Elevating the Boudoir Industry With Competition [NSFW]

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As in any industry, it is important to push yourself for healthy competition. Entering photography contests or competitions can really push you creatively. Recently in a contest for a photography forum, an artist caught the eyes of many of his peers. 
Do More Photographers is an educational platform dedicated to intimate lifestyle photography. Their mission is to continually elevate the photography industry. Recently, there was a contest within the forum to see new work within the industry. Matias Fabregues was the winner of the most recent contest with an artistic, nude, black and white photograph. 
In a recent interview, Fabregues wrote that he has dedicated himself to photography in a freelance way. His favorite areas are portrait, nudes and boudoir. He has also worked in fashion and advertising as well. Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina he plans to travel to continue to photograph in his intimate style meeting new people who share the passion for photography. 
"I started with the boudoir about two years ago as a challenge. It is an area that requires a lot of care, good lighting, and excellent treatment of the composition. First, [I started] trying to handle natural light, which today is still the most difficult challenge. Then, I started playing with flashes, low keys, high keys, and so I was achieving the results that are seen today," he wrote. 
One of the things he enjoys about boudoir is that the models always leave excited about the results achieved. Clients and models have explained how he manages to make them comfortable with the work they are creating, which in this intimate setting is important. Fabregues works with each model/client looking for correct posing for the particular individual. He takes care to accentuate their curves, shape and illuminate to create impact with each image. 
"Currently there are many women who want to start in this discipline of boudoir photography and nudes, so I hope to continue taking pictures to have the appreciation of those who really appreciate the photography," he wrote. All images are with permission and courtesy of Matias Fabregues. 
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Deleted Account's picture

Are you selling perfume? And, is it post-modern? Cause that makes a difference around these here parts!

Deleted Account's picture

Listen to this guy: a leader in the post-modern erotica movement he is! Follow his lead and you too can use the word twat without irony in a sentence!

Mood Translator's picture

I'm editing this to clean up comments, apparently John got banned hahaha

Gerald Bertram's picture

Thank god. The comment section on all of Fstoppers was getting ridiculous

liliumva's picture

Poorly done? Should he have added a soft filter and dress them up in cheesy lingerie with pearls instead? Oh the hubris!

liliumva's picture

Haha that's all you can come up with? Care to enlighten us about your 58 years in the photography world, and working for Penthouse? But you have no website, no page, no portfolio. Been kicked out of a bunch of NC groups and are hated all over, including ModelMayhem. But tell us more about your hubris Mr Know-It-All

Deleted Account's picture

He's at it again, rolls eyes in disbelief, John you really are an annoying $^£&!

Deleted Account's picture

Your work sucks and you're a complete dick. Deal with it.

Mood Translator's picture

I'm editing this to clean up comments, apparently John got banned hahaha

Mood Translator's picture

I'm editing this to clean up comments, apparently John got banned hahaha

Mood Translator's picture

Can't read huh old man? I UNfollowed you. Not sure what that means? Take your time, you'll figure it out slowpoke

liliumva's picture

Aww you're so mad! My fat ass can lose weight, you on the other hand will always be an old perverted asshole. How's Judith and Rebecca? Your daughter looks pretty fucking hefty. Maybe you should try talking to her about that!

Totes done with you old man. Enjoy your bitter existence for what little time you have left.

Mood Translator's picture

This dude's parents probably are not proud of who he became as a human being. All mouth, no heart.

Deleted Account's picture

Since I don't follow you and you haven't seen my work...

But seriously, you're a complete piece of shit.

Deleted Account's picture

A typo is an irrelevant criticism.
Here's constructive criticism: how can a self-professed "post-modern" photographer write these words without irony: "The camera is fully capable of exactly reproducing whatever is placed before it"?
Because they don't know what post-modernism is, or modernism for that matter, perhaps?
But all we get is Charlie Yankee Able when the hard questions come out. Or was it Bravo Yankee Echo? Foxtrot Uncle Charlie Kangaroo, I don't remember.

John Dawson's picture

John - I don't know why you're so frequently bitter toward fellow photographers, but I might take your opinion more seriously if you had more than one image in your profile.

I would encourage you to offer your work for the same criticism that you are quick to offer others.

