Under The Influence is an ongoing series to share the work of other visual artists whose work inspires me and influences my own photography and portrait work. I hope that this will serves as a reminder or an introduction to these artist and also give you some visual pleasure. I am drawn to artowrk that has an interesting and unique point of view, that is simply gorgeous and/or thought provoking. In these posts, I’ll link to the artist’s website so you can explore and enjoy more of their work.
Revisiting a collaborative portrait project from a few years ago. This was so much fun and an incredible experience. The images were shared at Fort Point Open Studios but I realized I hadn't shared the full stories, of either the project or the participants, on the blog. Here's an introduction to the Trueself Project.
Joyful, playful, sensual, emotional . . . . . the TRUESELF experience begins with you.
What is TRUESELF?
Driven by a passion for guiding women celebrate both their inner spirit and outer beauty, Ashley and Alana work to help women see and celebrate their own unique spirit.
This is an experience of sensual embodiment and enjoyment and celebration of YOU. Remember how to feel good in your skin, focus on what makes you come alive in your SELF. Embrace the internal sublime, celebrate who you are right now.
When you begin the True Self Immersion Experience this what will happen . . .
This project began as a collaboration between me, portrait photographer Allana Taranto, and embodiment expert and transformational coach, Ashley Maina. The TrueSelf Project shares stories of women on a journey of self understanding and acceptance. Through sensory visualizations, coaching, and culminating in an embodied portrait session, each of these women journeyed through a process to discover, embody, and behold Truthful and Honest and Beautiful version of herself. The one that lives within her body and heart, not her head.
As an embodiment expert and transformational coach for women, Ashley Maine guides women to their body, their truth and their desires. This is a homecoming and celebration of all parts of themselves.
Her inspiration is drown from personal experience and from her mentors and coaches who have illuminated the path back home for her - showing the power we all have have within and the beauty that unfolds when we fully accept and express all parts of ourselves - as all parts have wisdom and lessons.
The True Self experience begins by connecting, listening deeply, and holding space to be seen. Then, we paint a picture of who you wish to step into on the outside - the embodiment - a marriage of the inner and outer selves, where both sides dance as one.
Often, the shifts we experience as we grow personally, are neither seen nor witnessed. With this work, Ashley helps women reconnect with their power and live a life of full expression. It’s an expression and celebration of all sides of you.
WORDS AND PICTURES: GIVING VOICE TO PORTRAITS
Portraiture is for the patient. With time you build rapport, then gain trust. You sit and watch for fleeting unguarded moments, for fleeting connection in a universal human experience. When this happens, one can clutch a few instants from the vast story of our lives. In many ways, portraits are born both of a specific person and instant, but also of a boundless eternity and shared humanity.
Portraiture is the hunt for the unguarded moment. In carving out space for vulnerability and seeking these unguarded moments, to examine these moments and to admire them is to see and understand parts of myself. Photography is, in it’s mechanics, objectification. And I believe that objectification must be balanced with compassion, respect and responsibility. I must coax dignity, humility and nobility out of each subject. This is an exercise in necessary humanism. Our own personal barriers, self built, want to be impenetrable. We’ve built these defenses and we do our very best to keep them. But when clients can and do drop these defenses, it's these honest and beautiful unguarded moments that tell their stories.
A good portion of our boudoir portraits at Modern Glamour are bridal boudoir sessions. Perhaps there's something about a the extravagance of a wedding that gives people permission to be indulgent. I know that at least half of these bridal boudoir clients are also doing it for themselves, not just for their parters. A boudoir session or a bridal boudoir session is an amazing experience, a incredible gift to yourself as well as to your partner - one that will ignite and affirm who you are at this moment as you embark on a new path and journey.
One of the privileges of my job as a boudoir photographer is working with people at milestones in their lives. Choosing to join your life with someone and making the public celebration of love is certainly one life milestones worth documenting and celebrating.
GIVING THE GIFT OF BRIDAL BOUDOIR
A Bridal Boudoir Album is a sexy, beautiful and clandestine gift.
This year, I've bundled the most requested bridal boudoir products into the Bridal Essential Collection. This collection is comprised of our most requested items, making it easy for you to celebrate and share your outrageously sexy self.
ABOUT THE BRIDAL BOUDOIR ESSENTIAL COLLECTION
Bridal Essentials Collection
20 image Little Black Book in Velvet Bag
all finished images from Little Black Book delivered on high resolution on crystal USB
print release and guide
custom mobile app with your images to share with your partner
gift voucher for your next session
Note: you don't actually have to be a bride to go for the Bridal Collection.
Want a closer look? Sign up for our mailing list and I'll send you our 2017 Studio Product Menu.
Expressing Gratitude Toward Your Body
A recent client stated in her pre-shoot boudoir questionnaire:
I am a mother first! I have 2 beautiful children, both difficult pregnancies and 1 emergency c-section. Each stretch mark each scar signifies my motherhood.
I'm thrilled when boudoir clients approach their portrait session with acknowledgement and gratitude for their own bodies.
My postpartum belly is like a soft little dumpling. And I love it.
