Miranda Leipsig is a professional Boudoir/Portrait Photographer working in the Toronto Area.
Her business, Brazen gives divas the perfect boudoir experience.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I began my love affair with photography as a teen, on film!
To this day I still have several functioning film cameras and an enlarger that I think of wistfully, often.
I took a break from photography for a while as the transition from film to digital happened – it was a scary (and expensive!) time. A few years later, in 2006 I got my hands on a friend’s Canon 10D digital DSLR and that was it – it was love! (In fact, the lens from that camera was 10 years old last year and after many years of dedicated service, it finally retired.)
Why do you LOVE photography?
I love a challenge in anything, and photography is always a challenge. Passively, maybe, but a challenge nonetheless. Mentally having to keep track of settings, watch lighting, check posing, work for the correct expression – this is all happening and its hard work!
I am an admitted portrait photography junkie – I love the opportunity to connect with my clients. I love to bring out emotion through my images. I always end up with new friends and there is a lot of laughter flying around.
What is your secret to bringing out your clients’ inner diva?
Its very important that my clients are comfortable with me and the environment we are working in. Ultimately, comfort leads to confidence. It is always advisable to start slow of course! I can tell later when I’m editing where the tipping point was and the major diva confidence starts. I always make sure to have an open dialogue with them about the process, sharing their successes by letting them peek off the back of the camera and complimenting their hard work. Sometimes, you have to demonstrate a pose or expression. Really, I just make sure to partner with them in the experience, and by the end of the session we are usually in a fit of giggles.
How do you capture their personality?
I think its important to spend some time prior to the session or at the beginning of the session to discuss what the client is hoping to achieve through the process. Some of my clients are there to celebrate a milestone, and some to provide the final product as a gift. It varies, but its important to know why they are there, because it opens a dialogue with them about their comfort levels and expectations.
When your clients know you understand their goals and put their trust in you, they will open up to you entirely and that is where their personality shines.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
Typically I am a lover of natural light (and modifiers where required), but lately I have been doing a lot of work experimenting with creative lighting in studio. Having to maniuplate the light is a unique challenge in itself.
I have also been dabbling in landscape photography. I recently spent some time in Italy and I think that was the first time I realized that landscapes can have emotion, if you know what I mean.
Yeah – I think I do
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
I have extensive experience using both Nikon and Canon Full Frame Professional Bodies. That being said, I am a Canon girl at heart and I use both the 5DMKIII and 5DMKII bodies. Personally I find the Canon bodies more intuitive to use, more comfortable to hold and manipulate and I find that the final product is a bit more lifelike to my eye. Its a Coca Cola/Pepsi argument though, and each camp will defend its brand-love to the end!
As any photographer will tell you, there are different lenses required for specific jobs. For boudoir I find myself sticking to prime bodies. The wider aperture options that prime bodies have allows me to manipulate light and gives me the option to achieve a more artistic feel through a shallower depth of field. I currently swap between the Canon 50mm f1.4 (though I am excited to use the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art), the Canon 35mm f1.4 and the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM
Can you name some tips for those who want to start a photography business?
- Start slow and don’t expect miracles overnight. Sometimes it takes years (don’t quit your day job!)
- Work HARD.
- Educate yourself and invest – in ongoing training, in equipment. Be aware that sometimes, these investments are significant.
- Take the time to learn and ask questions of peers and professionals local to you.
- Ask for constructive criticism, and apply it.
- Never work for free (unless you plan it) – value your skills accordingly.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes. You learn from them.
- The most important thing though, is to have fun. Always have fun!
Thanks Miranda for showing us the experience you create for your “divas”.
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