The light coming in through the old windows is different than the light she normally wants to use for her boudoir sessions. Being inside the old farmhouse is exciting because of the challenge of the shadows and dark corners of the rooms. It’s unlike any session she’s done before and she can’t wait to develop the film to see if the shots are as breathtaking as she thinks they’ll be.
When we saw this session posted on Jess of Jess Badgley Photography’s Instagram, we knew we wanted to share it with you. Jess was willing to submit it to us and describe a bit of the behind the scenes from this abandoned farmhouse boudoir, explaining her inspiration and some of the technique from this session:
I'm a primarily natural light photographer who shoots 90% of my boudoir sessions outside on location, so this session was a refreshing change for me. My main inspiration for this session was the beautiful old home that I was shooting in. The house is an old stone farmhouse in Langhorne, PA with a large attic, lots of windows, wood flowers, and an overall feeling of rustic charm. It was the perfect pair with my models’ lacy lingerie and a box of film.
All the images were shot in the attic and bedroom during the ‘golden hour’ of sunlight, about an hour before sunset. All images are shot with film on three different cameras. I had the film developed at two separate local labs and took the 120mm film to a lab that hasn't take proper care of my film in the past that resulted in happy accidents. Because of this, I take my film to this lab when I want my film scratched with some developing surprises like light leaks, dirt, tank marks, etc.
My approach to every session is to provide a comfortable atmosphere as well as a reflection of my model's personality and interests. Not only was this location the model's own home and the very place she is most comfortable in, but it was also a photographer's dream. All of the old characteristics of this farmhouse created the perfect atmosphere for a dreamy boudoir session. My model is a photographer herself, so not only was the house and environment so exciting, but being able to discuss film processes and all things photography together was very inspiring and motivating.
Thanks for sharing this stunning images with us, Jess! Not only are they gorgeous visual inspiration, but your attitude toward happy accidents is something to aspire to as well. We hope they will be motivating to our community to embrace imperfections in their lives and work.
Photography: Jess Badgley Photography