Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Enjoy the Holidays

With the holidays upon us, I am taking a break to spend time with family and friends. I hope you can do the same. I’ll be back in January with some new and interesting topics.

Happy Holidays

Orcatek Photography - Phoenix

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The quest for the perfect camera to make you great

Every few months a new camera hits the market. The Canon fans are all going on about how the new super duper camera is the best thing. Then Nikon comes out with their new camera and “one ups” Canon. Back and forth it goes. The wonders of the digital age create new “must have” cameras constantly.

More pixels, gotta have more pixels, at least 50 megapixels. No you fool, the only thing that counts in sensor size. Must be full frame. Are you kidding, noise is what counts. You have to have no visible noise at ISO 53200. Wrong again, its dynamic range that counts, you have to have 24-bits. You know your eyes can’t see that well, but it helps it post processing.

Hey wait, let us do video too. Video at full resolution, not this crappy HD stuff they are pushing now. You must have 30fps at full resolution and you will have the ultimate sports camera. You will never miss a shot and leave your competition in the dust.

The cure for bad photographer is a better camera. The reason you don’t get those great shots is your camera. It must be the problem. If you had a better camera you could have got that shot, but your camera just couldn’t cut it. Next year you will get a new camera and your photographs will get so good.

But what about those other photographers using their 4+ year old camera bodies that keep winning awards. How do they do it? I’ve even seen award winning photographs taken with a camera phone. It must all be Photoshop. They are using all kinds of expensive plug-ins and fancy techniques that take thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to create those photographs. You know, you’ve seen them in magazines. They do magic.

So do you really need a new camera to be a better photographer? Is that the solution? Nikon, Canon, Sony and the rest want you to think so. After all, that’s how they make their money. How do you make yours? I make mine taking photographs.

Orcatek Photography - Phoenix

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Secrets from Glamour Photography

I am going to let you in on a little secret about glamour photography. The women you see in these magazines don’t really look like that. In fact if you saw a lot of them walking down the street you might not even realize it was them. Most are not the perfect example of the human form their photographs show them to be.

They have imperfect skin with blemishes, pock marks, scars and stretch marks. And yes they even have the bane of so many women, cellulite. Their chests may be lopsided, their tummies a bit too big, their rear ends not quite the right shape. Yet in their photographs they look perfect.

This is achieved thru many different techniques. Some are addressed through photographic make-up. This is make-up is typically more than a person would wear on a typically evening out. This make-up is put on to cover problems and enhance features. But it goes beyond your typical application, as the photographer wants the end result to be flawless. Techniques such as airbrushing are used which are well beyond what your average women does.

Next comes lighting of the person. Lights can be used to create or hide curves. It can be used to fill in line on the face and reduce bags under the eyes. A favorite light is called the beauty dish. It is used to fill the face with light and as a result hides so many imperfections. Shadows can be created to enhance a curve here and there or shadows can be filled with light to reduce the a curve.

Posing is also critical. A twist here, an odd angle there and viola, her body looks amazing. Often these are positions that are not comfortable or even one a person would consider in day to day life. Yet these poses make the best look better and hide those little imperfections that we all seem to have. Sometimes we just need to get rid of the little extra under the chin, or maybe our rear is a bit flatter than we like. A skilled photographer will be able to pose you to achieve the look you want.

And lastly the magazines resort to Photoshop to change anything that was not addressed by the above techniques. Your photographer will use know what will be done in Photoshop before he takes the picture. Photoshop is a time consuming way to change photographs, so professionals will work on getting the shot as close to perfect in camera first. Then and only then will they rely on Photoshop to handle what could not be done on set.

The key to getting the photographs you want is to be honest and tell the photographer what you would like to see in your final photographs. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so what you want and what the photographer thinks are often very different. I have had many a client want to reduce or enlarge areas that I would have never considered, but since we discussed it prior to the shoot the client got the results that they loved.

Orcatek Boudoir and Glamour Photography - Phoenix

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Giving Back - Portraits for those in need

It is the time of year when so many enjoy so much, but there are those who struggle to even put food on the table. For those families a professional photograph is something they can never even consider. So I am reaching out to photographers to find charities and services in your area that help the needy.

Work with them to set-up a free portrait session for these families and give them a gift that will be able to treasure. I’ve done this in the past and the families are so very happy to get the photographs. A print package can be created that will not be too expensive for you to create.

In the past I have approached local labs and have gotten them to help with the actual printing costs for some of these charities.

Another option is to give discounts to your clients for bringing in donations for a local food bank. Your clients will tend to be very generous. With the need be even higher than usual this year, every little bit that people can do will help.

There are plenty of other ways you can use your photography business to help others. Be creative and find a way to do something extra this year for someone who needs a little extra.

