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Well I learned something new (yes, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks). I learned that “B-Pics” is the new name for Boudoir Photos. I read it in a forum about brides doing b-pics as the gift for their groom. Okay, this makes perfect sense in today’s “text messaging” world but I had never heard of it before. It’s amazing the number of shortened versions of words and phrases that have come into our lives as we have had to make it easier to text message and Instant Message people. I actually read an article that said that a college student used many of them in an application for employment. 🙂

So, whether or not you call them B Pics, Boudoir Photos, Intimate Images, or something else, Casual Elegance Photography® is the professional studio that can get the images for you. We specialize in Boudoir, Glamour, and Art Nude photography and we can get the images you want!

And remember, not only do we do B Pics, we do HS, Comrcl, Mtrnty, and Mdl pics 2. 🙂

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We’ve been busy coming up with ideas for new sets for our nude photography. We’ve come up with one that we think will have a great look in images. We call it our “infinity bed” set. It’s easy to put up and take down (a plus when space is tight) and it adds a high key look to the images for both Black & White as well as Color. We’ll post a picture of it once we work with a model so we can use the image on our site. Check back often to see it when we post it. 🙂

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It’s something we still do a lot of – headshots. At Casual Elegance Photography we have earned a reputation in the Atlanta area for great headshots (models, corporate, personal, and acting). Check out our headshot specials…

HEADSHOTS (Personal, Corporate, Acting, Models)
$65 – Includes ½ hour session time and 2 portfolio ready images of your selection on a CD with a release to use the images and to have them printed. In addition we include web sized versions of the 2 images on the CD for you. Add $15 for on location within 10 miles. Additional portfolio ready images on CD are $35 per additional image. HAIR AND MAKEUP MUST BE DONE AND READY BEFORE THE SHOOT. ADDITIONAL TIME IS BILLED AT $50 PER 1/2 HOUR.

HEADSHOTS With Makeup Artist (Personal, Corporate, Acting, Models)
$199 – Includes 1 hour session time, Makeup Artist Paint & Go Services, and 2 portfolio ready images of your selection on a CD with a release to use the images and to have them printed. In addition we include web sized versions of the 2 images on the CD for you. Additional portfolio ready images on CD are $35 per additional image.

Here is a sample of an Actors Headshot we’ve done. (Actor Gregory Alan Williams)

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© Casual Elegance Photography

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WOW! WOW! WOW!  Just had a fantastic artistic nude photoshoot with a couple who wanted images that they could display on the walls of their brand new townhouse.  They were wonderful to work with and their bodies blended beautifully to create some awesome black-and-white images that will look fantastic printed on silver oxide.  The symmetry of their bodies and the connection these two had, made my job as a photographer very easy.  Can’t wait to see the prints when they come back from the lab! Unfortunately, you won’t see these pics on our site, because, as we have stated before, we never use clients photos on our site unless they request that we do so, and give written permission. The photos we take are for our clients personal use only. Want to see how fantastic a couples photoshoot can be? Call us and book a session – you won’t be disappointed!
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We’re getting ready to do a series of nude pinups similar to those that you see in the great pinup drawing books. Today and a few more times in the next week or so we are going out to look for props that will work well in the photos. In my opinion either the shot has got to have no props at all or the props have the be exactly what the overall shot needs. It takes a complete “feeling/mood” to get the best pinup shots.

Well, off to the antiques stores and “junk shops” to find more props. Now I may need an additional room just to keep the stuff in. A studio always grows beyond its capacity when I have anything to do with it… 🙂

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Just a reminder everyone! It’s now September and that means we have already launched our early participation in the PPA’s annual Family Portrait Month (Oct) benefiting Operation Smile ! We are loving this!!  We just started this week and already have done 5 shoots to benefit those beautiful and deserving children!  In case you missed our earlier blog on the subject, here is the info about how Casual Elegance Photography is participating:

Because we believe so strongly in the good work of the Operation Smile organization, during the PPA Charities Family Portrait campaign we are donating a percentage of every photo session we do in both September and October to Operation Smile – whether it be family portraits, maternity portraits, couples portraits, art nude, boudoir – you get the picture (no pun intended!)   And don’t forget! With every individual or family portrait session we do during the Family Portrait fundraiser, you will receive 2 free 8X10 photographs from your session.

We are offering our clients another way to help in this most worthwhile event! Bring us your receipt from Operation Smile showing that you made a $50 donation, and you will receive a free 30 minute individual or family portrait session in addition to the 2 free 8X10 prints!!

If you want to see the work that Operation Smile does, click on this link for a video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90gbkGw4NYE    Just $240 provides one child with a life changing surgery, thanks to the Operation Smile team.  So please help us to help them!

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Casual Elegance Photography Boudoir Basics

We’ve discussed many times what boudoir photography is all about, but just how do I, as a photographer get the images that impress the clients.

I feel that the most important element is the comfort of the client. Anyone can take a shot of a woman standing there in lingerie or sitting on a sofa wearing lingerie, but I’ve seen a lot of shots where she looked completely out of her comfort zone, so in my opinion, it made the shots fall flat.

Another very important factor is makeup. I always highly recommend that my boudoir and glamour nude clients have their makeup professionally done. The makeup artists Casual Elegance Photography uses are skilled in applying makeup specifically for our style of photoshoots. Makeup for photography is quite different than “everyday” makeup. But that’s a topic for another blog. Suffice it to say that how your makeup looks can make or break the photoshoot.

This brings me to the next most important part of the boudoir shoot. Sets. A beautiful set helps my clients to relax because the minute they see how the set pops up on the screen, and how gorgeous they look in it, it puts them at ease. We have thought about it at length and have purchased several different bedding sets as well as curtains, lamps, and screens to be able to build a set at a moment’s notice that will work with the clients attire. We also have accessories to add to those sets which come up beautifully in the shots and lend a “playboy” atmosphere to the photographs. We feel so strongly about the importance of the environment for a successful boudoir or glamour nude image, that we have built an entire room devoted to just that.

One of our commercial clients has even given us several varieties of new lingerie so that if something a client brings for their shoot just doesn’t give them the look they want, they aren’t stuck without any other alternatives. In later blogs we’ll discuss lighting, camera angles and other elements of a successful boudoir or glamour nude shoot.

Here is a sample of one of our sessions and one of our sets.

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Casual Elegance Photography © 2007

If you want beautiful boudoir, glamour nude or artistic nudes, visit our website and give us a call.
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