Recently I had the chance to photograph two Boudoir sessions. I have been dying to start doing boudoir photography but hadn't had the option to start doing it. If I were to shoot boudoir I think it would be best shot out of my home or a studio. Since my home isn't fairly large and the lighting isn't fairly amazing, I have held off on doing this type of photography. I recently met another photographer. Who primarily shoots boudoir. She shoots from her home and has AMAZING lighting. She recently started doing boudoir hotel events. Where she books a hotel room and then as many sessions as she can possibly squeeze into the time that she has the room. I decided while I liked the concept I didn't like how much it would cost me, which meant I would have to charge more for my sessions in order to make a profit and I would like to remain affordable to my clients. So while I am not opposed to the hotel thing, I think I am going to keep looking at my options. So I was able to do two sessions recently at The Hotel Murano in Tacoma. I did a boudoir workshop with the photographers network I joined. I am so confident with my images and the lighting from my session that I actually have a session booked the first weekend in June. I am extremely excited about this! I am even considering doing a hotel event in the future. So for now, I am thinking about traveling to do in home boudoir and doing boudoir out of my home. I have lighting kit so it is doable. My daughter starts preschool this fall and will be gone from 9:30-12:30 so I will be able to book a session or maybe even two a day if anyone is interested in doing boudoir. Which leaves me to the why's of boudoir.
I know a lot of people who think boudoir is very controversial and dirty. For me boudoir is art and beautiful and fun. In fact I am so excited about this that I even have my own session booked. I think boudoir is a great way to make yourself feel good about how you look and feel. To get your hair and makeup done and feel pampered and to get dressed up and feel sexy and beautiful. Weather it's just for you or your spouse. It is the most amazing confidence booster, and makes a great gift for the one you love. I don't do boudoir because I am someone who likes exploiting peoples bodies, but because I like making other people feel more confident about there bodies.
I know a lot of photographers share there boudoir images on there websites, blogs, and Facebook. I also know a few who do not share any of that online and only share images with potential clients in person. I give my clients the options to have the images shared, and they get to pick which images are shared. Also we don't keep your session. So make sure that you make a backup of your session. I only keep the images from the clients that are okay with me sharing there images on social media and only the ones they tell me I can share. All other images get destroyed after you get your copies. So if you don't want your session shared at all then I make your disc and give it to you and then I delete all my copies.
So here are a few from my first sessions I hope you like them :) There will be more listed in the gallery I am only going to post a few here.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to take some wedding photographs for a couple. They were so much fun to work with and the photographs came out beautiful! I had a blast shooting at Gene Coulon Park in Renton. It is always such a beautiful location no matter the time of year. I love all the different areas you can shoot in. From woodland to beach, even with a little bit of a city/pike place feel (just not as busy depending on the time of day and the weather you may have) it was pretty quiet when we were there. Plus all the different colors, textures, and flowers. I was in pure heaven! Hope you enjoy the pics! Congratulations Kashari and Alex on your wedding!
Once again, Congratulations to the happy couple! May you be blessed with many years of happiness. :)
So remember a few weeks back when I posted my images from my fun filled double senior session shoot in the colorful graffiti garages off of antique row in Tacoma? Remember the push I made as a photographer to shoot in those garages because I had never done so and always wanted too, but was worried because they were going to paint over them? Well my friends it has happened. The urban setting is gone. I am so saddened to see such a historic Tacoma landmark wiped off the map like it never existed. I can only imagine it was due to many things. I hear there were parties going on in the garages late at night. During the day I saw people smoking from paraphernalia, in fact I even found some used paraphernalia of some kind in the garage while we were there shooting just left behind. Honestly, while painting over the graffiti may take the cool look factor away from the garage I don't think it will stop the parties or the drugs. So I find myself wondering why the rest of us are getting punished. It makes me sad that the people who can't follow the rules and want to do things they shouldn't have to ruin it for those of us who just liked looking at the garage or even perhaps painting in it? What will covering up this graffiti and it's outlet mean for the city of Tacoma? Will it mean more graffiti now to show up in other places it doesn't belong? I actually thought Tacoma was a fairly clean beautiful city and that because of the garage that the graffiti art was minimal in other areas of the city. Why? because it was in the garage. Now you have taken away the confinement. It won't surprise me if you start finding it throughout the city in protest to loosing the space. I am also curious to see how this will affect the Rebel Riot car show which is held on Antique Row every year, old cars line the streets and the garage, along with pin up girls and LOTS of photographers doing pin up sessions. It should make this years show very interesting not having that backdrop. So to all of you photographers who got to experience the garages feel blessed. For those of you who never did I hope this white surface doesn't last long. :( Those bright colored walls made me fall in love with my manual settings like I had never loved them before. I had found a new appreciation for what I did inside those walls. I hope they get to come back one day.
Crystal Spear is a local photographer from Enumclaw, Wa who specializes in natural light and outdoor photography. She loves photographing, weddings, couples, families, seniors, and much more!