Hi Jessica! For those who aren’t familiar, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a wife/mom/photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2008. I believe I have the best job in the world and could not be more thankful for opportunities it has provided.
Your boudoir work is timeless and elegant. When did you begin incorporating this niche into your offerings? Was it planned or happenstance?
For me it happened organically, boudoir is an expression of beauty and femininity and since I often work with brides and soon-to-be mothers, that time in their lives naturally lends itself to this genre of artistry.
Can you give us 3 tips that can help us achieve the soft look that your photos portray? (Is it because of the film you use? The lighting? Post production?)
I shoot my boudoir work on a Contax 645 medium-format film camera with various black and white or color film stocks. (portra 800, fuji 400 or tri-x 400)
How do you make your clients feel comfortable?
I always recommend champagne but music helps too. My favorite boudoir session music is by The XX. I make a playlist and bring my little jambox along.
Can you walk us through an average boudoir shoot? How many hours is it? How do you prep? Who’s involved? Where do you shoot?
My sessions are usually an hour and can take place in a home, hotel room or even outdoors. I prefer it to be just my client and I so she is able to relax and be herself but I would not be opposed to her guy hopping in for a few snuggle shots too.
What benefits have you seen from including boudoir photography into your business?
Well I certainly don't get to do it as often as I'd like but it is my favorite work and where I find the most inspiration.
Anything else to add?
Just that I believe every bride, wife and mother should have the opportunity to be photographed in a way that helps her to see the beauty she embodies, especially during these special moments in her life.
From the time she was a little girl playing with her photojournalist father’s camera until her husband put a SLR into her hands, photography has been a crucial part of Jess’ life. With more than 150 weddings now behind her, she still maintains a passion for creating meaningful relationships with her clients that last long after the wedding day. On the concept of organic photography, Jess explains: “I want to portray people being who they are, reflecting how they feel, doing what they love,” she says.“To me that is true, organic beauty. Simple, natural, and real.”
To view more of Jessica's work, visit her at jessicalorren.com.
head shot courtesy of Ozzy Garcia
Dear Ashley and Graham circa 2008,
Your business will not live and die by social media. You're going to be tempted to put more time into Facebook and Instagram than you do into in-person relationships because it will feel like that's what everyone else is doing; it will feel like the only way to keep up. Resist that temptation. Resist the urge to jump on the ever changing hamster wheel of social media. When you get on that hamster wheel it will feel like you're running as fast as you can and getting nowhere. And that's exactly where sinking unscheduled, unintentional time into social media will get you: nowhere.
Next to framed art, albums are a favorite, no-brainer product you should be offering every client. Albums are the one product that truly stands the test of time and will be treasured for generations to come. Not long ago, album design went a bit “photographers-gone-wild” with acrylic, metal, and even fur covers. Remember that panoramic ultra-wide album fad?
Luckily the tide has turned back to favoring a classic, luxury presentation.