I’m excited to share images from a recent boudoir collaboration with my muse, Justine. This collaboration was so needed! Lately I’ve been making more time for personal work. To play, explore and try new things. These types of shoots keep me fresh and inspired for clients.
Justine provided all of the wardrobe and accessories. Justine and I were on the same page as far as style and aesthetic. It was important to capture a soft look in the white sheets with a new lighting set up plus some looks that were strong and edgy because I’ve been wanting to explore that in my recent work. What I love about the choices we made is that for the most part, these images are very different from typical ‘boudoir’. When you think boudoir photography, the common visual that comes to mind are heels and lingerie. But boudoir can be translated to so many different looks, feelings, wardrobe and individual to each woman. Boudoir is whatever makes you feel empowered and sexy. For some that’s pearls, for others it could be a pink body suit and a leather jacket. I also wanted to explore a look that was more fashion and less about showing skin and more about showing personality.
When Justine arrived at the studio, we were chitchatting before getting started and I asked Justine why she was interested in a boudoir photoshoot and I was inspired by what she shared. I asked her later if she would mind putting her motivation into words. This is what she shared with me:
“I felt it’s important for young women in today’s society to be surrounded by their own truths. Not someones highlight reel, but their own true self. Society has numerous amounts of media television, radio, music, internet… they all tell you what they think you should be, who you should look like, what you should weight, how you should act. I never wanted that… not for my girls. I want them to be strong. Confident in their own skin, self loving and self aware that no matter what, there will only ever be one of them. They are unique and timeless. That’s why I do it. To document loving myself and teaching them that imperfections are perfect. That everyone’s body is beautiful. To teach them that there’s no shame in being content in your own skin.“
“My goal is to show them their worth, to allow them to appreciate themselves and remind them they are sacred, precious and far more importantly… perfectly made.” – Justine