mike-cassimatis-boudoir-024A wedding day goes so quickly. It's a fleeting time full of nerves and to-do lists and last minute tasks, and ultimately the excitement and reality of the fact that you are getting married TODAY gets lost in the craze. This collection of images by Mike Cassimatis Photography from the For the Love of Film workshop helps to tell the untold story of a bride the morning of her wedding day, full of anticipation, overwhelming love, and quiet reflection.

What is your approach to boudoir photography?

My approach to boudoir, as well as other forms of portraiture, is to try to capture more than just what's physically in front of my lens. When you can capture emotion it adds so many layers of depth to your imagery. I've found that by taking the time to really get to know my clients, they trust me enough to show their true emotions in front of me, without hesitation.

What challenges have you faced as an artist?

I think my biggest challenges come from within. I find myself constantly striving to be better at every aspect of what I do. Whether it's the images themselves or the business side of things, I'm always wanting to improve. While it's definitely a challenge, I believe that feeling of never being quite satisfied is what drives me.

Boudoir imagery is powerful. How do you see it positively impacting women?

In a country where women are constantly bombarded with messages of how to look or how to act, boudoir imagery celebrates everything that makes them unique.

What do you consider the difference between boudoir and fine art boudoir?

I think there is a certain level of sophistication and elegance that goes along with fine art boudoir. Fine art boudoir images neither embarrass nor offend, but rather transcend physical beauty and showcase what's within that makes one graceful.

Outside of photography, what other sources do you draw inspiration from?

People, art, nature, music, movies, life experiences and memories... I have found inspiration in all of these. That's why photography is so much more than just learning how to use a camera. Everyone's experiences are different and so we all see the world in a different way. Photography allows us to capture that unique vantage point.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Workshop: For the Love of Film Workshop with Kristen Lynne Photography & Matoli Keely Photography // Venue: The Retreat at Cool Spring // Stylist: Linda Ha Events // Assistant: Aaron Mallory // Assistant: Bethany Mallory // Model: Stephanie Knight // Hair & Makeup: JKW Beauty // Wardrobe: Gossamer Vintage // Florals: Violet Gardens Floral // Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn // Accessories: Sibo Designs // Calligraphy: Poppy and Scooter // Rentals: White Glove Rentals // Photo Lab: The FIND Lab