Joe Rooney, a semi-pro who has been shooting art nudes for years now, does not always have the opportunity or the budget to shoot on location. But based on his experience in spicing up his studio shoots, he came up with a list of ideas for you – ideas that he actually put into practice! Get inspiration and actionable advice with tons of good ideas right here.Read More
I was aiming to create a candid, energetic series within a carefully designed lighting setup. The one and only true concept pillar here was: “Let the girl move and we will see how it turns out in the results achieved”. Energetic joy, movements, body act and genuine moments are the delightful series we shot. Get to explore the concept, lighting setup, posing approach and behind the scenes insights.Read More
Clamshell lighting is a common way to photograph a head shot and beauty close-up, often used in the fashion world. But now, for once, imagine to use this “fashion-inspired lighting” for a nude portraiture series… – that’s a most interesting genre mix. Get all the details on how to here.Read More
In Part 2 of this topic we are demonstrating how designs painted on the human form can morph into different shapes, depending on a model’s body and different poses performed. Heather Filipski (MUHA & stylist), Brittnie Stull (art nude model) and I were the team of choice for this experimental and sexy exploration. Follow us through the progress of 3 different sets, get styling details, tips and shooting specs.Read More
Beyond the fact of being an instructional tool, I have found that mirrors are an ideal central element in set design for a number of different themes. Having fun in mind, model Brittnie and I teamed up for an “undress rehearsal”, concentrating our styling efforts on panties, taking a walk on the wild side.Read More
Working with “Shadow Qualities” means to intentionally shape and sculpt a mood with shadow characteristics that create a distinct look. This is the basis for establishing the various imagery styles you need in order to present a rich and diversified portfolio. Get to explore how different looks and moods can be created by means of shadow design, and the application of specific light modifiers.Read More
I just installed a sweet micro-studio at home – it’s my new lab. The space is made for messing around: testing fresh shooting approaches and experimenting with new image looks that are paired with specific light settings, styling and work processes. Get to explore: Why & How, “Suffering” from Limitations, Lighting Gear & Studio Support, Test Shoot Results, and a lot of other impressions…Read More
Allen recently did a session at the beach with his model friend Brittnie and student Erik. It was a “rehearsal” shoot for an upcoming series of fashion nude photography featuring lingerie. For Erik, shooting with an IR-modified Canon 10D, the session was about photographing a model on location; and for Allen it was about exploring how light that we cannot see renders colors and textures.Read More
With the #MeToo movement gathering steam, we all have to be cognizant that models could interpret any questionable behavior in the worst possible light. So, it is more important than ever before to “Not be an Asshole.” Keep in mind that, to some extent, “perception is reality”! I wrote down my reflection, insights and recommendations for you. Please read and share your own experiences or thoughts about this hot topic with our community.Read More
Today we have more camera choices than ever before. But what makes “better photos” better? Is it megapixels? Sensor size? Advanced programs? Sure. I suppose all those things can help making better photos – depending on your definition of “better.” But the #1 thing missing from the list of things that definitely adds a lot for making better photos is… YOU!Read More
For creating different moods and specific atmospheres you can’t just use a bare flash bulb all day long. By physically modifying your light source with the use of (light) modifiers. you are able to control the shape and spread of light in your images. Get here a set of 3D-series demonstrating various characteristic of light and shadow casting.Read More
The concept of portraying women and snakes together is as old as recorded human history. For this more contemporary shoot, Allen was able to engage the sensuous art nude model Tiffany Helms and her co-model, Galadriel, the albino Burmese python, controlled by professional handler Erik. You get to explore: Shooting Concept, Safety Considerations, Shooting Report, 4 Looks with a Snake.Read More
On location, the first step is to evaluate the ambient light. And then you apply a suitable strategy to balance natural and artificial light that creates the desired look. In the article you‘ll learn about Stephen Wong’s approach and his recommendations on seeing and using natural light, posing & direction of light, using shade, using fill light, overpowering the sun, and more.Read More
Stephen Wong and Dan Hostettler created a hands-on Docutorial, showcasing their experience on how to shoot lean, quickly, effectively, being versatile, staying on budget, and achieve superb results all at the same time. SWP proudly present some first video insights, concept outline, production BTS and results from 6 sets.Read More
