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Students' Turn (Carlos and Nicole)

Lesson 32 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

Students' Turn (Carlos and Nicole)

Lesson 32 from: The Boudoir Workshop

Christa Meola

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Lesson Info

32. Students' Turn (Carlos and Nicole)


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

Students' Turn (Carlos and Nicole)

Um I would love to see the shy girls uh shoot a little more because carlo that's not really his weakness so I'm happy to have you shoot but I want someone else tethered and getting ready and in there I know you guys have elected and hesitant that's exactly why I want you to shoot. Okay, so um nicole I want you to shoot next and michelle would love for you to shoot after that at some point before the end of the day it doesn't have to happen now. Sure okay, you got five minutes, honey, did you volunteer? Uh okay awesome. You guys were doing fabulously thank you so much for being generous and letting a total stranger touch you. Hey, okay, I just checked the light and then uh we'll go from there what? I will ask you if you can go where he is right now and if you can go in front of her facing her fantastic and if you can I'm touching you right now if you could go a little bit more on your right and close to her really close. Fantastic. If you can embrace him right? If that hand khun go in h...

is there and this one a little bit lower brilliant and come closer to me closer brad perfect and if you can look at him now fantastic and your eyes at me chin down just a little thank you this hand now and live with higher bring him and when I tell you just move a little bit down whenever you want down moved underhand gray fabulous and a bit more great thank you know will if can have your hand now on her shoulder your hand in front of nothing I just want you to hold the iced address find out just like you were removing very slowly fabulous look at yourself yeah perfect you gotta smile good little love a little bit more yeah fantastic can I just suggest that you change his left hand up what is it doing it's like in a grip it's on her maybe put it on her neck oh you khun maybe touch it a different way to think clear what it was doing god that looks great future and live it down for me thank you you're beautiful and breathe through your mouth brilliant yeah that was nice um are you getting ready next person okay go for it. Thank you by cannon awesome okay you guys can relax and we're gonna do we're changing it hold on uh okay so you have a whole you have a whole thing under here alright who ok not yet. Okay hold the phone thank you. Okay so nicole all right can I have both the stools right there and I would like you on the side and her right here and facing each other and I would like her leg up and over um this front one and I'd like to see your leg because I want you to play with her strap and I want you to lean into her what what what's your name justine justine sorry um I would like you looking at me um and I kind of want to smelling her you know, breathing her in um close contact and I want you looking directly at me I like that direction does pop off a couple no, I've no right right so I'm sorry, ok? Make sure you're focused so in fact they're really close but on camera within a frame even like a little separation looks like they're not even really digging each other that much okay, I'm going to get even closer for a look I feel that connection hello? I like the setup going um I want you looking down and I want you to whisper in her ear a word she's never heard you say before direction and then your eyes right at me just faked beautiful can you will go into her ear just a little bit not like will can you take your hands and act like your fingers are kind of like lips and I want you to run him up and down her arms so um I can't really see your left hand so you're you're one hand is is good um, but justine, I want you to feel it. Good moment, right there, okay. He's, probably blocking her light wise. So you just want to know that they do right towards her ear again. Perfect. That's. Nice. You're doing great. By the way, what happened to you? Shaken, really? You're doing a great job. You dramatically improved. Actually, you seem much more relaxed and at ease. And if you're faking it, good for you, okay, perfect, awesome.

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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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