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Vintage Car Shoot

Lesson 22 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Vintage Car Shoot

Lesson 22 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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22. Vintage Car Shoot


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

Vintage Car Shoot

Okay, so did you guys check out my block and see that vintage car shoot hot right? So we're going to show you we'd shot that on tuesday. Luckily it wasn't raining. He had a beautiful day um and sometime with a lovely model so I'm just gonna play that, uh doing what he does best, I might add and we were alone this car from a friend of the cruise so thank you very much for that but just so you know it's not like you have to spend money just you'd be surprised what you can turn up when you ask your friends I hate to do this I'm just gonna scooch over a little bit more. I need this ship over here because I'm trying to see this in between your baby should that way that's just perfect like that. Bring your other hand on your belly. Okay, relax for a second. Okay? How about you? You feel blunt and sit on it? Um who be careful, lovett what? Oh, well, that's good. I didn't mean like I was thinking more to the side so it's not so vulgar but a little pin a b yeah, I like that you put your shoes t...

o the side kind of like that. Yeah, keep going, yeah, can you put your hands in the middle with you like you didn't even hold that or cup it was fine we'll find something okay can you get a feeling for him on your shoes put him on your knee like don't look at me for any of these awesome and you see a matter of fact it's like I want this to be boulders so scoot to the side let's see now I just don't fuss about do you talk like that? Because she got you normally would have said that because I said that he would have okay I would probably laughed at it but she didn't want to get up on the car I made her get up on the car she was hesitant to sit down so I go okay can we sit? Huh? Okay, okay like saving the bug a laugh at the end so it's not taking like it's not out there you get really sit down now kind of like a silent so I just kind of adult at a laugh how long would you go trying oppose if model doesn't get it um just about that long uh, you know, I was almost ready, tio yeah, just about I don't know. How long did you think that wass at one set up where was fooling with her shirt or when she sat down with her shoe so certain it was a less than a minute? I won't fuss because if it's not work it's nowhere and move on we're not meant to be it's all guiding me towards something more awesome that I haven't thought of yet okay so here's some shots this is from I mean I thought like the curves and the light on this car was just some shoe it um okay here's another set all right girl yeah look at this I won't like you part your lips for me call the other lift heller we need gloss phillips yeah yeah whatthe way keep going keep going and then look at me with your eyes perfect cheated more perfect one more okay can you like get all that off your shoulder a little more yeah hand upon that again because it's helping hide the background uh awesome maybe you're yeah ok you're ready go for it well that was quick I love the headspace on that all right? Okay here's another one didn't sexy so I can shoot it you hot smoke in georgia lovett jackson likes that one and then do the action on this side that was cute do all those little flirtatious looks clear it with someone who is right there yeah, once you slink down now scripture but forward yeah even more and then like cross your legs over a little bit so don't yeah perfect love that can you like just know obscure e er obscure your eyes in someone like you're like really tired that's. Good shit. Me half your jacket. Yeah, harry, I'm going to get this angle. Why don't you switch with region perfect? Can we shut that car door? Um, adam or nika? Awesome. That lei is rocking right on. I don't know, but we'll talk about it afterwards. Lips parted to be tall. Uh, gore, just take your right hand and, like, play with your strap. Like, pull it out. Yeah, I want to see space. Okay, and then take these fingers and, like, make them elegant like this. You could do that laugh again. That would be awesome. Chin up, head up all the way. Keep going. Right there is perfect. One more. No smiling. One second. Stay like that. Love it. Relax for a second. Come up against the wall. Remind me what light we had on here for that. We had an h m maya brought each of my light it's a really expensive video light. We could have probably done it with the light panel, but we didn't have, like didn't get in yet. We don't have it here. So we took one of our studio lights out there, but we could have done the same same basic thing awesome, john, thanks for me, okay, so sure let me show the images and we'll take questions so do you see why I had to have her lips and exactly the right spot and that's why I actually I rarely do I do that but I actually had moved her face and this is again wells with the twenty seventy and how she's pulling down strap much more sexy unlike this hands on knees or with that grip so I kind of manipulated this one heavily I was just digging that freakin red black strike that's what the story