Using a “Keyword First” approach influences conceptual aspects way before picking up the camera. It is very simple yet extremely powerful. Apply 2-3 coherent keywords for a series and you have laid the groundwork. Plus it allows for an effective communication with your team. Explore Dan’s method and 40 different concept briefs!Read More
When talking about “Boudoir”, there are always the same (important) questions coming up immediately: Isn’t “Boudoir” just a marketing term? What is “Boudoir Photography” anyway? Male photographers shooting Boudoir?!? How to start out the simple way, meaning low-cost?… – I got you covered. Let’s start with the very basics in today’s article.Read More
In this installement I will explore together with you Body Painting as a form of creative expression. A key success factor for a venture such as this is…patience. But you will see that it’s totally worth the wait! Model Oli went through a series of dance moves and presented a veritable kaleidoscope by twisting and posing her body in a variety of positions.Read More
When we think about rules of composition in Sexy Women Photography, there are a few things that are always talked about like the “Rule of Thirds” for composition or “C/S/I” Curves in model posing. But almost nobody talks about the power of the triangle in photo composition. My purpose here is to call your attention to a powerful visual concept that is known to artistic composition generally, but which doesn’t seem to get talked about nearly as much as it merits in sexy women photography.Read More
Sometimes it is necessary for me to setup a little test shoot, be it to experiment with a new shooting concept or because I’m having a new model on my list. With Nici Dee, I found a new jewel for my list! I selected her to be the talent for my upcoming webinar „Contemporary Portraiture“ but I had to make sure that she is the one I was looking for.Read More
Hair is one of the main attractions a subject offers. From a practical, photographic standpoint, (long) hair is a fantastic “accessory” that endlessly helps you with storytelling, forming messages, and supporting moods. Learn how to use hair as a tool. Dan prepared for you his insights, recommendations and sample photos.Read More
After shooting with studio flashes, speedlights and available natural light, I decided to try a new lighting-gear-field: shooting with LEDs. ‘Portrait Nudes’ as a SWP-style concept, a genuine woman in front of the lens, and some spontaneous ideas on the set: That is all it takes to create alluring pieces of work for your aspiring portfolio. Shot with inexpensive lighting gear.Read More
Probably you have noticed a phenomenon lately: “models turned photographers”. Large photography mainstream sites are pushing this topic to fuel the discussion about the state of photography. Is this news-worthy? Well, important enough for JimmyD to share his thoughts and insights about this topic.Read More
Nude body styling is applied to evoke a mood or promote a lifestyle; the techniques can be simple or complex, fanciful or moody. In this article, Part 1, we are demonstrating some fundamental concepts. Follow us through the progress of 4 different sets, get styling details, tips and some shooting specs.Read More
Allen teamed up with the wonderful model Keira Grant and wardrobe stylist Caroline Langdon to explore a retro appearance from the 1920ies. The team created a convincingly authentic setting. Enjoy every bit of Allen’s meticulously implemented showcase, follow a very comprehensive analysis, and his personal insights.Read More
Australia is around the corner and my schedule Down Under is fully stuffed because I will produce tons of valuable insights and knowledge for you in Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, Canberra, and Brisbane! In today’s video I will talk more about my trip and you get my full travel schedule.Read More
Throwback episode featuring Marketa Belonoha and my bad lighting design and lessons learned. The action took place in 2006 and it was approximately the 5th glamNude shoot that I had ever done. Despite all the hurdles and not-so-thrilling glam outcome my team and I had a great time on set and it was worth the investment.Read More
Have you ever had a boss whom you sometimes love and sometimes hate? That’s how it is with me and my clients. I love them. I hate them. I love them. I hate them. I’ll admit I can sometimes be difficult for some bosses (clients) to work with. But I’m simply someone who knows what they’re doing, at least in terms of shooting glam, tease, and nude models, and who expects to be treated as such.Read More
In 2016, I made a few questionable decisions and some of SWP’s projects took strange directions and heavy detours, to say the least. But all turned out well! What a relief…
For 2017, there are various new exciting formats pending – a few ideas I am revealing in my latest write up for this year. Get a short 2016 review and an insightful 2017 outlook.
