A few years ago I created a list of the most common mistakes I believe women make when preparing for a photo shoot…or when preparing to even consider the possibility of a Boudoir Session. I will breaking down all seven points into a series of blog posts aimed at shedding some of the fear that may surround the idea of experiencing a photo shoot of your very own.
1. MOST WOMEN ARE AFRAID THAT THEY WON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR BODIES
So just go ahead and cut yourself some slack on this one because unless you are a professional model or dancer, you are not going to know what to do with your body. This is the photographer’s job. She/he should know how to coach you through body movements, poses and facial expressions. You will be amazed by how easy it actually is when someone with experience is guiding you through the process.
In talking to women over the past decade of shooting Boudoir Photography, I’ve found that nothing strikes a chord of fear as the subject of posing. This is closely followed by wardrobe, but I’ll cover that in an upcoming post.
Look, I get it. But let’s face it, while some people do have a natural God given gracefulness and others do have experience in modeling, the majority of folks really don’t have a clue what to do with their bodies. Honestly, I believe that a lot of people spend so much time in their heads that they are often disconnected from their bodies. Therefore, the thought of getting in front of a camera in one’s skimpies on top of not having a clue what to do with one’s body can understandably feel terrifying.
But fear not, beauties! I have zero qualms with taking control and providing tons of direction during session. Truthfully, while I have trained myself through the ins and outs of posing, I seem to just have a natural inclination to see where and why body parts need to be placed just so. When choosing poses to create eye catching, beautiful imagery, I take many factors into consideration including wardrobe, body shape, skin tone, props, the available light, the final product and the overall feeling that my client wants to convey.
While I do encourage clients to scroll through Pinterest and look for poses that pique their interest and ultimately create excitement for their shoot, I am here to eliminate the stress of limb placement and facial expressions for the women I work with. And while some of my clients may feel like they are in a yoga class instead of a photo shoot at times, I know that everyone involved is wholeheartedly enjoying the process and that the final product will be absolutely ah-mazing. Every. Time.
Ready to face your fear and look into booking your own session? Let’s chat about it.