As a photographer, I always strive to improve and expand my skills. After attending a portrait photography workshop, I felt inspired to try my hand at boudoir photography with the help of a professional model. Eileen Vogel, who is both a model and photographer, was the perfect subject for me to learn and practice with.
To prepare for the session, I watched a number of Michael Sasser’s boudoir photography videos on YouTube and used his recommended poses as a starting point for the shoot with Eileen. This was especially helpful for Eileen, as she was able to see the poses in advance and easily move into position.
In addition to trying out different poses, I also experimented with my camera’s focus settings. I typically use single point AF and AF-S, but for this session I decided to give the eye/face tracking autofocus and AF-C a try. Both settings worked exceptionally well, and I was able to easily adjust the focus area to the desired point whenever I needed to.
For the majority of the photos, I stuck with a fixed aperture of f/1.8 and shutterspeed of 200, instead using ISO as an exposure control tool. Natural light through the windows was my primary light source, although I did bring my Nanlite FS300 for the final portrait shot.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the results of this boudoir photography session with Eileen and am eager to do more in the future. As I continue to learn and practice, I’m confident that my boudoir photography will only continue to improve.