Creating a realistic looking brick wall using faux brick paneling. Perfect for your home, apartment, or photography studio
Do you have a boring wall in you home or studio that could use some excitement? I know I did. This DIY faux brick wall project was easier to do than I expected. Best of all, it only took a few hours to complete.
Here is my problem. I have a gray wall located in my photography studio that drives me crazy every time I pass by it. There is really nothing wrong with it, I just felt that it was missing something. It was boring.
This gray wall has gone through a number of changes throughout the years. I was never satisfied with how it looked.
Many years ago I thought about creating the look of a brick wall in my studio but could not find the time to do it, the motivation to physically build it, or the best way to accomplish the overall project.
I searched online how to create a fake brick wall and got many different solutions. One actually used real bricks. Another suggested cutting pieces of styrofoam into brick size pieces and gluing them to the wall. Some said to dip a rectangle sponge into paint and then stamp a brick pattern on your wall.
Although all of the suggested ways to make a faux brick wall would work, there was one major issue that made me not want to do it and that was the thought of how time consuming this project will be.
Recently I was at Home Depot shopping for some Wainscot paneling to build a new set for a clawfoot bath tub that I have. Located next to the Wainscot was other paneling that looked like a brick wall.
A few months after building my bathtub set, I got started on the new brick wall set for my boudoir studio.
I searched online how to make a faux brick wall using paneling. There were many good suggestions on how to do it. Although most suggested a different way to paint their paneling. None of the recommendations really caught my eye, so I decided to do it my own way.
I knew when I created my faux brick wall I wanted to do it without spending more money than necessary. And guess what? I did it. The only thing I purchased were two brick wall panels. That is all.
Here is what I did to make a faux brick wall without spending a lot of money.
I purchased two brick wall panels from Home Depot. They cost around $28 each for a 8 foot by 4 foot piece. Fortunately, the remainder of items used to create the wall were items I already had from painting and building previous sets for my studio.
One item not pictured that you will likely need is a saw. I used a jigsaw. The paneling is not super thick so a sharp utility knife will probably do the trick. You may need to do some more cutting than you expect. I will explain later.
My ceilings are about 9 feet high so one panel does not cover the entire wall and leaves a foot of gray wall at the top. I am using this in my boudoir photography studio, so I will simply crop the uncovered gray wall out of the photos when I use it with clients (and for this post).
Here is a faux brick panel leaning on my drab gray wall. The panels are kind of on the heavy side (the Home Depot website says they are 32 pounds). The panels are more awkward than they are heavy because they are so tall. I was able to hang the panels up by myself, but it would have been much easier with an extra set of hands.
First, I lifted the panel and set it on top of the baseboard then slid it over to meet the edge of the other wall. I did this to see if the panel lined up straight on the wall. Luckily, it did.
Next, I laid the panel down on a table and spread adhesive around the edges and center of the brick panel.
Then, I basically repeated the first step. I slid the panel to its proper position and then pressed all over to give it firm stick.
After that, I hammered nails randomly into the panel to make sure it that it will not fall off the wall in case the adhesive fails.
Now the fun part. I am joking. This part was a pain in the ass, but only a small pain.
As you can see in the above photo, I have a cable outlet and a power outlet. I do not watch cable television at my studio, so that outlet was covered up.
I repeated step one again with the second panel. I wanted to see if the brick pattern matched up perfectly with the panel on the wall. Unfortunately, the pattern was off by a quarter of an inch, so here is were the more cutting part comes.
I used a jigsaw to cut off a quarter inch from the bottom to make the brick pattern match perfectly. Then I needed to measure where the power outlet would be and cut a hole out for it.
After all the cutting was done, I laid the second brick panel down, spread adhesive on it, stuck it to the wall, pressed and nailed it just like the first one.
I was surprised how fast things were coming along.
Once the faux brick panels were mounted to the wall, I mixed up some drywall patching compound and filled in the excess hole area near the power outlet that was cut out. I also applied the compound in the center where the two panels meet, and over most of the wall to give the bricks a textured look.
During the time that the patching compound was drying (I had a fan blowing on the wall so it dried fast), I grabbed a paint brush and the charcoal colored chalk paint. I wanted to have some dark accent marks on the wall, so I randomly painted a few.
