February 21st, 2018
When you think of Boudoir I’m sure like anyone else who grew up in the 90s you immediately think of Seinfeld and specifically George Costanza’s boudoir shoot. The reality is that Boudoir Photography is nothing like that. Photographer Samantha Kidd started Crave Boudoir in Toronto, Ontario Canada as a way to show how beautiful women are. Her work is spectacular and magnificent. She has the incredible ability to make everyone comfortable and that shows in her work.
Her subjects are fierce, powerful and stunning. Regardless of skin colour or body shape every single woman who is in front of her lens looks gorgeous. Her work portrays the confidence in that moment and preserves it forever. And that’s what I love about her work!
Where are you from?
How did you get started in photography?
I've always been a creative person, and liked working with people. I thought photography was a great outlet for that.
What feelings does your work invoke in yourself?
Overwhelming happiness. I change women's perspective of themselves, and that is something really special. Sometimes the women I photograph are seeing themselves as beautiful for the first time in their life.
How did you get interested in Boudoir Photography?
I photographed families, weddings, and newborns for years. It just didn't light my fire. Once I discovered boudoir and what an impact it had on women, I ditched every other niche and never looked back.
Where do you get inspiration for your photo shoots?
Lots of other photographers in the "boudie community" Teri Hofford, Lindsay Rae, and Cheyenne Gil just to name a few.
What do you shoot with and why?
Nikon! It's what I learned on in college, and just never switched it up. My 35mm 1.4 stays on my camera 99% of the time. It works great for tight spaces.
If you could pull off the perfect crime what would it be and how would you do it?
Hmmm. Steal all of Donald Trump’s money and donate it to a women's shelter.
How long does a boudoir shoot usually take? Room set up to take down?
Hair and makeup is 1 hour with my amazing artist. Shooting takes me one, to one and a half hours max. I've got my usual poses I go through, and then leave some extra time to get weird and try different things.
Do you have difficulty finding models for your shoots?
Nope! Models call me up all the time. Everyone wants sexy photos.
Any good stories about shoots that didn't quite go as planned?
Anytime I walk into an in-home session, nothing is planned. It is a fun challenge to find the light in an unknown space and get creative with something you are unfamiliar with.
How long does it take to edit everything? On average how many shots do you take, how many do you edit, and how many are publishable?
I feel like I am a major over shooter. I can end up with 500+ images, but only show clients a gallery of 40-60 images. I retouch anywhere from 10-30 minutes per image. I think that seems pretty high.
What is your favourite aspect about what you do?
Definitely the excitement women bring to the shoot and the confidence they gain from seeing their photos.
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
Oreo's. They are vegan, did ya know?