Boudoir on film is absolutely breathtaking. It evokes so many emotions, it resonates with the concept behind boudoir, and it celebrates imperfections! Rarely does a frame come back without some sort of "happy accident" that only adds more depth and meaning to the photograph. The grain, the soft focus, the colors... I could go on and on. Isn't this why we love boudoir photography? Every body has a quirk, an imperfection, and instead of being upset, we look at it and say "this is what make you, you". Let's take this and apply it to our lives in all areas, especially where it is hardest.
For all the prospective film shooters, we want to offer some advice. While you are practicing nailing the focus and metering and learning how to expose the way you like to, not necessarily how others said to, attend a workshop or create your own "model" shoot. Learn what it is that photographs best with the film colors, and find out which film stock is mostly you. Each film looks very different, and each lab processes differently, so taking the time to learn these things with little to no pressure from a paid client is crucial to making the jump to being a hybrid, or even full, film photographer.
We are so grateful that Michelle of Magnolia Adam's Photography sent us this session from the recent Amanda Watson Workshop. She shed some light on her journey through finding her style and the beauty of film.
Reflecting on this session, what were some of the most memorable moments?
I loved how comfortable the model was. I know part of the art of boudoir is making your client feel at ease and comfortable but it was nice this part was taken care of. The venue was all white. So normally, we would need to experiment with window lighting and metering but it was nice that we knew the white floors and walls would create a beautiful reflection on the model. I think as an artist it was really fun to get to imagine beautiful and flattering poses for the model and enjoy the shooting process. I believe it is important to learn to create for yourself and do work for yourself rather than a client.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
I love celebrating women and most of my clients are brides in their engagement season. It's celebrating a fun season before marriage and preparing by giving your spouse the perfect gift. I want women to feel incredibly beautiful and comfortable.
What challenges have you faced as an artist?
I think when I first started in photography, I struggled with finding my identity and style. Even now as I mentor other photographers I find that to be a chief concern. Rather than worry about it, I decided to just practice and shoot until I found myself drawn to one style or another. For me, that meant moving towards film. It's only been since I've been shooting film that I've felt my style and aesthetic perfectly captured.
Boudoir imagery is powerful. How do you see it positively impacting women?
I honestly think the biggest impact happens when you take the plunge and hire a photographer to capture your photos. I, myself, have had boudoir photos taken and the impact of taking them was greater than if I were to just look through photos. I would suggest girls sharing them with their friends honestly. It opens up authentic discussion and encourages women who may not otherwise choose to take them. It's easy as women to compare their bodies and even as photographers to compare their images, so I think it's important to remember you are created as a beautiful woman but it really is in the capturing and revealing of images that you can truly understand that.
Photography: Magnolia Adam's Photography // Workshop: Amanda Watson Workshops // Venue: The White Sparrow // Design: Lindsey Zamora // Attire: Girl & A Serious Dream // Florals: Poppy Lane Design // Hair & MU: Beauty & The Blush