The gorgeous Amanda drove down to meet Melissa Hoffmann and me in Santa Barbara for our Workshop. Her soft, sweet, sensual face was perfect for the rare moment I shoot Boudoir actually IN a bedroom. I wanted this look to feel organic, relaxed & contemplative… because really… isn’t that how many of us are when we hang out in our bedrooms alone? Anyway, I thought it was appropriate to post these today as I’ve got so much to contemplate myself lately. Lots of transformation and exciting things to look forward to (and be nervous about) and maybe even some major life shifts are in store too. Though I don’t look nearly as pretty as miss Amanda when I contemplate major life changes… I do have to say that Amanda is deliciously calm 100% of the time. So much so that her dead-pan, slowly drawled-out responses make me double over in laughter. I’m so grateful there are girls like her in the world. Smart, quirky, successful, hilarious and with a pair of lips that I have to restrain myself from kissin on every few seconds (I’m not alone, my workshop attendees AND Melissa all agreed they’re pretty much out of this world amazing).
I have no words for how amazing this location was. It was a building in progress and I’ll likely never be able to shoot there again. So I’m unbelievably grateful I was able to experience it with Becca. I live for clients who GET me and GET what I do & why. And Becca is a bright, shining example of GETTING it. Her sincere sweetness & enthusiasm mix with her gorgeous, huge eyes and I just couldn’t help but want to carry her around under my wing while at the same time, convincing her she can fly. Because she can.
I had the immense privilege of getting to break out my hair & makeup skills for our mini shoot together (no, I don’t offer them typically, Becca & I were in a bit of a life-bootcamp together here in northern California and decided to make some pretty). I LOVE getting to style my clients top to bottom (I even put her in my vest that I brought to wear to dinner that night) and Becca let me play and do my thing. I love that her reaction to the reflection of herself was all at once shock, excitement and saying ‘I don’t look like a different person, I just look AWESOME!’. If I could buy moments & feelings like that I would. But I only get them from working with my beautiful boudoir clients. We had SO much fun in this location and I got to play with the exact emotion & sexiness I love to shoot. Basically, everything I love. So here she is ;)
Becca is writing a little something about her experience with me which you can find on her AWESOME blog, The Dabblist.
This is Misty’s favorite image from her maternity shoot with me… and to me… it’s almost hard to look at because it reminds me so much of the work I did my first year of experimenting with photography. I was always at the beach, it was almost always overcast, I almost always shot B&W and it almost always had this mood. And it scared me. I didn’t want to go backwards. I didn’t want to show the world I haven’t grown. But then the craziness settled a bit because of course I have grown. This portion of her shoot was done completely impromptu & quickly as we were getting ready for a planned experiment with some darkness. I think that’s why this came out. My connection with Misty is a deep one and that comfort and familiarity brought out a dormant side of me that was just in her ‘zone’ and took over. It feels a little like I brought my new-ish friend Misty together with my old self so that we could come out even more deeply connected. Too woo-woo for you? oh well. That’s my theory. Because this was frankly just too easy. So thank you, my gorgeous mama to be. You are part of many awakenings!
As Melissa & I sat in multiple pockets of traffic on our way down to Santa Barbara, I kept quiet. I didn’t want to be that annoying chick who is all ‘positive Polly’ when someone else is stressing. But I felt it. I didn’t know why but I just thought ‘we’ll get there at the exact right time’. For the weeks leading up to the Workshop, Melissa, my attendees, my husband and my FB friends repeatedly asked me if I had a model yet. Well, I needed two and only had one. There was always a conflict… either they couldn’t get out of work, their boyfriends wouldn’t approve of them being sexy outdoors (no idea why that sweet girl even emailed big bad old me) or they simply weren’t close to my typical client (what I strive for when I get ‘models’ is no experience but qualities representing my current clients). I kept telling everyone not to worry. I knew we’d get someone and I knew she’d be awesome. I told them ‘I found a model for my first workshop the night before at a restaurant!’ Where’s the faith? So we headed to Santa Barbara sans model.
As soon as we drove up, we unloaded the van (thanks, Jacob!!!) of tons and tons of Workshop suitcases and headed out for dinner to a place I randomly found on Yelp with good reviews. We drove over, missed a few parking spots but finally walked in. There in front of us was this girl. I nudged Melissa. Several times. My wide eyes giving away my excitement. This girl was stunning. Her hair, her funky faux-fur jacket, her whole look screamed cool Santa Barbara chick. She headed over to the salsa bar and I basically attacked her. Long story short, she looked up my website and emailed me that she was IN! I felt like high-fiving everyone I passed and saying ‘SEE? I told you!’ I refrained.
These images are a result of my very little shooting time (I’ve come to realize teaching a workshop doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll get all the images I want and I am friggin CHANGING that next time!) of the second (and last) look we did with the gorgeous Jenny (who, happens to be a personal stylist). I know how to pick ‘em you guys.
Jennie’s eyes make me a little weak in the knees. Her loud, raspy, sassy voice completes the package of this stunning, sweet, talented woman. I am SO fortunate to have had her come into my life. We’ve been texting about fashion ever since ;)
I am beyond excited to add some of these photos to my Image Gallery.
Photographed & Styled by Me
Hair/Makeup by Melissa Hoffmann