We are all very lucky to have this amazing career as photographers. In today’s economy more and more people are facing very grim futures. So be sure to find a way to give to others through any way you can.

Orcatek Portrait Photography - Phoenix

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Environmental and Lifestyle Portraits

When choosing to get a portrait, there are many different styles to choose from. Environmental is a popular choice for higher end customers. An environmental portrait is also referred to as a lifestyle portrait. These portraits differ from the classic studio portrait as they show the real person, in the real world.

For example a family who loves boating might be photographed on their boat. The location for the photograph is chosen as it is one that reflects the people in it. It might be as simple as sitting around a kitchen to something as unique as skydiving. The important element is the people are place in a location that others would expect to find them.

What makes the difference between these portraits and a simple snapshot is where the professional photographer’s skill comes into play. A combination of posing and lighting will be used to bring the photograph to life. The photographer will place elements in the photograph to bring it to life.

The pose may be as simple as a basic placement of the people within the environment. Then allowing them to interact as to remove the “posed” looked from the shot. Props will often be carefully placed to fill out the scene and bring the story of the photograph together.

How a spoon is rotated on a table may not seem very important, but it is these small details that bring the photograph to life and make it much more than a family snapshot. Clients often wonder why I move something just a tiny bit, the end result is where it all that attention to detail is worth the effort.

Lifestyle portraits work especially well with children, as the locations are more comfortable for them. Children in a studio often react to the studio and become stiff. Their personality becomes hidden. But place them in their comfort zone and they can easily let themselves come through, resulting in a photograph that will be treasured by the parents.

Whereas shooting on location to create these wonderful photographs is more difficult for the photographer, the end results are well worth the extra effort.

Orcatek Portrait Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Boudoir Photography – A daring adventure

Many women have thought about boudoir as something they could never do. After all, how could you be that sexy in front of a stranger? But then you start to think that it would be something unexpected, a gift that will never be forgotten. It might be exciting to do something adventurous.

So a bit of research reveals that there are photographers that specialize in just this style of photography. Professionals that will be able to help you feel comfortable. A photographer who knows how to bring out that special something in you that will make you look amazing. Someone who will make sure the photographs are classy and not trashy.

So maybe you should be a bit daring and have some glamour photographs taken. It would be a gift that would never be guessed. You could bring a friend to help you relax, change outfits and provide positive feedback. Every man sees the love of his life as a beautiful, sexy woman. The photographs will become part of a fantasy world that will fill his dreams for years to come.

You’ve never done anything like this, but as it turns out, neither have most of the other women who get boudoir photography done. You are not the only one who is nervous. Most women felt just like you do now, and afterwards said that it was a fun and exciting gift. They were glad they had the adventure and so was he when he received the gift.

So now its up to you to step outside your comfort zone and book that boudoir photography appointment. You will both be glad you did.

Orcatek Boudoir And Glamour Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Very Young Children's Portraits

Shooting very young children can be one of the most challenging things to do as a photographer. They are too young to follow directions, easily tired and bored, reactionary and don’t stay focused. Sometimes it seems they just don’t want to have their pictures taken. So how does a photographer deal with this type of portrait.

First of all I prefer to actually shoot these in the client’s home. This eliminates the travel time which can often tire out the youngster. Being in their home also gives them a comfort level as they are not in a strange new place. It easy on the parents to provide additional clothes or props as needed.

When shooting I watch how the child is reacting to the shoot. Typically the shoot is done in several short runs of 3-10 minutes, allowing the child plenty of breaks to just have fun. If possible during some break time try to play with the child to allow them to find you a fun and safe person.

Be silly. Little ones respond to different things so try a variety to see what type of things the child likes. Funny noises or faces, classic peek-a-boo, favorite toys or just being on their level. I find that if I crawl down on the floor with the child it brings me into the “fun zone” and the child reacts much more favorable to me.

Watch how you react to situations that occur. A child is mimic. If you react upset or irritated, so will the child. If you are happy and laughing (even if you don’t want to) the child will respond the same way eventually. Even if the child is upset and crying and you think you will never get a shot, don’t lose your cool. Just take the break, laugh it off and put out the positive energy.

Sometimes a long lens is your friend. Put the child in a play environment and just let them have fun. Banging on a pot, playing with a box, just being a kid. With your long lens you can get the shot without the child even being aware. This works well with children who just don’t warm up to strangers quickly. Watch your angles and keep low to get those shots. You often end up laying on the ground to get the shot.

Once you get those great shots it just feels great. A happy little one will melt your heart and that of the parents. You will have created a memory that will the parents will treasure for a lifetime. And you will become the photographer of choice for future photographs.
Orcatek Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Headshots can be a challenge. They are not merely a portrait as they rely on the person and not the environment to make the image. A portrait often takes liberties in presenting a person as the want to be seen, whereas a headshot needs to portray the person as they actually are. Nothing is worse for a performer than not looking like the headshot that got them the call in the first place.

