Two different makeup looks

Clean makeup look for boudoir

Creative boudoir makeup

One of the most important parts of a boudoir shoot is the makeup. In fact it’s so important that it’s included as part of the session fee. The great thing about working with a professional makeup artist is that she can do a look for you that’s very polished and creative. Both of these images are from some recent beauty work I shot with local agency models.

The left image is a very clean natural look. This works well for an overall look that’s very subdued, soft and pretty. Think wearing pastel colored lingerie while laying in white sheets with a light and airy feel to the overall photograph. Or perhaps a white sheet session with a tousled-hair-I-woke-up-like-this look. The makeup doesn’t dominate but rather enhances your natural features.

The right image is more creative with the head piece and the under eye shadow. Here all the drama is about the makeup. This is where you can get creative and do something beyond just smokey eye shadow. Collecting sample images before your shoot is really helpful for this as it gives the makeup artist something solid to start from.

Whether you’re the more natural type or prefer something more creative, thinking about your makeup beforehand can really elevate your shoot. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

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Our Inspiration: Bruno Dayan

Bruno Dayan is an amazingly talented photographer I have been inspired by for several years now. I like his work so much I thought I would share with you all!

Bruno Dayan Photograph

Bruno Dayan Photograph

Dayan studied Fine Arts and Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and now works in both film and print media between Paris and New York. His photographic career began in Toronto where he shot for Canadian fashion magazines. He later moved to Tokyo where he started to shoot videos and commercials for top Japanese artists while continuing fashion photography. He now has a long list of luxury and high fashion brands that he has done video and photographic work for.

What I find most stunning about his work is the emotional qualities he is able to draw out of his models. What also keeps me coming back to his work is the richness of color and texture, and how Dayan pairs that with ethereal or otherworldly subject matter. His is some of my favorite commercial photography that I’ve seen, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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View more of his work at his website: http://www.brunodayan.com/


(Images courtesy of brunodayan.com)

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Our Inspiration: Herb Ritts

Hi everyone,

We want to introduce to you one of our inspirations, Herb Ritts. Ritts was an American fashion photographer who started his career in the late 1970s. He became enormously successful shooting portraits, editorial fashion work, and advertising campaigns for huge names like Vogue, Chanel, Valentino, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, and many more. He directed award winning music videos and commercials as well later in his career.

Ritts’ style is characterized by strong forms and clean lines within simplicity and minimalism. Much of his work is in black and white, and draws inspiration from Greek sculpture. Within his work, he often challenged widely accepted ideas about gender or race, which significantly set him apart and proved his innovative nature as an artist.

He passed away in 2002, but his work is remembered well and has inspired many for years. Below are some iconic examples of his work.

Are you loving the work below and want some of your own black and white fine art portraits? Get in touch with us at the “Contact” link above! We’d love to hear from you.

Britney Spears and Madonna by Herb RittsFine Art Black and White Photographs by Herb RittsCindy Crawford by Herb Ritts

Learn more about Herb Ritts and the Herb Ritts Foundation at http://www.herbritts.com/.
Images courtesy of GymRa Blog, last.fm, and 2photo.org.
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What is Retouching?

Hi Everyone!


I’ve noticed that many of our clients are more familiar with photography itself than they are with photo retouching or editing. Therefore, some ladies don’t really know what to expect before they see their final images, or how to to describe what they want to change or keep the same in their photos. Seeing as the world of “photo retouching” is a bit broad, I thought I would offer a brief synopsis of what retouching means for us at the Patton Boudoir studio.

Retouching, in short, is the removal of imperfections in a photo. It can be anywhere from very light and basic to extreme and heavy handed, like what you might see on a model in a magazine ad. At our studio, our retouching falls on the lighter end. Our goal is to help our clients look their best while still maintaining everything that makes them an individual; in essence, we use retouching to accentuate the beauty you already have. When we talk about retouching, some of our clients say, “I just want to look like me.” In our images, you will look like the most gorgeous you there is – like you’re having a great hair day, have had lots of sleep, and are having a great time!

Check out the before and after examples below! Want to know more about retouching? Send your questions our way!


Much love,



Boudoir Client: Before

Boudoir client: After

Boudoir Client: Before

Boudoir Client: After

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Boudoir Photography and Your Self-Image

boudoir client with sheet in black and white


Hi everyone, Lorna here, Erik Patton’s Studio Manager Extraordinaire!

Even in my short time working with Erik, I’ve noticed many women come through our doors who are open with us about having insecurities – be they related to body-image, or a part of themselves less visible. This is remarkable to me for many reasons, not the least of which is I know how hard it can be to share those parts of yourself with others.

One of my favorite things about what we do here at Patton Boudoir is that we get to help women see their own beauty, just as they are. I love that we really do work with women of all shapes, sizes, and comfort levels, and all of them get gorgeous images from their shoots. A large part of the experience at our studio is we always do our best to make sure our clients feel comfortable and positive, and leave feeling better about themselves than when they came in.

If you, like many women, want a chance to feel empowered, build your confidence, and celebrate your own beauty, then I encourage you to take the plunge and try a boudoir photoshoot. We have a special place in our hearts for women just like you!

Much love,


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