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USS Alabama Pinup Shoot | Austin, Houston Photography

June 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Retro Inspired Glamour...Pin-Up Photo Shoot Aboard The USS Alabama. Austin, Houston, San Antonio Glamour/Boudoir Photographer On Location. 

  With a desire to expand the depth of my education and skill as a woman's photographer, I am venturing into the study of the pin-up, and have started exploring the genre.  My first steps into this art form have been into the iconic World War II era.  Although not the true beginning of the genre, it was an influential period with a large market interest for the all-Americain sweetheart used to "help with the war effort".     

  Recently I packed up my gear and traveled to Mobile Bay, home to the World War II battleship USS Alabama.   We planned a retro-inspired shoot aimed at capturing the feel of a WWII pinup.  

  Through out the war, sexy and evocative works of pin-up art were painted on the nose of combat aircraft as well as carried and posted by service members around the world.  They included women who were fully clothed showing some stocking top and garter or in shorts with a cropped top, to women in bathing suits, lingerie, and occasionally nude or implied nude.  These images became iconic of an era, however, the pin-up dates back to the 1800's in one form or another. 

  Quoting from a article in the Huffington Post Art & Culture by Priscilla Frank, "She's risque but never explicit.  She's flirtatious but fiercely independent. She's erotic but always safe for work...".

  My images from the Alabama shoot do not faithfully represent the war years, the wardrobe is more correct for the early/mid 1950's.  However, I feel the retro-inspired look of these shots do indeed honor the countless images that went to war.

Austin, Houston, San Antonio Glamour, Pinup Photography by Von Trapp Photography. Sexy Fashion Nude Boudoir Lingerie Photographer.Dorothy by Von Trapp Glamour Photography 2015PinUp Glamour Inspired by the WWII pinup, we styled this image with shoes, lingerie and hair to hint at the feel of that era, and photographed on location abroad the USS Alabama. Model/HMU: Dorothy. From the Dorothy goes to sea series, homage to the WWII pinup.

  Watch this U.S. Navy training video about the firing of the 16 inch gun.

Pinup, Glamour, Boudoir Photography in Austin, San Antonio, Houston. Sexy Glamorous Nude Lingerie Photography.USS Alabama's Pin Up Girl by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Glamour-Pinup-BoudoirRetro WWII Inspired Glamour Photographed aboard the USS Alabama in vintage-inspired dress, slingback pumps, undergarments, Cuban heel two tone stockings, Betty Bangs and finger curls. Taken the galley next to the number three 16 inch main gun casement. Model/HMU: Dorothy. From the Dorothy goes to sea series, homage to the WWII pinup.

  It is said that the three most popular pin-up images of WWII are of Betty Grable in her one piece bathing suit, Rita Hayworth wearing a form-fitting negligee and Jane Russell leaning against a haystack, her bodice at the breaking point.  Although these images were originally photographs that were made into posters and often reproduced as drawings and paintings, most pin-up art was some form of drawing or painting.

  There were other photographs of lovely women that were available to service members as pin-ups.  Among them were images published in the weekly Yank Magazine

Austin, Houston, San Antonio Pin-up/Boudoir Photographer, Pin-up, Retro Sexy Glamour, Lingerie-Glamour Photography."Miss A" by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio PinUp-Glamour-BoudoirRetro Inspired Glamour. This pinup styled glamour photograph was taken aboard the Battelship USS Alabama in the number two 16 inch main gun and styled to recreate the look of a 1940's Pin-Up image. Model/HMU: Dorothy. From the Dorothy goes to sea series, homage to the WWII pinup.

  For more info about the evolution of the pin-up visit the sites below, and for your own chance to become a modern pin-up contact us at Von Trapp Photography.  Connecting you to your glamour.

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/style/473044/Pin-up-queens-The-real-women-behind-Gil-Elvgren-cheesecake-paintings

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/the-art-of-pin-up_n_5924236.html

http://www.thepinupfiles.com/mozert.html      http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/pinupart/ 

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/pinupart/    

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Petty      http://petty.momentscapture.com/georgepetty.php

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What is & What is Not Boudoir Photography|Austin Houston Dallas

May 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Creating Boudoir Images...What is and what is not boudoir photography? 

  What comes to your mind when you think about the term Boudoir photography?  If you have followed any of my previous blog postings, you know that I have been advocating for a change to how people think about glamour and boudoir photography.  (See: Glamour and Boudoir Photography...The Changing style of these misunderstood genre Part 1)  

  I feel that a misunderstanding of what boudoir photography is keeps some women from ever considering having their portrait taken in this manner.  Boudoir photography is empowering and liberating and it is my hope that a better understanding of what it is, and what it is not, will allow more women to seek out the opportunity to be photographed thusly. 

Sexy boudoir photo of a woman's derriere wearing seamed stockings, garter belt and Christian Louboutin heels.Heels in the Air v.3 by Von Trapp Photography 2013A classy boudoir favorite that everyone can have in their collection. Classy Boudoir in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio.

Richard von Trapp is a boudoir and glamour photographer in Central Texas who is creating evocative and elegant images that connect you to your glamour, and allow you to fall in love with yourself.


  Elegant and evocative boudoir photography has been created for decades, and is being increasingly regarded as a art form that is worth being noticed.  It is being featured with increasing frequency at internationally recognized professional photography conferences and seminars, and a considerable amount of very good to exquisite examples can be found on line in search results.

Texas Boudoir and Glamour Photography Old Hollywood Style Glamour Evocative Couture Modern Edgy Fashion-Inspired Intimate Lingerie Sexy TastefulBeauty and Elegance by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | San Anntonio, Houston, Austin Boudoir PhotographyThis image is supremely evocative of the Old Hollywood Style Glamour with a hint of Film Noir. Signe was photographed in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Emotive Boudoir photography like this is our specialty at Von Trapp Glamour Photography. Lingerie from the Dita von Teese collection. Model: Witch Baby Pinup, Hair: Makeup, Wardrobe, By Model

  Classy Boudoir

  A well crafted boudoir image provides an immense opportunity for a woman to explore her beauty, grace, sexiness and glamour.  No matter what your body type, a professionally produced image will bring out a side of you that you have not seen in a long time, or perhaps one that you never imagined existed.

  I do feel, however, that anyone who is new to the genre may feel uncomfortable when they search on line for examples of boudoir photos.  It is so easy to be confused by the variety of images that will be returned in a search for "boudoir" as to what boudoir photography really is.

Sexy boudoir photo of a mature woman, nude on a bed.Pillow Talk by Von Trapp Photography 2018.(From the In Bed With Palmer Series) Our model Palmer creates a tantilizing reason to cum back to bed. Boudoir/glamour photo shoot in Sanonio at the Hotel Gibbs. Model/HMU: Palmer

  Sexy Boudoir

  One will find a wide variety of photographs lumped into the genre of boudoir.  Images of a woman in either lingerie, partially nude or nude, and taken in almost any setting will be referred to as boudoir.  I find this to be confusing and potentially off-putting at worst, and inelegant at best.  The "boudoir" by its very definition is a ladies' sitting room, parlor, dressing room or bedroom.  As such I am discontented with an image of a woman in lingerie who is photographed out of doors as being called boudoir.  Out of simplicity or expediency by some photographer and lay-public, it has become common to call this example…boudoir.  I choose to classify such an example as lingerie glamour or sexy glamour, but not boudoir.                 

  I find it more desirable to sub-classify such images for clarity and ease of helping my clients to describe and decide on what look and feel of imagery they are wishing to create.  This is my breakdown and classification for the variations of boudoir photography.

  Classic Boudoir.  Photographs taken in the setting of the classical definition of boudoir.  Featuring the subject getting ready such as doing hair, make-up etc.  She may be dressing, dressed, undressing, or undressed.  She may be wearing clothes, in her lingerie or nude/partly nude.  Her attitude, pose and expression are not overtly sexual in its styling.

Boudoir Photography in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. Emotive, Sexy, Evocative and Glamorous. Texas Boudoir Photographer.Glamorous Beauty Signe by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Texas Boudoir Photography Austin, San Antonio, Houston, DallasBeautiful and Glamorous Boudoir. This image is supremely evocative of the Old Hollywood Style Glamour. Signe was photographed in the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Emotive Boudoir photography like this is our specialty at Von Trapp Glamour and Boudoir Photography. Bra from the Dita von Teese collection. Contact us today and realize your dream of glamour with a boudoir session with Von Trapp Photography. Model: Witch Baby Pinup. Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe: By Model.

Classic Boudoir

Boudoir photo of a woman's décolletage wearing sexy lingerie | Austin Classy Boudoir Photography Lingerie Glamour, sexy, evocative, tasteful, boudoir photographer.Décolletage v.1a by Von Trapp Photography 2014 | Classy Texas Boudoir PhotographyAnother image that can be considered either Boudoir or Lingerie Glamour. Also taken in a Boudoir setting, although that is not totally evident to the viewer. Classic Boudoir

Lovely boudoir photo of a woman putting on a bustier.Under Her Gaze by Von Trapp Photography 2018.Glamour shoot in Gouda, South Holland, The Netherlands. Model/HMU: MonicaVdm

Classic Boudoir

Photo of a lovely blonde wearing vintage inspired bullet bra , girdle, and stockings.Boudoir Closet by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin Houston Boudoir PhotographyBeautifully emotive, this boudoir photograph of Kiti was taken in the closet, wearing her vintage inspired Bullet Bra, Open Bottom Girdle and RHT Stockings. Boudoir photography captures a verity of evocative moments that can be photographed in the Classic manner in her boudoir (parlor, changing poem, bedroom) getting ready, or might bewhere she is not necessary in the boudoir setting and is usually wearing lingerie. Model: Kiti Kobain Classic Boudoir

Sexy lingerie glamour photo of a woman in a Venice palazzo.Her Red Velvet Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.This capture was made in a grand bedroom of a noble residence in Venice Italy. The period furniture, 20 foot frescoed celling and French doored balcony, overlooking a canal, created an inspirational location for this evocative lingerie glamour photograph. Model/HMU: uNicoleorn

Classic Boudoir

  Classy Boudoir.  Can be similar to the above example, but without clear reference to the boudoir as a setting (such as on a living room sofa) but is still indoors.  This category has a greater number of possibilites since it is free from the limits of the definition of the boudoir, however, follows somewhat closely the idea of not being overtly sexy.  Playful, however, is more often classified into this category.   

