Everyone wants to hit the beach on a sunny day, but some of the best days at the beach are the ones where the weather is a bit rougher and no one else is around to interrupt the quiet mood between the sand and water. Tianna of Yours Truly Portraiture scheduled this post baby beach boudoir with a new mom with that idea in mind. The images show the freedom of having a day at the beach to yourself, being able to enjoy nature without worrying about who else is around. Tianna shared a bit of the behind the scenes with us:
This Mama of two scheduled her session with me when she was still pregnant. I was surprised she was scheduling so far in advance but she said it was the exact motivation she needed to make sure she got back in the gym and exercised after her new little arrived.
While we were planning her session and talking outfits and location she said she chose the beach because it was her natural element and just brought her favorite beach wear. She and her husband honeymooned on the beach, every family vacation involves some sort of beach, and her family passes their time in Virginia Beach at the beach year around. I loved how natural and honest her session was!
I think my favorite moment was probably when Kelly decided to go swimming stark naked in the ocean! Unfortunately I cannot share those photos, but being able to capture her free spirit swimming was beautiful. The water must have been cold because when she came out she was shivering. But her laughter and giggles and the joy on her face was indescribable.
My approach to boudoir photography is to be as real as possible. I try my best not to ask my gals to do something I would feel uncomfortable doing. I love directing them into natural and genuine gesture and while accentuating their best assets. I have so many women that come to with a skewed ideas of what boudoir is. And unfortunately so many women that have come to me after having bad experiences. I try my best to communicate that while a boudoir session can be an amazing gift for a significant other, the primary empowerment behind a boudoir session is how it will make YOU feel more confident and loving for having had a boudoir session.
I think the worst experience I've had as an artist is photographing a gal who was trying to be what she THOUGHT was sexy. And it was just uncomfortable. Fortunately half way through the session she really calmed down and I could see glimpses of who she was. Capturing your essence is so much more appealing that copying what our society thinks is sexy.