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Dark Light: A Daring Boudoir Session by Zorz Studios (1)

A smoke grenade, sword, castle evacuation, cage, digger, water pipes, breastfeeding, and cemetery. If it doesn’t sound like a daring boudoir session to you, I’ll try harder with you next time.

Meet yet another loyal and epic client, Veronica and her husband Gene. Not only did I document their royal-themed wedding and an epic newborn session that stirred people’s minds, I also taught photography to Gene privately as a Christmas gift from his caring wife. Their images say it all…

With the studio’s regular clients, boudoir sessions oftentimes fall sometime prior to maternity or newborn sessions but nothing says that boudoir sessions cannot happen in a happy married life! My majority of my annual boudoir marathon clients are married, continuing to add a thrill factor to their marriage. Veronica is a striking and hard-to-match example.

She contacted me earlier this year to request a boudoir session and get this… as a gift of photo book for her husband’s birthday! Gene, as an aspiring photographer himself, would also participate as an assistant and model. Knowing their deliberate and ardent approach to all things photography in their lives, I was not surprised that we ended up booking an all-day session, a telltale and true warrant of adventurous photo sessions. No matter that the trip took me 4-5 hours, it’s all good for the right shot.

Even a daring boudoir session starts off with a soft and classic bedroom imagery. Beautiful but nothing extraordinary, although the company of her child adds to a variety. And, she’s no stranger to the breastfeeding culture as seen in her previous photo sessions. Having covered the basics, I moved onto more exciting things. They have a cool meditation room where I spotted a sculpture. I brought a smoke grenade just in case and the idea to create something epic and movie-poster-worthy was born in my head. We planned out and practice the entire movement sequence including disposal of the grenade and seemed to be ready… A smoke detector seconds into the shooting hit us with a deafening and rude distraction. Veronica and I stayed in the room shooting while Gene ran out for the damage control and to deter any potential outside interruptions. The same sword from the earlier sessions made it in but having given it a lot of attention already, kept this prop usage to a minimum. Once finished shooting we saw and calmed down others returning after evacuation…

Onto the next chapters. They have two ferrets who have two cages that seemed fitting to me. Then we went to a utility room full of pipes for a few grungy shots. And then we went out to a nearby construction site. Some sweet talking with the digger operator and Veronica is up in the bucket. Finally, she wanted to add something non-boudoir but important to herrunning. She does it regularly and happens to run through a cemetery. As a side subproject, the theme worked for me and we shot into the sunset, concluding this daring boudoir session exhausted, sweaty, dirty, smoked, chilled, but all happy!

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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.