Boudoir with Bokehlicious
Today’s Blog Features Lucifera sporting her new Bette Page Look and an interview with Bokehlicious The man behind the Lens.
Photos by Bokehlicous.
I have shot with Bokelicious a couple of times prior to this shoot, this being shoot number 3. I popped up to Milton Keynes for the day and met up with the Master of the Bokeh style himself. It was still early Spring and the blossom was thick on the trees but it was way too cold to shoot outdoors. So we agreed to shoot some Boudoir.
I’d just had my hair done and I wanted to go with the classic Bette Page in the black corset look. Bokehlicious kept saying how ‘Kate Bush’ I looked, certainly not an insult, as let’s face it Kate Bush rocks!
I’ve interviewed other photographers before but I felt Bokehlicious would make such an insightful read I asked him if he minded, luckily for me he was delighted.
So here goes…
Lucifera: what inspired you to pick up photography?
Bokehlicious: I had cameras of various types from quite a young age, but I think one of the main reasons I got into photography, was travel photography. I also think cine photography has had a big impact on me.
Lucifera: How do you feel your photography has progressed since you first picked up the camera?
Bokehlicious: My early photography was more about recording where I had visited and was nothing special. The biggest amount of progress I have made has been since I took up model photography which was about 4 years ago. In that time I feel like I’ve made lots of progress. When I look back at early model shoots I cringe especially when I see some of the very cliche shots I took. I have spent an awful lot of time learning more about photography using YouTube and then doing a lot of shoots to put it into practice.
Lucifera: What is your weapon of choice?
Bokehlicious: I shoot with Nikon cameras. It was the first DSLR I picked up and used and if someone gave me a Canon camera, it would take me a while to figure on how to use it. It doesn’t matter what you use. It’s just down to personal preference. For me, the Nikon felt intuitive right from the beginning.
Lucifera: What is your ideal or favourite type of photoshoot?
Bokelicious: That’s a hard one to answer! I love so many different types of shoots. I think if I had to pick one, it would be a location shoot, using natural light. I enjoy the challenge of working the shoot and seeing what I can come up with. It’s not always easy, but that’s part of the fun.
Lucifera:Do you photograph other subjects besides models?
Bokehlicious: I photograph lots of things. Motorsport, landscapes, sports and recently I’ve shot a few gigs which was a lot of fun. I would love to do some more.
Lucifera: Do you ever have creative dry spells or struggle on your shoots?
Bokehlicious: Definitely! Dry spells come and go. Sometimes it’s very frustrating, especially when you see so much quality work online and compare yourself to . It’s all too easy to be very self-critical. I have had shoots where I have struggled, and no matter what you do it doesn’t seem to work. With more experience however, this happens less as you get use to learning to make the most of a given situation.
Lucifera: Are there any photographers who’s work you really admire?
Bokehlicious: There are plenty of people whose work I admire who are amateurs and see their work on Purple Port, Facebook etc. There are some very talented people who aren’t professionals. Of well known photographers I’ve always admired Bob Carlos Clarke, Helmut Newton and David Bailey. I love seeing photos of actors and bands from the 60’s and 70’s. I would have loved being able to shoot those people.
Lucifera: When picking someone to work with what qualities do you look for in your models?
Bokehlicious: It always starts with the look, which is so personal. There are plenty of really good models out there, who I would never want to shoot with as their look doesn’t suit my taste. Being able to pull off different looks and genres is also very important to me. After that, I would then start to look at references. I don’t have much patience with models who are poor at communication.
Lucifera: Do you feel you have to spent of of money and buy all the kit to be a great photographer?
Bokehlicious: Not at all! I must confess I had GAS before! (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) but you don’t need expensive kit to take great photos. Expensive kit in certain situations does help, such as doing weddings when you are shooting in low-light, but generally you can take great shots on entry level kit.
Lucifera: What would you recommend as the ideal start up kit to would be photographers?
Bokehlicious: Canon and Nikon do some great entry level cameras. For £350-£500 you can get a really good camera. I would recommend though getting a prime lens such as a 50mm. Due to their fast aperture and small depth of field, they can help produce stunning images.
Lucifera: A lot of photographers are now offering out tutorials, do you feel this is a better alternative to camera clubs and group shoots?
Bokehlicious: I’ve not attended a camera club, so I can’t really comment. Group shoots tend to be a free-for-all and it’s not really the place to learn. I’ve done a few one-to-one tutorials with photographers when I started out and I felt they were invaluable. They enable ask as many questions as you want and they can personalise techniques to your needs.
Lucifera: out of all the shoots you have done with me personally does any particular shot or shoot stick out?
Bokehlicious: Another really difficult question! There are favourite shots and parts of each shoot. I think our first shoot is very memorable, partly due to getting lost in the woods! The other reason was it was a very productive shoot and I think we got some really nice fashion shots done. We clicked really quickly.
Lucifera: what future projects do you have lined up?
Bokehlicious: I’ve only got a few more shoots lined up at the moment, but I really want to develop some more conceptual shoots. I’ve done a few in the past and I really enjoyed the planning and the execution of it. The difficult part is coming with the theme.
Bokehlicious: Thanks for interviewing me.
Thank you so much Bokehlicious for your wonderful photos, Patience with me and taking the time to answer these questions for my readers.
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