Hi, I'm Stormy. I'm a boudoir photographer for women with great taste.
People always ask me how I got started doing this, and the truth is that I sort of stumbled across this photography niche by chance. I arrived in London with a couple of suitcases and a crappy camera. A year or two of bouncing around random photography gigs (segregated Asian weddings anyone? how about headshots for those crappy Groupon deals?) taught me one really valulable lesson – I needed to specialise if I wanted any hope of getting somewhere. By then, I had narrowed the field a little; I knew I wanted to work with women, and I knew I would love something that was fashion-forward and luxurious, but I didn’t want to actually be in the fashion industry.
Then I stumbled across the website of a few photographers in America who were doing this “boudoir” thing. I’d never heard of it, but ten minutes in and I was sold. However, when I turned my searchbar to the UK market I was dismayed at what was passing as “boudoir photography.” The market has improved since then, but at the time I couldn’t find a single photographer I wanted to go to myself (if it’s sleazy, trashy, shot by creepers, or looks like it’s time warped straight from 1982, just say no). So…Rebel & Romance was born. I though of the name in the shower and haven’t looked back since.
Boudoir photography should be a beautiful, intimate, modern, and empowering experience for women. That’s what I think anyway, and those are the guiding principles for how I run my business.
So! I’m Stormy, and I’ll be your photographer for any session with Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography. I know it’s no easy feat getting half naked in front of a stranger, so I make it my job to help you feel as comfortable as possible right from the get go. I’ll be your cheerleader and your coach from day one. It’s a very hands on process, and I’ll be there to guide you every step of the way. I promise to create the most beautiful images of you that I possibly can, and to make sure we have a good time doing it too. By the end of our time together, you’re going to feel unstoppable.
Nobody wants to read a really lengthy bio, but I know it’s nice to get an idea of whether or we’ll get on or not (I’m really nice, we almost certainly will). In a nutshell, I’m your average, friendly American girl. I love Mexican food and coffee, and I can generally be bribed with a combination of caffeine and sunshine. My husband and I do lots of DIY and period restoration on the weekends. Despite being camera shy myself, the main thing you need to know is that I genuinely love my job, and I’ll probably be more excited about your shoot than you are.
“Stormy” is not a name I made up for myself to sound cool – it’s my honest-to-goodness real name. I don’t even have middle name, so I’m pretty much stuck with it. To the disappointment of basically everyone I meet, I’m sorry to say that my parents are not hippies, and I was not born during a thunderstorm.
I grew up in a very small town in a place called Idaho. It’s where the movie “Napoleon Dynamite” was filmed, or if that reference means nothing you to, it’s very cowboys-and-indians / Little House on the Prarie. It was never really my scene. I’d been plotting my escape since before I can remember, so when I met my now-husband (who is British), it was a pretty easy decision to trade in potatoes for London city lights.
I shoot regularly in London, UK, and also from my gorgeous seaside studio in Ramsgate (it’s about 1 hr 15 min on the train from St. Pancras, near Margate and Broadstairs). I also travel quite often for international clients, and you’ll find me shooting Destination Sessions in the USA once or twice a year. European cities are also quite easy, so if you’re not in the UK please don’t count me out! I’d love to chat with you about how a Destination Session works, and I might be headed your way anyway.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
You can reach me easiest via email at: Stormy@RebelandRomance.com
For social media, I’m most active on Instagram and would love to connect with you there: @stormy_rebelandromance
Thank you to the lovely and talented Michelle Carpenter for these images.