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Shoot: Back to Christa

Lesson 33 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Shoot: Back to Christa

Lesson 33 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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33. Shoot: Back to Christa


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

Shoot: Back to Christa

Let's take some questions because I'm going to shoot a little bit more that was really good you got some great stuff you guys can relax a little take a peek at your work wait you still have plenty of time and I got another half hour so ok sweetie ok um thirty minutes great quick question about the location like locations shooting uh would you ever shoot in a bar or a lounge and if so would you bring this light set up with you or would you kind of default to you're really simple keep it simple motto and work with natural light uh that's such a great question and I've done both it depends if I have anyone helping me out if it's a client shoot if we've, um are limited on our time in the bar restaurant we have a manager well I always when I'm going into a bar restaurant have men injury approval so if they're okay with it and I've got health and totally bring in lights um if not I just have to wing it really hard to shoot in restaurants and bars because usually they're very low lit not a he...

ck of a lot of natural light so that is really difficult so I usually have to bring lights with me folks I just wonder if you can remind them what size that soft boxes sure it's a three by four great this one ok sweet um I'm going to do a little bit more with you guys uh I told um um maybe we strip you down a little bit why don't you sit up here for a second then you could sit down here and I think you have to turn to the side so I'm not shooting right at you um and I actually I don't know I wonder if we can get you in the same one or if you could scoot on this really closer to her now and you're blocking her get on this one and straddle this yeah and scooch in might want to do it on the other side again just because he'll be blocking her life yeah sweet yeah thank you put your shoe on his leg you really get all yeah like that I'm digging these shoes yeah, they are cool okay and then yeah more more and then we'll get down into the course it soon ana for sure and then I'm not a shoe in your face a couple of reasons why it's totally off the black we can actually turn it vertically possibly yes judge maybe you can have your hand in this here we see how that works way messed up the hair dang sorry lindsay sorry we screwed up your your awesome where thank god my hair oh shoot yeah no that's fine you maybe put it on his shoulder? Yeah, no bomber it's okay um you can keep it like that though okay perfect and I shut off my camera by accident maybe we'll take the job yeah let's do one more where you're kind of gripping her let's stand up here I wonder if it's gonna get down yeah just just sorry excuse me the latest down partner um uh come when you just lower this down a couple of about a foot bring me okay um at a half a foot would be great thank you, bea um because now I want to focus a little bit more mid thigh over here. Um let's do a couple more with this beautiful dress terms no, I actually loved what you did. Yeah that's it thank you. Nika yeah it's really cool. Okay, so let's get in there. Uh okay, I want to see your back and you get behind her this way and, um I want your hands like around her waist around her back mihok perfect. You get your hands on him really want youto pull her dress up from the back. I'm really middle like pull it up so we'll see what she exactly you're like. I could do that I could do that I can't take a step that way perfect, perfect and maybe put your hand on her here yeah and I want a grip like you're really gripping yeah bend one knee for me lindsay lindsay been one knee for me papa knee yeah and put it in front of the other knee there you go girl and kick your left hip out touch perfect all right and then I just love the sea and actually looked that way keep looking exactly where you are like and look downward awesome split the difference okay sweet grip her willed river okay awesome and now the only thing that's bugging me here in terms of pasture is I want to see your hands yeah that's better than the other one too right there perfect see if it was down here no go back to where it was okay perfect how's the light I think it's awesome I'm gonna go in a little tighter okay down here a little more and grip right there okay perfect are you cool all right awesome okay and then maybe take this hand I'm going to focus up here and put it on her neck were like her hair you khun switch you can switch up like here hand above hers no maybe just her hair am I your side yeah definitely or maybe not no I don't love it no don't love e e all right um like lean in to me I'm gonna make this about you know exactly bury yourself in her once yeah perfect little less a little less okay awesome but look at her hair's just blocking your nose a little bit. Okay? Perfect awesome okay let's get the dress off no all right here's what we're gonna do we're gonna lay on the bar head towards that way sweet oh that's why you should do it great joan will take that thank you very much for the dress sloan mackenzie and um let's get you up there will would you please help her sweet yeah okay and so we want to scoot scoot you down perfect stay right there I'll make sure the light works we're gonna turn this yeah and you know we don't have enough room to shoot that way so we're just gonna like scoop perfect like this excellent we're gonna die like that but look at this hit so let me just do this you know okay relax breathe breathe breathe breathe well let yourself go perfect um you see I want this I guess it's okay it's all right I'll take it I'm just gonna dip your elbow down perfect beautiful um you can stay there for me right now exxon I'm just going to check light lindsey so you can just chill what am I shooting with a fifty can I have the eighty five please? I want a tighter okay, I'm going to shoot with this actually for right now put your hand like and perfect hold on it's just not where I want to crop it got to try this sorry ok? Just aching for yeah, I am this I could change it right now then you have to okay perfect let's do it super quick so I'm just switching back to my usual to point out a two point eight from going to two point eight we're going toe the light super quick look down your body yeah can we scoop these black things yeah about four four inches were more uh no we need more like this soup it up a little bit again perfect yeah that's good it's stuck on the thing on the brick thanks john okay when I say looked anybody look that way yeah perfect perfect and smile like you love your body dane you didn't write it okay two men ofthe united ok ready for each other's um up more and then you say five where'd you put it in the fives on the edge what are you doing you a favor because I'm tethered I can't go that far thank you very much. Thank you very much. Sweet ok did you uh bump it up? Yep a cycle with this land with uh it's good okay your face this way ok and then still look down your body surely have you do this a little bit more? So be that perfect perfect gorgeous sweet hold that just gonna do something I want out of the shot I'm focusing right here and uh sweet can you move all those away well for me thanks you're doing perfectly thank you thank you thank you can you drop your hand for a second totally out of the frame yeah, perfect I love the smile back here you can put your right hand down so it's till it yeah there you uh excellent okay that's enough with that um excellent let's have will come in your face this way um face back and then put a hand on her yeah, ok let's try the other hand uh you come back but uh yeah he's just having an arm and isn't that interesting yeah, yeah, we don't okay someone want to get tethered up and shoot michelle yeah. Oh, jen, come on. Yeah, um okay in fact I'm gonna stop now jin have you not shot yet at all? Uh okay. Okay, quick question while you guys were switching out yes, actually for carlos uh, the internet has a question for you also, uh, we were wondering there wondering if you had mentioned while you were shooting you coach the models to breathe out of their mouth. Can you explain why you did that? Why you're asking that so loathe online and in the lips perfect. Excellent. Thank you. Very let thank you, kristen. Another question for you yes, uh but from an occurrence is what kind of hair, makeup and wardrobe styling would you want for a guy who was gonna be shoot, um, that is a great question. What, uh, what they did with willis looking hair down, um, I would ask for some foundation and definition is still a little bit take off the shine. Um, groom, I love a flabby cock shadow, so but, um, clean shaven, awesome two. And, uh, yeah, I would just say, groomed on and a little foundation and definition. Um, yeah.

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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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