Just food for thought

Deleted Account's picture

Gotta love these two, laughing over the self-immolation of a person committed to his belief. Cold hearted and mean.

Deleted Account's picture

"Well, the monk is beautifully 🔥 lit?"

Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining. His life was so precious to him he gave it up for the chance to bring their story to the world. That he sat and burned without moving or grimacing or screaming restores the faith in mankind that people who joke about his sacrifice take away.

liliumva's picture

People do not hate you because of success. People hate you because you're an asshole for no reason, and I plan on being a huge asshole to you because you more than deserve to be knocked down a peg or two.

You worked for Penthouse and supposedly for a few big name brands DECADES ago. I'd love to see that work since you've claimed to be this big shot commercial photographer, and no I do not want to see it on your iPad. But if decades old work is something you can tout around as a badge honor, well, more power to you I suppose.

I've also looked into the galleries you supposedly have your work in. Bwhahahahahaaha *dies* . Another bloated thing you post about.

You act like a Mr Know-It-All and your work does not aligned with that attitude. I've seen plenty of your work online, really easy to find it and it's pretty comical that you would dog down this boudoir photographer's work.

Your hubris is the problem, because PLENTY of us here that post on Fstoppers are successful, and have worked with big names. Again, not a success issue, but a huge character flaw that has followed you every single place you decide to plant your commentary in.

But yep, my spelling mistake made at 4am when I haphazardly put that up is the problem. Not the person that continually attacks people, made dickhead remarks, acts like he's this god of photography and that it's all about success... yep, it's all about me! If you cannot decipher sarcasm well...

You're just some old GWC troll that has a bloated ego, and you are toxic to every community you encounter. It's not everyone else, IT IS YOU!

liliumva's picture

It's not a follow you imbecile! Notifications are not a FOLLOW!

liliumva's picture

AHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Says the guy that likes soft filters and shitty digital art.It's no wonder you do not show your work online.

liliumva's picture

AHAHAHAH Holy fucking shit! You brought my weight into it? You're a sham of a photographer, and you work is sub-par at best, you dirty old GWC troll. Must have hit a nerve when all you can come up with is attacking someone's weight lol.

John Dawson's picture

No, it's "Pent House". Proper spelling and grammar are important! ;-)

liliumva's picture

I see what you did there! Too bad he's too fucking dumb to realize it, and up-voted your comment LOL!

John Dawson's picture

Do you also find his comment about the ice cube shot more than a little ironic coming from a guy who supposedly worked for "Pent House"? You cant make this stuff up.

John Dawson's picture

To what spelling and grammar do you refer?

Mood Translator's picture

I'm editing this to clean up comments, apparently John got banned hahaha

Alexander Petrenko's picture

If spelling matters, then why Pent House?

Deleted Account's picture

Sure sounds like you said it -
“My work is PostModern, mid 20th century, put another way; time… caught forever for you to ponder and enjoy, look at in wonderment or dismiss as casually as a shadow passing your doorstep. Look closely else it is gone forever with the whisps of tobacco smoke or the fine threads of cotton in the sweet summer sunshine of the South.” - John Horwitz

Matias Fabregues's picture

You are very funny

Matias Fabregues's picture

keyboard photographer

Jason Clarke's picture

The link for domorephotographers.com is broken. Looks like an apostrophe slipped in at the end of your url.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

thank you for the heads up! I fixed it.

Bill Peppas's picture

I'm sorry, but I have to agree with John ( although I don't agree with his attitude and choice of words obviously ).

These images are at best mediocre.

And last but not least, what is this article about ? Is there a point or was it written for the sole purpose of showcasing your photos ?

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

Most of the time my articles are about tips for photoshop, or how I got the shot etc. However I also love to feature artists I come across as well. It is a great way to introduce new artists or even to give recognition to seasoned artists as well.In this particular article we were able to see how he started into this genre and what pushes him as an artist. His work can be found in the links to explore other amazing images as well!

Matias Fabregues's picture

I believe that to criticize the work of others it takes years of experience and to know all the branches of photography.

Bill Peppas's picture

You can disagree all you want, but once you take a look at Sean Archer's work, Georgy Charnyadyev's work, Peter Coulson's work, Quentin Decaillet's work and more that I will simply not mention now as the list can go on and on, your images are quite a few levels below the abovementioned photographer's work.

