I do all sorts of photoshoots for people, from guys with their beloved motorcycle to couples who wish to record their erotic passion for each other. It's the latter that provides the basis for this blog post. Most of the shoots I do for couples are for folks who live in the area, but there is a definite trend toward couples traveling a long distance.
The couples often come from about two states away (or Canada) and have another reason to be visiting Portland. They seem to live in smaller cities in conservative areas. We may be looking at a case of "what happens in Portland, stays in Portland." If you think about it, finding an erotica-friendly photographer you feel comfortable with in your small home town would be pretty close to impossible. Flying to a distant city and working with someone who doesn't know you at all must seem pretty attractive by comparison. By using search engines, it's easy to research photographers in any city you wish and pick one to trade some messages with. A few emails, a phone call, and a PayPal transaction is all it takes.
The couples I'm seeing are well-off, professional types. Usually, they are over 40, but in very good shape. Understandably, they are especially concerned about the security of their private images and they appreciate my strict policies regarding privacy. Most have recently read "Fifty Shades of Grey," which features many scenes in Portland. Perhaps just a coincidence?
Sometimes the husband/boyfriend just wants to sit back and watch his lovely lady enjoy her photoshoot, but more often they want to get wild together. Either way is fine with me, as long as they are having fun.
I recently did a shoot like this for a couple who was staying in a very expensive downtown hotel. It's interesting how some couples from out of town want to come to my studio and some want me to come to their hotel. It may just depend on how they arrived in Portland. If they drove their car, it's easy for them to get to my place. If they are using public transportation to get around, it's easier for me to come to them.
Hotel shoots are fun for me, as it gets me out of the studio and lets me explore my creativity. No worries about bad weather! Another aspect that is fun for me is the idea that nobody else in the hotel knows that I'm there to do a naughty photoshoot.
Did I watch too many James Bond movies in my youth? I prefer to think that I'm helping to protect my client's privacy. For this shoot, I dressed as a fashionable traveling businessman. My lighting gear went into a wheeled suitcase instead of my usual photo equipment case. I fit in perfectly and did not get a second glance from any of the hotel staff.
I met with the couple in the bar before going to their room. It was a lovely room with elaborate wallpaper and pillows sufficient for a platoon of boudoir models. I politely declined a glass of wine, as I need to keep a clear head while working. A member of the hotel staff knocked on the door to ask if we needed anything, so I stepped back out of view for a moment. Then it was time to set up my portable lighting equipment and begin creating sexy images.
My clients were great fun - mature professional folks like myself, so we immediately felt comfortable with each other. While we were shooting, the lady mentioned that she had read all the books of the Fifty Shades series, which led to some interesting photo ideas.
Before leaving, I gave them some ideas for fun places to visit in Portland. They already had some great restaurants scoped out, so I recommended Voodoo Doughnuts, Lush and Escential Oils. I'm sure they had a very memorable visit.
I sent them one photo by email the next morning, then processed the rest over the next two days so the images were waiting when they got home. They picked their favorites and let me know I could delete the files. I felt quite honored when they sent me this nice review to share with you:
Our photo shoot was a gift of trust, but in the end it was much more. It was a playful connection of love for each other and our bodies--as is. There we were, in the raw, and BeyondBoudoirPhoto was private, professional and fun. We chose several sensual erotic photos that we did not even want photo-shopped because he did such a good job. I wish we had done this years ago. These photos are sacred treasures for us. Do not hesitate, just go for it! Using the art of photography is a healthy and beautiful way to express yourself. We are so happy we found BeyondBoudoirPhoto. We highly recommend this photographer. Who knew how hot we could look! -Anonymous
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