Let's face it, most of us don't share straight out of bed shots of ourselves on facebook and instagram...we save the selfies for when we are feeling cute.
Today I was part of a big collaboration project that was so out of my comfort zone but ended up being so much fun. I worked with a group of awesome ladies to put together a styled shoot, and I took a turn on the other side of the camera to get a taste of how clients feel.
Now, I have decided I am not a good boudoir photographer. I am a families and babies gal, so I picked the best one around to work with for this project. Amanda Huston from The Huston Spot . She is so talented and fun.
Amanda had a strong vision of how she wanted me to look and decided an Old Hollywood feel would suit me best. Under her direction Courtnie La Fontaine from Square 1 Salon worked magic getting my limp locks full and wavy like a starlet. And Amy Gervais from Alustria Makeup Artistry painted me with the skills of an Old Master to create a look very different from my normal routine.
Yuriko Larson from Vintage Origami brought along a collection of vintage props and frocks for final touches and brilliant inspiration. It was a treat and I enjoyed being their guinea pig while we sipped mimosas and brainstormed ideas.
I told you we would be keeping it real so I am sharing a before & after sneak peek from Amanda.
(and yes, this is basically me straight out of bed and 70% of the time...it used to be 90% but the boys are getting older and I get a bit more time for primping when I leave the house)
Photography is a fine art...lighting, posing and connecting with the client is crucial. Amanda has got it nailed. I am super self conscious and not photogenic but she got me comfortable and studied me to find the poses that worked best with my features. She helped me be calm and made me giggle constantly. Amanda did not comment at all on my dorkiness issues...she patiently reminded me time and time again to look at the camera, not to tilt my head, stop slouching and to stop thinking so much! The done hair and makeup makes a huge difference on subjects, but without a good photographer's eye they are wasted.
Let's face it, most forty something Mommas of three are not Playboy material... but we still have pretty parts and should celebrate our femininity.
I was so lucky to collaborate with this team of creative lovelies, I will share more soon friends.