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Boudoir Video: Feeling French with Cassie and Ekanem

Boudoir Video: Feeling French with Cassie and Ekanem

Do you remember that Miss Dior advert with Natalie Portman from two or three years ago? I’ve been wanting to do something similar ever since then. I mean, these aren’t even that close…but one day!

Today on the blog, two recent videos in our blue, French room. Shot with the lovely Cassie, and the equally lovely (and actually French!) Ekanem. Enjoy.

Ekanem – short version from Rebel and Romance on Vimeo.

Cassie from Rebel and Romance on Vimeo.

Veils and summer lingerie at Celine’s boudoir photo shoot: PART ONE

Veils and summer lingerie at Celine’s boudoir photo shoot: PART ONE

Hello blogland, meet Celine:

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It’s she great? We started with a happy bridal boudoir look. This sort of thing is simple to throw together: white or cream lingerie, cheap veil, done.

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You can obviously add more if you’d like. Garters, wedding shoes, wedding hairpieces, white stockings, and more complicated wedding lingerie all look lovely, but if you’re not a lace and tulle sort of girl you don’t have to force it:)

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Such a lovely smile:) ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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I recently read “Americanah” by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and absolutely loved it. I’ve always liked shooting natural black hair, but I feel like I understand the context much better now. It’s brilliant novel, perfect for a smart summer read, and described by the author in this way:

“I like to say that this is a novel about love, about race, and about hair. In particular I want to talk about natural black hair, and how it’s not just hair. I mean, I’m interested in hair in sort of a very aesthetic way, just the beauty of hair, but also in a political way: what it says, what it means.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Still working out how to get this chandelier in more images.

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For our second look, we did a summery orange lingerie look on modern hotel bedding.

Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography lingerie photo shoot featuring natural afro

I love this colour – so fresh and current. Celine’s makeup was done by Elizabeth Joseph-Love and fit the look perfectly.

Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography lingerie photo shoot featuring natural afro

I’m also working on these laying down bed poses shot from above recently.

Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography lingerie photo shoot featuring natural afro

It’s precarious, and pretty hit and miss – I get like, 1 in 12? But when it works, it works.

Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography lingerie photo shoot featuring natural afro

Celine has a great little lifestyle blog, hop on over if you fancy checking it out.

Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography lingerie photo shoot featuring natural afro

Last one from this set. We also did a few darker looks, so stay tuned for part two! On the blog soon.

Curves ahead with Ekanem: SE England boudoir photography

Curves ahead with Ekanem: SE England boudoir photography

Ekanem

What. A. Stunner.

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You guys know I love a bodysuit for a lingerie photo shoot, and Ekanem feels the same. I think she must anyway, because she wore three different versions for this:) First up, this lacy red number. I’m not sure exactly where this one is from, but you can find them everywhere at the moment – ASOS, BooHoo, H&M, TopShop, VS, Boux Avenue, etc.

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E did her own hair and makeup, which turned out lovely. I do generally recommend you let a professional help with this, but if you know what you like and you know how to do, that’s absolutely fine too.

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My favourite doors. This is my number one secret trick to barefoot looks: tip toes.

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A new (super sexy) black and white conversion I’ve been trying out. So glowy right? No oil or glycerin required thank goodness!

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Soft, wraparound window light. Literally never lets me down and is universally flattering whether you’re 18 or 83. I don’t know what the deal is with the banding here, but I can’t be bothered to resize and reformat every image for the 15,000 different social media outlets we’re all trying to keep up with today, so please just ignore it:)

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Ekanem is part French, so shooting in this room was practically required. If you like this shoot stay tuned, because SHE’S COMING BACK FOR VIDEO lol!

xx

Stormy

 

 

Testimonials: Efena, writer and advocate for spinal cord injury awareness, shares her experience

Testimonials: Efena, writer and advocate for spinal cord injury awareness, shares her experience

A few thoughts and a little back story from Efena.

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EFENA SAYS…

 

“Marking the three year anniversary of the horrific and catastrophic car accident that rendered me paralysed from the waist down was indubitably a bittersweet experience. On April 21, 2014, a doctor broke my heart in a way I never thought was possible; when he told me I had a complete thoracic spinal cord injury. In layman’s terms, this directly translates to zero possibility of ever walking again.

 

Cut to April 2017. Months prior, I decided the best way to celebrate how far I had come was through what I call my #NoFear photoshoot. Inspired by the LA-based wheelchair model/makeup artist Steph Aiello, I wanted to send a clear message with the pictures.

 

The idea behind #NoFear is simple. My aim is to shatter misconceptions of disabilities whilst spreading awareness of spinal cord injuries. To show that being disabled does not necessarily translate to being unable.

 

Being suddenly confined to a wheelchair is certainly no walk in the park. Side effects of a spinal cord injury include sporadic & crippling nerve pain, bouts of insomnia and working out regularly becomes an excruciating must to facilitate recovery.

 

Stormy Sloane and Victoria Reynolds were the fantastic team behind my amazing photos. Our natural chemistry and undeniable synergy made my first professional shoot extremely fun and comfortable. Everything was utter perfection. The location, the wardrobe, the shoes and especially the make-up. My eyebrows were totally on fleek!

 

Without Stormy’s genius guidance, my poses would probably have been kinda lacklustre. She has this ineffable way of making you feel immediately at ease; the shots can’t help but be absolutely beautiful. She creates an atmosphere of comfort and giddyness. Furthermore, the entire process from introductry emails to signing the contract is so streamlined; you just end up focusing on being thoroughly excited the whole time.

 

Through some divine connection, Rebel and Romance and Efena Smiles (my social media brand) have produced something much larger than us. To me, they defied, nay obliterated my expectations. These photos declare that my disability isn’ t going to hold me back from ‘overcoming paralysis one step at a time’ (which has been my manta for the last couple of years).

 

All I can really say is a massive thank you to Stormy and Vic for helping me illustrate #NoFear in powerful, perception-altering visual imagery.

 

The photos really speak for themselves.
Love ya Stormy
Xxxx
Efena E. Otobo
Freelance Writer and Blogger

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See more from this shoot here:

Boudoir with a wheelchair: Efena’s Boudoir Photo Shoot