This stunning gown in the closet of my client was calling my name from the other room… it fit her like a dream… diaphanous, regal, royal & of course, sexy. My favorite thing about full day shoots is the ability to shoot a little bit like a fashion photographer instead of focusing on ONE thing. The day of this shoot we did a 70′s couture look in front of marble fireplace, a simple & bare look in the bedroom, a sexy high-fashion lingerie look with a long 70′s fro’ in her ultra cool skylight-lit hallway, this darling dress in a meadow and one tiny add-on look on the street in front of her house that was reminiscent of 1950′s Havana. Long summer days for photographing are the best!
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!