Elevating the Boudoir Industry With Competition [NSFW]

Elevating the Boudoir Industry With Competition [NSFW]

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As in any industry, it is important to push yourself for healthy competition. Entering photography contests or competitions can really push you creatively. Recently in a contest for a photography forum, an artist caught the eyes of many of his peers. 
Do More Photographers is an educational platform dedicated to intimate lifestyle photography. Their mission is to continually elevate the photography industry. Recently, there was a contest within the forum to see new work within the industry. Matias Fabregues was the winner of the most recent contest with an artistic, nude, black and white photograph. 
In a recent interview, Fabregues wrote that he has dedicated himself to photography in a freelance way. His favorite areas are portrait, nudes and boudoir. He has also worked in fashion and advertising as well. Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina he plans to travel to continue to photograph in his intimate style meeting new people who share the passion for photography. 
"I started with the boudoir about two years ago as a challenge. It is an area that requires a lot of care, good lighting, and excellent treatment of the composition. First, [I started] trying to handle natural light, which today is still the most difficult challenge. Then, I started playing with flashes, low keys, high keys, and so I was achieving the results that are seen today," he wrote. 
One of the things he enjoys about boudoir is that the models always leave excited about the results achieved. Clients and models have explained how he manages to make them comfortable with the work they are creating, which in this intimate setting is important. Fabregues works with each model/client looking for correct posing for the particular individual. He takes care to accentuate their curves, shape and illuminate to create impact with each image. 
"Currently there are many women who want to start in this discipline of boudoir photography and nudes, so I hope to continue taking pictures to have the appreciation of those who really appreciate the photography," he wrote. All images are with permission and courtesy of Matias Fabregues. 
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I'm editing this to clean up comments, apparently John got banned hahaha

If spelling matters, then why Pent House?

user-206386's picture

Sure sounds like you said it -
“My work is PostModern, mid 20th century, put another way; time… caught forever for you to ponder and enjoy, look at in wonderment or dismiss as casually as a shadow passing your doorstep. Look closely else it is gone forever with the whisps of tobacco smoke or the fine threads of cotton in the sweet summer sunshine of the South.” - John Horwitz

Matias Fabregues's picture

keyboard photographer

Jason Clarke's picture

The link for domorephotographers.com is broken. Looks like an apostrophe slipped in at the end of your url.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

thank you for the heads up! I fixed it.

Bill Peppas's picture

I'm sorry, but I have to agree with John ( although I don't agree with his attitude and choice of words obviously ).

These images are at best mediocre.

And last but not least, what is this article about ? Is there a point or was it written for the sole purpose of showcasing your photos ?

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

Most of the time my articles are about tips for photoshop, or how I got the shot etc. However I also love to feature artists I come across as well. It is a great way to introduce new artists or even to give recognition to seasoned artists as well.In this particular article we were able to see how he started into this genre and what pushes him as an artist. His work can be found in the links to explore other amazing images as well!

Matias Fabregues's picture

I believe that to criticize the work of others it takes years of experience and to know all the branches of photography.

Bill Peppas's picture

You can disagree all you want, but once you take a look at Sean Archer's work, Georgy Charnyadyev's work, Peter Coulson's work, Quentin Decaillet's work and more that I will simply not mention now as the list can go on and on, your images are quite a few levels below the abovementioned photographer's work.

Your lighting for starters needs a whole lot of work.

Take this as a constructive criticism, not blowing punches.

Matias Fabregues's picture

You name me photographers of which I have as references, I assume that you too. You do not know the totality of my works or in what stage I am, you compare me with photographers who are years ago with an incredible level. Now, do you see your portraits? Your light? It seems to me that before criticizing my work you should see yours.

What these photos have in a common is that they try to imagine the nude in a different way. They are a bit ‘off’ from the expected sensual stereotype or pure ‘male gaze’ fantasy photo. The question becomes, are they successful in achieving a stylish or calculated study of the oldest studied form? Is their artfulness worthy of elevation to this podium, or are they just more of the same? Or as ‘boudoir’ photo, should they remain private?

