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This is a blog I wrote over a year ago, but I felt that I need to re-post it because I have been receiving calls from potential clients who have had bad experiences when doing a boudoir session with another photographer in the past.  I told them that these are the things that they should ask right up front.  I know that this isn’t positively going to make sure that the photographer is the right one, but it will help with the short  list.  I’ve sent them this list of questions to help them get started.

I received a call from a potential client back a while ago and I was actually very delighted that she had such a good list of questions for me before she would hire a photographer – especially one that was going to take intimate photos for her. She had done her homework and said that she wanted to be sure she was dealing with a professional and a real business. Here are some of the questions she asked and the answers I gave her.

1. Do you have a business license? (yes – in Sandy Springs where my studio is)
2. Are you a corporation and in which state? (yes – Mark L. Anderson, LLC – Georgia – DBA Casual Elegance Photography®)
3. Do you have insurance? (yes – liability and loss of property)
4. When did you start the business? (2000 – I have been specializing in Boudoir and Intimate photography since 2001. I don’t shoot weddings and have not just added Boudoir photography to my menu of services.  I take the business of Boudoir and Intimate Photography seriously and professionally.)
5. Do you have a Website? – she was referred by a friend (yes – casualelegancephotography.com and my email address is mark@casualelegancephotography.com)
6. Do you have a studio? Can I meet with you ahead of the shoot and see your studio? (yes I have a 15oo sq ft studio in a small quite business park – I encourage that you come in ahead of time to discuss a shoot.  It’s always a good idea to see if you click with someone.  You can see examples of my work and we can go over ideas.)
7. Do you have a Makeup Artist? (yes – I utilize the services of several in the area but work closely with 3 – all licensed estheticians. They all believe in cleanliness and ensure their equipment and products are cleaned between uses. These Makeup Artists and I have worked together for over 10 years.)
8. Can I bring someone to the shoot with me? (YES – I highly encourage you to do that)
9. Will my photos be sold or used by you? ( NO! I do not use client images. If a client wants me to use an image I require them to sign an agreement for me to do so. I don’t even allow anyone other than the client to order prints or a CD)

Another few questions that should also be asked are:

1.  What forms of payment do you accept? (I accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash)

2.  Do you provide Prints or just photos on a CD?  (I can provide either or both.  I can also provide books, calendars, and canvas prints.)

3.  What are your hours of operation?  (I’m by appointment only and have appointment hours 7 days per week and on holidays)

She had a bunch more questions but they were related to the process, the shoot, and the timing. As I said, I was delighted that she was taking the task of hiring a photographer so seriously and I gladly answered her questions. It made me very happy that I had followed all the right steps to build my business correctly, and that Casual Elegance Photography® had all the right answers.

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This month we have our popular Intimate Photo Session on sale. The Intimate session comes with up to 2 hours in the studio, Makeup Artist Paint & Go Services, and 10 (normally 5) 5×7 Edited Prints or edited images on a CD with a usage release, for just $350 (that’s a $125 added value). You get 5 additional 5×7 prints or edited images on a CD for the same price as our standard Intimate Photo Package. To get this special pricing you must mention this Blog.

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we provide a professional and experienced photo environment where our clients can get the finest in Boudoir, Intimate, and Nude photos. We offer free consultations prior to the session (via phone, email, or in person) so that you get to know us and learn about the overall process. We use high tech equipment and processes to make the session interactive and informative. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional value, a pleasant experience, and photos that exceed your expectations.

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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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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!

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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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I know so many couples who have wanted nude pictures of themselves but wanted them to have a classic and classy look to them. They had tried taking their own photos with a camera on timer, but were not getting the classy results they wanted. The can’t ask their friends to take the photos either.

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we started offering this venue of services a few years back.  We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and “shooting” with many couples who have come to us from all over the country, and from all walks of life (you’d be surprised!). The sessions are always fun and every couple has enjoyed their photo shoot.  

None of the couples have wanted the exact same style, but all of them have been delighted with the results from their shoot because we personalize it to their requirements. We discuss the looks they want, the emotion they want in the images, and how the lighting will look. Then we plan the shots to get the most out of the session.

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