Two weeks after having my son, I am yet processing and in awe what the body can do. The birth experience was so focused and amazing- I have a hard time putting it into words, though I might and should at some point try (if only to put in his birth book). The idea that my breasts are now the source of food for my child - and how perfectly he fits into my arms to nurse. I’m grateful that for the most part we had an uneventful pregnancy and delivery. And that our downstairs neighbors are already parents, who recognized that I was laboring at home at 2am and send us a gift instead of a complaint.
Turning Something Ordinary in Something Special
A friend of mine, photographer Amanda Fisher, send me a link to this wonderful video:
Watch this. Please. And get back to me on your thoughts.
Angela Lansbury (yes! that Angela Lansbury of Murder She Wrote and childhood fav of mine Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
Taking a shower, indulging in a few moments alone - taking an ordinary moments in my day to indulge in acknowledging the power and the beauty in my own body. Not just childbirth, of course. But the back and shoulders that support the weight of my cameras and help me do my job, my legs that I stand on to propel me through my day. What I have, I want to acknowledge and love.
I encourage you to do the same. Our relationships with our bodies change throughout our lifetime. And it should be a deepening and loving and accepting one.
It’s fun to look back at my boudoir portrait work, and see how much I’ve changed - and how much has stayed the same. One thing that I’ve realized is that the more boudoir sessions I do, the more I love the real laughter and happiness and levity that can emerge in a boudoir shoot.
Looking for ideas for your spring boudoir shoot? Check out these gorgeous soft, low contrast prints and patterns with beautiful early spring colors. Springtime calls for either soft colors: pinks, corals, bits of green - colors that echo the natural colors that will be emerging around us in a matter of weeks OR vibrant and intense pops of color.
There is, as I’m sure you notice, an overlap of these lovely spring colors and fabrics with bridal boudoir colors and fabrics. Ivory! Blush! Florals! Lace! Tulle! Bring it on.
GLAMOUR STUDIO SESSION
Sharing today some images from a glamour portrait session that I did to wrap up the end of the year, before the studio construction began. L. was in town visiting her sister, and came up for a early morning session. Taking advantage of the cool winter light here.
Selfies have their time and place. But a real considered portrait requires more.
A portrait is more than a picture of of what you look like. In a portrait facial expression, location, choices in clothing and accessories and posing all come together to show who you are. Portraits can be an exploration and affirmation of who you are.
As part of the process, we begin by planning to set goals for your portrait session. Going over different styles and choices in portraiture, we'll make a place on how we can best collaborate on making a memorable, compelling and striking portrait of you.
I'm thrilled when a boudoir client embraces their body. So many of us avoid the camera because we feel we are overweight - that we don't look like we used to. As you can see here, you don’t need to have an idealized figure to look amazing. It’s my job to use the right posing, lighting and lens choices to make you look amazing. It’s your job to bring your self confidence - full force.
"I liked Allana immediately! Her personality was comforting and I felt at ease face timing with her! I'm big on people, and Allana had a great vibe about her. Along with that, I was drawn to how modern glamour celebrates all women. It's about embracing and loving yourself and expressing that in these pictures for yourself or loved ones."
Valentine’s Day is about expressing and sharing love. And that requires courage and fearlessness.
In that spirit, I begin this new phase and open up to our personal lives, our inner world, our private selves.
As such, I hope that your day (and week! And year!) is heartened with reminders of the courageous and loving people you have in your lives.
It's not only ladies who want to get a boudoir session at the studio! Male boudoir is a thing. And, of course, we make it modern and classic and sexy.
This gentleman, husband and father of three, wanted to give his wife an awesome and unexpected Valentine's Day gift this year. He had received a boudoir album from his wife a few years ago, loved it and wanted to reciprocate. He told me he's been working out a lot recently and feeling good in his body again. .
We planned out the session to include a dapper look, a fitness and a fashion look. He rocked all three. It's really fun to create several different moods with one person by changing the wardrobe, the lighting and the lens choices.
PERSONAL BRANDING SESSION
Love this woman! I've known her through the photography world and also from photographing her with her wife and their adorable twins.
Leise Jones reached out a few months ago about getting updated images for her website, which was getting a rebrand. That meant time for new head shots - portraits that were visually aligned with the direction her business is going in 2017.
A portrait of you that represents that your business and brand is more than what your face looks like. Though your face is important! A personal branding portrait should represent your business and appeal to your ideal client.
I adore doing these kind of shoots. And it starts be having a conversation. For personal branding portrait sessions, clients thoughtfully answer questions that help me know what kind of look they are going for. From your answers we can discuss the specifics of your brand identity and how we can accurately express your brand identity in a portrait.
Leise, who primarily photographs weddings is trying to attract couples who are a little outside of the "traditional" wedding market. Couples who are down to earth, creative, interested in authenticity over perfection. Her clients love her sense of humor and that she is honest and approachable. Sounds wonderful, right?
I feel so happy and proud when I make a client happy with their photos. If they love the stories that their photos tell, I am absolutely on Cloud 9. I am a big extrovert and so I get a lot of energy from portraits and events.
