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The Arte of Boudoir with Elizabeth Messina – Part 2

by D'Arcy Benincosa

Elizabeth Messina’s story unfolds as a testament to the transformative power of capturing the essence of women through her lens. In this episode, we learn about how and why she captures women the way that she does and The Arte of Boudoir. Hit play!

Meet Elizabeth:

Elizabeth is an award winning artist, high-profile editorial photographer, published author, loving wife and mother. Widely recognized for her luminous, natural light photographs, intimate portraiture of women and sublime fashion work, Elizabeth’s images have graced the covers and pages of countless magazines and books.

4 Secrets to Capturing The Arte of Boudoir

1. Silent Direction

Elizabeth emphasizes the importance of not vocalizing every thought during a shoot. It’s about observing, feeling, and capturing the moment. When something isn’t working, there’s no need to say it outright; instead, she changes her approach to bring out the best in her subjects.

2. Client-Centric Approach

Meeting clients where they feel comfortable and safe is essential to the success of any boudoir shoot. This involves building a rapport, discussing dates, fashion ideas, and outfit choices… often over a phone call instead of over email or text. It’s about creating a space where clients can be themselves, free from judgment or anxiety.

3. The Essence of Boudoir

Boudoir is not about nudity; it’s a celebration of femininity, sensuality, and women. Elizabeth advises against using distracting elements like crazy patterns or bright colors unless they genuinely reflect a client’s personality. The focus should always be on capturing the unique beauty and essence of the woman, allowing her to shine without distractions.

4. Empowerment Through Art

At the heart of Elizabeth’s work is the art of empowerment. Her goal is to create a safe, celebratory environment where women can embrace their true selves. It’s about capturing the moments that make them feel strong, beautiful, and confident. Her images are not just photographs; they capture the woman’s entire essence.

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