Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam
Dec13

Portrait Wednesday: Boudoir Photography with Pam

With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who knows how many weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam show-ing her many, many...

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An Homage to E.J. Bellocq
Nov21

An Homage to E.J. Bellocq

This image and pose is a homage to the work of E.J. Bellocq, who was a photo-grapher in the Storyville district of New Orleans during the early twentieth century. It was my intention to produce an homage and not a slavish copy. This shot was made in my 11×15-foot home studio. I placed a Smith Victor FLC300 monolight fitted with 24×24-inch soft box that was placed at camera left. Fill was provided by another FLC300 with a 45-inch...

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How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2
Oct30

How I Approach a Glamour Session, Part 2

“The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.”—Helmut Newton When last we left our intrepid photographer, he had zeroed in his lighting and was getting ready to photograph his model, in this case the wonderful Bella Fire, who is also pretty, nice and has red hair. As I have written before, there are...

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Getting Started in Boudoir and Glamour Photography
Mar03

Getting Started in Boudoir and Glamour Photography

“When you think of lighting, try to forget if it is sun, incandescent, electronic flash or even candlelight. Instead consider the direction from which the sun hots the subject and how many sources are involved.”— Peter Gowland During this two-week run of portrait How did I get started in boudoir and glamour photography? It turns out that it was an indirect route and worth mentioning only because it might also describe you. When Mary...

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The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up
Feb03

The Importance of the Portrait Warm Up

The warm-up should gently prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.—from Importance of Warming Up before Sport As a younger photographer I attended a workshop on posing for portraits and it went something like this: The speaker, a...

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How to Find Glamour Models: Epilogue
Jan17

How to Find Glamour Models: Epilogue

“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second.”— Karl Lagerfeld Last year I wrote a six-part series called Finding Glamour Models that you can find using the blog’s search function but even after December’s “finale” I’m still getting questions for readers. Many models and photographer’s are involved in glamour photography as a hobby or as a way to increase their...

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Choosing a Camera for Boudoir Photography
Jan09

Choosing a Camera for Boudoir Photography

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”—Ernst Haas It may come as a surprise but I sincerely believe you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to make high quality glamour photographs. Of the three camera bodies that I use regularly only one purchased new. When a new digital camera is launched, lots of photographers who want...

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