A few weeks ago, I visited the first photography workshop of my entire career. I was aware that I probably would not learn anything groundbreakingly new but there were several compelling reasons to join nonetheless: I wanted to experience Lindsay Adler’s creativity live in action and to seek validation (or not) in certain approaches/techniques that I am applying.Read More
Latex outfits are compelling for a couple of reasons: The skin tight nature of latex shows off a woman’s curves quite nicely and alluringly. These outfits are often designed to expose a woman’s breasts or buttocks while otherwise fully clothed. But there are also quite a few challenges involved when shooting this highly reflective material…Read More
Recently, a well-established model I know was complaining on Facebook about one of her recent shoots. She wasn’t angry as much as firmly voicing her displeasure with photographers who micro-manage models during their shoots. I know exactly where she’s coming from. As a photographer, I don’t like clients who try to micro-manage my shoots. So, here is my opinion and take on this.Read More
“Abstractism” offers a lot: An experimental exploration, conceptual work, artistic output, for fun… – it is totally up to your desire, needs and imagination in which direction you want to lead this concept. A repetitive application by using different pattern-worlds and different subjects will let you accumulate a series that will be an invaluable body of work for your portfolio.Read More
“Shadow Play” fuels your creative mind with a simple concept that offers expressively magnificent art nude photos. It needs a bit of DIY work, 1 speedlight/strobe – et voila. If you stick to the compositional concept of keeping your subject’s anonymity, then you can photograph your partner/wife and nobody will get in hot waters. Discover endless possibilities the low budget way.Read More
I started an adventurous “on a budget” project shooting with speedlights only. Low costs include: (no) studio rental fee, ideas for shooting at home, and – of course – low/no model fees. I identified photo styles that allow you to work with your partner/wife/friends, newcomers, and even with models on TFP basis for specific concepts.Read More
I try to keep my photography fresh by exploring new lighting techniques. A while ago, I’ve come across a style of shooting known as the “Snapshot Aesthetic” style which is more than just a lighting technique in glamour photography. I started using this technique on my own. Here are my insights.Read More
Working in a stunning location with a terrific model is a fantastic starting position to get good images. But conceptually evolving them towards different moods and messages by applying various image looks in post is a powerful strategy! In my showcase I want to elaborate about some distinctly different basics.Read More
My online adventure went fine for the last three years, things developed very well. At the end of 2015, I felt it was time to faithfully take a flying leap with my online endeavor. I went ahead, got overwhelmed, missed several warning signs until I finally hit rock bottom this summer. The disaster had been looming over my head for some time but I was too busy to take a closer look. Then the day came when I was more than exhausted…Read More
Where do I find clients? Before starting your expansion into the field of glamour and boudoir photography (or starting up an entirely new photography business), you need to ask yourself a few fundamental questions. Simply put, draw an outline of “My Ideal Client” in relation to “What Do I Need/Want To Earn”.
It’s about having the right clients; clients that understand our value and will pay our prices… Get tips, tricks, insights and a complete “Marketing Strategy Checklist” from our Australian fellow Gary.
In this edition, we break free from any “fashion nude styling trend” constraints. In fact, our focus is on “if there is a rule, it’s meant to be broken.” Composition, lighting and posing “rules” are all out the window. By linking emotion to fashion, we strive to push the idea that fashion merchandising can successfully include a certain measure of nudity. Explore 3 sexy, complete scenarios conceptualized and shot by our American fellow AllenRead More
This tutorial is mainly about Mathieu’s way of thinking and the process he goes through before a shoot. At a seaside town near Mathieu’s living place, he came across a giant sphere and was immediately captivated by it. Creating a shoot concept out of this inspiration was the first step…
Follow the full process, experience a model with a kind of Rubenesque figure and grasp insights on artistry.
