I actually only started shooting 6 years ago. Shortly after I started shooting I was drawn to boudoir and decided to make it my life’s work to help women celebrate their unique femininity, shamelessly.
I do this in many ways. I listen to them. Make them feel comfortable; help them with wardrobe and makeup. I give them a safe place to express themselves without judgment. All of that comes together to give them the experience of a lifetime. Oh, and I take pictures while it happens.
See, for boudoir, I actually believe the photos are the souvenir of the experience. It doesn’t mean that the images aren’t important; it’s just that they need to equal the amazingness of the emotions of the day.
Nikon D700 was my first full-framed camera and it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve used it so often that I already replaced the shutter twice, but I still won’t part with it.
Nikon D3S – This is my main camera. This was a big purchase for me when I bought it. Not only financially, but I felt it really committed me to turning my passion of photography into a business.
I use all Sigma lenses. People always ask me which are my favorite. That’s like asking me which of my kids I like the best. It’s impossible to answer. Like my kids though, they are all different and I love them for the qualities they posses.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art are amazing for small spaces. (When you are in NYC like me, small spaces are very common). I probably use the 50mm 80% of the time.
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 would be the ideal portrait lens for boudoir and glamor photography (see tips), and I use it whenever I have the space. The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 is great in my studio, especially in the stairwells and really, really intimate spaces I find to shoot in around the common areas of my building.
When I go to a more open area, such as the rooftop, I break out the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. The compression can’t be beat.
My new favorite lens is the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art. I have been using that lately along with the Profoto B1 Strobes to create a beautiful darker look to my images.
Although I do shoot mostly natural light in my studio, I also have the Westcott SpiderliteTD6’s in my studio along with the Westcott Skyluxe LED and 2 Westcott Ice Lights. They are a great addition to my studio on dark days or when I am trying to create a specific look. They are easy to use and versatile as well.
I can’t live without my Money Maker strap by Holdfast Gear. Not only is it functional, but it’s sexy and a conversation starter for sure.
I travel A LOT so I need to make sure I always have my Emergen-C handy as well as a notebook to write down any brain storms or great ideas I get at 2 am. Of course I don’t leave the house without lip balm and gum. Nothing worse than a photographer with bad breath. Yuck!!
My gear is simple and straightforward, similar to my style. Less is more.
Nikon D700 (backup camera)
Strap – Holdfast Gear Money Maker
Sigma 35mm Art, 50mm Art, 85mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 24-105mm Art
Gum, Hairband, Notebook, Emergen-C, Copies of my DVD, some fun toys for in camera effects, thumb drives and lens cleaner.