Model Monday. Tina: The makings of an L-Session.

Tina and the Cigar For those that know me, they know that I always love shooting new themes and new looks. I have been fortunate to have been able to work with GREAT models, and those models usually enjoy working with me over and over again. But when a model asks me to do one of my consumer shoots, I take that as a compliment, and not only am I more than thrilled but I am extremely humbled by their sincerity.

Tina Head shot

Orlando model Tina B. approached me last spring about doing a more intimate session, than one of her normal fashion or print shoots. I explained to her the boudoir session. Roughly translated, boudoir is a lady's privacy or changing area. Boudoir and pin-up photographer used to be really popular as in the early 50's and even into the 60's. As something that was seen to be somewhat 'taboo' or "for his eyes only," boudoir photography has now mad a resurgence in modern-day.

A boudoir session, recorded well, can be a great gift for a soon to be groom, the night before a wedding. To give him something to "look forward to." Another occasion is possibly as a Valentine's Day gift, or even, "JUST BECAUSE!" Maybe you would like to feel beautiful and sexy just for YOU!

As you can see, Tina made for a GREAT model. Fully at ease, she was able to produce some great looks. Everything from classic beauty fit for a Hollywood movie set, to the modern art of seduction, Tina shows how diverse a L-session can be.

Tina B on the bed

Seductively sexy


Some tips for a great L-Session for your boudoir:

Hire a professional MUA. I cannot stress the importance of great makeup. Not only will you feel better and more confident, your photos will look amazing. Along with that, having your hair done just for this session is not a bad idea either. Tina's hair and makeup was done by Makeup by Jilly out of Orlando, Florida.

Behind the scenes

Bring meaningful props to your session. An object may look great to me or someone else, but if there is no connection then the mood might get lost down the road. Maybe his old shirt, or the teddy bear that he gave you on the first date, something to signify meaning goes a long way.

Make sure your lingerie fits as well as possible. You are investing a considerable amount for a well done boudoir session, and no matter how great everything else, nothing feels worse than bad fitting underwear.

One last tip. Relax. Have fun. Hopefully there is a great connection and comfort between you and the photographer. This is your time to have that inner diva come on out. Enjoy the moment.

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!