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Shoot: Grey Seamless, Students' Turn

Lesson 24 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Shoot: Grey Seamless, Students' Turn

Lesson 24 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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24. Shoot: Grey Seamless, Students' Turn


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: Grey Seamless, Students' Turn

Any questions um do michelle yeah sorry before you shoot I don't know you I love you like here with shots hair whip yeah do you have them like with a certain way towards the lights that when you're shooting they're facing a certain way or you just can't let him go I just let him go for and otherwise there's too much to think about okay and I just shoot it way go okay carlos on the fan I like this santa you're just a little hottie I'm really excited seriously I'm gonna have him cross cross your legs the way that goes ahead it before perfect and go ahead and drop on your hands and give me like a like a jet that hit out and then just kind of like I am during perfect yeah I'm drop your chin just a little bit what were you saying my eyes are tearing a such a beautiful moment you're sorry yeah perfect and I go ahead and drop that hand yeah actually that's what let me just see what I got to close your eyes for me sold it okay looks a little tired I think weakness yeah um I don't know how to s...

how you ok I think when you're working with the strobe especially you haven't worked with them before it's important to review because the light you see is not what you're shooting okay so it's important we get we are checking this if it's flattering her face. Okay, yeah. That's good to know, because your life is set perfectly in terms of exposure. So now I'm just saying, is it flattering to her? Ok, but it's, you did a great job. Move on. Okay, s o go back up into that. That hair thing again, I just want you to run your hand, just write down and just kind of like it's, like a caressing leva kind of down that chin. Yeah, perfect, nice and slow. Go ahead and take a deep breath while you're doing that one more time for me. Up and down. Perfect. Yeah, cut those lips again. That was really hot, gore. Just all right, let's do it into the light. Maybe with the other way. And I just want you to just open those eyes right into it. Yep. Gorgeous and open those eyes. Perfect. Let's do both of them. You just run both hands down. Yeah, actually go ahead. And just like laying up there, both of them just cost over. Nice and relaxed. Yeah, and I'm going to turn a little bit more. Yeah, second, you're here that's really pretty michelle like that. Like that who I love getting body shock down, nobody shot well, the whole thing's working in the fan is me our thing really nicely gorgeous. I'm going to run one of those hands straight down, but leave the other one. Relaxed. Yeah, watch where you're cutting her off at the knee. Oh, I'm not even looking at that good point. Okay, can I get in there? I don't even know. Get up in there. Just don't block your own light. Perfect. Keep running that down gorgeous. When your eyes towards me nice and hot, you're such a hottie and a lot of it going. Okay, this time, we when you run it down, I want you to just keep going all the way down your body. Just gonna ask you to get down guard just beautiful away like that a lot. Okay, I'm go ahead and turned towards me. I can do that fan. Lookit, you're helping me that's. Great. Um, with a kind of going in the wind thing that was great. Um, and that's have you just grabbed one side this time? Yeah. Perfect. Kind of like, bring that elbow back a little bit and give me that. Nice. Nice. Yeah, pop. Perfect. Can I suggest something that she does just the opposite way more flattering on her face, okay? And what like okay that's yeah they like that and just kind of play with it out there like you just kind of move it back and forth yeah perfect if I could make one other adjustment like your care move it onto that side like this yeah yeah you can even tell us a little bit while you really knew over there yeah perfect gorgeous really pretty gorgeous and offer me sweets great job right? You're rocking it given her great direction good um as long as you pay attention to your friend where it's cutting her off and that her head is always pointed in the most flattering okay direction which is generally usually toward yeah ok he's up next this is awesome to have any questions over there. Yeah, we sure dio there is a question from kg photo twenty two and basically on the wardrobe we know how important your shoes are to you in all the shots and how come this model isn't wearing any like pretty heels or something like helper leg posture? Anything? No, actually what it is to reasons one we're not shooting the carpet because uh really seamless is only good on hardwood you can't use it on carpets forget about it especially with hell she'll put great through so often when I shoot on the seamless when I bring it on location I'm only doing it for mediums and close ups and the reason why she's not wearing any shoes is because