I’m over winter already. This could prove to be problematic since I’ve been told that winter is, in fact, still on it’s way. Are these people serious? If so, we really need to get someone on that. Winter ought to begin at the end of November, give us lots pretty snow on Christmas, and then finish it’s business by the new year. While we’re fixing things, let’s throw in some more sun too.
Anyway…I tell you that to tell you this: I stumbled across a beautiful editorial today. I’m researching ideas for a new project I’m about to start work on, and this little gem popped up on my screen. Titled “Called to the Barre,” there’s something intrinsically hopeful about a spring colour palette, and this one has a certain lightness that reminds you spring will come, eventually, even if winter (apparently) hasn’t even started yet.
A brief that references ballerinas and lots of tulle could so easily become trite and naive, but it’s been brilliantly interpreted here. Published in the December 2013 issue of “How To Spend It,” this set of images was styled by Damian Foxe and photographed by Andrew Yee. Hairstyles created by Shlomi Mor and makeup by Robert Greene bring out the very best in the models cast; Alexa Yudina, Ana Buljevic, Anastasia Ivanova, Anne-Sofie List, Ilva Hetmann, Maria Borges, Regina Krilow, Stephanie Hall, Vasilisa Pavolva, and Veranika Antsipava.
I’ve included all the wardrobe information for each look, because I always think it’s interesting to see which elements have been pulled from designers and which are just everyday items. Each time I read that an item is the “stylist’s own” or “vintage” I am reminded of the time when my most fashionable childhood friend patiently explained to a thirteen year old me that, “Magazines only put that if it’s actually really cheap or they don’t know where it came from. It looks better.”
She was the first one of us to wear pointy toed shoes and know how to correctly pronounce Yves Saint Laurent, so I’ve never doubted her on this.
I think it’s the layering of textures that really makes these images sing. That corset is amazing too. I love how it’s not even done up but still manages to look great. I might steal that idea actually.
Left: Wolford cotton-mix body, £99. Louis Vuitton hammered-silk and lace dress, £2, 410. Bloch nylon tulle and spandex tutu, £44.95. Vintage corset, stylist’s own. Right: Jenny Packham beaded stretch crepe blouse, £1, 680. Oscar de la Renta silk organza gown with feather and crystal embroidery, £7,175. Repetto cotton ballet shoes, £19.
This image on the left is a perfect example of how you can create a sexy, evocative feel without revealing too much. One key lingerie piece (the pink bustier) gets the point across regardless of how much else you choose to show or not show.
Killer gams? Let’s show them off with a flowy dress and a wind machine. The fancy plie is optional. Also, I’ve been on a lot of photo shoots. I can pretty much bet that “stylist’s own” headband on the right is a bit of extra material they found somewhere on set or at the bottom of a fabric bag. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s perfect. That’s just how the creative process works sometimes – you have to leave room for inspiration and spontaneity or everything gets boring.
Left: Wolford ribbed cotton and nylon tights (worn over arms), £30. Nina Ricci silk dress, £2,240. Repetto cotton canvas and leather ballet shoes, £19. Right: Ralph & Russo Haute Couture French Chantilly lace gown with rose gold embellishment, price on request. Repetto tulle tutu, £90, and cotton canvas and leather ballet shoes (just seen), £24. Headband, stylist’s own.
Not a single expensive shoe in this editorial. That must be a first.
I love everything about this image. So pretty and soft, but still mysterious and effortlessly cool. I’d highly recommend this model’s manicure if you’re dreaming of a boudoir shoot with a similar feel – it’s neutral and pretty, but goes with everything.
Also, this Lanvin tulle is killing me. I really need to learn to sew – surely it can’t be that hard to create a piece like this for shoots, right? The edges aren’t even finished. If any of you have mad sewing skills and fancy a project, please let me know:) Pictures of your fantastic creation on the house!
P.S. There are lots of exciting things happening with Rebel & Romance Boudoir Photography in 2014. I don’t want to jinx anything, but stay tuned. If you want a sneak peek, follow my on Instagram. I’m @stormy_rebelandromance
Boudoir Photographer: Inspirational Boudoir Photographs by Raphael Mazzucco
Sometimes I think I’m getting pretty good at this photography thing.
Inevitably, that feeling is followed by discovering another boudoir photographer or photographer in a similar genre who is ridiculously good and puts me right back in my place. I used to find looking at the work of these people, the ones at the absolute pinnacle of their industries, soul destroying. It was so deflating to me, primarily because it their abilities seemed light years away from mine (Let’s be honest, they were. I had no idea what I was doing).
As I’m getting better and growing as a boudoir photographer, that feeling has mostly disappeared. Instead, I just feel inspired by these artists. In awe. This world is beautiful. Just look at all these beautiful people making such beautiful things. What must they be like..to breathe life into these ideas?
Recently, I realised a whole bunch of the images burnt into my retinas were created by one man. I wanted to share them with you here, because they are so good and a great source of inspiration and ideas for your own boudoir photo shoot. I’ve already lost several hours looking through Raphael Mazzucco’s portfolio, so in the interest of focus and me not working until midnight tonight, I’ll stick to a single client he’s created work for – Intimissimi.
From the Gardens of Sicily campaign. I love this image, and one day I’ll find an orange grove or an excuse to visit Italy to do my own take on this idea.
A classic faded grandeur feel. I love natural light (or artificial light that looks convincingly natural) as a boudoir photographer, and I tend to be drawn to that look and feel in other artist’s work as well.
Perfect motion. Beautiful location. Great hair.
