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29 Jul 2016
Love your body -- Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Rock That Body

always like to ask my subjects what their favorite part of their body is. The answers are always so different. For some it’s their eyes or smile, for others their legs or arms, and still others, their back or feet. Years ago, I asked a dear friend who, much like myself shortly before, was feeling down about herself. She had plenty to say about what she didn’t like but hadn’t given any consideration to what she did like. So I […]

25 Jul 2016
Sometimes we're all hands - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Sometimes We’re Just All Hands

ou wanna hear something funny? One of the most difficult aspects of photography is hand placement. There are all sorts of unwritten rules to consider: show the backs of male hands and side of female hands, don’t let the hands become a distraction, don’t crop at the joints, etc.. Not only that, people have no idea what to do with their hands once you draw attention to them. I’ve had models and clients alike remark to me “You know, this […]

18 Jul 2016
Anticipation - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Anticipation

erhaps I’m dating myself here, but when I hear the word “anticipation” I can’t help but think of the Carly Simon song from the 70s. One of the beautiful things about boudoir, and sensuality in general, is heightening the experience with anticipation. The build-up of things to come, whipping us into a frenzy so that when the time actually comes, we can’t stand it anymore–we must have it! The power of the imagery is that we use our imagination, applying our […]

15 Jul 2016
Sensuality - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Sensuality

hat is sensuality? Is it nudity? Attitude? Clothing? For me, it’s probably a combination of a lot of things that I can’t really put my finger on. It’s so subtle that it seeps into your soul. When you look at it, you think “Gosh that’s sexy!” and you don’t really know why. Other times it hits you square in the face. As a boudoir photographer, I try to find what’s sensual about each person. Certainly this is an intimate art […]

02 Jul 2016
Accept compliments - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Accept Compliments, You’re Worthy of Them

still remember the day I decided to accept compliments without qualifying them. Surely, you know what I mean by qualifying: “Hey, your hair looks amazing today!” “Oh, thanks. I guess I get lucky once in a while.” It was erroneous thinking; that to be humble one must reject compliments or reply with self-deprecating humor. Or worse, thinking that the compliment wasn’t genuine. I don’t know about most people, but I don’t give insincere compliments. If I don’t think something, I just […]

01 Jul 2016
Strong, confident, powerful women - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Powerful Women

am always impressed by powerful women. I’m not talking about muscles, though Kay has accomplished a strong physique. I’m referring to the power that comes from self-love. You can always tell a woman who has learned to love her body. She just moves differently…confidently. Part of what I do during a session is guide the woman into the poses I need for the shot. The other part is harnessing her inner confidence and allowing her the freedom to express it with her body. […]

29 Jun 2016
Artful boudoir - Allure by LH Taylor, Austin beauty and boudoir

Artful Boudoir

heard a great phrase today: Artful Boudoir. It spoke to me because it describes perfectly why I shoot the way I do. I strive to create “artful boudoir,” where I present my subject in a way that’s artistic rather than contrived or forced. That’s not to say there aren’t also some standard poses that totally work for what I do. Rather, I just enjoy the drama of it all and if I can do it in a sensual way, then […]

06 Jun 2016

I Like What I See

ou know, this is the first time in my life that I’ve looked in the mirror and liked my body. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never struggled with obesity or the things that society pressures us into feeling ashamed about. I’ve been on the other end of the spectrum: lean. But now, when I look in the mirror, I see my hard-earned achievements from the past 4 years in the gym and I like it. It’s a sad statement to make […]