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Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Choose your Boudoir Photographs

How to Choose your Boudoir PhotographsWe will probably repeat this in future posts as we think it is really important topic. Many boudoir photographers will choose the images to be edited that they think are best for their clients. This, in our opinion should be our clients decision.

On every shoot we sit with our clients to help choose images and without fail images that we would not usually have chosen have been selected by our clients. The reason; “That’s me!” the client sees an image that they feel represents themselves as they and others see them, whether it is a quirky smile, raise of the eyebrow or playful look, that’s their look.

So imagine your disappointment when you are presented with your finished product, you go through your disk of all your images and there you see an image of yourself that you really like, but it wasn’t chosen for editing. Of course you could get it edited later, but we believe in getting it right the first time!  We will be there to guide and assist you but believe as the client you have the right to choose your images.

After your shoot, we will give you around 30 minutes to chill,  allowing you time to go through your missed messages or to simply sit in our massage chair and relax.  During this time we will cull all of the images where you may be blinking etc.  We will then colour balance the images and do a few other technical things.  You will then get to see your entire shoot and put your images into a starred rating system.  Any images with less than one star will be deleted once you leave.  Together we will then narrow down your images to select the best ones from your shoot.  This is probably the most difficult part of the shoot as there will be so many gorgeous images of you to choose from.

Every Woman Deserves to Feel Beautiful

Boudoir Photographyby GXG, Social Worker, model and a client of Boudoir Fusion Photography

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. Every woman IS beautiful.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what you look like, or what you do. It doesn’t matter if you have kids, or even grand-kids. Regardless of your stretch marks, scars, blemishes, or that tiny birth mark just under your right knee that irritates you to no end. You are beautiful.

In my experience as a model I’ve come to realize that every woman has insecurities. Even those women you look at and wonder what she could ever possibly hate about herself because, in your eyes, she’s perfect. From the likes of Tyra Banks right down to the average soccer mom, every woman has that something.

For this reason I think that anyone could benefit from a photo shoot. Just one, just once. Go on and treat yourself.

I know the common misconception is that only those leggy blondes in the Victoria’s Secrets catalogue can pull off Boudoir but that simply isn’t true. Not with the right photographer anyway. People compliment us all the time, they try to downplay our insecurities and most of the time it’s just water off a duck’s back. You know that saying “seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes”?

Well, the camera has a way of doing this. A lot of models will tell you that the lens sees them in a way that they never could, but the truth is that the camera sees you as you are, minus all the little things that bring you down.

When you see these photo’s, you see the real you. The sexy, feminine and beautiful person that’s really in all of us. And the opportunity to see this truth is an experience you’ll never forget.

So even if you only ever do just that one shoot just that once, it’ll last a lifetime. And you’ll realize that all those pictures you sit envying are taken of women, just like you. Women with hang-ups and insecurities. The only difference is that they were willing to take that chance. Are you?

A picture really does speak a thousand words so maybe it’s time you gave yourself a chance to listen.

How to deal with Bad Hair days

How to deal with Bad Hair days boudoir photographyMany of our clients coming for a boudoir photography shoot, start to panic at the last minute as they have a hair problem, the best thing you can do is thoroughly prepare for your boudoir shoot, and although we discuss this during your pre-meeting you can also review some guidelines on our website. Sometimes you kitchen has all of the answers to assist you, the ingredients are all natural and maybe even available in your cupboard or fridge for immediate use!

Here are a few recipes that could help:

Do you suffer from dry hair?

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Eggs

Combine the above and then massage into your hair, leave for 20 minutes and then rinse. The protein from the egg will allegedly promote hair healthy hair growth and the olive oil will work on hydrating brittle hair.

Do you suffer from oily Hair?

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Grated peel of an entire lemon

Combine the above, massage into your hair and allow it to set for 15 minutes then rinse. It is alleged that the excess oil will be absorbed. The apple cider vinegar will remove the build up from your conditioners and styling gels as well as strengthen the hair shaft, this should leave you with soft, shiny strands. It is also a cure for dandruff and can balance the hair’s PH as well as killing any bacteria.

Do you suffer from dry and flaky scalp hair?

