This series of images is from Justine Milton's Luminous Workshop in Calgary Alberta. The inspiration behind the styling and concept of this shoot was the idea of simplicity and elegance, to create a glamorous and romantic bridal boudoir session. It was to help real brides be inspired to get intimate, while still feeling comfortable and relaxed. It is important to feel secure and confident during such a vulnerable session, and Lyndsey Touchings of Minted Photography understands how to create such a sense of security.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
I love boudoir photography. I think its a great way for woman to let loose and embrace their inner goddess in a comfortable setting. Most women who have never done a boudoir shoot before start off quite nervous and sometimes a little shy. To get them to relax and have fun I ask them to try and imagine their significant other attempting to pose for a boudoir shoot like were doing and that usually gets them laughing and they realize its going to be a fun experience.
How do you see boudoir imagery positively impacting women?
Women have always faced body image issues and I feel like its gotten much worse over time. The media tells us that we must all be a size 0, have perfect features, skin and hair and this message is just not positive or realistic. My hope for all the women out there is that they look at boudoir images of women all shapes and sizes and realize that beauty is not defined by a number, color or opinion. Every woman is different and that's what makes her beautiful.
What challenges have you faced as an artist?
I've always found posing challenging. I never liked the way a forced motion looked on camera no matter how perfect it was. I would much rather capture the true emotions of a day or moment so I now take more of a journalistic approach rather then telling my clients what I want them to do.
What do you consider to be the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
I think traditional boudoir consists of lingerie and seductive poses. Fine art boudoir focuses more on classic femininity.
Why did the shoot take place in this location?
The location was perfect for this shoot because it provided a blank canvas and natural light. The eye is immediately drawn to the bride as there are no distractions in the scene and the natural light gave us the soft romantic look we were going for.