Boudoir Part 15 : Keep it Simple

Boudoir Photography does not have to be complicated with all sorts of staged shots, props or complications. Here we have a  very simple lighting set-up…. black backdrop and  only one single Softbox to create this dramatic image. Regarding gear, Nikon D90, 100mm Prime, radio triggers for the strobe and off camera flash. Always Manual on the Camera and shoot in RAW or as Nikon terms it, NEFF! This gives flexibility during Post Processing. JPG is OK for everyday shots but, each time you save it, info is lost forever!

For this shot, Kathleen asked if our wonderful Model, Jovis, could envision 1930’s Hollywood poses. She immediately got the vision that Kathleen had envisioned and we  had a spectacular session. Kathleen is so Masterful about posing! She brings out the best in everyone! Such a Gift!   Now a bit about Glamour!

Glamour originally was a magical-occult spell cast on somebody to make them believe that something or somebody was attractive (Crazy, eh?). In the late 19th century terminology a non magical item used to help create a more attractive appearance gradually became ‘a glamour’. Today, glamour is the impression of attraction or fascination that a particularly luxurious or elegant appearance creates, an impression which is better than the reality. Typically, a person, event, location, technology, or product such as a piece of clothing can be glamorous or add glamour.

Virginia Postrel says that for glamour to be successful nearly always requires spreezzatura – an appearance of effortlessness, and to appear distant – transcending the everyday, to be slightly mysterious and somewhat idealised, but not to the extent it is no longer possible to identify with the person. Glamorous things are neither opaque, hiding all, nor transparent showing everything, but translucent, favourably showing things.

This is how we wanted this shot, alluring, subtle and provocative! Thanks for visiting our humble Photoblog and if you have ANY questions or would like a Photo Session, just drop us an Email at

Kathleen and Erik


7 responses

  1. jaicatalano

    So true. Keep it simple. Great stuff.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

  2. This series is such a help…educational, and full of beautiful examples! I am devouring your knowledge.

    December 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  3. Which 100mm prime?

    January 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  4. Mads Johansen

    Is it the series E version? Or the nikkor 105mm f2.8

    January 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s