With a choice between simplicity and drama, 9 times out of 10 we will choose the basic simplicity. There is something so much more intimate and romantic about placing the focus directly on the woman baring her soul to the camera. A story of love, loss, growth, and hardships. A story that is uniquely hers to tell, or to not tell, and to keep as her own motivation to keep going and continue to touch the souls around her.
In simple, yet elegant and lovely bridal lingerie, model Bianca is telling her own story in this season of new beginnings and overwhelming love. She is being vulnerable, the most feminine form of expression in our opinion. Betsy Blue Photography captured her delicate beauty in such a way that brings the focus on her. Her wardrobe is breathtaking, yet we still find ourselves drawn always back to Bianca and her sweet demure gaze.
Please tell us about the inspiration behind this session.
I love that my brides see the potential of real moments as art, and long to have them captured that way. The delicateness of a bride, the romance of her wedding day, and the beauty she encapsulates are some of the most beautiful moments. My brides expressing a desire to have those moments captured, to feel those same feelings again years down the road, makes my heart sing. Images like these open up the idea of capturing that wedding morning intimacy in a more demure, simplified, curated, and lovely way. What a treasure to have for years to come!
Tell us why this session took place in this location.
My heart for this session was to keep it as minimalist as possibly. I wanted ALL the focus to be on Bianca. Having a naturally lit space, with clean light walls and natural flooring was a must...but what set this space apart was the architecture. Without being imposing, the framed dormer windows and ledge seat along the windowed wall were a beautiful addition to our aesthetic. They weren't intrusive, but lent themself to a more interesting backdrop. I think it would have been so much more drab if we'd only been working with a straight backdrop, or flat solid wall. I was truly pleased how it all came together.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
Demure, intimate, soft, romantic, lovely, simple, minimalist... In the past, I've shot all kinds of boudoir, from outdoor beach-side sessions to vintage pin-up sessions...and I've loved them all. But personally, I'm completely drawn to a minimal palette. There's something absolutely timeless about subtle, demure images of a bride-to-be or wife captured like this...there's an eternal feel, and an innocence to that simplicity.
Boudoir imagery is powerful. How do you see it positively impacting women?
Personally, I believe there is a time and a place for boudoir. I show some of my work to inspire women to see boudoir differently than they may have seen it before. But overall, it's a very intimate, personal capture that usually stays between a man and his wife. I think it's empowering to a woman's soul for her to feel beautiful. She may think she is lovely, or she may believe she's not...but to face our uniqueness directly and celebrate how beautifully we are each made, is powerful. It has the potential to release an open bravery in woman they may not find elsewhere. This is, again, why I prefer a more demure, natural side to my boudoir. To me, it's not about sex or desire, so much as it's about an appreciation for one's self...the way we are uniquely and beautifully made. Seeing ourself through the eyes of another, can unlock the door for us to walk out in confidence and feel our own unique, true beauty. There is raw power in that...power to share our stories, power to help others, power to inspire another woman to feel that free and alive in herself.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
Movement, emotion and film have a lot to do with it for me... I feel like fine art boudoir tells more of a story behind the person. It uses movement in imagery, emotion behind each shot, a softness to something...to tell more of a story than just "this is a lovely woman". It leaves room for imagination and conjecture by not showing everything to the viewer. Fine art is more like visual music for my eyes.
Reflecting on this session, what were some of the most memorable moments?
The sun was so intense streaming in through the windows, that I found myself posing Bianca in the shadows to begin with. I momentarily forgot that film is so unbelievably forgiving when it comes to sunlight. :) The closer I inched her back into the light, the more I was loving what we were creating. The reflections off her smooth skin, the silhouettes through her veil...it was just so lovely!
Bianca had the most effortless way of poising herself for each frame...it was such an absolute pleasure to photograph her when she moved so freely and naturally in front of me.
At one point, I wanted to delicately place Bianca in a vintage velvet chair. At first, all the layers upon layers of her beautiful tulle skirt and cathedral veil seemed overwhelming to her small frame. But when I stood back and saw the light streaming in through the window, cascading over all those layers, I knew it would remain lovely and have that still-delicate feel I was going for. I'm forever amazed what light and film can do together...it's the most incredible union!
On my way out the door on the morning of the shoot, I had a last minute thought to wander through my garden at home to see what blooms I might be able to forage. There was one single, incredibly variegated pink rose that stood out to me, hanging across my back garden fence...I hadn't even known we had a rosebush back there. It had so much color and truly looked painted! I quickly brought it along just in case, and was so in love with the frames we captured with it up next to beautiful Bianca's face...what a lovely little addition to this demure session.