Joe DiMattia: Beauty, Glamour and Boudoir Photography
Women love to be pampered and feel beautiful. With a glamour shoot they can get their hair and makeup done, which will make them feel beautiful to start, but then it’s my job as a photographer to make them comfortable. I work with a lot of models, but I also work with real people that have never been in front of a camera for a professional shoot. I get to know my clients by talking with them about anything and everything; this helps them to relax a bit in front of the camera.
My goals during a shoot are twofold. First of all, I want my clients to feel beautiful. I also want them to bring out their personality and capture the essence of who they are as a person. If you don’t capture who a person is in a session, I believe you have failed as a photographer. I want my clients leaving the studio feeling like a million bucks and walking on cloud nine. I help them to relax by talking to them throughout the shoot and occasionally showing them an image on the back of my camera. Once they see what I see, and the see how beautiful they look, they get a boost of confidence, and you can see it grow as the shoot goes on.
My style with my glamour and also my boudoir photography is very soft and sensual; it can be sexy, but never sexual. I don’t look at women as objects; I see them as beautiful creations, and I want to really capture their beauty. I want to create beautiful, artsy images with them, and I believe I succeed in that. I love using natural light when possible for my boudoir work, but I can achieve that same look with lighting in a studio as well.
One of my recent clients was so excited about a vintage-looking piece of lingerie she bought for our shoot that she sent me an image of herself wearing it so I would have an idea of what it looked like. Then she sent me a text that said, “you are definitely the only man, other than my husband, that I would ever text lingerie photos to!” I thought it was funny, but it also spoke of the absolute trust both her and her husband had placed in me to photograph her in such a personal and intimate way.
All of my clients tell me how comfortable they are/were with me, and how much fun they had. It’s not unusual for them to schedule another session with me because it was such an enjoyable experience. Women love the images that I create of them. As a man in this genre of photography, I think that helps give me credibility. I gain their trust, which in turn helps to create some beautiful artwork. Trust between you and your client is one of the most important ingredients when photographing a boudoir session. As a photographer, if I don’t have my client’s trust during a session like this, we will not create beautiful images.