Seduction Photography, by Louis Shackleton

Your Narrative, Photographed


Thank you for your interest in my work, and for visiting me here at my home on the web. I am a portrait, art, and boudoir photographer originally from Philly and late of the Wilmington, NC, US area. Now I am on the road, traveling the country on The Making Lemonade Road Tour. You can find the calendar of tour dates here, and get your city there through the Contact page.

I’ve been shooting portraits, art, and boudoir almost since I picked up my first DSLR. I started out with a little Canon Rebel XS that I bought  to take pictures of my daughter’s high-school graduation. The next thing I knew, I was hooked. I love what I do, and I do what I love. Everyone should be so lucky.

I took to shooting birds and my classmates while in college at the ripe old age of 42, and one day one of them (my classmates, not the birds) asked if I’d do some sexy pictures of her for her husband, who was deployed in Iraq at the time. I’d never done anything like that, but she said she just didn’t trust anyone else to do them. How could I say no to a good friend who said something so kind? She was so delighted with the results, she began showing them around to our mutual friends, and before long I had a network of friends of friends asking me to do boudoir shoots for their spouses as well.

I’ve recently taken my camera on the road to see the country, and I’m doing shoots of all kinds along the way for people who were once too far away. I’m not on a set schedule and can go where the wind blows, so I can come to you and we can shoot in your home. I’ve even done more than a few shoots outside in a more natural environment. Shoots in unique locations can be a real blast! Wherever we shoot, we’ll have fun doing it.

I have developed my own style as I’ve gone along, and my own photographic philosophy and artistic vision to go with it. I love to play with light and shadow, contrast and colors, lines and curves, chiaroscuro and contrapposto. I consciously play into the male gaze and I subvert it. Sometimes I do both at once, and I’m not afraid to straddle the murky gray area between art and pornography.

All of that is to say that I bring my art with me to the boudoir shoot, where I apply it to my clients. As you look through my work on these pages, you’ll find some more traditional boudoir photos, but you’ll also find images that I hope are unique and inspiring to you, and reflective of the personality of the client depicted in them. I’d like to do the same for you, so the shots you get really represent you. I’d love to shoot more men and more people of color. I am proud to be a sex-positive, body-positive photographer, and I am equally proud to be an ally of the LGBTQIA community. Whether you’re shy and demure, or flamboyant and kinky, or somewhere in between, we’ll capture the real you. Please feel comfortable in your own skin with me, no matter what skin you’re in.

My price for a standard shoot is $200, and lasts about two hours. Included in that price is the sitting fee and digital delivery of all the images we shoot together. Prints can be arranged, but will of necessity have an extra fee for them that depends on how many and what size prints you want, and what my printer is charging at the time (the price there fluctuates, so best just to ask when you get your shots).

Head on over to the Contact page and drop me a note if you are ready to book your shoot, or even if you just have questions. I’d be honored to help you find your sexiest yourself in the photos we take together.

And if all that isn’t enough about me for you, here’s an audio interview with my friend Leela where we sat down at her kitchen table for an hour-and-a-half to talk about my photography.