My longtime girl crush Olivia and I have been shooting again;) This time for her exciting new plus size collection with Manners Wear. It you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s a great little range of unapologetic basics that are ethically sourced, totally wearable, and high quality (read: material that is soft and thick, not the thin, mass produced stuff you can see though).
Olivia’s range is available for pre-order starting TODAY, the 1st of July, with pieces available in sizes L to 5XL. For more info, head over to the website or follow on Instagram at: @mannersbycurvycampbell. Each piece and colour has been chosen with care, and named after Olivia’s most important female friends and family members.
Shoot credits: Photography and retouching by yours truly @stormy_rebelandromance, makeup by @vanezalondono, wall mural by @hixxy, wardrobe/styling by @mannersbycurvycampbell @mannerswear @sallymanners @curvycampbell
Jordan Crop Leggings £52, and Xenia Crop Top £21
It’s always a bit tricky shooting outdoor locations in London, and this shoot was no exception. What a treat to have full sun, but OMG it was hot.
Like…baking. Vaneza working a miracle keeping any makeup whatsoever on Olivia’s face. Jordan Crop Leggings £52, and Louise Reversible Wrap Top £32
Louka Leggings £55, and Xenia Crop Top £21
S U N G O D D E S S in the Siobhan Midi Skirt – £42
Our venue was the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, a gorgeous, new-ish, 5 star glamazon I’m now in love with. For my fellow Americans, you’ll feel right at home- they’ve got the best customer service I’ve encountered in the whole of London.
Lainara’s shoot wardrobe came entirely from ASOS, my online retailer of choice (lol, but really). I bought their £10/year shipping deal a few months ago, and it’s been a game-changer. You just pay £10 and then everything you order for the next year is shipped next day delivery for free. This is a UK only deal, but I’m told most of the USA has a similar offer if you’re near a major city. If you’re further out, they offer the same deal with a slightly longer timeframe. I needed them this time especially, because we were let down by a lingerie brand who was meant to be supplying wardrobe…two days before this shoot. I ordered everything from my phone at 11PM and it arrived at my door the following afternoon.
I’ll add all the wardrobe details below in case you would like to use this shoot as inspiration for your own wardrobe. Just be aware that some of these styles are currently out of stock. The red set is available in different colours and styles, all of them really nice. Also, be careful with the black bodysuit if it does come back in, because we found it very, very small to size. Lainara could barely squeeze into the one we ordered for her, and there was no chance of doing up the back. I’d go at least one size up, probably two. The return policy is good anyway so you can get a few options and send what doesn’t work back.
We also did a set of images in the bathtub. Bathtub boudoir is a little tricky to pull off, but it’s lots of fun too. Some clients were a bikini, some just go starkers under as many bubbles as we can magic up.
Lainara’s hair was done by my new favourite session stylist Natalia Souza, who works an actual bloody miracle. The lovely Sadaf Ahmed was on set for gorgeous skin and smokey eye perfection. Thanks again girls, always a pleasure working with you both!
On a personal note, I’m really pleased with the lighting on these images. I’m not a technically minded photographer, so it may be years until I feel 100% confident with studio lighting, but I’m feeling a bit more confident with each shoot. And I’ve narrowed it down to one (very heavy) backpack and one light stand bag, so that’s a plus!
When I can steal the time away, I’m working on some ideas for demo boudoir photography video sessions. My latest project was shot with lovely lovely lovely Mollie, and I’m delighted to share it with you today. Brilliant Victoria Reynolds was our makeup artist for the shoot, and I knocked up some messy bed hair for M myself.
We filmed this video as part of a larger stills shoot a few weeks ago. If you’re following me on Instagram (@stormy_rebelandromance) you’ve already seen some of our favourite stills from the day. I’ll be posting the full set of stills here soon, and there’s a bit of behind the scenes footage I’m going to cut together too.
Mollie is wearing a black bodysuit by ASOS in this video. It’s a flattering cut and looks great in person, but in retrospect it reads a bit sheer on camera. It’s still gorgeous, just keep in mind that you might #freethenipple on film if you wear it for your own boudoir photography shoot;) I wish I would have noticed sooner, because we ended up having to cut a few shots to make it social media friendly – the nipple police are everywhere these days.
As a side note, I love ASOS for boudoir wardrobe options. They have a huge selection, and a good variety of sizes with plenty of affordable prices. Also, for UK based girls they do a £10/year offer that gets you free next day shipping and free returns on everything you purchase. SO convenient/dangerous.
I can’t find the exact piece Mollie wore, but here are a few similar options:
Anyway, this video means I finally have a curvy / plus size beauty represented in the video category, which is a step in the right direction. I’ll be adding more diversity to this category as we test new ideas, stay tuned.