One of the reasons I originally got into photography was due to the Hollywood glamour shots of the 1930s, 40s and 50s shot of Hedy Lamar, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, the list goes on and on. When you add that lighting to the boudoir style images of the same era something magical happens! I was fascinated with that style of images and especially the lighting.

Today I don’t often get to shoot that style, but a shoot I did last week with model/actress Grace Gordon started to lend itself towards that style. We didn’t exactly go all the way to the Hollywood drama lighting but at the same time the images do have an old Hollywood look and feel to them.


Grace Boudoir 1

If you have been following my blog for a while you may remember Grace from a shoot we did a couple of years ago. She appears in my portfolio gallery “Portraits & People” in 4 separate images as well as in the second image on the home page.  Needless to say we like working together.

Last week when Grace came to the studio we only had a loose idea of where we wanted to go with the images. We wanted something alluring and that would catch people’s eye. We decided to go for that old fashioned look and see what came out. I have to say that we were both very happy with the final results.

Many people will say, “Wow she looks great but I will never look that good.” If you think that, you would be wrong. True, Grace is a model and actress but she wasn’t 100% that day. She had a late night with a friend from out of town, she over slept and she had to dart to the studio to be only 30 minutes late. Excited is what she was; excited and enthusiastic! That is what shines through in these images.


Grace Boudoir 8

All actresses and actors are just normal people thrust into the limelight. At some point they still have to do laundry, cook dinner, and do the dishes. And who looks great the moment they wake up? Not me that’s for sure! The point is that they get excited about being in front of the camera and that is what shines through; that is what came through with Grace too.

Sure these are boudoir shots but they could be any shots of any person who is excited about having their picture taken. I shoot boudoir of both women and men too. Gender isn’t a barrier, willingness is all it takes. So when you schedule your portrait session, boudoir shoot or just your family portraits get excited, be enthusiastic and then be prepared to look as good as your favorite actor!

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