Peonies

It’s summer and the flowers are so inviting to the photographer even if the weather isn’t playing nice – The flowers still stretch their petals to the light. These peonies were so exuberant and their petals as fragile as a single layer of epidermis and as tough as medieval boot leather. This one is going as part of a set of three into a competition in the US – Wish me luck!

Peonies

Boudoir Actions

Post Boudoir Action

Post Boudoir Action

Here is the same phot of Pearl Barley after Boudoir actions have been applied. She looks amazing – this was an off the cuff shoot with only late afternoon (English!) light coming in through the window and barely any make up applied.

Boudoir

Boudoir

Boudoir

As a photographer who is not only working to introduce natural, emotional photojournalistic wedding photography to South America but also trying to bring ‘BOUDOIR’ here – a word that has no MEANING, I was irritated to see a thread on a popular, no huge, photographers forum regarding shooting ‘OLDER WOMEN’ for boudoir shots. This female, English photographer was finding it hard to gather motivation to shoot her client because her wrinkles were putting her off from the sexy theme of boudoir.

My point is that if you cannot shoot a client with honest interactions then you are acting crassly and should relinquish the job no matter how much you crave the $$$$$.

TO me Boudoir is about shooting women in an antithetical fashion to the barbie doll men’s mags and if you find age somehow revolting, then you are perpetuating the lie – AND this from a woman.

Boudoir is not about shooting sexy young girls with great bodies – I know this as a model and a photographer. However as a photographer, you need to celebrate your client however possible and if you cannot then QUIT. Boudoir is created for older women – the opposite of Maxim magazine. Older women have a sexuality that moves beyond women as plastic dolls with pumped up tits – it’s about real women with bodies that they are comfortable with and who know how to make a man comfortable with them ….enough said

Still Lookin’

Kids Love Weddings

Kids Love Weddings

I may have to start lookiing for a bookbinder to create proper wedding albums here – I certainly can’t follow the original plan and bringing them from the States, that would mean spending half my life waiting in customs at the post office.

Trash the Dress

So my web site went live, I have the business cards and the photo albums from Blurb which means I am ready to launch my assault on Buenos Aires. It’s quite ammusing here as wedding photography is still slightly stuck in the time warp of the 70s that infecs a lot of aspects of this city. There are not really albums here. Instead you get a stack of 150 photos spiral-bound that could well have been shot by Uncle Larry. And Trash the Dress has thus far been greeted with horror by the matrons who control everything here not just the wedding – ‘We keep our dresses for our daughters’. Well yes, that’s the point!

Trash the Dress with Rosa

Trash the Dress with Rosa

Web Launch

Having spent the last two weeks stuck in customs hell trying to free a few boxes of treasured books out of imprisonment on the docks, I simply couldn’t wait any longer to upload the web site that has been more than a month in the making. www.tracyjohnsonphoto.com

 

Even though I’m still tinkering around with it and trying not to be depressed that I have lost an entire hard drive of photos in the move from UK – I am very excited to see it out there.

Lessons learned this week – NEVER ship anything to Argentina (Maybe I should have rid myself of absolutely everything). Make more than one back up of photos.