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MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS April 2024

We are happy to announce the April AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  Our guest judge for this month is Maria Arellano.

Maria is a Houston Fine Art photographer. A girl mom whose entire personality and business has been about female empowerment.  For most of her career, Maria’s focus has been on children’s fine art photography. In 2018 she added Goddess Portraits focusing on women’s portraiture.

Maria’s amazing journey with women’s portraiture has led her to focus exclusively on Boudoir with a touch of fantasy with a rebrand of Goddess Portraits. Her passion is to focus on helping women reconnect with their bodies.

And the Monthly Choice Winner is…..

Stefano Sacchi | Stefano Sacchi Portrait Photography

Congratulations to Stefano Sacchi of Stefano Sacchi Portrait Photography based in Rome, Italy

Maria’s comments on this image, “The color grading with the soft balance tones between pinks and pastel greens create a harmonious image. I love the framing of the subject and how we are drawn to her face and expression followed by the implications of the pose. The scene tells a sensual story and I want to know what happens next.”

 

Tiffany Smith | Tiffany Smith Fine Art Studios

1st runner up goes toTiffany Smith of Tiffany Smith Fine Art Studios based in Perryopolis and Pittsburgh, PA.

Maria selected this image as 2nd place because “This image feels very voyeuristic and intimate. The way the shadows and highlights play along the body create a very dramatic and sensual atmosphere. The over all effect feels very cinematic.”

 

Aloha Kelly | Love Exposed Boudoir

2nd runner up goes to Aloha Kelly of Love Exposed Boudoir based in St. Louis.

Maria’s thoughts on this image “The drama, the perspective, her reflection, framing, and lighting all lined up perfectly to create a dynamic image. She comes off both strong, sexy and soft at the same time. Well done!”

This month Maria selected an honorable mention.

Kimberly Murphy | Kimberly Ann Empowerment Photography LLC

Comments: “A beautiful bridal scene, soft, elegant and dramatic. The black lace framing the windows opposite the white sheer veil make it a stand out and different type of bridal boudoir. Moody and sensual.”

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members!

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images HERE 

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS March 2024

We are happy to announce the March AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  Our guest judge for February is Valerie Best.

Valerie Best is the owner of Sew Trendy Accessories, a renowned posing gown designer in the photography industry. Valerie has a long track record of collaboration with the industry’s top photographers, and has taught styling and posing at workshops and special events across the U.S. Her work has become synonymous with innovation in design and styling in our community, and we are excited for her to share her expertise with us!

And the Monthly Choice Winner is…..

John Thompson | John W Thompson IV Photography LLC

Congratulations to John Thompson of John W Thompson IV Photography LLC based in Glenmore PA. 

Valerie’s comments on this image “The shadows, and highlights in this image are divine. The posing is on point, and I love that her movements are implied while the focus remains on her face. There is something to be said for less is more, and this photo is the embodiment of that message. You are teasing the viewer with the tiny details — you can’t see everything she’s wearing, but you know it’s sexy. You can’t see what her hands are doing, but you know they are somewhere naughty. But, if you pay attention, her face gives it all away and more. It is intriguing, and drew me in right away. Well done!”

Sam Guillermo | NKDHMNS

1st runner up goes to Sam Guillermo of NKDHMNS based in Baltimore. 

Valerie selected this image as 2nd place because “Lighting, lighting, lighting!!! You can literally feel the warmth in this image, and it makes you want to crawl right in bed with her and spend the afternoon. The posing is fantastic, and shows just enough of the model to keep the viewer engaged and wanting more. The touch to the lips is everything… a tiny tease with a BIG impact. Well done! “

Toni Varone | Toni V BoudoirToni Varone Photography

2nd runner up goes to Toni Varone of Toni V BoudoirToni Varone Photography based in Pasadena, California.

Valerie’s thoughts on this image “I love the clean, bright edit on this. It reminds me of the 1950’s. The posing is sexy, playful, and fun. The image tells a story… don’t go to work this morning, stay in the sheets with me! Who could resist?? Well done!”

