Joelle & Jake’s shoot was described to me as “intimate, organic and unique” by their photographer Anna Jones and I really couldn’t say it any better. Somewhere between a boudoir, a day in the life and a wedding portrait shoot, these images that took my breath away as soon as I saw them. Perfectly honest and stunningly peaceful. They are just utterly, utterly beautiful and everything a couple shoot should be.
That may well be the oddest blog post title I’ve ever written but either way…
I have a love/hate relationship with boudoir. I’m sure I’ve written about this before, but while I love the thought of girls celebrating their bodies, stripping off and feeling sexy, I’ve just seen all to many boudoir shoots that are, forgive me, but so so wrong. A bit tacky, kinda cheesy or just plain slutty. Yeah, I said it… so sue me.
But this is not one of those cases.
Hanh aka ‘Angry Panda’ really wanted to show off all her bright and colourful tattoos. She loved the work of wedding photographers The Willinghams and so booked them to do just that. “Angela rocked this session”, wrote photographer Drew. “This shoot is the beginning to an awesome addition to our offerings to our unconventional clients.”
So I’ve come to a conclusion. These are the key things to making a boudoir session awesome and not awful:
♥ Tattooed bodies – always and forever.
♥ Simple styling – setting the shoot in a plain, unfussy and unpretentious environment (no satin sheets – vom!) Your own bedroom is perfect.
♥ Cute but not overly sexy underwear – boy shorts, vest tops, cotton bras, pull up socks (absoultely no suspenders, lace see-thru knickers or peek-a-boo bras).
♥ And a panda hat never hurts either…
I have a love/hate relationship with boudoir photography. On the one hand, I think every gal should have the opportunity to feel sexy, and being photographed with that pre-wedding glow – either as a gift for your beloved or a treat to yourself – is a great way to boost the confidence. However I don’t generally feature that many of these shoots, because, forgive me, but a lot of the ones I see are somewhat tacky… or trashy… or just not very sexy at all. Whoever decided feather boas can make the transition from hen do tack to boudoir class needs a stern talking to. There are exceptions of course, but in my experience they are few and far between.
Well I’m pleased as punch to report that, again, I’ve been proved wrong with today’s shoot. Submitted by portrait photographer Meredith Wullkotte is is elegant, classy, sexy and effortlessly cool. These simple shots of model Staci Gibbs are just perfect!
**Warning before we begin, some of these photos may not be safe for work, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. There are boobs…nice boobs…but boobs none the less…**
Most of you will have noticed that I don’t feature a whole load of boudoir on Rock n Roll Bride. It’s not that I don’t like it, but I guess my opinion is the same as that on engagement shoots – the photos are amazing for the people involved (show me a man who wouldn’t want to see his bride to be all sexified-up for him pre-wedding?) but for us non-involved people, once you’ve see one hot lady in sexy undies jumping around on a bed you’ve seen ‘em all…
Which is why I was chuffed to bits to receive Casey’s boudoir shoot from photographer Nikita Gross recently. Something a bit different and hella hella sexy hurrah!
The inspiration for the shoot was “a crazy, psychedelic, Rock n Roll, fantasy dream,” explained Nikita. “Inspired by 60′s and 70′s music and the feel of old album covers, I wanted this shoot to be wild and hot. Casey was so awesome! She got my vision completely and dug out some amazing pieces from her own wardrobe…. the smoke is actually from left over smoke bombs I had from Independence day.”
“We started the day out in my car jamming The Doors which inspired a heated discussion about how hot Jim Morrison was. After about a 20 minute ride we arrived at the location I picked out for the shoot, a field of wild flowers in KY, my favorite place to be. Here we were, on a long gravel road in the middle of nowhere, clothes and cameras everywhere, Casey half naked and here come the police! You should have seen the look on their faces, priceless. Thanks to Casey’s power of seduction they were super cool about letting us stay and shoot. How could they say no, right?”
Boudoir photography isn’t something I feature that often, but when I saw Miya’s session I instantly loved it. The genuine vibe of these images, coupled with the beautiful use of light…and of course Miya’s beautiful ink…made me swoon. Lots.
“Miya came to me wanting a boudoir shoot that was a little different… something a little more abstract and artsy, not just ‘here I am in my underwear!’ ” photographer Ariel told me.”So I thought of shooting through fabrics (to soften the image and give them some natural texture & color) & to use the tilt shift lens a bit. I love how they turned out and Miya was super cool to shoot!”
The trend for brides to organise a pre-wedding boudoir shoot to commemorate their pre-wedding self, as well as provide their husband’s to be with a sexy memento of just how lucky they are (!) is one that has gained momentum over the past few years. Not many of you will know this, but I actually did a similar shoot before I got married! Needless to say it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be (it was the first professional photo shoot I’d ever done!) and Gareth erm…LOVED the results!
One of the poineers in boudoir photography in the UK are For Your Eyes Only. The studio based company is run by women for women! They company was set up in 2002 by Alexandra Burns – her idea being to create stunning images of gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes.
She explains, ”A FYEO Shoot is a unique experience and is based upon a routine of skin smoothing, body sculpting poses in a private black out studio, where you are one to one with your own female photographer, who will direct you and look after you the whole time.”
“FYEO has studios across the UK – in High Wycombe, Manchester, Essex & Tunbridge Wells (studios opening in Newcastle and Taunton soon!) The reason we are studio based and not daylight based, as some other photographers are, is because of this specialist black out studio and lighting techniques, which are designed to flatter all different body shapes and is ultra skin smoothing.”
The experience starts with you arriving at your FYEO studio a few minutes before your appointment with a bag full of your own personal goodies, such as your wedding lingerie, a tiara or veil, strappy shoes or even something of your other half’s, such as favourite shirt and tie. The shoot is completely tailored you you, your style and what you want you want to create.
“As well as having shots taken in your wedding lingerie, you can also have some nudie pics!” continues Alexandra. “Tasteful, of course… think… You, your favourite necklace and your wedding shoes!”
You’ll even have your very own make up artist on hand to primp, preen and make you feel like a million dollars.
Meet the FYEO Team at The National Wedding Shows, visit their website www.fyeoportraits.com or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a booking call them on 0871 218 0343.
FYEO would like to offer a MASSIVE 50% off to Rock n Roll Bride readers who book any package booked before the end of January. Simply quote ‘RocknRollBride’ when you enquire.
Huge thanks to Alexandra and the whole FYEO team for taking part in this feature today. I love you guys!