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Boudoir Photography- Sex and the City inspired.

 

“ My husband was in shock when I handed him his album. He grinned for hours afterwards and couldn’t believe I had been brave enough to parade around a rooftop terrace in November semi clad!  What’s more, he said that seeing the sparkle in my eyes as I talked with such excitement about posing in underwear was just as amazing as the photographs themselves! “

That’s an extract from a lovely testimonial from Rachel, who called me to ask to do a boudoir shoot for her husband as a surprise anniversary present. I NEVER underestimate how much courage it takes for a woman to call or email me to ask about a shoot- that contact alone can feel like one of the bravest things she’s ever done. So when Rachel called and tentatively asked about booking, we started by discussed inspirations…. and she came up with one of the best. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City. What’s not to love?

Our shoot took place high above a city skyline, with views out across the grey buildings and landmarks. Rachel chose several different looks for her shoot, and together we had so much fun rockin’ our Carrie inspired ideas.

My boudoir shoots are not about revealing all, anyone who has followed The Sweet Reveal will know I am far more subtle in my approach than typical boudoir imagery. I like to hint at rather than reveal. So with Rachel it wasn’t only about lingerie, although she brought some seriously divine pieces ( the black body was a huge winner!) but also about a couple of gorgeous dresses, and even wearing lingerie as clothing once we hit the city streets.

You can read exactly what rachel and her husband thought of the shoot and the results at the end of this blog, but needless to say, the shoot had an amazing effect on the way Rachel sees herself and her self esteem, and that is the reason why I adore this genre of photography so very much.

Here are some of my favourites from the shoot;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Doesn’t she look amazing? It was just so incredible to see Rachel grow in confidence as the shoot progressed. Vicki Farr my trusted hair and make up artist worked her incredible magic to create different looks and styles for each part of the shoot, and along with some styling advice from us, Rachel quickly found her way through the shoot and lost the nerves.

I adore the results.

So what do she and her husband think?….

“A boudoir shoot was not something I’d ever really considered doing until The Sweet Reveal was born. Traditonally, Boudoir conjures up images of suspender belts and stockings but it was quite clear that from looking through the images that Cat had created , there was really rather something special and unique here. The sweet reveal is about bringing out true beauty, about celebrating being a woman and embracing the body we’ve been given.  It’s liberating. It’s utter class. 
If we look at images in magazines and catalogues of women in underwear, we’re led to believe that we need to look a certain way to be considered sexy in underwear. I truly believed I had to be a D cup to look good in a bra! The sweet reveal is about capturing a woman in a way she has never seen herself. We are our biggest critics and no doubt see flaws that are invisible to others. Cat has the ability to see the beauty in all of her subjects and is able to create outstanding images. With Cat, any girl is in safe hands.

The shoot itself was so much fun from beginning to end.  I loved having my hair and make up done whilst sipping champagne!   I will admit to being a little apprehensive at the start despite my best efforts at convincing myself that posing in underwear is no different to wearing a bikini on a beach!  Cat and her team were quick to put me at ease and we laughed so much throughout the day. I didn’t want it to end and would do it all over again!   It was an incredibly empowering experience which I believe every woman should have. Prior to the shoot, I truly believed that in order to look good in underwear a woman needed to have a perfect figure. I now know this isn’t the case. The right attitude and perfect photographer is all that’s needed. Cat is SO much fun to be around. She’s an extremely natural and warm person who understands how women feel about their bodies. She has a natural ability to bring out the best in her subject and have a good giggle along the way. I felt like a film star by the end of the shoot!  It’s been a month since the shoot and during that time my attitude towards my own insecurities has changed so much. I believe that I look great in underwear and have even bought clothes I would never have considered beforehand.  What a revelation.  My husband was in shock when I handed him his album. He grinned for hours afterwards and couldn’t believe I had been brave enough to parade around a rooftop terrace in November semi clad!  What’s more, he said that seeing the sparkle in my eyes as I talked with such excitement about posing in underwear was just as amazing as the photographs themselves! “

I don’t think I could write a better accolade myself!

I’m SO immensely proud of Rachel and so  thrilled the results are loved as much as they are.

Congratulations Rachel.

To book your boudoir shoot with me, simply drop me a line or visit my boudoir website by clicking HERE

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