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There are many people who feel that artistic nudes need to be in black & white while there are others who say color is best. My opinion is that this is a personal choice and it’s totally subjective. But the guidelines that I go by when making my decision to make a photo black & white instead of color are:

1. What does the images say?  Is it more of a beauty style image or a purely artistic figure study?   If it has the elements of beauty then I typically like color better.  If it’s a true artistic nude then I go to my second criteria.

2.  Is there texture in the image?   My feeling is that texture lends itself to black & white where it’s not as important in color.  I like the look of the texture when there is contrast and shadows to highlight it.

3.  Is the image strong enough to stand on its own without the “eye candy” that color brings?  This is the final test in my mind.  If the image is strong / powerful enough, then black and white makes it richer and can give it more of an impact.  I guess in my mind, color softens an image where black & white makes it crisper.

Well that’s the way I evaluate an image for black & white vs. color.  It may not be correct for everyone, but I’ve used it for several years and I like the results.  🙂

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Over the past few months there has been an increase in the requests I’ve received for theme based photo sessions.  A them based session is one that follows a theme from beginning to end.  Sometimes referred to as Situational Glamour.   For instance, one we did back a while ago was a “cooking” theme.  It started out fully dressed – making cookies.  It proceeded to get “hotter and hotter” until the final images were nudes with flour, etc. all over the place and body.

We’ve done “construction” themes, “personal assistant” themes, “hot August night” themes, and “Bridal” themes to name a few.  The key to a successful shoot is to have a “storyboard” of the shoot ideas so we don’t forget anything and know exactly what needs to be done when.   The story board doesn’t have to be a work of art, just a guide to make sure the idea flows well.  We’ve had the subject bring a friend who helps with the shoot, or one of our makeup artists might help with it, but it always makes for an interesting shoot.   And now that our studio has a shower, it’s easier for the client to clean up after (especially when there is food involved).

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we are ready to bring your theme to life.  Give me a call or send me an email to get your session started.

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Yesterday I ended up painting a wall at my house and while I was doing it, I moved the bright light I was using to a different spot – pardon the pun, but I saw the light!   I’ve got an idea for lighting a nude using a single light source and reflecting light that will look awesome.  I’ll post the results after I finish a test shoot.  If it works out right it will be good for couples nude photography too!

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Just a few days left to take advantage of our special pricing for our Intimate Plus Photo Package Special.  Make your reservations today!

Details:

Each month I will be offering a special deal on one of our packages.   This month in celebration of the 4th month of the year we are offering our Intimate Plus Package for just $444.   That’s an additional $20 off the already discounted prince on our website.   This is one of our most popular packages and it can be customized to your specifications too.   The package can include Glamour Nudes, Boudoir, Artistic Nudes, Bridal Boudoir, or most any venue of photography you would like.  Couples Welcome.

THE INTIMATE PLUS Photography Package
Up to 2 hours session time (enough time for multiple changes), Makeup Artist Paint & Go Services**, 10 5×7 edited prints* priced at just $464 Now just $444 for the rest of April! A Special Gift for that special someone.

* Standard editing included.  Your choice of 10 5×7 Prints or 10 Edited Images on a CD.

** MUA P&G Services are for one person.

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The subject of Boudoir Photography raises the questions “What’s it all about?  Why do it?”.   Well, most of my clients are doing boudoir photographs for their loved one, but many do it for themselves.  I’ve heard many say that they have always wanted to give it a try, but  just never did.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the words “its now or never.”  But that phrase soon turns to “Wow, I should have done this sooner!”  When they decide to do Boudoir or Nude photos they’re nervous at first, but the nerves give way to the beauty that they see as we shoot.  My clients have told to me that seeing how beautiful they look has given them a much better self image.   Clients have said that the confidence they have in themselves has increased and that they are no longer as nervous of trying new things.  I feel like this is an adventure they’ve taken that produces two results – beautiful images and increased self esteem.

So, I guess the answers to the two questions posed at the beginning of this blog are:   It’s all about giving the one you love something that’s intimate, personal, and beautiful.   And they do it for love and a sense of self accomplishment and to share their most intimate self with the one they love.  I’m honored that they choose me to help them create these exceptional images.

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Each month I will be offering a special deal on one of our packages.   This month in celebration of the 4th month of the year we are offering our Intimate Plus Package for just $444.   That’s an additional $20 off the already discounted prince on our website.   This is one of our most popular packages and it can be customized to your specifications too.   The package can include Glamour Nudes, Boudoir, Artistic Nudes, Bridal Boudoir, or most any venue of photography you would like.  Couples Welcome.

THE INTIMATE PLUS Photography Package
Up to 2 hours session time (enough time for multiple changes), Makeup Artist Paint & Go Services**, 10 5×7 edited prints* priced at just $464 Now just $444 for the rest of April! A Special Gift for that special someone.

* Standard editing included.  Your choice of 5×7 Prints or Images on a CD.

** MUA P&G Services are for one person.

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Ruth and I went to the North Georgia Mountains today to get away and do some landscape photography.  It was a perfect day to go because the weather was warm but not hot.   The only drawback to this time of year is the pollen.  Driving up GA 400 it looked like fog in the air, but it was just pollen being kicked up by the cars.

I’d love to find a few outdoor locations where I could shoot nudes.  I love the contrast between the human body and the textures of nature.  And if the contrast is extreme and the textures are really excellent, I love the way the images look in Black & White.

Well, anyway, here is a shot from today.   (Fuji S3 Pro, Nikkor 18-70mm lens, 1/125, f5.6)

Amicalola Falls

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