Category Archives: Portraiture

Valentine’s Day Is Coming…Again

‘Tis that time of year again. The time when loving couples gleefully flaunt their…lovingness, and mush all over each other in private and public, just because they can.

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while now probably know I’m personally not a big fan of Valentine’s day (or many commercialized holidays for that matter). But, as I’ve mentioned before in other posts, a perfect gift for one’s significant other/spouse/partner/really really really good friend (*wink*), would be a portrait. It could be a formal portrait or something a little more intimate like a boudoir portrait.

Gasp! Boudoir!

Yes. Boudoir.

People have a lot of misconceptions about boudoir photography. People have a lot of misconceptions about a lot of things, but that’s beside the point. Boudoir photography isn’t something lewd or vulgar, it isn’t pornography (though some think it is), it’s a tasteful way for people to empower themselves and celebrate their own beauty (and maybe even get their significant other’s heart racing). With that being said, boudoir isn’t just for the skinny “model” types. It’s open to everyone of every shape, size, color, etc.

Another misconception about boudoir photography is that it’s just for the ladies. Well, it isn’t just for the ladies out there. It’s not just for a woman to give a pin up shot to the men in their lives. Men can get in on the fun too, for themselves and for their ladies or partners!

Boudoir photography can range from comical (lounging in a sexy pose wearing a big housecoat with fluffy slippers), to glamour (sexy dresses/outfits), to intimate (tasteful lingerie or even artistic nudes). It all depends on your personal preference and who/what your portrait is for.

Trust me, especially you men out there. The roses, chocolates, and stuffed animals are all fine and good, but something more thoughtful and personal will go a long way. Don’t be afraid to delve into the world of boudoir photography, you might find that you enjoy the liberating experience (and your significant other will enjoy the result just as much!)!

Until next time…




Post Production

Depending on who you ask, post production can either be a photographer/artist’s best friend or evil incarnate!

Photographers will tell you that the best thing to do is to get the image right at the time of capture so there will be little to no need for post production.  It’s a good rule to follow, especially for nature, wildlife, and portrait photography.  It’s good to be able to take photographs that have a true-to-life feel straight from the camera.

Sometimes however, even if you’re camera settings are spot on, the resulting photo might still need a little tweak in brightness, color, saturation, etc. before it’s satisfactory.

Of course this “get it right in camera” rule, like all rules, can be bent or even broken completely.  Sometimes heavy post production may actually be desired from the start of a project.  Several photographers out there just cringed at that, but let me explain.

Say, for example, you want to take your shot of that pretty sunset, that cool moonrise, or that neat portrait and turn it into something completely fantastical and artistic.  It’s still a good idea to strive for true-to-life images as a base (you never know when you might want or need that true-to-life image for something in the future) but Photoshop can be your friend when it comes to making art.

I’ll show you an example of this.  For a photographer, I’m not personally very photogenic (that and I’m my own worst critic!).  Like most photographers, I‘m more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.  So, after much deliberation, I took one of the best shots from a series of self portraits (with a shameless plug for my favorite musician, Celldweller!).

It came out alright, but I wanted to do something more to it.  I wanted to make it less life-like and more…well…artistic.  So, I engaged in some heavy post production, adjusting levels, color, and especially contrast.  I’ve been told by many people that my eyes are my best feature, so I wanted to showcase them by making them the only part of the image in color.

Art (and beauty) is always in the eye of the beholder.  It’s completely subjective.  The same is true for post production.  Whether or not to do post production and how much of it to do is a personal preference.  However, I do agree on one thing with the anti-post production team….Post production should always be a tool of photography, not a crutch.

Until next time…