While the charcoal color dried (again, very fast), I watered down a very light gray colored latex paint then randomly brush stroked the paint on the brick panels. This color filled in many of the unpainted areas, as wall as lighten up the dark accent marks.
Next, I watered down the white latex paint and painted over the majority of the brick wall. This mixture was about 50% paint to 50% water. Since this paint mixture was very thin, it allowed some of the paint below to show through.
Finally, I added some random brush strokes with the pure white chalk paint. I did not notice at the time, maybe because the paint fumes were getting to me, that I did not like how the white chalk paint looked. The brush strokes were very bright.
This project was so easy and quick. It took me more time to write this blog post than it did to get the brick wall done.
I have to say, I absolutely love how my faux brick wall looks. Most important, my clients love taking photos in front of it.
I have since rubbed the brick panel down with a wet rag to mute the bright spots from the white chalk paint and let some of the red brick color show through. It is looking much better now!
Can I purchase all of the unedited photos from my photo shoot?
This is a question that gets asked frequently from some customers when inquiring about a photo shoot.
If you take a look at our pricing page you will not find a price listed anywhere on it that says: All Unedited Photos From Your Shoot.
Any guess why?
Because WE DO NOT OFFER IT!
Here are a few other questions that are similar in nature and get asked A LOT.
“Instead of getting only 3 edited photos from my shoot, can you just give me all the unedited images for the same price?”
No. Besides, why would you want all the images anyway?
Let me explain.
As a photographer, my job is to take amazing photos that you will love and want to proudly display or share with other people. I take a handful of shots in each pose because the slightest movement can either make or break a photo. Every photo may look good, but there will always be one that stands out as the BEST!
For example, below are five portraits that I photographed of my daughter. Four of them were not edited, and final photo that I selected was.
Each of the five shots look pretty good by their self. However, when your start looking at all of them together, you will notice that some of the portraits really could look better.
This first photo is cute.
If it was the only image shot in this pose I would be satisfied and purchase the photo.
But.... When I compare it to the second image, I see immediately that I do not like how she is holding the football in the first image.
So now, I like the second image the best and would purchase this photo instead of the first.
Now, when I look at the third image, I notice that I do not like how she is leaning back in the second image. Her posture looks much better in the third.
So now, I like the third image the best and would purchase this photo instead of the second.
Ok, image three looks great because the football is properly placed, her posture is good, and her legs now have a little space between them. They look much better now, than when they were posed together.
So now, I like the fourth image the best and would purchase this photo instead of the third.
Finally, the fifth image. When I compare it with the fourth, I immediately notice the lack of eye connection in that fourth image. The fifth image has all items that made each shot better than the previous.
So now, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the fifth image the best and would DEFINITELY PURCHASE this photo!
Every photo purchased includes FREE standard editing to enhance the portrait.
So what is the point in wanting to have every UNEDITED photo when only the BEST will be displayed or shown to everyone?
“Can I have all the pics from the shoot without editing and how much would it cost?”
If you would like to purchase every photo from the shoot you can. Each additional photo that goes over the included photo amount in the option package you select is only $50 and comes with FREE standard editing. It would be hard to predict the final cost ahead of time, because the number of photos taken in each shoot can vary, but it could get very expensive if there is 100+ photos from the shoot.
“How much for a CD of all the unedited pictures?”
Unfortunately, I recently upgraded to new computer and it does not have a CD drive located anywhere on it. So it would be impossible to burn you a CD. Besides, every purchased photos come with FREE standard editing and they are delivered to you in a modern, convenient method.
Hopefully this blog post answers your question about buying all unedited photos.
Is premium photo editing right for me?
That is the question asked by many of my clients while they view their photos after a boudoir photo shoot. I try to remain neutral because everyone has different reasons for their photo shoot.
I live in Las Vegas and in the summer it is pool season for all the casinos and that means lots of cocktail and pool jobs. Many of the casinos request to have a printed head shot submitted at the time of the job interview or audition. A friend of mine that does the hiring at one of the pools told me that the competition for these jobs are fierce. Thousands of women apply for only a handful of jobs that they have available. He put it into perspective for me when he said, why should we settle for a 9 when we can hire a 10?
