I set up this lingerie shoot in a simple little one-room efficiency hotel room with Valerie.
Model and Lingerie
I found her on ModelMayhem, as I have with most of the models I’ve worked with. She was a fantastic model, who really brought to life the theme of girl-next-door. She was quite professional, and a blast to shoot with. We shot both digital on a Nikon D610, and film on a Bronica SQ-a.
I thought I’d walk through each outfit change, as way to break up the setups and describe them all a bit.
Setup No. 1
We started with Valerie choosing something from her own lingerie selection. I had her just sit on the couch to get a few shots in. It’s always a good idea to let both model and photographer get a bit settled into the rhythm of the shoot with something simple that neither of you have high hopes for. I was also getting a feel for the light in the room. There are just a few keepers from this setup.
Setup No. 2
After a few warm-up shots, I had Valerie change into a thin purple sweater, with the grey knee-high socks. The pink thong was from her own collection. I had her start by kneeling on the bed, then transition to laying down. I then had her hop up and pose against a countertop, with some great backlighting, for a sort of ‘domestic’ feel.
Setup No. 3
The next outfit was a bit out of the “girl next door” theme, but I found it a good idea to push the edges of a theme just a bit. This keeps the whole shoot a bit fresher. Here Valerie poses in what is actually a bikini set (from Amazon). We used the interesting wall with a bit of texture to break up the smooth, simplistic tones of the outfit.
Setup No. 4
For this next outfit/setup, we continued with the knee-high socks, but switched to a different sweater. Lighting is a bit more subdued and dramatic; to achieve this, I simply closed the window shade to let in just a sliver of light.
Setup No. 5
Here, our model sports a see through white button down blouse, and bra and thong from her own collection. The clothing/lingerie combination is revealing in all the right ways, and yet remains sophisticated and sexy.
Setup No. 6
This white and black nightgown is a purchase from Amazon, and turned out exceptionally well. Again, we used the couch and bed to make this feel more soft and girl-next-door.
Setup No. 7
We did a couple of locations with this outfit, but generally I used window backlighting with a bit of white reflector to add back into the shadows; I also allowed a bit of lens flare to make these feel brighter and more airy. This black Lace Teddy is a bet less approachable, but still sexy. It maintains good coverage, but offers a few subtle hints with a lace-up back and sheer lace and mesh panels.
Setup No. 8
And the final outfit is this Black Chemise from our model’s collection. We kept this final setup simple, with some quick poses on the bed.