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a ripe banana
  • two tablespoons of honey
  • few drops of almond oil
  • Shower cap

How to deal with Bad Hair daysMash the banana and then combine the honey and almond oil. Massage into your hair, concentrate on your scalp, allow it to set for 20 minutes while wearing a shower cap, then rinse. Bananas can smooth the frizz, sooth an itchy scalp and increase the moisture of your hair.

All Hair types:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ripe Avacado
  • 1 Tablespoon of Organic Honey

Combine the Avo and Honey, massage into your hair and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before you rinse it off. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent. Avo’s are rich in nutrients and vitamins as well as containing protein and vitamin E.

Bring your hair back to life, moisturise and revitalise it with one of the recipes above and your hair should be in better shape for your Boudoir Photography shoot.

What is Nude Photography?

Nude Photographer

When Michelangelo and Botticelli painted beautiful images of woman and men naked, they were not frowned upon by society, but rather celebrated for the beauty they created. I find it sad that in this day and age so many people appear to be so adverse to nudity. There may be a fine line between porn and nude, but to my photographic eye there is a huge difference, porn tends to be very much in your face, with no mystery and is about sex. Nude photography is generally considered a genre of art photography depicting the nude human body, it is more subtle and alluring, playing with shadows and using softer colours so that one admires the naked form, rather than lusting after it.

Many of our clients request nude photographs, but are unsure what to expect. So exactly what does Boudoir Fusion Photography see as nude photography?

Implied Nude: Similar to FHM Magazine. The title expresses exactly what this form of photography is, it implies that you are not wearing any clothing but no “naughty bits” are showing. Sometimes less is more when nudes are being shot and implied nudes can be considered as being very tasteful and not obscene. Sometimes your buttocks will be shown.

Semi-nude: Similar to Playboy Magazine. This is where your breasts and bum are showing, your other “naughty bits” will be covered or just covered by clothing or shadowed.

Full Nude: Again, similar to Playboy magazine and art galleries. This is where your entire body will be photographed naked, the images will all be tastefully shot, we will strive to show you in the best light possible.

Artistic Nude: Found in art galleries. These images are posed in an interesting manner and artfully lit with parts of your body heavily shaded.

Erotic Nude: Found art galleries. Provocative expressions are used and particular attention is drawn to your “”naughty bits”, this form of photography has a sexually suggestive component, and often stretches the imagination.

Adult Nude: Similar to Hustler Magazine. Sexually explicit poses are used, often engaging or suggesting that you are about to engage in a sexual act.

Although many of our clients will not even consider going naked, for those of you that do, the above is a rough guideline for you to follow to enable us to know exactly what you are wanting to achieve so we can best deliver and meet with your expectations and design a private and personalised photographic experience, giving you the images that you want.

Bondage Photography

Boudoir Photography South Africa

I recently posted an image on two separate social media sites depicting a bondage photograph.  Some have asked, is this boudoir photography? Our goal is to fuse various forms of photography under the heading of Boudoir Fusion Photography and we will photograph what our clients’ request.  So be it bondage photography or any other form of sensual photography we will endeavour to create art out of your ideas.

Posting this image brought about some very interesting comments, from; “seis, this is disgusting”, to “Now that will make for sensual sexy delectable photos!!!”

I am going to endeavour to explain this photograph in greater detail.

This type of rope bondage is called Shibari a Japanese word that means “to bind” or “to tie”. The rope artist will create geometric patterns and shapes that contrast with the natural curves of a female’s body. The rope used is usually a 6mm or 8mm hemp rope.

From my limited knowledge and researching a few articles that I have read, Shibari, apart from being aesthetically pleasing and beautiful to some people, can also form part of a massage similar to Shiatsu due to the placing of the ropes and knots on various pressure points.

Bondage should never be forced, it is done with trust between mutually consensual people. We see it as a work of art and beautifully translates to photography.

Facial Expressions for Boudoir Photography

Facial Expressions for Boudoir Photography

When you book a boudoir photography or any other intimate shoot with us we try to capture a number of different emotions from laughter to thinking about your partner, there are so many different Facial Expressions for Boudoir Photography.

Many of our clients are really concerned about posing and facial expressions that will be used during their boudoir shoot, I am briefly going to chat about facial expressions.