When they compare photos at the end of the day, the better looking photo is the one that usually lands the job.
Some women that I have photographed want to look a little slimmer or larger in certain areas, other women say they want to keep a natural look, but most choose the premium photo editing because they want to see the reaction on their significant others face when they see how amazing they look in the photos.
In the before and after photos below, you will see the before image shot directly from camera and the premium photo edit side by side. Most edits are subtle. Thats how I believe photo editing should be. I do not go extreme and make you look like someone you are not. Instead, I correct problem areas that would make a better looking photo.
When comparing the side by side edits, pay special attention to the areas of the stomach, stretch marks, veins, tattoos, side rolls, arms, legs, underarm, splotchy skin, and ankles. These are generally the areas that most women I photograph say they would like to have slimmed down or as they say, "fixed".
7 tips for creating breathtaking images with a new trend in boudoir and maternity photography
One evening I was watching television when a commercial caught my attention. I can not recall what the ad was for, but I remember seeing a claw foot bathtub in it and I thought, wow, that would look amazing in a boudoir photo shoot. The following day I did and internet search and found an awesome looking claw foot bathtub at a great price, so I purchased one.
My studio has a bathtub in it already and I had no intention of swapping it out with the new claw foot tub. Instead, I was going to build a completely new set for it.
I was happy with how the set turned out.
Now it is time to try out the tub.
I wanted to create some beautiful milk bath photographs in it. Milk bath photos are all the rage and extremely popular in maternity photography and boudoir photography. Perfect!
Initially, I thought about using fake flowers in the photos, simply because they can be reused. However, after some research, I learned that fake flowers will sink to the bottom of the tub, making them useless. So real flowers it is.
I went to the grocery store and picked up three bouquets of flowers. I selected bouquets that had flowers with soft colors and would compliment the milk bath boudoir shoot I was doing.
I also picked a container of non-dairy creamer. I chose the non-dairy creamer instead of actual milk mainly because I thought the milk would smell funny during the shoot or even after the shoot if the client did not want to rinse it off.
About an hour before the photo shoot I cut off the majority of the stem from the flowers. Then I placed the flowers face down on the floor so they can keep their shape and hopefully open up a little more.
The claw foot tub is not connected to a faucet, so when it was time to shoot, I had to fill the tub with multiple buckets of warm water.
While filling my first bucket of water, I stirred in about 1/3 of the container of non-dairy creamer and mixed it until it was completely dissolved. I then dumped the bucket into the tub and added about seven more buckets with only water.
The amount of creamer I used gave a great looking, soft milky color. The thing I enjoyed most about using the non-dairy creamer was the smell. It gave off a pleasant, sweet scent. I loved it!
I had window light available for the shoot, but I decided to use a strobe with a large softbox pointed towards the ceiling. The softbox gave me an evenly lit image versus the window light that had more shadows.
Before I placed the flowers in the tub, I had my client lay in it first. This allowed me to see if the color of the milk bath is desirable, and to adjust the water level in the tub if needed.
After the water level was perfect, I then posed my client and had her lie still while I placed the flowers around her. Once everything was all in place, I climbed up to the top of my step-stool and took a few shots.
I had her change poses a few times.
Each time her pose changed I would have to rearrange the flowers and add/remove some depending on how much open space was left by the pose.
My first milk bath boudoir photo shoot was a success! I am very pleased with the images.
The following day I had a maternity shoot and she wanted to try the milk bath for a few of her photos.
The milk bath maternity photos looked equally beautiful.
Here are 7 tips for a successful milk bath maternity or boudoir photo shoot.
1. Have lots of towels handy. The client will need to dry off and you do not want her to be cold or dripping water all over your floor while you search for extras.
2. Carry a dry washcloth in your pocket. You will need to dry your hands each time you arrange the flowers and you do not want your camera getting wet.
3. Keep your clients clothing minimal. During the first boudoir milk bath shoot, the client wore a bra and panties and they looked very out of place in the photos. If they are not comfortable being nude or hiding what they do not want shown under the milk bath, suggest wearing something sheer.
4. Use real flowers. You can also buy the ones that are marked down because they are “older”. They may not look great standing in a vase, but when they are laying in a milk bath it is hard to tell. Also, the real flowers can be used again within a few days.
