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10 Things I Want You To Know About Your Boudoir Photo Shoot

Boudoir photography is a fascinating realm. It’s fun, sexy, and sometimes you learn some new things about yourself. I’ve been doing boudoir photography for over ten years, and have learned a lot during that time.  Here are some things I want you to know as you prepare for your boudoir session:

  1. There are no perfect bodies – only smartly composed photographs of them.  I’ve seen them all. Even the ones that look like they will be “flawless”, aren’t, so let yourself off the hook. Please don’t compare yourself to other people – you have your own unique kind of beauty. Revel in that, because that’s what I’m going to want to photograph.
  2. The sexiest move you can make has to do with your eyes. No matter how much, or how little clothing you are wearing, your eyes are the star of the show in a photograph.  Resist the urge to hide your eyes with too much makeup,  excessive eye makeup gobbles up the light. If for some reason I feel like your eyes makeup needs accentuating, I can easily do that in photoshop. I cannot, however, remove eye makeup in photoshop.
  3. Speaking of things that are impossible to fix in photoshop: tan lines, sun burns, and botox overdoses. Do not do any of these things before your shoot. Seriously. If you end up catching some rays before your shoot, do it naked.
  4. Boudoir can mean a lot of things – from a cute flirty picture of you in a tank top and jeans, to a completely nude and erotic photograph.  It’s totally your call. We’ll talk about what kinds of photos and what your photographic boundaries are, a few days before the shoot, so that you and I both know exactly what to expect on the day of your shoot. This is essential to you being able to relax into the situation and really enjoy the process.
  5. We’ll have an honest talk about your strong points and your weak points. We’ll choose clothing, angles, and lighting that accentuate your best parts and downplay your weak points.
     black and white boudoir portrait SLC Utah
  6. I can add or subtract 20 lbs with the use of light and shadow, so waiting to do your shoot until you lose that last 10 lbs is totally pointless. Seize the day, my friend. Do it today or do it in 6 months after you’ve attained a major personal goal… “next month” is a pretty little lie you tell yourself, and it never actually happens.
  7. Do what you need to do in order to feel really sexy and sensual before, and during the shoot. Give yourself a spa day, take an extra long bath, hit the gym, meditate, spend some intimate time with your partner, have a glass of wine…whatever.  Know yourself and put yourself in your most sexy state of mind before your shoot. It will show. Your job is to relax into your sensuality, my job is to create a safe, fun, creative, professional atmosphere for that to happen.
  8. Boudoir photography is an investment in an experience you’ll be able to talk about – and show off – for the rest of your life.You should plan on spending between $500 – $1500.
  9. Look “normal” – though I can bring in a superb hair & makeup artist, I prefer for you to look like… YOU. Please resist the temptation to do something really different, or to try too hard with your hair & makeup, as well. When all is said and done, I want you too look at your photos and be able to say, “Good Lord, I didn’t realize how pretty I am on a regular basis!” rather than, “Sigh… this was the only day of my life that I actually ever looked like this”.
  10. I can photoshop things. Yes. If you break out with a zit, have a scar, or some other blemish that is bumming you out, I can make that go away very easily. Can I photoshop you to look more skinny? Please see #9

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My approach to photography is best summed up in the words of Dr Ferdinand Porsche (yes, the creator of the Porsche sports car):

“If you can create something time cannot erode, something which ignores the eccentricities of particular eras or moments, something truly timeless, this is the ultimate victory.”

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I DO

He said it like a man who had worked hard all day in the heat and was being offered a tall glass of perfectly chilled ice water.

She said it like a woman who knew exactly what she wanted and knew she deserved to have it.

“I do”

Over the course of my career, I’ve heard countless couples say the words, but I’ve never heard the two syllables said with more joyful certainty, solidarity and knowing, than Rachel and Jonny.

Beethoven once said,

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”

As an artist, there comes a point where unconditional dedication to the instrument opens up a world of secrets that only the wholly committed are permitted to enter. There are days when your fingers are sore, but you practice anyway. There are days when you feel like you are a worse player than you were last week and you wonder how you could suck so much… you practice anyway. There are days when practicing is easy and playful – you practice anyway, because you know it’s part of something vastly bigger than your disposition today and are honored to be part of it. In forcing your way into the secrets of your art, you learn things about yourself that you could never know otherwise. It becomes a mirror that creates a singularly unique vantage point to see yourself, your relationship to the world, and ultimately, The Divine.

As it goes in the practice hall, so it goes in marriage. We are all souls at various stages of development in the cosmic scheme of things. Nothing is for everyone, not even marriage. For some, however – I believe that the lifelong commitment of marriage can raise men – and women – to the Divine.