I wanted to be comfortable with our senior shoes anyway and I needed to be a short as possible me of taller you know, um because it's more flattering asking her to squat which I had to do with kenna the whole time I shatter this get true shorter so it's not necessary that she wear shoes right now. Um so who's up next are you ready? Blaming let's see you look at that beautiful shot was cropping a little bit. You ready to go? B don't be shy uh, question is when you are shooting a full body this is from hannah since, uh when you're shooting a full body shot are you focusing on her face as well? Or what part of her face for worrying focusing? Well, it depends what the story is if it's a film you know, a silhouette. No, I'm not focusing on her face, but if it's ah like she's laying down and she's looking at her body yeah, I'm interested in how she surveying the land and loving it. So it depends what the story's about. So it does shift depending on um yeah, what the story is so full body shot doesn't necessarily mean I'm focused on her body necessarily could be your shoes tickle tickle is wondering about the bodies of shooting different parts of the body. Some photographers would never photograph the under arm area not finding it flattering. And how do you view that? And you do any special edit makeup under arms? Yeah, I think under arms or sexy so I don't have a hang up with it, but I definitely will clean it up a little bit if it needs it. Absolutely. And touching armpits get photoshopped a lot. He's ready to go? Okay, baby. Let's, go get somebody. Okay? I told you they were playing on my butt. Yeah. Brandy thank you. Are you my fan person wants, um um let me make sure it's still shooting like I said before the one nobody could hear me. Gordon um okay, can you face me has turned good, good, good, good, good, good. And, um go ahead and cross this lake over that awesome turn your shoulder starts moving and bring this hand up under way just in a fire. What was that? What? It was it's good go again? Sometimes it doesn't fire it's. Okay, I didn't say I didn't notice that it didn't matter. All right, that's my fault. Alright, you look, you look down here at brandy awesome, and bring your eyes right at me and get back down and a brandy and then bring your eyes riding me good and I want you going drop your good um and bring that shoulder towards me just a little bit more good and through this hand upon your good and bring it up a little bit good, good, good good and kind of bring the shoulder forward towards me awesome and kind of bring your shoulders down so you nervous just a little that's it come on that's a great laugh will be that that keep going mommy is watching uh oh come on. That would be awesome though. Um hey brennan can you come down awesome and then um yeah can you use this for my uh that's innocence and I'm just one side uh and that one and then go ahead and good and kind of hold it out like you're like you're a ballerina quick alright okay and runny brain let me talk to you for a sec you seem to be moving around a lot and you know I love it when you move on but um why don't you stick with something a little bit longer and take more than one picture um because you don't like it no talk to me yeah I mean if I mean if I'm not feeling on the first couple I just kind of go okay, this is actually you know, you could have worked this a little bit more what don't you know why don't you stick with it? But I'm telling you to stick with it a little bit more um the close up that I saw you know you cropped her in a weird spot it just needed a more flattering composition centered um you're doing a great job communicating with your model I think you're overly focused on that though, so maybe chatter a little less stick with one shot a little bit more and really pay attention to what you're composing in the frame let's go awesome okay, go ahead let's now let's now close the way we need some props to sex it up I was gonna wait till the next what to do do with a problem really you and not to do it that you know, not a clue do you want to do this or should we wait? Ok. All right, so, um jon do you wantto tie that on her for me? Hello? Uh way wearing the reason I'm asking is just like too many things right is like the earrings the bracelet blaze the cat mask it's all like competing so I'd like to keep it simple as you know, I'm just gonna fix her hair a little bit so it's not popping up and then let's get the fan really blow it out me al get your head down a little bit it's public innit get the lighter, better and you holding it is totally fine. Okay? Uh, yes, smiles don't work with the maps, all that well, I really don't okay, nate, you were gonna move on to the next model soon, so just take a couple more, try and make this one work corner had done hello to flirt with you with their eyes, smile with their eyes, met her mouth. Now what we owe you can't feel the mask. You can't feel the mess. Sorry, not everyone could wear that.

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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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