This month Valerie selected an honorable mention.

Zambi Gose | ANM Boudoir

 

Comments: “I could not stop coming back to this image. I love the intimacy of it, and the touch to the lips is such a tease!”

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members!

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images HERE 

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS FEBRUARY 2024

We are happy to announce the February AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  Our guest judge for February is Tanya Smith.

As Canada’s Premier women’s portrait photographer since 2011, Tanya fell in love with the power of  boudoir to change the way a woman feels about herself.

With her keen eye for details combined with her signature Flow Posing, Tanya creates a distinctive, instantly recognizable style signature.

As a newly single mom struggling to make profit in her boudoir photography, Tanya merged her expertise from corporate banking and sales to revolutionize her business. This combination of artistry and business flair gave birth to The Growth Method, a simple strategic system which enabled her to grow her studio to over $400k in sales in 1 year.

Since 2017, Tanya has been sharing her unique approach, to mentor and coach boudoir and portrait photographers to create impact and income. 

Her online programs have enabled hundreds of photographers worldwide, (in every genre), to grow, and scale a successful business on their own terms. Learn more about Profitable Portraits.

And the Monthly Choice Winner is…..

Lauren Schwab | High Heals Photography

Congratulations to Lauren Schwab of High Heals Photography.

Tanya’s comments on this image “Love love the light in this one! The blue pillow with jeweled accents and her jewelry… as well as the red/orange in the background look fantastic together. And again, we have a classic pose, but done very well, and her hand on her chest looks very natural. Her face is well lit with the light spilling off to the left of the frame showing a glimpse of the rest of her body.”

Casey Brannon | Casey Brannon Photography

1st runner up goes to Casey Brannon from Casey Brannon Photography based in Myrtle Beach.

Tanya selected this image as 2nd place because it’s “simple and fun. Love the vibe of this image- it’s sexy and fun. Tones are great here as well. Client’s pose is well done with details of the tippy toes and flexed calves. Her shirt hides just enough, and the expression and hand in her hair looks natural-which is usually difficult to make look natural. “

Adam Kokx | Kokx Studios

2nd runner up goes to Adam Kokx of Kokx Studios based in Western Michigan. 

Tanya’s thoughts on this image “I normally would not like the fact that her head is cut off, but in this image it works. I love how this one is processed, with a warm yellow tone and a bit of grain… this looks like old film-love it”

This month Tanya selected 2 honorable mentions listed in no particular order below.

Kara Dunn | Déjà Revél

Comments: “Love the connection between the couple here, and the nice warm lighting adds an intimate feel while highlighting their ink.”

Greg Schuler | Schuler Studios

Comments: “great use of light and shadows here with a classic boudoir pose and the lingerie style and color adds some pop.”

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members!

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images HERE 

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS JANUARY 2024

We are happy to announce the January 2024 AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s choices were selected by Shawn Black of Couture Black based out of Boston, MA. He has been photographing boudoir for over 8 years and is the President of AIBP. He is looking forward to continuing to push the boudoir genre forward.

And the winner is….

Brianna Lane Boudoir | Brianna Ellis

 

Congratulations to Brianna Ellis of Brianna Lane Boudoir based in Stillwater MN.

Shawn’s comments on this image, “This image just drew me in and I’m usually not a huge fan of bridal boudoir that looks like bridal boudoir. I think there is a softness and intimacy about this image that is just captivating. Shoot ing through a veil and maintaining detail is no easy task and here it is captured beautifully. I love the black and white conversion on this as it strips away any distractions and creates this semi ethereal feel.”

Petals Lace Boudoir | Shelly Tilton

1st runner up is Shelly Tilton of  Petals Lace Boudoir based in Memphis TN.

Shawn’s comments on this image “The mystery and anonymity created by the crop with this image is what drew me in. I get the feel that we are almost being made voyeurs and she an exhibitionist with this images as she emerges from the shadow and is sharing a chance moment by the window. I like the soft light across her body the complete a wonderful image.”

