I’m in the middle of editing a recent boudoir session and I’ve got boudoir on the brain. So it’s time for another b-pic post!
I’m still waiting on the go-ahead to publish images from the awesome shoot with Miss S (I never use boudoir photos without permission) so I’m going to use a photo from Miss O’s boudoir session for this post. The topic: retouching!
Boudoir sessions are the same length as my typical portrait sessions but involve a whole bunch of unique elements. For the ladies, a boudoir session means getting used to posing in front of the camera in their skivvies… a new, different, and FUN experience. For me, a boudoir session means setting up my studio and lights, coordinating with hair and makeup artists, laying out the cool props and lingerie, making my guest(s) comfortable, and figuring out the best poses for each lady to express her hawtness. Then, after each session, I retouch each image to look just right.
For portraits shoots and weddings photography, I edit all images (for color, exposure, and ambiance) but I only retouch my favorites and any that are ordered for albums, canvasses, or enlarged prints. Complete session retouching is exclusive to my boudoir sessions. It gives those intimate images an extra-glamorous kick!
When I retouch an image, I remove blemishes, hide dark circles, smooth wrinkles, highlight eyes, and give skin tone a gorgeous luminance. I also rework the photo to bring out the best details and hide any distracting elements. It’s a really fun process, even though it takes a lot of time!
Here’s an example from the smoldering Miss O’s session:
The “before” photo is what the image looked like after minor adjustments for exposure, contrast, and color. The “after” photo has had filter effects (“actions”) applied in Photoshop and digital retouching.
I love doing retouching that’s subtle and natural (an extra challenge!). My goal is to give you retouching that you’ll only notice it if you look at the two images side-by-side: Retouching that makes you look like you, in your best light. Everyone gets a blemish now and then, or a poor night’s sleep, and I think everyone deserves not to be reminded of that fact when they look at their sexy boudoir photos.
So… yeah! That’s about it for the “retouching” FAQ. I’ll share other before & after images if you’re curious to see more.
And, in case you’re curious, every boudoir session results in between 40 and 60 retouched images, with a copy of each in black and white in color. (Getting two copies of each image is another special bonus for boudoir… other sessions result in a mix of both.) I upload all images to a private online gallery, where you can decide which you’d like to purchase as prints, in an album, or on a disc.
I’m hoping to complete a boudoir FAQ soon. What questions do you have that you’d like to see included?
Ladies! If you’d like to give your man the gift of boudoir for Valentines Day, be sure to book before January 20th.
All V-Day sessions include a free 5×5 framed photograph, perfect for his desk (if discreet!) or dresser drawer.