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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Outdoor Fine Art Nude Portraits

Nude portrait at the pond

In addition to shooting boudoir and some commercial work, I’ve been working on and off over the years creating a series of outdoor fine art nude portraits. I shoot these for my own creative outlet to keep things fresh and interesting. The locations are outdoors in the natural environment, be it the forest, beach, or a grassy field.

My approach to this work is to keep planning to a minimum and just let the creativity happen during the shoot. Just myself and the subject, nothing complicated. Shooting early in the morning, I wander around looking for great light and an interesting composition. From there I find a quiet, introspective pose that sets the tone of the image. A beautiful woman in a beautiful setting. Perfect.

This particular image was taken about three years ago with a model friend of mine at a location about 20 miles north of Boston. I’m currently working on a website for this work but until then, follow me on Instagram at @erikpattonphoto if you want to see more.


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Morgan for Forty Winks

Photographed in a refurbished old mill building, model Morgan lounges in lingerie looks from Harvard Square lingerie boutique Forty Winks. With lace embellishments and sexy sheer pieces, she shows off both soft and pretty as well as sultry and seductive.

To see more looks from Forty Winks visit the boutique at 56 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge or at http://shopfortywinks.com.

Standing against wall in gray

Sitting on the floor in gray

Else Baklava longline bra and bikini in anthracite

Makeup station

Sitting on chair

Samantha Chang Lola bra top and Only Hearts french lace bikini

Laying on side in sheer top

Laying on back in sheer top

Maison Close Villa Bel Ami corset bra and Maicon Close Villa Bel Ami high waisted thong

Corner of couch in green teddy

Laying on couch in green

Sitting on couch

Clo Fortuna racerback chemise and Clo Fortuna string thong

Interested in doing your own editorial photoshoot for Valentine’s Day? Get in touch!

Makeup/Hair: Crystal Vasquez & Co
Lingerie: Forty Winks
Model: Morgan Ashley

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Ms. S’s Boudoir Session

Ms. S is a go-big-or-go-home kind of girl. She is very comfortable in her own skin, which means that in her shoot with us she wasn’t afraid to flaunt what she has. She wore the biggest falsies we’ve seen in the studio in a long time, bold makeup, the tallest heels, and brought lots of outfits to choose from. Take a look, and be inspired for your own Boudoir session for the holidays!

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Ms. S said, “I really enjoyed my photo shoot and would love if any of my photos inspired other ladies to do a photo shoot of their own.” Many women have gone before Ms. S to venture a bit out of their comfort zone, and enjoy being fabulous in their own gorgeous skin in a Boudoir session. We hope that will soon be you!

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Ms. N’s Boudoir Session

Ms. N is a friend of our lead makeup artist, Kerri Herlihy. We’re so glad she got connected with us! Ms. N did a sexy Boudoir session in our studio to show off what she’s been working on: the results of her amazing workout regimen!

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