Boudoir Not For You?

Have you ever looked at boudoir photographs your friends have had taken and think "they are gorgeous but that's just not me"? You are not alone! While boudoir sessions can be very empowering for some women, they are not so for all. These beautiful fine art portraits of Bruni were inspired by the movies. 

A few weeks before the session took place a mood board was created showing ideas for hair, make-up and wardrobe. I sought out all wardrobe pieces and even included the Pantone color of the year  - Ultraviolet, in silk to wrap around the client, creating the illusion of a dress. 

We met at a unique studio in Tribeca where hair and make-up were done on site. The results were beautiful and we had lots of fun! 

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What is a Contemporary Photo Shoot?

Have you ever heard the term contemporary photo shoot and didn't quite know what that meant? This type of shoot is great for anyone from age 8 to 108. It's basically a day of getting pampered by having professionals do your hair and make-up followed by a fun photo shoot. You get to wear whatever you want - it could be leather pants, or the fanciest ball gown from Rent the Runway. The idea is to celebrate you at this time in your life. 

This type of shoot is great for someone who is always taking the picture and never in the photo, aka "moms". I recently had the opportunity to photograph Natalie who is a wife and a mother to two beautiful boys. She confided in me that she hadn't had a professional photo of herself since her wedding day. She's usually the one taking the photos of her boys and husband. 

For Natalie's photo shoot we shot on location at the Roxy Hotel. Contemporary photo shoots can take place on location, at your home or in a studio setting. These shoots are extremely fun and you'll look and feel like a model for a day! Where would you like to be photographed?

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10 Valentine Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day has been around for a long time (some say it has origins in Ancient Rome circa 270 a.d.). While I’m not an expert on the history of the day, I do know a thing or two on what people, in particular, women would like. From traditional to unique, here are some ideas that we at Claudine Williams Photography recommend:

 

1. A card with a heart felt note on why you love us (not just the card designer’s message).

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2. Chocolate. Good chocolate, not drugstore chocolate but the good stuff! Some of our favorites are Mast, Nunu, and Jacques Torres

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3. Flowers. It doesn’t always have to be roses. Think anemones, or ranunculus. We love Joe over at Langdon Flowers. He’s been around for a long time and is an all-around great guy. 

 

4. A night out to their favorite restaurant. It doesn’t have to be fancy but we especially like Locanda Verde and Del Posto

 

5. A styling session to edit their closet. We particularly like Nicola of Harrison Style. She works with both women and men. She’ll come into the home, edit your closet and suggest things to pair with existing pieces.

6. Unique jewelry. We love Studio MMCCC for their bespoke designs, and Mynlyn for their funky, ready to wear pieces. Both of which are made in New York City.

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7. A family film made with photos and videos compiled from your own library.  We can’t get enough of the work Lisa Ridd is doing at Smitten Films!

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8. A membership to a museum, such as the Whitney. It’s the gift that keeps giving. We love that the Whitney has Member nights on Thursdays. It’s a fun, art filled date night all in one!

9. A massage, facial or scrub session. Try Tribeca Beauty Spa for a traditional massage or Massage Warrior for those who’d like a deep tissue sports massage.

 

10. Last but not least, a portrait session with Claudine Williams where it's all about them for a few hours. We start with hair and make-up and then have fun with a photo session. The result will be beautiful legacy portraits that they’ll love for decades and that can be passed down to your children. 

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Personal Project - Throwback to the 70's

My friend Nicole is gorgeous, has long dark hair and is a free spirit. I approached her recently after seeing some amazing images from photographers that I admire. They recreated the look of various icons in the movie industry and I was inspired to try to do the same with Nicole as Cher. Here are the results. 

Two Days with Sue Bryce!

I recently was lucky enough to be selected to spend two days in Los Angeles with Sue Bryce and approximately 180 other photographers. The two-day event was the culmination of a 12 week series of online courses through Sue Bryce Education. During the 12 weeks we focused on everything from posing according to body type, to marketing and sales. This woman never ceases to amaze me. 

Personal Branding for Two

Ashley and Vicki are two local moms who are also estate planning attorneys. They recently contacted me because they needed some updated personal branding photos for their new website. We began the shoot with hair and make-up for both, and a wardrobe consultation. We took shots indoors with a few different backdrops and then went outside for some shots in the neighborhood. 

A Combination of Business Casual and Suited Up

A recent client who sold his company and was in the middle of marketing himself to both "buttoned up" firms and more laid back firms needed new photos. He was in need of images that would appeal to both kinds of companies. After a location scouting trip we determined a location that would work for environmental portraits and had space for a small backdrop. 

 The client looks confident, trustworthy and approachable. A smile and his body language speak volumes. 

The client looks confident, trustworthy and approachable. A smile and his body language speak volumes. 

 We found a window-lit nook at the end of a hallway. No lights needed for this one, just a reflector. 

We found a window-lit nook at the end of a hallway. No lights needed for this one, just a reflector. 

 Well-fitting clothes make a big difference. Interesting texture and bokeh help create an interesting setting. Window lit.

Well-fitting clothes make a big difference. Interesting texture and bokeh help create an interesting setting. Window lit.

 Obligatory suit shot. The client's smile and impeccable fit of the suit help to create an image that is very marketable to potential employers. Shot in a small conference room. One light set-up with reflector. 

Obligatory suit shot. The client's smile and impeccable fit of the suit help to create an image that is very marketable to potential employers. Shot in a small conference room. One light set-up with reflector. 

Overall, this photography session took approximately 2 hours from set-up to break-down. Shooting at his work space made it more convenient for him, and allowed him to get back to work quicker. Professional portraits are important now more than ever in our digital age. Don't be left behind. 

Magazine Style Family Session

I've always loved looking through magazines, especially Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar. I recently completed a session with a local family where we were inspired by editorial magazine spreads. We chose to model the mom after Sophia Loren, and juxtaposed her and her husband's clothing with play clothes for the kids. . 

Group Family Photo on-location

The session was completed at the family's apartment in lower Manhattan. We thoroughly thought out all props, wardrobe, and lighting. Overall the session took 3 hours, which included hair and make-up for mom. 

Just another morning in a ballgown....

Making cookies with the kids.

Mother son love.

Mom as muse.

Family group shot.

After the kids have gone to bed (it was actually 10 am - lol).

Behind the scenes.

Hanging out on the floor, doesn't everyone?