When Joe first started to shoot artistic style nudes, every shoot was a self-contained one. It could hardly be suggested that he had a plan or theme running through his body of work, coherence was missing…
Joe leveled-up, kept evolving and today he reveals his practical wisdom about inspiration seeking, importance of concept coherence and using props the meaningful way.
Handling posing flow, directing the model/client and communicating with them is a part of my natural workflow and habit today. Though that was not always the case!
I had to learn all these aspects the hard way. Endless practice with a lot of failures…
Here I introduce you a way to get excellent and alluring results when relying on a practical, easy to understand system: the Flow Posing Hack.
Shallow depth of field, classical B&W finish and immensely intense flattering women glances: That’s the result of “Women Portraits” created by Tobias Glawe. Exploring new frontiers, Tobias decided to work with natural light only.
Follow his thoughts about aesthetics, take a look behind-the-scenes and receive tech data regarding the implementation. Of course illustrated with highly appealing imagery.
Why, When & What to Use. For many portrait-, glamour/boudoir photographers, the image direct from the camera (despite attention to posing and lighting and getting it right in-camera) can be greatly enhanced through the application of simple editing techniques. Get an overview and recommendation about what to do and which tool(s) to use.Read More
There are an infinite number of fashion nude styling techniques, and they are constantly evolving as does the fashion industry itself. In this introduction we purposefully kept the styling concepts simple in order to demonstrate that very often creating a powerful fashion nude image can be rendered as simply as strategically rearranging the garments.Read More
In this series of articles I am going to share with you my personal journey, trials and insights into becoming a sexy woman photographer. I’ll tell you all about the decisions I made along the way and the why. I first started taking photographs back in the 1970’s in the days of film…Read More
I had to leave my former beautiful studio because my landlord wanted to charge a lot more money for the rent. Fortune was not on my side this time. I just couldn’t find a geared-up place so I had to build a studio from scratch. This is my story.Read More
Back in June this year my scale showed me a shocking weight of 91.5 kg/202 lbs. Pure fat, so to say. I realized that my last chance to a better lifestyle required a radical change of course, so starting out with serious exercising was the only possible option I saw fit. Find all about “Why, How, When, Struggles, Benefits & What I’ve Learned” in my post.Read More
Of course every photographer has a specific taste in models, but if you start-up or enhance your existing portfolio, your work is evaluated based on the appropriate selection of your models. In this article I separated the model types into different genres based on my own categorization and experience with Sexy Women Photography.Read More
One day, without any particular reason, and out of the blue, I was struck by extreme enthusiasm and pioneer spirit (for B+) which lead to the decision of setting up a live stream photo shoot event. A long journey of tech preparation with lots of troubles along the way had begun.
The live shoot itself went perfectly great – we survived, delivered – and succeeded! Get the full insights here…
Conceptually opting for digital B&W is an exceptionally potent tool (and strategy) in the hand of every photographer, yet it should be utilized purposeful and with a clear commitment of intent.
It’s not only about deviation and fun but also (business) value, vital diversification, distinction and opening up your mind.
The last step in my post processing work is the cultivation of my imagery with film looks. Analogue image looks enhance the mood and evoke a feeling of authenticity. Applying this process helps me wiping out that clean, overly-perfect digital flavor…Read More
I had the privilege to attend a production day behind the scenes where new sets for Melisa Mendini’s own subscription site were created. It was a most interesting experience that I simply can’t withhold from you! PS: Subscription-based “Babes Sites” are still making money!Read More
Since taking video production seriously here I had (and still have) to gear up my equipment.
I thought it’s a valuable insight to show you with what gear I technically implement such video training productions.
As a classical singer, Noema is subject to the same principles like anybody else in the glitz and glam biz: She needs to have an attractive photo portfolio. For her portfolio expansion I used my small flash units (speedlights) for creating the on-location imagery.Read More
Your shoot may not be a commercial one but whatever your mutual agreement with the model is: Always sign a proper contract! A solid release is your backup in bad times and when questions get asked.
Replicate my production approach, my best practice and get a detailed example on how I do the ID shot & paper work at the end of a glam photo shoot.
Last week Dana Manner got an amazing opportunity: To shoot a Bikini Model Champion.
