As much as we adore every real boudoir story that we have the honor of reading here at Boudoir Collective, there is something extra exciting about seeing a fully conceptualized session hit our inbox. Editorial shoots can be difficult to get just right. We often see ones that don’t focus enough on showing the natural beauty and charisma of the model. The lighting is extreme, there are too many props, or it is just too sex focused for our publication.
But every once in awhile, an editorial session comes in that is everything you want from boudoir. This one from Ma Cherie Studios hits that sweet spot: gorgeous, thoughtful and provocative in just the right way. We also loved what Annika had to share with us about the behind the scenes:
What inspired this boudoir session?
My lead stylist, Kristen Postle, came to me with this idea. She had the vision of the makeup look she wanted and said she knew a model who would be perfect for it. After discussing the idea in greater detail, we decided that we wanted to have lingerie that was just as unique as this look. Our model, Carly, mentioned Sarah Buxton's lingerie collection and we fell in love.
Now that your vision has come to life can you describe the final result in one word?
What was the most memorable moment from your shoot?
Seeing all of our ideas and input come together. It's always a little nerve- racking to try and bring your vision to life. This came together better than we could have ever imagined.
Tell us why the shoot took place in this location?
The session took place in my studio. I just moved to this space earlier this year, and am in love with the natural light. It is not very spacious, but does offer so many great artistic qualities with stairs, different sized doorways, and plain white walls.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
My style is very timeless and classic. I like simple set ups and inviting backgrounds. With every shoot I do, I keep a balance between warm and sweet, as well as seductive and sexy. I think this perfectly describes the way women see themselves and how they want to be viewed by others.
What challenges have you faced as an artist?
I honestly have faced a good deal of challenges over the years. My two main struggles would be my young age and opening my studio in a city that was completely new to me. In late 2010, I decided to move to Boston without knowing a single person there. I was not even old enough to drink yet, but knew I wanted to open my own boudoir studio. So that following January, I started my company. Because I was always younger than the women I was shooting, it was sometimes difficult for my clients to trust me. Although this made me doubt my own skills and abilities, I was able to stick it out and keep challenging myself to get better and speak up. I am so glad I did, and I now know that I can handle any challenge that faces me.
What advice would you give someone considering a boudoir session?
It is okay to be nervous. In fact, I welcome it! Being nervous means you are doing something outside of your comfort zone. Great things happen there. Also, find a photographer whose style speaks to you. There's nothing more important than having the same vision for your session.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
For me, the difference is the purpose for the images. If a woman is doing the shoot for herself or a partner, then the images should be catered to her style, body type, and desires. If the end result is meant to viewed by a larger audience, I imagine the photographs to be more anonymous and mysterious in style. Detail shots of the body always have a very fine art feel to me.
Outside of photography, what other sources do you draw inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from everyday life, such as people watching, and a lot from my own personal style. I aim to keep my work very close to how I live. And honestly, my boyfriend has been a huge influence on my work. The way he looks at me, and the compliments he gives, make me feel more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. I want every woman who works with me to feel the same sense of empowerment and sexiness when seeing her photos.
For more info on Sarah Buxton’s gorgeous lingerie line, check out this post on Ma Cherie’s blog.