Photography by Anna Scott Photography
From the Photographer:
Once I had thought of having a bridal boudoir session on a riverbank, complete with a canopy bed, I was obsessed with making it happen. White lingerie, soft florals, and a blushing bride sounded like a dream come true! I asked several friends and past clients and Cheyenne, a childhood friend, agreed to model.
The shoot came together piece by piece as I connected with some amazing local vendors. My florist, Darby of Beyond the Briar, had wonderful ideas about the textures and mood of the wild bouquets and floral crowns; Cheyenne shopped with me to pick out soft, bridal outfits that were subtly sensual.
The day of the shoot we had wonderful, wonderful weather! Kelsi, our amazing videographer, helped me load up my truck with our canopy bed (an old twin size painted white with a PVC pipe frame) and lug the whole thing down the riverbank when we arrived. We had to make probably 20 trips to get all the pieces down by the water, and our shoes ended up covered in goose poop!
Our DIY canopy frame was made with plain old PVC pipe held together with duct tape, and I was so nervous it would collapse on Cheyenne that I ended up using about 4 rolls! That definitely made it secure and it looked fine once it was draped with yards of sheer fabric.
Despite the goose poo, our location was perfect. The lush greenery, gorgeous trees, gently sloping riverbank and absolute privacy was amazing. If you’re thinking of having a boudoir session outdoors, ask your local wedding venues if they allow those types of photoshoots. They are generally not open to the public, so you won’t have to worry about passersby while you’re wearing lingerie!
Jayme’s hair and makeup artistry really took the whole shoot the next level and was perfect for the mood of our shoot. Those lashes alone make me swoon! I can’t emphasize the importance of having your makeup and hair done by a talented artist if you’re having your boudoir photos taken. It helped Cheyenne feel so confident and beautiful.
The even spray tan provided by Erin really blew me away. Often spray tans end up looking dirty, orange, and unnatural on camera; this wasn’t the case with Erin’s. It created an even but bright skin tone that required no retouching afterwards.
When we were finished shooting I was high on prettiness. Every image seemed more beautiful than the last and completely surpassed my original vision. Cheyenne was over the moon with the images and has them to share with her future husband, and to appreciate her own beauty with. If anyone ever asked me to lug a canopy bed to a remote location to shoot I would do it again in a heartbeat; the images were truly one of the kind and absolutely dreamy!