Your lighting for starters needs a whole lot of work.

Take this as a constructive criticism, not blowing punches.

Matias Fabregues's picture

You name me photographers of which I have as references, I assume that you too. You do not know the totality of my works or in what stage I am, you compare me with photographers who are years ago with an incredible level. Now, do you see your portraits? Your light? It seems to me that before criticizing my work you should see yours.

RT Simon's picture

What these photos have in a common is that they try to imagine the nude in a different way. They are a bit ‘off’ from the expected sensual stereotype or pure ‘male gaze’ fantasy photo. The question becomes, are they successful in achieving a stylish or calculated study of the oldest studied form? Is their artfulness worthy of elevation to this podium, or are they just more of the same? Or as ‘boudoir’ photo, should they remain private?

I would think that the best ‘boudoir’ photographers are those who study the human form, have studied physical anatomy, body proportion as it relates to two dimensional representation. Perhaps they also draw. The last sense they would ever wish to convey in an image is misproportion, ambiguity, awkwardness.

The ice cube image is awkward. It is a purposeful distoration of the human form under dramatic lighting that at first fools the eye as to what we are exactly looking at here, as we wonder what is its purpose? Is it meant to titilate? Is it art? How would a mixed audience react? Is it successful in re-imagining the nude? Perhaps it should only matter to the woman in the photo. That is exactly what he states: His clients are happy. That is more important than the actual result. Is it artful enough to elevate to this forum? Perhaps the answer in the Fstopper world is, “Needs more work.”

Bill Peppas's picture

Even in trying to be different it is far off from... elevating the level of the boudoir or whatever industry.

vik .'s picture

so boobs are ok?

super steel_'s picture

yea boobs are awesome.

Deleted Account's picture

Only if they're photographed by a man.

super steel_'s picture

I did 2 "boudoir" sessions years back with a few other photographers. we hired a model or 2 and all get horny photographing these women naked and making believe its art. we go home look at the photos and you know what.

the vast majority is pervert men doing the shooting. theres nothing art about it. these above images are not boudoir images. photographing a nude body doesnt make it boudoir.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

Actually the majority are female photographers in the boudoir industry including myself. To add, the male photographers I know are extremely professional and no one is getting aroused as you say by doing their jobs. We take boudoir seriously so perhaps you were with the wrong crowd when you were trying boudoir years back. I encourage you to understand boudoir more as it is empowering and a confidence builder for many women (and men).

super steel_'s picture

no. not where I live. its almost all male photographers. you cant speak for the industry. you only know a small amount vs the world. from facebook groups to forums I frequent, the mass majority are male. youre assuming. of course their all professional in the location/studio. but you dont know how it is after. no man looks at these images and says "hmm thats some good art. I ddidnt notice her x body part at all". empowering. thats all trending buzzwords that means little.

Jennifer Tallerico's picture

I did not say I understand how the male body works. I said the professionals I know do not look at this as a way to get aroused. They are professionals in a professional setting. There is a big difference. It is ok to disagree with me. I am not saying I know everyone. I am saying with the professionals I encounter there is a huge difference.

super steel_'s picture

one can play it off as much as they want as boudoir art. it isnt. all guys shooting as a photographer will act professional. but every single guy in his mind is thinking anything but professional. everyone is pr and proper. in their minds they are thinking very dirty things and staring when they can. its human nature for men to look at beautiful women. especially when theyre nude.

just like nude beaches. youre going to tell me that guys go there so they want to feel free? no way. theyre going to see hot nude women. I have no incentive to go nude even though im very muscular and a bodybuilder and completely confident. nude women are more then enough incentive.

I went and did a sweat lodge session. women came out naked from the tent. I coudnt help myself, I was looking. I didnt turn away. if youre comfortable to show your naked body, im more then comfortable to look. just dont play these images as art.

Matias Fabregues's picture

40 comments and not a single photo. another keyboard photographer

Deleted Account's picture

I would suggest that your comment speaks to the subjective lens of your worldview, and that your conclusions have a low level of generalisability.

To rephrase, the fact that you're an unprofessional pervert doesn't mean all men are unprofessional perverts.

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