White Sheet – 12 Days 2011

I’m going to try to get some of the shoots from the last few months posted on the blog in the next little while. I’m also planning on starting a few new projects over the winter, so time to clean up and finish up some of the older ones!

First up, a great shoot with Katelyn. For this one, we wanted to do some high key stuff with white sheets and white underwear. What I didn’t expect from this shoot was the really awesome emotion and tension that Katelyn brought to the set. She was really easy to work with and from her agreeable nature, I just didn’t expect to get these kind of results! Can’t wait to work with her again!

I’m booking a limited number of boudoir shoots before Valentine’s day. The package is only $99, and you get a cd with all the best images for your sweetie in time for the big day. Prints also available for an additional fee. E-mail me soon as time is limited!

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Valentine’s Vamptacular!

It’s time for our 3rd Annual Valentine’s Vamptacular! Get a sexy photoshoot done for your special someone, or have some fun for yourself! Valentine’s Day is just about a month away, so don’t delay!

* 1 hour of premium boudoir photography
* unlimited wardrobe changes
* 5 retouched images at printable resolution (4″x6″)
* 1 5″x7″ print of your favourite image
* Dates available until February 10th (for Valentine’s delivery)
* All for the low price of $200!

Add a second person to your session (great for a bridesmaid or bff) for $100 more and get:

* 1 additional hour of photography
* 5 retouched images each
* 1 5″x7″ print each

Also available as a gift certificate for use anytime! E-mail now to reserve your place! 

[Photos of Rebecca!]

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Boudoir for the Shy Girl

I’ve been concentrating on my boudoir photography for the last few months, specifically because it’s a lot easier to work on than my wedding photography. Gathering a few willing test subjects, I mean models, is simpler than filling a church with people on an evening after work.

Apart from trying out different styles and working with a variety of lighting techniques (all technical stuff that is of nearly no interest to my clients), I’ve also been researching different types of clients. One client that is greatly under-represented in my boudoir catalogue is the shy girl.

Those that ask for boudoir photography typically don’t need convincing. Most either bring way more lingerie than we could conceivably shoot in a day (and would put many storefronts to shame!) or they bring little to nothing at all, citing their “European” attitude or ancestry for their comfort level in front of the camera. These wonderful people aside, I’m inclined to think that the vast majority of Maritimers fall into the category that I might label more reserved or even shy. (I for one fall into that camp. Don’t ask to look under my kilt any time soon.)

So what is a shy girl to do? A bottle of champagne goes a long way to uncovering the feisty spirit within, but that may not be a healthy way of expressing a different side of yourself, nor would it necessarily make for better pictures. I found this article from the Wedding Bee to be most insightful and gave me some new perspective.

Ultimately, boudoir is a style and whether the subject is nude, partly nude, or fully dressed, it’s the look and feel of the photo that will convey sexiness, not whether whether a breast or a buttock is exposed. Likewise, a confident and comfortable subject will make a much sexier photo than someone who is too far past their comfort zone. Your favourite dress or your favorite pyjamas, coupled with a few cherished or significant items from your relationship, will do just fine for a boudoir shoot.

An important point to remember: You’re not doing a boudoir shoot for a magazine or for mass-market appeal. You’re doing it for your partner – someone who’s already chosen you for who you are! 😉

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White Boudoir

I thought I’d post some of Nora’s favorite images from our recent boudoir shoot. I always find it interesting when a client chooses completely different images as favourites than I would choose. Obviously, she knows herself and how she looks much better than I do. Perhaps she finds these more flattering than the ones that I think make her look awesome! I’m happy to oblige!

If you’re ready to try some boudoir photography, now is a great time! There’s still time to get some prints done in time for Christmas and you can take advantage of our October BOGO! Book a paid shoot before the end of the month and get a gift certificate for a second shoot. Give it to a friend or lover as a gift, or come back for a second helping yourself. E-mail me now.

And if you’ve read this far, go “like” our Facebook page already! There will be lots more to come soon!

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Wedding Photography Details Behind the Scenes

When you see the latest in wedding photography, you often get some highly unique poses, some cute angles of the smiling couple, and some stunning images capturing the very best of the happy day. Those are the shots we all want to get and that every bride and groom want to have for their album or to hang on their wall.

But when I look at wedding photos, especially when I’m checking the latest trends or critiquing a fellow photographer’s work, the shots that I immediately like are the ones that capture the minute details of the day… the colour of a tie, the close ups of the bouquet, and the set up of the banquet hall.

And you know what? The bride and groom like to see these details as well. A lot of work goes into the modern wedding and a lot of choices are made (with sometimes the gnashing of teeth!). I try to capture some of these choices along with the rest of the wedding, so that when your aunty wonders if you used the vase she lent you, or if your friend’s borrowed and blue item was part of the service, you can see that they were… even if you missed it in the blur of the day itself.

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New Website Launched!

Just a quick update and a promise to have a lot more action on the blog in the coming months. I wanted to post a few of the collages I’m using on the new website and tell you a little about the people featured on it!

First up, the wedding page collage. Featured here are shots from Vera and Tim’s gorgeous Los Angeles wedding. There’s also a little shot of Carla and Shaun beside the Bras D’or Lakes just after their Big Pond wedding in Cape Breton. And yes, that’s Stephanie Christian, fashion and runway model, showing off an alternative wedding dress at a beach near Halifax.

Why not pop over to the site and check it out? www.mateoyorke.com

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