Boudoir Part 7: Use of Props

Ready for The Show

When we were studying The Art of Boudoir Photography we noticed that there are some common props that are used, like the acoustic guitar. The guitar is typically used to hide portions of the model to generate an “Implied Nude” shot. Here we tried something a bit different – we went Electric and Rock and Roll. One can imagine a lead guitarist walking onto a smokey stage, her “axe” ready for a great show, high heals and fish nets. Somewhat Eighties feel like Pat Benetar, don’t you think?

What is fascinating about this shot is that the female form follows the lines of the guitar in a very flattering way. Perhaps the designers at Ibanez had this in mind? We think it worked. As far as lighting goes, black backdrop, low lights, great music and as one can see from the reflections on the guitar, a huge gridded softbox. The grid (aside from adding complementary textures to our models fish nets) allows one to create soft lighting and yet it is very directed. Think about shooting a flash through 100 straws, very similar to a single Snoot but a lot more of them.

Please let us know what you think of this shot and thanks for visiting our humble blog!

6 responses

  1. Eric and Kathleen–this series has been really interesting. Not just the boudoir group, but the entire lighting series. I am very interested in learning more about this aspect of photography and have been quite interested in reading about the various ways you have set up these studio shoots. Thanks for letting us look “behind the scenes” as you explore this new avenues!

    November 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    • Thanks for you kind words and visit to our humble Photo Blog! We love to share what we have learned along our own road of discovery. Please feel free to send us any questions you may have – creative or technical! We are more than willing to help if we can!

      November 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

  2. I love the details you’ve shared with everyone Erik & Kathleen! Great work here, really informative.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  3. Looks really cool. I was wondering if you used a SB on this. Love the light these things put out.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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