5. Poses are somewhat limited in a tub, especially depending on the size of the tub, the client, and her flexibility. Milk bath photos are a great add-on to an existing boudoir or maternity shoot, but not so much as a stand alone shoot.
6. Place a non-slip bath mat inside the tub. The milk bath can be a little slippery and the last thing you want is having your client slip while trying to get out of the tub. Help them out, literally.
7. Have fun and make some beautiful milk bath photos for your clients to love forever!!!
Are you a football widow?
Oh football. Although the season is halfway over, you seem to be on television all the time. For some of us, it is an opportunity to hang out with friends and cheer for your favorite team. For others, it is a boring time spent alone as a football widow.
A football widow is a wife whose husband spends the majority of his free time engrossed in football during the football season.
It is not too late to get his eyes off of the game or fantasy football stats and back on to you.
Want to know how to do it? Easy. Experience a boudoir photo shoot while wearing a jersey of his favorite team (he will also love some photos in lingerie too).
Finding a football jersey to wear for your boudoir shoot may be a challenge, especially if their favorite team is not located in your home city. I am a Detroit Lions fan, so it is pretty much impossible to find a Lions jersey here in Las Vegas. So where do you go? I looked at the NFLs online store and they have a great of selection for every team, however their prices were extremely high. Probably not be the best value for something you will likely wear only once.
I searched some more, and was surprised to find that Targets website has a great selection of shirts and jerseys for every team. Just search under the teams name.
Targets prices were awesome. In the photos here, the gray shirt is $7 and the blue jersey is $11. Plus, they ship it free to your local store. Also, another thing I love about the jerseys on Targets site is that they have styles fit for a woman, not just a bulky mans jersey.
The playoffs are right around the corner, as well as the holidays. Give him an amazing gift that will get his eyes back onto you.
Enjoy the moment, you deserve it!
I was recently contacted by Denisse who wanted to break up the monotony of her everyday life. She wanted to do something fun and exciting, something she has never done before.
Denisse said she works all week and rarely has any free time to herself on the weekends because thats when she plays catch-up from her hectic schedule.
This weekend, Denisse decided to do something for HERSELF. She contacted our North Las Vegas boudoir photography studio and scheduled a photo shoot. Denisse said she wanted some beautiful boudoir pictures to make herself forget about the daily grind and celebrate the sexy woman that she is.
The boudoir photo shoot with Denisse went amazing! She brought some sexy lingerie with her, and looked fantastic wearing it in her photographs.
If you are looking for something new and different to do on the weekends, a boudoir photo shoot just might be exactly what you are looking for.
DIY Tutorial On How To Refurbish An Old Thrift Store End Table To An Amazing Piece Of Boudoir Studio Furniture On A Budget
Are you a new boudoir photographer looking for ideas to create sets for your studio? Or maybe someone who wants a new look in your home, but does not want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars doing so? Great! This is for you.
Sure, you can go into your local furniture stores or shop online for new furniture to build the perfect set for your boudoir studio, but if you are on a budget like me, I try to find solutions that look equally great at a fraction of the price. You just have to use some imagination and creativity.
This is what I did.
First, I took a trip to my local thrift store. I love the thrift store because of their super low prices and great looking vintage styles. Usually finding something decent looking that you can refurbish is hit or miss.
Luckily, on this trip I found my thrift store score, a end table.
It was something that most people would pass by and not even take a second look at. The prior owner spray painted the majority of it black, leaving only the top in its natural wood finish. At first glance it was a disaster, however, I saw its inner beauty.
The end table was an absolute gem. I had to have it!
Regardless of the price I was going to buy it. I could imagine it as a night stand in my boudoir studio already.
Sure, It is going to need a little work, but that is where you have to use some imagination and creativity. I did not see it as an old used black spray painted table at a thrift store, I visioned it as a new high-end white nightstand that I will use in one of my boudoir sets.
The price was $16.99. Under twenty bucks, awesome! After lugging it through the store I notice a sign near the checkout that say orange tags are 50% off today. Sweet! So the price dropped to ONLY $8.50.
