Road Test: Boudoir Photography- I did it!
I didn’t start 2018 with any resolutions. Something that really resonated with me though, was an overarching feeling that this year would be ‘The Year of Self-Love’. It’s become clear to me that I need to invest time into feeling good, before I can be my best self for others. I had no idea when this popped in to my head, that there would be a strange turn of events that would lead to this article being published. In Carrie Bradshaw style, I couldn’t help but wonder, was this the Law of Attraction at work, fate, or something as simple as just saying yes, when otherwise I may have said no.
Late last year, I wrote an article on my website entitled 'REAL TALK: Boudoir Photoshoots with Photographer Amanda Thorson- are you game?' after styling a lingerie editorial for HerCanberra. The photographer on said shoot was Amanda Thorson, of Thorson Photography, who has recently started shooting boudoir, in addition to wedding and family photography. I was so struck by Amanda’s work- she portrays women in such a natural, feminine and beautiful way and as we chatted at the shoot, it struck me that I wanted to learn more about why she decided to branch out into boudoir. After the article was published, with an amazing readership, Amanda asked if a boudoir shoot would be something I might be interested in. Of course, future me thought it was a great idea. In the same way that future me agrees to my neighbour’s cousin’s baby shower, or a stuffy networking event for work, or bootcamp… actually, scrap the last one, I’d never agree to bootcamp. So I said yes, thinking I’d have a few weeks ( filled with the festive season, Christmas, New Years and 8000 champagnes) to get into my best shape ever and be a boudoir goddess radiating with health!
Of course, in typical me fashion, I didn’t prepare for the shoot in any way, that’s to say there was no diet or exercise regime in the lead-up. It was only two days earlier that I was hoeing down cider, calamari, pizza and nachos at the RUC ( yes all of them, don’t judge) that it occurred to me that I would be getting my kit off in front of a camera. I suppose I figured that this is me, squishy bits and all and probably that I didn’t realise at the time my images would be appearing for the masses to see!
Anyway, shoot day was upon us and Amanda was set to arrive at 9am as I was working afterwards and that’s when my apartment had optimum light. Although I could have requested for my hair and makeup to be done by a professional, I opted to do it myself because hey, I’m all about low maintenance. I was also highly disorganised after Christmas and the New Year and prioritised making my apartment look more acceptable than myself.
Having worked for many years as a personal and fashion stylist, I’ve styled many shoots and am incredibly comfortable behind the scenes so felt a tad like a fish out of water when I was the subject matter. Luckily Amanda knew exactly what to say to ease me into the flow. I believe I asked at one point if it was too early for a glass of wine, being only 9 o’clock in the morning and Amanda quipped ‘No judgement here!’ which, when you’re standing in your knickers in the morning sun, was pacifying. I didn’t have a wine but decided Amanda and I should have some post- shoot croissants so popped those on as we settled in.
I had to kick my poor partner out of the house as he was starting work late, so off he went to the gym, bless him. I loved the fact that Amanda came to my place, where I feel most comfortable. It would have been fun to have the shoot in a hotel room too, which is an option, but it was so nice not to have to schlep anything anywhere and be in my own environment.
Lucky for me, being the owner of Miss Winks, I have somewhat unusual access to a large array of beautiful lingerie at the ready. This definitely helped in the ‘what to wear’ department as I have a collection of firm favourites. I am a huge believer that beautiful lingerie severely ups your confidence factor, no more so than when it’s the only thing you have on…in broad daylight…in front of a camera.
On reflection, I think I was more nervous than I realised. To ease me in, Amanda said, ‘Let’s not worry about posing, we’ll just have a conversation and we’ll go from there”. This was fabulous, because I love a chat and so once I was yabbering away, I almost forgot what we were doing. Amanda was so chatty and at ease that it was like having a catch-up with an old friend. The whole thing was so fluid, she didn’t tell me what to do, I just kind of did it, with encouraging words from Amanda along the way. Low and behold, I was having fun!
Amanda has an incredible talent for capturing the most flattering light. At one point she was wondering around the house, staring at corners and before I started to question if she was bonkers, she explained she was finding the best lighting. And boy was she right. Only someone with a trained eye can see that. I certainly couldn’t. But then I was too busy making croissants.
As we wrapped up the shoot, Amanda and I kept chatting away, eating our croissants and I must say I felt rather buoyant. Revived, like something had awakened. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why but as I practically skipped to work I realised I was proud of myself. Proud for baring my skin and with it, my vulnerability.
When the email with the images pinged on my phone, I immediately got butterflies. Self-doubt started to creep back in. Though as I started to scroll through the portfolio, I started to smile- it was just me, in lovely light, through the eye of a photographer who really knows her stuff. And you know what? It felt bloody good.
2018, you’re off to a good start. I realised I can have my croissants (semi-nude) and eat them too.
Wearing the Edie Bottoms- SALE $49.00
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