Every now and then I take some time to work on personal creative projects, this allows me to test out looks that I might not get to use in at typical boudoir shoot. I put a message out to my friends to see if anyone was available one weekend to shoot and Lady Stockholm answered the call. I had so much fun photographing her, she brought along some amazing pieces of clothing by a local designer Carnie Couture and I tested out some softening lens filters to give the images a dreamy effect. Last week I did a little poll on my Facebook Page asking which processing of this image of the lovely Lady Stockholm my fans liked better. It seems that you guys are partial to the warm tones because B. was the clear favorite of the two images (sorry A. fans you were out voted this time). As promised I have edited the rest of the images from this set to match the processing of picture B. I love the fantasy quality it gave all of the images. I hope you all enjoy them too.
I am excited to start a new weekly blog to help inspire your boudoir wardrobe. The inspiration pages are fully interactive so if you click on any of the items you can see how much they are and where you can purchase them at! How cool is that? This first weeks installment is the Flower Bomb, I love incorporating beautiful floral patterns in to boudoir shoots, they are just so feminine and have a fun vintage flare about them. As an added bonus this week I am including some pictures from Lady T’s wedding because they fit the theme so well. She wanted some fun photos with her bridesmaids before they got dress so she bought them beautiful floral robes. We had a great time exploring the amazing gardens where the wedding was held and got some great shots!
I was thrilled when Lady M contacted me about doing a session I have know this gorgeous mother of three, yes I said mother of three, for many years and her husband for even longer. She told me she was looking to do a sexy shoot for their wedding anniversary which I loved. They were high school sweethearts and she wanted to give him something really special. She has always been one of the sweetest girls and from her bubbly personality I knew she was going to bring something unique to her shoot. She picked out a lot of cute outfit and props for us to work with and wanted lots diversity to show off her unique personality. One of the outfits she brought was a sexy old west look, complete with the corset, cowboy hat and boots. Picking themes for your session can be fun way to break out of your shell during your session and add a fun creative element to your shoot. She pulled off the look spectacularly from the hat to the boots she worked her session and looked absolutely amazing. Keep an eye out for the blog post where Lady M and I explore the roaring 20s with a Great Gatsby inspired look.
It is not everyday that I get a call asking for a shoot with sexy ladies and outdoor power equipment, but when I do this is how it turns out. While browsing through my old files I came across this shoot form 2011 where I was asked to do just that. A company needed some images with their product for an ad campaign, it sounded like a fun and interesting project that I just couldn’t turn down. We hired some amazing models and set to work and let me tell you making power equipment look sexy is no easy task, luckily the girls made up for it. I really enjoy challenges like this where is forces me to think out of the box and be really creative. The property we were shooting on was a stunning backdrop for this shoot, complete with freshly cut trees and a very old John Deere skidder, it went perfectly with the chainsaws. The whole night before the shoot it had been raining so I was worried that we were going to have to call it off, but it was our lucky day because it stopped raining and we got some wonderful cloud shots.
Here is a little behind the scenes action to see what it took to get the shot with the skidder, my wonderful husband, boyfriend at the time, can be seen assisting me on the left there. That is how I knew he was a keeper! For the photographers out there, the main light was an Alien Bee with a 45 degree grid there in the middle then off to the right I had my ring flash with a moon unit on it for fill and to the right a medium softbox to light the front of the skidder. This was by far the most complicated setup we did that day, good thing part of the equipment line was small generators meaning I was able to power my flashes in the middle of nowhere with their standard recharge rate, it was fantastic.
What does one do when they wake up extremely early? Well start a blog of course! I have been meaning to start blogging my adventures in photography, but just keep putting it off, I have decided that there is no time like the present. I thought it would be appropriate to start my blog off with someone who is going to see pop up on my blog quite often, she is an extraordinary woman who I have know for over a decade and was one of my very first models, my dear friend Kristen. I adore this girl, we have tons in common and bonded over our love of Lord of the Rings, when the movies came out I lost count of how many times we went and saw them together. We also both attended Oregon State University and she is a devout Beavers fan. She has been my constant muse and inspiration since I started photography and I can say without hesitation that I wouldn’t be where I am today with out her. Kristen has listened to, and gone along with every single crazy idea I have tossed her way with a smile on her face, even when I asked her to get into a frigid creek she didn’t even hesitate. Whenever I get into a rut with my photography or if I want to test out new ideas or lighting setups all I have to do is call and she somehow finds time in her busy schedule to help me out. Thank you Kristen for being the best friend and model a girl could ask for.