We're always excited to spotlight our favorite photographers and share their insight and beautiful work with our audience! Today we are featuring the lovely Briana Morrison. Enjoy~
Hi Briana! For those who aren’t familiar, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey there! I'm your average foodie / cat lover / photographer with an addiction to adventure. I moved to the Pacific Northwest about 3 years ago and am falling more in love with it every day. I love to spend my free time discovering new trails, road tripping along the coast, and will soon be immersed in raising a whippet puppy.
We love your style! What gear do you use when photographing boudoir? How do you get your clients to warm up for the camera?
Thank you! I’m what they call a hybrid shooter. My main workhorse is my Nikon D700, paired with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and 35mm f/1/4 lens, but I always have a film camera or two along for the ride. Polaroid is a specialty of mine and lately I’ve really been loving shooting expired film in my 35mm for a gritty, vintage look.
I usually work with my clients for a month or two leading up to their shoot, helping them choose the perfect location, wardrobe and theme for their session. When we get down to the big day I hang out with them while they’re getting their hair and makeup done, just chatting about life. By the time we’re actually ready to take photos my clients are more excited than nervous. Still, I like to start them off slow, opting for wardrobe with more coverage as we start and slowly moving to more revealing outfits as we work our way through their session.
Can you give us your top tips & tricks when editing boudoir photos?
I prefer a more natural edit for my boudoir photographs. I’m a firm believer in helping women feel comfortable in their own skin which is why I never liquify or photoshop my clients. Aside from my stylistic editing, the only additional step I take is to smooth skin and remove blemishes that aren’t noticeable to the outside world. If a client specifically asks to have a mole or stretch mark removed I’ll do it, but otherwise it’s their own beautiful self they’ll see when the images are finished.
The main takeaway here is not to over edit. Your clients are amazing, just the way they are!
How do you utilize natural light during your sessions? What if the weather turns dark/overcast….do you have a Plan B?
I primarily use natural light for my boudoir sessions, occasionally throwing in some mood lighting from a nearby lamp if it seems to fit the scene. I shoot for a soft and feminine look and natural light does this best. Working in the Pacific Northwest, I’m often confronted with dark overcast skies but I use this to my advantage. For an outdoor session overcast skies cast a nice even light on my subject and if I’m shooting indoor I use the opportunity to give my session a moodier vibe.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in boudoir photography?
Practice is the best thing you can do when you’re getting started. Find some friends who are willing to model for you and shoot as much as you can. You will grow as an artist with every session you do.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. I usually start my sessions out with getting “safe” shots or working with poses I know my clients are into. As time passes my clients loosen up and are more willing to play with me. This is where my favorite images happen.
Keep it light. Boudoir sessions are scary things and the women you’re photographing have worked up a lot of courage to put themselves in front of your camera. Do what you can make them laugh and don’t be afraid to get silly. Let your excitement show and they’ll get excited with you.
What do you love most about boudoir photography?
My work as a boudoir photographer is more rewarding than I ever thought possible. I’ve had women come to me straight out of divorces with low self esteem, women with a history of eating disorders or negative body image. With every client I ask them to find the things they love about themselves and discourage any negative thoughts. By the time we meet to take photographs they’ve been preparing for at least a month and on that day when they finally see the finished product I am blown away by their joy. If you’re thinking about getting into boudoir photography make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. It’s not about money or sexy lingerie, it’s about helping women find peace in their bodies and celebrating their rockin' lady curves!
Briana Morrison is based out of Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about both wedding and boudoir photography and is often found traveling the globe, camera in hand.
To view more of Briana's work, visit her here.
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