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Here's Why My Most Popular Image of 2018 Came From This Shoot - Behind The Sekushi #2
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A little bit behind this shoot...

This is Ashton Banks, and her amazing shoot was the most mentioned amongst my clients in 2018, and from it came my best performing Instagram photo for that year. Can you guess which one in the comments below? 

Only a small percentage of my shoots are meticulously planned, so don’t feel bad about making those last-minute bookings. But, its not surprising that the reason why this shoot performed so well, was because so much time went into thinking about it and planning it.

The main reason why it was so well planned was because Ashton is very organized and from the start had a very clear direction for this shoot, based on a tweak in her brand that she wanted to communicate. Basically she wanted to look cute and appear more approachable. 

Ideas and locations are a bit like chickens and eggs. Sometimes a location helps with creating ideas, and sometimes, as was the case with this shoot, the ideas determined the location. We deliberately chose to look at houses rather than hotels because she wanted to look cute and approachable, as opposed to luxurious and expensive. We couldn’t find the perfect place in Melbourne, so we broadened our search and I found a gem in Daylesford (finding locations is actually something I LOVE doing). It was cozy and homey and perfect for creating the girlfriendy vibe Ashton wanted.

Before the shoot, we spent heaps of time discussing the looks she wanted to walk away with, as well as outfits. We also traded reference images so that I was in sync with her vision. Before even arriving at the location I had a very clear idea of what outfit to shoot, where, in what pose, and at what time. In case you were wondering, this level of service is included without any extra charge with ALL of my shoot packages. Its just up to you to make the most of it. 

A lot of our inspiration came from very natural looks found on Playboy’s Instagram and a few Russian boudoir photographers. That certainly inspired the crop t-shirt look and the nudes. I’ve also always been in love with Alice McCall’s Instgram which provided the inspiration for our cute little video. 

While we took plenty of the standard bedroom boudoir photos, you will see from the final images that I tried to use the kitchen, fireplace, front and rear porches, and bathroom as much as possible, and judging by the feedback I’ve had regarding this shoot we definitely created the perfect cute, approachable, girlfriendy portfolio.

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Sex Appeal For This Girl Next Door - Behind The Sekushi #1
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A little bit behind this shoot…

This is my wife, Tash Hamilton! Since we have kids, and want to be smart with money, we usually only shoot when we already have a nanny booked for a kid-free occasion, like my birthday drinks. I’ve always hated working on my birthday. But yeah, the answer was easy when my wife asked me to - how do you say no to a queen?

Recently my wife has had clearer ideas of what she wants for each of our shoots. This wasn’t always the case, and I think it comes from a better understanding of her business and the brand she wants to promote. But for this shoot, with just a few days to go, my wife was still unsure about her ideas.

She describes herself in her ads as ‘the girl next door with sex appeal’. Her last shoot was very soft and girlfriendy, so she wanted something raunchier to compliment her old photos, and to show her sex appeal this time. She just didn’t have a clear idea of how to communicate that.

I sent her a few risqué reference images of models taking their kit off, because I thought that was one way of doing so, but they didn’t feel 100% right to her. So she started looking at some of the togs whose images I sent, one being Aleksandr Mavrin, who had a few images of his partner, doing something sexy, but also with his legs or arms creeping into the frame. My wife thought the POV concept was HOT and we ran with it, taking a bunch of shots featuring my hands touching her, grabbing her and sliding off her lingerie.

I think we nailed it and the final images scream sex appeal. This worked so perfectly, one of her favourite images from the shoot, the ‘hand bra’ shot, matches one of the lines in her bio which reads ‘I have the softest tits you'll ever get your hands on’.

Not bad for a budget shoot either. The location was cheap, just a small Melbourne CBD apartment, no different from a place a client might request her to visit. She did her own hair and makeup. The Amelie Gold lingerie from @honeybirdette was bought using a gift card from a regular client. He got a few bts selfies which I personally think is mad, given how many times I ask my wife for a slutty selfie whenever she’s away!

Hope you enjoyed the read.

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