Woo, it’s Friday! What will you all be doing this weekend? Before that gets started, here’s a little something special for you. You may already know how much Cap Classique luurves Monica Dart, not only because she shoots beautiful weddings, but because she managed to make me look half decent in our photoshoot a couple of months ago. What you may not know about Moni is that she also shoots shut-the-front-door-beautiful boudoir pictures. Now I know what you’re thinking: ugh, boudoir. Rudey dudey pictures of you in your nuddies trying to look like a model from your husband’s FHM collection. Or maybe you’re thinking: “maybe, if I were thinner”. Because when you’re going to be wearing undies in front of a camera, you can never be skinny enough, right girls? Wrong. See, here’s what I have discovered about boudoir in the last couple of years, since it’s become a bit of a trend here in wedding world. One, you may give it as a gift to your husband-to-be, but really, it’s something you need to do for YOU. It’s not only a lovely experience to be dolled up and pampered, and a liberating one to be part-clothed in front of a photographer, but what it really is is an acknowledgment to yourself that even with your lumps and bumps, you deserve to be turned into a piece of art. And art is exactly what a photographer like Monica produces – yes, you’ll be frozen in time looking hawt, but this kind of shoot is as much about what you don’t see as what you do, and it’s class all the way. As with an engagement shoot, you’ll want to think about styling and making it a reflection of who you are, and then just having fun with it. The ladies I know who have been there have all said that it made them feel incredible, and really accept themselves and their bodies in a way they hadn’t before. Sounds bloody fantastic, I’d say. Sign me up, Moni!
PS And yes, your eyes do not deceive you. Below you’ll find boudoir shot on an empty South African Airways aeroplane. How. Awesome. Is. That?!?
My one to two hour boudoir sessions are fun and relaxed. It doesn’t matter what your shape or size I believe every woman has something that makes her sexy, feminine and beautiful. What makes you feel sexy?….Your favourite pair of jeans?….That new lipstick?….A pretty matching set of undies?…Or newly manicured nails? I shoot at a location of your choice – a B&B or hotel room that you would rent out for a couple of hours, or even at your home. A room with lovely natural light is best. I can recommend someone for hair and make-up if you feel like some extra pampering – or if you feel more comfortable doing your own that is also fine.
I bring along some ‘bubbly’, and the session gets off to a very relaxed start. Boudoir isn’t about being naked, it’s about feeling sexy in whatever you choose to wear. Bring along your hubby or boyfriend’s shirt (one you love him wearing), a few pieces of underwear – whatever you feel comfortable wearing (matching sets, or something more daring like suspenders), fishnets, any beaded jewellery you might have, a good book you might be reading (good for photos on the bed). I will show you exactly how to sit, stand and move your body – and if there is any particular part of you body you aren’t your happiest with, I will focus on the parts you love! As part of my boudoir shoot, I incorporate something with a Fine Art feel – like bright red apples lined up on a bath. Every shoot, I try and come up with something unique to your shoot.
My boudoir sessions are lovely as a gift to yourself – perhaps a 30th or 40th birthday gift for you or a friend, or something special for your boyfriend, fiance or hubby.