Tamryn & Abby of The Barefoot Brunettes are not only sisters-in-law, they also recently decided to start a photography business together that focuses on weddings and feminine portraiture. We’re excited to feature their story on Boudoir Collective today along with a oh-so-gorgeous bridal editorial boudoir session they submitted.
My sister-in-law and I have recently decided to embark on our photography journey together. We have separately (and on different continents) shot weddings and feminine portraiture. Abby is moving over to the UK and we are grabbing this opportunity to grow together, have a support system and build on our skills as a diverse team. We shoot both film and digital and want to offer our services to everyday, beautiful women -- and what is more feminine and beautiful than a tasteful boudoir shoot with a fine art flair?
We collaborated with Phoebe Blockley here in the UK, and she sent us some GORGEOUS pieces which accompanied us to South Africa to shoot a wedding. We snuck in a styled shoot to include a boudoir editorial, making the most of the South African sunshine. We had two beautiful models to showcase Phoebe's magnificent creations, studded and bejewelled and totally up our lingerie street! We included some more fine art shots for our portfolio, but mostly with the transformation of some seriously gorgeous hair and makeup from our team, we really just wanted to showcase these magnificent garments, and show our clients what we can really do!
What inspired this boudoir session?
We share a love of natural light and all things classically elegant. We are particularly partial to feminine portraiture, and what better way to celebrate the love of these elements than in a fine art boudoir portrait? When Phoebe Blockley Bridal showed us her gorgeous garments, we knew EXACTLY at that moment what we wanted and how we were going to shoot them. We had already planned a styled shoot in South Africa so when Phoebe agreed to send us her bridal lingerie for us to take with, we incorporated it into the ‘getting ready’ part of our day before we shot the main styled event. But they turned out to be some our personal favourites from the day!
What was the most memorable moment from your shoot?
The most memorable moment for us was taking the first shot, looking down at the screen on the back of the camera, and seeing our vision come to life through the lens – magic! Also shooting so much film we needed a bag to carry it! We both felt an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment. We were so happy that the dream we had been working toward for so long, and all the hard work and planning from two different continents had finally come into fruition!
Tell us why the shoot took place in this location.
This shoot took place on the West Coast of South Africa, one of the most magnificent coastlines in the world. If we could personify our shoot, it would be like the character of the landscape – beautiful, elegant, isolated, enigmatic, bare, and earthy. The actual room belongs to the house one of us grew up in, we chose it because it presented us with ample versatile light, earthy tones, warmth, privacy, and it put or nerves at ease, this being our first boudoir shoot as a duo!
What is your approach to boudoir photography?
Simplicity, elegance, femininity, natural beauty, luxury and soft, natural light.
What advice would you give someone considering a boudoir session?
Do not settle for anything less that what you have envisioned for your shoot. Keep it simple.
What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?
Boudoir entails photographing a woman dressed in lingerie, not evocative but more objective. Fine art boudoir is more subjective - yes it is about the pretty dainty lingerie, but it is more about the woman wearing it: her pretty freckles, her gentle femininity, her demure smile, her elegance, her subtle sensuality - all the feminine essence of a woman portrayed through genuine emotion and personality.
Outside of photography, what other sources do you draw inspiration from?
Nature. Both of us are well traveled and were most likely barefooted hippies in some past life. We love the peace and tranquility and natural beauty that is so abundant in the great outdoors. Nature is the place we go to find solace, affirmation, inspiration, joy, adventure, and challenge.
Our thanks to Tamryn & Abby for sharing this inspired session!
Photography: The Barefoot Brunettes // Film Scanning: UK Film Lab // Lingerie: Phoebe Blockley Bridal // Veil: Janita Toerien Wedding Gowns // Hair: Candice Taylor from Crown & Glory Hair // Makeup: Nadia Calitz // Linen: Silk & Willow