First, a disclaimer: This post has some slightly racy imagery at the end. Boudoir or implied photography can border on PG-13 to R. I think we're somewhere in the middle here, but to be on the safe side I'm considering this shoot NSFW. But I'm extremely proud of this work, which is outside my normal vision. Maybe that's why I like it, it's fun to stretch yourself.
I don't typically shoot boudoir or implied anything. I turn down more paid boudoir work than about anything else (sometimes to interesting and crazy results, but that's another story), simply because it's on the outside edge of my wheelhouse. Don't get me wrong, I love those styles of photography and follow many great artists that create it. Their work is amazing and I'll constantly refer people to them. But it doesn't mean I'm not gonna try!
I love a challenge that's creative, and I typically will do that when I have a partner in crime that I can gel with. If I'm going to do boudoir photography or implied photography, it's about creating art. The process is as important as the product when you're dealing with something vulnerable, sometimes controversial. If the product, the process, or the partner isn't worth the time and effort, then there isn't a point. Sydney is one of those partners that makes the point.
Sydney is attempting to build a career as an alternative model in an industry and time that are remarkably still very detrimental to women. That she would be able to bare her soul, be vulnerable, and take that risk is incredibly brave. She's gotten a bit of flack online because people on social media tend to push towards their worst versions of themselves. People hate or denigrate what they often can't do. That online lack of fundamental kindness is creeping into how we treat each other offline. Maybe one day as a society we'll have a more mature sensibility towards art and the human form. Maybe we'll even treat each other like human beings, complicated, brilliant, beautiful, flawed, brave. I hope so, because this to me is a thing of beauty.
I had an amazing time a little while back with a few of my lovely friends shooting boudoir. Happy Valentine's Day! Make sure you keep up-to-date with my facebook page and instagram for behind the scenes pictures that didn't make it here!
MUA - Cheyann Boyer
Studio - Atlanta Photoworks
Models - Tess, Brett, Rachael
And a few more because these women are amazing to work with!