Hence the reason why headshot are often frequently updated. If the performer changes their look they will need return to the photographer for an updated headshot. The photograph used for the headshot shows the performers age, style, look, etc. Any major changes in these will require an update.

Headshots are currently shot very tight. Seldom do you see a head and shoulders headshot anymore. Crop is typically 8x10 just below the chin and into the top of the head. The performer often faces slightly off to one side, but not in profile. A straight on shot is also used for headshots, much more than in portraits.

Both high key and low key are used for headshots. The low key shots tend to be the serious, non-smiling shots and the high key shots tend to be the warm, smiling shots. Models often go for a more glamorized photograph for their headshots, more along the lines of a beauty shot.

The goal of the headshot photographer to produce the series of headshots the performer needs. The minimum that a performer will need is a smiling and not smiling shot. The photographer needs to make sure that the eyes in the shot are alive and bring you into the shot, smiling or serious.

A great headshot does not take a fancy set-up. Some of the best headshot photographers work with a single light source and a reflector or two. The key is knowing how to use those simple tools create the look that gets them noticed.

A headshot is often seen by a casting director for a few seconds before in moves to pile A or pile B. Great headshots will get into pile A much more often than a poor one. The rest is up to the performer.

Orcatek Headshot Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Boudoir and Glamour Photography – Keys to Success

How to get the images that will impress the client. Without great photographs, you will not be able to give your clients a product that will bring them and their friends back.

Probably the most important thing a photographer can do to get great photographs is to make the client relax. She needs to look comfortable and not self conscious about being photographed in her lingerie. The look in her eyes will be key to whether the photograph is amazing or just a picture.

Expect the client to be nervous, as most of them have never done a boudoir shoot before, let alone been seen in their lingerie or less by a stranger. I go through the wardrobe and never allow them to shoot in the favorites to start. I know that the first set will often be the most difficult for them. I want them to be relaxed and ready when we shoot their favorite outfits.

Getting them to relax is a talent and a skill. Treat the client with respect. Provide them privacy during changes. Discuss their concerns about how they look and how they want to make sure is covered. I shoot with a longer lens so I can provide some distance during the shoot. Personal space gets a bit larger when a person is dressed in less, so by not violating this space you can keep them more comfortable.

Some of the nervousness comes from the fear that they won’t be able to do what you need or look bad. Make sure to provide plenty of positive feedback during the photography session. Keep your comments positive, but not sexual. “That’s beautiful” is much better than “You’re making me hot”. The latter will quickly make most clients very uncomfortable. Explain that being nervous is expected and they will be able to create the photographs they want with your help.

Find out who the photographs are being made for and talk about them during the shoot. Ask how they like to see the client. What they like most about the client. If the photographer tones their shoot towards pleasing the future recipient of the photographs, the client will see them as a professional who is working towards creating what is wanted by the client. Thinking about who is getting the photographs also help the client get into the proper mood which will show in their facial expression.

Once the client has become more relaxed you will see the photographs start to take on a whole new look. Your photographs will be better and your client will love you for it. Win-win.

Boudoir and Glamour Photography – Keys to Success

How to get the images that will impress the client. Without great photographs, you will not be able to give your clients a product that will bring them and their friends back.

Probably the most important thing a photographer can do to get great photographs is to make the client relax. She needs to look comfortable and not self conscious about being photographed in her lingerie. The look in her eyes will be key to whether the photograph is amazing or just a picture.

Expect the client to be nervous, as most of them have never done a boudoir shoot before, let alone been seen in their lingerie or less by a stranger. I go through the wardrobe and never allow them to shoot in the favorites to start. I know that the first set will often be the most difficult for them. I want them to be relaxed and ready when we shoot their favorite outfits.

Getting them to relax is a talent and a skill. Treat the client with respect. Provide them privacy during changes. Discuss their concerns about how they look and how they want to make sure is covered. I shoot with a longer lens so I can provide some distance during the shoot. Personal space gets a bit larger when a person is dressed in less, so by not violating this space you can keep them more comfortable.

Some of the nervousness comes from the fear that they won’t be able to do what you need or look bad. Make sure to provide plenty of positive feedback during the photography session. Keep your comments positive, but not sexual. “That’s beautiful” is much better than “You’re making me hot”. The latter will quickly make most clients very uncomfortable. Explain that being nervous is expected and they will be able to create the photographs they want with your help.

