Natural Light and Lingerie - Evalana James & Dean McCarten

October 2023 Lingerie Inspiration Issue - Interviews - Posted:

In an intimate and revealing interview, Dean McCarten, a renowned photographer hailing from the picturesque Lake District in the UK, shares his insights and experiences on his latest photo project titled "Natural Light and Lingerie." Working alongside the talented model Evalana James, Dean's project explores the delicate interplay of light and form, capturing the essence of sensuality and individuality. With a philosophy that embraces the beauty in life's little moments, Dean's journey in photography has taken him across the globe, allowing him to discover and celebrate the subtle intricacies of the world around him. His approach to boudoir photography, a genre that requires a profound understanding of trust and respect, is both innovative and deeply humanistic. Through his lens, Dean and Evalana have collaborated to create not just photographs, but lasting memories, blending artistic vision with a shared commitment to authenticity and empowerment. This interview delves into Dean's creative process, his unique style influenced by Russell James, and his experiences working with different equipment and settings, all while overcoming personal challenges as a disabled photographer. His passion for photography, coupled with his love for music, cocktail-making, and travel, paint a portrait of an artist deeply engaged with the world and committed to capturing its ephemeral beauty.

1) What does boudoir photography mean to you?

Boudoir photography to me is a celebration of sensuality, intimacy, and individuality, guided by respect for personal boundaries, consent, and a commitment to creating a positive and empowering experience.

2) What kind of creative process is there behind boudoir photography?

The process is always one of trust and respect with the goal of creating amazing images and an unforgettable memory of the experience.

I prefer my shoots to be a collaborative event where we all bring ideas and never be afraid to try new ideas even if they ultimately fail. It’s all part of the process.

3) How do you communicate with a client or model you’ve just met to make them comfortable for boudoir / nude photography?

Trust and a level of comfort on both sides is essential, but discussing shoot ideas, concepts and levels is a good start, typically I suggest that we start with a casual set first to get comfortable shooting with each over and settle into the shoot. Following that we can move onto a lingerie or concealed nude set depending on the goals and levels discussed.

4) How do you educate yourself to take better photos?

I love exchanging ideas and techniques with experienced models like Evalana and other photographers. I love to try new things and never be afraid for it to fail and to start again.

5) How would you describe your photography style?

Relaxed and fun, my focus is on both amazing images and shoots that create memories. I’m inspired by the works of Russell James.

6) What type of cameras do you shoot with, boudoir and/vs other?

I favour Canon EOS R6 and a mix of Prime Lenses, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm from Sigma Art & Canon.

7) What kind of other gear do you use for boudoir and/vs other?

I use Godox & Rotolight for portable lights, if I am shooting in non-studio setting, I also like to use sheer and non-sheer materials and the environment such as windows, beds and showers.

8) Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?

My favourite work is actually this shoot with Evalana, the natural sunlight combined with the way Evalana styled her hair and paired with gorgeous Honey Birdette lingerie. This shoot was actually a last minute booking and when you get to work with a model who you trust and have worked with multiple times, the shoot is just effortless and the results speak for themselves. This was teamwork at it’s finest.

9) What is the most difficult part of being a boudoir photographer for you?

The most difficult part is sometimes getting into the right position for the shot, as I am a disabled photographer with only the full use of my right side, means that I have challenges with balance and I often need to adapt to get the best shots possible.

10) What is the most rewarding part of being a boudoir photographer for you?

The collaboration between photographer and the model is as unique as a fingerprint, I personally love the smile on a models face during the shoot and the happiness they express when they see the results we created to together. It’s priceless.

11) Just for fun, if you could shoot in any location, what would it be?

I would love to shoot in Turks and Caicos at a beachfront property.

12) Do you have any other profession or anything you are passionate about?

I’m also a massive fan of music (such as Sabrina Claudio), making and drinking cocktails and traveling the world.

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