Archive for May, 2010

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we offer several types of maternity photographs.  Our goal is to make sure that you get the style of photograph you want at this special time in your life!  Some of our clients prefer to be completely clothed for the entire shoot.  Others just want their belly exposed.  Still others want to celebrate their bodies and go completely nude. These styles can be accomplished with your own clothing, with lingerie (one client wore a skin tight black leotard type outfit and did more of a silhouette shot), or with a variety of fabrics that we have available in the studio.

Many clients prefer a partially nude type of pregnancy photograph and will wear sexy panties or other types of lingerie to partially cover themselves.  Still others prefer to shoot totally nude.  Through the use of draped fabrics and shadows it is possible for you to be completely naked, and have nothing showing in the photograph except your belly!

We love input from our clients so if you have a photograph that you have seen in a magazine or other publication, and you want to try to create something similar for yourself, by all means let us know!  We love to create variations on a theme.  Many clients come in ahead of time for a free, creative consult with Mark.  This is a great, relaxed way to go over your ideas, and to discuss the various styles of images we can create so that you have a definite “game plan” set up ahead of time for your photoshoot.

We do recommend that you don’t wait until the last minute to set up a session.  We’ve had clients who misjudged their due date and never made it to their appointment, and we had one who left her session and two hours later was in the hospital delivering her baby!


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It’s almost Monday and the start of a new week.  This week there is a great mix of shoots planned.  Last week had one that was outstanding, but this week there are a few that should be great!   I have 2 fine art nude sessions planned, a couples fine art nude session, and a “FUN” shoot where I will be using HO scale miniatures to create scenes on nude bodies.  I’ve practiced a few already but the ones I have in mind for this week may be “way outside the box”.  🙂

I also want to remind everyone of the questions you need to ask when you are looking for a photographer.  These are the basic questions that will help you KNOW who you are shooting with and hopefully help you decide on a photographer who can do the job in a professional manner.

1. Do you have insurance?
2. Are you a business/corporation and in which state?
3. Do you have a business license and collect sales tax?
4. When did you start your business?
5. Do you have a Website so I can see samples of your work?
6. Can I meet with you ahead of the shoot to meet you and see your studio?
7. Do you have a Makeup Artist available?
8. Can I bring someone to the shoot with me?
9. Will my photos be sold or used by you?
10. What forms of payment do you accept?
11. Do you have references?

I realize these are basic questions but in this business there are many “photographers” who don’t have insurance, don’t have a business license, don’t accept credit cards, and don’t even have a website other than Facebook or something like that.  At Casual Elegance Photography ® we take pride in the fact that we are a proud Georgia business and professional in everything we do.

WEBSITE <—-  Check out our website, read the testimonials, and view sample of our work.

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Had a wonderful shoot today with a model and great friend.   We had several ideas in mind when we started and ended up not using any of the original ideas.  We kinda played it by ear and did some crazy poses / ideas.

Although the shots were done just having fun, many turned into images that can be used on my site and hers.  Here are a couple of the images. I have several more to go through, but these popped as I was reviewing the shots.

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I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful couple last week.  They came in with ideas and asked me to put a spin on it to create beautiful images of them.  Couples Artistic Nudes are always pleasant to shoot because once the couple relaxes and connects their minds to the artistic forms, the whole process just flows nicely.   I’m always amazed to see the change from beginning to end.  It really helps that I shoot directly to the computer and we get a chance to see each shot as we shoot it.   I find that once the subject(s) see the beauty of the shots we are getting, it helps motivate them to do even better.

When you decide to do a couples nude shoot I suggest that you meet with the photographer ahead of time to discuss your ideas, see where you will be shooting, and most of all see how your personalities mesh.  I love to meet with my clients and show them around the studio.  Based on the ideas we discuss, it helps me prepare for the shoot.  For instance, if the couple is all over silhouettes then I can have a high key setup ready when they arrive.  But if they want both low key and high key I can prepare two shooting rooms – one with white and the other with black.  It’s nice to have the room to do this finally.

For all your photographic needs think Casual Elegance Photography ®.  The finest in Boudoir, Glamour, Maternity, Intimate, and Nude Photography.  Serving the Atlanta are since 2000.


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A few posts back I mentioned that while I was painting a wall an idea came to me about how to light a nude.  The whole concept came about because the light I was using was on the floor and, as I stood, I could see a shadow on the wall that looked interesting.  So I came up with a little different twist on it.  Below is the result of the idea.

My main light was placed to camera left almost 2 feet behind the model about waist high and aimed a slight bit forward.  A large reflector (silver) was placed to camera right and positioned close enough to light the back evenly with a slight hot spot at the hip area.  I shot the image from a lower angle to add the “stretch” that would normally occur in a shadow (like the one I saw on the wall).

I’m pleased with the final image.  It was shot in Black & White (m0n0chrome) using a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24 – 120MM VR Zoom Lens.  Since it was shot in the studio and the camera was set to 1/125 and f/14 at ISO 200.  I use ISO 200 most of the time since all my cameras are capable of that setting.  The Photoshop post processing was just a slight adjustment to Levels and the removal of a bruise on the hip.  I have to say, I love the D700’s monochrome setting.  It’s like shooting B&W film.   🙂



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