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Romantic Photos on Valentines Day – Viktoria Kuti

Today I’d like to introduce to a very good friend of ours here at Moonrise Lingerie, Bristol based boudoir photgrapher, Viktoria Kuti. You may well have remembered we worked together on a project just over a year ago with some of our bridal lingerie at Berwick Lodge and we fell in love with her work. With Valentine’s Day fast appoaching we thought it apt to preview some of her latest romantic boudoir photo sessions and ask her more about what’s involved. Here’s what Viktoria had to tell us;

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Tell us a little bit about yourself Viktoria. What made you specialise in portrait styles of photography?

I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a photographer, and I definitely didn’t have any idea that I would become a portrait photographer. I am fascinated by the human form and also watching people go through transformation… and that is what my photoshoots are. When people walk into my studio, they usually still have their guard up. They are very self conscious and maybe even a little nervous. But slowly, they let me through, they connect with me, and I love seeing them unfold in front of the camera and seeing their light shine out.

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What’s your background in photography? What’s been YOUR most exciting photo shoot?

I haven’t received any formal photography education, but was always interested in arts. My passion and journey with photography started about ten years ago – I am grabbing every opportunity I get since to better my skills and master this beautiful craft as much as possible. My most exciting shoot was probably the ballerina I photographed at dawn in Paris (https://prints.viktoriakuti.com/paris/) – it was a challenge because it was fully organised from the UK and wasn’t quite sure how all my plans would turn out, but I am (and my lovely model is too) very happy with the images we created.

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A photo shoot sounds like a great idea for an original Valentines gift for your loved one, but what’s involved?

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After booking a photoshoot, I like to meet for a personal consultation with my clients (if not possible, we can do this over the phone). It gives them a chance to connect and get to know me a little bit better, as well as to dig into the details of what they are expecting from their session. We discuss styling and outfits and I’ll try to dissolve any other doubts they might have. Most of the photoshoots take place in my Bristol studio, but there is also an option to have your boudoir shoot at an external location (like your home, a boutique hotel or outdoors if you’re feeling adventurous!)

  

The session itself starts with the makeup and hair styling. Some people find this a little unnerving – they might not be used to wearing makeup every day, or they have their very set ways of wearing it and are worried that they wouldn’t look like themselves… Worry not. My make-up artists are professional and are happy to adapt to whatever you are looking for. The make-up is part of the session because of the experience and pampering, but it can be as natural and barely there as you’d like it to be.

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You do not need to know how to pose or worry about how you’re going to look like on your images at all! I am an expert at making people relax and open up in front of the camera also to guide you with posing down to your fingertips to make sure you look your best. I’ll show you what poses and angles flatter you the most and be your coach every step of the way. No experience necessary, you just need to trust me to give it a go.

  

Professional retouching on all your best images is included with your session. I don’t believe in drastically altering your appearance or body type, I believe all my customers are perfectly beautiful just the way they are. I do believe in small tweaks however, to get rid of the things you are not fond of and/or correcting the bits (lumps and bumps) that appear due to wardrobe or posing. This is a collaborative process, so please don’t be shy about telling me to get rid of a certain mole or scar or stretchmark.

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About two weeks after your photo session we meet up again for a private viewing and selection of your final images. After the initial presentation, we’ll step through the images one by one and start picking favourites. Following that, we’ll determine which products and packages will suit you best based on the images we’ve created, your goals for the shoot, and on your lifestyle. I offer a range of beautiful photographic albums, archival wall art, high resolution digital image packages, and more. I also have great options for gift giving, whether you’re buying for a groom or bride, a significant other, or as a treat to yourself.

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I love the idea of having a professional photo session, but I’m not that confident about myself?

Most women who become my customers start our conversation with – ‘I’m very self conscious’ or ‘I’m not very photogenic’ or ‘I hate having my photos taken’. It’s completely normal (to be honest, I’m not a big fan of being photographed either). But the good news is – it’s not your job to be photogenic, or to be confident and know what to do in front of the camera. It’s MY job to make you feel relaxed and comfortable and safe… once we have that, confidence is not even an issue at all.

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How long does the session last for? What sort of outfits and how many could I bring? And what if you don’t get any good photos in time?

The sessions usually last about 3 hours (1 hour for the makeup and hair styling, 2 hours shooting time), but I don’t limit the sessions by either time or the number of outfits. Everyone is different, some people need a little more time to warm up and relax, so if I don’t feel that we have enough killer images, I’ll keep going until we get what we need. I usually suggest bringing 5-6 outfits to the session and I also have some nice dresses and accessories in my studio wardrobe too, which is available to use for my customers.

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Finally – what advice can you give to anyone who’s always thought of having a photo shoot but has always been a bit, shy, shall we say?

We, as women all have the same (or at least very similar) self-doubts and insecurities, and you can trust me, I know them all. I want you to feel absolutely incredible and to fall in love with yourself after seeing how I see you through the lens. What I offer is a chance to see yourself in a completely new light, to allow yourself to be more beautiful, stronger and more confident.

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You do not need to feel ‘more confident’ to do this! The confidence comes with the experience, so please, come as you are.

Some truly beautiful photographs from just a selection of Viktoria’s portfolio, (as well as some amazing tattoo work as well!). You can see she is as good as she professes to be in so much that she will make you feel relaxed as well as confident to create some beautiful images. A fantastic gift for Valentine’s Day with a real personal touch with love!

More of Viktoria’s collection can be found on her website;

Website: https://www.viktoriakuti.com/bristol-boudoir-photography/

  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ViktoriaKutiPhoto/

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