"I think the quality of sexiness comes from within. It is something that is in you or it isn't and it really doesn't have much to do with breasts or thighs or the pout of your lips."
I love this quote because I feel like this is what boudoir is to me. It's not just about the body, it's not just about the outfit or the hair and make-up. While all that helps what I have noticed and watch transpire through these sessions is how much the sexiness comes from these women while I work with them. I watch as the posture changes, the eyes soften and they embrace fully who they are. The effects last far past the session and they see themselves so differently than when they walked in. K defnitely was a case in this, she wanted to do this as a gift to her husband, using a truck they had restored together but as the afternoon went one I think it became as much a gift for herself and a new way to see those things she saw as flaw as assests.
The session started simply enough, with a photograph. My beautiful friend Ann posted this shot of herself on Facebook and I was immediately inspired!
The ideas were coming like a flood and I knew I needed to translate her look into a session. I started messsaging Tremayne that night and we came up with some ideas that would work. I scheduled the session on the same day that this handsome guy, who is also my other 1/2 and a fellow brilliant mind would be in town.
The day was absolutely perfect! Tremayne nailed the look, Andrew was awesome inspiration and a great set of eyes, even shooting some himself. This may be one of my favorite sessions of the year because I got a chance to collaborate with one of the most creative and beautiful minds I know!
Andrew shot the next 3 shots, he did fantastic!
See, he nailed it!
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” – Annie Leibovitz
When I saw this room the day before I could not stop looking. I could not stop looking at the way the light poured in through the blinds, how the colors of the walls and the lamp perfectly fit one another, creating this cool vibe. Angela showed up the following day and I could not stop looking at her. How beautiful she looked that day, that sparkle in her eye, and how beautifully that dress complimented her. I could totally see her in that room I was enamored by the day before and the results were far better than I could have ever imagined.
“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,
From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,
I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,
But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,
It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,
It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while
She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand
I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver
This session dates back to the early parts of Summer, where the heat is not too overwhelming, the days are a little longer, and the flowers are still in bloom. We found a patch of greens and purples in the midst of the city that day, and then found an area where the light was just perfect amongst the history of this old building. All that adventuring made for some great photos of a city I have known all my life but in the Summer it's just a little bit different.
Sleep the summer chill
And sheets of linen
Hush the scarrered sound
Of time dispersing
I have been trying to get back into the habit of making a soundtrack for each shoot I do.
I figured I'd start including them in these posts so you can get a feel for what's in my head :)