Turning a classic fairytale into a boudoir is a stroke of genius! Elisa of Elisa Loechel Photography took a childhood story that most are familiar with and interpreted it into a set of gorgeous and sensual images that express the story in a more adult way. Today we’re excited to share a look behind the scenes...
The idea to create a Snow White inspired boudoir struck me when I found the perfect location that was longing for a fairytale like shoot. The house that my husband and I recently moved into is about 200 years old and is located in a beautiful castle area on a hill top at the river Neckar. Our little garden is surrounded by walls that have seen hundreds of years and are overgrown with ivy. I thought back to my childhood when I last heard the words that described Snow White's appearance: the skin white as snow, the hair dark as ebony and the lips red like blood. Besides that very interesting description of her outer appearance there's one other key element to the story that I loved and that is the apple. Although the apple in the fairytale is poisoned, I find it so very sensual to imagine her red lips with the luscious apple. There truly is a reason why it's "the fruit of temptation" and that was something that I wanted to put into pictures.
Although I took the fairytale as an inspiration, I didn't want to recreate too many episodes or dive too deep into the story. When I was looking for a girl to shoot with, of course I took the description of Snow White as indicator but I didn't want to stick to it too closely. I was very nervous the morning of the shooting because it was the first time shooting at my new house, in my own garden, not somewhere "on location" and I wanted it so much to work so I can offer it to all my clients. I think the most memorable moment always is when you see how finally all the pieces you planned come together and you see that they fit and that they look like you expected it.
When Nadine, my lovely Snow White, entered the door, I fell for her immediately as she is such a natural beauty and has a wonderful personality as well. I remember the moment when the final touches of the make-up & hair were done, she put on her white lingerie and as a final piece to her look, I put a golden hairband into her hair. That was when the Snow White that I had pictured came to life. That is the moment when a vague picture that I had in my head evolved into a real life person. Snow White became that beautiful young woman standing in front of me that looked vulnerable but also very strong. That woman with the dark hair, soft skin tone and red lips, that nevertheless is defined by her actions, not her looks. She fitted perfectly to the magical feel of the garden and I couldn't believe how everything came together.
I started with boudoir photography just at the end of 2014 but completely fell in love with it right from the start. In fact I had the pleasure of modeling for another photographer myself the summer before and it was such a great experience that I came to the conclusion that every woman should experience a shooting like that at least once in her life. Whether she's doing it just for herself or to gift it to someone she loves, these pictures are something truly special. I love supporting women to feel at ease in front of my lense and helping them discover the beauty that naturally lies within them but about which they sometimes seem to forget in the bustling everyday life that everyone of us is living.
I especially love to encourage all women that feel that they don't fit the ideal body type. I'm a curvy girl myself and if I get in front of a camera I want to look the very best but still like myself. And that's what I'm going for with my clients as well. I shoot 100% natural light and love my images feminine, natural and light. Film supports my vision perfectly since it adds a very airy and creamy feeling to the pictures as well as the process prevents me and the woman I'm photographing from thinking too much about what the display of the camera might show. You can get completely lost in the moment and simply create what you feel is beautiful.