It’s Monday my friends and it’s August and it’s time for another Photography Advice Worth Remembering. Today I have a special treat for you. I discovered her when a friend of mine supported her photo of two active duty moms breastfeeding their kids in their uniforms. As a military spouse I know what military families go through but I cannot imagine, I really cannot,what active duty moms go through. Military families deal with long hours, no regular schedule, several months of deployments of one of the parent, unplanned trips, stress, a lot of risk, and when you have a mom who does all that and then gets national attention for breastfeeding her kids in a uniform… then you have a strong woman. And she captured exactly that! Her name is Brynja Sigurdardottir and she is a portrait photographer but something else caught my attention: her boudoir shots! Her boudoir work is simply stunning so I asked her to share with us how she gets women to be so comfortable with her to allow her to capture them in such intimate poses and moments.Here’s Photography Advice Worth Remembering by Brynja Sigurdardottir:
How to get women to relax for a boudoir photo-session?
For a woman to feel relaxed and comfortable it is essential that you, the photographer, feel comfortable as well. Women have to feel safe to look beautiful and it’s your job as a photographer to make them feel amazing. What I do to distract them from the fact that I am taking their photos is that I keep changing their position and I keep them involved and active. That way she does not even have the time to feel insecure or wonder are her boobs OK, is her bra fine, is her cellulite showing, and so on.
Another thing to pay attention to is her face. Your job is to make sure your client’s face is relaxed. When we feel insecure and exposed we have a tendency to scrunch up out foreheads and that is definitely not the look I’m going for. I like to tell them to close their eyes… relax and open their eyes softly on the count of three… and I snap the photograph. This way I get that relaxed soft look in their eyes.
Finally, boudoir photography is more than just photography. It involves some psychology and understanding of how woman feels and thinks. You need to understand women with all their fears and wishes to get them to relax so you can snap those gorgeous photos.