is for me like her lips and that line right there. Um sorry before we get started on this one who cannot let the questions questions about the reflector and which side you use most and when and why it's okay, if I need a lot more like I'm gonna use the silver otherwise I try to use the white if we're outside and we'll use the gold weigh used the gold were in seattle kind of blew dull sky and so that just keep a little color into there myself ten did not use aren't the yellow gold ish reflectors a lot but it seemed to work with that red interior so yeah, I rarely used gold also but it worked really well depends on the situation do you use different expression a word depending if you use a model or a young customer or slightly older customers yeah, not really based on age used the same language but if it's a model versus a real woman yeah you don't hear me saying a lot great great. You know the real woman I coach a lot more I talk a lot more I say a lot more is great with the model I'm kind of ok going huh? I don't know if that's working because they're pros were collaborating you know, I'm never gonna tell a real woman that's not really working for me but with models and like no let's try and find something else I feel more like we're partners in it on and I'm left having to, like manage your feelings and sometimes I'm just really blunt with like, uh yeah can you put your ass over here do that? Uh so I just speak a little more plainly and a little bit more rial I guess again a lot of questions today in the chat room regarding touching the models and we touched a little bit about it yesterday. Can you again go over that tips for gentleman out there? Who right? If you want that sure, if you want to approach your model on dh, you need to make an adjustment whether it's her chin or her hair or strap or something it's always best teo honey, I feel so bad that it's always best to ask permission first um you can just say it once up front at you so you don't have to keep reminding yourself to do it but you're like, you know if I need thio adjust your hair or clothing from time to time is it okay if I do that? Uh you know, I kind of I kind of very touchy feely so um you know, sometimes I forget that I myself so like with the reflector do suggest like buying one and then just like trying to prop it up somewhere there's a little nightstand sweetheart get a stand okay, yeah um or if you have an old tripod and closet somewhere because thinking that gets a guy but a number of questions like about shooting outside yeah, so one is do you spend a lot of time scouting locations and if so what are you looking for? Oh that's such a good question and it's not like I set time aside to go okay, I'm going to go scout locations out I just day I'm always you know, I'm always like, oh, that would be great for you know something and like note to self um so I'm always looking for stuff so it's just something I do is part of who I am and stuff I'm gonna ask that question again because I had my like, off uh uh the question wass was when a lot of people are asking about shooting outdoors and, uh, whether you're scouting a lot or whether, what time? What kind of amount of time do you spend doing that? Right? So as I said, yeah, I don't set aside time of my day to go scout locations, but I'm always scouting locations kind of there, my normal daily life. Awesome. What else do you have for me from the chat room? Just last one e um yes, yeah. Observation I can totally see why hair and make up his own incredibly important, especially in this shoot, because if if she were to show without para makeup, the feel of it just would not be the same. Right? And it's not like that non pro could actually do that. Yeah, lindsay did a fabulous job and here's something I'm not shy about if you you can ask lindsey she got a little feathers ruffled, that's any but I'm like more cat I it's not gonna read on camera, shove everything like more more I think I said three times oranges like really like what I'm doing so again, you know you're you're driving this ship for both your car, whatever, um and so make sure you know, you ask for what you need don't decide about it because it's going to show up in your work what about shooting in front of ah location like um the tiffany store in new york city like if a woman really want to play off that theme can you have the name of that building in the shot without as being a course photographer without crossing a line legally you're commercially probably not um for a private boudoir shoot burger just a quick shot um that would be really cool actually and I would use all the guidelines I said on the previous slide get in get out I would already know in mind what I was going to do tell her setting the settings up and then just walk her in and walk around and so uh building again on the outdoors mh picks as I have some great locations for boudoir but I do still worry about people being able to see and how do you handle that and then somebody else had asked is it dangerous sometimes to be out with uh was not really clever right it's a good question but I think it's part of the awesome experience part of busting out of your comfort zone what's going to make it more thrilling and exhilarating and holy crap I can't believe I did that so you know and it's dictated by the client