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You’ve heard of them, so now is the time to create one – for the one you love! We have the perfect gift idea, a 5×5 “Black Book” with boudoir images of you in it! Why not do something totally out of character and end up with a fantastic gift as well as a whole new good feeling about yourself. Our book sessions include Makeup Artist Paint & Go services, a 2 hour session, and 20 edited images in a 5×5, 8×8, or 10×10 photo book. Past clients have said that it was the best present that they have ever given and that it was received with great joy. 😉 And you can get a beautiful gift box with a 10×10 book to dress up the entire package. So plan ahead and make this holiday season very special!

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I read an article today that discussed one photographer’s view of Boudoir Photography. Their opinion is that Boudoir should NEVER contain any nudity and that it should only be slightly suggestive. The photographer went on to say that they specialized in Boudoir but they do not shoot any nudity. Unfortunately I don’t totally agree with the photographer because it’s my opinion that the client makes the decision as to what Boudoir is or isn’t to them. If a client wants nudity in the images it’s their decision. They know the person who the images are for much better than the photographer taking them. Even if the images are for no one but them self, they know what they want and how they want to the photos taken. At Casual Elegance Photography, I encourage my clients to share their thoughts and ideas so that I can get the images they want. Many bring in images that they have seen and liked so that we can work on something similar. It’s a good way to “see” inside their head. We usually get all the images that the client wanted to get and then a few more. By shooting directly to the computer and being able to see each shot on a 19″ monitor as we shoot, it makes the session a bit more interactive and helps both the client and me to know if we got the shot or not.

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Our artistic nudes sessions are what I like to think of as a celebration of the human form. Our bodies are a work of art – a wonderful expression of our humanity. Why not capture it in a beautiful way, something classic, classy, and artistic.

Many of my clients come in for a Boudoir session and after looking at some samples I have of Artistic Nudes, decide to “give it a try” and get some art nudes taken too. When they see their images come up on the in house monitor, they cannot believe how beautiful they look and how artistic the images are. Most of the time they are done with either one light or two so that the images present a good combination of shadows and highlights. Other times I use lights and reflectors to create additional depth or mood to the shots. But the key is that the images are works of art that have a look that celebrates the human form. I’ve had clients order gallery wrapped images as large as 24″x36″ to display over their bed. Other clients have had smaller ones framed in a series to display in their bath or bedroom. They see how beautiful they look and want display them.

Give us a call and make your appointment for shoot today. Casual Elegance Photography ® – Atlanta Boudoir and Atlanta Nude Photographer.

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This past week I did a photo shoot with a male client who wanted some classy classic artistic nudes that he could have framed (or wrapped) for his home. In the planning stages we discussed the several options for shots and he decided on creating images where we were recreating some well known sculptures. I’ve done this type of shoot before and even have a few of them on my site of models I have worked with. Since I don’t use client images (unless they sign a release to do so) I am sometimes limited in what I can show perspective clients so that they can get an idea of what the shots might look like.

We decided on 3 different poses that would give him the 3 prints that he wanted. All three will be turned into Black & White, and all three were shot on a black backdrop with the use of one or two lights. One of the poses was “The Thinker” by Rodin. Below is a sample of a model I shot back awhile ago in the same pose. The client’s pose was actually better in several ways because he had studied the pose before the shoot. I was amazed that we got the perfect image on the very first frame we shot! Pose, lighting, angle, exposure – all the photo gods were in sync and we got a fabulous shot!

Thinking of creating art? Contact me to discuss a shoot custom built for you. Casual Elegance Photography – Creating Art from Life!

Recreating "The Thinker"

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When I think of Glamour Nude Photography I think of Playboy style images. In my opinion, Playboy and its photographers are the masters of lighting. They use light to create depth, remove distractions, point the viewer to specific areas, and to create the whole dream.

At Casual Elegance Photography I use several of their lighting techniques, but I add my own twist to it. I love the soft rich sunset glow across the skin, the clean crisp lighting of the features, and the overall depth of small spot lights on the background. It adds a romantic and sexy flair to the shots and gives the viewer a sense of being in a very posh environment. I use several strobes to accomplish this effect which really differs from my one light technique that I use for artistic nudes. I would say that I like less lights for the most part, but when creating great GLamour Nudes, the more lights the better it seems. 🙂

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As I was preparing for my first shoot the other day I started thinking about the different venues of nudes that my clients ask for.  It was the Glamour Nude day (here is that cycle thing again).  My first shoot was a bride who wants 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 and plans to present the album to her husband on their wedding night. Sometimes it’s known as Bridal Boudoir and lately it’s known as B-Pics. I still consider it Glamour and Glamour Nude.

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.  But, she told him that if she does the shoot then he has to do one for her! It may sound strange, but this is happening more and more. I call it “Dude-oir” photography.

When I try to explain the differences in the types of “Glamour” photography I use the following as my guide (just my way of thinking).

Glamour – Basically beauty shots. Can be a head shot, or even a full shot. I think old Hollywood.
Glamour Nude – I think Playboy when I think of Glamour Nude.
Boudoir – These can be anything from fully clothed to fully nude. I usually think a little bit old Hollywood with a Playboy-ish flair to them. They can even blend into the Glamour category.
Art Nude – I think form, figure, lights and shadows, about the celebration of the human form, not about the face or glamour. Things you may see in sculpture or in an art gallery.  

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we never get tired of the variety of shoots we do.   From head shots to Maternity to commercial to art and glamour nudes!  Every day it’s something different and with different clients from all over the world.

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This is an older post but it’s a good one to repost as a reminder.

A phone call I received yesterday reminded me to write a little blurb about the timing of doing a photoshoot when you have a deadline in mind for needing your prints!  If you’re doing a boudoir, glamour, or artistic nude photoshoot as a gift for a certain occasion, be sure to schedule it with enough time to have your prints back.  We work with a small professional lab that works only with professional photographers.  They produce outstanding quality prints, and require about 8 to 10 business days to turn around a job, depending on job size. Planning ahead is always the best option, BUT if you have a last minute “lightbulb moment” about giving a gift of beautiful and romantic photographs to your special someone – have no fear – we can still make it happen!

In yesterday’s case, the request was for a boudoir, art nude session, with prints for a birthday gift – and the birthday is this Saturday!  Since there is no way to have the prints back by then, we’re doing the shoot today, and then I will edit the shots and have them on a CD to be given as a “teaser”, with the prints to follow in a few days. 

Over the years we have found that our clients are thrilled to discover that they have that option when they’ve waited a bit too long to schedule, or have come up with the idea at the last moment.   So if you are thinking of doing boudoir or nude photographs remember to call for an appointment with plenty of time to spare.

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