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Shoot: Bedroom Set, Model

Lesson 17 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Shoot: Bedroom Set, Model

Lesson 17 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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Lesson Info

17. Shoot: Bedroom Set, Model

Next Lesson: Shooting Q&A


Class Trailer

Day 1




Let’s Get this Party Started Right!


Redefining Boudoir: YOUR Brand & Style


Working with Women


Creating Relaxed Clients


Posing and Anti-Posing


Flattering All Body Types


Lesson Info

Shoot: Bedroom Set, Model

I'm going to take actually one of my first faraway sha I'm actually going to do with eighty five because I kind of have it um so keep you could keep asking questions I can kind of feel full I'm gonna have to step away further so I love what you're doing. Um let me see how to place the legs don't typically like that way but it's kind of working for you honey let's cross him for a second yeah that's gorgeous. Oh, I'm all caught up in my mind mike um and can I have the light a little bit out here so it's more flattering the too far too far too far too far um, and then why don't you just look towards the life that have more? There we go, perfect and then blow her and then lean forward and you can even your hands, whatever. Okay, okay, great. Yeah, I like that. I need the fan to kind of find her better. Can you take those shoulders down on one side and either side doesn't matter whatever size easier really pull it all the way down. Awesome. Yeah, yeah, exactly. Sorry hold on one side, I don...

