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Curvy Philomena in NYC

Meet Miss P:)

She’s British Ghanaian woman, a fantastic plus size model, an advocate for health equality, and has impeccable style. It was such a treat to photograph her in the Big Apple.

An odd thing struck me as I was working on these images though. I grew up in a small, rural American town. It’s a place where the benchmark of feminine beauty is very narrowly defined as a thin, blonde cheerleader type who shops at The Buckle and Abercrombie. Tans and fake nails are key, tattoos and piercings are scorned, and a nice car or truck means you’re making good money. It’s also a very homogenous place – in my entire community, there was not a single African American person, and 90% of the people belong to the same church. It’s a place with plenty of positive attributes, but tolerance isn’t one of them.

Although Philomena is undeniably and obviously beautiful, I feel confident that my high school would have tried to tell her that she wasn’t. In a million little ways she would have been too much for them – too black, too curvy, too bald, too different. Too threatening to their small town ways.

I was struck by what a SHAME that is.

 I don’t think Miss P would have listened anyway, but still… I hope that if you’re a woman reading this and you are struggling, that these images will inspire you to take heart. The opinions and criticisms of those around you are not necessarily correct or important, and there are many different ways to be beautiful (and only some of those have anything to do with physical attributes).

If you feel less than, perhaps the people trying to bring you down are just threatened by your potential. Maybe, you’re surrounded by idiots who don’t get you. Even more likely, is it possible you’re letting the little self-hate voice inside your head speak too loudly and too often?

Here’s the truth; you are beautiful as soon as you decide you are.

Anyhow, let’s start things off with a sultry black and white of Miss P. Three separate magazines wanted to publish this shoot, but unfortunately we weren’t able to give any of them permission due to some contractual issues, so you’ll just have to revel in Philomena’s beauty here:)

A simple white cotton lingerie set reads relaxed and casual. How cute is her cheeky grin here?

Effortless expressions and bare feet – a lovely combo.

I love this deep blue on Miss P. A strong colour like this is a great way to add a visual pop to a boudoir album, and I thought it contrasted really nicely with this vintage velvet chair.

I stuffed all this netting into my suitcase and dragged it across the ocean just for these shots. Totally worth it if you ask me, P looks positively dreamy.

For you photography people, I used only window light and a reflector for these images.

A last few of my favourites from this blue lingerie look.

Simple. Beautiful. I hope CoverGirl calls Miss P. soon, she’d be amazing for that.

For the next look we added in a black sheer wrap. This is a great piece for boudoir shoots since it gives us lots of fun posing options, and can also work well to help downplay any body areas you’re not so keen on.

Miss P and I used it to try to take flight.

Moody and seductive is always so much better than trashy and obvious. Le sigh.

I wanted to make sure we got a few silhouette type shots for Miss P to show off her curves. These always seem to look better in black and white than in colour.

Oh, you know…just hanging out in a NYC loft looking fabulous:) Love a good bodysuit. If you don’t want to show your stomach, this is a great wardrobe option.

Sometimes you just have to stare straight down the camera like you own the place. Miss P can teach you how.

We finished up our shoot with a few simple, clean images to show off Miss P’s shape and natural beauty. She’s doing a lot of commercial work at the moment, so images like these are quite important.

Miss P, it was lovely to work with you. Wishing you all the best and loads of success!

xx

Stormy

 

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  • 07/06/2014 - 2:37 pm

    cler - Beautiful photos. Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • 19/07/2016 - 2:54 pm

    Kia Rolland - Fabulous curvy boudoir sessions. Where are you located, I’m kinda bummed to ask because everything is so perfect with your pics and I’m in Houston which is pretty far from NYC anyway I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • 28/07/2016 - 1:54 pm

      Stormy - Hi Kia – aww, thank you, that’s so kind of you to say. I’m based in London, England, but I get to the USA a few times a year. I’ll be in New Orleans this November which isn’t too far from you – booking sessions there now so give me a shout if you’re up for it:) xxReplyCancel

  • 16/08/2016 - 2:51 am

    Denise - Dear Stormy, I’m not a stalker–but for you, I could be. I stumbled across your site AGES ago, went gaga for all the dreamy pics, and immediately signed up for your newsletter, hoping that you would make it over to LA (and in the meantime, I’d be able to save up for the shoot). Since then, though, sadly there’s been no newsletter and no word from your people (if you have them)…so I shelved the idea of maybe someday having someone take a picture of me that actually made me feel beautiful. Don’t mean to sound tragic, but I’m one of those people who just usually looks strange in photos, you know–wandering eye off to the left, strained crooked smile, weird Spock-esque eyebrow raised, etc. etc., because no matter how many times I’ve heard Tyra talk about “smize” I just cannot for the life of me figure out what the hell to do when facing a camera. And just now, I was procrastinating about work and thought, “hey let’s look up that fabulous English photographer and see if she ever decided to make it to Los Angeles!” Many (and I do mean many) Google search terms later, I found your site again and was once more transformed by the beauty of your images; your models run the gamut in size, shape and color, but you have brought out and captured the individual and essential beauty in each of these lovely ladies. So essentially this is a very long-winded, roundabout way of saying–1) you are amazingly talented and I love your work, and 2) are you booking any shoots in Los Angeles in the coming months or in 2017? I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • 01/09/2016 - 12:38 pm

      Stormy - Hi Denise! Thank you so much for your very kind comment. I’m so so sorry about the newsletter, which I agree has been crap so far – it’s just me on this end (no “people” I’m afraid lol!) and a regular, useful newsletter is something I keep meaning to get to but I never seem to find the time. Sorry! Until I get my act together, the best way to keep up to date is Instagram ( I’m @stormy_rebelandromance), or you can just drop me an email anytime:)

      My current travel plans include NOLA and SLC this November (still taking bookings for both areas), and NYC in the spring of 2017. I’d LOVE to get to LA, and would be happy to hop over as part of the spring NYC trip if there’s enough interest. Maybe drop me an email and we can chat through a few ideas? And don’t worry – most people have something weird that happens in front of the camera, it’s really common but definetly won’t get in the way of gorgeous images if I can do anything about it:) I can’t smize without looking like an idiot either, and I do a special kind of half-drunk eye thing too, so I totally hear you lol!

      Thanks!
      StormyReplyCancel

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