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

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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.
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  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

Click here to see more of my black and white photography, color photography, and boudoir photography.

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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Ginarie

Ginarie and I go back many years. My first muse and model, she’s been an invaluable creative partner over the years. She’s gorgeous, loves hosiery, and loves to share with you.

If you’d like to see more of Ginarie, you can see her nude sets at Zivity. Show her some love by giving her 5, 10, 20 votes!

Review: Angel 15 by Hosieree

I checked the mail and found a large envelope from one of my favorite hosiery retailers, Hosieree.com. Inside were a couple of pairs of their new seamless pantyhose. One pair for me, one for my model to show off in front of the camera. I love my job.

Europeans do it better. I don’t know what the deal is, but European hosiery mills just create nylons, tights, and pantyhose that look and feel vastly better than anything from American hosiery companies. Those of you who say you hate wearing hosiery owe it to yourself to try some of the better European brands. Here’s the kicker – they are often the same price as the garbage you are buying from American hosiery makers.  “Where can I buy these fine European nylons that you speak of?”, you ask?  Hosieree.com is my favorite, because they are based in the USA (New Jersey), and they ship very quickly.

Today we are reviewing one of Hosieree’s in-house styles, the Angel 15 seamless pantyhose. It’s a seamless style, which means that there are no seams in the panty portion. Normal tights have a seam that runs up the front and back and is joined in the crotch area with a cotton patch called the “gusset”. NONE of that exists on these. The same sheer, silky fabric of the leg just continues all the way up to the waist, every square inch, uninterrupted. It’s kind of crazy to look at them and wonder how in the world they knit these things. I have no clue. Magic, I suppose. The result is that they FEEL like magic.

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Wearing tip:  Go commando when you wear these. Wearing anything underneath them totally defeats the purpose of a pair of nylons that won’t create lines, and, they just feel really good on your skin.  I’d consider these low-rise, as they will sit pretty low on your hips. For those of you that are used to old school pantyhose that go half way up your rib cage, this is a completely different situation.  There is plenty of length in the leg. For those of you who are a bit taller or hate feeling your nylons sag in the crotch, you will love the Angel 15’s.

Construction features: They are billed as being 15 denier (denier refers to the thickness of the fabric, the higher the number, the thicker and more opaque it is). They feel more like a 12 denier, for what it’s worth.  Some hosiery feel slippery and shiny on your skin – these feel soft and have a more matte appearance. My model, Allison obviously is wearing a black pair.

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Ever seen a man wearing nylons and heels? Here you go. I’m wearing them in Daino, which is their slightly darker nude tone. I have very fair skin, and still these managed to disappear onto my legs, making them look more even toned and like I actually spend time in the sun.  They do have a seam in the toe, but no reinforcement, so if you want to wear open toed shoes, it’s possible – just tuck that seam away. Let’s be honest though. If you are going to wear hosiery, wear closed toe shoes. If you MUST wear open toed shoes, it’s not a hosiery day.

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Click here to get your Angel 15’s at Hosieree.com

All of these photographs are my work. If you’d like to book me for photography, click here.  Okay, a few more pictures of Allison. She’s just so pretty….

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Black And White Photography

The word photography means, “light (photo) writing (graphy)”. As in the world of words, the ability to convey large meanings with few words is the goal. A well crafted black and white photograph does just that. Every element of a photograph is vocabulary: every color, shade of grey, line, shape, negative space, composition, the darkness, the light. A great photograph will use these elements judiciously.

Sometimes color information is vital to telling the story. Sometimes color is superfluous language. Our eyes see color all day long, do we really need to see more of it? Photography, tell me something I don’t already know about a common place object or face. By peeling away the chatter of color, oftentimes, a great black and white photograph can do just that.

This is a collection of some black and white photography I’ve created over the course of my photography career. It’s not necessarily in chronological order. Some was shot on film, some digital. Come back again, I’ll regularly add to this collection.

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I am based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and am available for assignments nationwide.


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Color Photography

In the language of photography, every color is a word. Sometimes those words are not needed, as in the language of black and white photography.

Sometimes, color IS the language.  I like my colors big, bold, and flavorful.