Find out who the photographs are being made for and talk about them during the shoot. Ask how they like to see the client. What they like most about the client. If the photographer tones their shoot towards pleasing the future recipient of the photographs, the client will see them as a professional who is working towards creating what is wanted by the client. Thinking about who is getting the photographs also help the client get into the proper mood which will show in their facial expression.

Once the client has become more relaxed you will see the photographs start to take on a whole new look. Your photographs will be better and your client will love you for it. Win-win.

Orcatek Boudoir Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Locations for Boudoir and Glamour Photography

A boudoir is a woman’s bedroom or private sitting area and a great location for boudoir photography. However this is no longer the only location where great boudoir images can be created by your photographer. Today’s woman can be sexy at any location, and choosing the proper location can really make a boudoir photograph.

For example, if a client wants to do a sexy shoot in various swimwears, the bedroom just will not work. A pool, beach or lake would make a much better location for this style of glamour photograph. The mind will ask why is this person here, and it needs to make sense for the shot to work. Of course there are those will say, “as long as she’s in a bikini I don’t care why,” but in reality the photograph can just seem a bit tacky.

Now today with digital processing, the studio can become a beach or any other location if needed. This takes a special talent from your photographer to properly create a photograph that can be inserted into a digital background and still look real and not photoshopped. But if possible the best solution is to shoot at the desired location.

Often the clients home can provide a number of locations that allow for a boudoir session that has a number of looks in it. The obvious bedroom location is always a good place to start. A quick walk through will give a number of other choices. Fireplaces can create a sexy mood. Swimming pools and hot tubs are often available. How about a sexy bubble bath series? A piano can be used in a number of ways. Even the kitchen has possibilities with a bit of creativity from your photographer.

I can’t use my home, so now what? A nice hotel suite can provide a great number of choices. And consider a historic hotel if possible and if that fits your style. And shooting in the studio is a good solution too. A good boudoir photographer will be able to create great images at any location.

So am I limited if I shoot in a studio? A little bit, sure. After all, you probably won’t find a studio that you can shoot underwater boudoir. Even without digital tricks, your photographer will be able to create a large variety looks that will make your session amazing. Studios will create sets (fake environments) to create the illusion of shooting at a location. So no need to worry, your photographs will look great.

So what is the best location for my boudoir photographs? That’s the beauty of today’s boudoir styles. Any location can create amazing photos that reflect your personality and style, or even a fantasy. So talk with your photographer and between the two of you, you will decide on just how to create those amazing sexy glamour photographs.

Orcatek Boudoir and Glamour Photography - Tempe, Arizona

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cosmetic Surgery and Boudoir and Glamour Photography

One of the best times to get a boudoir and glamour photography session is after a cosmetic surgery procedure. The photographs will be great way to celebrate the new you.

When should I schedule my shoot with the photographer? We generally recommend you schedule it for 30-60 days post-op. Your surgeon can give you his recommendations on how long they feel your procedure takes to heal. Once your surgery is schedule, go ahead and schedule your session with your photographer. It adds to the excitement knowing that you have your session all ready to go.

Why so long after my surgery? Even after you look healed on the surface, there is often some swelling that lasts a few weeks longer. For example liposuction heals externally it about 2 weeks, but your body will still be slightly swollen for a period afterwards. Since we want your photos to look their best, we suggest the longer wait. Your surgeon will know the specifics for your surgery.

My surgery will leave some scars, how do you handle them? Depending on where the scars are and their size, there are a number of things we do. Sometimes we can hide them with make-up. Others we can conceal with the poses and lights. And of course, we can always retouch anything that is not covered any other way. We will make sure that your photographs will look as amazing as you imagine.

So how should I prepare for my post-op shoot while healing? With the new you, its time to look at some additions to add to your wardrobe. Your photographer will give you some suggestions on things that will work well during your shoot. Items that show off the changes will really help to make your photos special.

You’ve made the changes to yourself that you’ve wanted. So go out there and get some glamour and boudoir photographs to really show off just how amazing the new you has become.

Orcatek Boudoir And Glamour Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Backgrounds in Boudoir and Glamour Photography

Boudoir and Glamour photography focuses on the person in the photograph. Usually these photos are design to evoke a sensual and sexy mood. Still the selection of the background can have a huge impact on the resulting image.

The chosen background should not over power the person in it. After all, the goal is to flatter the person and make them stand out. This can be done in a number of ways, each one has its benefits.

The simplest is to choose a solid background. This can be black, white or any color in between. Key here is to keep the background muted. Neon green will most likely not be effective at keeping the focus on the person in front of it. When choosing a color, a color wheel can be your friend. It can help you select colors to contrast the clothes that are being worn, by selecting a color from the opposite side of the wheel.

