There’s definitely a fascination with Marilyn going on at the moment. Just two weeks ago I shared a shoot recreating her wedding, and today I have another, this time of some of her most iconic boudoir photo shoots!
The concept and styling came from the mind of Corie of Vigilante Cosmetics. It was photographed by William of Six Hearts Photography and the model was his wife Schellie! “I wanted to do this shoot because it turned me on”, William explained.
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!”