These two have such a special bond and we wanted to capture it in a unique way. This wasn’t a bachelorette boudoir party, this wasn’t to put on sexy lingerie for their partners, this was to slow down and be in intimate moments with each other and themselves. There really is a special bond between women and I hope I captured a little piece of that.Read More
destination boudoir photographer
When Caroline, of Moonstruck Florals, reached out to me about doing a styled boudoir session in her studio, it was a definite “YES” from me. I wanted Caroline to have full control of the aesthetic of this shoot. This was my first boudoir styled shoot and I wanted to capture what someone else created. It’s so incredible to work with other creatives and not interrupt their process. My voice was going to be in the photography aspect, I wanted Caroline’s voice to really shine in the rest of the shoot.Read More
*this post contains some nudity
It’s crazy to think that destination photography has gone beyond weddings, but it absolutely has. I like to let people know when I’m traveling for work or pleasure because more times than not, I book a few extra sessions. These are people that live in different parts of the world, but follow my work. It’s so neat to meet people, who have been supporting me through social media for the last few years. I also book destination sessions all on their own and will often times fly or drive to them.Read More
Jehna, a mother of two, approached me early in the year about a boudoir session. I could tell from our first phone call that she was strong and passionate. I followed up with her after the session to ask her about the experience.
For so long, I felt like I had only thought about beauty from a man's perspective and trying to be what he must find beautiful or sexy. I realized I was starting to develop my own definition of beauty and a way of appreciating it, and wanted to be a part of creating artful images that reflected/communicated my sense of beauty... a woman's sense of what's beautiful, aware that my definition of beauty is passed down to my daughter. I needed to demonstrate more self love for my body exactly the way that it is.
Upon receiving her images, Jehna describes feeling a range of emotions in both reflection and in analyzing herself in the photos.
When I first looked at the photos, I was very excited, but also quick to criticize the way I looked. I didn't like my smile in this one, or dimples in that one, or my pale skin. But I spent more time looking through them over days and weeks, and slowly, my thoughts, my self-talk started to change. Pale became "porcelain", dimpled and fat became "sexy and curvy, soft and womanly", and I fell more in love with photos that I had initially excluded from my "list". I have developed more self love. And I have a desire to continue to "document" and explore my definition of beauty through further photography sessions over time...capturing exactly where I am, and loving it!
I'm beyond honored, reading what she said about working with me.
I think there's also something to Shannon’s way with clients. I felt incredibly comfortable and encouraged with her behind the camera, through her easy demeanor and accepting and loving encouragement. I also knew she would help create the kind of images I wanted; something from a woman's perspective, with an artful eye. I wanted to be part of creating a beautiful piece of art, and I had confidence that Shannon could do that. She was a partner in creating something beautiful and also making me feel beautiful.
Have you ever connected with someone the very instant you met them? This is what happened when I first met Taliah. We met when working together in a restaurant 15 years ago. She was someone that I stayed in contact with on social media, but I hadn't seen her much since those days. There has always been an energy about her that has caused me to gravitate toward her. She's been through a lot, but still maintains such a positive outlook on life. More than that, she maintains a positive outlook on people.
I had been craving a personal shoot. My blood needed something that made my veins feel alive. I knew that I wanted it to be boudoir focused and that I wanted to photograph a woman of color. Of course, Taliah popped in my mind. She lived in Atlanta and I happened to be traveling up there for a wedding. I reached out, nervously asked if she would be interested, and was delighted when she said,"Hell yeah!" I knew that we would create magic together.
I showed up to her house and she was finishing up her hair and makeup. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with the warmest full-body hug. My whole being felt warm and welcome; she has that way about her. She has an infectious love and I wanted to convey that through these photographs. I wanted her to just "be" and stand before me. My job was to be still and listen to everything she had to tell me through her movements. I don't know if I did her justice, but it was my goal. I left this session with a feeling of wholeness and hope.
I love being a West Palm boudoir photographer, but I also love that it affords me to travel to people like this goddess.