I started 2016 with a New Year’s resolve to fill in some missing ingredients in my portfolio, one of these being boudoir/lingerie themed shoots, and I booked some shoots with that predominantly in mind, seeking to work with models who were already used to working in that style.
I quickly discovered that framing, and particularly lighting (in the studio), a reclining, horizontal subject is altogether different from taking the portrait of a standing or seated model.
Obvious really, I suppose, but it meant I suddenly felt like a novice all over again. As with all things, you get better the more you do something, and although I’ve shot some images that were so awful they were quickly wiped from the drive, I’ve ended up with a reasonable collection of boudoir work that I feel happy with.
First up at the start of January was a test shoot with a young model called Chloe… I’ve taken out a rolling booking at the Little Chelsea Gallery for the first Tuesday of each month. Chloe came over from just outside Brighton for the first of these monthly studio sessions.
I love working with Asian models and a photographer I had met on the Hampstead Heath group shoot a year ago helped to arrange a shoot with his friend Lucie. Originally conceived as an outdoor location shoot, we ended up working in one room inside Lucie’s apartment and got some very nice windowside portraits.
A few days later I worked with LilyNicole, a onetime SuicideGirl, who was just returning to modelling following a break.
The next day it was over to Hove to finally work with photographer/model Jade Lyon. We were treated to some fabulous winter sunshine in the front room of her apartment.
Just a couple of days after that I teamed up with MUA Ruby to work on a concept shoot in a Brighton hotel room. The shoot came about after I responded to a model’s casting call for a Poison Ivy themed set. The full edit on this shoot is still being worked on.
At the end of January I got to work with Ayla, a model known principally for her athletic artnude work. But she is just as amazing at fashion and portraiture, so we had a fabulously varied shoot, which I am still mining for great images.
First shoot in February was the monthly first-Tuesday studio shoot, and I had arranged for Irena to come down from London for half a day, specifically with a lingerie shoot in mind. Irena is rather passionate about lingerie. She works with lingerie during the day, and makes her own lingerie in her spare time. She models it rather well too.
The very next day I drove to Fleet to do a shoot with someone who had been on my Want To Work With List for a while and who I knew was experienced in boudoir style shoots. Natasha was a dream to work with, and I have so much more still up my sleeve from this shoot.
Still continuing with the boudoir theme but also finding time for some artnude, it was back in the studio mid-month, to work with someone whose modelling name is Serenity...
A few days later I drove over to Boxley to work with Faye, who had a couple of small dogs and a cat who managed to get into some of the shots.
The very next day I attended the launch of independent designer Louise O'Mahony's new 50s-inspired Oh My Honey line of wedding dresses and was struck by one of the catwalk models in particular. It turned out that her name was Insea, that she was German, and would only be in the UK for one more week. I was thrilled when she agreed to do a location shoot with me on her penultimate day in the UK.
And that was my start to the year. A rewardingly full first couple of months.