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| p.1 #1 · Boudoir - tactic for insecurity |
First of all, thanks for reading,
I have a separate business for my boudoir photography, and I really enjoy it. I do much more with portraits (mostly family), but love doing the boudoir when I have the opportunity.
Had a client, who seemed really excited over the past 4-6 weeks, but recently let me know she was panicking a bit and reconsidering, she had some concerns about her weight (even though she's only barely over 100lbs). I spoke to her, and after talking about what was REALLY important to her husband (he was getting this as a surprise gift), and post-processing, posing, angles, etc., she felt much better about it all. In subsequent followups, she was very excited about the shoot.
So I show up to the gorgeous booked boutique inn, with my hair/MUA, and the client proceeded to firmly let me know right off the bat that she would NOT be doing "any of those sultry expressions" because she couldn't do them, so she'd rather avoid her face as much as possible. I tried to be upbeat and confident, asking her to trust me, but she repeatedly would get very skittish about her legs, her face, her arms, her backside, etc. (basically, most of her). I REALLY, REALLY tried, and I think I did a good job capturing what little of her I could. I have to say that at times, my mind was spinning through ideas, 80% of which weren't within her parameters. It was just a case of her being very insecure with her appearance (unwarranted IMO, but to each their own).
At the end of the shoot, she thanked me repeatedly, and let me know she was glad she did this, rather than put it off or cancel it.
But I can't help wondering what other approaches I could have taken, other than upbeat/confident, and viewing it as a challenge. I think/hope she'll enjoy the images after I process them, but just felt like I could have gotten such a wider range of poses/scenes if I could have found a way to incorporate more of 'her' into the photographs. Thoughts?