The problem? Only 10 minutes time to perform the shoot! Dana took up the challenge and shot a great series with confidence.
We all love success stories. Here is Dana’s.
Stefan Grosjean is an erotic art photographer shooting and trading nude photographs with huge success! Interestingly enough, Stefan’s business works so well because he’s actually not running it as doggedly as you would expect one to manage a real business.Read More
Sexiness is charm, enchantment, allure, and attraction. Before the implementation of a shoot, a look is comprised of make-up, hair style and outfit. And this is where my fabulous team member Aneta Lozkova comes into play.
Explore Aneta’s creativity and get to see the awesome imagery we’ve created…
In my early days, I really had to get used to this necessity: implied nudes shot. Keep in mind that you can’t just use and publish completely nude pictures anywhere.
When do you take the implied ones? What’s your strategy?
Thomas is a former advertising and commercial photographer, having made a living photographing pretty much everything for about 20 years. Today, Thomas is shooting artful nude images as a hobby. His imagery comes alive by means of sensual composition and a strong visual language mainly created by ambient day light alone.
I am feeling very delighted to present Thomas’ story, takes, showcase and even a few behind the scenes-videos here on SWP!
Cropping in post refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing, accentuate subject matter or change aspect ratio.
Most of my images here on BLOG+, in my guides and work for my clients are intentionally displayed as cropped versions of an original shot.
A “mood board” is a tool that helps me to outline/capture my initial production ideas in the creative phase. Where do I get my dose of inspiration from? Read here about the fastest and most convenient way for me is to research topics and moods…Read More
When I start working with a model for the first time, I mainly have story related poses in mind. Yet sometimes the model doesn’t understand my intention and ideas, so I have to demonstrate a few concepts and actions to her.
Every once in a while I intentionally go way overboard just to get some laughter out of her. As mentioned: Mood is everything.
Obviously there are various sexy-photography genres existing that require different approaches for poses. Here I will break down the most important for you and actually show corresponding images. I hope this categorized outline helps you to better cross reference the topics.
And the images are worth more than a 1,000 words 🙂
Kevin Tang unites many talents and activities in one person: first of all, he is a creative and busy photographer, then there’s the entrepreneur’s side as a co-founder of PhotoWhoa.com and recently he shines as the author of his newest book “Glamour Training Vol. 1”.Read More
This time Dan continues with his third personal insight in form of an interview.
As Glamour & Nude Photography is a “problem topic”, a no-go for social media, a no-go for gaining acceptance, a no-go for… pretty much everything… – he just continues his journey
with giving even more insights about his career and the oppositions he gets.
Dan never would go for any other job than the one of being a commercial nude photographer 🙂
By pure chance, Dan stumbled across a terrific opportunity last fall: Chloe was visiting Europe for a shooting job and some additional vacation days.
On very short notice, the decision was made that she would come to visit him in Prague.
Dan then persuaded her to a nude shoot because he just discovered a stunning location a couple of weeks before: an old church, transformed into an art gallery…Read More
Martin started out with nude photography during his time at the academy. After a break he developed a successful business and is now working – amongst other – for Playboy, Penthouse, publishing houses and calendars. With 40 to 50 shootings a year there is no proof needed that Martin is a thought after pro.
Explore another European approach to commercial nude photography.Read More
Cousin Michael Zelbel is a German photography-enthusiast’s wonder. In real life a consultant, he’s also a photographer, author, editor and head of ideas for Smoking Strobes and the proud and successful publisher of Good Light! Magazine for over a year now.
After interviewing Cousin Michael on some very interesting aspects, I would like to introduce him and his projects to you so you can get to know him better.
Stephan loves Africa and frequently travels there to take shots of conservation and wildlife. He also likes to explore Ticino (a region in Switzerland) with the goal of creating gorgeous natural art nude images. And every now and then, he even rents a crazy deco-chic suite to mix-up fashion style photography with stunning nude bodies. In short: Stephan really is a heartfelt enthusiast.Read More
Any easy way to create or boil down the overall, “vibe” of a shoot is to create a story. Even if you are not shooting with props or elaborate scenery, by inventing a back story or motivation for both you and your model, the poses will be filled with emotion and inventiveness.Read More
Is dramatic lighting the right choice for flattering a woman’s shape? Yes! It is.
