And now for some work that inspires me as an artist and image maker. If you haven't heard of Nan Goldin, take some time to look through her incredible body of work. Her portraits are arresting. Her slideshows are moving. Her grids are fascinating.Read More
Happy 2018! And so there is this.
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- This group is a closed, which means that only women in the group can see what is posted, or pictures shared - no one else. Privacy. We like it.
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As I'm planning the #IAMMYOWNVALENTINE boudoir sessions for this winter in Boston, and incidentally dreaming of white fur trimmed capes, I fell into the Etsy rabbit hole and found so many delicious things.Read More
BLACK AND WHITE BOUDOIR PHOTO ALBUM
It’s easy to create lots of looks with a few black pieces. There’s an elegance and simplicity in creating a shoot that’s all black and white. Black and white boudoir photography can be sultry, captivating and moody. It can also be clean and sophisticated and timeless. I often shoot with the camera LCD set to preview in black and white so I can see the light and the tonal range without the distraction of color.Read More
By any chance, have you been waiting for the perfect time to book a Boston boudoir photo session?As it happens, now is the time. The perfect time. It's now. DO SOMETHING WONDERFUL FOR YOURSELFRead More
Your wedding is likely a reflection and celebration of you as a couple. A bridal boudoir shoot can reflect and celebrate you as an individual. Once you decide to take the plunge and book your bridal boudoir session, the next step is figuring out what to bring. Boudoir isn’t about skin. It’s about you. Whether you are leaning toward casual and cozy or sensual and seductive - here are 4 tips for what to wear at your bridal boudoir shoot.Read More
You're beautiful. Simple as that. I would tell my best friend that she is beautiful and a Modern Glamour session is a way to capture the beauty that is you. It's scary to be so vulnerable, especially with someone you just meet, however, this is a moment to be empowered, to appreciate the body you have and all it can accomplish, and to celebrate the life that is yours. Embrace the time you have. Smile when you feel like it and feel free to be bold. A Modern Glamour session is for you (and about you) and you deserve it.Read More
LINGERIE IDEAS FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SHOOT
The Fashion season are rarely if ever in sync with the actual weather we are experiencing. And though it's technically fall in Boston, the weather today still evoking the heat of a mid-August day. We are starting to book boudoir shoots for the fall and winter - and the wardrobe and styling options will change with the season.
BEAUTIFUL AND OUTRAGEOUSLY SEXY
ROUNDUP OF LINGERIE IDEAS FOR YOUR FALL or WINTER BOUDOIR SESSION
And it doesn't always have to be lingerie. I'll photograph you in whatever you bring in. I want you to feel comfortable and that just might not be in traditional lace or silk underthings. And that's totally okay. Below are four things to think about when you are planning your fall or winter boudoir shoot. Neckline, Length, Layering and Color.
Yokes, cutouts, panels. All good options for highlighting necklines, drawing the eye up to your face and giving visual interest.
A long length is elegant, modest (sometimes) and is perfectly suited to colder autumn and winter weather
Layering and draping create beautiful color and texture combinations. It won't actually be cold in the room while you have your boudoir portraits done. Adding layers is a great way to create interesting textures and variety as you can take layers off as you feel more comfortable.
Let's swap out the bright primary red this holiday are go for the beautiful, and more flattering, wine tones. Rich and warm red over a bright true red. Navy or grey over black. Or a shimmering warm gold.
About six weeks short of 100 years old, my grandmother passed away peacefully. I wrote about her on her 99th birthday last fall as she was glamorous at any age.
I've been spending some time this evening carefully turning over memories of her. I wanted to share her beautiful bridal portrait. She always loved calla lillies and I adore her enormous and simple wedding bouquet.
The formal portrait of the bride and groom - They were married at the Gore Estate in Waltham, and though the spiral staircase behind them is on a painted backdrop it does look like the spiral staircase at Gore. Perhaps it was even painted for the purpose for the Waltham photography studio.
You may be wearing very little, but choosing what you wear is important. Looking your best helps you feel comfortable (and confident) in front of the camera. Proper fit and support are critical.
Lingerie is way more than bras and panties. Checkout our suggestions below to see all the things you could bring with you to your boudoir portrait session. Get the most out of your Boston boudoir photography session. Choose wardrobe that flatters and highlights your best features.
Enjoy your self.Read More
PORTRAITS ARE MEANT TO BE PRINTED.
Check it out! Another bedside boudoir print folio heading out today! Her session will be featured soon -s o you can read all about her journey. Until then, savor this sneak peek at the beautiful Sue!