I purchased it and immediately took it to my studio. I wiped all the dirt and dust off of it with a damp rag. When I removed the drawer I noticed that it was stamped, Thomasville.
Wow! They make some great quality furniture.
Here is the step-by-step instructions on how I refurbished this old end table into my new boudoir studio nightstand.
First, I had to sand it. Initially, I used regular 120 grit sandpaper.
It was a major pain in the ass sanding the black spray paint off. After wasting 30 minutes of sanding around the top of the table I said forget this and drove to Home Depot and purchased some sandpaper for the electric Black & Decker “mouse” sander I already own.
The sandpaper for the mouse costs a little more than regular sandpaper but it was definitely worth every cent in terms of the time and energy saved.
I sanded down the entire table until most of the black paint was gone. Some of the hard to reach spots were still visible but I sanded then down the best I could.
Second, I took the table outside and sprayed it with white Krylon Primer.
It took one full can to properly cover the table and the front of the drawer. I did not spray the top center of the table because I planned on covering it with white vinyl.
I let the primer dry for about 15 minutes.
Third, I grabbed a can of satin white interior paint and a couple paint brushes. I purchased them at Walmart. I did not want to spend a lot of money on paint so I went with the cheapest can available. It cost about $15. I went with a satin finish because glossy would be too glossy and flat would be too flat.
After applying one coat of paint, I could still see the wood beneath in certain areas, so I waited about ten minutes for it to dry and then applied a second coat. The paint still did not cover properly, so I applied a third coat of paint. Now it looks great and completely white with no visible wood underneath.
As I said earlier, I did not paint the center because I am going to cover it with white vinyl. This would give my nightstand a fancy and expensive look.
The center top of the table has a square area with an indentation around it. Inside this area is where I will place the vinyl.
Next, I used a drywall T-square to measure each side of the indentation. All sides were 23 inches long. I used a T-square because it makes perfect right angles.
I drew out the square on a piece of cardboard and then cut it out with a box cutter.
I wanted to make sure my measurements and cut on the cardboard fit perfectly inside the square area of the table before I cut the vinyl.
I placed the square piece of cardboard in the center of the table and the indentation matched up exactly around the edge of all sides.
Next, I laid the cardboard cut-out on the vinyl and traced around the edge of it with a pen. Then I used a pair of scissors and carefully cut along the drawn line. Now I have the final square piece of vinyl that will be used in the center of the table.
To prevent the vinyl from moving around I sprayed the back side of the vinyl with Krylon Easy-Tack spray adhesive and then carefully lined it up in the center.
It took a few attempts to get it perfectly lined up. Luckily the adhesive is not super sticky so you can peel it off a few times until you get it right. Once the vinyl was set where I wanted it, I used my hand to smooth and remove any air bubbles under the vinyl.
To finalize the look that I wanted, I needed some upholstery tacks. I could not find a store in my area that had a tack with a shiny silver finish, so I ordered them online at Amazon. They cost about $8 for a box of 100. I ordered three boxes just to play it safe.
You will need a hammer and a pair of needle nose pliers to set the upholstery tacks in place.
I started in the corner. Hold a tack with the needle nose pliers in indention between the vinyl and the wood. Lightly hammer in the tack and slide out the pliers a little bit with each hit. Once the tack is aligned straight and in the position you want, completely hammer it down. Repeat the tack hammering all the way around the table.
Try to keep the tacks close together without them overlapping on top of each other. If you notice that they are either too close or too far away, immediately pull the put with the pliers because if you hammer the tack in too far you may scratch up the paint while trying to pry the tack out.
My table took a total of 202 tacks. Good thing I ordered three packs or I would have been short 2 tacks and have an incomplete table top.
Lastly, I replaced the old black drawer knob with a new shiny silver one that I purchased at Home Depot for $4. This knob matched perfectly with the upholstery tacks.
There you have it. A fun and easy DIY project to turn old furniture into an amazing look that you can incorporate into your boudoir photography set.
Please share if you like, and leave any question or comments below.
The new school year is almost here. To welcome it, Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir is offering 20% off for all teachers and college students!
Its almost that time of year... The start of school.
