So with all the fuss about the new 50 Shades film coming out very soon, I thought it might be fun to do some boudoir shots. I asked someone I know if she was up for it, happily she was and we put a date in the diary.
I didn't want it to be all T and A, some boudoir images that I've seen have been all about the cleavage and the photoshopping and that just isn't my style. I wanted to create some fabulous images that show off a woman's curves but that are, dare I say tasteful and ever so slightly provocative and avoid photoshopping the body at all costs. Most of us ladies don't like the way we look; we're unhappy about everything from our hair (not bouncy enough) to our boobs (not big enough) to our derriere (disaster zone) and by photoshopping an image I am, as both a photographer and a woman saying no, you're right, you're not good enough so I'm going to photoshop you to create an ideal. I want ladies to see how fabulous they really are without the need for photoshop!
Now, don't get me wrong I'm not going to be burning bras and getting all humpfy if a man holds a door open for me, but I want to show that every woman is stunning in her own way and help her to feel good about herself. OK, you may not have legs up to your armpits but you might have fabulous boobs or an amazing smile! In the photo above, the actual image of the body hasn't been altered in any way. And yes, she does have a lovely figure but the point is that she doesn't think she does! When she saw this image she was stunned, as was her husband, in a good way might I add.
I did a lot of research before the shoot, even went so far as to buy a book and study it - The Art of Boudoir Photography by Christa Meola - highly recommend it, as a photographer she's beyond fabulous. I bought props (including two riding crops, which I think I'm a bit too fond of), planned which shots I wanted to take, where they would be and most important of all, had the poses in my head. I know that of course posing someone properly is the difference between a duff shot and an amazing one, but with this kind of photography it's absolutely critical, as is attention to the tiniest detail. I learned that what I have in my head as a pose, the normal human body just might not be able to do (arch your back more, more, more!) and just as with everything else photography related, light and angles are everything!
Some of the shots just didn't work out, so I have to figure out why not and how I can get them to work, so back to my Art of Boudoir book. The good thing about photographing a friend is their feedback; how long can they hold a pose for, what's too uncomfortable, which shots they liked, which they didn't and why.
What started out as a bit of fun feels like it could quite possibly become my new obsession........................... "Mrs Mills will see you now." Hahaha!