Boudoir Photography

5 reasons why every woman at least one time should go boudoir

Portrait photography is always extremely challenging, for the photographer as well as for the model, even when everyone who is involved is fully clothed. But bringing things into the boudoir can be an entirely different challenge.

For a woman, a first-time boudoir photo shoot can be very overwhelming. Stripping to your lingerie in a bedroom in the presence of a photographer is a daunting task. No matter how much self-confidence you have, it takes some guts to strip and be comfortable in front of the camera, alone or with your partner. But the outcome of the boudoir photo session will outweigh the cons of the uncomfortable feelings. As a woman or couple having this on your bucket list you will be thrilled with the result.

This article serves as a reference to why a woman should push her limits and should book a boudoir session. Today!

The Heat Is On
The heat is on – in frame: Nika (Czech Republic)

Rediscover your most sexy groove

A lot of women think it might be essential to change their wardrobe or it is trivial to switch hair colours or to cut the hair to get their sexy look back again. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution. But booking a boudoir session and put on your most sexy pieces and view the result of your efforts will make you feel sexy for the years to come. Boudoir photography aids you in finding how good-looking you are and how beautiful your body is. You will find out there is more to you than freshly done hair your beautiful smile or eyes. Don’t be afraid to find out what will be discovered during the shoot.

No Fury Like a Young Girl's Ego
No Fury Like a Young Girl’s Ego – in frame: Kate Ri (Belarus)

Pamper yourself

Women tend to put others first in their lives a lot of the time. Why don’t you take some time out for yourself? As a woman, when it comes to pamper yourself, there is no better way to do so than going boudoir. Book a shoot, go shopping and buy yourself that lingerie set you always wanted. Boudoir will make a great gift for yourself! You will love every minute of it, starting with the preparation for the shoot until you discover the final result.

Dorchester
Meeting her at London’s Dorchester Hotel, tonight – in frame: Mirin (Belgium)

Surprise your partner with something extremely sexy

Traditional gifts for your lover doesn’t cut it anymore. Go with the trend, get a boudoir to surprise him. Imagine the look on his face when you overwhelm him with a little black leather album full of sensual pictures of the one he loves! He already is convinced you’re beautiful on your worst days and in your yoga pants, so now is the time to show him how smoking hot you are in a classy lingerie! He will be blown away. It may be a side he’s never seen!

 

Boost your self-esteem, build your confidence

Boosting your self-esteem is easy if you decide to go boudoir. You will discover positive things about yourself. You are beautiful, and boudoir makes you realize it! You will see how gorgeous you really are. It will put a pep in your step and it will be the strongest confidence builder you’ll ever find.

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Bedroom Flamenco – in frame: Kate Ri (Belarus)

 

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Book of Dreams

Blue Mountain Photographic Arts featuring Kate Ri

Book of Dreams
Book of dreams

A dark, cold evening mid-January. I’m trying to maneuver the car through the heavy evening traffic in the hearth of Brussels. May if I can take a speed lane I still can make it on time for my shoot with Kate Ri at 6:30 pm.

6:20 pm. Still ten minutes to find a parking spot and hurry up to the shooting location.

I will meet Kate in a Brussels guesthouse called “Louise sur Cour”. The Neo-classical style house dates from the 19th century but is renovated with great attention paid to conserving heritage.

Just in time (as usual), I’m at the guest house’s front door, texting Kate that I’ll wait outside. Once entered, I discover what a wonderful place the building is: a successful combination of 19th century architecture with a respectful and daring renovation, decorated with art works and exceptional furniture.

Situated at the second floor, Kate’s bedroom seems to be pretty common in regard to the rest of the building. But then she shows me the hidden bathroom. A paradise to use as a shooting location.

Enjoy the pictures as much as I did when creating them.

Kate In The Mirror
Kate in the mirror
So Sweet
So sweet

 

About Kate Ri:

Kate is a travelling model, originally from Belarus but actual residing in Warsaw. Being a fulltime model, she crosses Europe to cooperate with hundreds of photographers.

She is a very experienced model. a real nice person, very easygoing and laid-back. To me it was a pleasure to work with her.

In case you like to find out more about her, please visit her blog: Kate Ri – travelling model

 

A Girl I Think I Used To Know
A girl I think I used to know
Everything Is Quiet Now
Everything Is quiet now
Memories of a traveling girl
Memories of a traveling girl
Foam Bath Tenderness
Foam bath tenderness

 

 

The White Wall

Blue Mountain Photographic Arts featuring Alena

Last week I had a studio shoot in Holland with Alena, a Ukraine born and 21 years young. A stunning, funny, little lady.

As a studio setup, we choose for a plain white background. No accessories. Only the model in front of the camera, without any stuff that could disturb her presence.

You can view and enjoy some the shoot results below.

 

See you later,

Ben.

