If you thought boudoir photography was just for twenty somethings, you’d be very mistaken. I see more forty and fifty something women, and especially women celebrating their 50th birthday with a boudoir photo shoot than any other age. Kim, photographed, was celebrating her sixtieth birthday and it was a fabulous shoot.
It’s brilliant to see so many women hitting that wonderful age where they’re ignoring their body hang-ups (we all have them) and saying “Actually, I kind of like me and I’m doing this while I still feel good.”
As a boudoir photographer it is amazing to have a woman tell me “I like this about my body, but not this so much”, because then I have something to work with. My client can relax knowing that I will emphasise what she likes and hide what she doesn’t want seen. As she begins to trust me, she starts to relax and enjoy the shoot, her personality shines through, her eyes start to dance and the magic happens. It just comes together – it’s that awesome point in a boudoir shoot that just flows. She feels good, she looks great and the photographs sing. Magic.
I have been so busy in the studio over the last couple of months that I’ve not had any time left to write about the photographs I’ve been taking. Now that I am on top of all the very exciting developments in my studio all the sawdust and daily tidying up has been well worth it! I now have a shooting area perfectly designed for how I like to shoot and light a scene to create dramatic, striking images. The week ahead is going to be hard work and so much fun as each day I will be working on bringing my ideas to “film” (or in the digital age, I should probably say pixel) and fine tuning concepts with some lovely volunteer ladies.
Which brings me to the title of my post …in the world of boudoir, shadows are definitely a girl’s best friend! My approach to boudoir is to light a scene for the shadows, rather than just light it from every angle, because it is the shadows that create the mood and sexiness of a boudoir portrait. When the imagination is made to work a photograph is so much more tasteful, enticing, mysterious and ultimately alluring.
Shadows are brilliant for sculpting the body – making more of the curves you want to show off and cleverly hiding the others. We all have them…even supermodels, although to a lesser degree of course. They’ve also spent a long time learning to work the angles of their bodies…and I’ve spent a long time developing skills to capture my clients looking their best.
So, in my Sussex boudoir photography studio shadows create mood, mystery and most importantly beauty.
PS – I was only joking about the diamonds…we all love a little sparkle!