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After Dark Shoot Review

Lesson 36 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

After Dark Shoot Review

Lesson 36 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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Lesson Info

36. After Dark Shoot Review


Class Trailer

Day 1




Let’s Get this Party Started Right!


Redefining Boudoir: YOUR Brand & Style


Working with Women


Creating Relaxed Clients


Posing and Anti-Posing


Flattering All Body Types


Lesson Info

After Dark Shoot Review

So we're going so you a little bit of a teaser trailer of what went down here last night during the after dark segment I have to say oh my goodness thank you too nico and robert this is as such a beautiful little piece that just took out I just thought really nice elements to give you an idea about showing you nudity what went down last night to take a peek at that? Awesome okay, we're ready to get started. I'm not going to delay this is our beautiful model elizabeth elizabeth thank you so much for coming and I'm just gonna have you sit on the lounge and I'm gonna have you get comfortable I think we're gonna kind of duplicate some a little bit of this pose and just softer eyes landing in the stepping closer frame it differently. Can I have your hands separation between finger? Yes, exactly. Keep going. Uh that's beautiful. Oh, perfect, gorgeous! And then look at me for once, okay? And then look down that way beautiful. This is beautiful. This is perfect. Also, this is modest if you not...

ice from certain angles this's implied nudity even though she's totally naked lading wass digging it on the body o beautiful so what I do sometimes I see beautiful light hitting the body I kind of walk around a little bit and I'm not going to change her, but I'm going to change my angles. John and I rigged this up last night. Took us about five minutes to figure it out. Uh, this is again three by four tomorrow soft buck, we're gonna move on so let's give you your robe and we're going to change up the set a little bit and we'll need to do is help and move your left torso over to me just so I can see a little bit nipple and raise your elbow like it wascause now you're blocking out perfect, but I want to see your left hand left hand. Okay, there you go. Now we now that, uh, loving it. Perfect. Yeah, I want to see more. Okay, so, let's, take the robe off. I love when it goes diagonally. Don't tuck it under your arm but gorgeous don't let it just go boudoir it's all about personality and enjoying your body with finer nude it's all about lines and shapes and shadows sweet and so on my website if you go now, not all at once, you know you go now. I chose my favorite selects from the after dark segment, I think there's about twelve if from each set you can take a peek because I can show nudity on the blog's so you can go there right now and check out. My favorite selects from the after dark segment. And this is obviously one of the more modest ones. I think there are only two that were implied nudity, so check it out. All right, so I think if my clicker is working again, we can own, but yeah, what did you do? Post process on? Oh, yeah, we're going to talk about it. We're gonna go over yet thes air the totally rad actions that I love. I often love to just de saturate things. And then to get just a more luscious, velvety light just do two things the same all the time. That's definitely part of my look and brand um, and I always feel like it makes my my lighting a little juicier, um and everything just like a little bit more yummy for lack of better word. Good question. So I'm gonna get to it.

Class Materials

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Christa Meola Day 1.pdf
Christa Meola Day 2.pdf
Christa Meola Day 3.pdf

Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

This is meant to be a HELPFUL review for those that are wondering if they should purchase this workshop. About 75% of what I took away from this workshop was posing, composition for boudoir and the importance of eye lines and capturing movement. I had two boudoir sessions a week after this workshop and my images significantly improved. I was able to coach my clients through poses better, direct them on where to look for better eye lines, I was more aware of their posture and how to fix it, I think I sounded more professional and felt more confidant with getting awesome poses, stand out expressions and adding movement to my images. I put a fan on my client the way Christa does.. and she is right! The instant I put the fan on my client, her expression changed and you could tell she was really "feeling it". She told me she felt like a real supermodel right after I turned on the fan. If you are looking for inspiration on how to coach women and pose for boudoir then Christa is the girl for you. I think the most worthwhile thing I learned watching this is something that will help me in the years to come... with my brand, my website, my workflow and my business goals. I learned how to "keep it simple" which is Christa's tag line. For example Christa brings a roll of gray background paper and uses gaffer tape to hang it from the wall of the hotel (instead of bringing a 12ft background stand). I know this seems simple but this will change my life! I hate dragging equipment back and forth. There are some negative reviews on here about Christa's technical skills, but I think these people may have missed the whole point. If you provide an awesome product and an awesome experience for your client, they will buy it. And guess what.. your client will never know if you used your camera in auto or manual and they won't care if you used one light instead of two. As someone who has been in business for 3 years doing boudoir exclusively I learned a lot. I see a lot of value in learning from someone who doesn't spend a lot of money on fancy equipment, yet charges her clients over $3,000 for sessions. I'm a huge fan of her keep it simple philosophy and I'm glad Christa is willing to be honest about her workflow and how she best utilizes her time. Your not going to agree with or use everything Christa talks about, you take the parts that you like and are most helpful to you and work them into building a stronger business.

a Creativelive Student

AWESOME DEAL on Christa's course. I just sent an email to my husband to tell him thanks for "gifting" me this course. I told him just the ONE CLASS about pricing was worth the full $129 price of the course. And there are over 50 classes?! That is a crazy stupid good deal. You can learn something good from every class you take, every book you read, and just apply the stuff that works for you. There are a lot of people out there who seem to just enjoy giving crappy reviews, and to me it's almost like bullying. How someone could not find $129 worth of value in this course is beyond me. In my opinion this course is worth over a thousand bucks, because it can help you make SO much more money. I hate when I see people whining about things that are not 100 percent perfect, and they get annoyed if the person isn't catering to their exact needs. It's like the Yelper generation, with a disturbing sense of entitlement. I would love to see those people try teaching a class about boudoir and see if they could do any better. It also seems like, the more popular a person gets, the more other people feel the need to tear them down. I'm grateful that Christa even offered this course at ALL. Thanks Christa for all you do to help those of us who really need to know this stuff. You rock.

a Creativelive Student

I never thought I would shoot boudoir. I am a shy and private person. I started entertaining the idea when I first saw Christa's work and saw how beautiful and tasteful it can be. I love her lighting and all that she uses from historic painters and sculptors. I watched all three days live and learned a ton. I have a lot of lighting education, but it was nice to freshen up my skills. I loved the posing tips and the three typical situations she uses for one shoot. I loved learning about how she shoots in hotels and also using things like an outdoor situation. I have now shot my first boudoir session and it was a total hit. I am thrilled to show my client her images. This was fantastic! Thank you, Christa!

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