How To Pose and Move Your Body at Your Modern Glamour Boudoir Session

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How To Pose and Move Your Body at Your Modern Glamour Boudoir Session

HOW TO POSE FOR BOUDOIR PICTURES

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POSING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

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It’s my job to bring out the best in my muse (that would be you!).  It’s my job to make you comfortable.  It’s my job to photograph you in the best and more beautiful ways.  I know what beauty looks like in it’s many forms and I capture it.  I do not expect you to know how to move and pose in front of the camera when you walk into the studio.  I will shape you and adjust your posing from your head down to your fingertips.  

Before your session we will have already gone over what parts of your body you love and want to reveal - and what parts, if any, that we’ll downplay.  Every body is different, and using Lighting, lens selection, composition and flattering posing - you’ll be showing off your body at its best

HOW TO POSE AT A BOUDOIR SESSION

Naturally standing doesn’t make for the most beautiful images - but small adjustments and slight movements can make huge difference in creating beautiful boudoir and glamour images.  I’ll talk you through, and mirror what I want you to do, the slight adjustments until we nail the pose.  These little modifications to a basic pose create beautiful lines that come together into a gorgeous portrait of you.

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It’s totally normal to pull your body inwards when you’re feeling nervous or anxious at a photo session. In order to look, and then eventually feel, confident -   You’ll use your core muscles, creating a length in your frame.  Making sure your head and shoulders don’t collapse into your chest.

Authentic moments are beautiful moments. I give directions, not put you in static poses.  Something to keep in mind: What photographs as natural, may not feel totally natural. Small adjustment to hand or arm placement, like leaning in toward the camera and keeping your chin down

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Lighting and posing, lens selection and thoughtful composition all come into play when making a photograph, and they are especially important in boudoir and glamour photography.

  • Lighting variety
  • Flattering posing to show off your body at its best
  • Lens selection
  • Composition

TIPS FOR POSING FOR BOUDOIR PICTURES

Start with practicing. Here are some things to work on, if you want to, before your Modern Glamour session.  Don’t want to practice?  These are the things I’ll be coaching you through during our portrait session.

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  • Head:  Elongating your neck and keeping your chin just a touch down will make your eyes bigger and give you a beautiful jawline. 
  • Hands: Keep fingers gentle; joints of your fingers should be slightly bent, fingertips just resting lightly on your body.
  • Arms and legs: Keeping a little distance between our arms and your torso creates interesting negative space and slims down the body.
  • Body length: those core muscles again!  Posture comes into play. Create length from the crown of your head through your torso. Imagine pulling up towards the ceiling with each vertebrae. 
  • Toes: pointing the feet, without clenching the toes, elongates the line of your legs
  • Shoulders: a little forward rotation in the should works your clavicle making a little décolletage. Keep your shoulders low, away from your ears, so your neck is long and relaxed
  • What else can you do with your hands? Play with a necklace, your collar, the hem of your dress, run your fingertips along your body

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FACE IN PICTURES

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Get in the right mindset. Feeling comfortable is the right place to start.  Think good, happy, blissful thoughts. We'll put on music you love and get started. 

  • Eyes: You can look at the light source (window or soft box), look down at your own body line, you can close your eyes or you can look right at the camera.  We'll rotate through these four options.
  • Mouth: We want to get rid of any tight muscles - those read as uncomfortable and nervous.  Relax the muscles in your face. Relax your mouth. Make sure you aren't clenching your jaw. Lips just parted can ease into a slight smile - that looks relaxed and beautiful on camera. 

Laughing and smiling is always easy and results in some of my and my client's’ favorite images.  Levity can be sexy!  We’ll alternate between big smiles and small ones.  

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Don’t force it. Confidence is key.

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Modern Glamour is a boutique modern glamour & boudoir photography studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto.  Every modern glamour session is a collaboration.  Let's connect to make your dream shoot happen!

Email me at hello@modernglamour.co to book your modern glamour boudoir portraits.

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Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

Paper Anniversary Gift Ideas

The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.  Which made me initially think of a stack of printer paper.  No that exciting or fun.  How can we give something personal, meaningful? Something full of love and trust and fun?  And made of paper?

For this first of many milestones, a series of prints on paper or an album makes a great gift idea for a paper anniversary.  The big anniversaries, 25 and 50, silver and gold respectively have their origins in the Holy Roman Empire (though I imagine not many people made it to the their 50th given the life expectancies of that era).  

Traditional gift for first wedding anniversary is paper.  The modern gift for first wedding anniversary is a clock.  Even though I’m a fairly modern women, paper in portrait prints, albums or whatever form seems to more interesting.  The big anniversaries, 25 and 50, silver and gold respectively have their origins in the Holy Roman Empire (though I imagine not many people made it to the their 50th given the life expectancies of that era).  

