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Celebrating 40! No. 2

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter! Here’s Part 2 of the super sexy NYC photo shoot to celebrate Mrs. S turning 40!

I had such a great time with this couple and decided to do something that was a first for me – I normally do not allow husbands to be a part of the shoot, but with Mr. S, I changed my mind! I wanted to celebrate them as a couple.

And it was a huge success! Here’s an email I got from Mr. & Mrs. S last night…

Christa!!!

Blown completely away is the best way to describe how the hubs felt about the pictures!!

He has several comments…but most are curse words:)

Here is what Mr. S wants you to know…

“I’ve known my wife for 20 years.  I’ve always thought she was very sexy and beautiful.  Are you kidding me…???  Wow!!!  I’m blown away at the sexy confidence she’s now walking with!  FYI…beware of the future shopping escapades, they only get sexier!!!”

Side note: as the week went on, I was surprised to hear him totally out of the blue talking about the pictures… “I loved this one because of the confidence in your eyes, that one because you are having fun, and holy shit that’s sexy!” I am still surprised at how strong his reaction was 🙂

Thanks again!!!  We would love to see you in Chicago!

Mr. and Mrs. S

 

It’s torture not to be able to share Mrs. S’s nude pics! Some of my best EVER!  But I respect my client’s wishes regarding what they are happy to share, as well as what they’d like to keep private 🙂

So, I’ll just leave you with this hot little moment…

…until the next time!

Lots of love and nudity,

x. Christa

ps. If ya missed it, check out the sultriness of Part 1!

Soccer Moms are Sexy!

Soccer moms have got it going on. These women amaze me with how they get it all done, and I love that I spend each day empowering this group even further by celebrating who they are.

Plus, I LOVE LOVE LOVE sending them home to their husbands confident, happy, seriously sexy, totally playful and on fire! Men, you can thank me via email 🙂 or if you haven’t yet, call me up to book a shoot for your woman. Then get ready to have your world rocked.

Mrs. K is a 38 yr old mother of two, wears a size 10/12 and has typical insecurities we can all relate to. She went waaay outside her comfort zone, had a total blast, and rocked this shoot out!

Kicking back, enjoying some wine, and having a really good time is so.damn.sexy.

Classic. Black & White. Gorgeous!

If you are one of the 100 photographers currently kicking butt in my new ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP, then you will get to see the behind-the-scenes video of this shoot. For those that were locked out due to seats being sold out, you can sign up to get dibs on seats for the next one!

A huge heaping thank you to Mrs. K for being so generous and granting me permission to show how we captured your sultry, silly, beautiful self 🙂

So honored to be of service to the soccer moms!

x. Christa

Directing Models without Posing

People look their best when they are genuinely happy and having a good time. It’s essential that nerves, tension, and self- consciousness take a back seat on a shoot. This will allow freer movement and relaxed expressions, so you can capture the essence of who that person is in a beautiful carefree way. I like to accomplish this by focusing on fun during a shoot and by coaching actions.

COACHING ACTIONS
When you’re coaching a model to perform certain actions, a few things happen. First, she transfers her focus on performing the action instead of trying to pose and look good. Second, you create some natural movement to capture instead of stiff static poses. Third, you begin to exhaust her nervous tension by keeping her in motion and repeating the action. This keeps her engaged, can revive expression and is one of my tricks to create emotion.

DO IT AGAIN!
When I ask a girl to repeat an action over and over again it gives me multiple opportunities to capture something gorgeous, and it’s my secret ploy to annihilate her nervous energy. It’s hard to be tense when you’re exhausted!

DEMO THE MOVE
Take the performance pressure off of her, and give her a quick demonstration. With my camera in hand, I will quickly just demo the action I’m asking her to do. I go way overboard with it, so she doesn’t feel silly doing it because I just looked so silly a second ago and who cared right?

THE BEST 3 EYELINES
The first thing a non-model will ask when she steps in front of the camera is, “Where do I look?” I give her my three favorite eye-lines right off the bat. One, look at the light source. Two, look down your body. Three, look at me. I tell her to just move between the first two, and I’ll ask her for the third, since it’s my least favorite. Eyes closed technically isn’t an eye-line, but I often ask for that one too.

