Marlen James is a boudoir and portrait photographer from Toronto. She indulges her addiction of lingerie and shoes by taking pictures of them. Wait…that sounded better in my head. Talking in the third person is fun. She is a pro at making people feel comfortable, is a decent make up artist but an awesome photoshoper and photographer.
Now boudoir photography has turned into a fashion statement. We are surrounded by sexy images everywhere. Maxim, Cosmo, Miss America (that was some puffy hair) and others really put “it” out there. Women have become more comfortable with their sexuality, and they are owning it.
With that in mind, here’s a little bit about what to expect–
It will take some time to warm up and relax. The first shots are always awkward. The photographer will guide you and look for a way to highlight your assets. It is in their best interest to make you look gorgeous. Take advantage if they offer a make up artist. Most studios have one on hand. Fake eyelashes will take that sultry look to the next level.
The job of the boudoir photographer is to help you feel comfortable, silly and unguarded. Only then can the sexy bubble out.
The most important thing is to get a sense of their personality. Read their blog, their whole site, check out their facebook and twitter. Ask yourself, “Would I be friends with this person?” That is where comfort comes in. Work wise, does she/he have a studio? Would you prefer a location?
Lastly, look for a photographer that specializes in boudoir. After all, would you want a pet photographer to capture you in your underwear? In addition, there are several types of boudoir. They range form the artistic nude, to 50’s style pin up, to the most natural “getting ready” boudoir. Make sure the photographer has worked with the style you want.
In the colors area it is best to stay close to the neutrals – black, white, beige, red and hot pink. They flatter most skin tones. Stay away from blue. On light skinned people it gives a “smurf” tinge, and it makes darker skin look grayer…but baby blue looks great on blonds. Also make sure your lingerie fits you. There is sexy spillage and then there is bulge. Stay on the comfort side.
Items to bring include corsets, baby dolls, boy shorts, lacy underwear, tight highs and garters, a camisole, button shirt (yours or your man’s),and, if you have a sports fan, bring the jersey…just wear your sexiest pair of nickers underneath. As far as shoes…the newer the better, sometimes the soles are in the picture.
So…go shopping for an outfit. Get the manicure and pedicure. Treat yourself to some lingerie, shoes and a boudoir photo session. It is worth it!
*All photos by Marlen James