Another way to keep the focus off the background is to shoot with a shallow depth of field, open that lens up - 2.8 is great I always say. The wide open lens creates that softness in the image, while allowing you to keep the key portion in focus. In general it is usually the eyes, but in glamour and boudoir it may be a hand on a strap of the lingerie. The photographer’s artistic eye will guide the selection of the focal point of a given image, and in turn guide the viewer’s eye.

And of course good boudoir and glamour photography is all about lighting. And lighting can be used very effectively to place the focus on the person and not the background. Your eye is naturally drawn to the brightest part of the image, or in very bright images the darkest part is sometimes the focal area. To see what is the focal point of an image based on light values, blur it until you can’t tell what it is. Now look at it, and your eye will be drawn to something. Sometimes I use Photoshop to do this, other times I just step back and squint my eyes.

So by controlling how an image is lit, you can drive the focus of the viewer to the proper portion of the image. Ideally you should keep your focus and light together, but rules can be broken.

So why don’t I just shoot in studio on a solid background, since we are just trying to hide it anyway? Because even a non-focal background can add value to an image. For instance, if a woman is in a swimsuit I want to know why. So I prefer there to be water to explain why she is the swimsuit. Lingerie looks great in a bedroom, but maybe not as good in a garage (ok, who am I kidding – lingerie looks great everywhere, but you get the idea).

Location boudoir and glamour provide the photographer a whole collection of choices of backgrounds. They can be used to bring out the personality of the client. How about a bubble bath, which can be shy and innocent, or sexy and sultry. I will talk more about location boudoir and glamour photography in a future entry.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bridal Boudoir Photography

Often a Bride wonders what would be a romantic gift she could give to her future husband that would say just how much she loves him. Bridal boudoir and glamour photography is one of the latest trends.

The bridal boudoir photography trend is a very popular wedding day gift for the groom from his future bride. The photos typically themed towards the wedding, using white lace and white lingerie, the veil and even sometimes the wedding dress. It’s all about looking sexy while still remaining demure. In other words, it’s what you don’t show that makes that shot sexy.

Now you may actually be nude for some of the photographs if you are comfortable, but the photographs will not flaunt your body. Instead you will be tastefully posed to create the magically sexy look that will drive him wild. A good boudoir photographer will make sure that in the final photographs that you only show what you want and nothing more.

Ideally you should schedule your shoot about 6 weeks prior to your wedding. This will allow you plenty of time to go through your proofs and have the gift created. Most brides at my studio choose one of the “Our Little Secret” books. These take time to retouch and print, but the end result is a gift he will treasure.

Is retouching boudoir photographs important? While good lighting and posing are key to a great boudoir or glamour photograph, retouching takes it to the next level. The beauty and glamour you see in magazines is retouched, and you want your photographs to look just as good. And they will when you use professional who provides quality retouching. A talented retouch artist will remove the minor flaws, tweak you here or there and create a look that doesn’t look plastic, but does look amazing. Models don’t have flawless skin, but they do in the magazines. You too can have that look. I always discuss retouching with my client to provide just the amount they want.

Where should I have my bridal boudoir photographed? The studio, your home or better yet – a first class hotel suite. Each has its benefits. Discuss with your photographer which location will fit the look you want to create. A professional boudoir photographer knows how to take advantage of any location to create beautiful images.

Who should I use for my bridal boudoir and glamour pictures? Choose a photographer with lots of experience shooting boudoir. Creating that sexy look is very different from creating a beautiful bridal portrait. The relationship between the photographer and the bride are on another level. I recommend not using your wedding photographer. I personally will not shoot the wedding of a bride that I shoot boudoir photographs. It allows the special connection needed for great boudoir to be established. Weddings require a another type of relationship to get the best photographs.

So brides, put a smile on your future husbands face. Give him a gift that shows him how you are his fantasy girl – because you really are the girl of his dreams. Book your bridal and boudoir session today.

I service the Phoenix area including, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Anthem, Apache Junction, Paradise Valley, Peoria and the rest of the valley.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Why Boudoir and Glamour Photography?

Sensual and sexy is how people think of the boudoir style of photography. Others refer to it as glamour photography, where the photographer’s goal is to make the model look better than their best. It is not about having the perfect body, the most beautiful face, or being tall, thin and gorgeous. What a boudoir photographer does is brings out the glamour that is in every women.

So why doesn’t every one get some boudoir photos done? Most women want to feel attractive and sexy, even if they don’t admit it. Sometimes they are shy, some just don’t feel confident. But more and more are realizing that a skilled photographer will be able to create the beautiful photographs that they want. And as others tell their friends, and they see how amazing real women do look when they have their boudoir photo shoot, they too realized that they should do it.

Boudoir photography is not about being cheap or sleazy. It is not about making images that you might find in the adult entertainment industry. It is about glamour and fantasy. It’s about bringing out that special beauty a women usually reserves for her lover in a series of photographs. The photographer captures what her lover has always seen in their heart.