EXTREME POSTURE
I demonstrate what I call extreme posture to most of my models right up front. I want them to see that when I stand simply with normal everyday posture, it’s a bit… well, unremarkable. But when I reeeeally stretch and pull my hips and shoulders out and arch my back like I never thought I could and lift my neck up and out, then it’s suddenly a lot more flattering and significantly more dramatic. Try it yourself in the mirror – huge difference. So I often will coach her with “…more extreeeeme, keep going, keep going, more…” until she falls over and laughs (another great shot).

HAVE A LOOKBOOK
Some people are visual creatures and respond better to seeing the posture or action you are trying to coach. They feel safe duplicating something, and then you can coach them along to put your own spin on it. Lookbooks are also great if you run out of ideas or you are shy and don’t really want to coach, or you’re male and you’d just rather not demo a hair flip.

If you’d like to learn all of my boudoir photography tips and tricks, head on over to the brand-spanking new ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP site, and join the awesome group of photographers already signed up for this fun-filled info-packed success-focused course starting this Tuesday, June 14th!

So excited!!

x. Christa

ps. can you handle more cool free stuff and special deals? I am wheeling and dealing with each of my Sponsors & Vendors to give every single attendee joining the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP the sweetest swag! I’m so psyched with what they are offering you guys!! So head on over to the new website to register and lay claim on your spot and the goods! I’m just sayin 🙂

Sneak Peek Trailer!

So freaking excited to show you this fun little sexy sneak peek at what’s in store for all of you signing up for the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP!

 

SOLD OUT

Do you want to change your life, live your dream of photographing women, make more money, and have a fulfilling career empowering females? Then sign up!

“It’s the first workshop I walked away from saying how wonderful it was and how it was worth every single penny.” Stephanie Piscitelli, Bridgewater, MA

“EPIC!!!! I have a new outlook.” Melissa Lin Huddlston-Smith, Moreno Valley, CA

“Worth every penny. This is the workshop for those who want to stand out in the photography community.” Allie Lindsey, Temecula, CA

“Christa’s workshop just blew me away!… an amazing experience!” Rita Spevak, Chicago, IL

“Had the most amazing time & learned so much my head is still spinning.” Allison Smoley, Temecula, CA


..and more COOL RESOURCES for you:
Yesterday’s Live Q+A Call yesterday was such a freakin’ blast!! I didn’t expect the huge turnout and demand (silly me), so I’ll definitely do another one soon! Thanks so much to the hundreds of  people that tuned in and submitted 80+ questions! If you’d like to receive a recording of the Q&A call & get early notification of the next one, make sure you’re on my mailing list (you can submit your email in the field to the right, plus you get my awesome Pro Photographer Manifesto for free 🙂

Lots of love & nudity,

x. Christa

 

Street Tough + Supah Sexy!

I just wrapped three days of back to back shoots and intensive workshops – whew! and it got me thinking that there is no sweeter, more powerful, more feminine, and seductive combination than Strength plus Vulnerability. Now that to me is supah sexy!

A female boxing enthusiast and budding model, Lissarette has this knock-out killer combo down cold. This is another smoking hot set of photographs taken for your viewing and educational pleasure for the ONLINE BOUDOIR WORKSHOP. For this particular set, I showed how different lenses (the 24-70m 2.8, 50m 1.2, 50m 1.4, 85m 1.2, and 85m 1.8) photograph the same subject at different ranges and which is best for each situation!

So if you want to catch that action, sign up to go behind the scenes of this shoot and watch footage of me photographing Lissarette…

Cool news:

I am hosting a FREE Q+A LIVE CALL tomorrow, WEDNESDAY JUNE  8th,  3PM-4PM EST.

I know you’ve got burning questions…

“What do you think I should charge for a session?”
“What advice do you have for male photographers who’d like to shoot boudoir?”
“How do I flatter plus-sized clients?”
“How do I get that first paying client?”
“What’s equipment do you recommend for someone just getting started?”
“Do I need a studio?”
“Should I sell the digital images?”
“People like my photos, but I’m just not selling much – what gives?”
“Your pictures look so emotional and natural – how do you do that?”
“What vendors do you use and what are your favorite products?”
“How much do you do in photoshop?”
…and so much more!

What’s your burning Q?
Enter your email below if you’re not already on my mailing list, and I’ll send you the simple instructions for how to join the live call and ask your burning hot questions!

