I wasn’t intending for this to be a series, but it’s turning out to be that. So, if you’re interested in checking out the original article that started it all, click here.
I always loved watching behind-the-scenes footage of movies as a kid, and still do today. It used to be more of a novelty when I was growing up but now it’s pretty much a staple of any movie that BTS footage be filmed alongside the real movie.
Discovering what an actor’s method was to understanding a character, or inspiration behind a director’s vision is always fascinating… and a look at the creative process.
This series will be similar and hopefully inspire others to create different and more interesting boudoir images.
My “Outside The Box” Rule
One method I use to think “outside the box” with boudoir (when I’m in a creative mood) is I force myself to use a piece of furniture in a way its not intended to be used.
That’s the rule.
If it’s a chair, I can’t pose someone sitting in the chair… at least in the traditional way.
If it’s a stool, they can’t just be sitting on the stool.
Okay, you get the point.
So, with this chaise lounge, I wanted to come up with a new pose but I gave myself the restriction of the rule.
Inspiration For The Pose
I’m not sure where I came up with the idea but somehow I thought of a woman bending over the headrest.
It probably sprung from all those images I’ve seen of women kneeling on the floor at the edge of a bed with their upper body bent over resting on top of it.
When I imagined the image in my mind I immediately saw several different scenarios or stories it would suggest, and thought “wow”, I think there’s something here.
Usually when you want to tell a story with a single image another person is in the frame or some type of prop, like a discarded dress on the floor, or a man’s shirt, or something!
But this told a story with just the pose and I thought that was pretty unique.
I couldn’t wait to try it out.
I knew right away I couldn’t use anyone too tall because there’d be a gap between her stomach and the top of the headrest and I didn’t want that.
Someone shorter for sure, so they’d have to be up on their toes to make it over the edge. I didn’t want anyone flat-footed.
Fortunately I encountered a client who was around 5’2”, and I had my perfect subject to try this out on.
Ms. A, as we’ll call her, was up for it and was the ideal puzzle-piece size that fit perfectly into place.
We tried several variations, some with her arms bent, some straight. Some with her head turned towards camera, and some with her head down.
The one I chose was obviously the one I thought worked best. They were all saying the same thing, but this one said it the “loudest”.
Tension Equals Energy
Creating tension in an image gives it energy it wouldn’t ordinarily have.
The tension in this shot is in her legs and feet, and within her extended arms. She’s bracing herself for something. We, as the viewer, get to fill in the blank and the image affects us on a whole new level now.
Instead of just enjoying it for its aesthetic quality, it’s now telling a dramatic (and rather kinky) story.
Will someone be coming into the room?
Is she alone and fantasizing?
Is she being punished?
Does she want to be “punished”?
What is going to happen next?
There’s an endless number of possibilities and that’s why this is one of my all-time favorite shots because it interacts with the viewer and forces them to use their imagination.
It’s an image you want to stare at for a while and think about… at least for me.
The fact that it’s not completely specific but generally suggestive draws us in even more because different scenarios keep popping into one’s head.
What Can We Learn From This?
One thing we can learn is that there are methods to aid us in our creativity. We don’t have to rely solely on inspiration hitting us over the head because inspiration comes and goes and besides, if you really think about it, inspiration can be traced back to something we can create a methodology from.
I talk more about this in an article I wrote called, “See The Matrix of Creativity and Transcend Boudoir” if you’re interested in learning more.
Another thing we learned is that a story can be created from just a pose.
Let me re-phrase that, a story can be created from just a pose along with an attitude or emotion that fuels it.
Yes, that’s certainly an important element that needs to be mentioned.
The next time you’re looking for inspiration to try something different, remember the rule of forcing your subject to use whatever piece of furniture you happen to have in a way its not normally used…
… and see what you come up with.
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