Paper, initially, sounds boring.  But a quick search on Pinterest yielded awesome crafted ideas for paper anniversary gifts (https://www.pinterest.com/explore/paper-anniversary/), and most of them point of lovely hand crafted things on etsy.  Paper, as it turns out, is actually a pretty cool and surprisingly versatile medium for many gifts.

If, however, a boudoir session is on your bucket list, think paper prints. Paper prints which can be made into albums.  

BOUDOIR ALBUM FOR PAPER ANNIVERSARY

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On the occasion of her first anniversary, this beautiful muse and mother of a five month old, wanted to do a boudoir session and give her husband of one year an album full of images.  In the image above, she's using her husband's wedding tie as the tiny piece of material covering her. 

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Love this dark red lace set from VS - keyhole high neck bra and matching panty. 

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The body waves that the stylist put in her blonde hair made a gorgeous contrast to the black thigh highs and chemise and garter set. 

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For the final look, the muse had a fishnet body stocking with an open back.  Love these!  

 

If you wanted to do a boudoir session before your wedding as a wedding gift, but didn’t get a chance to do it - consider doing one as a paper anniversary gift for your first anniversary.  Make it even more special by adding your own personalized love letters to your portraits!  Take this moment to use your words and tell your spouse how much they mean to you.  We can leave some blank pages in the album, or you can add sheets of vellum with your own words between your album pages.


As a Boston boudoir photographer, I photographed many boudoir portrait sessions in Boston and collaborated with my clients to create beautiful, sensual and tasteful boudoir images.

Curious about booking a shoot? Email me now for more ideas about bridal boudoir photography in Boston or click the button below. 

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How I Got Over Being Photographed

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How I Got Over Being Photographed


GETTING OVER BEING CAMERA SHY

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Are you camera shy?  Do you hate having your portrait made?  Are you just expecting any portrait of you will crumble your self esteem?  I've been there. Our perception of self and how it relates to what we see when we see our own reflection, in the mirror and in photographs, changes over time.  Is your relationship with the mirror changing too?  

A PORTRAIT SESSION CAN BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

We don’t look like what we used to look like.  And that’s okay.  Looking at images from high school, from college, from my twenties - I can’t believe I ever looked, or was, so young.  And I'm sure in the decades to come I will see images of myself at 40 and think the same thing. 

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There’s a certain point that we hit during your portrait session where you simply forget that you are having your picture taken.  It stops seeming weird, or awkward.  You start enjoying yourself and begin having fun.  You will get to the point where self-awareness drops, I promise.  Have patience. It will come.  

Trying too hard shows.  Through an of one my lenses, I’ve watched body language change as people stand as straight and closed as possible, pull their chins back and bare their teeth.  Inevitably the images show a person smiling as hard as they can and looking nothing like they actually do when they are just being themselves and candid.

Last year, I attempted a self portrait in the studio.  The lighting was lovely, my makeup game was strong, my hair was mostly doing it’s halo of curls thing.  And I hated all of the 900 images I took.  There was something off.  I was trying too hard.  Eventually, I realized that what was missing was a sense of levity; a lightness and candor that I couldn’t muster on my own.  What to do? I called in a professional photographer and asked her to photograph me.  It was then that I realized the absolute difference it makes to have a positive coach on the other side of the camera.  

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As a photographer, I shoot a lot - I pose and move you and I move around too.  There’s a little coaching and laughter.  Laughter is a key element to relaxing and enjoying the process.  Some of the time that I spend with my Modern Glamour clients is spent talking.  Getting comfortable with a new person is an integral part of bringing them into the process.  A supportive and caring atmosphere is created to help you relax and to enjoy yourself. 

LOOK AT YOUR BODY WITH GRATITUDE

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Here's an image of me, shot by a wonderful photographer and good friend.  Feeling relaxed and happy in front of the camera. I'm laughing, which always end up being my favorite images. 

I'm regularly encountering spots that are new to my face and my hands.  Wrinkles, or laugh lines, keep appearing.  There’s not much I can do to stop them.  Even with my daily sunscreen habit.  It’s a part of life.  An earned part.  

When looking at images of ourselves,  we tend to scan immediately for the things we have the most insecurity about.   We look for the thing we dislike about ourselves first.  I want to remind you that you are the only people who is looking for those things first.

Instead, try this. Think about and scan for the parts of you that you like.  Your smile, your hair, your eyes, your legs - whichever parts you dig.  Browse those first.  Look at your body with gratitude.  It’s taken you this far.  

WHO ARE PORTRAITS OF YOU FOR ANYWAY?

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This client brought in a stack of books that were meaningful to her and her partner.  I loved this cheeky denim and patent leather decadently using a stack of books as a footstool.  This was personal, and revealing, but not showing much skin. 

