I miss SVSU's studio. The lighting equipment, the space, the backdrops, all of it. Recently, I was invited to a boudoir-style portrait session at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Saginaw, which was similar to the studio-style sessions I can't wait to get back to.
This session, hosted in a small hotel space, was far from an in-studio experience, though I enjoyed it all the same. While there were a few minor problems I had with the location, the overall results were very satisfying. The room we reserved was small, so we didn't have much space to work with. Additionally, the walls were a weird green, and the carpet looked like a strange animal print brown-black. The angles we had to work with were limited (we ended up coming back to one or two angles that managed to avoid both the carpet and the walls), but I'm extremely happy with the results!
This was one of the first boudoir sessions I've been a part of. Part of my preparation process involves appreciating the work of those who have been engaged with this type of photography before. So, after looking through Pinterest, tumblr, etc., I was provided with photos more documentary and explicitly sexual in nature. While that may seem obvious, to me, these types of photos fall flat; what's the purpose behind taking photos that wholeheartedly emphasize a dedication to figure while ignoring subtly? This subtly, found in a few select photos that I added to my Boudoir Mood Board ended up directing my focus. I wanted to create an intimacy between the models and the camera. Something softer, not as explicit in nature. I wanted to create a casual, almost-nostalgic intimacy, something more at ease that still embodies the celebration of figure that is present in the boudoir genre.