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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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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.

    Helmut Newton quote "the photographs don't arouse me"

    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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Kendra Sunderland – Henna Art Nude Shoot

Jahshua Photography-5075 1Kendra Sunderland, aka, “The Library Girl”, joined me in the studio for a special henna art session and photo shoot.  Later that evening, Kendra joined us for a special live edition of The Paul Duane Show. Check out video and photos from that night here. SUPER fun show!

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A very sexy number: 1.6180339887…

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.

 

 

Floofie, Seductress of Portland

Model: Floofie
Photos & Interview: Paul Duane

Floofie is one of Portland’s most beautiful women. During a recent trip to PDX, I had the good fortune of visiting Floofie at her home for an intimate photo shoot and interview. She’s not only a gorgeous model, but a gracious host, a forward thinker, and an absolute sweetheart.

Paul Duane: Where did the name “Floofie” come from?

Floofie: “Floofie” is an old high school nickname given to me by members of an IRC channel run by hackers (one of whom I briefly dated) who liked industrial and electronic music. They were dark, I was light and cheerful…go figure!
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PD: There are two kinds of people on this planet: those who know what the IRC is, and those who don’t. Were you a hacker, or did you just date them?

F: I was never good enough with computers to be a hacker, only good enough to cause trouble! I’ve dated a lot of computer geeks through the years.

PD: Describe what you are usually doing at 10:47am on a typical Tuesday.

F: At 10:47am Tuesday, I am most likely doing one of two things. That’s prime shooting time for those who don’t have 9-5’s so I’m often modeling. If I’m not modeling I’m surely doing Zumba, a dance fitness class I regularly attend to stay in shape!

PD: While we are speaking of time, describe what’s you are usually doing at 9:21pm on a typical saturday night.

F: I work at a theater, so a lot of my Saturday nights and spent showing people to their seats at the fanciest performing arts theaters in town. If I’m lucky enough to have the night off, I’m probably spending it snuggling with my boyfriend as we watch a spooky movie or TV show.

PD: When did you first realize that you wanted to model?

F: I can remember when I was a child I would often look at my mother’s issues of Redbook and think “I could do that!” But my first photoshoot was at 19, in a local park with my friend Adam Mills. And no, I wasn’t naked! But I liked it so much I had to join modelmayhem that very week and have been modeling ever since!

PD: Was there a model in particular that inspired you, or caught your imagination back then?

KD: No one in particular though I was aware of Coco Rocha not long after, she is an inspiration!

PD: Marilyn Monroe once said that “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best”. Is this true?

F: At this point in my life I’m emotionally stable enough to say that yes, if you can’t be there for me when I am down, you don’t deserve my love and affection. But when I was younger and moodier, I really don’t know if anyone could have “handled” me well, which is more of a dig on me than anyone else!DSC_3610

PD: The essence of sexy is ___________.

F: Sexy is all about confidence!!

PD: What is an example of something a guy does that demonstrates his confidence?

F: When a man can show me what he wants without awkwardness or mixed messages and he is upfront about his feelings–that’s sexy. Eyeliner doesn’t hurt.

PD: What’s it like to get naked in front of people you don’t know that well on photo shoots?

F: Taking off my clothes is second nature. Well, it’s literally nature! As long as I’m warm enough and the person I’m posing for is respectful, it’s no different from being clothed. I don’t really feel exposed, and its almost like there is a special kind of veil around me that comes from people drawing inspiration from my form.

PD: The difference between art and porn is….?

F: The difference between art and porn is context. It’s quite subjective, but I feel that anything created for the sole purpose of masturbation or sexual arousal in general is pornographic. If there is attention to craft and aesthetic I’d say it leans toward the art side. But again, it’s very subjective.

F: Probably David Bowie. The Ziggy Stardust years!

PD: Regrets suck. How do you avoid accumulating them?

F: I use my good sense and I’m generally a cautious person.

PD: One last question. Suppose you are given a microphone that could simultaneously address everyone in the world. With this microphone, everyone can understand you, and you can make 3 statements, what would you say?

F: 1. Education is the most important gift you can give to your children – including art!

2. Hatred of others is simply the refracted hatred of aspects of yourself. Stop hating yourself.

3. “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” Go make some love!

The photographs in this interview are part of a collection of artistic nude photos of Floofie. See more of her exclusively at Zivity.com, a social network for models, photographers, and fans.  For those who are curious, she is modeling Hue French Lace pantyhose. A more complete review of them can be found here. 

