Boudoir Photography Tips

September 19, 2014

Boudoir Photography Tips: Using Light to Tell Your Story

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” – Martin Luther King

When’s the last time you sat down and thought about the nature of light. As a photographer, it’s not necessarily your camera, but light that becomes your medium. If you want to see your work move to the next level, you need to start up a conversation with light, fall in love with it, and watch it work wonders for you.

Photographers use light like painters use color to tell a story. How you use light determines the tone and sets the stage for the image you are trying to create. Dark shadows express one idea, whereas bright tones and radiant highlights tell another. Never be afraid to get creative with the light you use, because that’s how you’ll differentiate yourself as a photographer.

You will learn that softer light lends itself to glamour, even light can work better and gives your clients that radiant skin they want. Editorial photography has dark contrasts, bigger lighting ratios and tends to be more seductive and alluring.

One of the best compliments you’ll ever get in the field is this: “you use light so well.” And the more you practice the more that will come.

In Boudoir Photography, light is so incredibly important. It sets the entire mood for the shoot. I’m a sucker for using natural light, because it illuminates my clients so radiantly. But now since I’ve been spending so much time at my new beautiful boudoir studio, L’Cherivye, I’m coming around to the beauty of studio lighting and telling stories with it. It’s a whole new look and feel and I’m lovin it. It’s just another playground for me to run around and create in and I’m so grateful.

Growing as a photographer has so much joy in it. I look at photos I took 10 years ago and it’s so amazing to see my work evolve and how it has changed with the seasons of my life. I can’t go a day with out art on my brain. Who I want be, what I want to create, how can I grow as an artist daily. Pushing yourself and your art daily is the best advice I can give.

The next time you plan a Boudoir shoot, I encourage you to think about how you use light to tell a story. This way, your subject becomes your canvas, and the light your paint.

I shot this lovely fancy fox’s wedding and she came back to me to shoot these photos for their 7 year anniversary. Wow,  I can’t believe how fast time flies. I am so thrilled that I was able to blow her husband away again with her beauty. Yes, her husbands a drummer, so this was ever so fitting. I always encourage my clients to bring in fun props to work with. It’s makes their shoot unique and to me that’s always one of the most important rules!

Thank you my Darling Christine for letting me post these and coming back to me after all these years to create memories with you again and again! And after all these years, just so you know, your wedding will always be one of my all time favorites! I will never forget the way that Joey looked at you when you were looking away and the overwhelming love I felt gushing out of both of your hearts. Your love is rare and I’m just so happy you two are still in love and growing strong. You’re an inspiration!

Happy Friday All!

XX

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