Today’s session is all about light. The physical light needed for photography, but also the light that comes from a beautiful soul. Carolin from Carito Photography had so many wonderful thoughts to share that we decided to post her Q+A in full, hoping that you’ll be as inspired by her insights into boudoir as we have been. Enjoy!
What inspired this boudoir session?
This session was very much inspired by the light in my apartment. It's a rather small one room apartment in not the greatest part of town, but the light makes up for everything it's lacking. In short, I fell in love with its light. So light was naturally what this session was about. I wanted it to be simple and natural. I wanted to take my time, I wanted to make the best out of (barely) nothing.
By nature I am a very organised person who loves a clean style, simplicity and lines... which results in a barely furnished apartment. For the session, I wanted to combine and contrast the clean, simple surroundings with the exotic looks of Ponny and the fine, delicate garments she was wearing. Ponny, with her exotic looks, her lean dancer's body and her impeccable style was the perfect match for this session. She provided everything the surroundings were lacking: contrast, emotion and an air of luxury.
So after a slow breakfast with croissants, homemade smoothie and rose lassi we started shooting. We spent a couple of playful hours together laughing, photographing, having tea and listening to our favourite songs. It was like two friends meeting even though we have never met before. It was the way I love my boudoir sessions: calm, sensual and cozy, with a lot of time to play.
What was the most memorable moment from your shoot?
Ponny and I met for breakfast at my place before we started shooting. So naturally there was a lot of talk and laughter going on. But after a short while we were working so well with each other that words were barely necessary. No posing, no reassurance needed. We had that connection that I hope you can see in the images.
Tell us why the shoot took place in this location?
It was a cold morning so shooting outside was not an option. It was the easiest and closest option we had - and we made use of it. Photography and especially boudoir photography is a lot about trust. Letting my models into my home and into my life (and sharing my mum's strawberry jam with them) embodies this trust. I feel I have to give a little and open up some otherwise closed off parts of my life before I can expect anyone to trust me enough to take their boudoir portraits.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
I want to empower women. I want them to see and experience their own beauty and sensuality. And I want to make this a fun and relaxed experience. For that reason I like to take my time. I often have breakfast before moving slowly and casually on to taking photographs. I tell them about myself, I get to know them. I bond. And for me that's the only way to create this sensuality and emotion that shows in the images and makes my clients treasure those images forever.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
I believe it's whether you photograph a body or a soul. The latter is way harder than the first, but way more rewarding for both the client and the photographer. And it will transpire in every image.
What advice would you give someone considering a boudoir session?
Just do it. Don't wait to lose those 5 kilos, to get your bonus to pay for a session or to become that better self you've been dreaming of. A good photographer will bring out all the traits you're proud of. You have nothing to lose. In the worst case you get some images that portray you the way you look and feel at this very moment in your life. In the best case they will turn into a lifelong treasure - something to show your husband, to your friends and your grandchildren.