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Had a fantastic artistic nude photoshoot with a couple the other day.  Couples shoots are always fun but they can be a challenge. If the couple’s body types are not symmetrical the challenge is to make them look like they are. Sometimes I have to have the shorter one stand on something to get their bodies to blend together, or sometimes we have to change the pose to one that will blend them. I normally ask couples to bring in images (or send me links to images) that they feel they would like to recreate for themselves. We use their ideas as starting points and vary the poses to create a unique shot that is theirs and theirs alone. Variations on a theme is what I call it. Start with an idea or a concept and work the poses and lighting to get something that the clients feel they rocked it with.

Even with the challenges, most couples are great to work with and we always get some awesome shots. One couple, back a while ago, wanted black and white images that they could hang on the walls of their townhome. They were wonderful to work with and their bodies blended beautifully to create some awesome black-and-white images that looked fantastic printed on silver oxide.  The symmetry of their bodies and the connection these two had, made my job as a photographer very easy.  The prints came out FANTASTIC and they sent me a photo of how they have hung the images! When they have company over they proudly show the images off. 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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Pleasant Ecigs at Shem Creek, a new vape shop in Mount Pleasant, SC

We recently did a different kind of commercial photoshoot than we have done before.  A new ecig, vape shop business venture – Pleasant Ecigs at Shem Creek has opened up in Mt. Pleasant, SC, – serving the Mount Pleasant, Charleston area – and they asked me to do a product shoot for them.

Our studio is strictly a NO SMOKING zone, so this was interesting for us, and for our models, as they were able to be photographed looking as if they were smoking, BUT – NO SMOKE! Just a vapor that disappeared in seconds and didn’t leave that choking tobacco smoke smell behind!

What the models liked was the idea of being able to take those same e-cigs and use them in a boudoir or glamour nude photoshoot to recreate that old time photo look – when glamourous actors and actresses posed with cigarette in hand!

Pleasant Ecigs at Shem Creek left some of their products at our studio, so that we can now offer this look to our clients! Ask about it when you book your boudoir or glamour nude photo shoot!
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Casual Elegance Photography’s theme-based glamour photos make a great wedding gift for your groom!

If you’re looking for a fun and unique wedding gift for your groom, consider a theme based glamour or glamour nude photo session. In a theme based photo shoot you take a subject that has special meaning to the two of you – whether it be something you both enjoy doing together like cooking or hiking, or perhaps his profession – firefighter, construction worker – or maybe his favorite sport – and develop the shoot around it.

At Casual Elegance Photography we have done this many times. We’ve had brides of firefighters bring in the boots, coat, helmet, etc. and we’ve done glamour nude images of them with it. Another bride did a baking scene then send the image to her serviceman fiance, in the military overseas, along with a box of cookies. Another brought in her fiance’s prized football jersey and a football. The possibilities are endless.

We’ve done calendars and books for clients all based around a theme. We have even had a client do several different boudoir and art nude poses and we put them on playing cards for her husband since he is an avid card player. This was a very unique gift!

So if you want a very unique and personal groom’s gift, consider a theme based shoot at Casual Elegance Photography.

 

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Does Boudoir mean nude? Does Nude mean porn? Let’s dispel some of those common myths!

A lot of people don’t really know what Boudoir Photography is.  Boudoir does not necessarily mean that you are nude. You can wear clothing or lingerie, or you can be nude. It’s completely up to you.  Boudoir is a romantic and sensual style of photography.  The images are soft and sexy, and capture the essence of beauty and femininity.

There also is confusion about what Nude Photography is.  Some people think that the minute you use the word nude, you are talking about porn.  The word nude does not mean porn!  Tasteful artistic nudes, and glamour nudes can be a beautiful expression of sensuality, and a celebration of the human form.  The human body has long been a subject for artists of all kinds.  Painters, sculptors, photographers – they all love the human body!

At Casual Elegance Photography our sessions are a total collaborative effort between us and our clients.  Many of our clients meet with us before their session, and bring in photographs that they have seen and would like to re-create for themselves.  Our sessions are whatever you want them to be.  Read our testimonials on our website Casual Elegance Photography and you will see that our sessions are relaxed, fun, and empowering!  So when you’re ready to give it a try, give us a call!

