Name: Bad Girl Boudoir
Owner/Photographer: Lindsay Pullen
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Studio or On-location: Home Studio
Gear: Canon 7D
So tell us the story, how did you get into this type of photography?
I had been shooting photography on the side for years, just mostly for fun and for some extra cash, nothing serious. Mostly friend's weddings, family portraits, things like that. I would always use my friends as my models for when I wanted to test out a new location or try out a different lighting technique. Nothing crazy, just glamour, modeling-type portraits. Then, one day one of my friends brought over some lingerie and told me she wanted me to take some sexy photos to give to her new boyfriend. I was like oh... well okay, we can try it and see how it looks. Well, to make a long story short, the new boyfriend was very pleased. So she showed all her friends and it pretty much snowballed from there. Pretty soon I had photographed all of her friends in lingerie.
I really started to fall in love with this type of portrait photography. As silly as it may sound, it is so rewarding seeing how the photos make the girls feel so sexy and so good about themselves.
In July of 2010, my official brand of this line of my photography, Bad Girl Boudoir was launched. I got so busy that I left my full-time day job in February 2011 to pursue this niche and self-employment full-time. This was the most exciting, yet terrifying, time of my life. Since then, I have learned so much just through experience--posing the different body types, lighting, dealing with clients, workload, post-production, web presence and SEO, to even the business side of running a successful photography business. It is a crazy ride, but I'm loving it!
What makes your style unique?
I would have to say that having a background in fine art and graphic design play a huge roll in how I analyze photography, from the set-up to the pose, to the details like jewelry, and to the editing process. I look for line movement, color, repetition with variation, as well as emotion. I work with the client to capture the right facial expression to match the body language and lighting. As far as my post-production style, I use a combination of effects that shift tone and color in the image to give me the soft, postcard, painted effect. I like my work to still portray that vintage, pin-up calendar girl quality, just with modern women in boudoir poses.
How did you come up with the name, Bad Girl Boudoir?
I wanted a name that portrayed power, confidence and naughtiness. I liked how "Bad Girl" could be portrayed in two ways, Bad Girl as in naughty girl, and Bad Girl as in badass girl. They both work.
Show us your favorite photo you've taken so far and tell us why you love it so much.
I have a lot of favorites, but this one in particular has always stood out to me. I love it's simplicity. The shapes and shadows are so feminine and sexy. I chose the vintage black and white tone for this one to enhance the image more as shapes, values, textures and negative space, and to see all those things first. Then to recognize the subject matter, bringing all the elements together creating one super sexy image.
What's one tip you would give to another photographer just starting in boudoir and/or pin-up photography?
Well coming from a graphic design background, I think brand and web presence to really important. It is the first impression of your business and photography style. You want clients telling you that they chose you partially because of your website. Don't skimp out on your branding, verbiage and website design. Believe it or not, it plays a bigger roll than you may think on your potential clients.
So one last question, tell use something random about yourself.
Growing up, I loved to draw. Funny, looking back now, I remember one of the things I loved to draw besides horses, was women's faces. I would focus a lot of detail on their eyes and I would color in their makeup very exaggerated and glamorous. I would give them big hair and sometimes draw a flower in their hair too. Destiny, might I say? :) ♥