Skip to main content

Reviewing Previous Images

Lesson 19 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Reviewing Previous Images

Lesson 19 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

buy this class


Sale Ends Soon!

starting under


Unlock this classplus 2200+ more >

Lesson Info

19. Reviewing Previous Images

Next Lesson: Shooting to Sell


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

Reviewing Previous Images

Okay, So here's some selection Day One. This was morning, and Oh, apparently we We got a lot of comments that were We've got gorgeous models. Well, we're gonna show you some before pictures. Teoh. I don't have them get right yet, but they really are real women. We do have a couple luxury models. Like the last model. She was a model. But this is Marnie. She's a photographer who wanted to be here. She wasn't selected for the audience, but it really loved her. So we, um, invited her, and again, she kind of had same insecurities. Um, you know, doesn't love stuff about herself and was really nervous. I think she did a freakin awesome job. Um, within. So, yeah, those Marnie, She did a great tip, right, didn't she, Um, do you have any questions? Pop up up in with them if you dio Um okay. And so here's our soccer mom. Newly divorced, not feeling that sexy or awesome. But boy, did she turn it on. Right? She was so, so nervous, but so excited, and she really showed up. Um, I just I loved her. Uh...

, you know, she see lit up the screen only that smile she was looking like and she was having a blast. She was like, I was the best. Um, and yeah, uh, so I job so much fun, and she hasn't even seen these yet. Um, I have a question one year when you're when you're actually on the set, Do you and your in the middle of shooting? How do you determine what pose you're gonna get her into next? You just kind of see how she moves and then think Cool. That would look really cool if I had her do this. Yep, yep, yep. There's some standard poses that I like. I like the money shot things, or I know I want landscape of the body. I know I'm gonna shoot a nice but shot, you know, during the course of and I just kind of kind of feel her out, and I let it go on lighting to, like, I'm not gonna change my whole set up just to do some pose on the other side of the bed and kind of work in this area, depending what lens I have on my camera. But I like to keep her moving like crawled. So are we? Okay? Send up. Twist your hair. Go back against the mirror. You can. I thought like I try and move it That you just seemed so like It was so easy. It was not easy. And in your mind Are you thinking like, Is your mind going crazy Thinking? What am I gonna do? What next? What I'm gonna do next? Or is it just come so natural? Because that's kind of in my mind. I'm like, What's next? What's next? What's next? But actually, I'm very in the moment, so I'm not thinking what's next. My problem? Yeah, I'm kind. I'm really feeling around my house. She feeling? I know this was one of the first shots. She's not feeling that great yet, but I just love the shot, and I kind of like she's about to get on fire here. Um, you know, I just kind of I'm really with her. I'm with the right that looks just eyes dead on me to the light is lighting perfect. No, Like, I would probably photoshopped that shadow out some hair, maybe, uh, dodge the of it. So it's a little more lit, but, uh, you know, I'm just focused on that moment. And I think that would be a good idea for you not to be a step ahead of yourself. That's one of my That's one of my issues. I know that hamster on the wheel that you talked about That's in my head. Oh, yeah, all the time. Yes, it's still it's yourself down. The president, I Your timer comment was very good for someone like us who are trying to think fast forward to keep ourselves moving in the moment. Teoh get us trained to right where you talk about that today. You know, when I first started teaching, I would be like, move on. I like David on the back of your camera. Moved the 11 girl. I meant Robin. She's like, I have you in my head now when I'm shooting look like move on, OK? Eso yeah, I move on quickly, but I'm not really thinking ahead. I'm very much with her in her. Her mental state or remote emotional state, actually, is what I'm focusing a lot on. What does she need from me right now? Um, and this was our lingerie model. Rocked it out. Rave in. Look at those legs had to go way back. Um um I just love that look. And I love that green and the goals. It's all working for me.

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

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!

Student Work