She can tell that the shots she’s taking are beautiful, but something about them just doesn’t feel right. There is a feeling she usually gets deep down in her body when she finally has the perfect shot -- the shot where everything comes together and she knows there is nothing more to do or say. It is something that has developed over time as she's worked with so many different models. She pauses for a moment to think, and then she realizes what’s missing. “Let’s try you rolling around in the sheets,” she asks. And it works, transforming the session with playfulness.
Michelle of Michelle Warren Photography worked with model Jessi, who is a professional hair and makeup artist, on this Old Hollywood inspired boudoir. Infusing it with lots of color and texture, they hope to set it apart from much of what they’ve seen in the boudoir world. Instead of using props or poses to tell the story, they wanted to create images that felt candid and comfortable among the glamour of the gorgeous setting.
Since it was Michelle’s first boudoir session as a photographer, she was also thinking about ways to make herself more comfortable behind the camera:
Boudoir photography has been one of the most challenging aspects of photography that I have dove into. You have to be 100% comfortable in your own skin to help the subject feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. So the more confident I get, the better I get at doing this type of work. I started out over a decade ago as a very shy and easy going young girl and I have grown to a much more confident and strong woman throughout the process of my career. Growing and improving myself to be the person I want to be behind the camera has been the biggest challenge over the years. Taking beautiful pictures is the easy part.
It is easy to forget that everyone probably feels a little nervous in the beginning and that we all have to work to get comfortable trying out new styles and ideas. We hope Michelle’s words inspire confidence in new artists and strike a chord with those of you who have been doing this for a long time. Thank you to Michelle for sharing a bit about her journey as a boudoir photographer along with this gorgeous session!
Photography: Michelle Warren Photography
PS: Another great tip from Michelle -- “Invest in proper bras! I find the best bras (especially for the bigger busted women) at figleaves.com since they do European sizing. A lot of women I have worked with don't fit in the standard A-DD bras. Euro bras go up to F, G, H... and they have fantastic support!” Thanks, girl!