 

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Booking and Contact: 

I am based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and am available for assignments nationwide.


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Confessions Of A Boudoir Photographer

For the past decade, I’ve been in the rather odd position of getting paid to have women get naked, or nearly so, in front of my camera. Some are for commercial clients such as hosiery companies. Some are everyday people who want to give sexy photos to someone special as a gift. Sometimes that special someone is themselves.  Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way about myself, people, and life:

  1. _DSC5635watermarkedThere are no perfect bodies. No matter how amazing you think someone looks on the street, those clothes hide some secrets. Everyone, no matter how seemingly perfect, has something that must be “dealt with” either in Photoshop, or in their own mind.
  2. I feel a lot of pressure:  Our society is saturated with images of perfection, and none of us are totally immune to it. I feel a huge responsibility to make my clients look amazing. It’s one thing to  make someone look kind of chubby when they are in their Christmas sweater… it’s another matter when they have put themselves in the most vulnerable spot imaginable: naked in front of a stranger holding a camera. One wrong angle, lighting pattern, or critique of a photo could leave someone worse than I found them. Of course, the opportunity exists to create something that really lifts them up and makes them feel more beautiful. Either way, the fewer clothes, the higher the stakes. It’s a painstaking process.
  3. Everyone wonders if there’s anything sexy happening off camera. The answer is no.
  4. Editorial portraiture is more interesting to me than sexy photos.  Yes, sexy is fun to shoot, absolutely… and expression is even more fun. 
  5. I don’t get hot and bothered over nudity anymore. I love the female form. It is poetic. Like  rock star on stage with a guitar and streaming lights, like the angular Teton Mountains, its curves and texture and mystery begs to be photographed. And sure, I used to be more easily amused when I was a younger man. Now, it’s just part of the job, just another body. There’s one caveat: To my lover, girlfriend or wife: when you share your nakedness with me, with intention, in the context of our love connection, your bare flesh fascinates and excites me endlessly. It’s all about the connection.

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    Helmut Newton quote “the photographs don’t arouse me”

  6. Sexy is a state of mind. It’s all about feeling gratitude for your physical being. It’s about reveling in your 5 senses. It’s about enjoying your sexual nature without any shame. If you don’t feel sexy, there’s nothing I’ll be able to do photographically to change your mind about that. Please, be nice to yourself. Love yourself. Learn to feel really good in your own skin.
  7. The Last 1o lbs are a lie part 1: Oh, how I wish I could have a dime for every person who has said, “As soon as I lose 10 more pounds, I’m in coming in for photos”.  It never happens. Also, it doesn’t matter because I can sculpt the light and add or subtract “20lbs” from you by moving the light just a few inches.
  8. The Last 1o lbs are a lie part 2: I’ll make this personal, tell me if you can relate. I have often created some kind of line in the sand, a “finish line” of sorts, that when I cross it, I’ll allow myself to be happy / worthy / sexy / whatever/. The line either constantly moves, or when I cross it I find that I’m not much happier than I was before, and create another one to chase after.  Happiness / sexiness / worthiness is something I can give myself permission to feel right now. Today. The second I place it out there in “tomorrow”, I’ve lost a small battle with my own shame. Give yourself permission to be amazing TODAY. You aren’t going to do it tomorrow. I promise. Do it today. Like, right now, while you are reading this.
  9. My mother and I don’t talk about my work.
  10. Being on set is pretty boring.  If you were a fly on the wall, this is what you would see and hear:“Ah, okay… you look gorgeous right there. I love the way your breasts look in that light…”
    [adjust a studio light]”How’s your boyfriend doing these days?”[click, click]
    “Stop! Okay. To the right a little…”
    [try a different f-stop or aperture setting]”Yeah? I bet Hawaii would be an amazing spot for your anniversary”[click]
    “Alright, you look constipated. Breathe a little..”
    [goddammit, my light trigger didn’t work…]
    “Step toward me 3 and a half inches. NO MORE. come, come, come. STOP! Too far… go back. okay, almost there…””Do you think you’ll end up having any kids someday?”
    [hoping we get this shot in before the sun goes down and kills this great window light]
    “Suck in… belly in…. suck ! SUCK IN! HOLD IT… okay… GOOD!”[click click click click]
    [hate having to tell women to suck in their belly even when they don’t seem to have one]”Yeah, I’ve got two daughters, 16 and 18, they are awesome…”
  11. Playboy used to be fun. Now it’s about the articles. And how to properly set up lighting for skin.  Those guys are masters.