 

 

Alena in violet

Blue Diamond

Dance Of The Black Swan

New Sensation

Wild hearts, blue jeans & white shirts

It could've been her golden hair

Three times a lady

Three black and white portraits all shot at more or less the same angle.

Three different models, each one with her own typical facial expression.

Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in mind
And now that we’ve come
To the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud!

Your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, your once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

Lionel Ritchie

 

Sensualité
SensualitéPhotography by Ben De Winter – In frame: Lena Filanea (Ukraine)

 

The Cats In The Cradle
The Cats In The Cradle – Photography by Ben De Winter – In frame: Ija Del Mar (Belgium)

 

Black On White
Black On White – Photography by Ben De Winter – Model: Anna (Ukraine)

 

Do me a favor and leave me a reply to let me know which you like the most!

 

See you again soon!

Ben.

5 things I freaking hate as a photographer

Photographers are a friendly enough bunch, but there are some things that really get on our nerves. They’re those little things that happen again and again, each time to break down our willpower to not freak out just a little bit more. So in honor of frustrated photographers everywhere, I present you the things happening that I really hate.

Discovering your own terrible reprocessed images on social media

          What you created            What they put on Instagram

First off, stop doing this. It might be a violation of the contract you signed when you hired your photographer. Secondly, if you do it, and someone asks who took the picture, do me a favor and lie. I don’t want the credit. I don’t want to see my name or my business linked to a terrible reprocessed image.

“Can I get all the original RAW photos from the shoot?”

I completely understand why someone might think this is a reasonable question, but from a photographers point of view it shoot never happen. I never provide models or clients with every single image taking during the shoot. I never provide them unedited photos.

Going through the unedited images would be like watching a science fiction movie without the special effects or the mood creating music added. Or to say it with Daniela Bowker’s words:

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Terrible photography clichés

Some photography trends absolutely need to die. Let them go, even on your social media pages. I know it will be hard, but it will be worth!.

It’s my personal opinion that the worst of all trends are those  one full colored items in a monochrome picture.

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Every new photographer, everyone who starts post processing images (including me when I first started) tries this. It might even be fun now and then. But when you are looking through your portfolio and find tens of those images, I’m convinced you have a problem and need to seek professional help.

 

Competition with cell phone images

It will sound familiar to a lot of photographers. When previewing the first raw results of a shoot together with the client, you receive the comment that your client takes better pictures with his smart phone.

Of course, they look better on the small cell phone screen. That’s why we call it a ‘smart’ phone: a phone that postprocesses the image at the moment it is captured.

While it’s true that high-end smartphones now boast incredible specs, they still lack the versatility and functionality of DSLRs. In addition, smartphones are more portable, less bulky and allow you to share your pictures easily with contacts.

Despite these advantages, DSLRs win hands down when capturing a variety of photographic scenarios: a digital camera takes sharper portraits, works better at capturing subjects with an external flash, and performs exceptionally when shooting in low-light situations.

Every client or model should be aware one can’t compare an unedited photo taken with a DSLR with an image snapped on a cell phone. Only when comparing the final results, after postprocessing, a fair comparison can be made.

 

“Gorgeous photo! You must have a great camera”

No matter how good you are, some people will always say it was the camera.

The truth is: I shoot with very basic and cheap equipment. Most of my pictures are taken with a Nikon D3300: a low budget but great performance entry-level camera, allowing high resolution shots at low price. But it is an entry-level camera that can’t be compared to high budget professional equipment.

To get that ‘gorgeous’ photo, other aspects are more important than the value of your camera: inspiration, motivation, photography skills and the art to direct a model to name a few. I’ve spent a lot of time to improve my skills. Before every shoot, I consider for hours and hours about the theme and how to visualize it.

The statement above has the amazing ability to wipe it all away and make me look like nothing but a monkey with a magic camera.

 

 

Anytime you also want to let off steam…… you can come into my room.

 

See you,

Ben.

 

 

 

 

 

A Dark Concept

Blue Mountain Photographic Arts featuring Stephanie Ballet

 

A few weeks ago I had the honor of creating a stylized studio shoot with Belgian model Stephanie.

Sometimes you like to create a portrait that just screams drama and emotion. Sometimes that emotion might be joy, but this time the idea was to portray a sort of dark, brooding atmosphere.

To achieve this, a dark, dramatic scene was set up, using a single light source to produce some facial shadows. I dare to say, nothing is quite like the effect of low-key lighting to show drama in an image.

A Dark Concept

 

Stephanie is a model I love to work with. She is an absolutely beautiful young woman both inside and out. You can find more of her works on her model profile page.

Black Tears

Take Me To Some Twilight Land

 

 

I also was very lucky and grateful to collaborate with the amazing Anne-Sophie Conickx of Grimmik who did an absolutely phenomenal make up job. Her work is just beautiful and I want to give my dearest thanks to her!

Special thanks also to Yvonne van Ingen – Verheijen from Fantasy Design for letting us use the wonderful dress.

 

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I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos as much as I enjoyed creating them!