See ya on the call!

x. Christa

Enter your email here for the call-in details!

Modern Vintage Pin-Up

Guess what I did on this smoking hot Memorial Day weekend!…

Whew! I just finished four days of shooting up a boudoir storm with vintage bombshells, a female boxer, a nude dancer, and a saucy mother of two! And you want to know the BEST part? We recorded it all on camera!!

You want to go behind the scenes to watch me shoot?
Done!

You want to see how I coach women, create smoking hot poses, capture emotion, and laugh myself silly?
You got it!

How about working with nudes, a curvy woman, lighting restrictions, different lenses, a hotel room, outdoor location, and a small bedroom?
Yup 🙂 it’s all in there!

All this juicy awesomeness is for your viewing and educational pleasure as par of the Online Boudoir Workshop!

Take a peek at some of the sexiness that’s in store for you…

And this was just one set of pics!  There’s a whole lotta boudoir goodness in store for you – make sure to watch the blog closely this week 🙂 and head over to our new website for the Online Boudoir Workshop! You can check out the schedule, read reviews, and register for a ringside seat to all the action!

So freakin’ excited.

x. Christa

ps. We’re over half SOLD OUT, so don’t delay – I really want you to be a part of this fun, sassy and empowering event, so Register Now! If you’re a beginner, thinking about getting started, or your business is in burn out, this is the PERFECT TIME and Workshop for you! Let’s get this party started and take action now.

Good Morning…

…and good night! I love it when you can’t tell if it’s early morning sun-up or late evening sunset 🙂 and really, does it matter?

Here’s to a wonderful sun-soaked weekend!

x. Christa

Yoga Love

Two words: Devotion + Dedication. One is nothing without the other. In Yoga. In Love. In Life.

Here’s to practicing equal amounts of both!




These shots are from a recent trip to LA, and I love the pics so much, I’m blogging my favorites in two parts 🙂

Location: The Mondrian Hotel on Sunset, Los Angeles
Photography: Christa Meola
Make-up & Hair Stylist: Rachel Lund
Photo Assistant: David Glenn

No. 2 on the blog tomorrow!

x. Christa

All Heart, The 22 Woman Shoot No. 2

My true love is shooting subjects as naked as possible, even if they have their clothes on. I want to uncover the bare essence of who you are and everything you are that makes you, you. As a fine art nude and boudoir photographer I shoot a lot of women and love the expressions of the female body. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “I’m not interested in boobs and butt without some heart.”

Marie Forleo gave me a wonderful opportunity to shoot my favorite type of subject for her Rich Happy & Hot Adventure Mastermind group. If you didn’t catch the background story of this crazy marathon 22-woman shoot (of which I had 8 to 10 min’s shooting time with each girl), check it out in my first installment. It was a smashing success and total blast, and I am grateful to Marie and her amazing Mastermind women, who have personality in spades.

This is an incredible group of powerful women, who are sincere, giving, and love life…

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smokin’ hot too…

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strong, on the inside and out…

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contemplative…

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exuberant!…

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silly…

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genuinely happy…

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honest, focused, forthright…

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and elegant in spirit.

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Location: The Huntley Hotel’s Presidential Suite, Santa Monica CA
Hair & Make-up: the girls’ own handiwork
Photo Assistants: Robin HultgrenHannah Skye, David Glenn

Ciao for now! and thank you for stopping by and saying hello 🙂

x. Christa

ps. Coming up on the blog: more plus-sized real-women awesomeness! dispatches from the streets of Firenze! and a bad ass yoga shoot 🙂

A Very Sexy Boudoir Workshop

I’m coming back to LA for a One-Day Boudoir Intensive on February 27th! I am taking a quick break from living la dolce vita in Italy for a few jobs I couldn’t resist in Los Angeles, so I thought I’d throw a workshop into the mix for the people who’ve been emailing me with requests (thank you!). This kick ass workshop will be held at a luxury hotel in Los Angeles and is limited to a very small group so you get plenty of one-on-one instruction and hands on learning.  You will be on your feet shooting alongside me during model sessions, will get personal coaching while you shoot, and will be granted use of the images for your blog and portfolio. We will have a mix of pro models and real girl-next-door clients. Since I LOVE blending fine art nudes with fashion & boudoir portraiture, please expect partial nudity. The main focus of this boudoir workshop is to build a totally kick-ass smoking hot portfolio!