Kokx Studios | Adam Kokx

2nd runner up is Adam Kokx of Kokx Studios based in Western Michigan.

Shawn’s comments on this image, “I love emotion that she’s showing in this image. It feels as if she is just lost in herself as the water pours over her. I like the choice of lighting from directly overhead as it adds just another element the pours down over her body.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Shawn for being our judge to kick the year off.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS NOVEMBER 2023

We are happy to announce the November AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s guest judge is Cate Scaglione of Life As Fine Art Studio, NJ, is an award winning boudoir photographer since 2010, specializing in fine art and editorial style intimate portraiture. In addition, she works with small business owners to create visual brand identities and content imagery.

And the winner is….

Kara Dunn | Déjà Revél

Congratulations to Kara Dunn of Déjà Revél based in York PA

Cate’s comments on this image, “Love everything about this image. The lighting, the mood, the intimacy of it. Even as a close up, it’s such a storytelling image, and feels like part of a bigger sensual storyline the viewer wants to know more about. .”

Kara Dunn | Déjà Revél

1st runner up is also an image from Kara Dunn of Déjà Revél based in York PA

Cate’s comments on this image “TDetail shots are some of the most powerful images in the boudoir storyline. The lighting, detail and composition on this is exquisite. The color palette and styling is just so gorgeous. ”

2nd runner up is Emma Carter of Pittsburgh Luxury Boudoir

Emma Carter | Pittsburgh Luxury Boudoir

Cate’s comments on this image, “Love the styling in this one! The background is captivating and it just creates such a sexy setting. The subject is beautifully lit and her expression makes you wonder more.”

Jasiel Ramos | Silver JRD Photography LLC

Cate did select an honorable mention for the month.  Congratulations to based in Mississippi.

Cate’s comments on this image, “Love seeing some beautifully done male boudoir. It feels masculine and sexy! The lighting choice makes it so different and unique.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Care for being our guest judge for November.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS OCTOBER 2023

We are happy to announce the October AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s guest judge is Jamie Pfister, owner The Adore Girls, a luxury boudoir studio located in Nashville TN. She have been a professional boudoir photographer for close to 13 years and still loving every minute of it.  Jamie is also an AIBP Educator and has joined us at the AIBP Retreats over the years.

And the winner is….

Graf James | James Graf

Congratulations to Graf James of James Graf.

Jamie’s comments on this image, “You cannot go wrong with a cool location and a beautiful subject. I love the POV of this shot.”

Zambi Gose | ANM Boudoir

1st runner up is Zambi Gose of ANM Boudoir based in Colorado Springs.

Jamie’s comments on this image “This one stopped me. I absolutely love the simplicity of this image and the pop of color from the robe.”

Holly Douglas | Holly Douglas Co

2nd runner up is Holly Douglas of Holly Douglas & Co. based in Nashville TN.

Jamie’s comments on this image, “I chose this image because again, of the simplicity and I absolutely love the tones.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Jamie for being our guest judge for October.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS SEPTEMBER 2023

We are happy to announce the September AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s choices were selected by Shawn Black of Couture Black based out of Boston, MA. He has been photographing boudoir for over 8 years and is the President of AIBP. He is looking forward to continuing to push the boudoir genre forward.

And the winner is….

Kara Dunn | Deja Revel

Congratulations to Kara Dunn of Deja Revel based in York County PA.

Shawn’s comments on this image “From lighting to the pose to the toning this image struck me. The way the light defines her body accentuating the water glistening on her skin adds to an image that despite appearing slightly risqué is tamed by strategic placement of the arms and legs in the pose. The anonymity of this lends itself to be a great piece of wall art.”

Heather Glenn | Elysian Bloom Boudoir

1st runner up is Heather Glenn of Elysian Bloom Boudoir based in Dallas, TX.

