At psychic fairs and other popular venues, “aura” photographic portraits are all the rage. But are they really what they are claimed to be?
According to belief that has persisted since ancient times, the aura is a radiance from the “energy field” that supposedly emanates from and surrounds all living things. It is perceived not by ordinary vision but by clairvoyance. Although “no evidence has been found to prove its existence” (Guiley 1991), the concept has thrived as pseudoscience. For example, in his 1911 book, The Human Atmosphere, Dr. Walter J. Kilner claimed he could not only see the aura and use it for medical diagnoses, but he also accepted the validity of nonexistent “N-rays” and clairvoyance. The British Medical Journal rightly scoffed.
Today self-professed “medical intuitives” like Caroline Myss (1997) claim to describe the nature of people’s physical diseases by reading their “energy field.” Thus Myss “can make recommendations for treating their condition on both a physical and spiritual level.” She calls this supposedly auric process “energy medicine,” but offers no scientific evidence to substantiate her alleged powers. (New Age magazine stated Myss no longer gives readings, and quoted me as terming the practice “offensive and dangerous” [Koontz 2000, 66, 102].)
I love our Resident Photographer, Sarah Foss. And not just because she loves all the things in life that I love: Jesus, pumpkin pie, Real Housewives and Pinterest. But because this girl nearly forced me to get naked for you girls.
OK, wait, that was dramatic. (Sorry, I do that sometimes.)
I didn’t get actually get naked, but after a couple years of prompting, I finally took her advice and let her shoot some sexy photos for My Man. While it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life (because of my own body issues), it turned out to be one of the most liberating experiences of my life! I decided to have her guest post about this because I want every.single.one of you to feel as AMAZING as I felt after! Sarah has graciously included tons of photos she’s taken below to inspire you, along with 11 super solid tips I hope you’ll take to heart. Oh, and there’s a few pics 0f me too – eek! PLEASE “pin” any/all the photos you want! – Deidre
Resident Photographer: Sarah Foss & Apple Rose Photography
Sarah Foss is a lifestyle photographer located in Los Angeles, California. Her passion for photography is unparalleled and
The article shows you how to create sexy photos of yourself without anyone else’s assistance. You’ll learn what focal length to choose, what lighting considerations you should be aware of and what kinds of poses are effective.
Looking sexy on camera
It’s not hard to take sexy photos these days thanks to the flexibility and creativity digital cameras offer. The biggest problem amateurs face when trying to create such shots though is on the artistic side, not the technical one.
All too often people mistake “NUDE!!!” for sexy. While the nude body can be very sexy and erotic, often just the hint of nudity is even sexier. When you add to it creative lighting and evocative facial expressions, then you’ve got a sexy photo even though the skin showed may be PG or even G in nature. A human body completely covered from neck to toe in red satin can show the contours of the breasts and stomach and legs without showing any skin at all, yet still be incredibly sexy. Poke a long leg out from underneath the satin, point your foot and toes to full extension and you’ve created a focal point that screams sex appeal, yet still shows less than
A bold statement, perhaps, but it’s easy to trust coming from boudoir photographer Lori Sapio. The 24-year industry veteran has shot for publications like Vogue Italia and Playboy, so she clearly knows a thing or 10 about sexy. Of course, Vogue sexy and Playboy sexy are two very different things, and that’s kind of the point here.
At her Chicago studio, Revival Pinups, the photographer resists forcing some cookie-cutter definition of sexy onto clients. “I let it be a collaboration,” Lori said, “so my clients have their own voice.” So if you’re a first-time model, there’s your first tip: speak up. The idea of a boudoir shoot might seem inherently daunting, but you only have to do what you’re comfortable with.
We talked to Lori about what happens in your typical photo shoot, including eight things you don’t have to do.
You don’t have to know what you’re doing.
“For most people, it starts as a nerve-racking experience,” Lori said. “It’s like an exercise class and I’m their instructor. I instruct them the whole way and help them with their posing. Most people don’t have any idea [what to do], or they had some ideas before they walked through the doors, but everything kind
Now that the days are getting longer, the photography ‘season’ is just about upon us. So now’s the time to dust off your camera, clean your lenses and sensors, head outdoors and get back to doing what inspires you – taking great pictures.
We’re not talking about going out and recording enough average images to fill a hard-drive that you’ll ‘sort out’ later in Photoshop.
We mean taking pictures that don’t require you to chain yourself to your computer to fix something that could have – and should have – been resolved before the shutter release was even pressed. We’re talking about knowing how to take good photos instinctively.
We are all guilty at one time or another of cutting the odd corner when we’re out shooting, knowing that something can be ‘fixed’ when we’re back at our computer.
But do you really want to spend spring in front of a monitor screen when you could be out taking more photographs instead?
In this tutorial we’ll share our top ten photography ‘must-dos’ that are guaranteed to help you learn how to take good photos instinctively. You’ll learn how to produce better shots in-camera and, most important of all, reduce the time you spend pushing pixels