A business of millions, Boudoir photography is a niche in portrait photography for you to make some serious bucks. As a photographer, if you have not started boudoir photography yet, this is your time to get started with it.
What is Boudoir photography?
While this art form could simply be confused as a glamorous photoshoot, boudoir photography is about women's empowerment. It is a style of photography to celebrate women, and their body shape without objectifying them. More than the women, it is their partner and their significant other who seek out this photoshoot, to appreciate the beauty of their lady’s body.
Getting started with the photoshoot:
Now that you have understood what this photography style is, it is time to do it. As you get started with Boudior, here are the must-know tips for you to practise this style of using your lens.
- The right lens: Shooting too close, or using a wide angle lens would not work. The ideal lens here would be a 50-100mm focal length primary lens with a wide aperture of f/1.8
- Window light: Window light spreading across the body of the subject is ideal for a boudoir. Alternatively, if the window light is not enough, warm led lighting could also be used. The aim is to get a good spread of light over the subject’s body.
- The fits: Your model should carry at least 3-4 outfits which necessarily do not need to be lingerie at all. Boudoir is not naked/provocative photography but about creating a mood.
- The poses: It would be extremely efficient for you to keep a mood board ready for the poses. As a photographer, you need to encourage your subject to how good she is doing and encourage her to feel confident. The more comfortable your model is, the better would be the poses and the pictures.
- The comfort of your model: Easier said than done, it is going to take encouragement, appreciation and patience for you to make your subject feel comfortable. Remember to keep the room at ideal temperature as well, good furnishing, cushioning etc. Your subject has to have the best boudoir experience
The above-mentioned tips would give your photography a headstart. Do ensure to have a mood board ready of poses, and reference shots and do back and forth as much as you can with your subject to get the best outcomes.
Warm light is not to be missed out on:
Window light would be extremely ideal for the shoot with a bit of control by placing your model, objects etc in a certain direction. Do ensure to have warm tones of light as they would look cosy, inviting which is the sole point of the photography session. You can play around with the placement of LEDs and figure out where the light is evenly spreading and complimenting the model’s body.
There you have it. All the tips to get started with an artform which is appreciative of women. With these tips, you will have a solid photography session and build a recurring clientele.