The most fantastic part about having a best friend who’s a model, is that you get to test out different lighting setups just for fun! I very rarely shoot boudoir photography as TF work because I want to keep my portfolio as “genuine” as possible. I want my boudoir clients to look at my portfolio and know that the women they see are not models who know how to pose in front of the camera. Having said that, in the beginning I did shoot a lot of boudoir TF work to really understand the genre and practice. But now that I am comfortable with the way I shoot, I make an effort to not show clients my printed portfolio with images of models. I love that I can tell them that the women they see had the same apprehensive feeling of shooting a boudoir session for the first time. I can tell them that they also didn’t know how to pose, or what face to make. I am able to show them that every woman can create stunning images and come out of the session proud and feeling beautiful.
In this case, I couldn’t say no to a fun session with Carlyn. We have been friends since preschool back in our little home town, Tsawwassen, BC and she has been my trusty assistant on many of my boudoir sessions. She has been building her portfolio as a model and wanted to add a boudoir genre. This gave me a chance to play with some lighting setups which I always enjoy! (What photographer doesn’t…)
If you would like to book Carlyn for a shoot, she can be found through City Models.
MUA: Bailey Elliott
Hairstylist: Felicia Carson