I had the opportunity to photograph a fellow Oklahoma City photographer Nicholas Marek for an intimate boudoir portrait session. Just him and his adorable dog (okay, roommate’s dog, but possession is 9/10ths of the law or some such argument). I found a super cute airbnb in Oklahoma City, and we photographed the afternoon away.
During my sessions, I like to ask people questions to get them relaxed and less nervous in front of the camera. Nick shared with me about his life, including successes and failures, and where he is on his journey.
Nick is a beautiful soul, inside and out, and I wanted to share some of what he wrote about his decision to do male boudoir and his experience from being behind the camera to in front of the camera:
“Walking into the photoshoot I didn’t know what to expect but I knew I wanted to try my best for Ore and myself. This year I wanted to try stepping in front of the camera for a change and learn how other photographers communicated with their models, posing them, getting them out of their shells.. as a photographer myself I have worked with many models of all sorts and I have always been a candid person and spontaneous, but inside I have always been insecure about my own image. I thought this would help.
You see my goal was to stop hitting myself with excuses and different ways of keeping myself down, I guess you could say old habits die hard but ultimately this is why I wanted to be photographed. I wanted to see what I would look like on the back of the camera, I wanted to try flexing that confidence and just having fun with it and the environment that Ore provided gave me the space to be myself.
My journey before the shoot was someone who lost 100 pounds and never completely broke that shell, I surely didn’t have the confidence at the time because so much of my personal life was falling apart I almost didn’t show up! I couldn’t do that to a fellow photographer though and i owes it to myself to try.. I’m so glad I did!
Ore helped me feel at ease and gave guided posing and words of wisdom to carry on and push my comfort zone.”
Here are some highlights from his session: