I’ve photographed over 600 women over 8 years and I can safely say no one is born instantly knowing how to be sexy wearing lingerie in front of a camera. Some are definitely more comfortable at the idea but it always takes practice to learn your angles, to know what looks great on you and to be able to bare it all in front of a room of new people. Why you hire an amazing team to work with is because looking beautiful in photos is complicated. No one says it, but it’s hard. The question of what you want to look like mixed with what’s flattering for you is a difficult process for everyone. You’re not alone.
When you’re working with a pro team,
we make it easy. That’s our job.
We ask enough questions to get a feel for what you want, we give flattering suggestions and will subtly guide you in front of the camera so that at the end, you not only look great but feel great as well. And even if you feel a little off at first, that’s ok, you’re not alone.
If it was easy, everyone would do it. That’s what adds to the excitement of it, you have to find your courage to do it. In a shoot, I’m very blasé about the idea of dropping your satin robe but I recognize each woman’s bravery to do it. I’m casual about it because I don’t want it to be a big deal at the moment. I think for those who are willing to try, that they will walk away with an amazing liberating and thrilling experience that will forever be remembered.
When you bare yourself for the camera, you will walk away with an amazing awareness of how beautiful, strong and sexy you are – no matter size, weight or background. It’s important to remember that no woman has an expiry date, you’re braver than you thought possible and you shouldn’t be afraid to show it. You’ll look back at the photos with a sense of pride and a realization that all the things that might bother you about your body now are so minimal in comparison to your overall beauty.
I always make sure that everyone in my team has done a lingerie shoot (including myself) so that we go through the process and understand how exciting and challenging it can be. I know the first time I did a glamor self portait, I cried in the bathroom. I hated my hair, make-up and felt fat – with no one to blame but myself. I took that photo 8 years ago and when I look back, I think I look beautiful and happy. And to this day, it’s still one of my most popular self portraits.
There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone’s spirit coming through, something unexplainable,
that’s beautiful to me.-Liv Tyler
When you’re ready to take the plunge, to push your limits and to show a little skin, make sure you’re surrounded by a supportive team that make you feel at ease. Be proud to be who you are and embrace all the elements that make you an amazingly beautiful individual.