Who goes to a boudoir photographer? You’d be surprised. All types of women, normal women - girlfriends, wives, mothers and even grandmothers. Usually they go for a specific reason such as a gift or to remember a major life event. But sometimes they go just to see what all the fuss is about.

One of the most common groups that get boudoir and glamour photographs made are women who have just had cosmetic surgery. What a great way to show off those changes. The surgical changes they have done often give that extra little bit of confidence needed to feel comfortable going to a boudoir photographer.

A successful diet is another occasion that is often celebrated with some boudoir photographs. After the long hard work it has taken to make those changes in weight, boudoir and glamour photographs make the perfect reward. It is a chance to show their new bodies and document their success in a very sexy way.

A great sexy gift is boudoir photography. Women give their lovers the photographs as a way to do something romantic and often unexpected. Very often it puts a little more spark into the relationship when it is unexpected. Sometimes the lover will give the session to the women to show them they believe they are sexy and beautiful.

Brides love the idea of giving a selection of boudoir photos to their future husband as a wedding gift. And grooms love to get them. They know their brides are beautiful and sexy women. When we know we are shooting a bridal boudoir shoot we often will have the bride bring her dress and/or veil to really bring the theme into the shoot.

Pregnancy is another event that is celebrated with boudoir photography. Sometimes a woman finds you is pregnant and wants to capture her look before she becomes a mother. Others are waiting until much further in the pregnancy and highlighting the beauty that pregnancy brings to a woman.

Major birthdays are also celebrated with boudoir photo sessions. 30th, 40th and yes 50th birthday are all occasions to reward yourself with some glamorous photographs. There is a special sexiness that comes with each of these milestones. Your photographer knows just how to capture the beauty of any age.

So get out there and find a boudoir and glamour photographer and see just how beautiful you really are.

Orcatek Boudoir and Glamour Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Boudoir and Glamour Photography - Working with the Photographer

Boudoir photography is much more that taking pictures of scantily clad women. There is an art to posing and lighting a women to hi-light her beauty, hide any flaws and remain tasteful and not cross the line into adult entertainment. Boudoir photographs are often revealing, but nudity is not a requirement for the glamorous and sensual look that is desired. So when you work with your photographer some things to expect.

  • The photographer will not watch you change outfits.

  • The photographer will not "grope" you or handle you in any way.

  • Your limits as to what you feel comfortable in a pose will be respected.

  • Fine details of your pose will be watched, and you will get told "You need to move a tiny bit." Often to cover parts you want hidden.

  • You may feel nervous at the start, but you should quickly develop a trust and comfort level.

  • The photographer will provide plenty of feedback during the shoot on how to improve and where you do something great.

Doesn't boudoir mean bedroom, so should the photographs be done there? Yes, a women's boudoir originally was her bedroom, but today boudoir and glamour photography as expanded to include just about any location. The key is posing, lighting and mood captured by the photographer. I've done boudoir in kitchens, pools, deserts, mountains, garages, bars, barns and empty rooms to name a few. All these locations created amazing, sexy photographs through the use of my skills as an artist.

I think I would prefer a woman to photograph me so I would feel more comfortable, is that OK? There are many talented female photographers out there, but I believe a male photographer is a better choice for boudoir. A man looks a woman just a little bit different, and so a male photographer is better able to capture that feeling. He understands what men find attractive, as he is one. And the sexual tension that can come from being sexy in front of a strange man can also add the special something to the images. The look in your eyes will be different when looking at man instead of a woman, and that look can make an image amazing. But if a male photographer would make you too uncomfortable, find one of the many talented women.

I'm not a 20 year old supermodel, will I still look good? A good boudoir photographer will make you look very sexy and desirable. He knows just how to pose and light you to accent your beauty. Most of the women I shoot for boudoir are everyday women you might pass in the mall, in their 30's and 40's with a few kids. They often come into the shoot worried about how they compare, and leave knowing that real women are beautiful and sexy. I often hear from my clients, "It's amazing what you do with lights and posing, even without retouching I look so good."

I don't think I can be alone with the photographer and feel safe, what should I do? Trust is an important issue. Many of my clients bring a girlfriend to the photo session. They sit behind the privacy screen during the shoot, but are there to help with clothing changes and to provide a comfort factor. It is understandable that you would be nervous, and a professional would not be offended if you want to bring a friend.

I want to pose with my lover, is that still boudoir? Yes, it can still be boudoir. I have shot both male/female and female/female couples for boudoir sessions. Careful posing needs to be followed to keep the images sexy and sensual and not adult entertainment. Showing the love and passion that a couple shares between themselves can create some beautiful images.