Who are these pictures for?  For you, now.  And for you, later.  Maybe for your family, your children.  There isn’t the one monolithic image that represents you for the rest of your life.  Letting that idea go helps. I know you will enjoy looking at pictures of yourself later.  Maybe tomorrow. Maybe in ten years from now.  A record of a vibrant life. A few facets of an amazing multidimensional person

READY TO HAVE YOUR PORTRAIT MADE?

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Feeling brave?  Ready to Book Your Modern Glamour Session Now? You can trust me to take fantastic care of you and coach you to channel your inner spirit and reveal your outer beauty.  It’s time to revel in your own magic!


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Modern Glamour is a boutique modern glamour & Boston boudoir photography studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto.  I view each shoot as a collaboration, and value connecting with my clients to work together to make their dream glamour boudoir shoot happen.

Email me about your ideas for your modern glamour or boudoir portraits.

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Black and White Bridal Boudoir

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Black and White Bridal Boudoir

BRIDAL BOUDOIR BOSTON

Some of my favs from a recent boston boudoir session for a bride.  For the ones I can share, I processed them all with a moody black and white, with a healthy does of grain for added atmosphere.  Of course, I did capture images of her gorgeous face, but the ones I'm sharing today show little moments from the session that were evocative and sensual and a little mysterious.  

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Boston Glamour Portrait | A Heart for Adventure

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Boston Glamour Portrait | A Heart for Adventure

BOSTON GLAMOUR PORTRAITS

This stunner!  A joy to have grace the studio, she brought in so many beautiful glamour wardrobe options and two amazing friends who championed her throughout the shoot.  They would have been equally amazing in front of the camera, but were feeling too shy the day that they came into the studio.  

Love her soft pink eyeshadow with the big bold lashes. 

A simple jean jacket and sparkly earrings make a casually elegant pairing. 


Modern Glamour is the women’s portrait division of Ars Magna Studio run by artist and photographer Allana Taranto.  I view each shoot as a collaboration, and value connecting with my clients to work together to make their dream glamour portraits happen.


Call me at 617-942-1449 to chat about ideas for your modern glamour portraits.

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Modern Portraits | Soprano Caroline Maria

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Modern Portraits | Soprano Caroline Maria

My approach to Professional Headshots and Personal Branding portraits begins with Discovery.  In a series of questions that my friend and colleague Benjamin Spear of Human Experience helped me create, we dive into what you do and how you feel about it.  These answers help me learn more about you before you come into the studio and builds a framework around which the stylist and I design a custom portrait session.  The more honest and thorough you are with your answers, to better we can craft the right portrait to help you in your own work.  

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Less is More! The Modern Glamour philosophy on retouching

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Less is More! The Modern Glamour philosophy on retouching

I don’t rely on retouching for your Boston Boudoir or Modern Glamour portraits.  In my toolkit are knowledge of flattering lighting, beautiful and natural poses, professional hair and makeup styling and an comfortable environment.  This means I am doing as little as possible in post production.  Photoshop is used sparingly - to make sure that you shine and sparkle. Or smolder. Retouching shouldn’t be noticeable.  What should be visible and vibrant in your portraits is you.

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Modest Boudoir Boston

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Modest Boudoir Boston

Like this muse, you can keep it modest.  Creating a suite of beautiful and sensual images isn't about showing skin.  It's about playing with textures, with color, with dramatic necklines, statement jewelry or (flower) headpieces. 

I love my work as a boudoir and glamour portrait photographer because I want women see the inner spirit and outer beauty that the rest of us can.  Every modern glamour portrait session is unique. Why? Because it’s a celebration of your spirit, of your beauty, of your self.  Celebrate your own authenticity!  It’s magic!

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLAMOUR & BOUDOIR?

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GLAMOUR & BOUDOIR?

Trying to figure out if you want to do a boudoir photography session or a glamour portrait session?  Not sure which is which?  The dividing line between glamour and boudoir is indeed subjective.  The terms glamour and boudoir both imply a specific things, but I want to use this post to explain how I see and interpret the difference.

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Boston Modern Glamour Portraits | Preethi

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Boston Modern Glamour Portraits | Preethi

Look at this beauty!  From a session earlier this year, that I hadn't yet blogged.  All shot - with natural light - in the loft which is one of my favorite locations to shoot. And that's not just because I don't have to travel.  We spend the morning shooting, and I was so glad that Preethi came in with such beautiful colors to wear.  

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NeoFuture Cover Girls | Modern Glamour Fun with Faces by Jillian

White lipstick, white head wrap, white fabric and a beaded necklace to go with a beaded brow. 

White lipstick, white head wrap, white fabric and a beaded necklace to go with a beaded brow. 

A belated sharing of some of my favorite images from a wild day last month here at the studio.  Jillian, of Faces by Jillian, had some ideas - some interesting styling and make up ideas that she wanted to try.  So we set up a day to play. And it was magic.  

The more I photographed this eye - the more I loved it!  

