I do a lot of intimate portraiture with women. Most of them are organised on my behalf, but some people would love to see themselves portrayed in a similar way, just for their own pleasure, for shared pleasure with a partner, or just out of curiosity or to push their own limits.
I agree, it can be an idea that at first seems a little daunting and scary, exposing yourself in your most vulnerable way, in front of a stranger. Even with clothes on, some people are nervous to be photographed, so what will happen when clothes fall off …
I would like to reassure you, I feel comfortable shooting women, and I will make every effort needed to make you feel comfortable as well. I will not ask you to go beyond your own limits, I will not push you out of your ‘sacred safety zone’, and most of the time you will not even remember that you’ve just undressed.
If you consider having yourself photographed, now is the time to do it. You will never be as young as you are now, (not telling that a more mature person is not evenly as beautiful as a young person), and you will create a souvenir that lasts forever, much longer than that latest visit to the hairdresser or the beauty-salon 😉
A lot of women out there are probably asking themselves if they could do it, if they would dare take part in such a photoshoot, and how things turn out. I have gathered some testimonials of women who have done a (partially) nude photoshoot with me. You can read their own words here, about how they feel, what convinced them and what they think about the results. I have omitted names, to secure their privacy.
If your are convinced, head over to the contact page and get in touch with me today.
I have asked my ‘models’ these four questions:
1. What convinced you to do the shoot?
2. Did you have doubts or fears before saying yes?
3. How did the shoot work out, were you comfortable and at ease during the shoot.
4. How did you like the results.
I would recommend everyone to shoot with Ludwig. He’s an utmost professional photographer which makes you feel comfortable. Also, he leaves room for proper input so you can direct the shoot according to your own wishes. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience with great results.
E.R. (in Dutch, sorry for my English followers, I think it’s important for my regional audience to include one in the local language)
P.M. (In French, but this was written so well I didn’t want to translate)
Un nouveau shooting avec Ludwig qui est un photographe très délicat : c’est un vrai plaisir de travailler avec lui.
Il ne cherche pas à travestir la personne qu’il a face à son objectif et la respecte dans ce qu’elle a de plus naturel.
Lorsque Ludwig m’a montré les photos de ce travail, j’ai eu l’impression qu’il me montrait qui j’étais physiquement. Et grâce à lui j’apprends à apprécier ce que je vois de moi. Je sais que lors de cette séance, Ludwig a réussi à me mettre suffisamment à l’aise pour que je sois moi-même, je ne me sens donc aucunement « modifiée » par un jeu photographique. Il n’est pas question de chercher à photographier un modèle ou une une femme « belle », Ludwig cherche à photographier la personne qu’il a devant lui et à restituer la beauté de sa nature. C’est pourquoi je respecte et aime son travail, et lui suis reconnaissante. (from paulinemarechal.wordpress.com)
I have been thinking about doing a photoshoot several times before, but my uncertainties and lack of self-confidence were too big. A friend, often busy with photography himself, told me about his colleague who had a shoot with Ludwig, and was so pleased with the experience, ànd the results. That convinced me to go for it. My biggest fear was that I would be overwhelmed with my uncertainties during the shoot, and that I would not be able to relax and enjoy. That would ruin the experience for me, but would also prevent the photographer from making good pictures of me, despite his qualities as a photographer.
During the shoot, everything went much smoother and more relaxed than I had expected. Actually I could be myself. Ludwig gave me instructions about how to pose my arms, where to look, up or down, etcetera. I had the feeling that the photographer tried to get into my feelings, and that made me comfortable. The results are wonderful, actually a lot better than I expected. You can see for sure that I am uncertain at a certain level, so I know that in seeing myself I have a long way to go, but maybe … I’ll do another shoot once. 🙂
M.F: Another one in French, work on your languages, my English followers 😉
J’ai pris contact avec Ludwig pour la première fois grâce à ma belle-soeur qui avait déjà fais un shoot avec lui, elle m’a envoyée vers son blog et j’ai beaucoup aimé son travail alors je l’ai contacté et on a fixé une date pour le shooting. Ludwig a l’art de dénicher des endroits magnifiques! Ce jour-là c’était dans une propriété privée avec un très beau jardin. Je n’avais jamais fais de shoot photos avant celui-là, du coup j’étais un peu stressée au début, j’avais peur de ne pas savoir ce que je devais faire, comment se mettre, etc mais on a fait connaissance et très vite je me suis sentie à l’aise, et Ludwig me donnait des indications claires. Au final, j’ai passé un moment très agréable et les 3h de shoot sont passées très vites, je n’ai pas vu le temps passer. Quelques jours plus tard, j’avais déjà le résultat d’une partie des photos et elles étaient vraiment chouettes. Ludwig arrive à mettre en valeur ta personnalité et à garder le naturel. Si c’était à refaire, ce serait avec grand plaisir! F.M.