i recently found a girl i went to high school with on facebook, and it turns out she's a photographer these days (in the los angeles area), and does boudoir!Christa Meola Pictures, Inc. Women
the following is from her blog ... thought it made sense to share it in this thread:
Ten Tips on How to Feel Relaxed & Sexy when being Photographed
1. Focus on Having Fun
Make your goal to have fun, not to get great shots - thatâ€™s my job
Everyone looks their best when theyâ€™re genuinely having a great time.
I know this is very Tony Robbins of me, but heâ€™s not the only one who recognizes the power of visualization. Make it a practice to see the experience of having a great time, feeling sexy, everything going smoothly, seeing the photos and loving them. Be specific and visualize from your point of view, as if youâ€™re in it.
3. Get Inspired
Look at movies and art for inspiration, tear pages out of magazines and begin to recognize your style and sensibilityâ€¦ what is sexy to you? This will help you communicate with your photographer and help guide the shoot.
4. Show Up With All Youâ€™ve Got
When I say show up, I donâ€™t mean to just show up. Bring it. And be open. Karen deserves all the credit for the success of her shoot, because she showed up, really stretched way outside her comfort zone and gave it all she had.
5. Be Sensual
Use your five senses during the shoot: play music, have a bite of chocolate, a sip of wine, put on a favorite scent, wear a kick-ass outfit you feel great in, and think of memories that make you blush, smile, and sweatâ€¦ Do everything and (well, almost) anything that gets you hot.
6. Be Silly
Any shyness tends to go right out the window after the first few minutes or so of being silly. I am the biggest ham during a shoot, and I embarrass myself frequently (not always on purpose), but this serves me well as it usually puts everyone at ease. Just goof off and have fun! See how outrageous and silly you can be - itâ€™s easier for the photographer to tone you down, rather than fire you up!
7. Create Movement
I often hear but I donâ€™t know how to pose. Well thatâ€™s good, letâ€™s not do that! Create a little action, however, so thereâ€™s energy in every shot. Câ€™mon you all know how to flirt! If youâ€™re on a shoot with me, I can show you some sexy moves (hey hey).
8. Remember the Context
The sheer fact that youâ€™re in front of the camera being photographed is damn sexyâ€¦ itâ€™s powerful and vulnerable at the same time, which is an unbeatable combo - enjoy it!
9. Fake It
Iâ€™m not telling you to fake the real deal, but if you donâ€™t feel 100% confident and sexy while on a photo shoot, FAKE it. Works every time.
10. Be Yourself
Honor who you are, in this moment. Donâ€™t wait to lose a few pounds. (Besides, Iâ€™m a pro at retouching, and Photoshop is the best personal trainer in the world - more on that in another post!) But itâ€™s important that you FEEL sexy, so if working out for a few weeks is going to do that, then great. But letâ€™s not wait for all the planets to be aligned and your bangs to be the right length. The time is now. You are sexy and beautiful just as you are.
Bonus Tip: And of course, add alcohol