You've done a wonderful job creating the most beautiful home. Every room is comfy and now you're ready; your focus has turned to your bedroom. I will be explaining about how to create the perfect bedroom space in a future post, but today my purpose is to spark the romance in a space that is the most intimate place in your home.
The rest of your home is a showcase for your visitors to see but your bedroom and master bath are for your eyes only. That doesn't mean it should lack style or art. It should be just as amazing a space and one of the best and most intimate ways to do this is with photography that shows off your love.
Couple's photos are a way to showcase the beautiful tone of your relationship with your significant other. They can be sexy and steamy or just capture the love and tenderness you feel in a moment in time. Gone are the days of posed photos in front of a boring backdrop. Welcome to some of the most amazingly well captured snaps into your relationship, done through photos and film and in Arizona, I am blessed to work with a man who knows the best way to create this form of art. His name is Robert Billings and he's the owner of Robert Billings Photography. I asked him to show off a few pieces of his work and for some insight into how he creates such beautiful memories for his clients.
Me: What is the mindset you have when meeting with a couple or individual for a more romantic style of photo shoot?
Robert: "The truth is that in both boudoir and a typical couples shoot the subjects tend to look for the same thing, intimacy. They want what they consider and feel to be the "real" them captured and viewable (and understandable) by anyone who sees it. What I mean is that in these types of shoots the product is extremely personal to the client. Both types of shoots reveal a softer and more vulnerable side to them (usually). Each of these shots belong to them 100% because it is them and yet anyone looking at these photographs, even people that do not know the subjects, understand something about them. They feel that moment and can relate to that moment. Its familiar to them and it resonates. Its why I call my particular style of boudoir and couples shooting "Nostalgia".
That's the hope anyway. That's the goal."
Me: I love how you seem to catch the couples in silent moments that you create a story around. They are so natural, versus posed couple shots. Why do you prefer to shoot this way?
Robert: "Very rarely will I pose someone. People naturally move at their own pace and with their own rhythm. My job is to match their rhythm, not change it. Its why I mentioned heart beats before. A lot of photographers, especially in the digital age, just click click click away hoping to capture something awesome in between the heart beats. It works, but there is too much luck involved. Too much uncertainty and wasted moments. I started out on film. The kind where you had anywhere from 10 to 36 shots only and you couldn't see a single one of them until later. You learn to slow down, to wait. To watch and click at the right time. My shift to digital hasn't changed that mindset. I move slower than most photographers I think. Also, I still shoot a lot of film."
As a fan of his creations, Robert brings a lot for me to work with when designing a romantic space. I can work with him directly on creating a theme or color scheme for the photos to be placed on the walls of the room I'm working in, but most love working from what he creates in it's natural state and drawing inspiration for my rooms from the work itself. The above three photos are of one couple's shoot, yet each one has an entirely different mood, all personal and gorgeous. I can frame these photos or they can be mounted on canvas. I can play with different matte applications and group them as a gallery, or hang them in different areas for individual focus. The photos are not steamy, yet the love and intensity of the connection between these two shows blatantly in these subtle moments captured so perfectly by Robert. I love what he does for his couple clients and nothing speaks more romantically in decor than reminiscing your own love each time you look around your bedroom.
If you'd like to create some beautiful, intimate art with Robert, you can reach him by phone at 480-666-1076, on his website www.robertbillings.net or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where we discuss his boudoir shoots.