Though boudoir photography has been around for decades, the style is evolving to a more implied avant-garde look, says photographer Carey Nash, who prefers to shoot boudoir in minimalistic settings using natural light. If the thought of a suggestive shoot gives you a nervous thrill, his tips will put any jitters to rest.
WHO’S THERE? While many of Nash’s clients are bridesto-be doing a shoot as a gift for their partner, a boudoir engagement session with Chris and Tifanie (shown) struck him as particularly powerful. The connecting changes the posing and experience. Watching the two complement each other is wonderful and natural. If you’re surprising your fianc© with the images, fly solo or bring one friend.
GIVE IT TIME Trust in the photographer, and allow yourself to commit to the process, recommends Nash. Unlike a wedding day where we have only one chance and limited time, with boudoir, we have the luxury to do it again, if needed. Most sessions are about four hours, allowing us the chance to go at our own pace, talk, rest, snack and use the space to its full potential.
YOU DO YOU Clients don’t have to be in Olympic form, assures Nash. Wear what makes you feel confident. I call my sessions Paris Sundays.’ Although there is lingerie on occasion, I recommend classic attire T-shirts, button-up shirts, booty-style underwear.
FOLLOW THE LEADER Nash often helps with poses or adds direction. I want everyone to look their best and work with the light. Often the clients get into a relaxed mood quickly, and I let them feel their way around the space and simply shoot as we move. GET SOME FRESH AIRWhile a bedroom or hotel room is the most common setting, don’t be afraid to take the session outside. Nash has booked two sessions that will be held in the mountains later this year.