Boudoir Secrets Vol. II

Boudoir Secrets vol. II How I Get People to Relax

Boudoir Secrets vol. II, How I Get People to Relax

When M and I first started talking details bout her shoot she was telling me how shy she was. I thought she was just saying that but then a friend of mine even told me she’s super shy. However,  hear that all the time, I just told her, “everybody says their shy, but I bet you after 10 mins that will all go away”  and of course… I was right.

Shoot day.  M arrives at the studio, she just finished some last minute hair and makeup touch ups. I did some last min setting up, and just as M starts to take out all the cool things she brought to wear.  I said, “hold on! I need to get some light test” which was a total lie cause I have taken this style picture so many times before. I just did that to get M to relax. It’s one thing to have someone you just met take your picture, but it having them take your picture in undies is a whole other story.

How I Get People to Relax. With M, I asked her to stand in this spot so I can do a few test shots. Acting like I’m adjusting the camera settings which I kinda of am but not really.  I Mainly was just taking a single shot using an ExpoDisc to set my white balance.
Most important tip to get anyone to relax is to get them to talk about themselves. (How to Win Friends & Influence People -Dale Carnegie)  So while we’re talking and laughing and acting like complete dorks I’m getting great candid shots. cause by then they’ve almost forgotten bout the camera.

And at the end, I get amazing photos like this.

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This is the first picture I shot of her. File name M—–a 20170223 002.fff (.fff is Hasselblad’s format for their RAW files) It would be 001 and not 002 but I used my Expo Disc to set the white balance in camera for the Phocus software.

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