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Getting married? Want a gift for the groom that will “knock his socks off”? Bridal Boudoir is something to consider.

“B-Pics” is the new name for Boudoir Photos. “BB Pics” should be the name for Bridal Boudoir in my opinion. It’s something special that brides can do as the gift for their groom.

We’ve done literally 100’s of Bridal Boudoir sessions in the past several years. And we know how to get the images that he will love. From mild to wild, we have shot images that have received great “reviews” by the new husband. Once client wrote “When he opened the box and saw the cover of the book he had no idea what he was going to see inside. But when he opened the book his jaw dropped and I wish I had been videoing him. He is in love with the book and the star of the book. What an great night it was. Thanks for all your help in making this a very special gift.”

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! We offer books, calendars, images to put in albums, or images on CD.

And remember, not only do we do B Pics, we do Head Shots, Commercial, Maternity, and Couples Nude Photography.

Visit Casual Elegance Photography® and view our different packages, check out our client reviews, and take a look at the quality of images we produce.

Casual Elegance Photography © 2007

Casual Elegance Photography © 2007

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Spring is one of our favorite times of year. In Atlanta it’s spectacular with everything in bloom – we never knew there were so many flowering trees and shrubs until we moved to GA!! It takes our breath away both literally and figuratively.

But spring is a time of renewal, rebirth, and new beginnings, which is what brings me to this short “Bellies” blog. One of our favorite photoshoots at Casual Elegance is the pregnancy photo. Expectant mothers (and fathers too!) have a glow that naturally illuminates their images. But beyond that glow, pregnancy photos have so much emotion wrapped up in them – love, hope, anticipation. Usually by the time women come in for their photos there is a serenity about them that transcends into the photograph with a beauty beyond words. I love being able to capture and preserve all of that emotion and beauty for them look back on for years to come.

We had a shoot scheduled for today, but it was just cancelled. The Mom-to-be is in labor at the hospital. The Dad-to-be is an officer so this was the only available day that everyone was free. Guess we cut it a little too close with the schedule this time. 🙂

As I said in another blog, don’t let this moment get away from you. Plan for a photoshoot while you are in your last couple of months. You’ll regret it if you don’t get photos of this special time in your life. At Casual ELegance Photography we want to capture the beauty and love that this special time brings.

Visit Casual Elegance Photography® and make an appointment today!

Three samples below. The last shot is a compilation of the first trimester and the last trimester.

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As I was preparing for my first shoot back a couple of months ago, I started thinking about the different venues of nudes that my clients ask for. That day was the Glamour Nude day (a Glamour Nude cycle). My first shoot was a bride who wanted to give her groom a special gift for their wedding. She brought her wedding dress and accessories and she did a “strip-tease” for the session. She ended up totally nude for the final shots.  She was loving it and said that he will be really excited when he receives the album.  She plans to present the album to her husband on their wedding night. It was a cool idea.  A slow tease as she undressed then posing nude, like in Playboy magazine.

My second shoot was a Glamour Nude session with a woman as a 10th anniversary present for her husband. After 10 years she said that she “finally got up the courage” to do a shoot for him. She was excited and nervous, but said that she wanted to break out of her comfort zone and do something totally different. He said he didn’t think she would go through with it.  But, she told him that if she does the shoot, then he has to do one for her!  I’m thinking that this will be an interesting deal.  🙂

This was a Glamour Nude cycle.  It went on for a few weeks.  It’s interesting, but shoots come in waves and cycles.  Several months ago it was the Art Nude cycle.  And back last summer, it was the couples nude cycle.  I can’t explain it, but different style shoots come in cycles.  The major ones are, Glamour Nude, Art Nude, Couples Nude, Erotic Nude, and Head Shots.  I’m sure it’s like this in many businesses, but in my little world it’s an interesting little twist.

At Casual Elegance Photography we never get tired of the variety of shoots we do. From head shots to Maternity to several styles of nudes! Every day it’s something different and that’s what makes my job interesting.  I love that I am selected to take these special images for clients.  I love that they trust me to capture the images for them.  I love what I do, and as they say “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”

Visit Casual Elegance Photography® and make an appointment today.  Don’t forget to check out our Quarterly Specials!!!

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