Archive for June, 2014

It’s hot out so why not come into Casual Elegance Photography® and do a cool photo shoot? We specialize in Boudoir and Nude Photography in the Atlanta area. We’re not new to this business and have been providing boudoir and nude photo services for the past decade and more. We know how to get the images you want and the ones that will be loved by the recipient.

So why will this be a cool shoot? For many reasons… first, our studio has a great AC system (smile), but if you are doing nudes, you’ll be even cooler. 🙂 But the main reason this will be a cool shoot is because you’ll be doing some hot photos for the one you love (or even yourself). And you’ll have a fun time doing them. Take a moment to read our client reviews so you can get an idea of how others have felt about their shoot. And when you are finished reading, give us a call and make your appointment today.

In the month of July we will be having some summer specials that can’t be beat. When you call us ask about our summer specials – you’ll be glad you did.

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Artistic Nude

Our most popular Art Nude Pose

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Everyone can do something that helps their community. As a photographer I have 2 communities that I volunteer in. In the community where my studio is I take the police officer portraits at no charge and I volunteer many hours per month with the police department assisting officers. In the community that I live in I take the officer portraits at no charge and when they ask for volunteers I usually jump right in and help. I believe that it’s good to support the community in any way you can. There’s always something that needs to be done and could use volunteers. For instance, in August there’s National Night Out. It’s a great event and lots of fun. I’ll be volunteering in the community that I live in and helping the police distribute information throughout the evening. It’s not hard work, but it’s something that will help the city.

I enjoy doing these things and am always thinking of other ways to help. I’ve got several different photo projects in mind and hopefully will get them done this summer.

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I’d like to dispel some myths many people have about boudoir and nude photography. First Boudoir (bood wahr) is a French term that means a woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room.

  1. Boudoir does not necessarily mean nude. You can wear clothing or lingerie, or you can be nude. It’s up to you.
  2. Boudoir does not mean Porn. Boudoir is a romantic, sensual, and sexy type of photography but it’s not porn. The images capture the essence of beauty and femininity – soft and romantic.
  3. Nude does not mean Porn. Tasteful artistic and even glamour nude can be a beautiful expression of sensuality and is not porn. I’ve had clients have a enlargement made of their nude images and hang them in their homes. I’m sure if it were porn they wouldn’t do that.
  4. Boudoir photography can be simple or complex in nature. It’s up to you and your personal preferences. Anything from a typical bedroom scene to a totally plain background.
  5. Did I mention that Boudoir, Art Nude, and Glamour Nude are not Porn?

At Casual Elegance Photography® we believe that the human form is a beautiful piece of art in itself. Whether clothed or nude, we capture sensual, sexy, and romantic images that express the beauty that’s you. Contact Casual Elegance Photography® today for your Boudoir or Nude photosession.

And guys… contact Casual Elegance Photography® for a “Dude-oir” photosession! It’s something your loved will love forever!


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Today I’ll be doing portraits for a local Police Department. Last month I did the majority of their portraits, but the ones who were out and the new officers were not taken. Today is one of the several make-up days where I’ll get all the remaining officers.

Their portrait serves several purposes, but I like the fact that it’s a tribute to them and the service they perform. I’ve set up a special area to do these portraits so that it’s always ready and has a consistent look. A complete set of lights, a special backdrop, and an American flag are always ready for the photos. A small investment for something I believe is very important. I remember just recently seeing a photo of an officer killed in the line of duty on the news. It was basically a selfie taken on a cell phone. I suspect that the department didn’t have official portraits so they used what they had. That’s why I keep my prices at basically cost to be able to provide this service at a price that the departments can not afford to pass up.

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I’m doing an artistic nude shoot today with a client who wants to build artistic nude posters for her business. These will be body part focus shots that concentrate on the form and lines of certain parts of the body. The plan is to soft focus the shots and light them in a very dramatic manner. She as about 5 different focus points to shoot and I’ll probably take multiple angles and light changes for each focus point. It will be challenging, but I really feel that this will be an interesting shoot as well as a fun shoot to do.

Using body part focus creates a dramatic look as well as an artistic feel to the images. I’ve done hundreds of these type shoots before, but this will be unique since she will want them to be really artistic and enlarged to poster size.

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Some people call it re-touching, some call it balancing, but I call it edits. When I say edits, it includes balancing of the tones, levels, and contrast as well as removing blemishes and scars, etc. No, I don’t make the person into something they are not, but I provide the best image that could be if the makeup was perfect and they had just worked out at the gym. And lets not forget that these are Boudoir and Nude images that the client wants to show their ideal image in. You’re kidding yourself if you think that Playboy and the hollywood magazines don’t touch up the images. If fact, you would be taken back to see the comments that the editors put on the images before they are edited. I tell my clients that I want to make them look the way they feel about themselves. I typically do a quick edit on an image before they leave to 1) show them what can be done, and 2) to get a handle on what they like done to the images. I always keep in mind that this is THEIR shoot and I aim to please.

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Below is a shot that I put makeup on the model in Photoshop. Gotta love its capabilities.

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This week is scheduled to be a busy one. One of the shoots will be especially fun because I really enjoy artistic body parts shoots. The client wants to shoot some very artistic body parts shots to make into poster size art for her fitness studio. The ideas she sent me are going to be challenging to shoot but that’s what I like. We’ll get creative with the lighting and angles, and I’ll probably shoot a bunch of different shots of each pose so that we get just the right shots that she wants. My main camera is 36 megapixels so the ability to make these into poster size is there. The key will be to shoot in RAW (although it’s slow to transfer to the computer) and I’ll cable to the computer rather than wi-fi to it. I’ll use Lightroom to process the images and then Photoshop to edit them. This will be fun!!! Hopefully she’ll allow me to post one or two…

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