Trust in your photographer's skill, will allow you to realize that you too can be sexy like those images you've seen. By working with a talented professional you can be confident that your trust in this photographer will provide you with the photographs you have imagined, and hopefully exceed your desires

Orcatek Boudoir Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Boudoir and Glamour Photography - Be Careful

Boudoir photography is becoming very popular these days. It seems everyone is wants to have or wants to take boudoir photographs. Tasteful nudes have always been part of art as can be seen in classic sculpture and paintings. But what makes boudoir images artful and not trashy is the talent of a professional photographer.

Women will find that it is easy to find men who are willing to photograph them nude. We all seen the cliche photographer who is just after models. In the industry there are what are known as GWC's - Guy's with Cameras. Men who have a hobby of taking pictures of girls for their own personal pleasure, lack any real understanding of lighting, posing, composition or often even how really use their cameras.

So how does one find professional and not a GWC?

  • A professional will have business license for starters - they pay sales tax. Many will be incorporated or LLC companies.

  • They tend to belong to professional organizations such as PPA (Professional Photographers of America), WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), EP (Editorial Photographers) to name a few.

  • The have quality sample work, both on their website and in print.

  • They have relationships with other professionals such as make-up artists and hair stylists.

  • They often have a physical studio.

  • They have business checks with a business name on them, although many photographers shoot under their names.
    Professionals accept credit cards.

  • GWC's will tell you that you have to come alone as a second person is a distraction and ruins the mood, etc.

But what if the photographer doesn't have a studio, is that a red flag? That would be a caution, but not a red flag. Many professionals work out of home studios or on location. This is especially true for wedding photographers, but does apply to other areas too. A studio is a huge overhead and so much work is done on location today, that not having a studio does not label a photographer a GWC. So if there is no studio, just make sure you do your homework, which is the reason for this blog entry. I have a studio, but 80% of my business is shot outside the studio. This is why I share my studio with several other photographers.

When you contact them how do they respond. Are their responses professional? How do they answer the phone, do they give the company name? Request a meeting with the photographer. Do they give you a bad vibe? Do they show other samples that are of the quality you expect? Is it a professional presentation or just a handful of photos?

The photographer gave me a really nice business card, so he's a professional right? Sad to say, but for less than $20 you can order a few hundred business cards, with whatever you want printed on them. A business card is probably the biggest scam to proving you are in business there is today.

What about a website, does that make them a pro? Once again, for a few dollars you can set-up a website. And nobody checks what is on a website, so they can say whatever they want. In fact some GWC's actually steal photos from others to make them look better than they are. A good website is a good sign, but it doesn't mean that you are getting a professional.

So in summary I strongly recommend you do your research when choosing a boudoir photographer, or any photographer. Using professional photographers will get you the type of quality images you deserve.

Next week I will talk more about your shoot and how it should proceed, and what makes a great boudoir image.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Boudoir and Fashion - Sex Sells

Boudoir and Glamour Photographers can often look towards fashion to create beautiful and sexy photographs. Men's magazines are not the only place to find inspiration. As we all know, sex sells, and that exactly why you can find so many ideas for boudoir photography in fashion magazines. A fashion ad will often be very sexy, but never push into the realm of men's magazine look.

And don't only look at lingerie ads. Sure Victoria’s Secret is full of sexy shots, but that is does not make it the only source. Almost everything in fashion is sold with sex at sometime. Take this example photo. It could be used to sell sunglasses. It also makes a great boudoir photo for clients who want something a little different than the typical glamour shot.

Perfume, make-up, hair products are all great places to look for inspiration. It's not about cloning these ads, but developing a new way to shoot sexy boudoir photographs. The photographer should note how lights are used to set moods, hands are positioned and how the body is concealed and revealed at the same time. Train yourself to see the glamour in these ads. Think about how to apply this style to your boudoir shots.

If you want to continue to shoot the same old boudoir and glamour photographs, keep looking at men’s magazines, but if you really want to take your work to the next level take a look at the latest in fashion.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monterey Car Week

Well I spent the past week or so at Monterey Car Week 2008 photographing many amazing cars. The weather was cold to a desert dweller as the fog seldom lifted at several of the venues, but it was worth it to have a chance to photograph so many amazing cars.

I took my time and drove from Phoenix to Monterey. I went thru Yosemite on the way out and Death Valley on the return trip. Both parks provided some beautiful photographs - it was a photographers dream drive. I timed my over nights so that I would hit both parks in the early morning when the light does such amazing things.

Even outside the events the cars were amazing. Every time I turned around there was some amazing car driving by, from Ferraris to Cobras. As my hotel was located at auction central, the cars for both auctions were often parked or driving by the front of my hotel. It was all I could do to keep myself from running inside to bid on some of these amazing cars. Not sure why, but I think spending $2-3 million on a car might put a hole in my budget.

