I just had an awesome photo experience doing a boudoir shoot with Brad from Visuphoria Photography. First off, I have to say he was very professional and made me feel really relaxed in front of the camera, as this was my first time. We had a mini consultation before meeting so Brad could give me suggestions and ideas on what to wear, and what to expect. He was excellent at guiding me through everything before we started, and his patience and expertise showed while directing the poses. I appreciated that he always made sure I was comfortable with the poses, and took the time to review the shots with me after the session. He is very prompt on following up after the shoot, and I’m beyond thrilled with the finished work. The pictures are absolutely stunning, thanks to Brads’ talent. I loved all the images, and I want to order everything! I would gladly work with him again, I had a blast, and I felt amazing doing it. I decided to do this boudoir shoot to give the pictures as a gift to my husband, and to look super sexy for him, but I think I did it more for myself too. It was a big confidence boost and very empowering for me. I felt fantastic for doing it, and would love to do it again. Every woman should have this experience. I would encourage and recommend Brad to anyone who is considering doing a boudoir shoot. Thank you Brad, for making me look and feel beautiful, and amazing!
I would like to preface this post by telling you this one was guest written by my amazing and incredibly talented make up artist Maddy McGhee aka "madeupbymads" Please show her some love and check out her work and talent by clicking on the hyperlinks below.
"The worst part about having my makeup done by some else is walking away and never looking like myself. However getting your makeup done to highlight your natural beauty can be an eye opening, wonderful experience! Between work/school/kids it's hard to always get in the time for yourself let alone your makeup - that's why sometimes doing something like a boudoir shoot where it's all about you is super fun! Makeup doesn't have to take over the shoot but just makes you shine and adds to the day. You don't wear makeup or a lot of makeup on a regular basis? No problem! I'm a big believer in using makeup to enhance the beauty that's there rather than covering so each application is light and natural but still adding that special something something! It can be an intimidating experience but also an empowering one and that's how I feel about makeup! You just have to find what is right for you and your look. The polished look finished off with a professional photographer can make moments last forever (ones that you don't want to crop yourself out of...) Can't wait to work with you! Maddy from @madeupbymads Check out more of my work on Instagram/YouTube/Facebook @madeupbymads "
There is still something to be said for physically holding in your hands a moment captured in time that was printed on photo paper. When you see a photo hanging on a wall, framed and in print...you just can’t beat the feeling it gives you. To be able to stand back and admire that gives you an indescribable feeling.
With Mother's Day just on the horizon, are you looking for something special for Mom this year? Why not make Mom’s special day memorable by booking a shoot just for her and the children? This will be something that she will have to cherish and look back on with great fondness for years to come.
Visuphoria Photography is running its inaugural Just for Mom Mother’s Day photo shoot promotion. We currently have two dates open with multiple time slots for you to choose from. Allow me to capture and share in some of those precious moments with you and your children by booking your Just For Mom Mother’s Day photo shoot today! Follow the link and sign up now. Limited spaces available! http://www.visuphoria.ca/sessions/
Now I am fairly new to boudoir photography and when I say new I mean I have done a handful of shoots. I know there are lots of guys out there who aren’t photographers at all but think wow that is so cool and what a great gig that would be. Believe me I have even heard that from a few friends. You get to photograph half naked women in lingerie, look at sexy women all day and so on. While yes this is true I photograph women in lingerie this is not what it’s all about for me, not at all!
When I am shooting a session I am not even thinking about how sexy the woman is or anything like that because I am too busy focusing on posing her. I am making sure the lighting works for the shot and ensuring my camera settings are correct in order to make certain I get the shot as close to perfect “in camera” as possible. I really don’t have time to be concerned about the other stuff especially when I am in the zone shooting, interacting with my subject.
I know that some people would balk at that and say I am bullshitting and it must be at least part of the intrigue and interest but it really isn’t. In all honesty for me it is truly about making the women who get in front of my camera feel comfortable in their own skin. Feel beautiful, help them build their confidence, help them love their bodies. Ultimately I want them to be happy with the images/art I create for them and if I can do that for EVERY woman that gets in front of my camera then I know I have done my job as a photographer. I will have helped another person to realize their self-worth and beauty and that my friends is the icing on the proverbial cake!
The other day at work I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine about work in general and also about our interests outside of work. This person spoke of their interests and then began to ask me about mine.
I piped in about my love for photography, how I have a side business on the go right now and am trying to grow it. I spoke of how long I have been interested in photography and how it all came about. The next thing out of her mouth was “Oh, I wish I knew you were a photographer when I got married last year, I would have hired you, would have liked to give you the work.
I was flattered by the sentiment of the statement. It was a very nice thing to say! Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate everything about what she said. Although, the first thing that struck me as odd about this was, she had never ever seen my work before. Secondly, she didn’t even know if I am a wedding shooter or bother to ask. I just found all of this humorous in a way because it would seem to me that people assume because someone says they are a photographer, they are good and every photographer must shoot weddings. This, in my opinion is a huge misconception and frankly stereotyping an entire profession.
Not everyone shoots weddings, nor should just anyone shoot weddings. Most photographers have their niche area which they enjoy and work in. People should really take the time to talk to photographers and find out what area of expertise they focus on before making assumptions.
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