I would think that the best ‘boudoir’ photographers are those who study the human form, have studied physical anatomy, body proportion as it relates to two dimensional representation. Perhaps they also draw. The last sense they would ever wish to convey in an image is misproportion, ambiguity, awkwardness.

The ice cube image is awkward. It is a purposeful distoration of the human form under dramatic lighting that at first fools the eye as to what we are exactly looking at here, as we wonder what is its purpose? Is it meant to titilate? Is it art? How would a mixed audience react? Is it successful in re-imagining the nude? Perhaps it should only matter to the woman in the photo. That is exactly what he states: His clients are happy. That is more important than the actual result. Is it artful enough to elevate to this forum? Perhaps the answer in the Fstopper world is, “Needs more work.”

Bill Peppas's picture

Even in trying to be different it is far off from... elevating the level of the boudoir or whatever industry.

so boobs are ok?

yea boobs are awesome.

user-206386's picture

Only if they're photographed by a man.

I did 2 "boudoir" sessions years back with a few other photographers. we hired a model or 2 and all get horny photographing these women naked and making believe its art. we go home look at the photos and you know what.

the vast majority is pervert men doing the shooting. theres nothing art about it. these above images are not boudoir images. photographing a nude body doesnt make it boudoir.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

Actually the majority are female photographers in the boudoir industry including myself. To add, the male photographers I know are extremely professional and no one is getting aroused as you say by doing their jobs. We take boudoir seriously so perhaps you were with the wrong crowd when you were trying boudoir years back. I encourage you to understand boudoir more as it is empowering and a confidence builder for many women (and men).

no. not where I live. its almost all male photographers. you cant speak for the industry. you only know a small amount vs the world. from facebook groups to forums I frequent, the mass majority are male. youre assuming. of course their all professional in the location/studio. but you dont know how it is after. no man looks at these images and says "hmm thats some good art. I ddidnt notice her x body part at all". empowering. thats all trending buzzwords that means little.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

I did not say I understand how the male body works. I said the professionals I know do not look at this as a way to get aroused. They are professionals in a professional setting. There is a big difference. It is ok to disagree with me. I am not saying I know everyone. I am saying with the professionals I encounter there is a huge difference.

one can play it off as much as they want as boudoir art. it isnt. all guys shooting as a photographer will act professional. but every single guy in his mind is thinking anything but professional. everyone is pr and proper. in their minds they are thinking very dirty things and staring when they can. its human nature for men to look at beautiful women. especially when theyre nude.

just like nude beaches. youre going to tell me that guys go there so they want to feel free? no way. theyre going to see hot nude women. I have no incentive to go nude even though im very muscular and a bodybuilder and completely confident. nude women are more then enough incentive.

I went and did a sweat lodge session. women came out naked from the tent. I coudnt help myself, I was looking. I didnt turn away. if youre comfortable to show your naked body, im more then comfortable to look. just dont play these images as art.

Matias Fabregues's picture

40 comments and not a single photo. another keyboard photographer

Edward Blake's picture

I would suggest that your comment speaks to the subjective lens of your worldview, and that your conclusions have a low level of generalisability.

To rephrase, the fact that you're an unprofessional pervert doesn't mean all men are unprofessional perverts.

the douchebag speaks who calls people dick but should look in the mirror hahaha

Edward Blake's picture

Hey, look at that, a meaningless response to a substantive post. The quality of your response is noted.

Perhaps you should take some basic English writing lessons.

didnt you do the same thing exactly when you wrote in a comment the person is a dick, you dick?
btw, I live overseas. did you speak multiple languages? english is not my native language and the fact you have no brains to realize that internet is intl. haha

Edward Blake's picture

Actually, no. John is a different animal, and we have history; I will never forgive his behaviour.

1. Your indignation does not alter the fact that your anecdotal subjective psychological experience is in no way generalizable.

1a. The plural of anecdote is not data.

2. You are communicating in English; the fact that you fail to communicate adequately is not mitigated by your English second language status.

2a. Whether I speak other languages is not relevant, given that I am not trying to communicate in a non-English language.

ill let you have the last word. to talk with a piece of poop stinks

Edward Blake's picture

Let me get this right, you will let me have the last word, by having the last word?

And you denigrate my intellect...

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