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Samira’s Boudoir Photoshoot

Samira’s Boudoir Photoshoot

Samira contacted me after I placed an advert on Facebook. She’s been a model from the age of seven years old and has taken part in many beauty competitions, including Miss Newcastle. At the time of the photoshoot she was twenty fours years old, she was looking to update her modelling portfolio.

She wanted to shoot contemporary fashion style portraits and also do a boudoir photoshoot. This was however, her first boudoir shoot. She wanted to add these to her portfolio, so that it could possibly open up new avenues for her modelling career. As a model, it’s important that you have the kind of work you are interested in posing for, in you portfolio. Potential clients want to see what you look like posing in that specific genre.

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Boudoir has also become increasingly popular with ladies wanting it as or special gift for their husbands or boyfriends. I’m also finding more and more ladies wanting to shoot this for themselves, as a personal reminder of their beauty and also as a means to explore the sexier side of their lives on their own terms.

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For Samira’s shoot, we had decided upon two fashion looks and two boudoir looks. Over a few days we discussed her wardrobe choices and I helped her with suggestions of my own. I asked her to choose outfits that would give her variety for her portfolio. Samira sent me cellphone photos of what she had decided to wear, this is always a plus because I can plan the set and poses around the outfit choices. Once we had all the logistics in place, I sent her my guide on how to prepare for a photoshoot. With Samira already having quite a bit of modelling experience, she was already aware of most of what the guide had in it.

I had also booked my trusty makeup artist Tarryn Venter for the photoshoot. I love Tarryn’s work and she really understands how to apply makeup for photography.

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While Tarryn worked her magic, I went to make final checks on the lighting and set. I walked into my little home studio, and to my horror, the entire backdrop had come of it’s mounting. I mean this thing was put in as a permanent fixture in my studio. I won’t lie, I was a little panicky at this stage, primarily because it was so close to shooting time. I quickly removed all the lighting and props. With the help of my sister, I dragged it put onto the lawn, trying to figure out how was I going to get this mounted again. The sleeve that was created for the crossbar to go through, had ripped from end to end. I tried gaffers tape, and that wasn’t working. My sister remembered this glue we had called No More Nails, so together we cut off the ripped part of the backdrop. We applied the glue together, gaffer taped it again and let it dry. Thankfully, neither Tarryn or Samira were aware of the pandemonium happening outside, they were still busy with hair and makeup.

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Once the backdrop had dried, I rolled it back onto the crossbar and re-mounted it. Believe me this thing is quite heavy, probably in the fifteen to twenty kilogram region. With my sister being to short, to hold this up, I had to climb the three step ladder, hold it up with one hand and screw it back into place with the other. Together we carefully rolled it out, and thankfully it held up. My sister helped to quickly put everything back in place. Just as we finished, I see Samira walking towards the studio. I never mentioned anything to her, I just led her onto the set and we began shooting. At the end of the day, this is what I’m being paid for, to be professional, and to make sure that when situations of this nature arise, I’m able to deal with it and make sure the photoshoot is a success.

Samira chose to shoot the fashion styled portraits first. She did this so that she could get used to my style of working and also to give herself time to prepare to pose in lingerie. Remember, this was her first time posing in lingerie, but she soon saw for herself that she was in a safe environment, and that I was very professional. This allowed her to relax and enjoy herself. I had chosen poses that would flatter her and her clothing choices. We shot a mixture of full and half length photographs for the fashion segment. For the boudoir section of the shoot, I shot mostly three quarter length and close-up shots of her face. Samira did not want any shots that were too revealing, so I chose poses that were in line with what she wanted. She wanted them to look sexy and classy. The poses showcased both her and the lingerie.

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We had originally decided on two sets of lingerie, but I came up with an idea for a third. I wanted to create something that showed movement, both in the clothing and in Samira. A week or two prior to the shoot, I went to a local fabric store and sourced material that I thought would work. My mum, bless her heart, was kind enough to help me sew this dress idea I had. It was made from long lengths of free flowing fabric. On the day of the shoot, I had Samira wear this dress with just a nice lacy bra on. I directed Samira into poses that looked “dance like”, made her laugh and smile like she was having a good time, being carefree and dancing. I shot a series of them that captured this movement and I must say, that whoever sees these photos, absolutely loves them.

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Once the photoshoot was finished, I immediately backed up her photos and began working on them. As a rule, I never show photos to a paying client while on the shoot. The reason for this is that I want to see their look of surprise and happiness, the very first time they see their photos. This was not different with Samira; when I called her in for her first viewing two weeks later, she was over them moon. Samira could not stop commenting on how amazing I made her look in the photos.

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I absolutely love getting reactions like this, because it makes both the client and I realise just how important finely crafted, professional photography is, and also what I do. Always entrust your memories to a photographer who has your best interests at heart, and is not just trying to make a sale by being cheap. The memories you create today in front of the camera, will only show their true worth a few years down the line. When you can’t go back to that specific time in your life, will you realise this. It is important to choose a photographer, that produces great results, which are more than just a capture of your likeness. It should capture your personality, loves, what you are passionate about, and most importantly, how you want to be photographed. Look at the quality of the work a photographer produces, when you are deciding who to work with. Compare his work to that of other photographers you are considering, then make your choice.

By the way, that backdrop has stayed mounted strong to this day….thanks sis….;)

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