she's up for it she's up for it if she's like I don't know then you're not going to go there you want people you don't want to push past their comfort zones you kind of want a nudge where they're already kind of ready to go so you don't want anyone to do something they're super uncomfortable with but you could tell that you can always tell because they're a little excited about it you know that's kind of what I know on outside location how do you manage temperature if it's too cold for your customer get over it you know have a coat on and then take it off um we're not there a lot a long time and it's just for a little shoot I have to say girls they're great they're not I don't think they're complainers you know especially I've got great clients and they're just like so ready to do this and it's like so what I'm cold great have nipped freeze it's even hotter the car starts do shed on trains train track and the men are going by beeping horns you're like okay must feel desire exactly nothing wrong in that I have to go with what carlos said like yesterday would you? I know you probably didn't have time but would you have kept her goose bumps in yeah because I did notice her yeah, I kind of liked it okay, yeah I wouldn't have voted shop that out ok cool so it's what? Yeah if there if they say they're uncomfortable with something do you ask why no no that's a good question I mean that could be a part of what you d'oh if you want to think that he was just curious because I mean if it's something that's well not only that but you know I mean just generally anything that you know maybe a level of nudity outside that they're not ok with that they are in oh no no no don't shoot we're not going to go down that road I start talking about why she's uncomfortable well actually I mean do you ask on the phone like on the in the phone call originally if they say I don't want to do no like nicole if she says like I'm you know she was showing a little bit more of our reservations um I just talked about with the naturally I don't go why are you uncomfortable what's happened to you in your life nicole that you can't say the word ask you know I'm not going to get like that I just kind of tease that you could say ask come on you know so I don't want to get that I'm not a psychiatrist and I don't want to make it heavy I just I will keep it light and tease like we did and we had a good conversation um something to think about when she goes home with a already let's play the next segment all sexy up in here face that like that I want to see but baby okay no, I'm not feeling this either maybe you can come out for a sec basically what I want kind of like your torso line on here so I want to try something like this okay like this all right, take it yeah, perfect bring this no sorry miscommunicated land your side like you were bring this knee up there we go perfect do you like that stay just as you are beautiful. All right let's see there ago legs awesome up one more she's looking into that at all and then I can see you maybe lee now that's not very big uh daring out ok, I can just barely see you great hold that you don't know I love it okay you that find out the way. Damn okay, you're perfect city player thank you. One more with syria there stay right there. That's so cute now I see me of this perfect excellent one more now I see make sure she's okay I wonder if you know you want to do some kind of peeping in body shots let's roll this down. Okay, so let's say I take a peek at that kind of really sexy right that's mine too and the cat I I'm telling you I'm glad I told lindsay three times to do that um smile with your eyes I say that a lot if I have, you know we'll see it later girl with a white man's button button down shirt the white man's fear no man white button down um or like behind the pillow with kathy from the budget hotel here so yeah, I like to see laughter and eyes uh oh, this one last piece I sorry forgot wait tough to get all cramped in there I think that's pretty sexy can you take your left hand and put it on your shoulder? You have it open up a perfect skiing you see that better now this was not sexy, so you get your kill there so get more underneath your fields going there? Yeah, bring him all the way towards you as much as possible your field there you go, but now tells you but to me you're everything and move it down an inch sorry, perfect. Keep going and perfect don't move a muscle, so bring your left knee up a touch yeah, more, more, more, more split the difference down a little bit down, down, down, down, down, down okay, perfect. Maybe I should check my exposure one of these times when you're framing and tight every little okay difference, then we're done okay, so here's the shots from there that was when I was peeking through, see how important that hand is. Um, this is the goose bumps, and when she was fiddle around with your left hand, it just wasn't working, right? And so this is what I wound up, but I really wanted her. Yeah, so I was luli, fussing with her legs to get them in the right line and that's the last one, because I really wanted to see the red right, and I think that's, a who was fun.

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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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