The best thing about the week was the chance to see some amazing cars and spend time with some good friends. Everyone enjoyed seeing some very rare cars.

Orcatek Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Headshots in Black and White

With almost everything being in color in photography today, the fine art of a great black and white headshot is slipping away. It seems that photographers are usually reserving it for fine art photographs. Whereas I include it in my glamour and boudoir work, black and white also has a place in portraits and headshots.

The tonality of a black and white image adds a special depth to the images that just can't be done with a traditional color photograph. It is even more important that the photographer control the light with black and white to create those moods.

Color has become a crutch for some photographers, so worried the perfect red they overlook the other key elements to a photography. Black and white, with the constraints it poses, forces the use of all a photographer's skills to get a great image.

Digital photographers have it even tougher. A portrait / headshot shot in black and white digitally does not have the same available range as film. Some of the typical techniques to work around this in landscapes such as HDR, do not work practically with a person whose expression and eyes are key and move just the slightest bit between frames.

There are other techniques that a skilled digital photographer can use to work around this, but it is a skill that takes time to learn.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Underwater Glamour and Boudoir Photography

This week my most interesting shoot was a glamour and boudoir shoot that the client wanted to shoot a portion of it underwater. Many photographers had told her they couldn’t do it. Since I do a lot of underwater photography when I travel, it was no problem to did out my gear for my camera and be her underwater photographer.

The water was very warm making the water feel great for both of us. Her hair floated around in the water creating beautiful glamour pictures that just would not be possible any other way. The patterns the sunlight made on her skin created some very interesting looks.

Being in the water created a very intimate feel to the photographs that was both sexy and playful. She was having a great time doing the poses we created, even risking losing her contacts by opening her eyes. The shoot was so much fun it ended up running a bit long, but the final result was worth the extra time it took.

This was the first request I have had for a boudoir photography session underwater, but after seeing the photographs I am sure that more clients in the Phoenix area will want to add this to their shoots.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sassy Sarongs Product Photography

This week the most fun I had was as the photographer of product shots for Sassy Sarongs. A great company which produces an amazing variety of sarongs. Lisa is always great fun to work with on her projects. Each time she gets a new batch of sarongs in, she calls her favorite photographer - me.

We started the day with some photography of Lisa for her marketing materials. Her sarongs made for some very colorful and interesting shots. She was a great sport about trying various things to get a large variety of photographs to work. As usual, my photographers eye saw some great opportunites to create some amazing photographs.

After the headshots were done, we moved on to the product photographs. The shots were targeted for her website catalog along with some printed materials. Once again there was a large variety of sarongs to shoot. The colors and quality of these sarongs is amazing.

We ended the day by shooting the full body promotional materials. These photographs will featured a beautiful model posing in a gentle breeze. Getting the sarongs to behave in the breeze to was a challenge, but as a photographer I've learned a few tricks to get it to work. The final photographs will be used in magazine, posters and other marketing materials.

I look forward to working with Lisa and Sassy Sarongs again on their next project.

Orcatek Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Glamour and Boudoir Photography Session in Phoenix

Every women has her own special beauty. Famed Hollywood glamour photographer George Hurrell said, "Bring out the best, conceal the worst, and leave something to the imagination." And I live by this when I photograph the many wonderful woman I have worked with. A glamour / boudoir session is fun way to bring out the your best for that special someone - celebrate your sensuality.

A session is designed to create images that evoke emotions with the photographs. A photograph that almost shows something is much more enticing than one that leaves nothing to the imagination. Be as sexy as you want. Create romantic and intimate images that make you look fabulous. Soft and subtly sexy are what great boudoir is all about and we will help you create those prefect picture.

Not comfortable posing nude - not a problem. It is what is not shown that can make an image extra sexy. So bikini and lingerie can create those dreamy photos like those seen in Maxim.

Feeling more risqué, then Playboy style photo shoot may be perfect for you. That sexy look with soft lights and the flawless look can be yours. Having photographed several women who have posed for Playboy I know what real life looks like and how to get that ultra sexy fantasy look from the real women of the Arizona.

Dean has found that people tend to be most comfortable in their own home. Sometimes your home is difficult to get the privacy desired, so the studio or a nice hotel may be a better solution. Whichever is best for you - its your choice. We travel to Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and the rest of the valley in our standard fees. A reasonable travel charge is required for visit to areas outside the Phoenix metro area.

Orcatek Photography - Phoenix, Arizona

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Orcatek Photography's New Blog

Welecome to my blog. Clients are always wondering what I am working on. Now you can easily keep up on the latest happenings.

This photo is of Loren - a great girl who was amazing to work with.