Yes, you can practice looking happy, sad, sensual, contemplative and a whole lot of other looks in front of the mirror, but you don’t have to, we will assist you throughout your boudoir session. If we are not asking you to look a certain way, you are probably doing exactly what we want. If we really want you to laugh, trust us we will make you laugh! There are not that many clients that have not said that the shoot was exhilarating and fun and they knew exactly what to do all the time as they were being directed.

Here is a brief example of some of the looks that we might ask you to achieve:

Alluring: Here you need to create a look to get your partner to desire you.
Blissful: Here you need to show a state of happiness or contentment.
Dreamy: You will look like you are distracted by daydreaming or fantasising.

Once you are ready to start your set, think of the following:

Posture and Angles: Remember to keep your shoulders back and sit tall, elongating your neck and tilt your chin, just a bit. If you are standing up put your weight on your back leg and always turn slightly.
Eyes: We will get you to look serious, smile and even laugh, in most cases keep your tongue behind your teeth, unless you are pulling it out, but wait this section is about your eyes. Keeping your eyes on the camera the whole time can be difficult so look away or close your eyes and then bring them back to the camera, always look slightly above the lens, try to read the brand of the camera above the lens. Always look at where the light source is, (it could be coming through the window or it will be where the flash is coming from), then keep your eyes towards the light source as that sparkle in your eyes is what makes a good picture.

A day with a professional model

We had a really great day on got the opportunity to spend a day with a professional model, Maureen who is such a pleasure to work with, she has an amazing personality and a lot of patience as well as knowing what to do and anticipating the next shot naturally moving into positing, which is a pleasure in itself when shooting nude bodyscapes. You do not have to be a professional model to do nude photography as we will always willingly show you have to pose and tell you what what to do and you will get a workout as part of the experience as no matter how small you are you are going to regularly be told to pull your tummy in and contort your body.

The reason that Maureen, our model for the day, was a pleasure to work with on the day is that we had what we call a “play day”, which is where we get to experiment with new sets, equipment, ideas and not to mention our outfits and clothes.

A day with a professional model

We started off with shooting some nude photos and concentrated on bodyscapes, which was quite challenging as it was a very cold day and we were working with a spray can and oil, but two gas heaters and lots of tea and coffee with some good music soon got all of us into the swing of the shoot! We got a number of shots we were all happy with. Maureen had the most amazing arch, as depicted in an image on the right, so thank you for all the time and inspiration you brought to the shoot.

Hopefully we will get to publish some of the more outrageous shots that we took as we are looking to expand what we offer in terms of boudoir photography and are looking at doing some boudoir fashion shots. One of the things we can attest to is that Nude BodyScaping is going to become a lot more popular amongst our clients, no-matter what type of shoot they book.

50 Shades of Boudoir

Boudoir PhotographyLadies, if you are a touch shy about your sexuality – like so many of our customers are prior to a boudoir photography shoot -see the mail from one of our ladies below (published with her full permission) then have a think about whether you might also be interested in her SAFE inquiry.

“I am one of those supposedly quiet unassuming “ladies” who wouldn’t let butter melt in her mouth – or so it may seem to those who meet me. I have a little secret though – I have an alter ego in the bedroom and reading 50 Shades of Grey has just lit that little fire again!

It is true what they say about the book by EL James – it isn’t a runaway success for nothing!

I am a woman who wants to experience more than just “vanilla” in the bedroom. I am nervous about all the “trappings” of the type of bondage etc used. I do think though that if Boudoir Fusion Photography can accommodate my fantasy, without the need for “Safewords” and just through photography and a little glass of bubbly to help me feel a little more relaxed, it will help me to express my bedroom preferences to my partner. Without the need for me to go into the sometimes embarrassing detail . I think it might also just reignite our passion for each other and find the fun again in our relationship – SAFELY! Who knows where it might lead!

I would love to capture some of the images from the book – but with ME as the character – what a surprise that would be for my partner.

So Boudoir Fusion – what can you do to help me have fun and stay safe?”

This client was obviously shy and embarrassed so we had asked her to mail us the sections of the book that she was interested in “re-enacting” for the shoot.

We have done a number of erotic shoots for some of our clients that we would not post on Facebook or on our website, there is a gallery that is password protected within our website which is only available to clients that have paid a deposit, obviously all the images used would be done so with permission.  This area has been created to give you a few ideas for your shoot.