Shawn’s comments on this image “I absolutely love connection in images and this woman nails it. Her intense gaze is contrasted her soft smile, just as her dark hair is a beautiful contrast to the light wardrobe choice for this set.”

Kristina Daugherty | KJBoudoir

 

 

2nd runner up is Kristina Daugherty from KJBoudoir based in Chesterfield VA.

Shawn’t comments on this image “Black and white and the nude form are simple made for each other. The black and white conversion on this is done beautifully as is the light ing to capture the delicate highlights along this more editorial looking pose.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Shawn for being our judge for September.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS AUGUST 2023

We are happy to announce the June AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s guest judge is Nino Batista.Nino Batista, a visionary in fashion, editorial erotica and sensual portraiture, has crafted a remarkable artistic journey. Exploring and working in graphic design, music and audio production, guitar, and ultimately in 2009, Nino officially embraced photography, setting the stage for his exploration of captivating, intimate portraiture.

Nino Batista’s remarkable story embodies the transformative power of passion and dedication, and his contributions as a photographer, educator, and the visionary behind NBP Retouch Tools have left an indelible imprint on the industry, inspiring others to overcome personal obstacles and find their creative voice.

And the winner is….

Kristina Daugherty – KJBoudoir

Congratulations to Kristina Daugherty from KJBoudoir based in Chesterfield VA.

Nino’s selected this image because “This one got me at first because I could not tell where the mirror was. I knew there had to be one, but it just looked like two subjects staring at each other across the room. Once I sorted out what was going on, I especially enjoyed how the concept was treated with a serious tone. Lingerie and that mask could go very campy very fast, but it didn’t, and the overall tone here and the post production work keeping it moody and subdued, really works very well. It’s bold and borders on erotica, and that is definitely never a bad thing.”

James Graf

1st runner up is James Graf.

Nino’s comments on this image “At first I was hesitant to select this one, but it’s pure glamour, and in that regard it works so well. I like the slightly overexposed background, I like the absurdity of the outfit (yay, glamour!) And the subject face not being seen. Adds a sort of air of mystery to it, and keeps it from being cheesy (which in this scenario could have happened easily). It’s sexy and well produced, and evokes even an odd storytelling element.”

 

Amy Laskye – Amy May Photography

2nd runner up is Amy Laskye of Amy May Photography.

Nino’s comments on this image “I am always partial to detail shots as they usually add some intimate intensity, and I especially like the various textures going on here. I think monochrome was a great choice as well. Highlights and shadows are kept very nicely in check, and that there’s plenty of contrast but everything is very clear. Very sensual but also fine art like.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Nino for being out guest judge for July.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS JULY 2023

We are happy to announce the June AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s guest judge is Justin Benson from Aftershoot!

Justin Benson is a Wedding Photographer based out of Connecticut, as well as the Co-founder of Aftershoot, an Ai Culling and Editing Software. With a keen eye for lighting, his work embodies traditional wedding photography with a splash of a light and drama. In 2020, his focus turned to giving photographers their precious time back utilizing Ai tools to enhance their workflows.

And the winner is….

Emma Carter – Pittsburgh Luxury Boudoir

Congratulations to Emma Carter from Pittsburgh Luxury Boudoir based in Pittsburg PA

Justin selected this image as the winning image because “The color, light, framing, expression, retouching. It’s just fantastic! The image really pops and evokes emotion.”

Niki Schaller – Niki Jade Boudoir

1st runner up is Niki Schaller from Niki Jade Boudoir based in Michigan.

Justin’s comments on this image “Beautiful light, the pose and composition. It gives the feeling and energy of a soft and intimate moment that the viewer has been invited a glimpse of.”

Heather Glenn – Elysian Bloom Boudoir

2nd runner up is Heather Glenn of Elysian Bloom Boudoir based in Dallas, Texas.

Justin selected this image because it has  “Beautiful light and editing. Every time you look at the photo, you discover a little bit more beyond the subjects face that draws all of the attention, while leaving your eye to find the rest.”

