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This book is a well-organized compendium of recipes for success, applicable to beginners through advanced photographers. What makes Kay's approach so accessible is her careful use of un-complicated lighting setups, together with inspired posing and prop suggestions. It's easy to get overwhelmed with elaborate equipment demands in some tutorials, but Kay keeps it really simple (only 4 different light source combinations, plus window light, are used throughout the entire book), emphasizing instead how much you can do with relatively few light sources and modifiers.
During the course of our first session, I found myself turning to this book over and over again, not only to remind ourselves of what we had planned for the day, but also to bounce ideas off the client by showing the amazing sample images in the book as a source of inspiration for both of us. Being as the formulas were relatively simple, I soon was able to produce results as flattering as the sample images, and soon had the client's confidence.
Boudoir photography turned out to be one of the most challenging assignments I had encountered, but with the help of Kay Eskridge's book, I was able to both overcome my anxiety, and produce some photographs that both my client and I can be proud of!
Examples, lighting diagrams, that give you the how to and they WHY.
*Photograph with a business mindset is covered in this book.
*Lighting examples with 1 or 2 or 3 light sources.
* Sales and Marketing stratagies, Sell and Album not just photographs
Two key elements in particular I find readily useful are how she organized the overall book layout in six main sections depending on light type and she has a one, two or three heart system of rating images.
The lighting sections cover 3 light, 2 light, 1 light, three different window light combinations and a mixed light section. This makes it possible for a reader/viewer to see a series of different unrelated images, with varied backgrounds, which are shot with a particular lighting set. Jumping from section to section, one can see how the light changes the overall feel.
While many other books cover one two and three light and window light setups, and these books have their place certainly, there is a certain power and elegance to seeing similar lighting gear used to make image after images, after image, and seeing the different images that can be made using essentially the same light gear.
Of course, there aren't just the pretty pictures, there are explanations of how the lights were set and why. Poses chosen, etc. I think it really helps the discussion of the light, seeing so many different poses and models and settings w the same/similar lights.
The rating system is also really cool.
Some images have no hearts, some have one, for client fav, two for studio fav, and three for both client and studio favs....
We as photographers often fall in love with certain of our works and not with others. In a business, what the client likes is king. Or in the case of boudoir is it queen? In any event, she shares some pretty powerful poses and mentions that these poses, like on page 13 of a waist to heals shot with a hand on a raised kicked back heal using three lights, is a great seller (one heart). A similar pose, on page 67 has three hearts, everyone loves it... and it's shot using silhouetted window light framed neck to heals... Awesome.
A great book and must read for anyone thinking of getting into or improving their boudoir photography business.
I received this book in order to review it.