She slammed some whiskey out of the bottle and said dude, let’s do this. I couldn’t tell that she was nervous until she said that, actually I thought she was very calm. K is outgoing and easy to have a conversation with. We picked her first outfit and she said this isn’t going to look like normal boudoir, I said great that’s not what I’m trying to do! She labeled her session white trash boudoir, but I love that she was confident enough to choose the outfits that she felt were the most her even though ripped fishnet stockings and flannel tops don’t usually make it into the What To Wear To Your Boudoir Session Guidelines. Her wardrobe gave us the platform to make her session unique, and her attitude took it to the next level.
Something else I loved about K’s session was that she did it just for her. She’s keeping the images for herself, and not as a gift to someone else, it was a just-for-fun-to-feel-rad shoot.
If you’re curious about doing a boudoir session, but are worried conventional boudoir isn’t your thing, I want to hear from you! Contact me here.
I’ve got some awesome news! I’m now a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association! Don’t know what that is? You’re probably not alone, so straight from the website:
The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) is a professional organization composed of photojournalists and wedding photographers from around the world. What sets our members apart in the industry is their candid, documentary approach – a distinctly artistic vision toward wedding photography.
I’ve tried to write this post several times but they’ve all come out dripping with self importance, which is definitely not what I’m going for. I am super proud to become a member because the wpja do have a strict entry criteria, #humblebrag BUT I am more excited that couples who want this approach to their photography may find my listing through their website. I am endlessly grateful to the couples who have trusted me to photograph their weddings so far. And am excited for what will come soon! LAST, I am so thankful that Lofty has supported me as I’ve navigated editing workflow, online courses, blogging, and continuously steering all topics towards a conversation about photography.
Check out my listing on the British Columbia Wedding Photographers page, and share the love :)
Kim and Matt are going to be the best parents, and I feel so lucky to have become friends with them. What the heck, I get so excited and emotional when friends are having babies. Kim spent a couple of days in the hospital having contractions at 36 weeks and the doctor had her on bedrest just before our maternity shoot. That’s so scary to me, but Kim handled it like a badass and was so grounded and calm. I am so happy for them that their baby boy is almost here, and can’t wait to meet him!
I’m grateful that Kim wanted to do this shoot because I’m being drawn to the idea of taking maternity photos at home. I think it’s interesting, important and can be impactful in lots of ways. First, your home is comfortable and safe. (Especially for an expecting mom coming off bedrest… I was so glad that we hadn’t planned an extreme mountainside maternity adventure.) You will naturally feel more relaxed and calm in your own environment, and that comes through in the images. Also older children, pets, and husbands who have just finished a night shift ;) can do their own thing and be involved in the photos when it works for them. Even though you’re more comfortable, I think the images captured at home show more vulnerability because it is literally your innermost world.
Second, although you may not immediately see the benefit or appeal of having maternity photography done at your home, you will be grateful to look back on these photos in a few years. They become an intimate little window into what your life is like right now, before baby comes. Also, when your child is older he will be able to look back at his first home, and have a glimpse of how much he means to mom and dad, and what life was like before he was around.
Last, I like the challenge of working in someone’s home, and think that it will help me grow as a photographer. Working with cats that are not impressed that you are there really stretches the ol’ photography imagination. Kidding, but for real I think we can create images that are unique to you, and your growing family, and that is what is important to me.