In this blog I wanted to share a bit more of the behind-the-scenes that goes into making such excellent boudoir photographs. If you listen the commercials you see on TV then you can basically do my job with the new iPhone by setting it to “Portrait Mode.” But, if you try that, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
So much more goes into creating an excellent photograph, just clicking the button is pretty much the easy part. But that perfect photograph can only be created after hours of editing, and it really helps to know what you are doing before the picture is taken.
My boudoir Clients (and the rest of my Clients) are always shocked at the amount of equipment I bring in for an average shoot. For example, I usually bring at least: my softbox, backdrop(s), props, no less than four light stands, reflectors, clamps, my speedlight, multiple lenses, SD cards, chargers, extra batteries, extra bulbs, my camera (obviously), and usually at least one chocolate peppermint Luna Bar.
While a Client’s shoot may be anywhere between thirty minutes to two hours (on average) add an extra hour for me to set-up and breakdown all of my equipment.
If you’ve never had a professional photoshoot, I thought it’d be nice and informative to show you what goes on behind-the-scenes. All of the pictures below are unedited, and many of them are merely copied screen shots, all I wanted to do was give you an idea of the work that goes into before a photoshoot. Keep in mind that all of this pales in comparison to the work I do after the photoshoot making sure teeth are white, hair isn’t messy (or appropriately messy), and that the pictures I deliver to my Clients will be worth every penny.
Behind-the-scenes photo shoot for the beauty project
Makeup Artist preparing model for beauty project
Behind-the-scenes studio lighting for glamour photo shoot
Behind-the-scenes boudoir photoshoot with Boston model
Behind-the-scenes boudoir photo shoot
Like I said, clicking the button and making the shutter flash is the easy part. It’s the amount of work before and after that is why other professional photographers and I can justify charing what it costs to capture that perfect moment.