"I think every woman and girl should be encouraged to embrace and take care of their bodies."
Taking advantage of the lull in wedding season this winter, I switched gears and focused on photography that feeds my soul…which apparently involves some nudity and strong empowered women. :) The past eight weeks have been filled with photographing childbirth and boudoir sessions, and I don’t plan on stopping when wedding season arrives this month. I’ll always love my documentary roots, but its refreshing to engage in more conceptual work. I plan on booking more boudoir sessions in 2016, so please hit me up if you want to have fun running around in your lingerie and feeling sexy!
My inspiration for this shoot was my friend’s rad motorcycle. I’ve wanted to incorporate it in some kind of portrait photography for awhile now, and what better way to show it off than juxtapose the moto with some leather and lace? This boudoir session with Elle was so much, and I’m really excited to share the final photos with the interwebs. Read the Q&A with Elle below to learn more about her boudoir session inspiration and experience.
1. What led you to do a boudoir session?
I fully believe in body positivity. I think every woman and girl should be encouraged to embrace and take care of their bodies. That's what the boudoir session does for me. I am able to see myself from another angle other than the mirror. Seeing photos of myself looking sexy and beautiful is a real confidence-booster.
2. What makes you feel sexy?
A lot of things! Sleeping naked. Sheer lingerie. Getting compliments on how I look. Nice perfume. High heels. A shade of lipstick to match my mood. Sensual songs. A good work out. Freshly shaved legs.
3. What was your inspiration for this shoot? (i.e. any particular blogs/tumblr feeds/pinterest ideas). How did you prepare?
A lot of my inspiration came from AdoreMe lingerie and some lingerie models on Instagram. Also (kind of funny but it helped), I practiced some poses at home with a selfie stick just to get an idea of some positions that looked nice and what positions to avoid.
4. What was it like shooting with me? Was it different than you expected? How so?
I guess shooting with you was about how I expected. I assumed I would be a little nervous at first but as I got more direction and some idea of how the photos were turning out I would adjust, and I did. I quickly became more comfortable with less clothing and with that, I think I felt a little more creative. You were great to work with! Honest about how to turn and how certain positions were working out.
The one thing I did not expect was how physically demanding modeling can be! Each shot was just a couple muscle contractions different than the shot before. I have a new respect for the girls on ANTM.
5. What do you plan to do with the photos?
Honestly, I mostly just plan to keep them for myself. I know a lot of women do these for someone else but I like seeing this side of myself. Of course I have some friends who will be interested in seeing how they turned out and maybe another lucky person or two who can see a preview...
6. Which photo(s) from this shoot are your favorite? What do you like most about them?
Tough question because I have favorites from each location. I think my most favorite are the ones in the red one-piece in the bedroom. I like the softness of the lighting with the sexiness of the sheer teddy - very sensual overall. I also love how my hip tattoo looks in that setting. I love how my tattoo also looks really hardcore and awesome in the shots with the bike.
7. Feel free to share anything else about your boudoir session experience- i.e. where your lingerie was from, who did your makeup, where you boots/jacket were from, etc.
Make-up credit goes to Adrienne Duterte- an amazing and very talented friend of mine!
The black set of lingerie was from AdoreMe. The rest of the lingerie was stuff I have collected in the last couple years.
The faux-leather jacket is a Forever21 piece. Great addition to my neutral palette wardrobe!
And the body is by me! The result of 27 years of lessons on how to love my body and care for my body properly, and there's still a lot to learn.
I hope to do more of these sessions! A big thanks to you, Courtney! This was an incredible experience!
Thank you, Elle, for putting yourself out there and embracing this shoot wholeheartedly. I admire the fact that you did this for yourself and not for another person- your body positivity is inspiring! Thank you for collaborating with me on this fun, creative, and sexy shoot.