Rf: What’s your boudoir aesthetic and why do
you think it draws clients in?
BO: Simple. Honest. Truthful. These words have
always been the mantra of my work.
My brand is all about self-love, personal
expression and storytelling—each person has
their own story, their own narrative without
negative external pressures or judgment. Each
shoot is customized based off of each client’s
aesthetic and their own personal stories as the
main core, then conceptualized and improvised
organically throughout the shoot. I believe
every person moves in a unique way. Rather
than replicate pre-set poses, my boudoir and
figurative art seeks to enhance the natural
movement of each person.
The way each individual moves, the
space, the ambiance and their personal
stories provide a constant source of new
inspiration in my photography. Ideally, I hope
to create a comfortable space to enable
individuals to express their own source of
confidence, embrace their sexuality and
truly be themselves without any attempt or
pressure to fit in.
Rf: Do you also have male boudoir clients?
BO: Yes, I photograph men. I have never
restricted my target clients. So far, I have
truly embraced a wide range of clientele.
Other than photographing boudoir, I also
photograph events and workshops that are
aligned to the genre of figurative art. My
strong storytelling style is what got me invited
into covering these events. A lot of times,
other than shooting the story of the events, I
always came out with a number of strong art
pieces that stand alone by themselves.
Rf: What is your gear of choice?
BO: My main camera body is the Canon 5D
Mark III. Lens-wise, I kept it very simple with
three Canon lenses: the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM,
the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and the EF 24-105mm
f/4L IS USM. For in-home sessions, I pretty much
use all natural light, but I do have a couple of
Canon Speedlite 430EX II in my bag just in case.
Depending on the studio I use, my lighting
gear varies. I have a fairly decent knowledge of
lighting but like to improvise and am always up
for experimenting and creating new looks.
ABOVE, LEFT AND RIGHT: Other examples of Ong’s
boudoir style. “I used to worry about my work
not having consistency, but now people see
the images and can see they are mine from the
feel, light and tone throughout.”
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