Sexy boudoir photo of a leggy mature woman wearing lingerie.Legs to There v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.(From the series: Leggy Display 1 of 4) Palmer greats us with her shapely figure adorn in black lace, seamed stockings and stilettoes. Model: Palmer Classy Boudoir

Austin Boudoir | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-WeddingLoubs and Seamed Stockings by Von Trapp Photography 2013 | Austin Boudoir | Texas Glamour-Boudoir Classy Boudoir in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio. Having a boudoir photo session that captures your femininity and sensuality while creating mystery and glamour is both life changing and empowering. Seeing your glamour and beauty in a whole new light will delight you and that special person in your life. Call Von Trapp Photography to schedule your session.

Classy Boudoir

Fashion glamour image of a sassy and sexy woman in a Venice palazzo wearing lingerie.Animated by Von Trapp Photography 2017Kicking up a heel in the kitchen of Palazzo Ca Zen in Venice Italy. Model/HMU: Kat

Classy Boudoir

Photo of a sexy and busty woman in lingerie. Texas Boudoir Glamour PhotographyBlue and Black Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2013Emotive and sexy this boudoir/lingerie glamour image was created at the Hotel Havana in San Antonio.   Classy Boudoir

Glamour photo of a lovely young woman seen through a bathroom doorway in sexy lingerie.Jessica Lake v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.Lovely and delightful Jessica is a vision during our glamour shoot in Portland at the Hotel deLuxe.Model/HMU: jessicalake.

Classy Boudoir

Fashion glamour photo taken in a Venice Palazzo of a hot woman in sheer lingerie and stockings.Nicole A Leg Up v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015A morning with Nicole in the Palazzo Ca Zen. Venice fashion glamour shoot in Italy. Model/HMU: Nicole

Classy Boudoir

Emotive boudoir photo of a sexy woman sitting on a bed in lingerie.Soft Beauty by Von Trapp Photography 2016From the series: In Bed With Terry) Soft and romantic, this image is a classic for a Boudoir shoot. Our version, however, has the added look and styling of a fashion shoot. The incorporation of mystery and grace along with its styling, so typical of our look, takes this boudoir image to a different hight from the norm. Model: Terry

Classy Boudoir
 

  Sexy Boudoir.  Images taken in a setting much as above but with emphasis on sexiness and playfulness as depicted by the choice of pose or body position, clothing, or communicated through the expression given by the subject.  In this category I also include the choice of locations other then the boudoir which may even add some degree of eroticism to the impression given by the image.

Art-glamour nude photo of a mature woman laying on a bed.Beauty In Bed v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018(From the Series: In Bed With Palmer) Boudoir shoot with the stunning Palmer at the Hotel Gibbs in San Antonio. Model/HMU: Palmer Sexy Boudoir

Fashion Glamour nude photograph of a sexy redhead in stockings and Louboutin peep toe stilettoes.On White Against Black v.1a by Von Trapp Photography 2015.Gianna smolders for our camera in bearly black stockings, and satin Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps adorns our luscious model.

Model/HMU: Gianna

 

 Sexy Boudoir

Glamour photo shoot in Italy, two sexy women in lingerie.I'm Your Venus v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Classic Kim emotes in this fashion image at the Venetian palazzo Ca Zen with fellow model Kat Alexis.

 Sexy Boudoir

Emotive photo of a woman kneeling on a bed wearing heels and an unbuttoned sheer white shirt.Peeking Out v.1a by Von Trapp Photography 2014.Fashion, Glamour, Boudoir shoot in Frankfurt Germany. Sexy Boudoir

Photo of a hot mature busty woman wearing lingerie.A Home Welcoming by Von Trapp Photography 2018Our model creates a smoking hot reason to hurry home. Sexy boudoir-glamour shoot in San Antonio at the Hotel Gibbs Model: Palmer

 Sexy Boudoir

Photo of a smoking hot woman wearing lingerie kneeling on a bed.Wivy On Black v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2016.Glamour shoot in Budapest with Hungarian beauty Wivy.

 Sexy Boudoir

  Bridal Boudoir.  A wonderful variation to the Classy Boudoir style is Bridal Boudoir.  Often sought by brides-to-be as a wedding present for their groom, the bridal boudoir album truly makes for a lovely gift.  They are much like the classy boudoir images, but will include the wedding veil/white lingerie.  In fact many of the same poses that we love for classy boudoir will be used for bridal boudoir.
Wedding Boudoir Photography. Elegant evocative beautiful bridal boudoir image in Austin Houston and San Antonio.Details of Love v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2014. Bridal Boudoir. Beautifully emotive Wedding Boudoir Photograph taken in the Classy Style. This is a great gift for your groom.

 Bridal Boudoir

Emotive Bridal Boudoir Photo of a nude woman on a bed covered with a bridal veil.The Bride v.2 by Von Trapp Boudoir Photography 2016.Lovely bridal boudoir image of TerryZ taken in Prague. A beautiful bridal boudoir photograph like this is a must for any future of current bride to have in her collection.

Model: TerryZ.
  

Bridal Boudoir
Bridal boudoir photograph of a lovely woman in lingerie and veil, laying on a bed.Bridal Glamour v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2014.Beautifully emotive Wedding Boudoir Photograph taken in the Classy Style.

Bridal Boudoir
 

 Lingerie Glamour.

  Images of a woman wearing lingerie, or where the model is partly nude, overtly sexy, or evocative which don't meet the definition of boudoir as above, I classify in other ways.  Most often I consider these as Lingerie Glamour, Sexy Glamour, or Fashion Glamour, but not Boudoir.  I feel that the following image can fall into both the sexy boudoir and lingerie glamour category.    

Boudoir Photographer sexy glamorous woman's photography.Show of Beauty by Von Trapp Photography 2014 | Austin-Houston-Dallas-San Antonio Boudoir Glamour PhotographerSexy Boudoir. A classic use of the white bed sheet being held by a woman in a boudoir portrait. The lighting was setup to accentuate the curves and muscles of this client's body. The exposure was balanced between the sky outside and the strobes lighting the model. The image was styled with a dark-warm grain to add mystery. This image concept could be further developed and altered to an edgy and provocative feeling with a simple posing change. By asking the client to press her left hand firmly upon the window while spreading her fingers more and leaning forward with some attitude, we could convey a completely different feeling to the viewer. We feel that classic boudoir photography depicts a woman getting ready in her dressing room, parlor or bedroom which is the true definition of the boudoir. In this capture, however, it is not clear where this was taken. The pose, with the sheet and standing in a full length window, takes this image to the sexy category in our styling opinion. Boudoir, Lingerie Glamour and the sexy variants of both are often lumped all to simply into Boudoir. When in fact they are separate ideas and stylings deserving of their own interpretation.

Lingerie Glamour/Sexy Boudoir

Pin-up Glamour photo of a sexy redhead wearing a vintage inspired bullet bra, garter belt and stockings.With These, I'm All Set v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.A current day take on the iconic underpinning which was the key item afording the creation of the "Sweater Girl" look--the bullet brassiere. Dating from the late 30's to early 60's this striking, if unnatural shape, formed the foundation which created that look. Ironically, its chosen replacement look became that of the braless woman of the 60/70's. Model/HMU: Amy

Lingerie Glamour

Boudoir Glamour photo of a sexy woman in blue lace lingerie, stockings, garter belt, and stilettoes.Leggy in Blue by Von Trapp Photography 2019.Our leggy beauty traveled with us to England to create this alluring image in the Lake District.

Model: Kat
Lingerie Glamour

Austin sexy lingerie glamour image of a busty-leggy woman. wearing sheer tights.At Sea by Von Trapp Photography 2014.Sexy lingerie glamour photograph. Lingeria Glamour

Lingerie glamour photo taken on the streets of Prague at night.Influenced By Helmut by Von Trapp Photography 2016.Shot on the streets of Prague's Old Town this capture was influenced by the venerable Helmut Newton.

Model: TerryZ.
HMUA: Linda Chudomelová.
Lingerie Glamour

Glamour photo of a fit woman wearing a bra and leather pants during a sexy glamour shoot.Fire and Ice v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.Commissioned photo shoot with author/publisher J.M. Buckler. Lingerie Glamour

Fashion image of two women in lingerie in a frescoed palazzo room in Venice.Visione seducente v.1b by Von Trapp Photography 2017.(Title: Seductive vision) The magnificent frescoed living room of Palazzo Ca Zen is the setting for this fashion image of Kat and Kim. Models/HMU: Kat Alexis (Standing), Classic Kim. Fashion/Lingerie Glamour

Fashion Lingerie Glamour photo taken in München of a dark haired beauty on a bridge in a palace garden, flashing her sexy lingerie.Dark Beauty on a Bridge v.4 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.(From the series: Come See What Is Under My Coat) Fashion photo taken in the Schloss Lustheim Garden, Munchen Germany. Model/HMU: Monique

  By breaking down the images into these categories I find that it is easer to communicate with clients about the styling, mood, pose, setting, expression, wardrobe, and feeling being communicated to the viewer.  In this way it is also possible to introduce the newcomer and would be model to the glamorous world of boudoir photography.        

  When you consider a boudoir photographer and their work, look for a photographer who is producing a style that fits your vision and desire.  If you find one who has an interesting style but who may not have examples of their work that fit into a subcategory which you desire, contact them directly to discuss your thoughts.  Often a photographer's online portfolio for boudoir will be limited in the variety of examples shown because clients may not wish to be featured on line.

  How the artist styles their images in terms of lighting, coloring, sharpness, and setting should also be considered.  It is often the hallmark of their style and can be seen throughout their body of work.  Some artists may have a variety of looks to their works, others will create a singular signature style.  Lets look at how a style can be described in terms of lighting.

  Natural Light.  This refers to the light created in nature, i.e. sun, moon and stars.  This light can produce beautiful results, but is extremely limiting.  It has to be there at the time of shooting, and it is constantly changing.  When available in the right location (light from a north facing window when indoors is the best), or at the best time of the day (sunrise to mid morning and late afternoon to sunset), incredible results can be obtained.  The image below is an example of the use of natural light.  

Boudoir photography in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. Emotive, evocative and glamorous. Texas Boudoir Photographer.Pearls and Cream by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Austin, Dallas, Houston Boudoir PhotographyClassy Boudoir Portrait. Ms. Felisha trusted Von Trapp Boudoir and Glamour Photography to create the boudoir images that she has wanted for sometime. In this beautiful and emotive image, taken in San Antonio's Hotel Havana, we captured Felisha's beauty and glamour in a portrait created with a fashion-magizing styled crop. Contact us at Von Trapp Boudoir and Glamour Photography to have your beauty and glamour captured as you have always dreamed.

 Classy Boudoir (Natural Light)

  North light will produce soft evenly lit images.  It is often used to produce a romantic look to the photograph.  Morning light too is soft and cool in its color which is not the case with the warm color to late afternoon light.  Generally afternoon light is not as soft as north or morning light, but allows for the creation of warm etherial images as the photographer shoots into the light coming from behind the subject.  The glow of the light coming from behind the model and into the lens creates a flair of light which reduces the sharpness of the subject, creating the etherial feeling.  

  Afternoon light can also be used to create sharply contrasted images that are fashion magazine like with an edgy look.  Long sharp shadows with crisp warm light is the hallmark of photos made at this time of day.    

Houston, Austin, San Antonio Boudoir Photography.Blissful In The Sun by Von Trapp Photography 2015Boudoir image that was created using late afternoon light in the hotel DeVille in Corpus Christi Texas.

Classy Boudoir using a vintage nightgown and bullet bra lingerie. (Natural Light, late afternoon light) 

Sexy lingerie glamour photo of a woman at a window of a Venetian palazzo.Woman At The Palazzo Window v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.(From the series: Woman At The Palazzo Window) This intently evocative image of Nicole at one of the windows overlooking the Palazzo's courtyard, emotes sensuality and mystery, yet hints at vulnerability. Image from the Venice Model/HMU: uNicoleorn Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)

Sexy woman photographed wearing stockings and a bustier.Bustier n Stockings v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.Leggy and busty our model strikes a lovely pose.

Model/HMU: Amy
Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)

Glamour photo of a topless woman with a towel on her head and wearing panties, standing on a cruise ship balcony.Magnificent View by Von Trapp Photography 2015.>Our luscious model Jessica enjoys a morning coffee and the exquisitely sensual feeling of the sea breeze caressing her bare skin. Lingerie Glamour (Soft Natural Light)

Sexy glamour photo of a woman with a fine ass wearing a thong, stockings, heels, and leather jacket; walking on a road in Texas.Lace In Nature by Von Trapp Photography 2014Sexy Glamour Lingerie Photography
Our model takes a sexy strool taken in nature in the lovely fall Texas weather.
Lingerie Glamour (Natural Light, Sunlight)

  Available Light.  This is any and all light that is available at a location, but which is not provided by the photographer, such as room lighting as well as natural lighting.  This too can afford the artist unique and interesting opportunities to create beautiful images.  It is also limiting in several ways.  A suitable location has to be found with the right available lighting.  If shooting in color, the various "temperatures" of the lights on location must be considered and possibility balanced with each other.  All light has its own color temperature resulting in a range of tones from warm to cold.  Combining different color temperatures can be used for artistic effect, but can also create a displeasing mishmash to the look of the image.  The ability to control the light, although slightly better than natural light, is still limited to what is present and how it can be turned on and off.  The image below shows the effect of differing color temperatures of light.  Seen in the corner near the window, is the warm yellowish color of incandescent lighting from the boudoir table.  In this image the temperature of that light has been partially balanced with the cooler outdoor light commimg in from the window.  I chose to keep some of the incandescent light's warmth to work with the color of the vanity table to create a visual point of contrast and interest.

Boudoir Glamour photo of a woman's sexy legs in black stockings, and stilettoes.Pop of Red by Von Trapp Photography 2014.This classy boudoir image was created by San Antonio-Austin-Houston, Texas Boudoir and Glamour photography. It has been lit to accentuate the line of the model's leg, and post processed to pop the red color of her iconically sexy Christian Louboutin pumps. Additionally, a romantically soft glow has been added to the coroner of the bed and dressing table, along with a warm and glamorous coloring. Contact us at Von Trapp Photography to schedule your glamorously sexy boudoir session. We will connect you to your glamour. Lingerie Glamour/ Classy Boudoir (Available Light)

  In this image both sunlight and room light were used to light the model. Three different color temperatures needed to be balanced to create this image.

Provocative photo of a woman in a hiked up dress on a pool table while a second woman aims a ball between her legs.Kill Shot v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Watching Marista "jam up" during a sexy photo shoot in Cyprus. ("Jam Up" = Shooting Well in Pool Slang).

Models: Marista and Anna Reis.
Lingerie Glamour/Fashion Editorial (Available Light)

  This available light capture was made using the 3 different room lights at this location.
 

  Studio Strobes and Speedlights.  This is the choice for most commercial photographic work.  It gives the artist significant to total control over the light.  The color temperature, intensity, and direction of the light can be finely tuned and by this method, the artist is said to be able to shape the light.  

Edgy lingerie glamour image of a woman in public in Budapest.Adrienn Against The Bricks by Von Trapp Photography 2016.We created this image during a sunrise shoot in Budapest at Bécsi kapu. A city gate which is located at the Bécsi kapu square, Buda Castle, in 1st District, Budapest, Hungary. It was the port connecting the Castle with the highway to Vienna.

Model/HMU: Adrienn
Lingerie Glamour

Lingerie glamour photo of a sexy woman in a sheer blue bra.Sheer & Blue Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2013.Sexy & Evocative Lingerie Image

We love this sexy stylized lingerie glamour image of our model that draws us into the image and holds our attention. This kind of image is preface for a calendar to be given to "that special someone" or as a highly prized work of art for the wall.
This work of art was created with detailed planning of the location, pose and lighting, and given considerable attrition durning post processing to create every highlight and shadow.
As a photo artist, I "paint with light" using special tools and skills to create this one-off image. The time, skill, and artistic vision that goes into creating an image like this is truly a work of art.
Contact us at Von Trapp Photography today and allow us to make you the center of a work of art and to connect you to your glamour.
Lingerie Glamour

  The capture above is an example of the use of two speed lights. One in a soft box light modifier to produce a soft frontal light, and one bare speed light placed behind the model to create the flare.

  The next two images are created with studio strobes at outdoor location. The first one during daytime, and the second at night.

Sexy lingerie photo taken in München Germany at the Lustheim Palace gardens.Framed Glamour v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.This image was created on location in Munchen Germany on the grounds of the Lustheim and Schleissheim Palace. Model/HMU: Monique Fashion/Lingerie Glamour

Sexy photo taken at night in Venice of a hot woman in bustier, sheer panty, stockings, and fushia pumps.In The Night v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Kat strides elegantly along a Venice canal under a streetlight. Von Trapp Photography's fashion shoot in La Serenissima.

Model/HMU: Kat Alexis
Fashion/Lingerie Glamour

Austin Texas Boudoir and Glamour Photography Evocative Couture Modern Edgy Fashion-Inspired Intimate Lingerie Sexy TastefulKiti by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Glamorous Texas Boudoir Photography | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Beautiful Classic Boudoir. Beautifully emotive, this boudoir photograph of Kiti was taken at the dressing table, wearing her vintage inspired Bullet Bra, Open Bottom Girdle and RHT Stockings. Boudoir photography captures a verity of evocative moments that can be photographed in the "Classic" manner in her boudoir (parlor, changing poem, bedroom) getting ready, or might be Classy where she is not necessary in the boudoir setting and is usually wearing lingerie. Model: Kiti Kobain Wardrobe: By Model MUA: Glam by Samiha Hair: Jeanette Marie

Classic Boudoir

  This image is a wonderful example of how studio strobes can be used to create a magazine-quality looking boudoir image.  A white umbrella was used to provide the soft light on our model's face and body, while using the harsh light of a second strobe to provide the striking highlights on her hair, neck, and shoulder. 

See the following three posts for examples how light can be shaped using these tools. 

Making a Difference with StrobesHow strobes and light modifiers can aid in creating extraordinary glamour and boudoir photographs.

Light's Beautiful Curves…Using light and shadows to create glamour.

Creating Glamour…Using the elements of glamour to create striking images.

Boudoir photo of a lovely woman laying on a bed with her legs up  wearing lingerie.Lexi v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2014.Boudoir shoot with the yummy Lexi who creates a classic pose for us. Classy Boudoir

  In the image above two strobes are again used to create this boudoir image.  One strobe along with a soft box was used as the main light to light the subject.  A second strobe with a gobo (material of some kind which is placed between a light source and the subject) of foil with irregular shaped holes was used to create the light and shadows on the wall which adds additional interest to the photograph.

Sexy fashion-glamour photo of a hot woman sitting on a sofa.Seductress v.3 by Von Trapp Photography 2013.(From the series: Tantalizing Temptress)

Jessica holds court with several sexy-hot people awaiting their chance for an audience with her.

Model: Jessica

Sexy Boudoir/ Lingerie Glamour

  No matter what your vision or wish for a boudoir photo might be, it will best be served by a professional photographer experienced in this field.  You will be best served if you first do your "homework" on the genre of boudoir, by looking at lots of examples of fine quality images.  Consider your choice of photographers carefully by studying their body of work.  If you find one who's work touches you, give them a call.  Also don't limit yourself by not considering an artist who in not in your ares, many photographers are willing to travel.  You as well can find it incredibly exciting and fruitful to setup a destination shoot with a photo-artist.  Dream big!  

​  If you are thinking about having a boudoir or glamour session, let us at Von Trapp Photography excite you with how we can create a work of art with you as the subject.  We will put you in touch with your beauty and glamour.  Contact us today. 

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Austin Boudoir Photo Shoot | Texas Boudoir Photographer Returns to the Hotel Havana

April 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Sexy Boudoir Shoot at the Hotel Havana in San Antonio

  Our recent return to the Hotel Havana in San Antonio had Von Trapp Boudoir Photography shooting Erika K. in her sexy boudoir session that created beautifully evocative images which she loved.  When Erika arrived from the north side of Austin we started by discussing what we had in mind and looked over her wardrobe. We establish the order in which we would shoot her outfits and described how the session would proceed.  After the short preproduction meeting she settled in and dressed into her first of four outfits that would be used.

Evocative Sexy Austin Boudoir PhotographyReclined on White by Von Trapp Photography | Austin San Antonio HoustonClassy Boudoir photography that is emotive, sexy and evocative. We at Von Trapp Photography are skilled at providing you with one of a kind works of art that captures your beauty and connects you to your glamour.