Here are a few favorite shots taken at the Last LA Boudoir Workshop… this was a demo of finding the best natural light as well as how to style a shoot…

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Miss L is one of my favorite models to work with! She is incredible and has worked with many amazing photographers, including one of my favs Annie Liebovitz. I love what a chameleon L is – she looks very Blade Runner here no?

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Yes, we have film shooters 🙂  Also, there is no paparazzi-style shooting at my workshops – only one person at a time is the lead director of a shoot – the other photographers can shoot from the periphery if they are so inclined, but do not interfere with the main shooter 🙂 I make sure of that!

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A Very Sexy Boudoir Workshop!
with Christa Meola

Sunday February 27th 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
SOLD OUT!

A One-Day Boudoir Intensive
Focused on building a smoking hot portfolio,
standing out from the crowd, creating a high-end look,
and answering all your burning questions about going pro!

Topics covered:

Live Boudoir Shoots and Model Releases!
Live Boudoir shoots will be on location at a luxury hotel. Christa will do a demo, working with three different models. You will each get plenty of one-on-one time with the models and full model releases to use your images.

Side-by-Side Personal Coaching & Posing
Christa will be by your side, available for personal coaching, while you shoot.  Learn on your feet how to relax a nervous client, bring out the best in each girl, create sensual moments, push yourself creatively, and find flattering “poses” for every body type.

Lighting & Equipment
What’s necessary and what’s not.  Learn three different lighting set-ups: how to work with the challenge and beauty of natural light, working with studio strobes, and the ease of video lights. There will be a variety of Christa’s favorite lenses for you to borrow so you can see which ones you love the most!

Top 10 Boudoir Money Shots™
Christa will make sure you capture these all-time Bestsellers for your portfolio. These are the pics every client wants and will hire you for!

Sexy Post Production
A Workflow that’s easy, fast and effective. My Top Tips in Lightroom and Photoshop which create smoking images!

Creating a High-End Look
How to stand out from the crowd with a distinct look, and how to develop a high-end signature style on a budget.

Sets & Styling
How to style a set and a model to create pictures that look like they should be in a magazine. This is key!

Pricing & FAQ’s
Nailing your price list so you’re busy, happy and well-paid. Let’s get all your most frequently asked questions answered about permits, contracts, releases and other business practices.

A few Raves about Christa’s Workshops:

“Best money I’ve ever spent on my business. Period. I’d do the workshop again in a heartbeat.”
Erin N.

“The workshop was so AMAZING!!! I would recommend it to anyone starting out or looking for a fresh approach to their photos! It was worth every penny and I can’t believe how much I got out of it.
Heidi W.

“Best workshop I’ve ever taken!!!!!! I learned more about the art and business of portrait photography in two days than I did in four years of college (and it cost much less 🙂 sign up!”
Shani B.

“Totally inspiring and empowering. Thank you for being so open with everything that has made you a success and passing that on to us!”
Robin H.

“You are effing awesome. I learned so much watching you interact with your subjects and how you gave them really good direction. Also, learning the way you handle your pricing was gold to me. The whole workshop was a knockout.”
Francesco B.

“I have taken a few workshops and this one by far was my favorite. You have juiced up my creative level and showed me how to apply my style to my work and so much more! I feel like when I got to a photo shoot now, I have an action plan, instead of clicking away. Thank you!”
Tammy C.

“I highly recommend this workshop! Unlike other workshops I’ve taken, Christa actually gives you time to DO what she’s teaching – and I loved her attitude throughout the weekend. She truly wants to help other photographers shoot better and be more successful as business people. It wasn’t a “look at how fabulous I am” workshop, it was a “look how fabulous YOU can be” workshop!! Thanks Christa!!!”
Christine H.

“THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I HAD AN AMAZING TIME! I got so much out of the workshop but I think the best thing was confidence, and the fact someone really cared enough to show other artists how to get paid for what they do! You have changed the way I look at myself, by showing how I too can be successful. Thanks Again!”
Shannon J.

