I know it’s not the most obvious choice, but I’m a big fan of shape wear pieces in lieu of lingerie. It does such a great job of showing off your shape while also providing lots of coverage and support. Jade is wearing simple black knickers (shape wear, high waisted) and a long sleeve cottony-lycra black top. I think the understated effect is really nice because it’s a blank canvas for her killer shape and gorgeous face.
That said, there are lots of shape wear options with more going on too – everything from jewel tone colours to silky fabrics and daring cuts. Another thing to keep in mind – if you struggle to find things in your bra size, shape wear usually has really inclusive sizing:) Big boobs welcome basically;)
For our next option, a strappy little number paired with a silk robe. This is a little more “bedroom” but still isn’t actually showing much skin. @sadafmakeupuk did such a beautiful job on Jade’s eyes here too.
This was (very) loosely inspired by France, if only because we shot it by the french doors and added pearls.
Jade loved these temple doors, and she wanted to try them as a backdrop for an edgy look. I love edgy, but it always makes me a little nervous – this sort of look can veer off into trashy in a heartbeat. However, I think we nailed it here. Love love these, and I’m actually contemplating faux leather trousers for myself now….maybe after some more squats lol!
Just a few more favourites from the day,
and we’ll finish with some black and whites because THOSE CURVES.
Jade, thank you doll, it was lovely working with you! Next time…kittens and cuteness:)
Today, another post that was eaten by my web server move. Olivia is so inspiring, so I’m reposting for anyone who missed it or would like a second look:)
Here’s gorgeous Olivia (@curvycampbell) being so very brave in her first nude shoot. This was actually the prequel look to Olivia’s pin up set, although it’s got a totally different feel. It’s great to be able to create such variety in a single shoot, and I love how soft and romantic these turned out.
Sheer curtains are my best friend. This image on the right kills me still.
I love these images because of what they represent. If you’ve ever felt not good enough, not beautiful enough, if you’ve ever looked in the mirror and felt disgusted at what you saw staring back at you, these images are for you.
Olivia does not have a perfect body. She is not thin, she is not rich, she does not have a Pinterest-worthy life all the time. She is a single mother, she is mixed race, she battles with her mind and not feeling good enough, and she has been told no a million times. I think she’s absolutely brilliant, but the point is that she is you in so many ways. So this is the lesson: there is no reason that Olivia can learn to love her body, but you cannot.
Attempt the work. Decide to change your mind. Refuse to hate on yourself.
Do it every single day.
Pretty pink blooms and vintage pearls for the win.
We tried a sort of cheeky, Ellen Von Unwerth vibe with these, but I think it still needs a little refining.
Maybe a bit too provocative? I don’t know lol! Everyone else seemed to like them so I’ve left them in, but I plead the 5th if you’re offended!
Shooting these was a huge mistake, because I’ve been wanting to go to Morocco ever since.
One day soon. With a riad and a camel, obviously. Let me know if you’d like to come?
This blog post got lost in a server move a few months ago, along with all your lovely comments:( So sad. But, I’m re-writing and re-posting today so this shoot can live on!
If you’ve been following me for a while you know I absolutely love this woman. Olivia is such a dynamic, fun person to be around, and I really admire the body positive attitude she advocates. If you need a little more of this positive influence in your life, I’d recommend following her on Instagram here: @curvycampbell While you’re at it you can follow brilliant makeup artist Debbie (@debbiepurkissmua) and me too (@stormy_rebelandromance).
Anyway, feels like ages ago now but Olivia, Debbie, and I got together to play pin up for this shoot.
People are always trying to get me to do pin up, but I just don’t like it that much. I don’t think I’m cut out for all the fake smiles and posey poses. This is how I like my pin up – undone and a little reckless, on the edge of something dangerous.
Too cool to clean the kitchen, obviously.
Love these Coca-Cola cans as hair rollers.
I think it’s important to point out that I made no changes to Olivia’s body shape in these. You know why? Because she’s beautiful exactly as she is.
She was killing these poses.
How great is Olivia’s makeup here? Debbie always knocks it out of the park. She’s the safest pair of hands I know.
Don’t smoke okay? Smoking is bad. It’s not half as cool as we made it look here.
Is there anything more decadent than a vintage fur coat?
Olivia, Debbie, it’s always a pleasure. Still one of my favourite shoots.
Aurelie is such a lovely person, and I think someone that everyone can relate to in one way or another. We met a few years ago when she got in touch for her first boudoir shoot. At that time, Aurelie had just lost a bunch of weight and although she was looking great, she was feeling crap.
It’s one of those things that can just blindside a person – you get healthier and thinner and are SURE you’ll feel amazing, only to find your mind hasn’t caught up to your body. Anyway, she was struggling to feel at home in her new, thinner shape and decided to do something about it. It was great to photograph her then, and the results were amazing – both in terms of how the images actually turned out, in what they did for Aurelie’s self-confidence, and in the reaction from her Mr too:) Win win win.
All that in mind, I was delighted to hear from Aurelie again recently. After a super challenging year, she was ready to come back for round 2 and a fresh dose of confidence.
I love working with clients a second time. It’s about 100 times less scary for them, since they already know what to expect and that they will love the results, so things usually go smooth as butter.
This teal colour is great for summer.
Showing off your wedding ring in a whole new way;)
This navy blue bodysuit is a great choice for shoots, especially if you’d like something that will cover your midsection but still allow you to move.
