“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Believe it or not being a boudoir photographer goes a lot deeper than just making women ‘look good’ in photographs, each of my ladies have their own story to tell, they all have a vulnarility that is placed in my care for the duration of the shoot – and I have been entrusted with this person’s raw self and their unique story – so it is my job and responsibility to make them feel comfortable with being in-front of my camera so they feel that they can express and create exactly what they have envisioned of themselves in photographs. Ever had that one person that walks into your life that just makes you stop – stop and see things from a completely different perspective and makes you go Wow… That’s exactly what Victoria did to me when I met her for the first time on her boudoir shoot. Victoria’s unique story is an inspiration one and she has agreed for me to share her story with you in her own words (see below);
“After tragically loosing my mother and suffering from severe anxiety growing up, my confidence was always low. Issues that every woman has with her looks were intensified for me.
One day a friend shared with me that she had done a beautiful set of Boudoir photos as a gift to her new husband. I saw the images and they were so beautiful, vulnerable and raw. It was such a powerful but personal gift. So I decided, after much deliberation to go ahead with a Boudoir shoot of my own as a gift for my husbands birthday.
I was petrified and thought about cancelling many times. But I told myself this was going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am pushing 40! So after speaking with Jess on email and the phone I decided to go ahead with it. I could tell Jess understood what pictures I wanted to create, not just for my husband but for myself. Jess created a pin board and we exchanged ideas and images so when it came to the day of the shoot I was confident she understood what I wanted to achieve.
The shoot was amazing! Getting my make up done and a glass of prosecco took away any last minute nerves that were still present! I felt comfortable and confident throughout, mainly because of the fabulous direction Jess gives you and the calming aura that Jess projects. At the end, I felt so happy and proud of myself and I wanted to do it again! And what started off as a gift for my husband, turned out to be a gift for myself. Something I will forever treasure and look back on with confidence and pride.”
Thank you Victoria for sharing your story with us, you are amazing and so blooming beautiful, and thanks for giving such a wonderful reason as to why women should consider having a boudoir shoot, not just as a gift for someone else, but as a gift to themselves xx
Thank you to the lovely and talented Chloe Gray for doing Victoria’s hair and make-up so perfectly too: https://www.facebook.com/chloegraybridalmakeup/
Here’s just a small selection of images taken from Victoria’s shoot – Many images haven’t been shown to do privacy reasons.
On the 11th December 2015 I will be running a boudoir photography workshop ‘The Art of Boudoir Photography’ at my studio in the centre of Sheffield. If you are a photographer yourself, or even just an enthusiast who wants to know the secrets to how I produce these types of images; from my in-camera settings and equipment, to how I find the best light, and how I create a connection with each of my subjects – you will love this workshop. Further info and how to book can be found on my Training Page.
Hope to see you there,