Three Simple Tips for Dark and Moody Boudoir Portraits

I feel like boudoir portraits, for the most part, fall within two different types when it comes to lighting and atmosphere: light and airy or dark and moody. If you are looking to step out of your comfort zone of light and airy and try taking some dark and moody portraits, here are three simple tips to help you start.

In this video, boudoir photographer Michael Sasser shares three simple tips. The great thing about these tips is you do not need any extra gear or equipment; just grab your camera. Out of the three tips, one is kind of obvious, which is to use a darker background. Just don't overthink it. You don't have to find a black wall, though it would be beneficial. A white wall will do fine as long as your light source isn't hitting it. It doesn't have to be a wall either: you could use curtains, a bed, couch, carpet, or even plants. Work with your angles to see what you can use to help darken your background during your session. Make sure to watch the video for the other two tips.

While these aren't the only tips, they will help you get started in the right direction. Do you have any other tips or tricks for shooting dark and moody boudoir portraits? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Staff writer Alex Ventura is a professional photographer based out of the Houston area that specializes in automotive and glamour with the occasional adventures into other genres. He regularly covers automotive related events for Houston Streets & Spekture with some publications in the United States.

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