Second Christchurch Lockdown Selfies
Doing Self portraits lets me try different poses and get a little bit more creative with my lighting. I'm one of those people that's extremely harsh towards myself over how I look, so trying these things out helps me figure out if I can try them with models or incorporate them into client sessions.
The above images were shot in the beautiful winter light I get in the house. Many of you will already know that I shoot out of my private home residence... so literally what you see is what you could be getting with your own sessions!
I've never been able to cozy up to the idea of constantly changing location and doing "luxury boudoir photoshoot marathons". I used to do this when starting out, and it would be very hit and miss as to what the light and the size of the place would be like. Out of 5 venues, there's only one I was actually pleased with.
Working out of a space I'm familiar with and can use confidently, well that's freaking awesome!
Wardrobe Tips for those working with lingerie...
Garters. They are hard as fuck to manoeuvre and even more difficult to connect to stockings if you have long fingernails. Personally, I like garters as they can actually be a really good distraction/coverup for any rolls, but that doesn't mean they are easy haha
- Get your client to put the stockings on, and then rotate the tops of the stockings around to the front. This means the back is now at the front and they don't have to break their backs twisting.
- Only help if they request it. But still ask permission to touch them. Unfortunately helping with garters means there's no way to avoid skin to skin contact.
- For Photoshoots - Garters are worn ON TOP of the panties/underwear. This is a looks thing. You may find you get the rarity of someone who actually knows the proper way to wear a garter, which is correct when the panties are on top.
Garters are also great being worn without stockings. Not a practical approach to something that actually has a function, but it looks just as hot.
The above BNW images are ones that not everyone is comfortable with.
That comes down to posing and the way the light is used. I'm not afraid to over expose and lose detail in my highlights. For one reason.
It can be a hell of a lot more acceptable for me to see my body as a smaller figure, and having that over exposure means that the line of my stomach and back is less distinctive. Sitting poses can be very unflattering on any body shape as we all get the same rolls. If the photographer isn't helping you achieve the pose properly, then you as the client will never like the image because ALL THEY WILL SEE IS THE ROLLS.
A way to avoid the rolls is simply to get the model/client to push their shoulders back, sit up straight, lean back slightly and puff their chest. Even simple movements and fixes like that can drastically change the pose and the way it looks. As I've mentioned, I'm one of many people who is really picky about how I look, so rolls and specific areas of my body are the first thing I see.
You'll have to let me know what you think of these particular poses... all of it's experimentation for me, and the last image specifically is one I like to offer clients as a more modest option to the "pulling panties down" pose.