The difference between a standard portrait session and a full-day beauty photography shoot? This.
My brand portrait sessions start from two hours—I am reluctant to do shorter sessions considering my approach and meticulous attention to styling, lighting, posing, and details. And even so, two hours are pretty limiting as I advise to my clients. Of course, if such portrait session is part of a larger full-blown project like Zorz Studios’ boudoir marathon when all the ingredients like makeup, hair styling, studio lighting, props and all are set up already, I can come up with striking images but in a standalone beauty photography session, I usually achieve the effect that is only minimally satisfactory for my high expectations. I am upfront with this and glad when discerning clients opt for a longer and truly fulfilling experience understanding that this could be the session of their life, like this young lady who went all the way up to the full day adventure.
Meet Liliyan, a friend of another all-out client whom I first photographed back in 2009 on a similar scale and whose full (unpublished) image set she saw. Perhaps drawing the parallels to the approach helped her go with the full package. 🙂 Or maybe, just maybe, it was her unconcealed excitement about meeting her country fellow: not only are we both Tatars, but our roots are in the neighbouring villages deep in Russia! There is something warm and entrusting about meeting your fellow across the globe, especially when there aren’t that many of you around. I cannot help thinking of another coincidentally Tatar client and a friend of mine who demonstrated her trust in fine art nude beauty photography.
I spent all day with Liliyan and I mean it: since such sessions do not count hours, all 13 went into the production, 10 AM to 11 PM! This allowed for what beauty photography is meant to be: a creative, unrushed, diverse, and thorough theme development across multiple locations. I have to say that I got exhausted sooner than the client… She would have just kept going! Alas, creative shooting like this drains lots of energy and resources so I politely wrapped it up and drove her back home.
No breaks and no time for behind-the-scenes for you, unfortunately.
I have a good feeling that we did a good job of depicting the diversity of her character and helping her and her future children remember her joy, beauty, and personality. I say her great grandchildren could proudly hang one of the images as a family fine art piece, wouldn’t you agree?
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