In this free mini-guide I will explain the light setting for a bold series with the Czech Playmate Coxy in great detail.
Joe loves to craft his art nude and glam imagery in his spare time as a passionate photography enthusiast. Joe displays his amazing work on his steadily flowing Tumblr photo stream, got published in print and won several competitions. But Joe can’t reveal his full real name and identity because of the potential problems it might cause him with his employer. This is a problem a lot of enthusiasts face…Read More
When the light hides in these winter months, there is no volume, no natural enhancement for the world and the darkness makes not only my personality shift, but my work as well. Light brings forth life—not just for plants but for me as well. For decades I have dreamt of moving south but have only ever managed to move in an eastward direction…Read More
Today, I am excited to present the work of Simon Bolz, a German commercial nude photographer, who runs an extremely successful business. I like his clearly recognizable style very much and with it he also has lots of commercial success.
Simon’s work was published in Playboy, Penthouse, GQ Men’s Health and other huge European publications.
Dana, in real life an attorney based in Miami, captures “ordinary” women in stunning looks and achieves pro-like results with his efforts. He also attends a lot of inexpensive photo workshops to further develop his craft and photographic style.Read More
James DiGiorgio aka JimmyD is a long-serving adult industry veteran with an extensive knowledge of shooting, the industry itself and life. JimmyD is shooting, producing and editing glamour and nude photos and videos since decades. He is simply THE Pretty Girl Shooter and the editor of his personal blog with the same title.Read More
Phil Andrey. Zanoulou, in real life an IT project manager, describes himself as a Fantasy and Romance Fine Art Photographer. In his photographic work he sometimes uses nudity elements for storytelling and in a conceptual manner.
This October (2013) Phil will open his very own photo studio in Switzerland.
If you have always wondered how to shoot nudes, then you should know that is not that hard to carry out nude photography. Sure enough, you can feel intimidated at first. But remember, people are among the easiest subjects in photography. Get the 12 essential tips here.Read More
Olga Zavershinskaya is an award winning, worldwide published fine art nude photographer and Photoshop artist. I am absolutely honored that Olga found some time to disclose more of her work’s backgrounds to our readers and myself in answering my questions and explaining her point of views.Read More
Interview: Eric Menaut (France), a nude photographer enthusiast, tells us about his hobby, tips and preferences. Eric works as IT manager in real life.Read More
I had a job to produce Kyla Cole. Budget was small, responsibility huge. Now what to do? Rent a bigger studio for this job or just go ahead and act as if everything is pretty normal? I decided to go for the latter.Read More
Facial expressions in nude modeling can be so subtle that they go unnoticed by people every day. Get insider tips and learn how powerful the right “look” can be from the professional model Jenni Czech.Read More
Didier Carrè, Editor of Gallery Carre, is a French Nude Art Photographer shooting a formidable explicit style since almost 15 years. I have the pleasure of introducing Didier and get some more insights about his life and career for you.Read More
Summer Sunlight, a Shadowy Room and a Little Help. This image was created during a beautiful photo session in South France. It was summertime, the sunlight was hot and the bedroom location discreetly lit. The model and I enjoyed the atmosphere. And the result – created in a very simple lighting setup – is just flattering!Read More
When I saw my first set of exceptional photos I was so proud. Me, the once reserved, quiet girl was able to be this fierce, sexy woman. It got even better too. I was able to show those pictures to photographers and receive job offers because of them. Then I knew I was in love with this job.Read More
The word “boudoir” invokes images of elegance and sensuality. Women have always been drawn to this classy and intimate form of photography, which has been growing in popularity over the past three decades. Photographers in turn have been drawn into the boudoir photography business to celebrate their subjects.Read More
Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where passion and creativity paid the bills instead of money? Sadly, this is not the case. As a glamour and nude photographer working for private clients there are obvious opportunities to make money.Read More