Chris Cornell (1964 – 2017)

The Seattle grunge scene of the 90’s was a huge, formative part of my teens and musical upbringing. Few voices are more symbolic of it than Chris Cornell’s. Nevertheless, I was never a big fan of Soundgarden… I was an Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam guy.

…and then, a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to photograph Chris Cornel during one of his solo tours.

That was a game changer for me. That man’s voice is the real deal. I now saw what millions of others had seen in him – a soulful voice with incredible range – both in octaves and emotions, packaged inside a frontman that was supremely cool – never too charismatic, always paying attention.

Last night Soundgarden played a show in Vegas. They changed up their encore song on the fly, opting to perform Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time Of Dying”.  For now I’ll call it Chris’s suicide note.

You will be missed, Mr. Cornell.

IN MY TIME OF DYING 

by Led Zeppelin

In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn
All I want for you to do is take my body home

Well, well, well, so I can die easy [X2]

Jesus, gonna make up my dyin’ bed.
Meet me, Jesus, meet me. Meet me in the middle of the air
If my wings should fail me, Lord. Please meet me with another pair

Well, well, well, so I can die easy [X2]

Jesus, gonna make up.. somebody, somebody…
Jesus gonna make up… Jesus gonna make you my dyin’ bed

Oh, Saint Peter, at the gates of heaven… Won’t you let me in
I never did no harm. I never did no wrong

Oh, Gabriel, let me blow your horn. Let me blow your horn
Oh, I never did, did no harm.

I’ve only been this young once. I never thought I’d do anybody no wrong
No, not once.

Oh, I did somebody some good. Somebody some good…
Oh, did somebody some good. I must have did somebody some good…
Oh, I believe I did

I see the smiling faces
I know I must have left some traces

And I see them in the streets
And I see them in the field
And I hear them shouting under my feet
And I know it’s got to be real
Oh, Lord, deliver me
All the wrong I’ve done
You can deliver me, Lord
I only wanted to have some fun.

Hear the angels marchin’, hear the’ marchin’, hear them marchin’,
hear them marchin’, the’ marchin’

Oh my Jesus… [repeat]

Oh, don’t you make it my dyin’, dyin’, dyin’…

My photos of Chris Cornell’s performance at The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. 25 April 2009:

 

TAUK in SLC

It’s the best of times to be a music fan.  I love Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist feature. Every week  (usually) I fall in love with a new band. My latest discovery is a band out of New York called TAUK.  If STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector Nine) and Porcupine Tree made funky love at a Phish concert, the baby would be named TAUK.   I had the opportunity to shoot their 24 March 2017 performance at The State Room in Salt Lake City, with support by Yak Attack from Portland.

Look, Listen & Like:

facebook.com/taukband

www.taukband.com/

youtube.com/user/Taukband

Twitter.com/taukband 

SoundCloud.com/tauk

 

Yak Attack in SLC

Portland’s Yak Attack played Salt Lake City on 24 March 2017 in support of TAUK.  Yak Attack is very RUSH-like in that they are a three piece that generates big sound – albeit more groovy and danceable than my dear, sweet, beloved RUSH.  They describe themselves as “Live-looping meets House meets Breakbeat meets Electro-funK meets Drum&Bass meets Trip Hop” ….and I’d say, if the music thing ever falls through, they should consider getting into the description writing business.

Look, Like & Listen:

yakattackmusic.com

facebook.com/YakAttackPDX

cdbaby.com/cd/yakattack

Rainbow and Rebel flags for Willy Marshall

In a zeitgeist of being politically correct, Willy Marshall is a rebel that’s hard to argue with.

Utah’s first openly gay mayor defends the rights of business owners to hire and fire HIM beause he’s gay. Freedom is that important to him.   I’ve interviewed plenty of people who say they love freedom, but this guy takes the cake.

Aside from that, Willy is just a hilarious, classic Corvette driving dude.  A brilliant embodiment of the “sacred clown” (what is that? read more about it here).

In keeping with Willy’s promise – if you are serious about running a campaign and want coaching on how to run for office, you can contact Willy Marshal here:  https://www.facebook.com/willy.marshall.7

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Social Media Management & Photography

Social media is where you and your clients meet in 2017.

It’s how they want to connect to you.

Doing it well requires time, expertise, great images, and storytelling skills.

BUT….

You are busy.

You’ve got a business to run.

Social media is just another piece of busy work.

AND YET – you know it’s got to be done, and done well.

There’s nothing like the feeling of having an Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook that you are PROUD to show off to clients, friends, and customers.

 

Consider it done!  I will :

  • Shoot your custom photos
  • Post them to your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Interact with your fans on your behalf
  • Set you free to do what you do best: RUN YOUR BUSINESS.
  • Give you a brag-worthy social media presence

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Tell me a few things about your business to see if social media management is right for you.

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I look forward to speaking with you more about taking your social media to the next level of excellence.