change. 

And try and make it fun.

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Recent Boudoir Photoshoot at TellTale Studios, St. Catherines

Recent Boudoir Photoshoot at TellTale Studios, St. Catherines

Boudoir Photography - Niagara Region, Ontario

These images are from a recent boudoir photoshoot I did in St Catherines, Ontario.

These were for a client that wanted to keep them private.
I asked if I could post these painterly images and she said yes. 

She had never done anything like this before; a friend suggested it might be fun to do.
Something different.

We used a new studio in St. Catherines (Ontario) called Tell Tale Studios.  

It’s run by McKenzie Katsmar.  Very helpful young gentleman.
He is also a photographer so knows what is needed. 

The studio itself is perfect.  Great soft window light.
Ceilings, I think, are at least 14 feet high.  Hardwood floor.
Enough props and room to get lots of different angles and backgrounds. Very reasonable rates. 

The photos were edited with Lightroom then Photoshop.
Using Photoshop AI and various brushes and other tools.
(I’m learning.)

The model was an acquaintance and had seen my portfolio.
I asked her to bring a friend which she did.
This is always a good idea - for both parties.
Though, if you are a male photographer and you are photographing a female,
I generally suggest a female model not bring a boyfriend or husband.
Creates an uncomfortable vibe.
Moms are not the best either as they try and run the show. 

A girlfriend or female sibling is always best.
They can sit and read or some such.
Or occasionally help  hold a reflector! 🙂

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