Her emphasis is not just on the photographs, but on the entire experience of being photographed and of enjoying the wedding day. She makes sure that she completely understand their vision and their goal for the day so that she can make the photos they're most excited about.
We decided that she should show off her extrovert persona in the images - which meant big smiles and lots of laughter. A new haircut and bold glasses brought her spirit and energy to the forefront. We wanted her to look as vibrant and joyful and welcoming as possible.
Interested in learning more about a personal branding session? Ready to update your website with a striking and compelling portrait that calls to the right client? Let's talk!
Most people avoid the camera. And the reasoning I hear most often is that they have to lose 5, 10, 20 pounds. Believe me, you don’t need to lose weight to look smokin’ in your portraits. It’s my job to use the right posing, lighting and lens choices to make you look amazing. It’s your job to commit, to show up and to have fun.
You have it in you. Don't wait to be photographed. Do it now! With great coaching, posing, and lighting your body will look fabulous and you will, too!
Portrait photography, glamour or boudoir, is for people of all ages and body types. It’s not about the size you wear. It’s about the joy in which you inhabit your body.
Modern Glamour is celebration of you.
You can be bold, modest, sensual, funny, empowered, limitless, joyful, and always you.
You don’t need to diet or work out.
You do need to fully inhabit your body with love. And you can totally do that.
Modern Glamour Natural Light Portraits
More from the full session I had with A. the first thing I noticed about her was how striking her bone structure was and those cheekbones! We kept the styling very simple and let her natural beauty shine.
Modern Glamour is the women’s portrait division of Ars Magna Studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto. Each and every portrait session is a collaboration. I value connecting with my clients to work together to make their dream glamour portraits happen.
Ready to feel beautiful? Modern? Glamourous? Call me at 617-942-1449 to chat about ideas for your modern glamour session.
This beautiful family! I met expecting father Mike when we was a regular attendee at our epic Ad Hoc dance parties. It seems like a lifetime ago.
Since then he's changed jobs, moved a few times, got married and is now preparing for his newest chapter - fatherhood. I've been following his own physical transformation over the last months - through facebook posts, of course. He's been dedicated to taking his health and wellness more seriously - for his sake and for his new family. I've been very impressed with his winter runs.
One of the things I love about portrait photography is that while there are rules there are also no hard rules. Especially when it comes to what to put on your body for a boudoir photo shoot. You don’t have to wear clothes, just like you don’t have to be nude. With implied nude boudoir photography, it’s more about the shape and form of the body than about wardrobe or sets. I’ll photograph you in what you bring in. I also have things here that you might be interested in wearing, or draping. We can drape and wrap fabrics to give the illusion of a dress or a shirt or a skirt. Ultimately, I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful - so you can relax into the experience and look amazing.
When I originally saw the phrase hands, sheets, shadows - I knew that it was the ideal descriptor for implied nudes. At this shoot, we played with the idea of some items of clothing against bare skin.
It's a guy! It's true, we don't only photograph women around here. Here are a few of my favorites from a shoot last week with the Pilates Prince, Antonio Aniello.
Just like when photographing women for Modern Glamour portraits, I want the men in front of my camera to feel confident and look natural. The posing isn't the same, but the approach of the photographer is - I wanted to create images that he felt great about.
Last winter, when we had just moved to Midway I fell in love with shooting in the midday winter light. And so, I'm offering once again the Winter Session. You can use this to do a little boudoir portrait session or a little glamour session. You can use it for a personal branding portrait. You can use it however you'd like. To warm up, to treat yourself, to indulge on a winter afternoon. You get the idea. The greatest gift to give to yourself? Love!
Maternity glamour portrait photography is a beautiful way to document a fleeting (int he long run) time in life. With a body that is changing and different every day. This makes each maternity portrait session unique.
Friend and confidant, Kiera, came by the studio last week. I asked months ago if she'd up be up for a Modern Glamour style maternity portrait session. She wasn't sure - she claimed she was much more comfortable behind the camera.
Challenge of shooting in the third trimester is making sure your muse if comfortable. We had a small lunch together to kick off the shoot.
When we began planing her dream session, the only vision she had was a silhouette. She then handed over the creative reigns to me for the other sets and wardrobe. I had this soft pink maternity robe that I thought would look lovely with Keira's complexion. The backdrop here is a lovely canvas damask that was originally a few yards of upholstery material. It looks gorgeous in natural light with soft pastel tones.
K also requested to use the brick wall - something that doesn't make a lot of appearances in my current work.
We kept the shoot moving quickly - as with maternity portrait sessions comfort is key. I pulled out a black dress and Kiera managed to wiggle into it for our final look. Love this one!
I have photographed many women's portrait sessions in Boston, photographing women at all stages of life. I love photographing maternity portraits. Each portrait session is a collaboration with my muse to create beautiful and celebratory glamour portraits where you look like you - the best possible you.
Interested in booking a maternity portrait session? Email me now for more ideas about Boston glamour portrait photography in Boston or click the button below.