  During our two and a half shoot we posed Erika on the bed, seated in this great white chair, on a table and standing in a doorway.  During each shot we sculpted the light of our three studio strobes to create refined and glamorous images for our model.

Boudoir glamour photograph of a sexy woman in lingerie standing in a doorway.In The Doorway v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.Boudoir shoot with the excieting Erika.

Model/HMU: ErikaLove M.M. #3631625

  After the shoot, Erika and her husband had a chance to view samples of the products that are available.  We explained how an average of 20 to 30 initially edited images will be posted to a password protected proof gallery online so that they can start their selection.  From the proof gallery, they will select their 8 favorite captures which will then undergo extensive and loving artistic post processing by us.  This includes careful retouching and artistic styling to create a one of a king image.  Finally, these fully edited, processed, and retouched images will be posted to a final edits gallery from which Erika and her husband will be able to select from 40 products and services.  

Boudoir photo of a woman's sexy legs in black mlacetop stockings.Erika In Lace v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2015Erika taken during her boudoir session at the Hotel Havana in San Antonio Texas. Model/HMU: ErikaLove Model Mayhem #3631625

  We offer specially selected products that best show your art piece which include the stunning Metallic Surfaced Paper, elegant Fine Art Paper, impressive Standout Displays, Canvas Gallery and Print Wraps.  As well as the unique Metal Mural, and images printed on Acrylic, Glass and Metal.  You can also provide additional safety for your artwork with a protective Lusted Coating Spray, and mounting and framing is also available.  Lastly we offer the possibility of having a your images bound into an album, better thought of as an upscale coffee table book, with a choice of leather, linen, or wrap around photograph coven.  These are offered in 3 sizes and are the best value for the client wishing to have 10 or more images from their shoot.

Sexy mature woman wearing a slip in a boudoir photo. San Antonio Boudoir Photography.Champagne Shift v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.The lovely Erika is enchanting in her champagne color slip. Boudoir shoot at the Hotel Havana, San Antonio.

Model: ErikaLove Model Mayhem #3631625

  To see a price list of products and services offered, go to our Boudoir and Lingerie Gallery and click on the 1st image, then click on "View all Products..."

  Contact us today and let Von Trapp Photography connect you to your glamour.

Richard von Trapp, Austin, San Antonio and Houston Boudoir and Glamour Photographer. CPT Richard von TrappPhoto Artist Richard von Trapp of Von Trapp Photography.


Boudoir Shoot at Hotel Havana.

April 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Austin, Houston and San Antonio Boudoir Photographer's Shoot

  Recently we returned to the Hotel Havana for another Boudoir shoot with Felisha and Erika who's images are simply beautiful.  This post was first published July 30, 2013 and was our first time shooting there which allowed us to fall in love with the setting.     

  This past weekend was exciting and packed full of photo shoots at the Hotel Havana in San Antonio.  Located in a 99 year old building that was originally a private residence turned hotel under another name, it is now the charming Havana Hotel.  Its motif gives homage to the feel of old Cuba with a period look, artisanal culinary creations, and acclaimed hand-crafted cocktails.   I used the hotel's Cuban theme as inspiration to create a 1950's retro look to the costuming of the models.     

  I loved creating such beautifully elegant glamour, boudoir and stylized period-inspired art.     

A beautiful glamour image of a woman in corset top and a full floor-length tulle skirt. Arlington, Austin, Dallas, "Fort Worth", Georgetown, Houston, "New Braunfels", "Round Rock", "San Antonio", "San Marcos", Schertz, Texas, beautiful, beauty, boudoir, edgy, fashion, glamorous, "glamour photography", intimate, lingerie, modern, nude, senior, sexy, tasteful, wedding, "woman's photography""Black Tulle" by Richard von Trapp 2013.A Glamour photograph taken by Von Trapp Photography of Austin/Houston in the Hotel Havana located in San Antonio Texas.

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Defining What is Glamour Photography Part 2 | Austin Glamour

April 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Glamour PhotographyIt's so much more then a pretty face.  The misunderstood genre.

Part 2 

  When I do an online search for glamour images, so many of the photos I see are what I would describe as sexy-glamour, lingerie-glamour or boudoir.  This is in no way wrong.  But I do worry that only these kinds of images will be associated with the words glamour photography or glamour photographs since it is all too narrow of a perception, and too limiting of an understanding.  

  I prefer the more historical definition of glamour (see this youTube video link which I also listed in my Part 1 blog on this subject:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhHePLaMP_k ) which leads to a more elegant description as described in the video cited .  This defines glamour as a condition or state of mind, in which anything having grace, mystery and is transcendent of the everyday is considered to have glamour or be glamorous.

  This definition of glamour photography is applicable to images in a multitude of subjects.  It's not just about a pretty face.  Lets explore the creation of a glamour photograph in its more pure state of the definition.  A well-crafted glamour image, regardless of the subject, will have been carfully planned, meticulously photographed and artfuly post processed to create the glamour.  In the days of camera film, what we call post-processing today was done by hand, utilizing specialized skills and techniques both in the darkroom and retouching the final print afterward.  Today we also do the same kind of work by hand, but use a high-grade computer with specialized softwear, a graphic pen tablet and viewed on a precisely color-calibrated monitor.                        

Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Hollywood Style Glamour Photograph by Von Trapp Photography | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Boudoir-Glamour-PinupI created this in the film noir style, this glamorous photo of Broadway Ballroom, presented by the Ruby Princess Dancers, captures the mystery and grace of the cabaret scene.

  Many different kinds of subjects can be photographed in a way as to qualify them as glamour photographs.  In fact we often see examples of this in poplar magazines.  The next travel, fashion, or leisure magazine you look at, notice how many images are used that have grace and mystery, and this is a short list of where one can see examples of glamour photography.         

Engagement Shoot at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio TexasEngagement Shoot at the Aztec, Texas Fashion Photography Beautiful engagement glamour shoot on location at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio.

Engagement Glamour shoot photographed on the stage of the Aztec Theater in San Antonio Texas.

   The Power to be Transformative.

  As mentioned, glamour has the power to be transformative--to allow the viewer to escape the everyday. It is the idealization, glorification, and dramatization of a subject, concept or scene that is the cornerstone to glamour and of glamour photography.  

Engagement Glamour photography at the San Antonio Aztec Theater. Emotive glamorous beautiful and evocative glamour photography in Texas by Von Trapp Photography.Engagement Shoot at the Aztec | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Boudoir-Glamour-PinupThis stunning photograph was created at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio Texas for this couple's engagement. The shoot was styled with great care after considerable pre-production planning, and consultation with the couple as to their desires for the final look.

Glamour and Romance captured in this engagement session photo taken at the Aztec Theater by Von Trapp Photography.

  As a glamour photographer I desire to capture the world's glamour where I find it or can create it.  When photographing a woman, I strive to create an image that allows her to love herself.  The photograph should  transcend her everyday and idealize, glorify and dramatize her beauty.  I believe every woman deserves to be photographed in this glamorous fashion.              

  Everyday I view beautiful works of photographic art online; gorgeous images with lots of feeling that are classified as glamour.  But often I feel they are not examples of glamour as I have described it here, despite the beauty of the photograph.  I further feel that there is a prevailing oversimplification of what glamour photography is, and it is associated in the minds of many viewers as only the boudoir or sexy style of photography of young women.  But I know that glamour photography is so much more.  The next time you look at your favorite publications consider finding the glamour in many of the images.  Look for the elements of glamour as I have set forth here and learn to see the glamour in our world.

  It is my hope to advocate successfully for a broader view of what is the definition of glamour photography--one that holds the classical definition as the primary understanding of what it could be.  

  In my next part I will break down how I have attempted to classify the many possible subcategories of glamour photography.  

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  Richard von Trapp is a Texas glamour and boudoir photographer who uses the classical definition of glamour to see the world that he photographs.  


Austin-Houston Glamour Photography | Sexy Shoot in Europe

April 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

   Texas Photographer Creates Glamour in EuropeFashion-Glamour Shoot in the Medieval town of Rothenburg, Germany.

  The town of Rothenburg Germany is located in the northwestern part of Bavaria in the Franconia region.  It dates from the year 1170 and is the home of just under 11,000 residents.  It is a walled town with watch towers, defensive positions and, in places, a mote.  The image below was created on the second level within one of the towers using two strobes and a soft box.

Glamour boudoir wedding sexy photography evocative tasteful nude Texas photographerIn The Fortress Wall by Von Trapp Fashion Photography 2014This fashion glamour image was created in the medieval town of Rothenburg Germany within the defensive city wall. Von Trapp Photography traveled from San Antonio to Europe to capture the texture, mood and light of the region in a series of glamour portraits. Austin-Houston-San Antonio-Dallas glamour photographer Richard von Trapp.

  This picturesque treasure survived several brushes with destruction over the centuries, including WWII when a peaceful solution was reached between American and German soldiers, in contradiction to Hitler's orders, and the town was spared extensive damage.

  We traveled to this and other locations to create glamour, fashion-editorial, and boudoir images in the beauty and charm of Italy and Germany.  This behind the scenes photo was taken durning the initial lighting set-up of a shot within one of the defensive positions of the wall.  

Arlington, Austin, Dallas, "Fort Worth", Georgetown, Houston, "New Braunfels", "Round Rock", "San Antonio", "San Marcos", Schertz, Texas, beautiful, beauty, boudoir, edgy, fashion, glamorous, "glamour photography", intimate, lingerie, modern, nude, senior, sexy, tasteful, wedding, "woman's photography"Crafting the Light | Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio Boudoir-Glamour-PinupFashion/Glamour photographer Richard von Trapp taking a flash exposure reading durning a fashion shoot in Germany.                                        Texas photo-artist Richard von Trapp and model setting up for a fashion-glamour editorial shoot.            

  Here I am taking a light meter reading of my primary strobe which is fitted with a 2x3 foot soft box.  To my rear is a second strobe being used to create a rim light on the model in order to separate her from the darker background.  I ultimately balanced the light output from these two strobes with the natural light coming in from the outside to create my final look. 

Austin, Houston Glamour-Boudoir-Fashion Photography. Flick of Red by Von Trapp Fashion Photography 2014This fashion glamour image was created in the medieval town of Rothenburg Germany within the defensive city wall by Austin-Houston-San Antonio-Dallas glamour photographer Richard von Trapp

  This is the final look of the capture we created.  The addition of the red fabric with its intense pop of color and sense of movement really adds to the drama of the photograph.  The exposure and light output of our two strobes was balanced with the available light coming in through the window.  I finished the image with a golden glow, and the color was really picked up by the stone of the wall.        