The more I photographed this eye - the more I loved it!  

In making my Style Archetypes on Pinterest, I kept coming across images that were gorgeous, arresting and didn't quite fall into a traditional glamour or boudoir category.  Bold, futuristic, commanding and beautiful in their own way.  I created the NeoFuture Cover Girl board.  To my happy surprise - it's one of the ones that clients (even ones who thought they gravitated to the more romantic side) are drawn to.  So bring on the bold eye make up, bring on the color, bring on the dark lips and the drama!  

These are just some of my favorites.  I'll pose more soon!  

 

 

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Open Studios Portraits

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Open Studios Portraits

Here are a few portraits from the quick portrait sessions we did at Fort Point Open Studios last month.  Jillian came to do make up styling, and we used a simple natural light set up with a big reflector ad an apple box.  Simple. Beautiful. 

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How To Get Your Body Ready For Your Modern Glamour Boudoir Portrait Session

5 WAYS TO GET YOUR BODY READY FOR YOUR BOUDOIR SESSION

Modern Glamour Boudoir is the chance to treat yourself and truly indulge an amazing experience.  Lisette is one on my favorite ladies, and stylists of all time helped create this guide that will get your ready for your Modern Glamour shoot.  Here is how to get your body ready for your boudoir session by playing up the indulgence sensual skin, polished hand and feet, a beautiful smile and beautiful tresses.

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 need to fully inhabit your body with love.  These five steps will help you get there.  

 

 

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Boston Bridal Boudoir

Sometimes clients book a boudoir or modern glamour session for themselves.  Another reason to consider a boudoir portrait session is as a gift to their partner.  A wedding is a great excuse.  Here are a few of my favorite images from a recent bridal boudoir session. 

A great mix of textures against bare skin: lace, mesh, tulle, and faux fur.

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Reasons to do a boudoir sessions before your wedding? Practicing means confidence in front of the camera!  Try out hair and make up looks! Have fun that you can indulge in yourself and then later share and relive with your partner.  

The word bridal make us think romantic white tulle and white lace, you can step further, like M did.  Keeping the classic white, ivory or blush tones, you can then play up different textures.    Accessories like a wedding veil, headpieces, or jewelry can add personal touches of bridal glamour.  M brought the gorgeous pink silk vintage bed jacket above and paired it with a soft pink bra and bloomers.  

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M chose pieces for her bridal boudoir session that showed off the favorite parts of her body.  She's got a beautiful face, of course, and she's obviously put in a lot of work on her shoulders and arms.  

I love ending boudoir session with the white sheets set.  Simple and beautiful, it becomes all about you.  Here, a vintage silk ivory slip and wedding shoes complete the look. 

A short slip and an elegant pose is perfect to show off her beautiful legs and wedding shoes. 


Getting married and curious about doing bridal boudoir session with Modern Glamour?  

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Boston Modern Glamour Portrait | Jesse

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Boston Modern Glamour Portrait | Jesse

THANK YOU for your time and efforts into making me feel and look like a modern goddess. Your artistry speaks so elegantly of your soul and though I barely have a thimble of any whimsical abilities, for the entirety of the shoot, I felt like I stepped into a new lens and refocused on a different perspective of everything around me. 

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Maternity Boudoir

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Maternity Boudoir

Beautiful! Radiant! Fierce! Channeling all of the mother goddess energy in this maternity/boudoir portrait session in Boston. 

I'm honored to be invited back into the lives of my former wedding clients, to document their lives as they continue to shift, build and change.  I'm looking forward to the fall, when their baby boy will arrive to a joyful family ready to receive him in their love.

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Bridal Boudoir Photography Ideas

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Bridal Boudoir Photography Ideas

Ideas about how to plan for a bridal boudoir photography session and what to expect if you decide you’re feeling brave and ready to book your bridal boudoir session. Start planning your ideal bridal boudoir portrait session now!

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Bite Lip Lab NYC | My Experience with Custom Color

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Bite Lip Lab NYC | My Experience with Custom Color

I ply my trade in luxury.  Custom portrait sessions are a luxury.  Modern Glamour is a luxury.  Commissioning a photographer document your life is a luxury.  And custom-created lipstick - definitely a luxury.  A luxury and also a dazzle color splash that will be making my summer brighter and, obviously, more fun.

 While I was in NY on a family wedding long weekend, my friend Katherine asked if I would be interested in getting a custom shade of lipstick made.  What's this now?  A custom created lipstick?  From one of my favorite lipstick brands - Bite?  Yes, please. Sign me up!

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Personal Branding Headshots | Cherose

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Personal Branding Headshots | Cherose

In Personal Branding sessions, we work together to translate your brand into a series of natural and confident portraits that help you sell you.  These portraits are tools for your business.  Professional portraits are an extension of brand identity.   Let's make first impressions count.

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