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Freedom | Austin Boudoir Photography

 

This is a letter to my fellow photographers…

 

Remember, back in the day, when you used to shoot purely for the fun of it?  

When there were no “rules” to follow.  You didn’t care about busy backgrounds, or not enough bokeh, or distortion from a lens…  Your only concern was capturing a moment in time.  That was it — just, “Oooh pretty!  Get it!”

I was given the gift of freedom last month when I took Denise Birdsong’s “Stripped Down” workshop in Vegas.  We learned the art of coaching our clients for raw emotion.  I was SO bogged down with rules and CC (“constructive criticism” or “comment and critique”), and tearing my work apart and feeling unfulfilled and stuck —– and I didn’t even really realize it.  Not until I took this workshop and I was forced to ONLY deal with getting that gorgeously beautiful emotion out of my clients and, in turn, have an even more intimate experience with each and every one of them during their session.

I used to be exhausted after every session.  Like, crazy tired and just spent.  I would literally come home and fall onto my bed while my hubby unloaded the car for me.  It’s crazy — now, I am working even harder during my sessions…but I leave feeling re-charged and beautiful, myself.  I feel powerful and sexy.  And I feel like I made a difference in that woman’s life.

I also miss focus, chop limbs off and under/over expose now.  The technical aspect of my work has sort of fallen to the way side.  You’d think that would bother me.  But it does the exact opposite.

It gives me the freedom to create ART.  Photographs with raw, intense, sensual, connected, hardcore, vulnerable, life-changing, happy, feminine, powerful and sexual emotion!

I posted the above image for CC in a photography group and got a lot of good feedback.  It reminded me, though, why I don’t post for CC very often at all anymore.  And it really reminded me of an awesome article written by Nino Batista, a colleague of mine, called “When CC Becomes WTF: My Problem with Online Comment and Critique”.  He spoke about why posting CC for your photos in photography forums is utterly useless.  You must read it (HERE) — it’s great!

Here are a few of my favorite emotions to capture…

Pleasure:

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Stripped Down Ashlyn 2

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10

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Joy + Happiness:

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Stripped Down Ashlyn 6

Vulnerability + Serenity:

Stripped Down Hannah 4

Stripped Down Hannah 3

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I’ve found my love and passion for creating beautiful images again, with no fear and an open mind.  I go into my sessions feeling excited and adventurous!  It’s amazing!  And it’s all because of you, Denise, Lacy, Shelby & Kate!  You ladies are amazing!

Thank you for the gift of freedom!

6 Comments
  • Trista

    Beautiful work Elizabeth! I can tell you are enjoying what you do again. Anyone would be lucky to have a session with you.

    April 17, 2015at11:09 am
  • Elizabeth so beautifully written, and amazing insight! Thank you for the inspiration. The photos are JAW dropping!

    April 17, 2015at12:34 pm
  • this is perfect! It’s so easy to get caught up in the technical side and miss what is really important – capturing the MOMENT. And you really have a gift of capturing that moment.

    April 17, 2015at6:18 pm
  • Kate

    Love this!

    April 17, 2015at7:07 pm
  • LOVE this message…almost as much as I love your images! Thank you for writing this. This is something we all need to be reminded of from time to time. What are we really hoping to accomplish?? For me, it’s the emotion–love, joy, passion, excitement, contentment–and the authenticity of the moment. I don’t want families to look back on their images and think, “wow, that photographer really knew how to work her camera!” I want them to look back on them and be in that moment again. <3 <3 <3

    April 17, 2015at10:12 pm

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