't work, but we'll take the fan always assumed as you can ready, but hold on one second while this tethers up okay and really push your hips out on that one shoulder up that's great awesome. Hold that until my camera catches up with me sorry gonna keep talking because that was a great pose cameras already okay, here we go extreme and awesome close your eyes for one perfect beautiful fans in my shot a little great a lot of stuff is in my shot. Okay, beautiful. Now I want you to take your legs actually and point him down that way yeah, I think we'll see more you can keep them crossed don't want to kind of see more of your hip yeah that's an even better pose lots of shoulder extend your right heel so I see maybe the hell all right let's get enough perfect nice fan work john gorgeous rave in one more okay, great. So cixi alright let me get closer going to take a couple of close ups here try and get down let's do that side you already leaning towards that side so let's try it make sure that doesn't fall down. Try and relax your shoulders as much as possible but still popped that one actually flirt over it at me um so I'm gonna be right by the late I'm stepping all over my tethered cord let me just do light kill the fans okay that's way too late just checking light uh somewhere in between okay ready perfect I like that look down and take your hands I want to have some movement you have the most beautiful hands and I'm eleven this now foolish so you've got some good things going on and taking super tight so just yeah but just be aware that your life is right here so try not to block it look at me one more did I catch a blink okay cool no that was great um let's get this off hey let's get really high let's get the sweater off some catching you kind of in between I think we might keep the fan turned off because we get a little bit of this because you're kind of blinking back so sorry about that do you wanna take a question yes alright okay ad do you use custom white balance when you use so many light sources like you have ambient light from the chandelier and you have naturally from the windows I always use auto okay question from sam cox is some photographers learn their craft by assisting experienced professionals is that it does that happen in boot the boudoir industry say it again sorry some photographers learned their craft by assisting experienced professionals yeah does this happen in the boudoir industry because they're saying that I would think clients would want us feel a little bit as possible yeah I'll let my client know if I'm having an assistant who's learning or one of my students or someone I'm mentoring just shadowing um but they know their professional on they don't um take center stage they don't really start asking me questions they just are fly on the wall that watches or I'll just say this is my assistant who's holding the fan it just happens to be a photographer you don't need to know that um but yeah, that happens but I always make sure it's okay with the client first right? Barb photo is wondering if you have ever done a boudoir session as a client yourself yes, I have and does that my follow up question is did that help you become a better photographer? Absolutely. I think if you shoot boudoir you should have it done for the men uh that's a little funny but I would suggest you step in front of the camera some way can be just a head shot or lifestyle session something that maybe is outside your comfort zone so maybe you're wearing something that's like so not you carlo is laughing his ass off back eleven so get your motorcycle jacket ready. Um but yeah, absolutely totally can help you relate once you've been there and you kind of really, um have a new respect for it like a lot of people say, wow, I didn't realize how hard it was or how hard, how much hard work it was or how tiring or like how much I really didn't know what to do so I was so relying on you telling me um it really will help you out and uh I think it's a great selling point to as you say I've been there I've done it myself again it's like walking the walk perfect things alright I'm loving this color I just wantto freaking move the bed and she you up against the wall so awesome looking okay so maybe what we do is get maybe um against that mirror I love the gold and green um so it's much back here is possible can we move the bed would that be so horrible take it away yeah we could do that awesome we'll take two seconds to move the bed just get someone to help lift here just take the mattress away thanks carlo you helping with thanks everyone crystal do you have time for another second? I sure did uh how would you shoot directly overhead and do you like to do it as in like clients on the bed in the correct of the cameras directly yeah absolutely I do that a lot. Okay. That's from rainbow yes, I do. I love to do that angle and the question is from zero star do you mainly use out of focus manual focus um mostly auto focus most of time I've been in auto focus this whole times let us know when you're okay maybe we'll do the fifty in how about some poker right over here right right here no no keep going you're right you're right split the difference half a foot right let me try this first you're so tall yeah well then I just want to see this light for a second just maybe a little boost john it's not bad actually to this day okay and then I'm gonna use the fifty just the eighty five for a few minutes and then the fifty real quick if digging this taken this gorgeous ok raven let's rock this out all right we have a few minutes to get some killer shit thanks john just turn this a little bit there we go okay perfect so beautiful just once you yeah just like in love with a damn so and do a little you can turn your hips that way yep uh huh and then shoulders yeah actually you know what I want to see the back of that because it's crisscross it's pretty cool what we see your bra okay forget I said that at no worries nowhere is just give me some shoulder watch yourself, john gorgeous oh, you're someone second home this is a treacherous job right there is perfect. Can you do me a favor and cross your legs more like this? Perfect and can you like bring your hand up your body excellent hold that hold on second beautiful oh, I know what I'm missing can we do the fan just trying avoid arise just the lower part of her okay beautiful okay keep going fans in my shot a touch there we go okay, keep it moving one hand at one hand down awesome great beautiful oh hold that beautiful close your eyes if it bothers you but always okay but have a slight smile on your face like okay that is I am such uh you know let's have more smiling happiness okay like you're eleven it keep your legs crossed that way for me thanks. Let me see if I'm even like and you had this look yeah that's good, cool um try something like that awesome get that fan work in john let's find it see if I like that I like that keep laughing like that that was great. Keep doing it beautiful flirt with john for a second. Thank you. Keep doing it for the light and I have to be done okay, so good with that. Um can we kind of take start taking that off and we don't have to get really sexy but you have something on underneath it, right? Okay, sweet can you try getting up on here? Um you're good, I'm gonna go waste up no, I don't like that at all okay, I want you to know I'm trying to shoot wide horizontal for craig that we're good okay, so um let's see some hair toss can you turn your head and toss your hair around? How about you just mess it up look straight at me and like yeah, really get into it hold on one second can you squat down a little bit start or take your here well don't unbuckle them okay keep going ok slight smile and tested up tossing around screw it up close your eyes get crazy good good good keep going um squat just a tiny bit more I'm so sorry but I want also the light in the background keep going whoa, that was perfect. Hold on, I gotta catch up with you, okay? They see a couple of those were saucy. Okay, cool. No, you can't all right, let's get sexy with this smear. Let me see you can either put your back up against it, but I like kind of how it's framing you gonna try and work around it? I'm going to kind of bite nicole's idea maybe trying to see through the chandelier. Do you guys have any questions? I'm changing lenses and waiting for my camera to be ready let's find you some unless we have any in the audience over here johnny have any questions okay, so hand not out that wide because I don't get him in my frame but that's just the idea beautiful and can you just cross your legs a little bit or spread them open one or the other ok hold on one sec gotta wait for this to catch up with me okay hold that hold hold it okay beautiful gorgeous hold that right there and then looked that way way more okay how about actually hands up against that yeah that's pretty sorry I have to go this side and just getting a camera man out of the shot over this way a little bit more perfect little less half a perfect thing's gonna do a little cross your legs or bend a hit kind of can you lean up against that without truck yeah oh that's good I like that look back at yourself awesome can you totally can you put your hand up against it yeah yeah perfect gorgeous really and then look at me okay let's look at yourself good and turn around oh my goodness your eyes I need more light on her right there don't move okay get up all in your own business and like cheated so I could see your face also so more to me or to me or to me perfect and then yeah it's pretty uh that fan is great keep doing it I loved how it was blowing her hair press your face so that was perfect not loving the light not hittner actually that's perfect don't change it e I lead, okay, yeah, yeah, you could put him on the mirror if you want, okay, but not there because you're blocking the chandelier so anywhere awesome. Lean in closer. God, look at yourself, look down. Yeah, keep going. Oh, I like that. Can you kind of get in with your shirt right there? They get as low as you can, uh, you know what I mean? Cool. So just make it hot, right? There's. Good already. Can you look at me of your shoulder this way? Yeah, you can turn more if you need thio. Well, I'm at forty there's the hair, hold that. Stay right there. Beautiful. Keep going. Oh, I love that. Wait, wait, wait, I gotta blink. Hold on, do that with a cute smile again, one more just to safeguard it, okay.