  Von Trapp Photography creates beautifully evocative images that connect you to your glamour, and allow you to fall in love with yourself.  Contact me today and let me excite you with how you can be the captured in a way that few photographers can.    

 Visit this link to see public domaine images of Rothenburg: https://www.google.com/search?q=rothenburg&sa=X&biw=1269&bih=921&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=Ss4YVJrEC9fsoASPtILgAg&ved=0CDcQ7Ak

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Many Forms of Art-SoHo San Antonio | Texas Glamour Photo

April 08, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Crafting Something Special

  One of our pleasures is to venture to San Antonio's SoHo Martini Bar where one can indulge in artfully crafted drinks and a great atmosphere. The mixologists there always delight one's senses with a blend of artful style and technical skill. On this night I created several available light photographs of both staff and patrons. Here are some of my favorites. Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Cocktail glamour | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-Wedding Photo Cocktail artistry at SoHo in San Antonio. Bartender at work by Von Trapp Photography. Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Cocktail Bar Glamour | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-Wedding Photo A night at the San Antonio bar SoHo. By Von Trapp Photography. Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Evening Glamour | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-Wedding Photo Glamour portrait of two edgy artists enjoying a evening out.   Two fellow artists who specialize in ink. Thank you for allowing me to photograph you.

Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Reflection | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-Wedding Photo Glamorous evening setting in a craft-speakeasy bar in San Antonio. Three women | Reflection and beauty.

  This unique perspective includes my wife Currie to the right of the frame and a reflection in a mirror of two patrons behind me in a corner.

Texas glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative sexy photo Bar Artistry | Texas Glamour-Boudoir-Wedding Photo The artistry of a bartender in San Antonio. Photographer by Austin photographer, Richard von Trapp of Von Trapp Photography.   The blending of mid-century style and current day technique is SoHo's own signature style. Located in a late 19th century bank, SoHo incorporates the original vault as part of its room design. The vault door is seen here to camera left.

  This evening gave me the chance to enjoy the artful passion of the staff, the artistry of ink and my own love of photographing life's glamour.

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A New Mom's Boudoir Shoot | Texas Boudoir Photographer

April 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Kiti's Boudoir Session...Beautiful New Mother of Three Reconnected to Her Glamour  

  Von Trapp Boudoir Photography traveled from San Antonio to Las Vegas and had the great joy of shooting Kiti Kobain, a talented and wonderful woman who is a published and experienced print and runway mode.  Kiti is a new mom of three and despite her considerable experience, as exampled in her impressive portfolio, was apprehensive at the thought of being photographed after her pregnancy.  

  Much like most ladies who consider being photographed in a boudoir or glamour session, Ms. Kiti seemed to be uneasy when she reported for hair and makeup.  Despite years of experience in front of the camera, she was much like any other beautiful woman being photographed for the first time.  In fact, Kiti was being photographed for the first time, as a new mother.

  For a woman being photographed especially in such a evocative setting, disquiet and apprehension is quite normal and expected.  Concerns about body shape, skin, hair and self image are normal and a part of every woman's daily life.  For better or worse it is a part of your mental makeup and is inextricably connected to that which makes you special and powerful.

  My joy as an artist is to help women work through their normal apprehensions in order to unveil the glamour within each one.  The journey that we take together varies for different women, but it is still traveled.

Austin Texas Boudoir and Glamour Photography Evocative Couture Modern Edgy Fashion-Inspired Intimate Lingerie Sexy TastefulKiti in Her Boudoir v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015 | Texas Boudoir PhotographyBeautiful Classic Boudoir
Beautifully emotive, this boudoir photograph of Kiti was taken at the dressing table, wearing her vintage inspired Bullet Bra, Open Bottom Girdle and RHT Stockings. Boudoir photography captures a verity of evocative moments that can be photographed in the Classic manner in her boudoir (parlor, changing poem, bedroom) getting ready, or might be Classy where she is not necessary in the boudoir setting and is usually wearing lingerie.

Model: Kiti Kobain
Wardrobe: By Model
MUA: Glam by Samiha
Hair: Jeanette Marie

Model: Kiti Kobain

Wardrobe: By Model

Makeup: Glam by Samiha

Hair: Jeanette Marie

Props/Set Dressing: Von Trapp Photography

Set Location: SLS Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

  ​Let us connect you to your glamour with a boudoir session that will create art with you as the subject.

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Choosing Your Wedding Photography Style | Texas Wedding Photographer

April 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Finding Your Perfect Wedding Photographer:  How to determine your favorite style of wedding photographydo it right for a lifetime of joyful memories.

Part 1  

  Planning a wedding is often a weighty undertaking.  However, it can also be an endeavor of great joy and partnership for the couple -  one which creates lasting memories of love and closeness.  Selecting your photographer is, of course, one of the many important decisions to make.

    Prior to selecting your photographer, invest some time in looking at the different photographic styles of wedding photography across the U.S. and even in other countries.  To help you expand your appreciation of the different styles, start a web search for wedding photographers in 3 or 4 different large cities of your choice.  Look at the imagery and save any examples of the ones that truly move and "speak" to you.  Select the ones that make a strong first impression, but don't consider why just yet; that will be the next step.  This is a photo-imagery brainstorming session.  After doing this with as many photographers in as many different cities as you care to explore, you are now ready to revisit the ones that have inspired you most.  Remember to research imagery from artists that are not in your area, for in this way you will be introducing yourself to a broader range of styles.  Very often local markets will have a very similar look or style.  That is in no way bad, but at this point I am encouraging you to find your style and this will be a great way to do so. 

Texas wedding glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative photo Old World Wedding by Von Trapp Photography. #Austin #San Antonio #Houston #Dallas #Wedding #PhotographerAustin-Houston_San Antonio Wedding photographer photographs a wedding in Norway. A proud father and his beautiful daughter. [This image is created to give a slight ethereal look to the Bride's dress and her Father's shirt.  It is stylized with a hint of grain for nostalgia, and a cool bluish hue to compliment the old wood and stone of this Norwegian church.  It is not a true formal portrait since I captured the bride's reaction to onlookers as she enjoyed the moment.]         

  Now take notice of any similarities between your selected photos.  Consider any commonality of theme, style, color, mood, or feeling that first drew you to them.  As you do this you will likely begin to define what is your preference in styles. 

  This blog will in no way be all inclusive nor comprehensive of all the artistic styles you might find.  We are after all considering art and the interpretation that any given photographer may have of it.  That being said, some general classifications can be made with the understanding that your photographer is an artist and will bring their own unique twist to the final look.  

The Classic Style

  What I call the classic style is one that includes images that are predetermined and include a set variety of formal poses of the bride and groom and wedding party. These beautiful creations were traditionally photographed in a studio, but today will also be shot on location.

The Modern-Classic or Contemporary Style 

  This style is similar to the classic style but with the inclusion of selected standard images of scheduled high points of the day.  Most wedding photographers today shoot the formal bride photographs either in a studio or at the venue, and then get selected shots of the wedding.  These can include photos of the bride and groom with their bridesmaids and groomsmen from getting ready through the ceremony and on to the reception.  You can even hire a professional to cover everything from start to finish.  (More on what different photographers may offer in Part 2.)  

  You may choose to hire a photographer who shoots the poses or stylings that are the trend of the day.  Some examples of current or recent styling trends include: false mustaches being worn by members of the wedding party, the wedding couple posed behind or holding a large picture frame, groups and individuals set amongst gritty or unusual locations and/or doing fun or unexpected actions, to name just a few.  You might love the work of an artist that uses coloration and styling of the images to craft an artful or mood- filled look, or you may choose one who creates a bright and light feeling to their images.  Each style has its own appeal to the right viewer.  Which brings us to the slippery slope issue of just who is the viewer.  More on that in a moment.

Texas wedding glamour elegant couture beautiful evocative photo Jumping Groom and Maides. Austin Wedding. #Austin #San Antonio #Houston #Dallas #Wedding #PhotographerGreat expression on this grooms face as he and the bridesmaids jump for this wedding photo. [Example of a Modern-Classic style bridal party group shot.  The playful informality of the portrait is a frequent feature of contemporary wedding sessions.  This group shot is still referred to as a"formal" (as opposed to candid), but it has captured the personality of the subjects. I love the groom's expression.]           

The Journalistic Style

  Wedding photography in the journalistic style is a fairly easy style to identify and is rapidly gaining popularity.  It can be described as one that captures the mood, events, emotion, grandeur, and moments as they happen and in a way that tells a story of the day from start to finish; accomplished through candid photographs.  Unlike traditional wedding photographers, (whose skill is based on their ability to impose order and structure to the day as they organize the wedding party for photographs), the journalistic wedding photographer's skill is in the telling of the story.  Images will not be primarily of members of the wedding party.  The telling of the complete story will require the photographer to perhaps take a different approach with each wedding in order to capture the unique personalities of those in attendance.     

  Photo-artists who are of a purest nature in this genre will provide their client with incredibly poignant and beautiful results showing the full emotion of the day.  However, these are not setup or posed photos.  If you desire to have photographs that are formal or posed, this artist may not be right for you.

Formals and Candids 

  Formal photographs or "formals" are images of groups and individuals that are set up, staged or posed by the photographer.  Portraits of the bride alone, with her groom, or group shots of the bridal party and key or selected family members fall into this category.  They are most often taken directly after the ceremony, however, formals of the bride can be scheduled well before the wedding day.  This method can be very beneficial to both bride and photographer.  The bride can use this as a dress rehearsal; giving her the chance to see the full look of hair, make-up, gown, and perhaps even the bouquet, in advance.  Her photographer has the ability to bring their "A game" by having a relaxed bride and the time to be creative and artful with the styling of her images.  Providing the photo-artist with this chance to create will make an incredible difference to the final images.

  Few brides would ever consider not having candids taken of the pre-ceremony preparation, ceremony, and reception.  These mostly non-staged shots are the "candids" of the wedding.  They capture the emotion and events of course, but also the details both large and small.  Brides that invest significant time and money creating and seeing to the smallist details of their wedding will want these skillfully captured in photographs.  

Candids and The Journalistic Styleall journalistic photos are candid, but not all candids are in the journalist style.