We understand that buying supplies for your classroom or for your classes can be quite expensive, so we are offering teachers and college students 20% off all photo shoots and professionally edited digital images*
Make it a girls day out. Tell your fellow teachers or friends and share an amazing afternoon together with an exciting glamour or boudoir photo shoot experience, and then hit the town in the evening and party like a rockstar. One last chance to do something fun before classes start.
*Not valid with any other discounts/offers or prior booked photo shoots. Must show valid teacher or student ID to receive discount. Special valid through 8/31/16
Thank you for making Las Vegas Glamour the best boudoir photography studio in Las Vegas
We could not have done it without you.
With your suggestions and feedback we are making your boudoir photo shoot experience amazing!
Here is how we are accomplished it.
A while ago we wanted some feedback regarding our website, so we asked lots and lots of people to review it. Some of the people were friends, and many were strangers. We asked them to be brutally honest about the website. What do you like about it and what needs some work?
Most of the reviews were favorable, but a handful had suggestions on what could be done to make it better. Some said that the overall feel of the website was too dark and it needed to look cleaner and brighter. Others felt it was difficult to navigate because they could not find what they were looking for in a few seconds and hated searching for information, while others said the pricing was too confusing.
You spoke, we listened.
With your suggestions we changed the background of the website from black to white for an elegant and cleaner look. We also added extra links to the site that will help you find areas you want to see a lot faster, and we simplified our price list from a long confusing list of products, to an easy two option photo shoot package.
Your satisfaction is our goal and we strive to exceed your expectations.
We also now make leaving feedback easier and more convenient.
After your photo shoot, you will receive an email with a link to our feedback form. It is a quick survey that lets us know how much you enjoyed your boudoir photo shoot experience, your edited photos, ask what you loved, and what areas that could use some help.
Filling out surveys can be a real pain and nobody has time for that, so we made our’s fast and easy. Only a few questions. Check a couple boxes, leave a comment if you want and you are done!
If you love what we are doing at Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir, let us know. Actually, let your friends and everyone know too!
Or view/leave a review on Google (search: Las Vegas Glamour Boudoir).
Thanks for making us better!
Using Photoshop on nude and boudoir photos - Is it necessary?
Almost every photo you see nowadays will have some type of editing applied to it. No, seriously. You may or may not notice it, but the most popular camera today (your smartphone, I know, crazy right?) allows you to apply many types of “filters” to your photos. Beauty face softening, HDR, face swapping, and ones that apply a glamour makeup look to your photos are just a few examples.
Are these filters necessary to make a great photo? Not really.
However, they can make a photograph more appealing and interesting to look at.
So, when does photo editing go to far? Is it the selfie of your friend on Facebook who’s face is softened so much that the only feature you recognize are her eyes? Or is it the photos in magazines of glamorous supermodels, singers, and entertainers that look absolutely flawless?
I want to believe these people truly look like this, however, I know that some sort of photo editing software or filter was used to make them look more appealing.
All of the photos that you see on my website are edited. I will say this again. All of the photos that you see on my website are edited!
It could be anything from simply brightening an image, removing a few pimples, enlarging breasts, slimming a waist, or removing a distracting electrical outlet on the wall.
I use Photoshop as a enhancer. It is a tool designed to make something that already looks good, look better. Just because I have the ability to over-edit a photo to the point it looks fake, does not mean I should.
The photo I am using in this post is the most viewed boudoir photo on my site. I have also licensed it to a tanning salon for use at their business. That being said, people really like this photo!
In this blog post, I am doing what most boudoir photographers are afraid to do on their websites..... Actually post the unedited image with the final edited product.... AND I AM DOING THIS WITH MY MOST POPULAR IMAGE!!!
As you can see, the edits on this nude boudoir photo are very minimal.
-A crop was placed to remove less-interesting items, while keeping the ones that your eyes are instantly drawn to.
-The skin was lightly smoothed and blemishes were removed.
-The ankle, thigh, and stomach were slightly slimmed. Her back and the heel of her foot were also given a little shape.
-The backdrop was cleaned up, darkened and highlighted in certain areas to bring more attention to the body.
-The photo was then converted to black and white and given a blue tint.
Using a photo editing program like Photoshop or filters on your smartphone can make photos look better. Just use them in moderation.
I believe that Photoshop should be used to enhance a photo, not BE the photo.