 

Ginarie gave us more

You’ve probably seen several of her images around the site in the past. There’s a reason for that – Ginarie is one of the best models I’ve worked with.  Obviously, she’s a stunning beauty with a killer sense of humor.  Aside from being  a lot of fun to hang around, she’s an artist herself. She has a unique ability to really understand what the photographer wants to see, and to make it happen. 

See the rest of Ginarie here.

Photographs by Paul Duane Photography. See more of his boudoir  work.

 

What’s your prurient interest?

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The man responsible for this whole mess, the greek god Eros.

Ever since humans started drawing stick figures on cave walls, the range of human emotion has been fair game for artistic expression: faith, hope, love, pride, prejudice, fear, loathing… except for one: the human prurient interest. I want you to look at a word for a second:

Eroticism.

How does that make you feel?  Does that word scare you? Is it slightly angular? Loaded? Hard to say in certain company?  Even just a little?  Is it a word you’d be willing to toss around at dinner with your mother? Even if it is – is it difficult for you to imagine that for many, this word doesn’t come out to play in mixed company very often?

…and yet it’s on all of our minds. Very, very, often. 

How odd is it that the human emotion that is responsible for all of existence, is enshrouded in so much shame? We have no shame about the gratuitous ending of life – uber violet video games are casually played on TV sets in millions of family rooms around the world.  Games in which dozens, if not hundreds and thousands of human deaths are depicted during the course of a round of play.  The strictest laws in our society deal with the premature ending of human life.  And yet – murder is rampant on prime time public TV airwaves. 

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Pornography.

“Porn” is a pejorative term that allows us to discuss works of art without actually admitting that we LIKE it ourselves.  How is it that the feeling that brings people together in ostensibly loving encounters, is shrouded in so much shame? Our culture has got this completely backwards.  Our cultural sensibilities remind me of a young adolescent that is too embarrassed to admit the facts of one’s 7th grade crush.  Just as this kid should be expected to grow up and someday speak of love interests matter of factly, we too, as a society, ought to learn to discuss our own purient interests without any shame.

Is this art, or porn?

“I shall not today attempt further to define [hardcore pornography] …But I know it when I see it”.  – Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio 378 U.S. 184 (1964), regarding possible obscenity in The Lovers.

Suppose you had a raging sexual fetish for cucumbers. I won’t get into WHY, but let’s just pretend the very sight of them gets you all hot and bothered. Would this make the weekly grocery store advertisements a pornographic publication, for those who so love the cucumber?

All things are relative.

I reject the notion that an image must be either “art” or “porn”. “Porn” and “obscenity” are evaluative terms based on the consensus of the contemporary society’s sensibilities. That being said, what was offensive in one era may be eventually accepted as commonplace in another.  One of my goals as an artist is to challenge that line between “art” and “porn”. The erotic can, and should be celebrated. We should take pride in the natural, beautiful drives and appetites that bring new life, that bond couples, that can even heal bodies, minds, and hearts.  Works that “appeal to the prurient interest” can have serious artistic merit.  Allowing the prurient and the profound to co exist is true evolution of the soul.

Check out some of my attempts to make art of erotica here.

Comedy. Period.

While I was at the comedy club tonight, I got a call from my former wife’s house.  I ran out and took the call; it was my 10 yr old daughter.  “Dad, can I talk to you about something for a second?”  She was clearly upset.

“You know we were talking about dreams the other day, and how sometimes dreams seem so real, you can’t tell if they really happened or not?”

“Sure”.

Her voice started to tremble and crack as she proceeded: “I had a dream last night and I think it might have been kind of inappropriate…   and I know I shouldn’t have done this, but

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Kate Middleton – hosiery trendsetter

kate-middleton-hosieryIt seems that Kate Middleton is rocking the hosiery lately – and fueling sales amongst high end hosiery companies.  Check out the following article on the recent boom trend:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2011197/Kate-Middleton-How-sparked-American-Tan-revival.html

And… another article about the lovely Kate:

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/kate-middleton-brings-back-pantyhose-bare-legs-are-so-2010-2510160

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/kate-middleton-style-sheer-pantyhose-comeback-14178713

If I were a betting man, I’d put money on this… all those women who say that they abhor pantyhose, in 12-24 months, will not be caught without them.