I have been photographing weddings for over 25 years now and if there's one thing I know - the key to a beautiful image and the key to a sellable image is one in the same - flattery. You have to know how to position your subject so the highlights and the shadows hit them in the right places. You have to understand the anatomy and shape of your client, to showcase their best features and hide the flaws. For a woman, whether it's bridal or boudoir - your aim should remain the same. Flatter her figure.
Over the last few years, I have started photographing more and more boudoir sessions which in reality, are not much different from my bridal sessions. A bride is merely a woman in a white dress and if you're posing them correctly in your bridal images, you can take that same mentality to work a boudoir session.
In early January I held my 'Cantrell Couture Weddings' workshop in my studio here in Benicia and I had the opporutunity to photograph a beautiful woman by the name of Patty Herrera. Soon after the workshop ended, Patty booked me to photograph her wedding, engagement session and a boudoir package for her soon to be husband.
We had the boudoir session a couple days ago and I am so excited about these images. I have posted a couple of them here for you along with a couple from the wedding workshop to demonstrate that no matter what the occasion is, my aim is to flatter my client. As you can see from these sample images, whether it's boudoir or bridal, the poses are almost identical.
By the way, I will be teaching a two day Boudoir/ Fine Art Nude course with award winning photographer Scott Bourne, on June 12-13th in my amazing Benicia Studio. For details go to: http://www.aperturenatureworkshops.com/pics/boudoirworkshop.jpg