Chris is the best kind of client to work with for a lot of reasons – first, he read my entire FAQ, which I worked very hard to write, and then he was very co-operative and fun to work with and even helped me pack up my equipment. He’d also done his homework on “dudoir” photography, a term he introduced me to while complaining about George Costanza’s famous boudoir spoof. His confidence and sexy guitar helped make the shoot a great success – but then, punk/rockabilly scene people are great to know and work with as a rule!
Are you looking for The Ladies Version?
Okay, after talking with my newest male client, I’ve realized two things. 1) Dudoir is a thing. Up until today I hadn’t heard the word, but it makes sense! 2) Nobody knows much about it except that if you search for “male boudoir” you’re going to find that awful photo of George Costanza. Ouch. Both of the men that I’ve worked with have really enjoyed the experience, and I think it deserves some serious airtime – we all know that women like eye candy just as much as men do – and there’s no reason men shouldn’t look for seriously awesome masculine photography to show that off.
So, how would a man go about booking a male boudoir, or if they like word-hybrids, “Dudoir” session with Seven Deadly Sins? I’ll give you my number, call me! =)
What Will the Photographer Bring?
Myself, a key ingredient… A camera and lenses (obviously) and lighting equipment with extension cords. If you don’t have a lot of natural light in your home or bedroom, these will come out! If you feel like your house is pretty dark or any of your spaces are, keep in mind where your plugins are for me. I do not bring props for guys, although you might want to bring your own! If you, like most men, have a crappy bachelor pad, we can also do a studio-style shoot, which works better for guys than girls usually.
What Do I Need?
Yourself. Your chosen pair of underwear. Any props that relate to your job or hobbies – a guitar, books, computer stuff, sports stuff… A nice stool or ottoman is a good manly choice, too. Hair gel if you have short hair and don’t naturally do the messy hair look. A white or solid-color dress shirt – one with a collar. A suit and tie if you want to do a striptease-type set. Sleeveless undershirt if you wear them with dress clothes. A nice belt. A nice (or super ratty – not just one with a hole, if you’re going for dirty jeans go all the way) pair of jeans or cargo pants. Sports jersey if that’s big for you. Jackets, particularly leather jackets, are always sexy.
If you are getting dudoir photographs done as a gift (even for yourself!), then can you include some aspect of your relationship or your personality in the photos? Are there any stories from you and your lover’s history together that you might want to consider? Anything you’ve been told is sexy? If you are doing this as a gift for a loved one and she cheers for a different sports team than you, make a concession and wear her team’s jersey! Or if you have a favourite book in common, if there’s any hobby stuff of hers that we could use as a prop (you holding her lingerie with a “Shall we?” look, for instance), those would be great things to bring! And if you saw a sexy man photo or two you truly love on your hunt for the right photographer, we can try to recreate something similar for you.
How Do I Set Up The House?
Get rid of as much clutter as you can! Clutter even includes neatly kept storage stuff that will possibly appear in the background of your photos – the least distracting view possible is best, so we can make YOU stand out, not your stuff! Typically, we’ll work in the bedroom, the living room. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you might try something different: the kitchen, the office space, if you have a cool claw-foot tub or jacuzzi/pool in and around your home that’s also an option. Think outside the box for something really unique, and I’ll make suggestions too.
Hope this post has been a helpful journey! Any questions or other ideas can be left in the comments, I’d be happy to speak with you about your ideas any time. And gentlemen – if you’re looking for a boudoir photographer who works with guys and have a reasonable budget to get yourself where I am or get me where you are, I’m willing to travel or give you priority scheduling.
So this guy’s soon-to-be fiance kept complaining that he was never in any pictures, so he came to me for a little shock therapy – for her! Once and for all, he was going to be captured on camera. He kept saying he couldn’t believe how fun it was once we got going. This shoot is one of my favourites of all time!