And then there are these. These images were created for a book called “The Perfect Bra” which Intimissimi developed and launched last year. I stumbled across it at the Intimissimi shop on Oxford Street and fell in love. It’s such a beautiful collection of images, and I’ve been trying to buy said book to have as a reference ever since. Apparently, this was not a book meant for general purchase, because I’ve checked everywhere and no one sells it or seems to know anything about it. As a last resort, I’ve attempted contacting Intimissimi directly. If that fails, I may or may not consider trying to barter with the shop girls. Something like, how much Starbucks do I need to buy you to make you want to gift me that book in the corner?
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International Boudoir Photography: a Destination Photography Session in Paris
So, I was recently in Paris for work….if you can call doing a destination photography session with beautiful people (Natasha & Derek) in the most romantic city in the world “work” that is:) Although it was a very quick trip, it was such a great experience and I thought I’d share a few travel pictures with you here, ahead of showing you all the gorgeous proper images of N&D of course.
It was my first trip to Paris. Despite lots of warnings about the attitude of “The French,” I’m happy to report that only one waitress was excessively rude to me. Everyone else was fine, nice even! Seeing as I speak exactly two French words (Bonjour and Boudoir), it was a pleasant surprise. I did spend quite a lot of time in a panic that someone would try to talk to me, but it’s still a city after all, and people mostly keep to themselves. I’ve spoken to a few friends about this since returning, and we’ve all agreed that if you can survive the complete and total unfriendliness that is living in London, Paris is no worse.
One of the first images I took in Paris. This was just outside our hotel. Basically, the whole city looks like this – the WHOLE city. You have to see it to believe it.
The Louvre, the Seine, and that time my husband said his famous last words, “It’s only about a ten minute walk.”
Such a perfect street.
La Tour Eiffel.
I call this “The Belly of the Beast.” The Eiffel Tower is way, way bigger than you expect it to be. Precisely the opposite of Big Ben.
The Lock Bridge….
…so glad I did my nails. Unfortunately, orange doesn’t seem that romantic on second thought. Oh well.
This guy was amazing.
There must be a thousand great locations to plan a destination photography session, but I’m glad this one was in Paris.
This is the Bato Bus. The Bato Bus is my friend, especially after walking the whole day prior to our shoot. This is the time where I almost fell of the back of the boat.
Awww. Big dress. Romance. Paris. Photography. All things I like:)
My husband took these. I think he’s trying to put me out of a job.
Luckily, as long as he keeps getting distracted by pigeons, I think I’ll be okay:)
So that’s it! A little roundup of my first destination photography session in Paris. Stay tuned for finished images of Natasha and Derek, you won’t want to miss them.
I love the idea of doing more destination photography sessions like this, so if it’s something you’re interested in please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Boudoir, anniversary, engagement, birthday, just because – I’m not picky! All excuses are good excuses in my book, and flights in Europe are pretty cheap at the moment – let’s plan something amazing:)
Ready to start planning your very own Destination Photography Session with me?
I’d love to chat with you about all the details of how a London Boudoir Photography session with me works, or how we can arrange to hold your session in any major city worldwide. We’ll go over what you can expect, how to prepare, and talk about the beautiful imagery we can create for you. Destination Photography Sessions are so much fun, and they make the perfect surprise gift for a partner, or even better – as a mini holiday and a big confidence boost for yourself. Please feel free to get in touch, you can reach me (Stormy) at 07799 390468, or just drop me an email here. We’ll plan a Destination Photography Session that will thrill you:)
Boudoir Photography: A Paris Destination Photo Shoot
Just a quick sneak peek on the blog this week…
I’m back from a whirlwind tour of Paris, which was absolutely beautiful, inspiring, and over far too quickly. I managed to absolutely wreck my feet (note to self: buy proper, functional tourist shoes) but I had a lovely time photographing Mrs. N and her Mr. in the city of loooove.
Images and the full story coming soon:)
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A weekend getaway in the city of love, complete with a folio of beautiful images – what a way to celebrate! For details on destination boudoir photography sessions, including a custom shoot in Paris, please feel free to get in touch. You can reach me (Stormy) at 07799 390468, or just drop me an email here. Couples and other clients are more than welcome, Paris is a beautiful backdrop for boudoir photography, portrait shoots, and lifestyle sessions as well.
London Boudoir Photography: A Halloween Boudoir Photography flashback with the lovely Cassie
A few of you might remember this Halloween inspired London Boudoir Photography session, which we did about a year ago. It’s an oldie-but-goodie, and I just couldn’t resist bringing it out of the shadows one more time. It’s edgy and a bit darker than many of you would perhaps be comfortable with, but hey – it’s Halloween! If you can’t get your alter ego out now, when can you?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cassie several times now, and she’s such a cool girl. She’s always willing to indulge crazy, half-baked ideas, and it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow as a model.
This London Boudoir Photography session featured a selection of masks by the ever-creative Tanith from the Masque Boutique. Tanith has a huge selection of masks to fit whatever kind of Halloween debauchery you’ve got planned. Her newest Venetian Masks look particularly tempting if you ask me, but have a stop on over and see what strikes your fancy.
Dramatic posing with a pumpkin and tutu. Because we can.
I liked every single image from this set better in black and white than in colour. The bright orange and red was a bit too in-your-face, but this contrasty black and white gives the set an eerie, realistic feel.
Angry Cassie. Someone must have stolen her pumpkin.
We also tried an elvish/lady of the lake set on this Halloween inspired London Boudoir Photography session. Cassie is wearing lingerie from Oscar de la Renta here (from my Boudoir Wardrobe). It’s one of my favourite sets for Bridal Boudoir Sessions.
For all the Lady Gaga fans out there, this is the perfect mask. It’s heavy, but not unwearable, and oh my my does it look good on camera.
To finish up, a cheeky cat costume on the terrace. Love. If anyone is inspired to do their own last minute Halloween inspired London Boudoir Photography session, give me a call! I’m a sucker for a great theme.
Everyone have a very happy (and safe) Halloween:)
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