  Don't confuse one with the other.  Candids can be taken by guests and family members attending the wedding.  However, professionals have the skill and equipment to capture candid images with the greatest degree of impact and style from start to finish.  Of course the serious amateur, friend or family member, can get good to great images as well, but they are taking photographs according to their own tastes.   For your wedding, the definition of what is good or great must be defined by the bride and groom.  What price satisfaction, how much are you willing to pay, and most importantly what are you paying for?    I will address the professional photographer and what to consider when selecting one in Part 2.  For now, let's continue to address selecting a style.  

Who is the viewer…the difficulty of a possibly well-meaning influence.

  Wedding photographs that are well taken and in a style that appeal to the bride and groom will become a source of cherished memories.  Long after the special day and as details start to fade, your photographs will provide the episodic memory trigger to transport you back to all of the joy of that moment.   

 So what will you want to see?  What is the most likely kind of image that will provide you the strongest stimulation?  This is where well-meaning suggestions may turn into pressure as to what your wedding photos should look like.  

  Like most things, wedding photography has a trend of the day.  In my opinion no one trend is better then another, but some are more timeless.  What do you think you will love to see ten or twenty years from now?  The classic bride or bride&groom formals make great art works for the wall.  Humorous photos that were well crafted will delight and photos that tell the story of the full range of emotion will move the viewer back to the day and feelings of the moment.  

  As you continue your search to find your style and eventually communicate with a wedding photographer, remember it is you the bride and groom who will cherish most the images captured of your day.  Consider the counsel given to you by family or friends as to how the wedding should be photographed.  But, if you are prepared with an understanding of your desires, which are supported by your research on the different styles, you can feel good about what you have chosen for your look.  As to some thoughts on selecting the right photographer, I will share that in Part 2 here on my blog.         

   Richard von Trapp is a photographer in Texas who travels the world creating works that are glamorous and beautiful with inspiration taken from fashion-magizines and with cinematic styling.     

 


Houston-Austin-San Antonio-Dallas Glamour Photography. "Joyful in the Rain"

March 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  Dramatic Clouds and Glamour...A Stormy Day Creates an Opportunity to Create. 

  Rain and dramatic clouds offered the perfect setting for creating this stylized fine art photograph which was inspired by images from the iconic Hollywood classics, The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain.   

Joyful in the Rain.Stylized photo by San Antonio Photographer Richard von Trapp. A fine art, Hollywood-inspired image blending feelings of The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain,   Photographed near San Antonio, we raced out to this spot when the rain clouds gathered and was able to capture this dramatic shot.  As the rain fell we set up our strobes and lighting modifiers and quickly styled this shot.  Balancing on the wet railroad track was hard enough, but was made even mort challenging by the wind that was blowing. 

  The clouds seen here existed as they appear.  However, the stylized coloration of a light and eery green were added in post-processing.  I wanted to suggest the possibility of a building tornado, threatening to carry off my modern day Dorothy.

  The surreal like quality to the light of what one might think is associated with a coming tornado is carried over into the bright yellow patch of grass.  The rain drops can be seen falling, having been captured with the aid of the strobe.  So too can the water droplets be seen on the umbrella.

   My "Dorothy" incorporates the sense of carefree indifference to the elements of Gene Kelly in the movie "Singing In The Rain" with her attitude and seemingly lack of concern for the coming storm.

  I am Richard von Trapp and I am a Photo Artist specializing in creating evocative Glamour, Boudoir, Wedding and Senior Portraits. 

Glamour/Boudoir Photography, Austin//Houston//San Antonio Glamour-Boudoir Photographer.Von Trapp PhotographyGlamour Photography/Von Trapp Photography is a couture photo-artisty service creating evocative fashion magazine inspired beauty and glamour images.


Editorial Glamour Photography

January 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

  What is Editorial Glamour? Creating a different kind of image.

  The Editorial Image

   I use the terms editorial and glamour to describe the style of many of my images.  In the world of magazine photography, the term editorial is used to describe a style of photograph where its look and feeling is crafted to tell a story or to support a written story being told.  The definition is fluid and can even be a broadly defined one in how one sector of the print media-world will see/use it as compared to another sector.  Suffice it to say, editorial photography "sells a story", where as fashion photography "sells a lifestyle", and commercial photography "sells a product".

Sexy photo of a woman on a street in Cyprus at night in a tight-revealing dress.A Night Of Shopping by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Anna on the streets of Agia Nepa, Cyprus. Model/HMU: Anna Reis Model Mayhem #4001217

   In sharp contrast to commercial photography, where the look is clean and well lit, fashion and editorial photography is bold, edgy, and conceptual in its design styling, often being dramatically lit.  It is...dare I say it, "arty".  It is also great fun and challenging to create for everyone involved.  It is for this reason that skilled and capable photographers love to create art in this form.  Professional models too enjoy the chance to be "arty" and seek this kind of shoot to add depth to their portfolio and show their versatility.

   One of the key elements of style often seen in editorial images is dramatic lighting.  Since we become accustomed to the light seen in nature, its look and feel, the creation of something different thus becomes interesting to a viewer.  This is why a skilled artist will use light sources, such as those available in the form of photographic lighting, to create a feeling of light that is not normally seen nor available in the natural world.  This crafted light can be many times more dramatic and harsh, or beautiful and soft when compared to what is normally seen in our everyday lives.        

Glamour Editorial Photography | Houston Texas Fine Art Glamour Photography by Von Trapp Photography. Reclined | Austin Texas Fine Art Glamour Photography by Von TrappThis image is a stylized fine art glamour image from the West Texas US 90 Project. It has been stylized in a vintage Polaroid look of the 60's/70's with its edgy and beautiful high contrast look. This vintage look is iconic of the high fashion and glamorous world seen in print in all of the ladies' fashion magazines of the day. We at Von Trapp Photography would love to recreate a work of vintage high fashion art for you, with you as the glamorous subject. "http://www.vontrappphotography.com/commissions" Contact us today and let us connect you to your glamour.

     This image was crafted  in the editorial style with strong lighting, an artfully posed model placed in an unusual interesting setting.      

    Because the light is so unusual we are compelled to look a little longer.  We may even ponder for a while the different aspects of the image, what it means, where it was made, how it was made, or any other number of even more pithy concepts.  We may look at it not really analyzing it at all, just knowing that we are drawn to it for some reason.

The Fashion Image 

   "Selling" a lifestyle can be said to be the main idea behind fashion photography.  The goal of fashion photography is to convey a way of life through the use of cloths, goods, and items of property in such a way as to show them to be highly desirable.        

Fashion Photographer in San Antonio, Austin, Houston. Austin-Houston-San Antonio Glamour Photography.Fashionable | Houston Fashion & Glamour Photography.Hat: White House Black Marker, Purse and belt: Guess by Marciano, Manolo Blahnik nude Mary Jane pumps.

                                                     Fashion shoot in San Antonio, drawing inspiration from Italian fashion.  

Fashion photo taken in Venice of a woman in a high slit long dress on a bridge.In Stride v.2a by Von Trapp Photography 2015.On a Bridge in Venice
Fashion image created in Venice Italy. Von Trapp Photography traveled from San Antonio to Venice for a fashion shoot with model Nicole.


Model/HMU: uNicoleorn

 

So it is not just about the clothes…it is about the style in which life is lived.  

Fashion photo of a busty topless woman wearing a pencil skirt, holding a red purse.Out From The Shadows v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.Photo shoot at Point Bonita Costal Defenses which once protected the approach to San Francisco Bay.

Model/HMU: Simone
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  Fashion photo of a voluptuous woman wearing a tight dress and hat on a scooter.Bellezza titillante v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2013.(Title: Titillating beauty)

Having been inspired by Italian style and Roman life we created this classy fashion look that also showcases our model's fabulous shape.

Model/HMU: Simone

The Glamour Image 

​  That which is said to have glamour really is being described as having not just beauty, but also grace, mystery, and transcendence.  This is what glamour photography is to me.  Creating grace and mystery in a photograph, however, is less challenging than making an image that also has transcendence from the every day of life.  

  In the image below, one can appreciate the beauty and grace of the model in her pose.  The dark glasses and her gaze away from the camera easily add the mystery.  What is perhaps not so apparent about this image is   

 

what makes this image transcendent, nor how it was accomplished.

  This photo was created in the mid morning, outside on an overcast day.  One way to create transcendence from our every day life is to alter the look and feel of the lighting that we see in the image.  The light upon the model was carefully crafted to fall upon her in this particular way.  Selected locations within the image were highlighted so as to draw our attention or to deemphasize other parts of the photograph.  Daylight was "overpowered" by the intensity of the strobes and camera settings to give this shot its increased drama.  The darkened background serves to draw the viewer's attention to the model and her clothes, and away from the background.  Note the way the colors of her dress and pumps leap off of the screen creating a very special look and feeling, which is something not normal to what we see everyday.       

Sexy glamour photo of a woman flashing an up skirt.Leggy Exposure v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.(From the series: The Paparazzi--Give Them What They Want) Our fetching model flips open her hip-high slit dress and titillates us with a risqué; display, leaving us lustful to see more. Model: uNicoleorn Model Mayhem #3522239 Hair: Jeanette Marie Model Mayhem #675944 Makeup: Glam by Samiha Model Mayhem #1302674

The Editorial Glamour Image   

  For this category, I endeavor to create an amalgam between the story contained within an editorial image with the mystery, grace, and transcendence of a glamour image to make editorial glamour.  

Sexy image of a woman in a Venice palazzo wearing a sheer shirt, making coffee.Tazza di caffè? v.2 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.(From the series: Culinary Temptations) (Title: Cup of coffee?) Morning coffee with model Classic Kim, a beauty that captures the Italian feel for this fashion image in palazzo Ca Zen. Fashion Glamour photo shoot in Venice. Model/HMU: Classic Kim

Fashion Glamour Photography in Texas. Edgy Evocative Editorial glamour photography by Austin-Houston-San Antonio Glamour and Fashion Photographer.A Dream in Sanderson | Fashion Shoot in West Texas | San Antonio PhotographyThe dream that was is now but a memory in this West Texas town of Sanderson. We found this fabulous building and its kind owner, who granted us permission to shoot here, in the still charming town of Sanderson, some 270 miles west of San Antonio. We love the color and textures that the building provided which were further stylized to give this image its gritty feel.