A recent muse on browsing samples albums in the studio, running her fingers along the surface said “oh! These are beautiful! Yes. They are. Here’s why you should print your boudoir photos.
Boudoir portrait sessions are special. They are investments, both as an experience that you will love to relive and also an investment in a piece of your history, your relationship to self. We trust, love and push ourselves to the edges of our comfort zones, acknowledge parts of ourselves in a powerful way. This is why I want you to have finished tangible objects that are presented beautifully and ready to be seen.
First memories of photography are not with the camera but in the darkroom - the thrill of seeing the images slowly emerge from a white to grey, the contrast building until a slick wet picture glistened under the surface of the developer. Those moments watching and waiting for the silver to turn, for the chemical reaction to take place - they were magical bated breath moments.
The folks that work in print labs have seen everything and anything. If it’s a professional lab there will be privacy and discretion. Their focus is only on making the prints look their best. Our folios, prints and albums are printed at a professional lab with quality inks and paper. It’s a quality that you cannot get through consumer level companies like Snapfish, Shutterfly or Blurb.
A few from our recent boudoir photo shoot with muse Rebecca! She brought simple and classic boudoir session wardrobe: cotton robe, a grey silk chemise, a pink silk robe and we ended with using the bodysuit she came into the studio with. A little preview of the boudoir session below.
It seems simpler, in some ways, to not have to think about wardrobe. But it also involves more risk, more intimacy and more courage.Read More
IT STARTS WITH LOVE
It starts with love. Self love, specifically. This weekend in a meeting with a wedding client, the bride confessed that she was already nervous about getting portraits made. She knew they should have them - and her parents would want them - but she was already feeling the nerves. And she’ll be wearing a dress! This exchange reminded me that the idea of boudoir or intimate portraits can be scary. Boudoir is about remembering and reveling in your own magic. So how do we make that possible?
HONORING YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL
We begin by honoring who you are as an individual. And make that forefront. It’s less about wardrobe and props and sets. Less is more. It’s more about presence and attitude and honesty. I want you to shine. The real you.
My role as a photographer, and you as my muse, means that I recognize and capture the beauty and the spirit you bring. Much of what we do is to create a safe space for you to share yourself and be vulnerable. The process for each of you will be different. You don’t have to share any of the images. I hope you will want to, and I believe that you will want to. These are, ultimately, a gift to yourself. For you to remember and revel in your self. In your own magic.
TREAT YOUR BODY WITH GRATITUDE
We all live in our bodies. And none of our bodies are perfect. Remember that your body is working in countless ways every minute of the day. As gratitude for your self (mind, body, psyche) grows, you can fully embrace the whole person you embody. Your self should be acknowledged and respected and cared for.
Start here. Show yourself some love.
Modern Glamour is Boston's glamour & boudoir photography studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto. I treat each shoot as a collaboration, and value truly connecting with each muse to help you remember and revel in your own magic.
Call me at 617-942-1449 to book your Boston boudoir photo shoot.
When Ghislaine saw my call for women, she felt a little urge to volunteer. What pushed her to finally take the leap was a recent breast cancer scare. This experience scared her more than she had ever been scared in her life. It was this moment that she promised herself to no longer sit on the sidelines, watching life pass by. She committed to be an active participant in her life, to be bold, brave, take leaps, and do the things she always wanted to do. Too much of her life as a silently observing wallflower. Why? Because she was afraid of taking chances, being rejected, of saying or doing something silly, of not being good enough. I'm sure we can all recognize this thread of self doubt.
At 28, she realized how tired she was of missed opportunities, missed experiences, and regret.
Ghislaine prefers to wear her hair in it's naturally curly state. She also preferred to wear minimal make up - and her confidence in herself radiates. She feels her curls make her look younger, that people see her as "cute" and take her less seriously. This, she admitted, has been a source of insecurity. Something that made her feel more like a girl and less like a woman. As someone with her own head of natural curls that took a long time to love, I understand this well.
Many thanks to Ghislaine for candidly sharing her experiences on her journey of self acceptance!
At 40, this is the most confident she has ever felt in her skin. At 40, she has found more awareness about who she is as a woman and as a human. Embracing that she is a very sensual person, she used her boudoir session to access and celebrate that part of her.
