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Choose a style for you

Here is a brief overview of some of the styles of photography I offer. Bear in mind that the various styles can easily blend into each other.

Demure or daring - it's up to you.

Boudoir photography

Named after the most common setting used originally: a woman's private sitting room or a small parlour. The model almost always wears some form of lingerie, usually retro. This lingerie may reveal all or nothing. The model may be in the act of dressing or undressing, and may or may not appear to be aware of the viewer, the latter case implying a certain voyeurism. Furniture is often part of the setting. Boudoir photography often features implied nudity. That is, the viewer can tell the model is wearing little or nothing, but nothing important is revealed. Boudoir photography is about sensuality, not sexuality.

Nude photography

As long as there has been art there has been nude art. Likewise, soon after photography was invented there was nude photography. Nude photography is a style which presents the human body as a work of art rather than as a personality. Models are usually completely nude; faces might not be shown. Settings are usually simple, sometimes limited to a featureless background. Emphasis is placed on poses, shapes and curves; the interplay of light and shadow is often an important feature. The images are meant to be artistic and not sexually suggestive. The terms "figure studies", "art nudes", and "fine-art nudes" can be considered as describing subsets of nude photography but are often used interchangeably.

Glamour nudes

This is fashion photography with little or no fashion. This is all about personality, fantasy, and sex appeal. Think Playboy. When indoors, creative lighting is meant to emphasize the model's figure and to suggest moods and environments. Models may be in various states of undress, express feeling and emotion and often appear to engage the viewer directly. Settings range from the simplest, as in nude photography, to the most exotic locales. Images may be but are not always sexually suggestive and are rarely sexually explicit.

Erotic photography

The name says it all. Erotic photography is meant to be sexually suggestive and even provocative while retaining artistic production values. Images can combine elements from any or all of the above styles. Sexuality is implied with suggestive poses and expressions and perhaps even accessories, yet something is still left to the imagination. There's a very fine line drawn between glamour nudes, erotic photography and pornography, and this is very subjective.

Fetish Photography

Fetish Photography is basically glamour or fashion photography, the difference being that the clothes are fanciful often colourful with some made with unusual or non-traditional materials such as latex and PVC with leather playing a big part as well. These clothes often have a BDSM theme as well. All of this makes for a captivating subject for photography.

BDSM Photography

The essence of BDSM photography is capturing the aesthetics of BDSM, a collection of activities involving consenting adults such as bondage, flogging, clothespin play, etc., activities which often have rich visuals containing action, emotion, textures, and more. Sexuality is sometimes implied but isn't a primary subject matter. To ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, this kind of photography should be performed with at least basic BDSM safety protocols.