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Bootleg: Editorial Boudoir Photography by Zorz Studios (4)

Love it when educated and confident women think sexy and express themselves in style, defining the essence of editorial boudoir photography.

It is not uncommon for public figures and established professionals to be shy about expressing themselves a little more openly, intimately, or sensually. Whenever I am approached by them, an understandable request follows about the strict privacy of the related boudoir sessions. I promptly oblige albeit charge a higher fee to compensate for the lost revenue from the devoid portfolio boost and unfulfilled marketing. Exclusivity values higher. However, there is still a number of pros who brave the scene, establishing themselves in yet another area of life. Zorz Studios’ annual boudoir marathons see many of them, as well as individual boudoir sessions like this for a realtor, investor, and business owner. Meet another schooled client who even took care of her wardrobe and found a cool location for me (a “tunnel” next to her house), helping me work in the best traditions of editorial boudoir photography.

By the visual diversity you can realize that this was not a standard-length boudoir session which lasts for two hours to get the mere basics. We are talking about multiple locations and looks, each properly developed, thoroughly and thoughtfully. This is a privilege of a full-day boudoir session, or any art photography session for that matter, from engagement to maternity. This is what my commercial and fashion clients enjoy and I am happy to offer the same depth of resources and expertise to private clients when budget allows.

We started on a quiet beach, then moved to the urban setting, later finishing at the client’s home. The young lady’s hobbies and interests were finding their place throughout the photo shoot. I was glad to have her boyfriend around to borrow his leather jacket and use him as an assistant.

There was another moment which I would like to gently share as a suggestion to future clients and their support groups, welcomed during the boudoir sessions. I listen to my boudoir clients, it is critical and trust-building both before and during the shoot. I accept preferences and suggestions. In fact, this very client booked me shortly after her friend’s destination wedding in Mexico—she was one of the bridesmaids and quite useful at this, helping me with photography aspects during the bridal prep (she was the one holding the light behind the screen creating that epicly dramatic wedding dress shot). When she contacted me about the boudoir session, I immediately thought of a great outcome considering her passion for photography. The synergy was well nourished. And that’s the thing: her ideas were discreetly delivered and I happily incorporated them when organically possible. At one point, a new person joined us who was easily as enthusiastic, passionate, and—importantly—creative. I just wish she offered her worthy ideas less emphatically, especially when I was visibly sunken deep into my thoughts. I don’t want to sound like a delicate enlightened artist, I just invite you to imagine a kitchen where a chef is carefully creating something special and a foodie-type patron walks in starting to give practical tips, however helpful and righteous, which he read in a magazine’s recipes section. I was patient for some time, hinting, but then needed to restore an environment which felt more comfortable for me. I upset her… In short, I’m among many photographers who can welcome suggestions if given prudently. We all can only win from such synergy. 🙂

Sorry I used this opportunity to voice something that happens on occasion and accumulates. I am sure such misunderstandings are never ill-intended and simply require an insight from us photographers. I know that many of my clients, current and potential, read my blog, so here is my side. The best thing is that I did use a suggestion or two from that freind, hence the results! I thank everyone for this successful example of editorial boudoir photography.

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Makeup: Biana Barinboym
Hair: Erik Avetisov

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.