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The Classy Boudoir Concept

I believe classy boudoir is achieved with minimal environments and simple concepts. There is no need to require over-the-top lingerie or crazy mansions for backgrounds. Keeping a shoot small and intimate is a perfect way to capture a classy boudoir session.

For this TFP portrait session, I was very fortunate to work with MUA and model Pilar Del Carmen. She doubled as a make-up artist for all the onsite models, and, she blessed our cameras with her beautiful face and smile.

If you ask 5 photographers what is classy boudoir, you might get 5 different answers. To me, I wanted to create beautiful images with the models face as the focus, and her figure being secondary. I know that is not the point of boudoir shoots, but I am a portrait photographer at heart.

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Camera Gear and Equipment

For this special session, I utilized my Sony a7 full frame camera, with my Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4 lens. I can hear you now. A 35mm for a portrait shoot? Yes, I did it and I loved it. The 35mm is a wide lens, and I got distortion on some of my shots. The shoot was natural light, and 2 small LED lights on hand to help fill in shadows.

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What I learned from this shoot

The most important lesson I learned in this portrait session was communication and collaboration. You can get lost in poses and the look of your subject. I wanted to keep the style of photos in the classiest way possible.The collaboration between Pilar and I was great and I look forward to working with her again in the future on more fashion and portrait shoots.


About the Author:

My name is Jason, and I am a Sr. Creative Professional located in north Dallas, TX. I collaborate with creatives from all over the DFW and surrounding areas. This blog is dedicated to capturing some of these great model test shoots and collaborations, and I hope it helps you find inspiration for your own work.
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