I was preparing for a boudoir modeling session with Amanda when I decided to use a new backdrop that I was testing for Kate Backdrop. Originally I had planned on using it for a glamour session, but decided it might be interesting to use it for a boudoir session.
Because it was a tester backdrop, it was pretty small, measuring only 7'x5'. My backdrops are often as large as 10'x20' to give me plenty of room to work, but with this size, I wasn't sure I would have too much flexibility due to the limited coverage of the backdrop. When I first set it up I was pretty convinced I would only be able to use it for some headshots.
When I first stood Amanda in front of the backdrop, I kept the composition close and created some portraits that included some of the colors and textures of the backdrop. The visible tattoos showed off Amanda's personality, while her mesh lingerie gave a peek through the material to keep the session squarely in the boudoir genre.
This next series is a wider composition, including full-body poses from a seated position, and show more of the backdrop. Because of Amanda's previous modeling experience, she moved with confidence, and I was able to capture subtle variations in posing to give Amanda some options.
I had Amanda sit flat with her legs extended out, then had her rotate onto her left hip toward the camera. The bend in the knee was the finishing touch.
Next I had Amanda lay flat onto her stomach. Again, a bend in the knee and a push up in the hips gave Amanda just the right amount of curves along the backside.
A quick lens change and I was back to a tighter composition. Subtle expression changes take the image from fun and playful to seriously sexy.
Because I'm a big fan of black and white, I also spent some time on a black and white conversion to produce an image with beautiful tones while also keeping some of the mystery that Amanda's serious expression created.
We finished up this series of images with Amanda straddling a black textured chair. The deeper tones in the background add even more mood to the image.
We wrapped up this portion of the session with me feeling like the backdrop was much more versatile than I had originally thought. With some creativity, a small backdrop can be used for full body shots as well as tighter headshots. Even if it is only used for a small portion of a session, it still adds variety, and isn't that the point?