Month: May, 2017

Boudoir Shoot Must Haves

May 20, 2017

3 Boudoir Shoot Must Haves:

The Often Forgotten Things That Matter

So…you have taken the plunge. You are going to bare all in front of the camera and you have already made up your mind that you will love it!

And don’t get me wrong, you most certainly will.

In fact your first shoot is going to transform you in ways you never thought possible. Once the glamorous, glossy images come by, you will fall in love with the sexy and confident woman pouting in the clicks.

But between the euphoria of actually going to the session and receiving the rewards of your show of strength and independence, there comes a shaky moment. Or two. Or three.

That is when your photographer prepares to aim the lens and capture you for eternity.

Thoughts like, “Crap…what have I gotten myself into?”

Oh dear..who am I kidding!” (*Rhetorical of course)

It’s perfectly natural – everyone succumbs to the jitters.

However, there is no reason why you should.

That’s why I want to put the spotlight on three simple things that most women tend to overlook but which can make a world of difference to your state of mind just before the shoot picks up momentum.

#1. Your Favorite Music

Music soothes the soul. It seeps into your being and directly impacts your mood and even your physiognomy.

Research proves that music can nurture life or take it away.

So solicit the help of this powerful ally when you sail forth to conquer the boudoir canvas. Photographers will have some sort of rhythm in place to pump your adrenaline. But why settle for unknown melodies when you can jive to your favorites? Take time to compile a special playlist of tracks that make you feel empowered and emboldened.

Have a “preparation” tune that will play in the background as you go for hair and make-up. The simple familiarity of the notes will put you at ease. And by the time you amble up to the camera – you will be ready to #slay!

#2. Hydration

Again grossly underrated.

You don’t want to feel bloated and pressured to visit the loo, but staying internally hydrated by sipping a liquid you love is the very best thing you can do for yourself prior to a session.

When your body is parched simple tensions escalate. The mere anticipation of the event can cause you to sweat or otherwise lose precious minerals. Unless you replenish the reserves, excitement can quickly become panic.

Carry your Evian with you if you don’t want to take your fill of the bubbly at the shoot. But don’t disregard this advice.

#3. Your Favorite Pose

Isn’t the photographer supposed to guide you?

Yes. The professional you hire to bring your sassy avatar to life will bring a lot of experience to the table. She will position your arms in a way that flatter, ask you to point your toes and give your frame a sinuous and enticing shape.

BUT your mind doesn’t understand that. Your logic grasps this concept. Your emotions don’t. To them the shoot is the worst idea in the world till you see the raw clicks and your jaws (hopefully) drop.

So prepare for the contingency.

Visit some lingerie sites and mimic the poses that take your fancy. Tailor one to suit your figure and make sure you are absolutely happy with the way you look holding it.

When the butterflies start flying around your abdomen, you will KNOW beyond a shadow of doubt that you can have a killer start to your session. Because you had practice at home.

A boudoir newbie’s “stock pose” is her absolute best friend.

The boudoir shoot must haves I discussed here aren’t your typical list. Then again, the typical is covered in great detail all over the internet. This blog gives you the tips few people share.

Go on…the world’s your oyster.

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rebirth

May 18, 2017

There is nothing like running naked through the woods!

I’ve been missing over the last couple weeks because I’ve been traveling quite a bit and I’ve been just crazy busy. I’ve been taking some amazing photos lately and I definitely feel as though work is in a period of rebirth! There is so much inspiration and fire running through me, I can’t seem to keep up! I’m feeling super blessed right now with everything happening  I think my new images are a representation of all the change and growth going on in my life right now. I’m off again to San Fran but I wanted to at least share one of my new images from my travels.

Lots more to come! xx

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Top 5 Classy Boudoir Photography Props That Never Go Out of Style

May 2, 2017

Boudoir is a straight up addiction. At Least for me it is. The liberation, exhilaration and the transcendental quality of the sessions get you hooked to the magical alchemy of hesitance into confidence and restriction into fluidity. Sorry that was  a mouthful but it’s true!

You may step in with emotional scars, body issues and baggage.

But you walk out with a spring in your step and a glint in your eyes.

Divest those clothes and dare to look deep into the dispassionate lens of the camera and you discover a core of self-love that screams, “I did my best and I am still standing!”

Boudoir is intimate is so many ways. It strips away pretense.

It gives you the space to be who you are. And in that moment of clarity you discover what pulsates within you. What obsessions. What desires. What drama and flair.

It brings such a sense of connection and soul to the art that is photography.

There is something magical that enlivens a click when a woman decides to give precedence to her true self instead of the false standards of perfection and achievement which society loves to perpetuate.

Boudoir is often raw, often sensual but always transformative. And when something tells so compelling a story in images, it demands the best in terms of settings and props to let the saga unfold.

So here is my list of top five boudoir props that will never go out of style.

If you are a woman who frequents the altar of intimate photography these items will bring panache, style, individuality and class to your sessions.

Red Soles

Mesmerizing is the word I am looking for. Stilettos are a boudoir shoot’s best friend because they lend such beautiful shape to the legs and derriere.  But Christian Louboutins take the experience to a whole new level. The red soles speak volumes about being different, about standing out, about being bold. They refuse to blend in and draw attention to their majesty no matter where they are placed or how they are posed.

Invest in a pair of CLBs if you haven’t taken the plunge yet. From the dangerous femme fatale to the sophisticated city girl, teamed with naughty fishnets or displayed alone – these aren’t just shoes; these are the very spirit of soaring femininity.

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Body Art

Tattoos make a statement. They complement boudoir sessions so well because both can commemorate milestones or put the spotlight on transitions.

But when I say body art, I want to encompass a whole gamut of possibilities. Temporary creations with henna and body paint also draw a riveting picture (pun intended)! They turn limbs into a blank canvass waiting to receive the ministrations of a master. They project love, triumph, glory and freedom in a way that poses and settings can never accomplish.

Till date they remain my favorite thing to click on a woman who knows her mind.

Top 5 Classy Boudoir Photography Props

Pearl Strands

They don’t necessarily have to be the real deal. But when the perfect spheres come from an oyster’s labor of love the sheen, the luminescence and the impact are far greater than with synthetic alternatives.

Invest in a single proud strand if you want to bring the aura of old glamour or high sophistication to your shots. Teamed with perfectly coiffed hair or gently clenched between your teeth in a show of passion – pearl strands will always adorn boudoir masterpieces.

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The Oversized Jacket

There is something vulnerable yet erotic about the slender frame of a woman ensconced in an oversized jacket. It instantly transports me to the golden era of Hollywood blonds who ruled the silver screen. Captured in black and white with just a watch and your svelte limbs as the accessories, the prop spells chic like nothing else.

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Lace Face Masks

“Fifty Shades Darker” caused quite a stir when the demure Anastasia Steele tantalized Christian Grey with the baroque lace face mask. These beauties have been around for a while but the resurgence in their popularity definitely makes the purchase of a quality piece a wise “boudoir” decision.

Your photographer should be able to use these boudoir props in stunning and creative ways to add dimension to your clicks. Props help you project your feelings that much better and enhance your natural appeal. They are like jewelry accent pieces – drawing attention to themselves only to transfer the appreciation to you!

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