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Shoot: Students' Turn

Lesson 10 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Shoot: Students' Turn

Lesson 10 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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10. Shoot: 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: Students' Turn

Carlo do you want to come up here sweet with heather question that a lot of folks are asking with regard to focus is with such a shallow depth of field where you focusing eyes and I've closest to me great and I do focus recompose and I have it set on because I like a lot of negative space instead of center sometimes I have to travel so far I usually do the left one all the one all the way left especially when I'm shooting a portrait usually high riser appear so I don't have to do this the whole time I just great pretty much works for me thank you okay I'm gonna stand here also no I'm um can I have the chair again when impossible thank you but I will ask you just if you can sit down um almost on the edge fantastic and you feet towards the direction brilliant and this one and get back fantastic very good and now if you could just look down towards me fantastic just breathe through your mouth gently on look outside the window you want the fan on our front yes brilliant now when I tell you...

just a big breath out and then look at me from there okay so people without me fantastic very good can you do it again for me please it's absolutely fine even going keep that laughter going good brilliant yes, very good yeah now what I'd like you to do with your hands just gently touch your heel very almost caressing and move the hands up this is a great shoes that I want to switch with me no and look at what you're doing yeah and now with me good, beautiful gorgeous fantastic marnie look great. That was really good garland's awesome direction brandi come on in um so he gave you a really clear, specific easy direction and really good when I like that you said look at what you're doing so on that's important yeah, exactly that breathing thing worked for you too was a good one way to go, carl. Oh, awesome. Um how are you feeling? Good. Okay, brandy, we're getting you ready? Yes, in that normal photo shoot you allow you know you say bring a friend with you and you know, if you know someone else in the room do you ever allow spark spouses or partners spouses not allowed? How come? Because the two things one is they're hiring me for something different. You know what I mean? The guy wanted me tio watch a guy wants to watch me shoot his wife it's just a little it can go down a different road that I just don't I say no to andi changes the energy of the shoot and the wife is usually not as open like she's self conscious is it isyou know I'm gonna have to move her manipulate her and sometimes it won't be a flattering so I'm sure she'd feel and she always does feel relieved if she's like my husband kind of wants to come like note not allowed you goes oh, thank god so and it's more fun it's much better for him when he sees the reveal he's going to see the images not the whole process but honestly that's part of the reason but it's really like I've been tried people try hye ri for all kinds of things like I'm a photographer for women you can't watch me shoot no uh um so yeah okay, we're ready sure it's a five hundred to fiftieth and to point out but only do it if that's what you're comfortable with it you know you only got two, eight years tried at one twenty fifteen get the light we do have lenses provided by lens protego if you guys want to try a different lens so you're working with the twenty four seventy my old face okay, you're blowing it out of a good stretch speke could go up to maybe two hundred one sixty two hundred I think that's good I'm gonna have will fail if you couldn't have you sit right here on the window yeah know what I love though is that each of these, um people tried something different like carlos for the chair again marks you're back brandy stinker among the wall so they're not trying to do something that they've already seen, which is pretty cool so you're gonna kind of arch your head back which almost keep its prey to the same time. There you go. What other questions do you have? You wanna get in and out like you wanted? Yeah actually using shoot at eight hundred there? What do you say it again I had can you shoot action? What you like to go to fifty? Because I want to see blur if I don't, you know two hundred reset tether anything else can lots of folks have been asking? Do you shoot male boudoir? Is your subject matter? And if not you, what would you call that? Is that out there? Is there a market? Dude, we are due to our, uh and do you know what again? It's, I'm not for hire to shoot that way because I've had too many salty requests, so I just I will hire a model a male model if I want to do that, but it's not at all, I'm not paid she and is there is there do other people that you know I'm a market no there's more and more a market for couples boudoir we're going to shoot a couple this again I don't shoot couples I'm doing it for y'all but not part of my business but I'm using him maura's an accessory quite honestly I'm shooting the girl and he happens to be in it he's an accessory but so couples I know is getting bigger and bigger especially in terms of like instead of an engagement shoot they do couples boudoir but, um I don't think that there's really a market for due to war I don't know I don't know they don't yeah hold on to your bra strap would light fingers go beautiful coach your facially too what do you want her feeling doing? Relax if it can't breathe out getting a breath that works for marnie good her very nice one more glance this way can I just check something? I want to see your lighting. Okay? Is it dark? Kind of nice. Okay, keep gone. Okay. All right, let me move you, um have you stand over here? So we got a couple more minutes. We're gonna wrap for long. I'm so keep going. We can't take any more questions before lunch got only a few minutes, okay got it yeah, and aren't your bed really heavy for me and I always say pop you bottom out don't be afraid it's just me way go drop your shoulder for me look at her hand it's cliched relax relax let your on your hand excuse me my biggest travel misdirection you know you're doing a great job if that's your biggest problem I'm happy because so far so good okay and let's throw you're here yeah you're arching enough and kind of throw your hair back and I say lean into it just kind of get really grating and nasty with it perfect there we go keep that head arch back perfect keep the shoulder drive relax the fingers that's good and bring the shoulder back a little bit I kind of pushed forward on your with your chest perfect are you paying attention to the light on her face that what you want? I'm a shadowy person okay? And so I kind of like that really strong dramatic oh that's gorgeous good shop brandy you actually coached her? Well, that's not your struggling point, marni would you think pretty good job by them right to you? Thank you, john for the ankle it um so we're just gonna wrap up here and, um I don't know throwing it's canada or what? We're about to wrap for lunch and that was just a quick little demo of natural light beautiful beautiful model really girl never done before yeah, thanks for being so balti taking direction so well

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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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