Friday, March 08, 2013
Are the Morality Police Losing Their Grip on Photography Websites??
In their email, they wrote: "This is sort of a new one for us, we have never mentioned a deal on boudoir photography before (please avoid if you are offended by boudoir photography). But many readers have requested articles on it."
Oh? You think many readers might be interested in articles or an ebook about boudoir photography? You suddenly fucking think so?
I say "suddenly" because...
I've authored three ebooks on photography. And I've done pretty damn well with them. But this particular website, along with a number of other big and well-known photography sites, previously declined to be sales affiliates of mine because, as they all told me in one way or another, they have readers who might be offended if they hawked an ebook on glamour photography. (BTW, I could tell you all the differences between boudoir and glamour photography in about a paragraph or two, probably less, but that's not what I'm writing about today.)
Anyway, in response to those websites who rejected me, I politely proposed, "Well then, don't sell my glamour ebook, Guerrilla Glamour. Just sell my other two ebooks: Guerrilla Headshots and Zen and the Art of Portrait Photography. Those ebooks are entirely "G" rated." (My glamour ebook being, at worst, "R" rated, at least in terms of some of the photos in it-- none of which being "X" rated.) But they still declined, citing the mere connection between those two ebooks and my glamour ebook -- that connection, I suppose, being me, the author -- might be enough to offend or put off some of their readers.
You spineless, ball-less, fucking douche-bag wimps! I did not say to any of them, although I certainly wanted to say something along those lines.
In today's email, the website went on to state: "Although boudoir photography is as old as the camera itself, it’s only in the last decade that it has become a popular and legitimate art form that many women seek out as gifts for their spouses. Many photographers have made a lucrative career out of it and portrait photographers often offer it as a secondary service to supplement their income."
Here's some 411 for you websites who pretend you're such total experts on photography and photographers: Much like nude photography, boudoir photography has not only been around since photography has been around, it's been a legitimate art form throughout all that time, not just in the past ten years.
On the plus side, perhaps the self-appointed Morality Police and their church lady cohorts are finally losing their juice with these big photography websites who pretend that certain photographic genres -- genres which are also as old as the camera itself -- aren't things that many, many of their readers might be interested in learning how to shoot?
Okay. I've gotten that rant off my chest. The pretty girl at the top is Kayla. (You can click it to enlarge it.) I snapped that one of her, as well as the one below (and more) a few nights ago. It ain't boudoir. It ain't porn. It's glamour. Nude glamour. BTW, if I modified the lighting a bit for the shot below, instructed the model to avoid eye contact with the camera, and processed it black-and-white it would pretty much qualify as an art nude. And I'll bet there are many, many photographers who would love to learn how to shoot models like Kayla in the glamour, boudoir, and/or art nude genres who wouldn't feel "offended" or put off by some vanilla photography site selling instructional ebooks on how to do so. Maybe those websites should focus their marketing on the masses instead of worrying about the asses?