Maria Turner – Black Diamond Boudoir

This month also has an Honorable Mention, Maria Turner of Black Diamond Boudoir based in Houston, Texas

Comments from Justin on this Honorable Mention “Beautiful use of light, and negative space. A great photo indeed, but the pose and face position are just a bit shy of perfection. A little tweak to the pose and this could easily have been in competition for 1st place as well!”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members! Thank you so much to Justin for being out guest judge for July.  We know it’s never easy to select winning images as we have so many talented photographers.

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

MONTHLY CHOICE SPONSORED BY UAF PHOTO LABS JUNE 2023

We are happy to announce the June AIBP Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.

This month’s guest judge is Craig LaMere of Craig LaMere Photography & MOZ Studios.

A bit about Craig:

“I’ve been a full time professional photographer for 13 years. I’m based in Pocatello, Idaho where I run my full time studio. In those years I’ve been blessed to spend some of my time traveling the world shooting in amazing places and meeting incredible people. I have been an educator for 9 years teaching shooters my process of photography. I have been lucky enough to teach and speak at most of the major conferences in our industry as well as many of the state professional guilds. I have also been lucky enough throughout my travels to eat yummy food, drink great bourbon and have the best time ever. My greatest strength as a shooter has been coming from a place where I could not specialize in one genre. Being based in Idaho I have had to master many types of shooting, lighting, posing and post processing to be able to be a full time shooter. I take a lot of pride in my versatility and feel that’s what makes me the shooter I am.”

Craig is also a past educator at AIBP Retreats and a featured Educator with UAF Photo Lab.

And the Monthly Choice Winner is…..

Jean Tully – Adored Boudoir Photography

Congratulations to Jean Tully from Adored Boudoir Photography based in Columbus OH.

Craig comments on the winning image “I think this a great example of less is more. I really like the story telling aspects of the image. It’s simple, but powerful and harder to pull off than you might think. The artist did a great job of managing the highlights and shadows. With images like this, it’s SUPER EASY to have the highlights in the white shirt and skin overpower the image with hotspots and loose detail. The fall off in the image is nicely executed. The transitions from detail to darkness is beautifully. I also think they used depth of field in a good way to lead us to the focal point. Really nice job.”

Kara Dunn – Midnight Sun Boudoir

1st runner up goes to Kara Dunn of  Midnight Sun Boudoir based in PA.

Craig selected this image “I really like the form of this image. The use of light to highlight her shape is great. I like the way the artist used restraint in bringing the light around TOO FAR. To me, it’s in the middle of split light and rim. They were able to create mood by putting the right amount to light on the right places. I find the toning of the image beautiful. The warm pallet adds to the image. I don’t think it would be as strong if it were BW. The use of the couch to accent her form and separate her from the background is nicely done. Whether is was by design or not the way the couch is lit on each side is really perfect. Nice job.”

Heather Glenn – Elysian Bloom Boudoir

2nd runner up image is from Heather Glenn from Elysian Bloom Boudoir based in Dallas, TX.

Craig’s comments on this image. “The story telling of the image is strong here. I really like the use of light to shape her form. The artist made a really nice choice to use a softer and larger light source. The light is perfectly placed on the point of interest. The contrast in the image is awesome too. Just enough detail to see all that is going on with the chains and straps, but dark enough to create shape and mood. I like how the light is reflecting in a the metal parts of the wardrobe to give some pop. The other thing to note is the harness is perfectly fitted. A lot of times these details not noticed and take away from the overall image if it’s too tight creating an indentation or too loose and look sloppy. Nice job.”

Congratulations to the winners of the Monthly Choice Image Competition sponsored by UAF Photo Lab.  We look forward to seeing more amazing work from you and more AIBP members!

Are you interested in learning more about AIBP and how to be eligible to win a Monthly Choice? Visit our AIBP membership page to learn more.

Members – login to your account to enter your images.

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