Love this light on Mrs. A.
I love how natural Aurelie looks here, especially because this position is not half as easy as it seems.
Obligatory booty shot;)
One of my favourite frames from the bedroom set.
She nailed this one too.
A red lip, because we can. This is a nice way to nod to pin up if you like the style but the cheesy props aren’t your style.
Our library door is officially on, and I’ve been playing around with a few different ways to incorporate it into shoots.
New tattoos, and a gorgeous black lace number. All Aurelie’s lingerie has come from non-designer, high street retailers, so keep in mind that you don’t need to splash out on expensive digs unless you want to.
The temple doors.
And the best for last – Mrs. A absolutely KILLING in these. A few years ago, no amount of money or persuasion would have convinced Aurelie she could look good in a topless shot. I asked casually if she wanted to do anything topless during our first shoot a few years ago, and she literally turned to me and said, “I will never do it. No. Never.”
But lo and behold…here she is, looking amazing and eating her words:) I’m so proud of her. It’s very hard work learning to like your body, but it’s so worth it.
Miss Lucy and I got together some time ago for a London boudoir shoot, and I thought I’d share the results with you today:)
I’ve had my eye on this penthouse location for a while, and a shoot with Lucy seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. It’s sky high, with a wrap around balcony and killer views of everything. We felt very fancy hanging out up there. It’s also got two bedrooms that are decorated differently, so it’s a great venue for photo shoots.
Lucy is a plus size model, currently signed with Hughes here in England, and this was our first time working together. Curvy Kate graciously sent us a bunch of fun lingerie to shoot with, and we supplemented with a few pieces from Lucy’s own wardrobe too.
I love a good lingerie / jacket combo. Skyline and boats are optional.
Big statement earrings, stockings, and heels pull the whole look together.
A black lace ensemble and an antique styled French bed was next on the agenda.
Such effortless posing by Miss Lucy.
High waisted knickers are a love ’em or hate ’em kind of thing, but they do photograph brilliantly.
Oh hello my pretty:)
We were really hoping for sun to fit this punchy pink Curvy Kate set, but it wasn’t on the cards that day.
Not a problem though, we just pretended instead.
Our third set was this lovely slouchy sweater. It honestly never fails.
Pair with red lips, heels, and stockings to turn things up a notch.
Low messy pigtails complete the look. Love this image on the right, Lucy has the perfect expression.
I was dubious about this chair, but I actually really liked these images in the end.
Double trouble, in Technicolor and black and white.
I climbed in a potted plant to get this shot. The life of a photographer is eversoglamorous.
How cute is Miss L here?
We tried a few dark and moody shots in an all black look too, just because we could.
Sophisticated sexiness if you ever saw it.
Lucy it was great to finally work with you! Thanks for a great shoot:)
This was Kate and I’s second shoot together, and we were joined by lovely Sadaf on makeup.
One of my favourite things about photography (and great makeup) is it’s ability to transform an appearance. I got a frantic call from Kate the day before our shoot where she explained that her normally brilliant colourist had taken a few too many liberties and turned her hair into “a horrific shade of trailer trash blonde.” Oh mannnnnnnnn….
We couldn’t reschedule since Kate was also about to move away to Oz, so we opted to just go with it. Kate rocked up and I’m not gunna lie – her hair was glowing in a sort of radioactive way. We had a good laugh about it, and then got down to business.
Side note: how great is this lilac silk number on her?
With genius makeup skills from Sadaf and a little clever toning and post processing work on my end, we successfully got Kate up an’ out the trailer park;) We were all really pleased about it lol!
Hello, I’m Kate, and I stop traffic with my little red dress.
Gahhh. Such a stunner. I defy you to tell me that curvy women aren’t having a moment right now.
Feather bra. Because we can.
If you come shoot with me, odds are very high I will make you lay on the floor at some point. You’ve been warned.
We were just experimenting with this set idea – the backlight coming over the top of the backdrop was fantastic but it does create some flyaway hair problems that are sort of annoying to work though.
This pose in particular is so feline feeling. We were joking about creating a posing book for photographers and models where each pose has a cringe-tastic name. I’ll call this one Sex Panther, obviously. You stay classy San Diego.
I think I could learn to like shooting on solid black almost as much as I like shooting in the backlight. It’s got that same gorgeous fall away effect around the body, which is great for any body type and always flattering.
Up close and personal with these. Images like this are ideal for an album – they add so much movement and interest to the image story.
Also, curvy ladies please note how killer these high waisted knickers look? It’s a great way to add a little more coverage without sacrificing style, and they are easy to pick up this season:)
We brought the volume back down a little for our last look. I love this detailed long line bra top Kate’s wearing – perfect for a romantic, moody set of images.
Simple window light and gorgeous curves. If you love this look but are not so keen on your midsection, there are some great options that combine this strappy look in a fitted basque. You could think also think about layering a bra like this over simple black shape wear, or combining it with a sheer robe/dress/kimono/etc like we’ve done in the images below.
See, look at this. Still an edgy bit of detail up top, but now Kate a totally covered midsection and the outfit still looks fab. Bonus: we can show a cheeky bit of leg with this side slit. If you’re not a fan of your thighs, a side slit just might change your mind.
Thanks Kate! Lovely seeing you again, and best wishes for the big move!