“You and your workshop were awesome. I really loved learning the psychology behind what you shoot, show, sell, etc. You gave every attendee individual attention, and your personality, enthusiasm and energy kept us all going and inspired. I had a blast.”
Marc J.

Workshop Fee: $900
SOLD OUT!
To Register: call 310.909.8957 or email christa (at) christameola.com.

****UPDATED TO ADD: this workshop sold out quickly.
Please check the updated schedule at the top of this page for current availability in upcoming workshops!

 

Looking forward to shooting with you! and if you’d like to see other pics shot at this workshop, take a peek at these “Me-Oooow!” pics.

xoxo, Christa

ps. Space is extremely limited, so register now! If you’re new to my blog, feel free to look around – you’ll find plenty of my boudoir photos, fine art nudes, and tips for photographers.

Street Boudoir, New Orleans

Taking it to the streets! Boudoir does not have to be about lingerie in a bedroom setting… It can be fashion, fantasy, portraiture, and perfume ads! Recently, I did a shooting workshop at PartnerCon in New Orleans for other pro photographers about how to capture my Boudoir Money shots™, work with challenges, and shoot it up in the streets. I wanted to incorporate the mood, energy, and sexiness of the city…

A wonderful photographer I love and admire, Joe Buissink, says that “Photographers are a bag of tricks!” and I totally agree!  I had to pull a ton out of my bag on this shoot.  Here’s the story:

Our model that day was from a local agency, and let’s just say she had stayed up all night beforehand and was not exactly happy, poor thing. Lesson 1 – always bring props! I am always on the hunt for sexy props or wardrobe for shoots.  I found this amazing hat on Magazine Street in NOLA a few days before the shoot and I fell in love! Had to have it. Lesson 2 – work your butt off to use what’s honestly going on with your model and incorporate that into the story. Normally, I do very joyful pictures – but I’m not going to force that, so I let her be where she was and just gave her a prop and setting that reflected that.  That’s my hat, the model’s coat, and another photographer’s boots… and set up at a nearby cafe. Lesson 3 – Everything’s sexier with bokeh in the background! Shoot at a very wide open aperture, zoom in tight, blur out lights in the background (look for chandeliers, Christmas lights, candles etc.) and compose it so it’s visually interesting.

Use these simple “tricks” and ta-dah you’ve got some shots that are beautiful and compelling. And honest.

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and work your angles to enhance attitude…

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Lesson 4 – seek out and intentionally incorporate any details available in your environment to help tell a story. Sometimes it’s something obvious, and sometimes all you need is sunshine and a smile. And believe me, we had to work hard for that smile 🙂

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Here, the lines of the balcony lattice work off her curves and the bustier bodice… which makes this shot kind of cheeky 😉 hee hee

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Lesson 5 – We also focused on how to create movement in your pictures – sometimes all you need is a fan or the simple act of joyful running – both are super sexy.  I made her keep repeating this run towards the camera until she finally just laughed despite herself.  Ah, repetition of an action is probably the trick we use most often 🙂

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This one might be my favorite. The story here is all about the city!… the energy/color/mood of New Orleans, and with this light it could be early morning or late evening sunset – you just can’t tell the difference – and THAT my friends, is sooooo New Orleans.

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Thanks to everyone who joined me at PartnerCon on my shoot and at my talk… it was such a thrill to finally meet all of you and geek out together 🙂

Two announcements:

“Exposed: Redefining Boudoir” my NEW Boudoir book is now available!!
You can now purchase the book online right here.
You can also take a SNEAK PEEK inside the book.

There are two seats available for my Last Boudoir Workshop in LA. Email me to book your spot christa (at) christameola.com.

Stay tuned for the Top 10 Boudoir FAQ’s. I bet your Q is on that list!…

xoxo,

Christa

Viceroy Nudes, No. 2

 

Vintage styling at the Viceroy… This second set is from a fun shoot that is my favorite blend of fashion, fine art nudes and lifestyle portraiture.

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Then we had a little fun with the model’s fringe for a few minutes.  I let her just roll around and play with it, and here’s what she did…

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Location: Viceroy Hotel
Hair and Make-up: Miss Gia Lane – thank you Gia!
See Set No. 1 here.

Backlog of seven boudoir models now waiting to be blogged!  Whew.. I’ll get them to you soon 🙂

Have a great Monday,

Christa