Getting to this place of confidence requires being true to yourself. It requires loving yourself in this moment, even if you don't feel your best. it requires being open to opportunities and asking for help along the way. It requires giving back.Read More
When I had my senior portraits taken for the yearbook, I’m not even sure what I brought in for clothing. What I do remember was the the photographer humored me, the novice portraitist, in explaining all the lenses and filters (this was in the heavy handed era of cokin soft focus and diffusion). The last set of images he took, he draped a blue piece of fabric around my shoulders and I tucked the shoulders of my t-shirt out of sight. With the in camera crop, suddenly I was ‘wearing’ an off the shoulder gown! No matter than outside of frame I was in my regular clothes and had a giant piece of fabric clipped around my back. It worked. And looking back at it now, it created a lovely neckline for a my portrait.
Wardrobe, what to wear to your glamour or boudoir session, is nearly always a concern when I talk with clients before their shoots. I have a few things in the studio that can be paired with what you bring in - but the most versatile things aren’t exactly clothing - they are pieces of fabric.
Ivory crepe de chine - I bought this piece of fabric at the terribly missed Winmill Fabrics that used to be in Chinatown. I love the way this fabric looks draped on a body.
Black muslin - this is unreflective fabric and it’s inexpensive. It’s great for hiding a chair or raping over the couch if I want just the body to emerge from shadows.
Black spandex - I created two long back spandex pieces, with the help of my neighbor and friend painter Kelly Kerrigan and her serger. I can use these pieces to create a variety of “dresses.”
Black lace - Lace is nearly always a crowd pleaser. Here I’ve created what looks like a bodysuit out of a piece of lace and a belt.
Tulle - I love tulle for bridal boudoir. Sometimes clients come with their own veils, but if they don’t I have yards and yards of tulle that can be used to envelope the body.
When a client shows up to with a small bag and a few pairs of undies, I reach for the fabric. While I have some clothes (body suits, silk slips, robes), we can fashion what looks like more from the fabric, some clips and a little imagination. Many DIY solutions come out of problem solving in the moment.
I also use fabric, especially upholstery fabric, as backdrops. The thick upholstery fabric hangs well and doesn’t need as much steaming as other types I have worked with.
And then of course, there are pearls!
Changing Light Changing Mood
Boudoir photography is so much about lighting. We want to create an alluring and beautiful boudoir image -we need alluring and beautiful light. And ideally over the course of a boudoir portrait session we want to vary the light as much as possible. Glamour portraits typically have a soft even light - it’s flattering for everyone skin. In boudoir portrait photography we can play around even more with directional light - to create moody and evocative images. In our studio session as Modern Glamour I like to play with different ways of lighting to create a variety of images.
Here are some examples from Ariel’s session of how I use reflectors or V Flats to harness the beautiful natural light we get in the studio. My current studio space is on the top floor and faces northwest. We get indirect sunlight through most of the day. In the late afternoon we get direct light streaming in, but I prefer the soft indirect light that we have in the mid morning.
Natural Light Boudoir Studio in Boston
Getting 4x8 V Flats home. This comes up fairly often on the photography boards. I drive a very small car, nothing that could handle a 48x96” piece of foam care. The first time I purchased a set of them, I rented a van an drive there and back. I should have bought a few more, as the cost of renting the van was more than the cost of the boards themselves. The second time I borrowed a friend’s truck. And this time I got many more than I thought I needed. Guess what? I don’t regret having extra. I do use them.
An unexpected bonus is that these huge reflectors, which I bought for bouncing light end up creating a sense of smaller rooms within the studio. An enclosed space makes people feel more comfortable. I started to notice that clients were getting comfortable faster, having a sense of security. I could see this change in their expressions and in their posture.
SULTRY WINDOW LIGHT
Window light is beautiful and flattering. You need a window, some white and black foam core and practice looking at light as it hits a face and a figure. It's been so much fun to figure out all the different looks I can create from a wall of windows and the DIY foam core reflectors.
I've had a recent flurry of inquiries for no make up boudoir sessions. A year after the Alicia Keys letter and subsequent #nomakeup movement.
Of course if you prefer to be armed with a little styling, or a lot, we'll do that too. I don't wear make up every day. Sometimes I want to. Most of the time I don't have time to remember to do it.Read More
After what I am referring to as the Lost Spring (in regards to the 'soggy bunker' of the 4th trimester and the perpetual raincloud that enveloped New England this year), I am fully ready to embrace summer time. And it announced itself loud and clear this past week as temperatures rose into the 90s. Even the porch shade is hot. Hot. HOT.
And now that it's delightful outside again, and knowing that this will not last i started thinking about outdoor boudoir photography. It’s daring and intentionally vulnerable. The juxtaposition and contrast in textures is arresting visually, but the real force in these images is the open context and ambiguous story inherent in them.Read More