Top 10 Tips for [Hotel] Boudoir Sessions -Maryland Boudoir Photographer

  Top 10 Tips For [Hotel] Boudoir Sessions

If your own home is not boudoir worthy or easily available and a studio session is not your style, a hotel room is an obvious solution for your boudoir ambiance. Or is it? When you think of the rooms from hotels past, how beautiful were the rooms that you have stayed in? Take a moment to picture in your head the pattern of the comforter, the color of the carpet, or the generic pictures on the wall. Does luxury come to mind? Beauty? Do not lose hope yet. I have compiled a master list of my own top 10 tips for making your hotel photo shoot as gorgeous as you are.

blog 71.If you can aford to, pay for the best room that you can. If you are investing in a luxurious photo shoot you want the atmosphere to be the best that it can be. It is the back drop for your photos after all. In off-season months hotel room prices are lower.

blog 52. Cannot afford a four or five star room? Don’t be discouraged because there is plenty more you can do. Inns and Bed & Breakfasts often have beautiful and affordable options. Ask if they have discounts for using the room for just a few hours instead of a full day and night. Smaller businesses like Bed & Breakfasts are easier to negotiate prices with. In exchange for free advertizing on your photographer’s blog post they may consider a decent disocunt. It doesn’t hurt to ask.

3. If at all possible, look at photos of the rooms online or through a brochure before you decide so you will know what to expect and what you may alter when you arrive.

blog 44. Invest in looking your best. The location is important, but you darling are the centerpiece. If your session does not include a professional hair and make up artist then consider hiring one for the duration of the photo shoot or visit a salon. The way the location looks comes in second place to you so pick out various clothing otpions and langerie that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident. Trying new things is great, but if it makes you uncomfortable it will show in the photos so stick to what you know that works.

5. The atmosphere of a room may be easily altered. Remove ugly wall decorations during your session and replace them when you are done. Your may also bring in some decorations of your own such as a screen divider, a chair, or something beautiful from your own boudoir.


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The bed is a very important prop so do not neglect it. If the comforter leaves much to be desired bring in your own. The most simple way to change the look of a room is to cover the bed with a beautiful blanket and some gorgeous silky pillow cases. The bed may be one of your best back drops.

blog 17.Do not worry if you do not have the best blanket to bring along. Most hotel beds have white sheets and pillows. Simply remove the hideous top layers and use the classic white sheets like the movie star you wish you were, this is your photo-op after all.

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Props are important. Whether it is something big like a screen divider or a beautiful chair or small like a basketball or your man’s favorite tie, props add variety to your photo shoot and gives you new pose possibilities.

9.Use an empty wall as a backdrop or ask your photographer to bring in some back drops of her own. If the room is very small or not very pretty this will allow you to change the scenery and get a greater variety of images. They can be serious or playful. Different colored sheets and fabrics taped to the wall (with Painter’s tape) will do the trick just fine. Get creative!

blog 610. Lights, camera, action! Lighting drastically changes the look and mood of a photograph. Ask your photographer what lighting they plan to use. Window light, strobes, off-camera flashes, umbrellas, soft boxes, and beauty dishes all provide different looks. Suggest some of your favorite styles, but also trust your photographer when she comes up with some suggestions on the spot. She may see something you cannot see being on the other side of the camera. Variety is important. Also show your photographer examples of photos that you have seen and would like to use similar lighting, poses, or props.

Were these tips helpful? Tweet Lovely Lens and let me know as well as share tips of your own @LovelyLensPhoto #MyBoudoirTips. Any questions? I would be happy to answer them!

 

-Courtney

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Strike New Paths In 2013

Happy New Year! You know, I love looking back on past years. The way I have always done that is with photographs. Personal snap shots mean so much to me and that is what interested me in photography from the very beginning. I love photography as fine art, as photojournalism, but most of all as capturing life. I have always had this compulsion to record everything and every happy moment in words, videos, or still images.

2012 had many obstacles, but you don’t really see all of that when looking at a photograph. Sure, somewhere in that picture is a hint of something deeper or a connection to another memory, maybe even a darker one. A photograph is a high light of a moment so deeply personal that we have to keep it locked on paper. I believe we keep our most beloved thoughts on paper. They reflect what is important to us on a level that we cannot say.

This year had the most changes for me since moving to college. This year I graduated with my bachelors degree in fine arts with a specialization in photography:


1 I moved away from my beloved Cazenovia College and home in Connecticut to the mysterious and sometimes lonely Maryland. . . . .2 . . .  to be with the love of my life in Bel Air, MD about a half hour away from Baltimore. . . 3 4. . . and an hour away from Washington DC. 
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Being away from my family has been hard. And I do miss my friends. However, I have a lot going on for me here. There has not been a lack of adventure. 5576762_10151034253122269_2145980281_nMatthew and I are living together for the first time, and believe me, it is a learning process. I would have been disappointed if it wasn’t. I hope that we will always be learning more about one another for as long as we live. We have had the opportunity to do all these amazing things such as getting our first Christmas tree. I hope that for as long as I live I enjoy the small moments like those.

IMG_0032And with the year of 2013 I plan to keep growing as an individual, as a friend, and most definitely as a photographer. My New Year resolutions are not new, but continued goals that I carry with me through out the year such as learning French. My big goal this year is opening my own photography studio in Bel Air, MD. You will also be seeing more of me on the blogosphere. What is your big goal this year?
6“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”  -John D. Rockefeller