Today we welcome author Jenn LeBlanc to The Romance Dish. Jenn has combined her love and passion for photography and romance novels in a very unique way -- creating an illustrated romance novel. Doesn't that sound fabulous? Personally, I think it is a great idea! THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE is Jenn's first illustrated romance novel. Please give Jenn a very warm welcome!!!
Hello my lovelies! Thank you to my gracious hosts for having me. I thought I would bring a little list, but then I couldn't decide between a list of things a photographer can't forget to take to the studio, and what an author mustn't forget when writing a love scene. So I combined the two.
So the list is: TEN STEPS TO SHOOTING A LOVE SCENE:
1. Camera. So important. The lens you use even moreso. You want a lens that will give you the right—I'm going to throw two tech terms out here...feel free to use them anytime to sound smarter—depth of field and bokeh. DoF is how much of the image is actually in focus, bokeh is the way the lens handles the blur (Canon has WAAAY better bokeh than anyone else).
2. Light. This is incredibly important, without it, there are no images. But the placement, direction and intensity of the light will show the mood and focus of the image and drive the viewer. A well-placed shadow...can be of paramount importance. This image in broad daylight? Totally different type of image. I like to shoot in the dark with just the modeling lights. It makes the world go away, and brings the mood where we like it.
3. Atmosphere. There are going to be a great deal of people in this scene. It's difficult for two people, who are strangers, to 'get it on' in front of a room full of other strangers...ok there are some exceptions to that, however, in general the sex you have while others are watching is not the sex you have when alone. This is why it is so important that the studio has a great atmosphere, and everyone is comfortable. Set the stage, use the right fabrics, the right costumes, make everything perfect so it all falls away and all we see are the people.
4. Direction. Hero looking into her eyes: sexy, hero looking at her mouth: smoldering hot, hero looking at her chest: randy. Hero needs to know what I want out of a scene. Just like in a real relationship, communication is key. If I say on your knees, you better hit it.
5. Hands. Hands are SO VERY IMPORTANT. You use them everyday—you know. But hands, next to eyes or mouth, are the most expressive part of a person. They should show emotion; tension, caution, care, urgency. Make sure if a hand is in the image it has something to hold onto, even if it's only metaphorically.
6. Comfort. Shooting a love scene is similar to dating in real life. We don't just jump into bed, we start out with the clothes on, the table and the wine, maybe some candles, (I did write a historical—so no, I'm not kidding) we bring out the riding crop and the fake horse, (still not kidding) and all the other stuff before we start getting anybody in bed.
7. Temperature. Here I have to apologize to Derek for freezing his nipples off. My studio in February is quite terribly cold. It's rather large, and while not drafty, it is not well heated. When you add water...well. I'm sorry D.
8. Chapstick. Yes. And it better not be bright pink or your male model might end up with a nickname like 'Cherry'. Just saying.
9. Oil. Stop. It's for the skin, because nobody likes to look at dry flaky skin and those lights are HOT and tend to dry out skin rather quickly.
10. Shot list. Two beautiful people making beautiful pictures tends to make a person forget what they are doing. Make sure there is a list...and then stick to it. Mostly.
There you go. I hope you enjoyed my list and my images. If you'd like to learn more please by all means track me down on twitter or facebook and for updates follow my blog. If you are interested in my novel, The Rake and the Recluse, is available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance and iBooks through your iThingy.
Now that I've told you my list of steps to shooting a love scene, what are your top requirements for reading a love scene?
One random commenter will receive an e-copy of THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE.