As a photographer every now and then you need to take time to step away from the business side of things and just let the artist play. Unfortunately sometimes those creative projects get put aside when business gets busy. It is kind of fun and therapeutic to go back and revisit those lost projects and breathe new life into them. Last year I found this amazing vintage night gown on Etsy and all I could think was that it needed to be photographed at the beach and I knew that Jasmine was the perfect model for the job. We packed up the car and made our way to Hug Point on the Oregon Coast. It is a beautiful location, but make sure if you check it out to go at low tide so you can really explore all the waterfalls and caves. Much of this beach is submerged at high tide which makes it a very magical place since it can only be accessed at certain times of the day and it was the perfect spot to bring the Sea Queen to life.
2016 can be marked as the year of exciting new changes, not only for The Sensual Photographer, but in my personal life as well. In July my husband and I will be adding a new member to our family! I have already had the incredible experience of having some wonderful photographers document my pregnancy journey in beautiful artistic ways and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Also consider this fair warning I will be taking July and some of August off from photography so make sure to plan accordingly.
The other big change this year is that I have moved into my very own studio. It is located at Industry 10 Studios in the old Oregon Brass Works building in SE Portland. This is something that I have talked about doing for a very long time and I just hadn’t found the right spot until now. The space has an extremely welcoming and warm feel to it with an amazing window that allows for beautiful natural light. I can’t wait to start photographing all of you beautiful ladies there. The best part? From now until the end of February I am offering a new studio special, mini sessions starting at $325, perfect for the last minute Valentine’s Day gift, or take 20% off any full session package. The mini session slots will be limited so make sure to book right away so you don’t miss out!
I am sharing the studio with Angela Thornton of Morph Knitwear who, along with my hair and makeup artist Gina Campbell, graciously agreed to let me test out the space with them.
A few weeks ago I announced that The Sensual Photographer had added a new member to the creative team to help with set styling and posing coaching. Angela is a great addition to The Sensual Photographer and last week we got a chance to really put her talents into action. We took on the task of creating a vintage set in my guest bedroom for a shoot with a local Portland burlesque performer Wanda Bones (sorry guys I can’t share these photos yet). We wanted it to have the feel of a 1920s opium den and this was the inspirational image we kept coming back to.
Angela has a real eye for selecting just the right items to give a space a truly authentic feel and in the end we created a beautiful, textural paradise. Since I posted the behind the scenes of Wanda Bones’ session I have been getting lots of interest in boudoir sessions in the space. This gave me an idea, I am going to keep the set up for the month of July for Boudoir Mini Sessions! If you have been on the fence about doing a boudoir session this is a great way to take a leap and get a little taste of what a full session would be like!
Here is what the session includes,
Hair and makeup
On set posing coach
One outfit (additional outfits can be added for $50 each)
In person reveal session
5 fully edited digital images ($375 value)
10% off all additional products purchased
This special rate applies only to sessions in the vintage 1920s set, all other sessions will be at the standard rate.
I even loved the set so much that I decided it was time for me to get back in front of the camera and do some self-portraits. In college I used to do a lot of self-portrait work. It wasn’t always easy to find models so I started to photograph myself. It was always a fun and creative process that taught me a lot about myself and photography.
Now it is almost 10 years after taking my first self-portrait and I am back in front of the camera. I truly believe as a boudoir photographer that it is important to stand behind my message of self love and acceptance. Back in November I decided I was going to focus on taking care of my body. I joined my friend Dorothy’s Beach Body challenge group and started my journey of exercising daily, developing clean eating habits and living an all around healthy life style. It has been an amazing experience. The women in my group keep me motivated, I have more energy and I feel healthier everyday. These are all great things, but I would be kidding myself if the ultimate goal wasn’t weight loss. Not only have I not lost weight, I have actually gained some! I know, I am probably losing fat and gaining muscle, I get this logically, but when the scale isn’t moving it can be rather frustrating. Taking these photos was a great reminder that I am still gorgeous all 155 lbs of me. I hear it all the time “I will book a session when I loose this last 10 lbs,” but if I had waited to take these pictures until I had lost that 10 lbs I would have missed out on seeing that I look great right now, just the way I am.
Want to talk about a blast from the past, this is one of my very first self-portraits. Here I am, a little baby 19 year old, judging by this picture it is no wonder I ended up becoming a boudoir photographer.
To all of the busty ladies out there (and even some of you who don’t believe you are busty) I would like to tell you all about this wonderful place called The Pencil Test, located on NE Alberta. It was recommended to me by my spokesmodel finalist Danielle. Most of you know how difficult it is to find anything resembling cute lingerie if you are over a D cup, but I am here to tell you there is hope, this is a lingerie boutique that specializes in bras that are D cups and up. Now since I am personally B/C cup I had wanted to check this place out because the number one thing I see in my job is ill fitting bras, but thought it might be a little strange since they wouldn’t carry anything in my size. That is where my other two spokesmodel finalists come into save the day!
I asked Jessica if she would like to meet me there and we could try on some outfits for her photos shoot. She quickly agreed and I am so very glad she did. Our experience at The Pencil Test was amazing, their customer service is completely unmatched. When I got there Jessica had arrived before me and told them what we were doing. She already had a bra in hand to try on to get the fit right. I am pretty sure that Abby, who helped us with both fittings, is a bra magician. There was no awkward measuring involved she just simply looked at both ladies and ran to the back and started pulling out bras for them to try on. I even over heard her ask one lady what size she wore and the woman told her she usually wore a C cup. She took one look at her and away they went to the dressing room. Turns out the woman fit better in an E cup, magic seriously! What I loved about the experience was that Abby continually checked in to make sure that the fit was actually correct. Now this might seem a little intimidating at first, but the dressing rooms are set up in a way that it is very private and I promise it is for the best. She knows her stuff and was able to fine tune the sizing just by looking a the way the bra sat on the body. She is also full of useful tips on bra wearing. I am telling you this girl is a boob genius. I was also really impressed with the comfortable atmosphere of the store, bra shopping can be a daunting task and everything was just so relaxed and dare I say fun! I knew that I absolutely had to take Bettina there to get fitted as well.
Now let’s talk about the transformation of wearing a bra that fits properly. It was incredible for me to watch both of the ladies demeanor change once they had on a bra that fit well. I could see their confidence growing, they stood differently and looked genuinely comfortable in what they were wearing. Since neither of these ladies had ever modeled before, like most of my clients, they were a bit nervous and didn’t know what to expect from a boudoir sessions, but as they tried on different outfits we talked about what worked well for their bodies and what was going to photograph best on them. During the process of trying bras on I could feel some of the nerves start to subside. By the time we walked out of the store they were both excited and much more prepared for their session because they knew that they had a really great outfit, to wear.
The Pencil Test has the best selection of cute and sexy lingerie for D cups and up that I have ever seen in an actual store front. They also have a really great section of basics. I know the big question is often cost, their bras tend to be in in the $50 – $70 range, but they are well made and going to fit, which for many ladies is a huge bonus. Also walking out of their knowing your proper size and understanding how a bra should fit is pretty much priceless in my opinion.
In the end all three of my spokesmodel finalists were wearing bras purchased from The Pencil Test. Check out the bras in action! Also voting is still happening to select my 2015 spokesmodel from one of these three lovely ladies. If you would like to help me select my spokes model Vote Here!
The Sensual Photographer is searching for her 2015 Spokesmodel. Our top three finalists all had photo shoots and now it is time for you to help out your favorite contestant by voting for them. Go to The Sensual Photographer’s Facebook Page and cast your vote right now. Not sure who you want to vote for? Make sure to check out each contestant’s gallery, on the voting page, to see the best images from their sessions. Your votes will be combined with the the judges scores to select our winner. For every 10 votes the contestant will receive an extra point towards their final score so make sure to share!