  In the photograph above the setting is a fabulously edgy building in the town of Sanderson Texas located some 270 miles west of San Antonio.  The story could by about the once hopeful dreams of making a way of life in this arid locale, and about how many residents are still endeavoring to do so.  All kinds of interpretive metaphors can be made about the model's pose and expression as to how it pertains to a story of struggle and determination.  Which is what makes this an editorial image.  The edgy-mystery of her expression, the graceful pose and unique lighting is the glamour.    

  The next time you peruse through a magazine, take a moment to ponder the nature and meaning of the art in front of you.  The degree of difficulty and work that went into creating the images you see will likely never be known to you, for it is the experience of years that you behold.  Please do, however, see these works of creative ability for what the are, works of art both small and large.  They are ones that were produced through the passion and abilities of many individuals who committed a considerable amount of effort to their creation.  

      Glamour/Boudoir/Fashion Photography, Austin//Houston//San Antonio Glamour-Boudoir Photographer.Von Trapp PhotographyVon Trapp Photography is a couture photo-artisty service creating evocative fashion magazine inspired beauty and glamour images.


Enchanted Rock Glamour | Houston Austin Boudoir Photography

December 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

  Stark Beauty... Showcasing Beauty and Glamour at Enchanted Rock State Park | Texas Glamour/Boudoir Photographer. 

  Von Trapp Photography recently returned to Enchanted Rock for another day-long outdoor glamour photo shoot.  Enchanted Rock State Park is located 17 miles north of Fredericksburg on FM 965 and is easily accessed from Austin and San Antonio in a little more then 2 hours.  The stark beauty of the pink granite and the warm color of the light found there makes for truly beautiful and glamorous images.  

  We packed up our lighting and camera equipment and made out way there on a mid-fall day to create some fashion glamour images amongst the cliffs and stone monoliths found in the park.  The location required us to backpack in our lighting and photographic gear, wardrobe and water, but the scenery is well worth the effort.

  Our planned time for the shoot was set for the late afternoon all the way up to an hour before sunset.  This allowed us to get the great late afternoon shadows of this fall day, and still be moving off of the mountain while we had enough light to see.  We had a good idea of what locations on the mountain we would use, but some final recon was still needed to pinpoint each spot.  We chose to set up two thirds of the way up the mountain, and moved four times to locations over the length of a football field to get this day's images.  

  The first location was here in this small canyon pictured below.  The shot called for a two light setup.  One strobe with a beauty dish on a boom arm, the other without a modifier and placed in the rocks behind the model to provide the lovely rim light seen along her hair, back, and hip.  This rimming of a woman's figure both serves to separate her from the background and beckons the viewer's eye to follow the line of her body.  The power of these lights was balanced to complement the lovely soft light illuminating the canyon from above while still adding contrast and interest to the image.

Glamour Photo | Enchanted Rock | Edgy Beautiful Sexy Evocative Boudoir/Glamour PhotographyEnchanting Glamour by Von Trapp Fashion Photography 2014We really love creating glamour photographs that are set among the stark beauty of Enchanted Rock's monoliths and caves. The setting of this fashion-inspired image is in sharp contrast to the soft beauty of the model who is posed in a typical fashion magazine style pose.

      Our lighting equipment included 3 Profoto D1's, a soft box with grid, beauty dish, light stands, boom arm, sandbags (to steady the light stands and boom), cables, and a 26 lb Profoto battery in its own backpack.  We shot with a Canon 5D MkII with 24-70 f2.8L zoom and Canon 200 f2L telephoto.  Our model had several outfits complete with shoes/boots, accessories, makeup, and a good set of hiking boots and clothes for the trek in and out.  We also carried basic emergency equipment should we have been delayed getting off of the mountain in daylight.  For the Image above it was necessary to bury the power cable leading from the power pack, which was off camera, to the strobe in the rocks behind the model.  This light was fired by a radio trigger.  

  In all cases of remote location shooting, wardrobe changes are accomplished in a somewhat spartan manner.  The best case would allow for a changing tent.  Often a heavyweight space blanket is all that can be setup and on this occasion a convenient bolder or bush sufficed.  Professional models are accustomed to such conditions.  Clients, however, sometimes have to be prepared for the challenge of what their chosen concept shoot will bring.  But I have yet to encounter a client who is not up to the task, nor one who doesn't have a terrific time and wonderful experience. 

  Von Trapp Photography specializes in creating uniquely beautiful glamour, boudoir, and high school senior images that standout from the rest.  Our style is modern, fashion-inspired, and cinematic.  Whether we are creating evocative and sexy boudoir and glamour images, or edgy high school senior portraits, our artistry will be evident to you and be a great investment.

  Contact us so that we may delight you with one of a kind images that will connect you to your glamour.     


Find Your Glamour | Austin Houston Boudoir Photographer

December 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

  Creating Magazine-Style Glamour at the Beach | What it takes to create beautiful glamour images. You deserve more then a "selfie"!

  In a time when the "selfie" is so easy and popular why would anyone ever consider having a professional photographer photograph them?  The ability to capture spontaneous self images has been made possible by the high megapixel cameras found in any current smartphone, and everyone is doing it!  Yes even this dedicated professional!  You get sharp images taken in lowlight that look very good.  Very good on a 3 to 4 inch screen that is!  

  Few people, however, understand that the hype they hear about 18, 20, 40 and more megapixels is only part of the picture.  The sensor in our, now even larger, smart phones is very small compared to that found in a professional full-sized DSLR camera.  A small sensor with a lot of megapixels does not create a highly sharp image when enlarged much beyond the size of the screen it was taken on.  The Digital Single Lens Reflex camera's sensor is many time larger then a smart phone.  As such, a professional grade 18 to 21 megapixel, full-sized DSLR will deliver images of a terrific quality.  But the "selfie culture" that has taken hold likely leads one to question, even if only in the subconscious, why should I pay hundreds of dollars for photographs when I can just…selfie!

Beach Glamour Photo. Location glamour shoot. Sexy swimwear photo. Boudoir-Glamour Photographer.Beach Day by Von Trapp Photography 2014Behind the Scenes of a beach glamour shoot in Port Aransas Texas.
This early morning shoot was created by using two studio strobes and a beauty dish. We were kept on our toes by the weather which created the dramatic sky, but also the necessity to keep the gear protected from the passing showers. This love-hate relationship is one of the reasons I enjoy the challenge of shooting on location.

   On location in Port Aransas Texas.  The passing showers posed a challenge to keeping our gear dry, but also afforded us the fantastic light and background for this beach glamour shoot. 

  The question has merit.  You will easily pay from $500 to $2000 for a high quality glamour or boudoir portrait session and products, and a bit less for a high school senior shoot.  Consider, however, that a professional photographer will have invested many thousands of dollars on cameras, lenses, computers, hardwear, software, lighting equipment and near countless other items that make it possible for them to do what they do best.  Not to mention their education and what they bring in the way of experience and creative talent and vision.  

  Using our smart phone to grab a quick shot of something that we wish to send to family or friends is one thing.  But is it ever anything that is meant to be saved or cherished?  It certainly is never meant to be art! 

Beach glamour photo shoot creating evocatively beautiful, glamorous and sexy photographs. Texas boudoir/glamour/wedding photographer.Darkness and Beauty by Von Trapp Photography 2014We took advantage of a rainy day forecast to create this glamorous image while on location along the Texas Gulf coast. Keeping an eye on our tablet's live radar image to help determine breaks in the showers, we timed our setup of equipment. With towels at the ready to cover lighting gear, we intrepidly left the shelter of our vehicles to setup and captured this beach glamour image as the ran started to fall. Images of this artistic quality require planning, artistic talent, experience and the right equipment. But also hard work, and in the case of this location shoot, the right timing and some luck. When you choose to create art with you as the subject, be prepared for the challenge that all models face... discomfort. The general rule of thumb is if it feels uncomfortable…it will likely look great. The converse is even more true.

  Moody and evocative.  The styling of this glamour image encourages the viewer to feel the sensations of this moment.  Well crafted glamour photographs have beauty, grace, mystery and are transcendent of the everyday.

  Sadly every day so many women will selfie and unthinkingly accept a third rate image of themselves.  They will be "happy" with what they have and go on with life…likely never to know the feeling of what it is like to be glamorously photographed.  It is true that we "don't know what we don't know", so she continues to exist in blissful ignorance, totally missing out on the life-changing experience of connecting to her glamour and beauty.  A professionally photographed glamour or boudoir portrait session will change the way you feel and see yourself.  It can change your life. 

  Stop missing out on the truly incredible experience of taking part in a model shoot.  Even more significant is being treated to the elation of seeing yourself as you have never seen yourself before.  A superbly planned, expertly crafted glamour or boudoir photograph of yourself will impress, amaze and touch you in ways that you never imagined.

  See yourself in a way that is so removed from the daily you by being a glamorous work of art, having been connected to your glamour.        

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Creating Boudoir Images | What is, what is not boudoir photography

November 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

  Creating Boudoir Images...What is and what is not boudoir photography? 

  What comes to your mind when you think about the term Boudoir photography?  If you have followed any of my previous blog postings, you know that I have been advocating for a change to how people think about glamour and boudoir photography. 

  I feel that a misunderstanding of what boudoir photography is keeps some women from ever considering having their portrait taken in this manner.  Boudoir photography is empowering and liberating and it is my hope that a better understanding of what it is, and what it is not, will allow more women to seek out the opportunity to be photographed thusly. 

Sexy boudoir photo of a woman in black lingerie and stockings.Captivating View v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2014.Creating a thrilling phose in Agent Provocateur lingerie, we are captivated by this image taken during a client boudoir shoot with our delightful model.

Model: Ava

Classic Boudoir

Glamour photo of a sexy mature woman wearing lingerie and stilettoes.In Preparation v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.Glamour shoot in San Antonio at the Hotel Gibbs.

Model/HMU: Palmer

Classic Boudoir

Sexy Boudoir photo of a woman in a retro-inspired bullet bra.Kitty Pretty by Von Trapp Photography 2015Kiti wearing a classic bullet bra at her boudoir table. Model: Kiti Kobain
Wardrobe: By Model
MUA: Glam by Samiha
Hair: Jeanette Marie

Classic Boudoir

  Elegant and evocative boudoir photography has been created for decades, and is being increasingly regarded as a art form that is worth being noticed.  It is being featured with increasing frequency at internationally recognized professional photography conferences and seminars, and a considerable amount of very good to exquisite examples can be found on line in search results.

  A well crafted boudoir image provides an immense opportunity for a woman to explore her beauty, grace, sexiness and glamour.  No matter what your body type, a professionally produced image will bring out a side of you that you have not seen in a long time, or perhaps one that you never imagined existed.