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    Not my photo… this glorious capture of the lovely Pamela Anderson was featured in Playboy Magazine in 1994

  12. Being a straight guy is a liability from a marketing perspective. See point #3 again.
  13. I’m in it for the money.  Look. I love photography, but I love riding my motorcycle even more.  If the money is right, I can be talked off of my bike, and into the studio. Regarding boudoir –   I’m really good at it, I create a very comfortable and positive experience for you, and that’s worth a lot of money. Also. Motorcycles are expensive. 😎
  14. I’ve seen lives change because of boudoir photography. One in particular comes to mind. I’ll call her “Rachel”. She entered my studio a plain-jane athletic type on the tail end of a failing marriage. Months later, I met her again. She almost looked like a different person. She was radiant, dressed in sexy, classy feminine ways, carried herself differently, and most importantly, started commanding the respect of people around her. She left her abusive husband, her business started booming, and she attracted an amazing love into her life. She explained, “I didn’t know that I other people could see me like that until I saw it in your studio”. This will forever be one of the high points of my photography career.

No matter what style I’m shooting, my artistic standard is best summed up in the words of Dr. Ferry Porsche, designer of the iconic sports car by the same name:

“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.”

 

See more of my boudoir work, click the pretty picture below:

I am currently accepting new portrait commissions, and am available for travel nationwide. Contact me to discuss your photo shoot.

much love –
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Every great artist has his mark, some kind of trait that is uniquely his that shows up in all of his works…

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The fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal.

It has been said that our Creator’s artistic signature is the Golden Ratio, also known as the golden mean, the golden rectangle, or the Fibonacci Sequence. For those so inclined, you can read more about it here.  There are times, when I’m photographing a woman, that I feel like I’m seeing the face of God in  her form.  A woman is a sacred, mystical creature: she is the mother of all living. She is everything a man is not, she is the great mystery that we long to explore.

 

 

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Fine boudoir photography by Paul Duane. Taking inspiration from the great traditions of Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and the pantheon of Playboy photographers. Tasteful, artistic, uncompromising, daring, unashamed nude photography. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah ; available for travel nationwide.

 

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The fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal.

Boudoir photography can mean many things to different people. Ultimately it’s a celebration of the sensual. From flirty to brazen, we can create images that suit your tastes.

 

What people are saying:

“I recently gave my husband the book of boudoir photos you took. It went over really well, he loved it. Thank you so much for helping me put together a very memorable gift. Thanks again for all your help, and some amazing photos.”

– Cheryl, 26, Salt Lake City

“Wow! I am absolutely beaming with delight after viewing my beautiful proofs! I would love to keep them all. You have a keen eye, and do incredible work.”

– Cathy, 41, Park City

“Is it wrong to lust after pictures of one’s wife?”

– Morgan, husband of a client, 30, SLC

“Thank you for the wonderful shoot. You handled me so well and my husband was thrilled, although he wishes I would have been a little more naked. Maybe next time.”

– Beverly, 62, Bountiful

“Paul, it was a pleasure! I’m so happy that….

1. I met you
2. I got naked
3. we are friends
You are seriously one of the coolest cats I know… Thanks for everything.”

– Charlynn, 30, SLC

“Plain to beautiful..The layer between the outside & the inside. That is the eye you have for capturing the essence of beauty! I’ll be forever changed. Thank you for that.”

– Elizabeth, 48, St. George

“I saw [my boyfriend] this evening, on my way from Boston to New York. Guess what? He arranged an amazing present in my hotel room! He printed & framed 3 of your photos (the black & white ones from our shoot…. Whoa! Paul, I think he really likes me. :-)” (this client shared a few emails between she and her boyfriend regarding the photos, click here to see them. It’s an interesting read.)

– Sharon, 42, Boulder

Questions & Scheduling:

801 994 6960


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