A soft and sensual boudoir image, as well as a wickedly daring one, of a woman photographed by Inner Spirit Photography Studio Calgary's Mark Laurie.

It’s the spice that makes things interesting. The heroes and villains become way more interesting when the hero has a small dark side or the villain has a good streak, the vein of gold.

Your photo shoot is a place to play, a safe place to experiment. So it’s an ideal place to try out naughty, even wicked. But you can also go with playful, mischievous, teasing, or softly sensual. There are so many spicy options.

Images sing with emotion at the extremes. The wicked dramatic nude with lighting that drips of delightful behaviour, or the soft gentle stolen moment pose. Photographs die when they’re in the middle ground.

The middle ground is a graveyard of nice but emotionless images. Sadly, you see so many of them that you think they are the norm, the hallmark standard. They have a light that does not express or build the image or emotion. The subject’s eyes don’t seem to communicate anything. You can’t really find fault with the image, but you just can’t get excited about it.

You might call it visual elevator music, and it abounds and fills our visual space.

But it’s the bold strokes that excite. Boldly over the top or boldly understated, these images fascinate us. They reveal stories, they surprise and delight us, they make us pause and consider. It’s why movies show the string of peak moments of the hero and villain contacts – not so much of the bed making, teeth brushing, floor sweeping… well, you get the picture.

Oddly, bold can be when an artist pauses to create something delicate and fragile. Still layered in emotion, so that the more you look, the more you feel.

You would be right, if you have always done it in the bland approach. But when light and shadow wraps around you seductively, the camera angle enhancing every curve, you don’t have to do much more than glance into the lens. Suddenly, you have wicked. And if you are nude, then it’s a wicked nude, but either way, it’s still wicked.

The joy of digital is the instant feedback. Nothing ramps you up more than the affirmation that this is working. Play it up, give yourself some props to get lost in the moment with.

So what would you like: the wicked nude or the softly sensual?


Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.