  I do feel, however, that anyone who is new to the genre may feel uncomfortable when they search on line for examples of boudoir photos.  It is so easy to be confused by the variety of images that will be returned in a search for "boudoir" as to what boudoir photography really is.

Sexy boudoir photo of a woman in lingerie in a Venetian palazzo.Her Red Velvet Lace v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2015.This capture was made in a grand bedroom of a noble residence in Venice Italy. The period furniture, 20 foot frescoed celling and French doored balcony, overlooking a canal, created an inspirational location for this evocative lingerie glamour photograph.
Model/HMU: uNicoleorn M.M. #3522239

Classic Boudoir

  One will find a wide variety of photographs lumped into the genre of boudoir.  Images of a woman in either lingerie, partially nude or nude, and taken in almost any setting will be referred to as boudoir.  I find this to be confusing and potentially off-putting at worst, and inelegant at best.  The "boudoir" by its very definition is a ladies' sitting room, parlor, dressing room or bedroom.  As such I am discontented with an image of a woman in lingerie who is photographed out of doors as being called boudoir.  Out of simplicity or expediency by both photographer and lay-public, it has become common to call the above example…boudoir.  I choose to classify such an example as lingerie glamour or sexy glamour, but not boudoir.                 

  I find it more desirable and useful to sub-classify such images for clarity and ease of helping my clients to describe and decide on what look and feel of imagery they are wishing to create.  This is my breakdown and classification for the variations of boudoir photography.

Classic Boudoir:  Photographs taken in the setting of the classical definition of boudoir.  Featuring the subject getting ready such as doing hair, make-up etc.  She may be dressing, dressed, undressing, or undressed.  She may be wearing clothes or in her lingerie.  Her attitude, pose and expression are not overtly sexual in its styling.

Classy Boudoir:  Can be similar to the above example, but without clear reference to the boudoir as a setting (such as on a living room sofa) but is still indoors.  This category has a greater number of possibilites since it is free from the limits of the definition of the boudoir, however, follows somewhat closely the idea of not being overtly sexy.  Playful, however, is more often classified into this category.   

Sexy Boudoir:  Images taken in a setting as above but with emphasis on sexiness and playfulness as depicted by the choice of pose or body position, clothing, or communicated through the expression given by the subject.  In this category, I also include the choice of locations other then the boudoir which may even add some degree of eroticism to the impression given by the image.     

Sexy boudoir photo of a woman's derriere wearing seamed stockings, garter belt and Christian Louboutin heels.Heels in the Air v.3 by Von Trapp Photography 2013.Classy Boudoir

Beautiful boudoir images that are sexy, tasteful and evocative is what we at Von Trapp Photography specialize in creating. Texas boudoir and glamour photographer
Richard von Trapp is a couture photo-artist who's style is fashion-magazing in its inspiration. See yourself in a whole new glamorous light. We will connect you to your beauty and glamour that will allow you to fall in love with yourself.

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Sexy Boudoir

  When you consider a boudoir photographer and their work, look for a photographer who is producing a style that fits your vision and desire.  If you find one who has an interesting style but who may not have examples of their work that fit into a subcategory which you desire, contact them directly to discuss your thoughts.  Often a photographer's online portfolio for boudoir will be limited in the variety of examples shown because clients may not wish to be featured on line.

  How the artist styles the image in terms of lighting, coloring, sharpness, and setting should also be considered.  It is often the hallmark of their style and can be seen throughout their work.  Some artists may have a variety of looks to their works, others will create a singular signature style.  Lets look at how a style can be described in terms of lighting.

Natural Light:  This refers to the light created in nature, i.e. sun, moon and stars.  This light can produce beautiful results, but is extremely limiting.  It has to be there at the time of shooting, and it is constantly changing.  When available in the right location (light from a north facing window is the best), or at the best time of the day (sunrise to mid morning and late afternoon to sunset), incredible results can be obtained.  The image above is an example of the use of natural light.  

  North light will produce soft evenly lit images.  It is often used to produce a romantic look to the photograph.  Morning light too is soft and cool in its color which is not the case with the warm color to late afternoon light.  Generally afternoon light is not as soft as north or morning light, but allows for the creation of warm etherial images as the photographer shoots into the light coming from behind the subject.  The glow of the light coming from behind the model and into the lens creates a flair of light which reduces the sharpness of the subject, creating the etherial feeling.        

Availible Light:  This is any and all light that is available at a location, but which is not provided by the photographer.  This too can afford the artist unique and interesting opportunities to create beautiful images.  It is also limiting in several ways.  A suitable location has to be found with the right available lighting.  If shooting in color, the various "temperatures" of the lights on location must be considered and possibility balanced.  All light has its own color temperature resulting in a range of tones from warm to cold.  Combining different color temperatures can be used for artistic effect, but can also create a displeasing mishmash to the look of the image.  The ability to control the light, although slightly better than natural light, is still limited to what is present and how it can be turned on and off.  

Studio Strobes and Speedlights:  This is the choice for most commercial photographic work.  It gives the artist significant to total control over the light.  The color temperature, intensity, and direction of the light can be finely tuned and by this method, the artist is said to be able to shape the light.  

See the following three posts for examples how light can be shaped using these tools. 

Making a Difference with StrobesHow strobes and light modifiers can aid in creating extraordinary glamour and boudoir photographs.

Light's Beautiful Curves…Using light and shadows to create glamour.

Creating Glamour…Using the elements of glamour to create striking images.

Boudoir photo of a lovely woman laying on a bed with her legs up  wearing lingerie.Lexi v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2014From our boudoir shoot with the yummy Lexi who creates a classic pose for us.

Model/HMU: Lexi

Classy Boudoir

   In the image above two strobes were used to create this boudoir image.  One was used along with a soft box as the main light to light the subject.  A second strobe with a gobo (material of some kind which is placed between a light and the subject) of foil with irregular shaped holes was used to create the light and shadows on the wall which add interest to the photograph.

Art-glamour nude photo of a mature woman laying on a bed.Beauty In Bed v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018.(From the Series: In Bed With Palmer)

Boudoir shoot with the stunning Palmer at the Hotel Gibbs in San Antonio.

Model/HMU: Palmer
Sexy Boudoir

  Images of a woman wearing lingerie, are taken outdoors, or that are nude, sexy, or evocative and don't meet the definition of boudoir as above, I classify in other ways, such as lingerie glamour, sexy glamour, glamour nude etc.

  By breaking down the images into these categories I feel that it is easer to communicate with clients about styling, mood, pose, setting, expression, message, clothing, etc.  

Lovely woman wearing stockings and a garter belt tiptoeing in a hotel hallway while carrying red bottom pumps.Tiptoeing To Delight v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2018Glamour shoot in Portland with the impressive and sexy Jessica. Model/HMU: jessicalake. Model Mayhem #3907172

Lingerie Glamour

Sexy Czech model wearing a thong bodysuit and heels, out doors on a Prague street.Lovely Legs And... v.1 by Von trapp Photography 2016.Glamour shoot in Prague with Czech Playboy model Diane. Model/HMU: Diane DeeDee. Model Mayhem #3082504

Lingerie Glamour

Sexy glamour photo of a topless redhead, taken in a hotel room in Cyprus.Feeling The Sun v.1 by Von Trapp Photography 2017.Glamour shoot in Cyprus with Anna.

Model Anna Reis

Sexy Glamour

Glamour fashion boudoir photograph of a woman in sexy stockings, garter belt thong, bra and stilettoes, outdoors in public at night.Come Along With Me v.2a by Von Trapp Photography 2015.A sexy moment in the rain with the sensuous Simone as she creates an alluring Halloween vision.

Model/HMU: Simone

Lingerie Glamour

Boudoir Glamour photo of a sexy woman in blue lace lingerie, stockings, garter belt, and stilettoes.Leggy in Blue by Von Trapp Photography 2019.Our leggy beauty traveled with us to England to create this alluring image in the Lake District.

Model: Kat

Lingerie Glamour

​  If are thinking about having a boudoir or glamour session, let us at Von Trapp Photography create a work of art with you as the subject.  We will put you in touch with your beauty and glamour.  Contact us today. 

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Glamorous Strength | Austin Glamour Boudoir Wedding Photography

September 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

  Fitness GlamourCapturing Grace, Strength and Mystery.  Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Boudoir, Glamour Photography.

​  Have you spent lots of time and hard work getting fit?  Now it's time to make another form of art with you as the subject of a glamour photograph.  Glamour photography is the capturing or creation of imagery of a subject, human or inanimate, in such a way as to show its beauty, grace, mystery and a transcendence of the every day.

  In this fitness glamour image we used 3 studio strobes to sculpt the light falling on the body.  Two strobes, each fitted with a soft box and egg crate grid to precisely direct the light, were placed to the camera's left and right and 35 degrees behind the model.  The right one was allowed to spill some light onto the background which created the window blind effect seen below.  This is normally done with a gobo which is something that has a design or pattern cut into it and is placed in front of a light which then casts a shadow/highlight onto the background.  

Arlington, Austin, Dallas, "Fort Worth", Georgetown, Houston, "New Braunfels", "Round Rock", "San Antonio", "San Marcos", Schertz, Texas, beautiful, beauty, boudoir, edgy, fashion, glamorous, "glamour photography", intimate, lingerie, modern, nude, senior, sexy, tasteful, wedding, "woman's photography"Beauty and Strength by Von Trapp Boudoir and Glamour PhotographyEvocatively sexy glamour image created using three studio strobes by Texas Glamour Photographer.   My main light is on a light stand with a boom arm and is placed above the model's head, and is fitted with a beauty dish.  The sharp angles of the light placement creates the highlights and shadows that show off the musculature to best effect.

  I love natural light and have "chased" the light over the years, just as any committed photographer has.  But now I truly delight in the control afford by using strobes, speed lights, and light modifiers.  When one "chases the light" we are always limited to what is available on the day of the shoot, and for only the minutes or even moments that, in the case of sunlight, the light is available.  Clouds move and near sunrise and sunset the rapid movement of the earth will cause the sunlight to be different from minute to minute.  Strobes allow the photographer to create the light they are striving for and allow significant creative control.  

  I am Richard von Trapp and I am a glamour, boudoir, senior portrait and wedding photographer serving the Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas metropolitan ares.  Contact us today and let me excite you with how you can be connected to your beauty and glamour.

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