Those who sign up for boudoir photo shoots experience a wide range of feelings as they walk in the door, from enthusiasm to apprehension. It’s for this reason that the experienced photographers at Boudoir Creatives have developed a secret icebreaker, which they employ at the start of each shoot, to erase inhibitions and get the subject, stylist, and picture-taker on the same page. Together, they develop a concept during a pre-shoot consultation. Though traditional boudoir-style shoots with lingerie are available, the staff may also propose inventive themes such as sexy shoots at outdoor locations, model shoots in the style of Maxim, and studio shoots with creative body paint or in the style of fine-art nudity.
The photographers then direct their models in sessions for individuals, couples, brides, and groups in full-day boudoir marathons. During each shoot, they highlight their subjects’ natural curves using dramatic lighting, soft focus, and neon arrow signs while establishing an atmosphere to put them at ease. After most shoots, photographers translate the best images into prints or full-colour photo albums.
Lou and Marianne Fenninger founded Art Source in 1978 in a 200-square-foot basement. When demand for the couple's poster prints exploded, they soon expanded their products and services. Within a few years they'd outgrown the basement, and moved into the 6,000-square-foot showroom they occupy today.
Nowadays, Art Source reaches every corner of the globe, distributing art for both retail and wholesale clients as far-flung as Europe, Japan, and New Zealand. The shop helps customers find perfect pieces for complementing their room decor and covering up unsightly fire extinguisher cases with 10,000 stock images of classic, modern, local, and international art, as well as an original art design service, all available for custom printing. Additionally, Art Source's staff help patrons preserve cherished pieces with custom framing services that can wrap works of any size in a carefully designed and assembled border.
For nearly five decades, G & K Picture Frame Canada has been protecting keepsakes from the wear and tear of time⎯and they do so in style. With four shops scattered across Ontario, the family-owned business presents its clients with hundreds of custom framing options and combinations. Expert staff members at each location help navigate the oasis of choices, flexing their framing muscles by putting everything from diplomas and sports jerseys to exotic brochures and clothing behind glass. They can also safeguard 3-D objects and bulkier relics, such as guitars and needlepoint creations.
Rosa Wang employs an eye trained with more than 20 years of photographic experience to create images that combine high art with essence-capturing portraiture. Rosa and her all-female team of creative talent compose tasteful yet romantic boudoir, couple's boudoir, and bridal boudoir portraits. Rosa?s commitment to fostering a warm studio environment in which women of all shapes and sizes can feel comfortable is reflected in her rigorous privacy practices. Her eagerness to meet with clients for a pre-shoot discussion over a calming cup of tea or inside a secure bank vault. During her relaxed, leisurely paced shoots, Rosa gently coaxes forth alluring angles from the shyest of sitters and employs flattering lighting, backgrounds, and props such as flirtatious feathers to draw out inner sirens. Once flash bulbs have been extinguished, Rosa?s Photoshop prowess shines as she fine-tunes images and edits out imperfections such as blemishes, stretch marks, and wrinkles in time.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
The photographers of Apricot Lime Photography strive to capture personal memories and moments in vivid, emotional portraits. With an eye toward striking colors and chance interactions, they snap shots of newly engaged couples in their element or against pastoral scenes or landscapes stretching behind them. Wedding photos capture happy couples on their big day, and portraits of family and children finally make it clear who got whose nose. After in-studio or on-location shoots, digital experts retouch and finish photos for clients’ online galleries or prints.