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Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

This is meant to be a HELPFUL review for those that are wondering if they should purchase this workshop. About 75% of what I took away from this workshop was posing, composition for boudoir and the importance of eye lines and capturing movement. I had two boudoir sessions a week after this workshop and my images significantly improved. I was able to coach my clients through poses better, direct them on where to look for better eye lines, I was more aware of their posture and how to fix it, I think I sounded more professional and felt more confidant with getting awesome poses, stand out expressions and adding movement to my images. I put a fan on my client the way Christa does.. and she is right! The instant I put the fan on my client, her expression changed and you could tell she was really "feeling it". She told me she felt like a real supermodel right after I turned on the fan. If you are looking for inspiration on how to coach women and pose for boudoir then Christa is the girl for you. I think the most worthwhile thing I learned watching this is something that will help me in the years to come... with my brand, my website, my workflow and my business goals. I learned how to "keep it simple" which is Christa's tag line. For example Christa brings a roll of gray background paper and uses gaffer tape to hang it from the wall of the hotel (instead of bringing a 12ft background stand). I know this seems simple but this will change my life! I hate dragging equipment back and forth. There are some negative reviews on here about Christa's technical skills, but I think these people may have missed the whole point. If you provide an awesome product and an awesome experience for your client, they will buy it. And guess what.. your client will never know if you used your camera in auto or manual and they won't care if you used one light instead of two. As someone who has been in business for 3 years doing boudoir exclusively I learned a lot. I see a lot of value in learning from someone who doesn't spend a lot of money on fancy equipment, yet charges her clients over $3,000 for sessions. I'm a huge fan of her keep it simple philosophy and I'm glad Christa is willing to be honest about her workflow and how she best utilizes her time. Your not going to agree with or use everything Christa talks about, you take the parts that you like and are most helpful to you and work them into building a stronger business.

a Creativelive Student

AWESOME DEAL on Christa's course. I just sent an email to my husband to tell him thanks for "gifting" me this course. I told him just the ONE CLASS about pricing was worth the full $129 price of the course. And there are over 50 classes?! That is a crazy stupid good deal. You can learn something good from every class you take, every book you read, and just apply the stuff that works for you. There are a lot of people out there who seem to just enjoy giving crappy reviews, and to me it's almost like bullying. How someone could not find $129 worth of value in this course is beyond me. In my opinion this course is worth over a thousand bucks, because it can help you make SO much more money. I hate when I see people whining about things that are not 100 percent perfect, and they get annoyed if the person isn't catering to their exact needs. It's like the Yelper generation, with a disturbing sense of entitlement. I would love to see those people try teaching a class about boudoir and see if they could do any better. It also seems like, the more popular a person gets, the more other people feel the need to tear them down. I'm grateful that Christa even offered this course at ALL. Thanks Christa for all you do to help those of us who really need to know this stuff. You rock.

a Creativelive Student

I never thought I would shoot boudoir. I am a shy and private person. I started entertaining the idea when I first saw Christa's work and saw how beautiful and tasteful it can be. I love her lighting and all that she uses from historic painters and sculptors. I watched all three days live and learned a ton. I have a lot of lighting education, but it was nice to freshen up my skills. I loved the posing tips and the three typical situations she uses for one shoot. I loved learning about how she shoots in hotels and also using things like an outdoor situation. I have now shot my first boudoir session and it was a total hit. I am thrilled to show my client her images. This was fantastic! Thank you, Christa!

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