How’s It Done? Boudoir Photo Shoot

Boudoir shot with Lensbaby by Lindsay Adler
Boudoir shot with Lensbaby by Lindsay Adler

This image was taken yesterday during a boudoir shoot for one of my brides (will be shooting her wedding May 8th). The session was part of the wedding gift for her fiance, to be given to him on their wedding day. The final product will be 20 mounted images, either 5x7 or 8x8s, in a custom box (lined in velvet).

The image was shot on the couch in the front of my studio. This was the first client shoot I had done using a Lensbaby. Lensbaby recently started sponsoring me, and sent me most of their products in the mail as part of the sponsorship! I was excited to put these new products to use with my clients.

Lighting: The main light source was from window light behind the subject. Though it was a sunny day, the lighting was indirect (not sunlight streaming through the window). Because the subject's face was oriented away from the main light I used a silver reflector to fill in the shadows. The reflector was just to the right of the camera, facing straight forward and catching the gentle window light.


Camera: Canon 5D

Lens: Lensbaby Composer

Shutter speed: 1/40 second

ISO: 400

Aperture: N/A...

Setting Exposure: With Lensbaby, you can manually set the aperture by actually inserting physical apertures in front of the lens opening. In this case, I used no adjustments and just the preexisting aperture was used. I set the exposure manually and found that the correct exposure was achieved at 1/40 of a second.

Lens Position: If you look at how a Lensbaby Composer works, you have the ability to tilt the lens in all directions (left, right, up, down) and manually focus with a focus ring. In this image my lens was tilted to the left and slightly downward, giving me the only plane of focus on her face.

Photoshop: The image was converted to black and white in Lightroom. In Photoshop only mild adjustments were made to remove very mild bags under the eyes. Other than that tiny adjustment, this is more or less the appearance of the image pre-photoshop.