How I fell in love with Boudoir.....


When I started my photography journey, nearly 2 years ago, it was just to photograph my makeup creations, costumes, accessories etc. As I was fed up, with working with photographers for free, just to get images of my work, then end up with rubbish, poor quality images, after spending hundreds of pounds, on creating a fantasy, fashion, Avante Garde creations, being left with images I just couldn't use, it was so disheartening.

So I brought a camera, and I didn't have a clue how to use it, typical bloody Alley... had a photographic studio and didn't have a clue how to run it... but that worked.... so now I need to throw that positivity, into becoming a photographer, but that's easier said than done, when you don't have a clue how to come off of automatic, and take control of your images..... LMAO .... now what ?

I was lucky to have a client, who had been shooting since he was a teenager, back in the days of film and dark rooms, and in passing conversation, he offered me some tips and guidelines to help me through the rookie stage... what came next, was nothing more than a miracle, a dream come true, the final piece to the puzzle in my life, without even realising at the time, this man, changed my life forever and he became my best friend.

Our first few photography lessons, the camera didn't even come out of the bag... sounds dodgy... not really.... we went through all the theory first, the most important workings of the camera for me, would be the settings required, to create the perfect image in a studio environment, the actual menu's and all the "geeky" things my camera did, wasn't important at this point, we focused on the ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture (F-Stops), the rest, would come with time....

So after 5 or more lessons (20+ hours) we got onto shooting, not a model straight away, but Ted (the studio's big brown bear, that turns out to be a fabulous model, as the texture in his hair, makes him a total asset to shoot .... and he's cheap and he sits really still for photo's.... lol ).

By now, we had become great friends (not Ted, my photography mentor lol ... ), and when I wasn't running the studio, and ensuring everyone else's images were amazing, we were shooting morning, noon and night, living, eating and breathing photography, 7 days a week, every waking minute I was doing something related to developing my photography, if I didn't need to sleep, I wouldn't have.

I was truly honoured, to be taking 40 years of knowledge, mistakes, achievements and experiences, and ram packing it, into every single moment we spent together, we became inseparable, joined by the camera (or at the hip), the terrible 2, the double shooters, the dynamic duo.. I was absorbing everything like a sponge, and everything we did excited me.... but who would know what came next, would be the "cliche moment" that changed my life forever.....

So I had shot with a couple of friends, up until now, not really know what I was doing, as my "Camera Buddy" would have helped, but I didn't like to put him out, but I got a few great shots, it was all by fluke, not technique, I wouldn't have been able to replicate the images if I tried.

So my friend - now named "Camera Buddy" (for future reference), booked the studio for 5 hours, and booked a mutual friend of ours, who was an amazing model, and I had known her for around 18 months, before my friend worked with her, so was really pleased to see her. We had a cuppa and a chin wag, she applied her makeup and then the next thing I knew, my camera buddy had set me up, to double shoot with him....

All of a sudden I was petrified, I felt sick, nervous and scared half to death.... you would think with them both being my friends, that the nerves wouldn't be a problem, but all of a sudden, I was under pressure to take amazing shots, I was working with a professional model, on a themed shoot, I was under pressure to capture the best images to date, as Ted had served his purpose, bless him, but he was not the kind of bear to put me under any pressure, shooting him was easy, he had no expectations.... HELP.... I AM OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE WITH NO NOTICE WHATSOEVER..... AARRGGHHHHHHHH......

Well, the rest of the evening, all 4+ hours became a blur... almost like a dream state...... my beautiful friend Afton, and my best friend, sorry "Camera Buddy", helped me with lighting, cropping, angles, settings, and the most stunning Boudoir poses and lingerie ever, and this was the night, I fell in love with Boudoir photography... who knew it, within 6 months of this shoot, I would be advertising commercially, as a Boudoir photographer ? Certainly not me.....

We went through lots of set up's, we played around with my new round, blow up bed, with beautiful purple bedding, we created totally amazing images, and where my "Camera Buddy" and I, were meant to be double shooting... I became lost in the moment (I became a greedy bitch is what really happened) and by the end of the evening, I had over 500 images, and my "Camera Buddy" had ( cough...cough..... urrrmmmmmm.... cough... opsie daisy) less than 100..... OMG !!!! That was shameful... the little darling paid to shoot in my studio (as it was meant to be his shoot, but he surprised me with the double shoot), he had paid Afton her modelling rates, he had brought props etc. to use, and then "I fell in love photography that night", and it's been a love struck, dream state of passion ever since....

I don't know what come over me, I can't even describe it, but I knew from the last shot, I was born to do this.... literally, I don't care how "Cliche" this sounds... the final piece of my life's puzzle, was in place.... I wasn't going to just shoot my work, my makeup, my costumes.... I wanted to become a photographer... and I was going to work night and day to make it happen... I totally had the photography bug and I haven't stopped since that night.....

So here I am.... 20 months in, hundreds of shoots undertaken, thousands of images edited, and I am still as excited today, as I was the night I captured my beautiful friend and Boudoir model, Afton. Things have gone from strength to strength and continue to grow, day by day and as long as I live, I can never thank Afton enough, and especially not my "Camera Buddy", for believing in me, and giving me so many amazing opportunities the last couple of years....

This blog is dedicated to them... thank you guys... you inspired me and changed my life...



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