One of our favorite aspects of working on Boudoir Collective is the variety of boudoir work we get to share with our community. Although we love all the light and ethereal boudoirs we get to feature, we are especially drawn in when something darker hits our inbox. Kel of Kel Ward Photography sent us today’s moody natural light boudoir. The raw beauty of the images and the power of her model’s honest stare will have this one stuck in our minds for the next few days. Thanks to Kel for giving us some behind the scenes on this session, her approach to boudoir and some advice for anyone out there thinking about booking a boudoir session.
What inspired this boudoir session?
I handpicked Shae for this session, as I'm somewhat obsessed her red hair and freckles. She exudes a confidence and sexiness about her that just translates so well to photos. The outfits for this shoot were a combination of things she already owned and pieces I had on hand for styled shoots. I wanted her unique look to stand out, so I kept the background and lighting simple, with a distressed background and moody natural light from large windows. I also decided to keep hair and makeup as simple and natural as possible, with Shae wearing her hair in it's natural waves and wearing little to no makeup.
I recently moved out of my own personal studio and this was the first session in my new, shared studio space. The studio itself is very unique in that one half looks like it does in the photos here, while the other half is all white, light, and airy. While I love both sides, I knew that my vision would only be feasible using the darker half.
What was the most memorable moment from your shoot?
The most memorable moment for me was when I made Shae laugh. I was lucky enough to pull my camera up to my eye just in the nick of time to capture it. I love making my clients laugh, but this was different. She was rather quiet and reserved, so when when that laughter came out it felt very genuine and somewhat unexpected. I felt as if I caught a little glimpse of her soul.
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
My number one goal with boudoir is to have my clients walk away feeling empowered and beautiful. I want their images to serve as reminders of those feelings, so that it lasts for the rest of their lives. When it comes to shooting, I'm most inspired by light, followed closely by composition.
What advice would you give someone considering a boudoir session?
Fake it 'til you make it! It can be really difficult to get in front of the camera fully dressed, let alone in your underwear, in front of a stranger. If you can figure out a way to let go of that and just put everything you have into the session, it'll pay off in the end. Sometimes this means you have to "fake" your confidence until it kicks in, which is usually about halfway through the session.
Photographer: Kel Ward Photography