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.
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel