I'm not a very active blogger when the weather is nice, but here in the Pacific Northwest, Winter is made for staying indoors and catching up on your writing and reading. It's pretty gloomy outside today, so it's a good time for me to talk about another aspect of my private photoshoots. Read on after the sexy photo!
When doing private erotic photoshoots, my goal isn't just to create pretty pictures. I want to photograph activities, expressions and interactions that capture the erotic spirit of my clients. One important element in this process is talking to the client(s) before the shoot to learn about their relationship and their sexuality. I also ask questions to determine how best to deliver the images to them in a way that meets their expectations.
I love being able to meet clients for coffee and have a nice chat a day or more before their photoshoot, but that isn't always possible. Often my clients are on a tight schedule and prefer to dispense with the pre-shoot meetup. So I've learned to condense my interview into about a ten minute discussion in the studio. In order to do that I've had to make a mental list of the important questions I need to ask. These will vary between couple's shoots and solo shoots. To give you a rough idea of how it works, here are some typical questions in no particular order:
Who is the intended audience for the photos?
This usually comes down to the gender of the person who's expected to view the photos. If a woman is creating images for her man, I'm more likely to use my "men's magazine" style of photography. If a straight man is creating photos for his woman or let's say for dating sites, I will try to build images that spark a favorable response in women.
How do the two partners interact sexually?
Starting at the most basic level, who is the sexually dominant partner and who is submissive? Obviously that will affect how I pose client(s).
What are your favorite sexual acts?
This one is pretty obvious. If a couple really loves a particular form of sex play, that can be the centerpiece or climax (pun intended) of the shoot.
Do you or the intended viewer(s) have any fetishes that are important to you?
For example, if someone wants dating photos to find partners interested in a particular fetish, we'd want to build that fetish into the shoot in some way.
Will you be viewing the photos on screens or will you make prints?
This will affect how I format the photos into their final JPG form for the client. It can also affect how I compose the photos both in the camera and in post-processing. FYI: very few people make prints of their intimate photos these days.
Do you want me to cull all the unflattering photos so you don't have to see them, or do you want me to send almost all the photos and let you decide?
This depends a lot on how comfortable folks are with their own body.
How do you wish to receive your photos?
Usually I send edited photos via Google Drive or a similar file sharing service. However, some clients have high level privacy concerns and prefer that I hand them the memory card at the end of the shoot. If I'm not going to have a chance to edit the images, I will try to shoot in such a way that less editing will be needed.
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