Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Styling Your Boudoir Portrait Album

Every boudoir portrait album commission that I accept is highly tailored to suit my client’s taste and objectives.  As a result, I have produced albums in a range of styles, including colourful contemporary glamour, fashion-oriented, and fine art black-and-white.

For example*, in the following figure studies, we were aiming for a classic retro black-and-white glamour style.

Example 1

Example 2

With the next figure study series, we went for a somewhat more contemporary fine art style.

Example 3

Example 4

Developing the look for a custom portrait album is almost always a collaboration between me, my client, and sometimes a stylist that we engage for the project.  Talking about different styles such as the above, and identifying the target looks and images for the album is an important initial stage in that collaboration.  My clients invariably use words like fun and exciting to describe the creative journey that they undertake with me.

From concept, through photography, post-production, and printing, the process of producing a custom portrait album typically takes 8 to 12 weeks.  Some album makers have extended production lead-times during the annual peak demand seasons.  If you’re thinking that a custom portrait album like this would make a great Christmas 2009 or Valentine’s Day 2010 gift for your special someone, now is the time to contact me to open the discussion.

*I have said it here before, but it bears repeating.  It is a standard term of my portrait agreement that I will only make public use of a commissioned intimate portrait with the client’s written consent.

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